Black Butte XXVII
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXVIIBlack Butte XXVII
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Imperial Porter
4.24 | pDev: 7.55%
Mar 04, 2024
Jun 02, 2015
Ale brewed with rose water with 50% aged in bourbon barrels blended with apricot puree, cocoa nibs, and pomegranate molasses.
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Reviewed by Orca from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz (best after 7/20/2016—check) into a tulip. Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a thin mocha head, patchy lace.

Aroma is rich and roasty, slightly bitter. Cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, a hint of vanilla.

Taste is a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Same roastiness as the nose with a mix of hazelnuts, chocolate, and toasted coconut.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, just right. Velvety smooth with just a hint of boozy heat.

Overall another excellent Black Butte anniversary beer that has aged very nicely.
Mar 04, 2024
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8+ year old bottle to snifter.

A little musty, but not bad considering there is 8 year old apricot puree in this.

Char, cocoa, black cherry.

Jan 15, 2024
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Chocolate black with steady tan trailers and moderate viscosity; fudge, tobacco, fig, wood, and red fruit sugar on the nose; chocolate, ash, dark sugar, marmalade, vanilla, hint of berry jam, spicy hum, licorice, and clean roasty bite to end; med, oily, chewy, dry.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4.25

Polish chocolates - the jammy fruit centre, the whiff of booze, the chocolate coating, and the slight cloying. Definitely a porter in body, which can’t really hold up to all the adjuncts. Barrel could cut all this, but it’s not there enough.
Nicely melded, but also can’t say it’s playing like a 7 year old beer. A bit too British winter warmer.

Abyss with the volume turned down.
Jul 25, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from cellar. Near black pour with a small collar of beige head. Roasty, chocolate aroma, dusty. Taste is chocolaty and sweet, light roast, finishes sticky.
Jun 09, 2023
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A 22 fl. oz. black waxed bomber, 27th birthday reserve, with a best after date of 20th July 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with an orange hue, and a thin khaki head that dissipated quickly, while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, cocoa nibs, chocolate, fruity, tangy, dried apricot, orange, with soft bourbon notes.

Taste: Moderately roasty, chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla, lightly sweet, molasses, fruity, dried apricot, orange marmalade, pomegranate, and a hint of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Interesting series of adjuncts that I wouldn’t have put together, but results in an interesting and pretty enjoyable sipper.
Feb 08, 2023
Rated: 4.11 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Best after date of 7/20/16. Opened 6/5/21 (28th wedding anniversary).
1 1/2 finger beige head...really good retention in an aged beer. Slowly fades to a solid cap.
Dark brown porter, good clarity and mahogany-ish with a flashlight shined through.
Light roasted malt, wood, and fruit (rich and dark fruits...apricot is there for sure).
Very expressive nose that deserves more of a description than this.
Cola, booze, tart and sweet fruit - apricot and pomegranate seem to be present and accounted for.
Silky smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation and still a bit of heat. Sweet, tart, and roasty lingering finish.
Fantastic beer, great experience!
Outstanding to World Class.
Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A tasty Halloween treat.

Pours like a vampire squid who squirted your submersible with used diesel.

Smell and taste reflected Gomez's lust for Morticia, as he licked and kissed her arms and toes.

This mash might just become a monster on the greatest holiday of all times,

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22 oz bottle, into Odell Teku.

Rose Water, huh. And apricot nibs, and pomegranate molasses. What are these things?

Pours a medium nut brown which forms a darker brown to black in the Teku and has a 2 finger khaki head that recedes to 1. Lace is really nice and plentiful.

I can smell apricot and molasses, licorice, yes a little pomegranate seed, hot caramel, and some general peppery spiciness. It is intriguing.

Flavor brings the flower pot water first and loudest, followed by some tart and nearly sour apricot, slight pomegranate seed, dry cocoa, pineapple, caramel, fennel, and a bit of grassy hop. Further sips yield more tart apricot puree.

Feel is medium bodied, slightly roasty, slick, and build in heat on the palate. Drying finish.

Overall, a bizarre piece of brew here. Tart apricots, plant water, pomegranate seeds, and dry cocoa. I don't think I'd revisit it again, but they really did throw the kitchen sink into this one. After about 1/3 of the bottle, I'm saying "no more".

Price paid : $8.99 (clearance) / 22 oz bottle
Would buy again : Nah
Aug 03, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Jul 15, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by zenithberwyn from California

May 19, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by crobinso from Colorado

Mar 24, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by Bbock13 from North Carolina

Jan 20, 2020
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz in a snifter. Black, small head, medium to low carbonation. Smell is boozy and dates. Taste is boozy, sweet, fruity, almost tart. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, not bad, but maybe too old.
Dec 30, 2019