Black Butte XXIV | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
879
Reviews:
200
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.96%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
412
For Trade:
27
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of doc17325
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jrob21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcuz7
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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.

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Photo of mrw1zard
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JosephBieske
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is dark with a nice Carmel head. Aroma is sweet, Carmel. Bourbon from again makes a push at the start and on the end. Pom and some cocoa make a push but is not over whelming. Insanely delicious brew. Top notch.

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Photo of beaverapproved
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeezLynn
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Deschutes for their 27th Anniversary party. Cheers!

Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, no lacing. Smells primarily of whiskey, cocoa and dark fruit. This is straightforward now; the whiskey is a bit stronger with oak, vanilla and smoke, and the dark fruit seems to have receded a bit. Flavour is impressively loaded with whiskey, cocoa nibs and vanilla, oak. Very nice and smooth; it has done well with 3 years of age on it. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, lower carbonation, smooth with a mild heat to it. Overall, this one took the cake in the XXIV-XXVII vertical and would recommend drinking this now if you have it still.

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

Photo of yankeepride
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice head that takes a while to dissipate. The head is a creamy tan color and the look is creamy. The beer itself is a nice black but with little bits of yeast floating in it. The beer has some pretty heavy lacing on it.

The beer smell is very good and nice for an imperial porter. The beer has strong chocolate notes and some faint cocoa ones. The beer smell also has a strong pomegranate smell to it and a bit of molasses sweetness as well. The alcohol and a bit of vanilla also make an appearance in the beer.

The beer taste is very unique and impeccable for an imperial porter. In addition to the strong chocolate notes and cocoa nibs, the beer has strong vanilla and bourbon notes from the barrel aging. However, the best part is how the cranberries and pomegranate notes come out and mix with those other notes. The tartness of the fruits make a nice contrast with the chocolate but blend smoothly with the vanilla.

The mouthfeel is fairly good. Instead of a thick and heavy beer, the feel is a bit thinner and goes down smoothly. The beer it still heavy bodied and has decent carbonation, but it doesn't make it feel any lighter than it should be.

Overall, a fantastic beer and, if you can find one, worth getting two in order to see them aged for a bit.

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Photo of JohnDwyer
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jscheuf
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of swanfungus
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up last summer in Colorado. Full notes taken last night while drinking this aged beauty.

A- Pitch black pour from the bomber shared to a few glasses. Light tan head rises over a finger with a frothy texture. A few huge webs lead to spotty lacing.

S- Dark dried fruits and big dusty cocoa nibs reminding me of Southern CA date farms and chocolate truffles. Age shows a bit but the oxidation blends into the dark fruitiness.

T- Dates and figs are the most prominent thing for me with the age adding more dark fruit like cherry, currant and raisin notes. Providing a base is earthy cocoa nib, dark but not burnt grains, toasted nuts, caramelized sugars, oxidation and a slight fruity tartness.

MF- Medium bodied perhaps a bit thinned put by father time with an oily slick texture. Carbonation level is fairly low adding to the thickness. Bitter cocoa feel.

Another Black Butte and another great iteration. Massive figs and dates smoothly integrated with the aged caramel, roast malts and cocoa nibs.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 879 ratings.
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