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Black Butte XXII | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released June 2010, Draft-only, after a problem with bottles detailed here: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/blog/2010/06/28/black-butte-xxii-cancelation/

Imperial "Porter brewed with cocoa nibs, orange and natural flavors added, with 25% aged in Bourbon Barrels"

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of tewaris
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl.

Dark with a light brown head that is persistent and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee, roast, some fruit and some... spice? Smells exotic.

Dark, fruity, roasty with a lingering flavorful bitterness at the end that is either derived from the roast or dark chocolate.

Very mellow with nothing standing out in particular. Excellent silky and creamy feel on the palate. This is not a barrel forward beer but it is good... not sure what they were aiming for but it drinks like a big porter (duh) minus the tartness. Also, it drinks way too smooth for its ABV.

4.5, 3, 4, 5, 4

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a muddled black color with a tan head. Chocolate is the predominant aroma here with a decent roastiness, a hint of citrus, and some vanilla and whiskey in the background. The flavor is also heavy on the dark chocolate with a bit more roast and whiskey (and just booze in general). Some coffee, mild vanilla, and citrus notes, maybe a touch of the chile in there somewhere.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of theCoder
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this yesterday at a local bottle shop as a part of Deschutes Base Camp Week. They were pouring XXI, XXII and XXIII.

This is a review of XXII but being XXII and XXIII are basically identical according to the brewer who was at this tasting. I can confirm they are pretty close but obviously with the age on XXII it was a bit more mellow, however I didn't realize the bottle issues they noted beforehand and when I looked at it and tasted it I knew there was something off compared to XXIII and I talked to the brewer and he informed me of that. If you have them side by side you can notice it but if you do not you'll likely never know.

The bottle issues do NOT take away from this beer, wow it was wonderful.

Poured a very dark brown with a tiny chocolate colored head. The chocolate was there in the nose quite heavily with ever so slight bits of vanilla.

Taste was wonderful, it was like liquid dark chocolate with roasty caramely notes in the end. I didn't notice any of the peppers, and I tried oh boy did I try.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone with the opportunity to try it. It was fun to do a 3 year vertical to see how much it changed from the XXI to XXII and XXIII recipes.
In XXI you get a lot of coffee and chocolate on the nose and taste, XXII and XXIII the coffee is barely present and basically not at all in XXII.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

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Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Thanks for the pour!

(Aged for 2 years)

A very dark, muddied brown, bordering on black with a very, very small brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, and this leaves the glass oily with residue.

As expected, and as hoped, there's lots of chocolate aromas here along with just a hint of orange peel. The wood is minimal, as the chocolate and roast elements dominate. Nice, though not nearly barrel-forward as some others in the class.

The flavor, too, is very rich with chocolate, roast, and mild citrus notes, with only minimal barrel. Moderate bitterness and the alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink a lot of this stuff, and quickly.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Good, though I don't know how much the barrel influenced this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had quite a tasting on 4-10 at Stiengarten LA, this on tap, as well as Black Butte XXIII(bottle), Abyss 2011, Stoic, and Chainbreaker White IPA.

I will have to agree on prior reviews of this, a top notch porter indeed. Toasted oak chocolate and a medium mouthfeel profile its well rounded flavor. Has been aged a bit although its my first taste of XXII, side by side a bit mellowed to XXIII. A must have.... if found or cellar'd..Cheers Deschutes!!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Black Butte XXII from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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