Black Butte³
Deschutes Brewery

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #43
Ranked #2,870
4.42 | pDev: 7.47%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
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Notes: A delicious equation of Deschutes Imperial Black Butte Porter aged in Black Butte Porter Whiskey casks from Bendistillery. The result is a tantalizing libation of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, oak that is set upon a slightly smoky, roasted finish. Black Butte³ is 90% oak aged so be prepared for an aggressive beer that should age gracefully.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so excited to have been able to get in on this one, a special version of an iconic beer, almost entirely barrel aged, and really incredible, at least as good as any of the others in the series that i have ever had, something quite a bit more mature and enormous, the barrel treatment here is exquisite, whiskey sure, but something different and special for sure, a richer seeming grain base to it, lots of char on the oak seems to call up the sweetness of the molasses in the base, and a nice smoke and vanilla complexion, earthy and sweet, just decadent and dreamy to me, near perfection in both aroma and flavor. subtle espresso, black cherry, raisin, maple syrup, a fresh pack of cigarettes, dark chocolate and cocoa, dr. pepper soda, toffee, vanilla bean, and wet dense oak. this is so smooth, it doesnt drink as strong as it is at all, and it never really finishes, just hangs around on the palate awhile, complex is an understatement, but its not about that, its about refinement, and these are rarely as dialed in as this, truly as good as it gets in the style. its sweet but there is also roasty bitterness to balance. lots of barrel. but also not so much that it corrupts the amazing base beer. i bet this will age well, but its drinking amazing right now. one of my favorite beers in this style i have had all year long. this really is what these guys do best!

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Photo of rarigney
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottled on 19 April 2018. This beer is clearly not retired.

Dark brown with a thick, creamy, persistent, tan head. The head recedes slowly to a stable ring and thin cap that leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The taste follows the nose with a hint of chocolate and a wisp of smokiness on the finish. The high ABV is readily apparent with a good amount of heat in the mouth and throat.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Dated 7/29/15.

A: Thick dark cola brown with a dense cap of dark tan foam that faded into a thick fuzzy film and collar. A network of thick wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: Whiskey dominate nose with creamy hints of vanilla mixed with sweet caramel and touch of powdery chocolate.
T: Follows the nose with notes of whiskey, leather, dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet caramel finish with a touch of raisin.
M: Creamy super soft carbonation, boozy whiskey punch with warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, full body, sticky overall.
O: An amazing porter. Thick, rich flavor mixed with tons of smooth whiskey. A pleasure.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 07/29/2015 into an insulated stainless pint, while in the center of the line of totality.

L: A slightly off black with brown tinge, thin ring of tan head had moderate retention.

S: Whiskey, oak, chocolate.

T: Follows the nose well, all the flavors were balanced and accentuated each other well. Great balance of barrel and base beer.

F: Medium body, lower carbonation, slick on the tongue. Scary easy drinking for the ABV, had to consciously remind myself to slow down and savor as it was all too easy to shift from sip to gulp.

O: Great beer for my palate and preferences. A stellar beer for a cosmic experience.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous looking porter. Pitch black in color with very dark brown around the edges in light. Ample light brown head that retains extremely well and leaves great lacing down the glass. Aroma is whiskey, oak, roast. Earthy and spicy. Taste is rich and complex. Big oak and whiskey. A lot of roast. Chocolate, anise, slight coffee. The earth and spice still come through too, although not as strongly as the aroma. Medium full body, moderate carbonation. Really smooth and creamy. A fantastic, complex, and really enjoyable brew! Glad I happened to be in Portland last year when they released this.

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Photo of GoneARye
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Very excited to try. Beer pours a deep black with a small cap of brownish white head that quickly fades to just a halo around the edge. Smell is complex - roasted malts, sweet brown sugar, maybe a very small tinge of char., but also very strong on alcohol notes. Taste is of a sweeter, malty porter base - notes of sugar, figs, chocolate, and toast, but is followed up by a huge wallop of alcohol. Wow, this beer is hot - if I had two I would definitely love to see how this holds up after a year or two because right now it's close to coming off as a boiler maker than a barrel aged beer. The whiskey definitely shines through, though it's maybe a bit of a stage hog compared to other efforts like the exquisite Rye version of the 2016 Abyss. Mouth feel is both hot and surprisingly highly carbonated, but it could be that my taste buds are on the defensive from the alcohol.

Overall, this is definitely a great beer and a fun experiment, but in general, I woudl wait to try again after a good bit more cellaring.

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Photo of deford
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow!!! Wasn't expecting much...never heard of this. Dare I say better than the Anni beers?!? My sister bombed me for Christmas a few from Deschutes....this is one of the best. Dark as night, black as coal...straight evilness to gaze upon. No head whatsoever! Nose is sweet prunes and maple...if you can imagine such wonderfulness...Taste is heavy molasses...with a burnt brown sugar finish. Mouthfeel is fine...nothing special...overall its really more than good....grab one or two if you can and maybe squirrel one away for another day.

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Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours ablackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this smells great. Theres plenty of roasty malt, light vanilla, light licorice, and dark chocolate, with some notceable milk duds and light bourbon as well. On the palate, the vanilla, milk dud and chocolate really dominate. Theres some nice bourbon on the palate as well, and the mouthfeel is soft, plush, creamy and long. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and this beer is ridiculously easy to drink.

Very yummy stuff, and in my opinion, this is all too easy to drink. Good stuff.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all around good Black Butte; likely one of my favorites.

Black with a khaki head that is medium lasting.

Nose is all sweet black chocolate and sweet dark coffee with licorice and hints of maple/toffee tones. Complex and layered nose that is very inviting.

Mouth feel is medium thick and rich with good carbonation and a wonderful balance.

Flavor profile is complex with sweet black chocolate; sweet coffee and sweet black malts. I like this more than I've liked the yearly Black Butte offerings with its bitter yet rich flavor profile and finish.

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Black Butte³ from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 35 ratings