Black Butte XXI | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIBlack Butte XXI
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:
Released June 2009.

Similar recipe and strength to Black Butte XX (2008), "enhanced by adding some Theo's Chocolate cocoa nibs from Seattle, dry-hopping it with 100 pounds of Bellatazza's locally roasted coffee, and then aging a portion of it in Stranahan's Colorado whiskey barrels."

Added by squaremile on 07-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
579
Reviews:
376
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
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211
Gots:
142
For Trade:
8
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Black in the middle dark brown to the edge. Tan head, 2/5". Aroma hit the chocolate, bourbon and oak notes.

Seen some bottle variation in these, sometimes the coffee seems to have changed to a weird acrid thing going for it that is also earthy and meaty. Alcohol can be substantial in the mouthfeel. My least favorite of the series until they came out with that pomegranite one.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the cellar.

Pours opaque black, thin head to barely a trace. A few wisps of lacing.

Aromatics are crazy good. Espresso, chocolate, and bourbon, all perfectly balanced. Vanilla and Oreo shells.

Crushed velvet mouthfeel. Oily.

Bourbon, vanilla, Kahlua, and dark chocolate on the palate. Char, dark roast coffee, and warming booze follow through.

Finishes with all components fading slowly in perfect harmony.

A showcase of the true potential of a cellared beer.

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Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 579 ratings.
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