Black Butte XXIII | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIIIBlack Butte XXIII

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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."

Added by jdense on 06-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby red highlights in the backround. Decent bourbon and oak aromas, faint traces of vanilla. Great dark malt flavors. Coffee and dark chocolate resonate. Bourbon and oak traces run though the backround enough to fall into the overall mix. Very well balanced and flavorfull. Oak comes more up as it warms. Great mouthfeel-slick and smooth. Damn I could see many pints of this in a session. Smooth and well balanced and really says "porter"-a lot of Imperial porters are more stout like-this certainly holds it's own. Killer stuff all in.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De-waxed and poured from a 20 oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde goblet.

A: Pours a oily brown/black with a scant tan head, disappears quickly, but a sticky tan lacing is left behind

S: good cold, but better as it warms, sweet and spicy and a bit chalky, orange definitely present, but balanced with chocolate.

T: sweet dark chocolate with a hint of orange, mild spiciness from the chilies

M: spicy and surprisingly a bit carbonated. a bit dry due to the sweetness and chocolate chalkiness.

O: a great brew, meant to share and sip slowly.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle with wax-covered pressure cap served into
De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Best after date is 6/15/12, but I can't wait that long. I'm very excited to try this as I've enjoyed everything I've had from Deschutes so far and this is my second favourite style.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger slightly tan colour head with great creaminess and lacing, excellent thickness, and amazing retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a dark solid black - obviously nontransparent. Very appealing for a porter. I'm excited.

Sm: Orange esters, caramel, chocolate, cream, nice bourbon tones, and maybe a bit of roast. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Heavy chocolate (I assume from the cocoa nibs), a bourbon undertone, no roast, no alcohol, orange peel (looking at the label, I should correct my assertion to orange zest), and a strong malted barley foundation. Quite remarkable and rich. I don't detect the spice they mention on the label. It's complex and flavorful. Well balanced as well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. I do wish it were creamier, but then we'd be getting more into stout territory. It gets the job done well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, which hardly comes through in the flavour. This will satisfy fans of the style. It is, however, a sipper, and is not sessionable by any stretch. I dig it, but I wouldn't buy it again unless it were on draught or available aged. I wouldn't pair this with food unless it were a strong bread. This would make a good choice to age.

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Black Butte XXIII from Deschutes Brewery
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