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Black Butte XX | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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.

Added by josiahschlender on 05-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
282
Ratings:
358
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
33
Trade:
4
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 358 |  Reviews: 282
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2008)

Sour Fest 2012
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Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Thanks for the pour!

(Aged for 4 years)

Black and thick body, though without a lot of visible carbonation. A small dark brown head rises initially, but quickly fades away, leaving small dots of stick down the glass.

Mild though pleasant aroma of chocolate and some burnt sugars, along with mild licorice.

The flavor is incredibly smooth and well integrated, with mild roast and bittersweet chocolate making up the majority of the flavors, along with a bit of licorice.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Very nice, though I imagine this is quite mellow now compared to when it was fresh.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

review number 450!

HUGE thanks to duff27 for sharing this long time want with me! Thanks Chris!!!!

poured into tulip glass

reviewed from notes taken on 7/22/12 during a Black Butte Anniversary 3 year vertical. Beers participating are BBXX, BBXXI, and BBXXIII.

Appearance: Black body beer with a light to medium brown head. One solid finger of head from a hard pour that drops to thin cap. Swirling this beer really bring a large head back on the beer. Spotty lace. This dark beer looks awesome!

Smell: Cocoa, molasses, black licorice, and dark fruits. Smells like this beer has some moderate oxidation.

Taste: Black Licorice, molasses and oak notes start off this beer. Brown sugar adds some sweetness in the middle. You can get some oxidized flavors from this beer. Bitter coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with lite end of moderate carbonation. Slight touch of booze thats mostly warming. This beer drink way below its 11% ABV. Super creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is just thriving fantastically in this beer thats about 4 years old!

Overall: Wow. This beer is a testament to premium quality of deschutes beers. This beer is old and its still very tasty! The mouthfeel feel is out of this world! The BBXXI was my favorite beer of the 3 Black Butte anniversary beers; its in its prime right now, but the BBXX is not too far behind BBXXI.

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Photo of beenitty
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a short dark tan head. Small collar, cap o foam. Spotty lacing left.

Chocolate alcohol, just faint bourbon.

Hint of vanilla, -bal is well intergrates (smooth). Chocolate! Slightly oxidized. Super easy drinking considering 11%abv.

Mid to lower carbonation but still adequate. Full mouthfeel.

Cannot believe the drinkability of XX. If I didn't know better I'd guess at an 8%abv. Thanks for the trade crushedvol!

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Photo of skunk242
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fightingb77
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zhanson88
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown color, not quite a pitch black. Some hints of ruby around the edges of the glass. About 1/2" of tan head forms that has pretty short retention, and okay lacing.

Smell: Smells very chocolatey. A lot of milk chocolate scents come through in this beer, as well as some black liquorice, oaky notes, and vanilla. Not surprisingly, any trace of bourbon in this is gone, pretty much just leaving the oakiness. After 4 years in the bottle, this seems to have held up pretty nicely. However, I do get a hint of what I would call oxidation in the smell, just a hint of something being off. Does not affect it much overall though.

Taste: Big flavors here. Milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, black liquorice all come through. Nice flavors, and very rich.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is medium-full, leaning towards full, with a very appropriate level of carbonation. Almost a luscious mouthfeel. Overall, I'm extremely glad to have gotten to try this now-semi-rarity. This is a very solid beer, and worth the hype. The time to open it was probably 6 months to a year ago, but it hasn't lost much yet.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from hotpipes many moons ago. Very happy to have had the chance to try this brew man. We drank this right after the XXIII, which was brewed in 2011. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Note: Brewed in 2008

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with decent retention. Slightly crackly, noisy head as well. Transparent sienna brown body, almost black, with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A faint wisp remains and leaves splotches of lacing down the glass. Virtually the same as the XXIII.

SMELL: Dark malts, chocolate notes and still some very nice coffee aromas there as well. Has held up nicely. Light bourbon and vanilla notes, but they are quite faint at this point. Still, very well integrated and smells enticing.

TASTE: Dark malts, roasted malts, chocolate, and lots of coffee through the middle into the finish. Great stuff, even after all this time. A big, bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted and chocolate malts, and lots of coffee bitterness on the palate. Light bourbon notes with some sweet vanilla cream linger as well, but the barrel is relatively mild and in the background. Still, at this point, it is very well balanced and flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A touch of heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: This beer has held up extremely well. Oddly enough, it is the bourbon barrel flavors that have perhaps started to fade at this point, but the coffee element is still holding up strong. Very glad to have had the chance to try this one, and it was fun to drink it alongside the XXIII as well. If you’re lucky enough to get a shot at this one, don’t turn it down. Thanks again for the shot at this hotpipes. Good stuff.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 11,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

I cannot thank futura123 enough for sending this bottle my way! Black Butte XX has been near at the top of my wants list for years and was one I thought I would never get the chance to try - thanks again man.

Appearance: Black Butte XX appears pitch black in the glass, with a strong back light revealing wide, deep crimson edges. A rough pour yields a large (much larger than I expected from a four year old bottle), creamy, mocha coloured head that lasts pretty well and even coats the glass in some patchy lace as it recedes.

Smell: Good Lord, this smells amazing! Rich, sweet dark chocolate, cocoa dusted chocolate mouse, cocoa flavoured butter icing, dark toffee, caramel, toasted marshmallow, sweet liqueur cherries, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of bourbon are just some of the notes that come to mind on each sniff. As the beer approaches room temperature, light salty liquorice and a hint of smoke are also noted.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is absolutely delicious! The initial flavour is of sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, dark toffee, sweet caramel, sweet dark fruits, liqueur cherries, light bourbon and vanilla. This fades into the most amazing, lightly bitter mochachino finish. As the beer warms, hints of salty liquorice are noted and a distinct oak character become apparent along side the mochachino notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This was the one department in which I expected the age of this bottle to be quite evident. Thankfully I could not have been more wrong!
The body is almost full and quite heavy with a moderate (read perfect) amount of soft carbonation.

Overall: I cannot believe how well this beer has held up after almost four years in the bottle, if I did not know better I would not think it was more than 18 months old! I am certainly going to have to make an effort to get at least one bottle of each release!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to claspada

Pours a deep black color with some lighter brown tones. The head is pretty much just a flash, dissipating into a little cloudy of film and a few spots of lacing.

Roasty and warm in the nose with some chocolate sweetness. This feels noticeably duller than the XXI and XXIII, which we opened alongside this. Still some nice vanilla and boozy oak though.

The experience was somewhat similar to the nose, as the beer begins roasty and warm with plenty of malt character. The heat has died out almost completely, leaving dark chocolate and bready caramel. Some vanilla and whiskey with a faint notion of coffee beans. Finishes a little warm and roasty on the tongue.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little listless on the tongue but still fairly creamy and slick. This drank pretty well despite the age but I think it might be fair to say this one's past its prime.

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Photo of piclee
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

Photo of JAXSON
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a wispy head. Nose is a pretty richly integrated dark roast and barrel, not overly sugary or fruity, perhaps a touch of umami. Mouth is pretty dry at first, a sharp barrel quality with some dark fruits and anise swirls in. Very nice flavor profile. Body is thin and highly carbonated. First comparison is Birth of Tragedy. This blows away the other Black Butte I've had, can't remember which one.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained in a trade with JohnGalt1 a few years ago.

Pours out a deep, impenetrable black with a light brown head.

Aroma-wise, charred malt is most apparent along with some woody bourbon and slight smokeyness. I believe that soy sauce as a descriptor is overused, but in this case, it’s very fitting. As it really opens up, the bourbon and alcohol combination gives off sort of a minty aroma.

Flavor is heavy on sweet molasses with a prominent smokeyness, bitter coffee and a bit of chocolate. Bourbon is still noticeable and mouth drying tannins are very apparent in the finish, which includes a slight alcoholic bite. Contrary to expectations based on the label, the bourbon barrel aging is much more apparent than cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with soft, slow carbonation.

A good beer that’s maintained plenty of complexity over its 4+ years. But not as good as the XIII, in my opinion. The high level of char and bitterness clashed a bit too much with the sweetness for me. Could possibly have been much better when the cocoa was still present. Still glad to have the chance to compare to the more recent versions. Thanks again Toby!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of poppyjohn
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to dgb3 for the bottle. You are the man!

22oz bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a half a finger dark tan head. It fades pretty quickly to the edges, but leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Very chocolatey, bourbon, oak, and almost a dark cherry scent.

T - The chocolate hits you first, then some strong coffee, and a nice bourbon finish.

D - Nice carbonation and body. Smooth, with a slight burn at the finish.

O - So nice, I am glad I was able to finally try this one. It really is top notch.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Black Butte XX from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 358 ratings
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