Black Butte XXIV
Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Porter - Imperial
4.28 | pDev: 8.88%
May 07, 2022
Jul 25, 2012
Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV
Notes: Brewed with dark chocolate nibs, Daglet dates and Mission figs.
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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
10 year old beer? Why not!

A- pours dark brown with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- slight oxidation on the nose, but primarily dominated with dark fruits; raisins, figs, dates, prunes and dried cherries. Undertones of chocolate, leather and black licorice

T- taste follows the nose with an array of dark fruits up front; raisins, figs, dates & prunes. Mid-palate gives notes of dark chocolate, caramel, charred malt and a hint of tobacco. The finish gives more dark fruits, with a linger of raisin, fig and chocolate

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- this variation is certainly dark fruit dominate, probably enhanced by the age of the bottle. A solid sipper

May 07, 2022
3.34 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota on Feb 26, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Bomber from Jeremy. Not much of a pop. Dark brown pour, wispy head, calm. Aroma is woody, nutty, leather, hint of chocolate, light boozy notes. Taste is sweet, then a brief blast of booze, tailing off to a sticky, woody, nutty finish. Holding up very well.

Apr 23, 2020
4.42 by BKotch from Texas on Oct 03, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Cellared bottle, poured jet black with no foam. The booze is hidden very well behind rich waves of chocolate raisin, figs, dates, and maybe dried cherry. The taste had more depth with earthy and licorice notes, but smell was no slouch. Nice medium heavy body on this porter, reminiscent of decadent black forest cake.

Oct 25, 2018
4.33 by qcghost from North Carolina on Sep 03, 2018
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4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Brob245 from Missouri

Cellared until February 2018. Held up fairly well but the reduction of carbonation over time left no head or lacing. The complexity of flavors were still present. A great beer.

Feb 19, 2018
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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by devilmakesthree from Oregon

On tap at Saraveza on November 2nd, 2017.

L: Opaque deep brown. Almost black, but ever so slightly ruddy.
S: Pumpernickel
T: Like a sweet vanilla latte made by a master.
F: Thick, almost milkshake like, though that is clear hyperbole. Coats the mouth, and and has a very subtle effervescence.
O: Three years of age has done the old bastard good. If you're in Portland run, don't walk. You shan't regret it.

Nov 03, 2017
4.16 by CCutch from Minnesota on Apr 26, 2017
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Apr 16, 2017
4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jan 30, 2017
4.56 by aufie from Texas on Jan 23, 2017
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stakem from Pennsylvania

Bomber into a snifter appears black in color witha khaki head that fades leaving stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet with chocolate, roast, raison, black licorice and mild oak.

The taste is a little oaky with hint of chocolate, raison, roasty earth, mild oxidation.

This is medium in body with light carbonation. Overall pretty tasty.

Dec 13, 2016
4.44 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas on Nov 10, 2016
4.25 by rawfish from California on Oct 04, 2016
3.24 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Sep 25, 2016
4 by Zuidman from Illinois on Sep 09, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gregy55902 from Minnesota

I guess they are selling several versions/years of these at once (maybe some sort of 'vertical' promotion?). At any rate, I've wanted to try one of these for a while, so I decided to start with the oldest. 22oz waxed bottle into a XL B&B snifter.

L: Nearly black with a large toffee-colored head. After a few minutes, the head subsides to leave a nice ring of foam around the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate and bourbon. Then come the dates and figs. Dark malts, and a hint of barrel character round it out.

T: The dark fruits make more of a showing here. I don't know how much actual fruit they used (it seems like a lot), but it works fairly well. Right after that is the chocolatey bourbon. Slight bitterness from the hops rounds it out.

M: Thick on the tongue. Good carbonation even after several years. I think age has mellowed it a bit as well.

O: I'm glad I picked this up. Might get one of the other versions (hopefully one not so date-y and figgy!).

Jul 21, 2016
4.19 by Anatole from Belgium on Apr 15, 2016
4 by SonictheBeerhog from New York on Mar 15, 2016
4.13 by chossboss from Oregon on Feb 09, 2016
4.34 by hilgart1 from Illinois on Jan 18, 2016
4 by DamienI from Washington on Jan 17, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MLDucky from Texas

Very bitter, loads of dark fruit flavors, which I enjoyed. No head retention and 0 barrel presence. Taste and nose followed in unison. I didn't try this beer fresh so I don't have the fresh comparison. Overall, it was a fun verticle

Jan 11, 2016
4.57 by baseballrock from Texas on Jan 05, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by deleted_user_357747

Either I waited too long to drink this one, or this is the weakest of the B-day Reserve series.

Jan 02, 2016
4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Dec 27, 2015
3.93 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania on Dec 20, 2015
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3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Brown and black, head didn't really come about in an impressive way, appearance points largely guided by the color, not so much anything else.

Dark fruit, roast, chocolate, bourbon very subdued.

Taste, good, but lacking the barrel quality of previous iterations. Too much licorice in the mouthfeel. Its like they blended this with a belgian dark strong ale. Screw the adjuncts, just make the usual BB barrel aged beer.

Dec 16, 2015
4 by doc17325 from Pennsylvania on Nov 30, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by corby112 from Pennsylvania

Pitch black and opaque without a trace of lighter color even when held to a light source. One finger beige head that vey slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Great retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with sheets of soapy lacing.

Slightly boozy aroma with prominent bourbon barrel character integrated into the notes of the base beer. Dry, earthy oak, vanilla bean, marshmallow and spicy bourbon but the barrel and booze don't interfere with the complex malt bill. Slightly smokey with lots of robust, roasted malt and subtle desert-like sweetness. Hints of coffee bean, oatmeal, toast and dark. chocolate followed by caramel and toffee sweetness. Also picking up some candi sugar, licorice and vinous dark fruit.

Slightly viscous full body with a strong boozy bourbon barrel presence up front with spicy spirit, heat and lots of dry, earthy oak. A touch of vanilla and toasted coconut but the spicy alcohol bite and charred wood overpower a bit. Underneath, there is prominent roasted dark malt countered by subtle chocolate sweetness. Also some vinous wine and dark fruit esters along with delicate spice and licorice. Bourbon soaked oak chips with some coffee bean, charcoal, charred toast, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. Also some sweet bakers chocolate and subtle hints of fudge/chocolate cake. Vinous dark fruit notes buried in there with some date, plum, fig and raisin. Pretty complex but the bourbon and heavy roast quickly begin to dominate the palate.

Nov 21, 2015
4.25 by jrob21 from Georgia on Nov 20, 2015
3.85 by bcuz7 from Michigan on Nov 01, 2015
4.23 by BeerOps from Illinois on Oct 31, 2015
4.5 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Oct 19, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Big thanks to cfrancis for the bottle!

Pours black with a nice mocha head with bits of lacing. The nose and taste are really nice and feature all those old friends big, bad-ass beers, roasted grains, sweet pit fruit (prunes, dates, figs, raisins), dark chocolate, cocoa, nibs, a bit boozy; really nice. Thick, slick, oily on the palate, decent carbonation.

Oct 19, 2015
4.44 by mrw1zard from Alabama on Oct 16, 2015
4.5 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois on Oct 08, 2015
4.02 by billab914 from Virginia on Sep 12, 2015
4.62 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Aug 18, 2015
Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
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