Black Butte XX | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Porter brewed with chocolate beans and coffee added with 20% aged in bourbon barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ebony bodied; thin yet lasting light brown head. An interesting blend of dark, roasted grains; a rather unidentifiable fruitiness; cocoa. Deep milk and bitter chocolate flavor; some boozy notes; a sense of espresso bitterness. Rich, creamy mouthfeel; velvety with a low-key sweetness tempered with a fine, dry edge at the finish.

I re-discovered this bottle in the back of my beer fridge in the garage. Damn, 7-8 years! A forgotten gem that, although I have no record of trying a fresher version, this go around is quite satisfying. It seems to have aged well, still delivering fine impressions of chocolate and coffee. It's been worth the wait...

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep black Philip pour from the bomber to many flute glasses. A molasses brown foamy cap forms to a half inch with good retention. Small ring drops spotty lace.

S- At this point the age has crept up and dusty old dark fruits like prunes, figs and raisins dominate the aroma with some sweetness. Dusty old cocoa and coffee in there too. Slight wet oak.

T- Cocoa comes out more with a touch of coffee and roasted barley. Caramelized sugars, molasses, spiced figs, raisins, prunes and vinous old oak. Tiniest bourbon vanilla feel.

MF- Creamy and frothy medium body with a certain slickness. Medium level of carbonation and a very warm finish.

Old and the age is showing but a treat indeed. This series never fails to please.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I obtained this beer a few years ago and have been cellaring it ever since. Black Butte XXI was one of my first and favorite BA porters, so I traded for this as it was the first of the series. Seeing as this was an almost eight year old beer, it held up decently if I say so myself. Was it in its prime? No. But for what it was, it was great. The pour was nice and dark with mocha colored head. The aroma was promising in that it was not off putting, sour, or oxidized beyond reproach. Dark chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, and molasses. The flavor was more oxidized than the aroma but honestly, not nearly what I thought it would be for such an old BA porter. Mainly the cocoa and molasses, with a slight hint of bourbon came through. The feel was nice and thick. Quite impressed for such an old beer. I'd take this over the newer, "tarter" versions. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours more substantial than the normal black butte porter, but still is clearly in the porter genre instead of the used motor oil stout genre. Very pretty dark brown though, mild 1/5" head on the top. Aroma was heavier, not discernably bourbon, but definitely boozy.

Taste imparted roast, chocolate malt, cocao, coffee malt flavors, earthy tobacco. Speaking of which, this goes great with a cigar. Could use a greater percentage of the beer in the barrel, like I said, you really don't pull identifiable bourbon in the mouthfeel, you do notice the heat though.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JavaNoire
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First of all this is the XX version. Secondly, this is one of the weirdest beers I've ever had. Appearance is a short-lived brown head, no lace, and opaque brown black color. Aroma at first is dark ripe fruits, cocoa, coffee, lumber, leather, but soon that goes waaay bad - to a dirty public toilet! And that aroma kind of comes and goes, but it's nasty. And when I went to take my first sip, my god, that nasty aroma was going into my mouth!! That wasn't easy. After a bit the flavor gives way to the initial aroma qualities, plus whiskey, vanilla and a bit of tang and bitter. Body is so so as carbonation is on the flat side. Luckily the nastiness don't persist into the finish.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the age this is still remarkably "fresh" tasting. Very slight oxidation that strips a bit of it's looks and mouthfeel, but still a killer beer.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of F2brewers
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber poured into an oversize (25 oz.) crystal brandy snifter. Served at 50F

A: Black as tar. Even held up to direct light, only the faintest ruby red-tawny brown highlights show at the edges of this beer. Thick mocha brown head approximately 1" high is well carbonated with large bubbles. Rich, but dissipates quickly to a thin cover on the surface of the beer. Gentle swirling revives e head to about half height. Light lacing rings the glass.

S: Bourbon, chocolate and molasses dominate with notes of brewer's licorice, caramel, coffee and malt. Hints of residual hop bitterness underlie this aroma bomb.

T: Healthy doses of licorice and chocolate integrated with bourbon and vanialla from the barrel. Caramel edging towards the burnt sugar on creme brulee and some mild hop bitterness on the back end...surprising for a bottle nearly six years old. Although the flavors are well integrated, notes of soft alcoholic heat linger on the finish.

M: Still well carbonated, this has a surprisingly medium heavy body. It's rich, but not overly so. No residual slickness, this bee coates he palate ever so lightly for the style. Sweetness fades quickly to avoid a sense of cloying. Slight astringency keeps the tongue animated.

O: A ral style bender. The base Back Butte Porter is nearly unrecognizable, but then again, I think that was the goal. While I can't speak tp how this beer was fresh, it has aged hints pf oxidation and a bounty of flavors that fans of Deschutes and barrel aged beers will love.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Black Butte XX from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 360 ratings