Black Butte XXIV | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXIVBlack Butte XXIV

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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.

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Photo of PHSCAPT
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Descheutes Brewery snifter at Bend, OR pizza place. Pours a black espresso including the espresso cremora. No real head. Smell is of sweet fruits, maybe fresh-cut grass. The taste is exquisite - certainly dark fruits of fig and raisins, little on the sweet sede and reminds me very much of a Belgian quad with chocolate and coffee essence. Very light quad-like carbonation also. Event at 10% ABV, it's not overly boozy, being well masked by the complexity of flavors. Overall, this is a great offering.

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Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter.

A-The beer poured dark, dark brown...I wouldn't quite call it black. There was a skimpy milk chocolate colored head that died almost immediately into a thin collar. A touch of lacing was left on the glass.

S-Dark fruit like plums, dates, and raisins. Also a pretty serious dose of chocolate with a slightly nutty character that I couldn't pin down. I also got a hint of black licorice. Alcohol was really well integrated.

T-Lovely chocolate (lighter chocolate, almost milky) up front with lots of dark fruit. Then a nice caramel and molasses flavor takes over through the finish. There was just a hint of hoppy bitterness and, surprisingly, very little heat from the alcohol.

M-This beer was pretty syrupy and definitely on the heavier side of things. There was a small amount of carbonation.

O-A nicely done porter with a concentrated and complex flavor. I really liked how well the alcohol was integrated into the brew. Also, a really nice balance of dark fruit sweetness with roasted chocolatey bitterness.

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

Served in a 16 oz. glass.

A: Pours a half-finger opaque dark brown head with some lacing.

S: Roasted beans, chocolate, bourbon notes are what came to mind promising a great tasting beer. The smell was phenomenal.

T: Hard to detect the 11% alcohol due to a very flavorful. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa seem to be present in the strongest form. It is also mildy sweet with roast notes.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, alcohol can be detected on the palate but it is not overpowering

O: Very good porter like the reset of the Black Butte anniversary releases. Highly recommend this beer or other variants of Black Butte.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yields a 2 finger high, creamy, tan head with sticky lacing, and a murky black-brown colored beer sitting below. Head sticks around for a while. The aroma consists of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates), dark chocolate/cocoa, rich roasted malts, coffee notes, and molasses, intermingled on a very light bed of barrel qualities like oak, touch of bourbon spice/heat, and vanilla coconut mixture. Much of the same in the flavor as I sip my way through this. It's like chocolate covered figs, dates, and raisins, mixed with cocoa, toffee, molasses, roasted malts, coffee grounds, butterscotch notes, and maybe the slightest hints of oak, bourbon spice, and vanilla. The body, consistency, and carbonation all lend to keeping this one in the realm of 'porter type mouthfeel' and they are medium, silky smooth, and soft-round respectively. The finish is soft and dry but lengthy and leaves you with lots of figs and dates and airy chocolate.

Overall this is another really interesting take on Black Butte. The figs and dates are very forward/apparent and it's quite a complex brew. Do I feel this is better than 23 with the oranges and chilis? Yes, very much so, though I still enjoyed 23. On the other hand, do I feel this years release could have stood to have much more barrel aged presence? Definitely! In fact, I'm still not positive this was even barrel aged at all as it doesn't say so on the bottle like previous releases have. Either way, Deschutes managed to take Black Butte to a whole other level again with XXIV. I wish them continued success doing so for decades to come. I also wish they'd incorporate some more barrel aging to the anniversary beer each year, but I'll take what I can get.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Let's get the party started. 2012? Vintage.

A: Poured a half finger mocha head that settled to a thin line of white fluff around the edges. Carbonation is very, very fine and appears to be generous. Color is a midnight inky black...Just like I like it. Lacing is moderate. I would have liked to see a bit more of those legs.

S: Raisons and dates intertwined with a symphony of cocoa nibs and a woody sweetness. Faint assertions of cinnamon dance around the perimeter. Outstanding!

T: Loads of dark fruits- dried figs, dark cherry, and prunes. Second wave is a caramel, coffee, and anise flavor that provides the body. The beer leaves you with a burning bittersweet chocolate rush. The vanilla woody nuances that the barrel aging provides, is icing on the cake.

M: About perfect. Sensual and smooth. The 11% ABV prances around you like a Bengal tiger waiting for the kill. Still maintains a balanced level of thinness that should accompany porters.

O: I was really pleased with the added complexity that the anniversary edition adds to this already impressive Porter. Recommending cellaring to lower the heat of the ABV. Overall, this is what an imperial porter should resemble.


Reviewed with one year on the bottle - 12/28/13:

A: Poured a frothy half inch mocha colored head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Color is blackest of black. Frothy and bubbly in all the right places. One of the best looking Porters I have had the pleasure of tasting.

S: Figs, figs, figs. I've never smelled so much dark fruit in a nose before. Molasses and malt are also present.

T: Taste is dominated by dark fruit. Way too cloying and sweet. Essences of vanilla and bourbon round out the edges, but are just an afterthought. The ABV lurks in the sugar crystal shadows. I cannot detect it.

M: Creamy and smooth. I've got my hat on backward now. Now how do I recline in this office chair?

O: This beer had the makings of something great. I just can't get over how sickly sweet the flavor became. Now where is my glucose monitor....

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is really heavy. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, grapes, dates, roasted malts, alcohol and coffee. Taste is just as big and heavy. Roasted malts, coffee, dates, raisins, alcohol, chocolate, a bit more coffee and just a hint of a lighter fruitiness like cherries. The mouthfeel is heavy, thick and robust but still pretty heavily carbonated for this type of beer. Its awesome and I think the one I have aging will do so very well. The alcohol and heat should get muted a bit and the roasty, chocolate notes should come out a bit more. The only improvement I could really ask for here is less heat though.

This is definitely more like an imperial stout that any kind of porter I have ever had.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just wanted to pop a beer tonight and this was lying around. Poured a light cappuccino head about a finger tall which sticks around for a bit. Body is black, but light comes through at about 5mm. Some moderate lacing. The first whiff wasn't great but after a good swirl it really opens up. Tons of sweet caramel and bourbon. Light vanilla and sweet chocolate. Flavor is a little more bitter but quite nice. More chocolate and milk. Still some caramel. Bit of alcohol on there. A ton of carbonation on the tongue. Full body and a decent creaminess.

Overall a very nice beer. A bit on the bitter chocolate side for me. Still, if you want a big barrel aged beer, this is a pretty good deal. Plus I was drinking it about a year early according to the bottle.

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Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I had a few of these when they were released earlier this year, I never got a review in. Thankfully, a local establishment put a keg on during the recent Bellingham Beer Week. Thanks Elizabeth Station!

Served in 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly translucent black, with just a very thin cap of dark tan head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma featured a good amount of roast, some alcohol, some fruity sweetness and a bit of a spice tang. The flavors were the same, just bolder and more well defined.

The body was pleasantly full and smooth, very even and had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, I had 3 goblets and would have had more if ES didn't have a 3 drink maximum. Overall, another very good brew. One my favorite yearly releases. A must try next year.

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Photo of PerHops
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Picaresque beer of this style. Dark, some head retention, but not a ton. GORGEOUS beer.

S- Lots of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, banana and nuts.

T- So delicious. Tons of chocolate, espresso, cream, some hops, some alcohol on the finish. Just a touch too hot, I'm glad I have a couple I'm aging.

M- Close to perfection. Syrupy, but a little carb to keep it drinkable.

O- For the price, this beer is nearly unbeatable. Would love to try a barrel aged version of this....

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Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very dark brown, but not quite black, in color with a thin dark brown head, eventually leaving spotted lacing down the glass. Not nearly as thick and viscous as some other barrel-aged stouts/porters, but an appropriately pretty beer.

Expressive aroma of roast, mild bourbon-barrel character, earthy and sweet molasses, and dark fruits. Complete and very enjoyable.

The flavor is incredibly well integrated and the alcohol is hidden very well for the beer's strength. Definite molasses and dark fruit character, along with mild roast and barrel. A sweeter, fruitier iteration of the Black Butte series; very good.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, and this one will probably age quite nicely.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with brown highlights when held up to the light and a good dark brown foamy head that left plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of chocolate and roastiness are apparent on the first whiff but not really any dark fruit to speak of in the aroma but had molasses maple syrup notes. Hints of booze, mild oakiness and maybe a little toffee.

T: plenty of sweetness on the flavor consisting of molasses, maple syrup, and dark chocolate. I had very muted dark fruits which were barely noticeable due to more potent roastiness, vanilla accents, oakiness, booze barrel undertones and a touch of dry coffee notes.

M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild oaky, slightly dark fruity, muted boozy, and roasty dry finish

O: well I have to say I was not surprised about this beer, this series has been tasty for awhile now.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from wax-sealed bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to completely black, appears opaque. Forms a thin tan head with minimal visible carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, , roasted malts just like the standard Black Butte; but then it's also boozier and dark fruitier (I get plum & fig).

T: Follows the nose, with the cacao getting more forward plus the dark fruits and a booze impression. Sweet beer, but with dry finish.

M: Medium body, more carbonation sensation than expected, alcohol noticeable but adds rather than detracts from the flavor profile. Has a sticky mouthfeel.

O: This is really good. Leaves me with the impression of a Christmas (or at least winter-time) beer. My biggest complaints is as to style - it seems like more stout than porter. But, whatever you call it it's really tasty. Big thumbs up, and highly recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit and fig aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of keupaloop
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the public house in bend.

came in a sifter, beautiful creamy head that stayed the whole trip to bliss.
tasted full of smooth malts and strong imperial umpff.

great beer for a nitro, have been needing it after almost of month of searching in the local Boise Beer scene, still no luck.


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Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deschutes. The true Beer of Kings. My cellar would be a lot lighter - a ton lighter - if I didn't have so many damn Deschutes bombers weighing down the shelves. Latest in a storied line, 22 oz. waxed bottle split with my wife.

Pour is glossy black. A bit heady. Nose is less full frontal than expected. Roasty, sweet malt, & a different sweetness that I'm going attribute to the figs. But bad, but I'm not drooling (well, at least in anticipation).

Black Butte XXIV is a fig-bomb - words I never thought I'd type or say or think. There's so much fig I'm pretty sure I'm going to have them growing in my intestines within a week. Black fruit. Wickedly sweet; hard on the border of too much sweetness, even for me. Roast manages to punch through, barely. Chocolate, thick enough to be molasses. The mouthfeel is the high. Splitting the bomber is enough to make me want to check my glucose level. Yeesh.

Disappointed. This is pretty decent, but it's a far cry from the glory of past Black Buttes. Going to hold on to the other bottles I bought & hope it improves with age, but with the sweetness, I'm not optimistic.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best After 7/23/13

A= Pours a deep black color with a super thick finger of head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. The head is a nice light brown color and the beer is totally opaque.

S= The smell is a deep roasty malt character and I actually think I can smell quite a bit of oak in this. I haven't got this much oak from the black butte's yet. The fig and date comes through but not as much as some Belgian beers. A little alcohol comes through as well.

T= The taste is wonderful. Actually among the best of the black butte's I've had so far. The oak and base porter come through very well and the fig and dates sort of take a back seat role. They are a nice addition because they do not take over as one of the main characters but play a nice supporting role if you search for them. Fun flavors.

M= A nice heavy feel.

O= This is among my favorite of the Black Buttes so far. The flavors here are relatively "safe" yet still complex and a great. This works and tastes great. The BB series has spoken for itself.

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Photo of beergoot
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body with a very thick, creamy tan head. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, prunes, figs, and raisins aromas. Rich, creamy mouthfeel; very smooth texture. Alcohol warmth combines nicely with bitter chocolate notes and hop bitterness.

Wow! A well-done big beer. Wonderful complexity across the board with good balance all-around. The dark grains and malts mix well with the dates and figs used in the brewing of this dark monster. Search it out, grab a few bottles (or pints if you find it on tap) and savor it while it lasts. Should age well in the bottle over the years.

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Photo of stoutluvr420
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a brown/tan head. Aroma is sort of earthy with dark fruit and some vanilla. Flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruit characteristics from the dates and figs, a nice roasty undertone, and some vanilla oak notes. Really nice combination. Palate is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy with some light astringency from the roastiness. Overall this was a little more mellow than the previous Black Butte anniversary editions, but still has really nice complexity of flavor.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask tapped at 2012 ABR, what a surprise. Motor oil black/brown with a frothy mocha brown head leaving lacing. Smell of deep chocolates, coffee, roasted malt, slight citrus. Taste is phenomenal conjunction of deeply roasted malt, mild and bittersweet chocolates, roasted coffee, dark fruit, and and edgy orange grapefruit pith hop. Bitterness intermingles thought complex layers, mouthfeel is creamy, finish is chocolaty but not sweet. Very good.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a half-finger of light mocha head. I have to mention the lacing, which sticks around nicely and also thick and bubbly. The aroma naturally has lots of dark fruit (notably figs) and bourbon, with some roasted malt in the background. The taste has more of a balance between it all - the dark fruit, bourbon, and chocolate all come through very nicely. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with decent carbonation. The ABV is relatively well hidden. Even with all of the complexity, it still maintains that "thinness" which kind of separates this porter from being a stout.

Another nice entry in the BB Birthday series from Deschutes, I'll have to age a couple to see how they do.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle open on 9/14/12 with a buddy.

A: Very black with a little head that didn't stick around.

S: One word... ROASTY! It smells great.

T: The first taste to come to my pallet are dark fruits. You can definitely taste the dates and figs. Followed up by dark chocolate and lots of roasty malt.

M: Medium to full body with low carbonation.

O: I'm definitely a fan and glad I bought more than one. I can't wait to age one and taste it in a year.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to find this at Macaddodle in Jane, MO...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with several shades of brown head finally settling into a lovely tan head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Bourbon, boozeynes & steel

T: Vanilla laced Bourbon, dryness, carob & herbal & woody hops up front, some figs & cherry notes as well. Some coffee, a touch of caramel as this warms along with roastyness, more vanilla & some woody notes. A touch too dry for perfection to me. Finishes dry, woody, somewhat boozey with coffee & some hazelnut notes, slight booze warmth

MF: Medium bodied, slight but pleasant carbonation, some stickyness

Very nice itteration, this will probably age great, but its very tasty right now, drinks easy for the ABV, much to like/love here...

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glorious appearance with enormous head of silky tan bubbles. So sexy. Nose has a deep nougat-sweet chocolatey roasty malt quality to it that is seductive, and much more assertive as it warms (so be patient). On the palate there's a dark butterscotch component, roasty flavors, hearty malt, and rounds out nicely with the hops. Finish is bitter chocolatey and long. High abv is apparent but does not perceive to be anywhere near 11 percent.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives black as its name infers; the head is minimal but the ringlet of bubbles makes a lasting impression

Smell: Very roasty, with burnt dark bread, chocolate and dark fruit elements

Taste: A surprising amount of dark fruit launches the flavor profile, with fig and date flavors dominant; chocolate and charred bread are underneath but the fruit remains dominant throughout; a bit of citrusy hops appears in the middle, adding another element; there is also some molasses that makes an appearance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodies with low to moderate carbonation and a hint of heat; drinks very easily for the ABV

Overall: Deschutes has hit it out of the park with his year's Black Butte; really enjoy the fruity elements, in particular, that make this more of a Baltic Porter

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with tan head that mostly recedes, leaving some wispies behind.

Smell: Plum, figs and molasses mostly. Light chocolate and oak. Somewhat boozy.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet, with definite plums and figs. Overripe fruitiness, borderline sickly. Finish has notes of oak, burnt mix of chocolate and molasses, and more figs.

Feel: Medium to full body that is certainly lighter than an Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. Smooth overall, but not quite as creamy as desired.

Overall: Great beer even if it does not stand up to past iterations. Just too fruity and sweet.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 878 ratings.
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