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 Sarlacc83
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Beermongers. Split 4 ways.

A: Pure black with some broken light on the edges. Thin off-creme lacing. Nice legs.

N: Sweet alcoholic chocolate. Lots of raisins and figs. Prune and malted milk. Very dense. Pronounced ethanol in the mixture. Dates are also prominent.

T: The nose knows. Chocolate, fudge, malted milk. Lots of fig, prune, raisin, and date. This is a much better mixture than last year. Cinnamon and allspice. Graham cracker. This is nicely complex.

M: Medium heavy. Not as thick as I’d like, and enough alcohol to detract.

O: This is one of the best vintages, if you like dark fruits and chocolate. Highly recommended, especially if you’ve never had XX.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick black pour. Black bodied with lots of lace. Chocolate, smooth with the figs, dates, complex,stouty, some coconut. Not as boozy as expected, bourbon taste being well integrated and not obtrusive. Nicely drinkable. Presario's bottle from recent trip.

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Photo of raffy313
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TexasZach
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Best after 23 July 2013. ABV 11%.

A: Frothy, tannish head. Opaque except for in direct backlighting where ruby glints appear.

S: Sweet and strong, almost cloyingly sweet. Boozy fruit is probably the figs and dates mentioned on the label.

T: Interesting... Blackberry syrup. Candycane? (and concomitant peppermint). Dates. Alcohol. Tart fruit; overripe peaches. Fermented grapes. The finish has some spicy yeast and

M: Thin and astringent.

O: A phenomenal porter, if it deserves to be categorized as such, that is eminently worthwhile, if undrinkably strong and complex. Recommended.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle a few months ago, but havent had a chance to break into it. I didn't realize it said "best after" 7/23/13 until after I already broke into it. I though it said "best before." Dummy. I had a pretty good week, I work in sales and had a strong week so I wanted to celebrate a little. So I got into the Black Butte. Side poured with light vigor into a snifter from the bottle.

Appearance - Pours a jet black color with a nice, one finger mocha head to it, just as I would expect. Very simple packaging, nothing extraneous. I love the yearly anniversary roll-out of Black Butte though, probably one of my favorite beers. Leaves no lacing, good head retention.

Smell - Whoa, aggressive dark fruits and booze. Once I smelled it, I checked the label, which is when I found out this porter is imperial and packs a 11% ABV wallop. Yikes. Pepper and spices give the nose some zing, but you cannot escape the strong booze.

Taste - Dark fruits, tangy, spicy, peppery, strong on the booze.A little bit of cocoa and chocolate at the end, but mostly a strong, in-your-face spicy potency.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, medium to thick bodied, strong booze especially as it warms. When it is room temperature, that alcohol is almost inescapable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Stout.

Overall - Very good, but pretty heavy on the booze and dark fruits. A very aggressive taste. I would recommend trying it, for nothing else but to say you did, but I almost like the standard Black Butte better. Of course, it is a Deschutes product, so it is awesome. Not fr the faint of palate.

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Photo of qthompso
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of ogasnor
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the wax sealed bomber into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black. Pours visibly thick and viscous. Thin dark tan head that collapses fairly quickly leaving a ring of lacing all around.

S - Soy sauce up front, with the booze following close behind. Dark chocolate and sweet molasses round things out, with a definite roast character throughout.

T - Boozy bourbon right out the gate, but not so much it overwhelms the sweet chocolate and burnt sugar and molasses. Trails off into a fruity backend, figs and dates predominantly. Leaves a slightly bitter burnt aftertaste, but not in an unpleasant way.

M - Thick, falling very close to the stout end of the porter spectrum. Syrupy without being cloying, stays with you for a bit after you swallow. As it warms, the 11% ABV gets a little more noticeable, but never really hot.

O - Almost more a stout than a porter, but still very good. Bottle says "Best after 07/2013," and I am inclined to agree. Individually, the flavors are well executed, but overall nothing blends well.

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Photo of BrittQ
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ColiLovesRegen13
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Devonben07
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Thanks Thorpe, served in a tulip. Beer is black with a tan head, low retention but moderate carbonation.

Aroma is roast and oranges, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and bitter on the finish with some nice orange notes, ultimately the fruitiness sort of gets in the way of everything else in this beer. Just make a chocolate stout, maybe some coffee in there please. Still a decent fun beer to try.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of funkyaudio
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Obliquity
1.96/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I get it. This is brewed to be aged. I have a few other labels doing just that. Unfortunately, for me, this one is way over the top. I have been up for a couple of hours now with a seriously sour stomach. If it is best after 7/2013, I am not sure it should have been released for consumption before then. Marketing and hype be damned -- I'll not be putting any of this away for the future.

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Photo of slimntubbs
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Big thanks to both waltonc and yamar68 for sending this my way. enjoyed from my deschutes snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with a generous finger plus of creamy tan offwhite head that resembled a frappawappachin-dessert coffee. as it fizzled away there was milkshake like sheens of lace on the glass. really nice.

s - licorice and cocoa nibs with some boozy heat. some dark fruit and grapes and zingy peppers. very complex for a porter and really nice. the dark fruit notes add a really nice element.

t - wow, at first jumps out as quite quad like with big dark fruit burst. the finish is crisp with cocoa nibs and some black malt and char.

m - fairly heavy for a porter, but still holds some of that porter char. the 11% is fairly noticeable, but not in a bad way.

o - overall, another winner from deschutes. i like this one fresh better than last year's fresh, but doesn't seem to hold a candle to XXI.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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