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 dowen17
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with a big milk chocolate head. Fantastic lacing and retention.

Smells of dark roasted malts. Dark fruits. Dates and raisins. Figs. A hint of alcohol. Big dark chocolate.

Taste mirrors the nose. Very toasty up front with tons of dark fruit. Sweet raisins settle towards the middle. Some booze on the finish.

Big mouthfeel. Not quite chewy stout but bigger than your average porter. Mild carbonation. Sticky.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, borderline black color. Light brown head with good retention.

Aromas are roasted malt, dates, cocoa, and anise.

Robust flavors of roast, cocoa, and dates. Slightly boozy with and earthy maduro leaf finish.

Full mouthfeel that's cut with a moderate-high carbonation.

A fantastic beer with a wide range of flavors. Heavier than most porters with a nice boozy kick.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours an opaque black with a thick, tan head that leaves thick, sticky lacing.

S- Smells of sweet dark fruits (dates especially), dark chocolate, plus a bit of roasty coffee. Some cinnamon, toffee, and vinous aroma as well. It's almost overly sweet smelling, but that cinnamon helps a bit.

T- The flavor follows the nose quite well, with dark chocolate, spicy cinnamon, and toffee playing big roles. There's a good bit of honey here that was not detected in the nose. The sweet dark fruits become more prevalent as it warms. As suspected from the nose, it is borderline cloyingly sweet. It's ok because it has a lot of complexity, but it could use more roast to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is more stout-like, thick and viscous. Slight boozy warmth, and a bit of dryness from the cinnamon.

O- Overall this is a very good, complex imperial porter. Slightly cloying, but not overly so as to make it hard to drink.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got on a special tap takeover @ Standard Market, Westmont. Now I give appearance a 5 due to the fact that after my pour, the Deschutes camera woman loved the way it fell into the waning 6 o'clock sunset and made it picture worthy-it was a thang of beauty. Even in the sunset it twas pitch imperial black.

Aroma was a mellifluous potpourri of chocolate, coffee, and a confiture of dark fruits of raisins, dates and figs.

I say take your time with this young man-dark chocolate nibs, sweet cream and definite figs. Hot dam-I even get some Redman tobacco sweetness! This is really a complexity that one needs to experience than put into words.

Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky and semi-sweet. Could swear I see a brownish oily residue from the cocoa on the glass. Spectacular!!

Had the pleasure of meeting the brewer who guided the lure of the exotic ingredients into this craft. One of a kind never to be duplicated--maybe. A mother hubbard of a porter. This should be named 'Call Me a Cab'.

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Photo of griffinn
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep near-black, like Deschute's regular Black Butte. Looks pretty. Doesn't glow in the dark or anything.

S: Wow. As soon as I cracked the wax seal on the cap and smelled the mind-bogglingly rich aroma, I knew this would become an instant favorite. I was right. Definite fruity, sweet aromas, reminding me of figs, dates, raisins, and cocoa.

T: Porters and stouts don't get better than this. Reminds me of Deschute's regular Black Butte but vastly expanded, including rich dark fruit flavors uncoiling between layers of toasty malts and chocolate. Definitely a masterpiece.

M: Creamy and satisfying, just the right amount of carbonation and alcoholic bite to balance the seductive flavors. This is a very high ABV beer and it's proud of it.

O: I spent all my extra cash on these. Wish I had more. Would be worth buying several of and saving for special occasions.

Side note: Drink this with the best vanilla ice cream you can buy. Excellent pairing.

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Photo of arizcards
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the BevMo Happy Valley back last August for $12.99. Best after 7/23/13.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind in my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Nose is a wonderful blend of dark fruits, chocolate, and mocha.

Taste is pretty much the same as the nose; dark chocolate, dark fruits, and mocha. The amount of hopping keeps the huge malt base sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this rates up there with BBXXI which was clearly my favorite of the renditions i have had. I have a 2nd bomber in the wine fridge which i will have to try a year from now...can't wait!

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Photo of C20Percent
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer! Pulled it out of the cellar to celebrate my brand new baby daughter. Appearance is rather pedestrian. The aromas are outstanding. Figs, Prunes, Raisins, Plums -- all dark fruits. Really nice vanilla notes, too. Taste is more of the same with nice roasty flavors and a tobacco aftertaste that really works here. Super smooth and creamy -- full body -- the mouthfeel is one of the best features of this brew. The main criticism is that it's boozy. It is slightly hot, but the complex flavors balance out the booze flawlessly. It's not an issue -- the booze in RuinTen and W00t Stout are much more noticeable. Huge fan of this beer. Cheers to anybody that has a bottle left.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second time I've had this, this time aged 1 year and compared with a XXV. Definitely a terrific beer and my favorite so far from Deschutes, and probably my favorite Porter of all time. There are some unique flavors and smells here. BItter bakers chocolate is the main note I get here, rich and heavy, but there are some interesting spices too. Some hints of coriander and orange, as well as some dark fruits and coffee. Perfect amount of carbonation, an amazing sipper and as much fun to sniff as drink. No booze.

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Photo of Longhorn22
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had the Black Butte XXI a few years back, and on a trip back to Portland Oregon, I decided to drop by Deschutes and try the XXIV.

A - They poured the beer into a tulip glass that had a very sharp curve towards the top. The beer was dark brown, mostly opaque, and had a light head that slowly dissipated.

S - This beer doesn't have an overwhelming scent, but it smells much more of nut and vanilla than the XXI and less like coffee, which for me, is good.

T - This beer has to be just about my favorite tasting beer I have ever had. It has magnificent nutty and earthy flavors, along with chocolate and vanilla. This is the first porter I have had that allows the vanilla to shine through so brightly without toning down the chocolate flavors. I sipped this beer slowly so I could enjoy it as long as possible.

M/D - It was a bit heavy to drink this beer, which made it great for sipping! It would be tough to drink this beer quickly or in large quantities, but thanks to its high ABV and fantastic flavor, it lends its self better to a slow session.

Bottom Line: Great beer, great flavor, continued Deschutes success. You can pick up the Black Butte XXV right now in stores and at the Deschutes public house, and they rotate the Black Butte XXIV as a reserve at the public house.


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Photo of vic21234
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter straight from the cellar. Best after date of 7/23/13.

A- Pours very cola-like, a dark brown, nearly black color. A half finger's worth of khaki colored head fades to the sides of the glass fairly quickly. Some nice lacing is also apparent.

S- Smell consists of dark fruits and booze. Maybe some caramel notes too, not much else here.

T- Nice stuff. Upon the first sip I get notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Dark fruits are noted on additional sips too. The alcohol is apparent and leaves a nice warming after each sip.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, drinks hot, nice warming from the alcohol as noted above.

Very nice beer, I've been waiting to open it until after the ridiculous "best after" date. It was worth the wait, wish I had another to age longer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Mostly opaque dark ruby. Some cola highlights around the edges. Nice thick tan head and lacing.
smell: Very nice, layered nose with lots going on. Something reminiscent of cola or a mild black licorice I suppose is a combination of the dates and figs. Cocoa is just behind. A really amazing nose.
taste: The taste lags behind the nose in complexity but makes up for it. It's rich balanced and cohesive. All the notes in the nose merge nicely. There's a hint of spicy heat in the finish.
overall: Aged this for a year and thankfully have a few more to enjoy in the future. Kudos Deschutes.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. A year old at this point.

A - Black with a dark brown tinge on edge of glass. Light mocha head that sticks around a little while. Minimal lacing.

S - Brown sugar, figs, milk chocolate.

T - Sweet fig and brown sugar upfront, milk chocolate in the middle. Dries out a little in the finish. Has a Belgian yeast flavor on the finish. Alcohol has really toned down from the fresh version.

M - A little light for this style. I would like to have more body. The only real downside.

O - Great flavor. Really smooth (alcohol wise) for the fresh version. Just wish the mouthfeel was fuller. Have another bottle that I will save for next year. I don't think the mouthfeel will get better:-(

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Photo of mnphish
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taking the lazy approach with this review, but it's been in my cellar for almost a year and i've really been looking forward to it. Best after date of 7/23/13 - 22oz bomber served into a snifter.

Loads of chocolate on the nose with extreme complexity. Some figs, dates, cocoa, vanilla, smoke, licorice, and even some root beer. Big rich roasted flavors of dark and milk chocolate assault my palate. There is a bitterness there possibly from an addition of coffee?

Very heavy, could fit the description of a stout. Great with some age and the booze is hidden well. Extremely impressed.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

drank 7/27/13

a: almost pitch black. dark purple ruby red towards the bottom

s: wow the smells freaking amazing. chocolaty roasted malts, vanilla, oak, sweet plums, figs, raisins, very slight hint of black licorice. there is a hint of sweet toffee malt as well. this smells harmonized and delicious

t: sweet. sweet malt and sweet dark fruit are the initial flavors. vanilla, oak, sweet cherries smoothly follow. there is some alcohol in the flavor, but the sweetness hides it well - though you can feel the heat. back end has the roasty toasty malt flavors. the is a big, complex, smooth beer. and at 11% its dangerous in a good way

m: medium, with a silky smooth feel. carbonation is there, but not dominant

o: ok this is quite a big beer here. its complex and a little bit boozy, you will need to sip this one. more sweet than roasty, this is a great beer to end your night one. good stuff

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Photo of mctizzz
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Big light brown head quickly dissipates into the black liquid from which it came.

S: Mostly molasses. Healthy barrel with caramel, chocolate, raisins, and slight booze.

T: Really sweet caramel with coco notes. Background is booze and vanilla.

M: Medium/light body, I typically prefer a bigger body but with how sweet this is if it was any bigger it would take on the basic properties of a syrup.

O: I was looking forward to this and even waited till after the recommended date on the bottle, but this is too sweet for me, maybe fresher the roasted qualities would shine through more, hope abyss is better!

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Photo of pants678
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Says "Best after" today. Eh... today will work.

Black with a light beige lacing of a head.

Smoked notes compliment a pungent vanilla.

The vanilla's on the palette too and it's nearly perfect, doesn't have much of the weird over-done burn. No beans listed on the label, so that's the bourbon I bet. The back end does have just a tinge of sweet that I'll blame on the dates and figs. The chocolate does come off dark but hardly that 70% cacao bitter. All this is to say it's terribly well balanced.

Heavy but not tough to sift through--or sip through. More stout than porter if that means anything. The back end is rough but ever so slightly.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on 8 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown with 1 finger of light tan head with moderate lacing. Head dissipates rather quickly. Opaque beer... minimal light through the edges reveals a deep brown color with tinges of ruby.

S: I swear... all I smell are things I'd expect from a barrel, molasses, and dark fruits, but it smells fantastic. Dark fruits along the lines of dates, figs, and plums give the nose the quality of a very subdued quad, while vanilla, oak, bourbon, molasses, chocolate, and coconut predominate. I can smell a little alcohol, but it isn't overwhelming.

T/M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a medium to low level of carbonation. Just the perfect amount of carbonation so that this beer doesn't feel flat and is interesting to sip. Perfect mouthfeel for its style -- I can't imagine it being better. The taste is sweet with the fruits from the nose, finish is delicious and dominated by the barrel-like characteristics, while the molasses sweetens the body through the entire sip. A lingering roastiness and coffee bitterness on the finish.

O: Really a fantastic beer. When I had this on draft in February I was unimpressed, but something was wrong with the smell for one reason or another and it was almost off-putting. That imperfection was not evident at all in the bottle, and it was quite delicious. I wish the bad draft experience hadn't put me off from picking up more of this, because it's really a great beer and it's drinking wonderfully right now.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up with a great trade with Mike! Dark brown, nearly black pour with a caramel-colored one finger head with nice retention and crazy lacing. The nose is complex, sweet, and spicy with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and dark fruits. The taste is rich and flavorful with hints of molasses, mocha, leather, dates, figs, licorice, soy sauce, oak, roasted coffee, and a touch of black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and mouth-coating with a subtly sweet, smooth as silk finish. Great body for a Porter. Overall, this is an amazing beer! Rich, complex, and unique. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Best After: 07/23/13.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before soon dropping to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light swirly surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving a sheer ring behind it.

S- Sweet and boozy with a surprising minty quality. The dark roasted malt comes in bringing some notes of chocolate, raisin and char. Can't get over how minty this smells.

T- The taste sort of follows suit with the aroma but it's more of a tingle that comes through rather than straight up mint. It's mostly a dark chocolate flavor that's apparent and creates a super smooth drinkability. This is dangerous stuff.

M- There's the aforementioned tingle and a wonderfully soft creaminess that complements it. Medium-low carbonation and a chewy body.

O- I've never had the base beer but can certainly attest to this complex variant.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of black chocolate notes with some light liquor notes with some dried fruits notes as well. Taste is also a mix between some dark black chocolate notes with some dried fruits notes and some light liquor notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nice drink though a bit too much of the dried fruits notes.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, dates, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, cocoa nibs, figs, date, raisins, and other dark fruits, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick with a sweet, warming, and a bit bitter.

D - Fantastic imperial porter. Great balance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 22 March 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep brown but clear, clear at the edges, especially with light behind it. Half finger of light tan head, good retention and really nice lacing.

Smell is like a deep stout, with lots of rich medium-dark chocolate and all kinds of yummy fruit. Figs, plums. Just fantastic.

Taste is layers and layers of variety. Chocolate, then coffee, slightly bitter. Then the next taste brings figs and molasses. So many dark sweet flavors layered on top of each other, it's like peeling back the pieces.

Medium-heavy body, sort of a fizzly carbonation, puffing up and then fading. Moderately lasting flavor.

Oh, how I love the Deschutes anniversary beers. I wish I'd bought more of this when I could. Really tasty. Delicious, deep, complex.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fairly viscous deep mahogany/brown pour with a small off-white head. Slightly syrupy body that coats the mouth with raisins, dates, figs, prunes, rummy notes, deep, dark chocolate, and a finish that is quite bittersweet. Flirts with cloying, at times, but avoids it. Another Excellent effort from Deschutes.

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Photo of Resuin
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a 3 Floyds Teku Glass. Best after date is 07/23/13 which is 4 months from now.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black with a medium tan head. An attractive looking porter.

Smell: Chocolate is definitely the main smell coming from this one. Cocoa powder, figs, raisins, plums as well as a hint of smoke.

Taste: Matches the smell: chocolate, figs, plums, dates, raisins, some plastic & finishes with some alcohol but not too much.

Mouth-feel: Medium to heavy bodied and velvety smooth. Not much carbonation. Really nice feel to it.

Overall: Definitely a quality porter. I don't mind the lack of coffee flavor - the chocolate fits this one nicely. The alcohol is noticeable but not too strong, and the velvet feel of this one is definitely appealing. A quality brew.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tokenjobberoffense (reddit) for this one, the first of the Deschutes BB Anniversary beers I'll have had. Elegant ruby and deep, deep brown on the pour, not quite absent of enough color to be called black. A slightly darker-than-khaki head forms and leaves some mild lacing along the sides of the glass; decent retention for an 11% ABV porter.

The first sniff brings forth a deep-ish, booze-laden, roasted malt structure that is slightly unlike any other that I've come across. Certainly lots of heavy, dark fruits crowding all sides; figs, dates, bruised prunes - hefty doses of sweetness and booziness clash constantly and battle for king of the hill. I can definitely say that it's a little more heavy on the alcohol than I was expecting. There's a mild cocoa aroma hidden underneath the roast and the booze, but most of the sweetness still seems to be coming in the form of fruits.

Black Butte XXIV is just a bit booze and raisin-heavy on the palate. Don't get me wrong, I like booze and I like raisins, but after the first few sips, this beer seems to be a little overpowering and one-track minded to say the least. Definitely more sweet and more boozy than I would have guessed, although I can't say for sure where my initial opinions had come from.

There isn't much roast to this at all, save for the faint hint of roasted malt that occasionally peaks through the vapid sea of alcohol and sweetness. Light soy in the aftertaste, just a touch, as the beer warms up. Cocoa starts to finally come through as well. The aftertaste is still riding the heavy booze wave, and actually finishes quite dry. Medium-heavy body, lightly creamy and smooth.

I definitely suggest letting this warm up before consumption. More flavors seemed to come out as it approached warmer temps; right out of the gate, it was almost nothing but boozy, sweet raisins. Even once it opened up a bit, it was still fairly underwhelming given my relatively high expectations. Still not a bad beer, but it doesn't fulfill the large shoes that some people have granted it.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 880 ratings.
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