Black Butte XXX
Deschutes Brewery

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American Imperial Porter
4.29 | pDev: 6.06%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This 30th anniversary Imperial Porter was blended using 8 different types of oak barrels, with notes of salted chocolate, whiskey and dried fruit.
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 133 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by FBarber:
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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Black Wax/Capped
Bottled On: 06/14/18

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy/quick tan head, which also leaves some nice small island's, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, with a pretty nice dark fruit complex (plums, figs, dates, raisins, grapes), oaky, nice touch of whiskey, licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, with a really nice dark fruit complex (plums, figs, dates, raisins, grapes), nice sweetness, oaky, nice touch of whiskey, some licorice, vanilla. Full body, ABV is hidden very well, a pretty nice complex brew. Overall, a very nice brew, very tasty! Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy old man. Black Butte XX was one of my first trades…reviewed over ten years ago. Glad this doesn’t have lingonberries or cranberries or dingleberries in it. Props. 22 oz. black-waxed bottle. Malt s

Black. Like, “Head Like A Hole” black. Smells of deep-earth chocolate, caramel, licorice, with bits of smoke & oak. Nice.

Black Butte XXX – may I be sipping Black Butte L in 2038 & still fending off senility. Tons of oak in the taste, & if there was any bourbon/port/whiskey/civets in any of those barrels, I can’t sense it. Lots of black licorice, which tastes better in beer than IRL. Slight molasseses, chocolate with attendant bitterness, malt sweetness. I can’t taste the alcohol, but I can feel it in ma head & in ma bladder. Sadly, this is something that’s smooth & gentle, one could drink this easily & find oneself waking up in the bathroom of the North City Moose. I don’t want to do that. My bed is comfy.

The lack of barrel is disappointing given the price point & long, poignant history of Deschutes. In isolation, still a very good beer.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 06/14/18 13.6% poured into a short pint glass allows no light through a black ice body and briefly floats a robust 1+ in head of tan nolored foam reducing to a persistent cap and leaving sparse, lonely islands of lacing.

Aroma is strong, wafting freely through the room, leaving wonderful notes of oak, leather, char, vanilla, and raisin.

Flavors match and add chocolate and plum hints and a vinous quality.

Mouthfeel is appropriately medium, leaning lighter, and short of tongue clinging, but wants to be creamy. A clean finish awaits another sip.

Overall it is quite the celebration of porter.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a bitch black color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head fades somewhat fast to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of a rich chocolate and dark fruit smell mixed of cherry, plum, and raisin with tons of bourbon and a good hit of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. Along with these smells comes some lighter aromas of toast and char and a little bit of oak and wood, producing a sweet, boozy, and warming aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet malt flavor with tons of brown sugar, molasses, caramel and dark fruits of raisin, cherry, and plum. Along with the big sweet flavors comes a whole lot of toasted malt, brown bread, and some light char. There is also a big showing of bourbon booziness upfront which remains strong throughout the taste. The sweet seems to amp in intensity as the taste advances with a bit a bigger hit of slightly burning booze taste hitting the tongue as well. At the end, with the blend of sweet and boozy flavors with the nice blend of roast and toast, leave one with a very big and robust roasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a brew of 13.6 % abv, the feel is a little bit on the lighter side (surprisingly, but by no means thin in comparison to most beers) with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A little thicker body would have slowed me down a bit, as the lighter body feel makes this one almost too dangerous of a drinker. Overall the feel was dangerously easy….
Overall- A very nice big robust porter with tons of flavor and a good boozy but easy drinking feel. Well done Deschutes… Well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

another exceptional beer in this storied anniversary series, this time done in eight different barrels. i wish i had a little more information on the blend, but its rich and decadent, strong but not sugary, and enormously complex without being kitchen sinky, at least to me, well mellowed now a year or so old. matte black in the glass, creamy thick light brown head from the tap, and a little less viscosity than i thought for its strength. aroma is awesome, layered, a little too cold at first so i let it warm some, a fruitiness comes out, red wine, maybe port casks or something in the blend, currants and black cherries and raisins. some whiskey obvious too, light vanilla and caramel and barrel char, along with some sweetness that must come from rum, a cane sugar element. the flavor is crazy, nothing way out there in terms of barrel to me, maybe some cognac, but nothing like tequila that stands out here. whiskey and dark chocolate, maple notes and a burnt or even smoked element, molasses, dates and figs, cigar and cigarette, somehow less body than i thought it would have, and a mellowed out alcohol content, even as it warms, its never hot for how strong it is. light cinnamon and anise notes maybe, a ton of wood, bitter chocolate, just delicious. impressive beer here, expertly aged and blended. ill continue to look forward to each beer in this series, they have been impeccable and memorable every time!

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Photo of WilliamD
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of stortore
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 6/14/18, had 9/22/18. Aged in bourbon, rum, port, sherry, cognac, maple syrup, sea salt, and vanilla extract barrels.

Pours a somewhat opaque dark cola color, with a half inch foamy head and spotty lacing. You certainly do get a whole lot of smells and tastes. Aromas of some bourbon and rum, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, light maple, chocolate, light cherries, figs, molasses, brown sugar, wood, light tobacco, and sherry, cognac and port as it warms. The flavor also begins with rum and bourbon, followed by malt, vanilla, figs, dates, light cherries, a little sherry, some chocolate, toffee, caramel, oak, some cognac, light port, a light saltiness on the finish. Smooth, a good medium to full body, well carbonated.

Terrific job of blending all those barrels together, although not sure how sea salt improves in a barrel. Complex, aromatic, flavorful. Rum barrels seemed the most prominent. Really enjoyed this one, liked the major tweak this year instead of a slight adjustment.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Goatman
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & ruddy Mahogany with one finger of mocha colored head. Average lacing & below average head retention

S: Dark fruit, boozeyness once warm

T: Figs, a little charred grain, caramel & oaky booze up front. Dark chocolate, oaky dryness, caramel & a touch of mint as this warms & a little vanilla as warms. Finishes with oaky dryness, a little caramel & boozey figs

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

A very nice iteration, that conceals its considerable heft. Will probably age well, might pick some up if I see it again

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DEZ01301960
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ok, my wife does not like or drink beer. Don't know why she asked for a taste but, she loved it. And so did I. Eight different barrels. What's not to love. Best Deschutes beer I ever had!

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Photo of beergoot
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body; decent head for a high ABV beer with sheets of foam adhering to the glass. Nice aroma combination of cocoa, chocolate and alcohol; dark pitted fruits like figs and dates. The taste mimics a lot of what is in the aroma, richer in character; heavy dark malt sweetness. Heavy body; thick and velvety with an incredible smoothness; definite alcohol warmth.

This beer exemplifies the quality anniversary editions of Black Butte that Deschutes puts out. While the appearance and aroma are very fine, it's the incredible wow! factor that the taste and mouthfeel bring that really makes this beer impressive. An outstanding and extremely satisfying beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a small ring around the edge

S- the nose is equal parts barrel and cocoa; plenty of bourbon and wet oak, along with some vanilla and caramel, bold chocolaty cocoa note, smells like a bourbon chocolate truffle.

T- sweet chocolate and cocoa up front, along with notes of tootsie roll and vanilla cream. Mid-palate brings out the barrel, as it adds bold notes of barrel juice and oak, along with a hint of caramel. The finish adds more chocolaty sweetness, that adds a salted note, lingers of oaky bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- the cocoa really comes through on this one, even with a bold barrel note, very well done

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 14th. Just showed up in Casper.

It pours black with just a hint of red hues, small tannish head of foam, lacing is good.

Cocoa and the oak front and center, roasty with dark fruits. Boozy like hell.

Cocoa, oak slash barrel, roasted malt, dark pitted fruits..figs and plums, raisins, big booze, sip sliding away. Not very sweet, bitter from the cocoa. Warming after every sip.

Not quite full bodied, adequate carbonation.

Excellent sipper and I will get more.

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Photo of arizcards
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the BevMo Happy Valley location on 10-3-18 for $17.49. Bottled on 6-14-18, consumed on 10-5-18.

Beer poured dark brown with a solid tan head with the initial pour.

Nose is cocoa forward with some hints of dark fruits and roasted malts. There is also a nice boozy presence as the beer warms.

Taste is cocoa forward with figs and currants layered in nicely over a huge malt base. Finish has hints of vanilla and whisky barrels as there is a nice warming with each sip.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth and satisfying.

Overall this is probably the boldest BB Anniversary i have had in terms of the barrel. The barrel guys maybe disappointed as there is a nice hint but not in your face like some of the other breweries or even the new Abyss variants that have come out in recent years.

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Black Butte XXX from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 133 ratings