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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a small tan head that fades quickly.
S: Smells of chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness, fruity date and fig aroma plus some alcohol
T: chocolate, caramel and some vanilla on the palate with a bit of figgy and date flavor toward the middle. slight roasty malt flavor at times as well. aftertaste is more chocolate and fruit addition goodness with a bit more caramel. the label doesn't mention it but the flavor hints at spending some time in a barrel.
M: full in the mouth but still feels kinda light. carbonation is adequate and just under prickly.
O: A very tasty beer from Deschutes. Good flavors and complexity and for the level of alcohol it isn't hot or really apparent in the taste.

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

650 ml poured into two snifters. Thanks to Kenye for this one, great trade!

A - pours black, ombre from the edges into the darkness in the middle. Clearly a little thin, but not unimpressive. Mid-range foam from a harsh pour, recedes very quickly, giving away the carbonation level.

S - mmm. Dark fruits, plums, grapes, dates. And booze, lots of booze. It's been a while since I've had a high-ish ABV brew that didn't hide its booze subtly. This should be interesting.

T - big, bitter, dark fruits at the beginning, giving away into alcohol. It's got a boozy finish, which unfortunately masks what I think are the subtler complexities at the back end of the taste. Certainly interesting though. I like beers that give me a clear beginning, middle, and end.

M - the thinness drops this score a little bit. Overly carbonated, too boozy in the mouth, and not even the syrupy flavor that usually accompanies high ABV offerings. The dark fruit flavor clings to the back of the mouth.

O - I like it because it's interesting, readable, and one of the few beers I've had that delivers non-citrus fruits successfully. Some errors brought the score down though.

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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into two pint glass. Inky black, let in very little light. A nice thick head, that dissipated slowly

Served with a bowl of homemade tri-tip and vegetable chili, and cornbread.

Huge body to this beer, as expected of their anniversary beers. The figs and dates pop out almost immediately and are held on as the sweetness of the beer combined with body stay awhile in your mouth.

The finish was very good, but could have been better. It was smooth, but the alcohol popped out a bit strong at the end. I figure this will smooth out a bit with age.

Overall an excellent new release for Deschutes' Anniversary series and one of the best they've concocted.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of bum732
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Loads of dark fruits, fresh figs, dates, sweet chocolate, sweet caramel, touch of vanilla, slight roast as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, close to black. Light tan creamy head that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Dark fruits with a deep chocolate flavor, quite sweet up front. Low bitterness with a big, rich dry chocolate with a sweet date and fig taste. Finishes slightly ashy with additional cocoa.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Rich, but not too heavy on the palate.

Great beer, big bold flavors without being overbearing. Nose followed the taste nicely. Another classic from Deschutes.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: completely black with nothing allowed around the edges. Head is two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam with good retention. A nice lace is left on the glass as the head slowly dissipates. Great.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with a deep and complex character. Black but not bitter roasted and chocolatey aromas combine with dates, plums and wood to create a wonderful bouquet. This type of thing strongly appeals to my palate.

Taste: same rich, complex malt as the aroma with a big wallop of alcohol right up front. This fades into an ashy roastiness with a strong bitterness at the finish. The wood character contributes to dryness, although this is still a very sweet beer. I would say that despite its strength and sweetness, it is remarkably balanced. What a good beer.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I was expecting more silky smoothness here; it is good, but not as great as I feel it could be.

Overall: this is a very good beer, although it is not necessarily the best in its (admittedly outstanding) class. A sipping beer, not a quaffing one, but good nonetheless. Can't wait to try XXV.

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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Presario

Nearly jet black in colour, ring of tan head, light lace as well. Smell is full on cocoa with lots of dark fruit, some vanilla and oak, roasty, dates, some molasses like characters as well as a faint sweetness. Taste is full on roasted malt followed by dark fruits and chocolate, vanilla and whisky notes, oak, with ma medium bitterness in the finish as well. Lightly carbonated, fairly big full body, good overall feel. Just awesome stuff here, certainly a top shelf porter even way before the "Drink After" date, something worth seeking out in multiples.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

A: Black as a stale cup of American decaf, held to the light you get a big eye full of abyss. Huge dark tan head with mild lacing.

S: Caramel malts, chocolate heaps, choco milk, licorice and spice under of course, the smell of alcohol.

T: Bitter cocoa, light sweet finish with touches of dried red fruits like figs or raisins

M: Light fading carbnoatin, not too creamy but med/heavy body

O: Lovely, delightful. I like a good dark start, middle or finish to my night. No coffee but high alchol heating the cheeks, warming the heart and coating the mouth in chocolate goodness. I could sip this all evenig into a cold winter, but would much rather store one and see what happens over the years.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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