Black Butte XXIV | Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV
BA SCORE
95.3%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 879 ratings
Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV
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:
Brewed with dark chocolate nibs, Daglet dates and Mission figs.

Added by John_M on 07-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
200
Ratings:
879
Liked:
838
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
8.88%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
411
Trade:
27
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 879 |  Reviews: 200
Photo of Boston_Steve
3.14/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I did not like this beer

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $12. I thought this went up another dollar but apparently I paid $13 for the BBXXIII. Black Butte XX was $9 or $10 and that was fair, this is a rip off. I thought last year's was a little more interesting than this one. I don;t think they're putting coffee in this anymore because I can't taste any. The figs give a weird flavor, sort of sweet but odd followed by a strong porter. I really wish this was more viscous and more chocolate. Its sort of thin and doesn't really impress. Hopefully I'm smart enough to not but this next year, I'd rather spend an extra buck or two and get something from Firestone Walker that isn't just partially barrel aged.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of EB1
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of brydeen
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of tewaris
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, garnet highlights; fast disappearing "soda" head. Exotic sweetness, plenty of licorice in the aroma. While the label mentions dates and figs, I don't get any. Maybe some dates but no figs. This is also surprising because date/fig notes are pretty common in beers even without actual additions.

Anyway, moving on. Taste has a good kick of roast and a very prominent dark chocolate note and aftertaste. I like how this is sweet on the palate but clean in the finish. But whatever they put in it, it seems to be muddled. Also, I don't know if any part of this beer went in any barrels but this sure doesn't taste like that to me.

Mouthfeel is inoffensive. Overall I am divided about this beer. What I CAN say though is that it is not worth its price (in bottled format).

3.5, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 3

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is black in color with a big tan head. The nose starts off with a heavy roasted malt component, a touch of ash, and some coffee and chocolate. There is a fair amount of anise, mild dates, and a pretty heavy dose of figs. The flavor is quite heavy on the anise, dates, and figs, as well as the strong roasted malt. Some acrid coffee and roast, a touch of chocolate, light bourbon and alcohol as well. This is probably my least favorite of the series thus far.

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Photo of SamN
3.49/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of bouncepass
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of uncccegr
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of KevSal
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of craigreno
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Gamblor14
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of JonDot
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Black with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Leaving a ring around the edge and some lacing in the glass. 4/5

Smell- Odd aroma. Wood, dark fruits, cherries (?) 3/5

Taste- Alcohol, wood. The aroma is in the taste but not as prominent. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thinner than I expected but still good for a porter. 3.5/5

Overall- Not as good as I was expecting. I was very intrigued with the figs and dates but it doesn't seem as they added much to the final product. 3.5/5

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.

A: Pours a blackish color with brown highlights. A light khaki head. Recedes to a thin cap. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Oaky with some light roasty malts. C hocolate withe some figs and dark fruit flavors. Light boozy notes.

T: Even more oaky than the nose suggests. Dark chocolate with a some roasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Raisins and figs. Boozy sweetness on the backend, but not too hot.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and roasty finish.

O: This was too oaky at this point. Hopefully some time will blend the beer together a little better.

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Photo of Papabear55
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 10 oz snifter

A:Dark black with a little light around the edges.

S:Maybe a bit of chocolate but mostly to me it smells of dark fruits.

T:Sweet throughout and much more coffee/chocolate notes than in the nose.

M:Slick residue leftover after a few sips. Has a medium body but maybe I was thinking it would be thicker due to its color and type.

O:Reminded me of Southern Tier's Creme Brulee but this beer was executed much better. If I had to put this beer in a category I would label it an Imperial Milk Stout even if it doesn't have lactose sugars in it. This was a good beer but felt like it was missing something I couldn't quite figure out while drinking it.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 95.3% out of 100 with 879 ratings
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