Black Butte XXIII
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Imperial Porter
4.28 | pDev: 10.51%
Mar 20, 2021
Jun 17, 2011
Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII
Notes: XXIII. So where to next? What's 2011's rich, imperial take on Black Butte Porter? Just for kicks, you dream. Orange zest perhaps? From Spanish Oranges. Seville, to be exact. And Chocolate nibs. Pampered nibs from the artisanal alchemists at Theo. Maybe some chilies? Pasilla Negra only, please. That would be crazy wouldn't it? Welcome to crazy. Get it while you can.

55 IBU

Info from brewery: "475 barrels were produced. 275 were bottled and the remaining 200 were put into kegs."
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 10.8%. Black colour, big tan head. Strong roasty aroma, notes of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Strong roasty flavour, medium sweet, notes of strong coffee, caramel and bourbon, hints of liquorice. Bitter finish.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Aug 17, 2018
Rated: 3.27 by sweetbrew82 from California

Aug 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Mar 10, 2018
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best after 6/15/12
10.8% abv.
Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a (you guessed it!) black body. Nose of cocoa, slight booze, and even slighter spice as the nose of orange zest probably took a powder years ago. Taste is where the orange zest makes an appearance and asserts itself while pushing the cocoa nibs and bourbon barrel aside very nicely with the spice coming along for the ride on the back end, Nice feel and overall, a very unique and intriguing offering from Bend, OR. Cheers!
Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by cp45 from New Jersey

Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by rab53 from Washington

Jun 04, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon

Mar 19, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Dec 28, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by Gtg642 from Michigan

Dec 16, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Nov 21, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by itracy63 from Washington

Sep 16, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by Brandonparrent from Michigan

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4 by AngusOg from North Carolina

May 24, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Sweet and chocolaty (semi sweet dark chocolate, that is), black with tiny beige head on tap at Payette’s Black Friday event. Lingering sweetness somewhat masks the the roast grain backbone of this beauty, slick and smooth with a slight afterglow. Perfect for a chilly evening.
Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by t8dd from Illinois

Apr 09, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown with burnt copper and red edges to it. Aroma was a little bit of chocolate, coffee, orange and bourbon.

Good ratio of barrel to chocolate, to alcohol warmth and wood. Peppers come and support the warmth in the mouthfeel. Tiny vanilla intrusion. Complex stuff, this is probably the best of the BB Anniversary beers that made it into the wild (XXII was an awesome chocolate bomb that few made it out).
Dec 24, 2015
Rated: 4 by jrob21 from Georgia

Nov 20, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by BeerOps from Illinois

Oct 31, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by dirtyhalos from California

Oct 09, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by Beernoobie from California

Sep 13, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by julielynndubee from Virginia

Aug 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Purchased today at the Beer Hive in Salt Lake City.

Appearance: poured into snifter glass. Appeared sludge brown. Looked like a brown ale with particles dispersed. Not appealing.

Smell: Instantly bourbon. Surprising considering only part of the beer was barrel aged. You'd think the whole thing sat in barrels.

Taste: sweet and maybe a little tart. Chocolately with notes of bourbon. Maybe a little bit of fruit. I assume the added oranges is what contributed to the beer sweetness. Did not taste any citrus (thank goodness).

Mouthfeel: no so bad, nothing that stands out. The mouthfeel is not light nor is it heavy.

Overall: this is a sweet porter. The smell and the taste is a winner but the appearance is kind of a little gross.
Jul 20, 2015
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Stoutfest IV reviews. (even though its a big Porter)

Purchased last August in Colorado Springs, CO.

A- Pure black pour from the big ol' bomber into many glasses. A nutty tan head rises up to over a finger with fairly good retention. Lacing forms in sheets with plenty of drizzle.

S- Somewhat oxidized but plenty of aromatic strength. Figs, raisins, dates and dark fruits in general lead to a base of roasted barely and caramelized sugar. Orange peel stands out from the darkness.

T- For my palate the orange peel and dark fruits like cherry, figs and raisin really opens up here. The rest of the bold base is oxidized caramel, roasty cocoa nibs, brown sugar, toffee and toasted nuts. Chocolate, raisin muffins.

MF- Creamy and frothy body with a definite thickness, moderately high. Carbonation is on the high side provoking a crisp and creamy texture even with some years of age. Finishes with orange lingering along with bitterness.

The orange peel stands out atop a roasty and semi-sweet base brew. Feels more like a Porter than a Stout but it doesn't matter either way. Another Butte anniversary down, another good beer.
Jul 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Moose90 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Reviewing from notes, tasted in 2012

A — Pours a deep dark brown, not black, there is some light visible along the edges. Puffy light brown colored head atop of it. Nice lacing left behind.

S — Smells quite bright and orangey, lots of sweetness, as well as a very nice chocolate creamy base.

T — Tastes like a chocolate covered orange, very unique and bright, little bit of a spice tone in it as well.

M — Medium bodied, not as heavy as expected.

O — Nice overall, though not what was anticipated, very fruity.
Jun 17, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by MykeJ from Minnesota

May 16, 2015
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance is a thick tan head that slowly settles and lots of lace. The oranges have faded away, but the cocoa and a bit of the bourbon is there along with roast. Very smooth and easy drinking; only slight hint of alcohol. Great beer!
May 07, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by ryancl from Minnesota

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 4 by LoveStout from New York

Jan 17, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by Jhfinn from New York

Jan 17, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by afrokaze from Oregon

Dec 26, 2014
Rated: 4.4 by Vincev27 from California

Dec 24, 2014
Rated: 4.17 by nollie77 from Ohio

Dec 21, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2014
Rated: 4.85 by nathanmiller from New York

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by NWHopinator from Oregon

Dec 12, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by GClarkage from California

Dec 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Dec 05, 2014
Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 792 ratings