Black Butte XXXI
Deschutes Brewery

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #149
Ranked #10,990
4.1 | pDev: 7.32%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Notes: In Celebration of our 31st Anniversary, this year's imperial porter was inspired by Turkish Coffee and uses cold brew from our very own Scott Hughes of Third Rock Roasters.

52 IBU
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Waxed 22oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color with 1/4 inch of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

Coffee dominated the nose, completely covering up the base beer. Some bourbon did show through though.

Same on the tongue, all coffee at first, with bourbon following, bare hints of chocolate, and some beer.

The body was nicely full without being heavy, smooth, and had medium-dry finish.

Drinkability is gonna vary widely, depending on the level of amore for the Devils Brew. I hate it, and thought there was way too much in this beer.

Overall, the brewery probably hit their target, too bad the target wasn't worth hitting.

I've liked most of the releases in this series, and look forward to it every year. This one was one-and-done for me.

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Photo of puck1225
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Helped me prepare for Thanksgiving!

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with nice initial head and decent lacing. Strong dark brown chocolate smell and taste. Coffee and warm spice flavors. Nicely smokey. Very nice beer!

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown / black with a nice light cinnamon head with good retention
Nose is cold brew coffee, upfront, follows by chocolate, soft bourbon, cardamom at the end
Taste follows. Coffee and cardamom upfront, followed by a delicious wave of chocolate and soft, oaky bourbon and vanilla. Cardamom reappears I’m the finish. Excellent beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 8-16-19 for $16.99. Bottled on 6-11-19; consumed on 10-17-19.

Beer poured black with a very nice off white head with the original pour.

Nose is coffee with a good dose of ginger along with a touch of roasted malts in the background.

Taste is light roasted malts, coffee with ginger, and chocolate. Bourbon heat is noticed in the background but plays a secondary role in the flavor influence. Finish is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is large bodied and very smooth and extremely satisfying!

Overall a nice twist on the Anniversary brew. The Turkish coffee twist is different but a good different!

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a garnet tinge,a thinner beige head atop.A mix of chocolate,raisin,and dark roast coffee wich is really assertive in the nose.Flavors of a dark roast coffee infused tootsie roll with a bit of molasses in the back end,sweet but not cloying.Top notch,would like a bit of a fuller feel but the flavor profile was great.

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Photo of maximum12
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 12th straight year of the Black Butte Anniversaries, all reviewed except the infamous floating chocolate, non-bottled XXII. 22 ouncer split with my wife (& happy I don’t have to trade for them anymore!). And no shitberries added!

The pour is porter black, which is much better than season 3 of Orphan Black, which started out so promisingly. The nose is a nice mosh pit of barrel roast coffee & chocolate. These things are good.

Black Butte XXXI…you said butte! Coffee has the upper hand here, cold roast on a cool fall night. The barrel tastes light but suffuses the palate, getting into the sinuses & the soul. Bitter chocolate & light spicing that I’ll assume is the cardamom round out the experience; not much beer here. No booze, & soft for a big beer. Easy to sip.

Not the head of the Anniversary class, but another excellent entry in the series; there's something unique about this combo of ingredients that rings my bell. Bonus: rang up as $12.99 at the my local.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

fabulous edition this year, a series that i really do look forward to each year. this one is just dripping with coffee, but the cardamom addition that gives it the turkish coffee vibe is amazing, and the bourbon on this is as robust as i ever remember it being in any vintage of this. the aroma is incredible on this heady black brew, strong herbal notes from the cardamom, a hint of cinnamon there to it as well, a black pepper sort of spiciness, all the dark roasted coffee, which is intense here, as much coffee as beer in the nose really. some strong whiskey too in the aroma, vanilla and barrel char, sweet with notes of toasted marshmallow and toffee too, and the warming alcohol as well, super cozy and wintery to me. the flavor is amazing as well, oddly bitter, a combination of all the coffee, the green cardamom, and all the dark roasted malts in here creating some real bitterness double jeopardy, but the bourbon, which is as intense in taste as it is in the nose, balances it out nicely, sweet and vanilla forward, strong enough that it almost seems like some whiskey is blended into this, amazing complexity, with the oils of the coffee, the barrel char, and the herbal spicy cardamom all linger on the finish. the alcohol is strong, but i expect it to be in something like this, and i think it would be missing if it were gone. this is amazingly complex, but you had better love coffee if you are getting into this one. since i do, its one of my favorite variants i can recall of this over the years. a real treat to drink, its awesome fresh right now!

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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted at a PKWY Tavern in Las Vegas, NV. I typically am a huge fan of Deschutes, especially their big, dark beers; however, this one is off the mark for me. There seems to be a great barrel-aged stout in there somewhere, but it is overshadowed by a heavy-handed cardamom addition. The sharp spice overwhelms any other flavors and mutes the complexity I'd expect from this beer.

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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark chestnut with a dense, creamy, beige head that displays good retention and generous patchy lacing. Cardamom and chocolate are dominant on the nose and palate with a coffee presence at the beginning of each sip. There is a slight sweetness and mouth coating stickiness before a bitter roast finish. Cardamom tends to overwhelm the other flavors to the detriment of my personal enjoyment. It’s still a very good beer, but not my favorite of the anniversary series.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark brown. Opaque with a decent amount of tan head that fades away fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing but nice legs when swirled. Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of barrel. Flavor is very coffee forward with lots of chocolate and more bourbon barrel than the nose would suggest. The cardamom really can't be found which is a bit of a disappointment. Feel is light bodied but creamy. Overall a nice beer. Not my favorite of the anniversary series but certainly worth the price of admission.

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Black Butte XXXI from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 26 ratings