Black Butte XXVIII | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXVIIIBlack Butte XXVIII
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4.26/5
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Black Butte XXVIIIBlack Butte XXVIII
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer like chilies, cranberries, figs and other such treats. This year, to celebrate 28 years of brewing, they’ve added the interesting mix of ingredients above for another multi-layered flavor experience.

Added by jaydoc on 03-29-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
273
pDev:
6.1%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
86
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of denver10
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Solid black body, half a finger brown head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Milk and dark chocolate, orange, bourbon, mild oak and peat, maybe a note of sherry.

Feel: Low carbonation, full body, medium alcohol presence. A hint of sweetness upfront, dry finish.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown to black and opaque. A low level of visible carbonation and a thin tan head that fades to a ring of foam.

S: Dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla, all melded deep inside the bourbon. Some dark fruit, and roasted malts with just a hint of char. Mild citrus fruitiness as it warms. Nice aroma and, as usual with these, fairly complex.

T: Chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Sweet vanilla mixed with dry woody tannins. Heavily roasted malts, with a very mild smokiness. Mild dark fruit, and just a touch of fruit that I suspect is the orange but wouldn’t have called it otherwise. More bourbon heat at the swallow, with chocolate sweetness and dry baker’s chocolate as it fades.

M: A body that's nicely heavy for a porter but not crazy, with a thick mouthfeel. The alcohol is obvious but balanced as a part of the flavors. Fairly low level of carbonation sensation but appropriate for style.

O: Really tasty. It probably isn't my favorite of their anniversary series, but very good. Strikes a near perfect balance of barrel to all the other flavors. Well done.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaillardRx
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look- dark, hint of amber, some lacing, some white thin head

Smell- cherry, minimal malt, clean,

Taste- cherry, currant, sweet, clean and relatively crisp, some booze there, a bit of orange peel but doesn't present itself prominently to my palate

Feel- not much chew for a porter, crisp and light for how dark and involved it is

Overall- thoroughly enjoyable, aged extremely well

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged 2 years. Poured from a bottle.

The beer pours a decent creamy brownish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a nice dark chocolate black that seems to have thin textured surface due to the barrel aging and the aging itself.

The smell is very good and doesn't seem to have suffered from the aging. The smell seems to have a stronger spiced scotch note along with a good woody follow-up and a very light bourbon that's really hard to detect without a little patience. There is a decent cocoa note and light vanilla note that pops out and a decent orange peel note in the smell's finish.

The taste is fantastic. The bourbon note comes out right in front but doesn't overwhelm the other notes and blends in well with them. The scotch is still there but it's a bit light and easily gets lost. The cocoa is also still present and the vanilla is done well. The orange is a bit stronger and lingers in the finish with a light alcohol finish.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body but a thin feel to it and is slick and slippery. The carbonation is a bit light but it's pretty fluffy and creamy.

Overall, it's pretty good beer even after aging it for a while. It seems the notes have mellowed out a bit and blended rather well while maintaining a distinct orange peel.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Portsmouth tulip.

Clear bistre/seal brown body with a low tan head; average retention, quick sandy lacing, vague legs.

Sweet somewhat boozy aroma with chocolate, vanilla, and smoke. Hints of specialty malt and grassy hops, but the adjuncts are to the front.

The finish is so strong with this beer that it's hard not to talk about it first - the low smokey/briny scotch notes combine majestically with the cocoa and vaguely bitter orange notes once the sugars have all faded from memory. Up front, there is an almost cloying wave of vanilla and complex malt along with burnt sugar and a touch of tobacco.

Creamy faintly tannic mouth-feel - warming but the alcohol is well integrated.

This is a wonderful dessert beer, but despite the move away from the excessive experimentation of some previous incarnations of the anniversary ales, I still prefer the unadorned base beer to this rendition. It rides the fine line between decadent and bloated.

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Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of herman77
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andy87
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty. Had this a year and a half after it was brewed and it clearly aged well. Subtle chocolate and orange sweetness and goes down easy for how strong it is.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viperman1316
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a quarter inch of creamy beige on top. Moderate lacing. The nose is very busy with sweet bourbon, orange peel, cocoa, and vanilla. I'm tasting that sweet bourbon with cocoa, vanilla, and orange peel. There's just a lot going on here and a lot to enjoy. Each sip and sniff is a bit different than the last as it warms up. The mouth is very rich, decadent, and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle poured into stemless wine glass.

Black, frothy tan head that settles slowly into thick tan collar.

Aroma is boozy, bitter cocoa.

Flavor is chocolate, bitter baking cocoa, scotch barrel is definitely noticeable, hint of vanilla once it warms, didn't notice any orange peel.

Soft carbonation that is proper for the style, a bit over medium body.

Lots of things going on, taste the scotch but can't tell if I get the bourbon or just the barrel and vanilla beans. Actually pretty smooth and easy to drink for a big brew.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srw
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irongator
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My palate felt like I did in high school calculus - confused. Just never solved the equation this beer presented with its dual barrel aged blends, cacao nibs and orange. Each component flavor was noticeable in various spots but it never built a cohesive experience for me.

Looks great like you would expect from a Deschutes porter - thick black with a creamy mocha head that lingers.

Aroma was more scotch and candied orange than anything else. Smoky, bitter and a hint of zest.

Taste fluctuated across oak, char, smokey peat, bitter hops, roasted malt, light orange and hints of vanilla but, like I mentioned, it vascilated as opposed to congealed.

Creamy, thick and fairly smooth on the palate. Lingering smokiness from the scotch. Good beer, for sure, but missed the mark for me.

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Black Butte XXVIII from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 273 ratings