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
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. black wax sealed bomber bottle with a dirt simple dark chocolate label with the name of the beer in big bold faded gold letters. To the right of the name in small print is a description of the beer. To the left of the name is the mandatory government warning, an inked ABV of 11%, and a best after date. This is the current vintage. My bottle is best AFTER 7/23/13. A little early. Poured into a Big Eddy (don't laugh) snifter.

The beer coming out of the bottle looked like it was a dark cherry wood color. When the beer reached the glass, it was more of a onyx black color. It was as black as the wax that was covering the cap. I held it up to the light to see what the true color of the beer was, but it was so dark that light bounced off it. No help there. On top of this dark brew was a small 1/4 of an inch tan almost coffee colored head of foam. This head of foam had somewhere to be so it didn't bother to stick around. It only managed to leave behind a faint sting of rings and a few tiny spots around the glass.

It was sweet, roasted, malty, and fruity all at the same time. It started off sweet with caramel and brown sugar. The second part of the aroma contained the dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a little oak. This part lasts for a few seconds before it gave way to the dark fruits. The dark fruit part contained figs, dates, and rum raisins. It's the type of aroma you would want to find in a beer like this.

While the sweet flavors kicked off the aroma, it was the dark roasted malts that kicked off the taste. Directly behind the roasted malts was the dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a few sticks of black licorice, a drop of oak, and a pinch of roasted hops. After the hops added their subtle bitterness, in comes all the dark fruits. This dark fruit punch contained figs, dates, raisins, and a speck of black cherry. When the beer really warms up, some sweet flavors like the brown sugar will emerge from the background. Not a candy sweetness. It was a subtle sweetness. I would have like the sweets to come out more to counter all the roasted flavors. Can't win them all.

Thick mouthfeel with a thick roasted aftertaste. There was no sweetness in the aftertaste to counter or add something to extra to the aftertaste. The aftertaste was thick with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak, roasted coffee beans, dates, figs, and raisins. This beer didn't bother to mask the 11% ABV. I think it wanted to show you who's boss.

I wish I could say that I had the previous 23 years of Black Butte, but unfortunately this is my first one. So I can't compare this vintage with another one. As for the beer itself, it was a nice bold dark fruit heavy Porter. More sweetness to counter the roasted elements would have been nice. As is, I would like to see what age will do to this beer.

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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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Brown and black pour, kind of a disappointing head formation and lack of lacing. Color is cool though. And its barrel aged, so you have to tame your expectations for such a thing.

Roast aroma, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon is less existant than in previous years. Deschutes seems to be doing less and less bourbon barrel aging every year in this beer and the Abyss.

Taste is solid as usual, my only complaint is the lack of more bourbon character and the dark fruit notes. Taste has too much dark fruit that comes through. A little bit goes a long way, but it seems to make for a less thick beer, and accentuates flavors that detract from better ones (chocolate, bourbon, wood, 2 row). Instead, I get a lot of licorice, fig, plum type of things that cause me to not like BSDAs as much as other styles.

Its still a really good beer, and hopefully aging will tame some of the new adjuncts they are using to skimp on the percentage of the beer that is aged in the bourbon barrels. Cherry bark for Abyss, figs for Black Butte = meh. Just get back to making a massive porter/stout with lots of chocolate + chocolate malt and bourbon barrels. Still hides the alcohol well, but not as good as in previous years.

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