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Black Butte XXIV | Deschutes Brewery

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4.28/5
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
880
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
410
Trade:
27
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Ratings: 880 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of GeezLynn
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yankeepride
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jscheuf
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of swanfungus
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of LehighAce06
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Best after 7/23/13.
A: Pours a very dark brown with 3/4 inch light tan head with decent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Molasses, dark chocolate, dark dried fruit (figs and dates), with hints of leather and dark sweet tobacco. Very nice.
T: Deep dark chocolate, dark dried fruit (figs and dates), molasses, oaky vanilla, chewy leather, dark tobacco, and a hint of spice (cinnamon).
M: Medium-heavy feel. Darkly sweet with a slightly oily feel. Moderate boozy burn in the finish...actually a bit less than I expected given the ABV. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate. With warming, this becomes the definition of silky smooth.
D: What a tremendous sipper. I like the thought process and structure. The nibs, figs, and dates all play well together. Well done, Deschutes!

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 xtonytx
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 510a
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dj1931
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dshansen1184
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 880 ratings
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