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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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Ratings: 880 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Goosey
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A- Pitch black, but not black hole black. Small, quickly dissipating dark caramel head.

S- Mmmmm, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, figs, dates, all the good stuff; for some reason to me it smells bourbony, though I dont think its bourbon barrel aged.

T- Dark fruit, midnight chocolate, cocoa nibs, a little coffee, all of the best stuff from the original Black Butte amplified, plus some alcohol.

M- Nice carbonation, and good viscosity.

O- Love it! Really crossing the line between porter and stout, but doesn't bother me. This is a treat for all of us stout lovers. A little sweet, but hides the alcohol extremely well, even fresh. Glad I grabbed 4, will be cellaring the rest. Once again Deschutes has knocked this special release out of the park.

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Photo of Philousa
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of KZE80
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of match1112
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BdublEdubleRUN for sending this my way!

a: pitch black body with a gorgeous two inch tall thick creamy mocha colored head. head retention and thick lacing are splendid. just an all around great lookin beer.

s: chocolate, plums, raisins, figs.

t: first and foremost is the sweet dark fruits. chocolate malts round out the taste. can't detect any hops with my palate.

m: thick rich and creamy. sweet and sticky, carbonation is great. some alochol warmth and dryness on the finish.

o: wowza this is a great beer! my only complaint is that the fruits dominate the taste. i would of liked more chocolate and/or roasted coffee on the tongue. regardless this is awesome!

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Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Midnight black body with a small, tan head.

Boozy aroma with that bourbon barrel-aging adding a lot. Rich chocolate aroma as well, like truffles. And of course the dates are there, too.

Exception mouthfeel—full, thick, and nicely textured. Big notes of chocolate, espresso, and bourbon. As well as dates and figs contributing their unique sweetness. Not especially charred flavor, which is good considering its porter designation. Lots to dissect and enjoy in this. Not being a fan of bourbon flavor, this aspect took away some enjoyment for me.

Overall this is a tremendously big and enjoyable beer. Glad I had two friends to help split the bomber though because one glass was plenty.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of korguy123
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally opaque blackish brown pour. Two finger creamy tan head. Slowly drops to thin ring leaving decent lacing for the abv.

Slight alcohol, figs, dates, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt coffee and some dark toast.

Dark stone fruits, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, vanilla and a sweet finish.

Medium body, high carbonation helps clean the palate.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of M27
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JJWIGHT
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22ox bottle, wax-over cap - poured into snifter glass.

A - Poured brownish black, with small amount of tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Very complex. I noticed holiday spices, dark fruit, chocolate, and really big sweetness. The figs and dates are very noticeable. This smells incredible!

T - Again, super complex! It is very sugary sweet. Lots of dark fruit. There is a presence of chocolate, molasses, and oak with notes of spice and banana. High on alcohol, but not really boozy. This is much sweeter than I expected, but the finish is relatively bitter. Barrel aging had to be involved (oak perhaps?).

M - Body is smooth and silky. Light on carbonation. Kind of syrupy, which works well.

O - From now on, this beer is what I will think of when I hear the words “imperial porter.” It is really intense! It was one of the most complex beers I have ever tasted. Would love to get another bottle to put away. This would do very well with age. In fact, Deschutes recommends drinking after July, 2013. Great now, probably even better later!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best after 07/23/13. 11.00%. Brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. I quite like the original Black Butte Porter. And I recall enjoyed last year's Black Butte XXIII.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous three finger rich khaki-tan head of beautiful smooth cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV. The head just sits there in its frothy delight, not reducing hardly at all. Heavy mocha cream. Wow. Colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Near perfect for a porter.

Sm: Luxurious date and fig notes. The dark fruit is wonderful here. Roast. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Caramel. A delightfully subtle aroma. Some raisin and yeasty notes. Even biscuit malt and a hint of spice. Very evocative and intriguing. A light aroma.

T: Smooth cream on the open gives way to a marvelous caramalt body with touches of dark fruit including luscious fig and dates. Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, and other dark malts all make an appearance. Little to no roast, unfortunately. A raisiney chocolatey climax rewards the palate, followed by a smooth dark fruit finish. Burnt bread emerges as an undertone. I definitely get the chocolate nibs, and they're very well used here. What I don't get all is any sort of coffee or roast. It certainly doesn't lack body. The notes work well together, subtly complementing each other to build an impressive balance. That's tasty. I quite like it. Hardly any alcohol comes through. The aftertaste leaves you with sweet malts, creamy chocolate, and dark fruit. A lovely build for a porter. Bravo, deschutes. It does feel a bit too sweet at times, but I imagine this would mellow out with age.

Mf: Velvety. Delightfully creamy and smooth. Good thickness, supporting the complex subtle flavours adequately. Ideal carbonation. Good presence on the palate. It's a bit viscous and syrupy just before the climax, which is the one problem I have with the beer as a whole.

Dr: Another great offering from Deschutes. I'm glad I bought two. As far as Porters go, this is one of the best offerings out there. I'd love to try this on nitro-draught. Very drinkable. Hides its ABV very well. This one could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Best enjoyed with a good book, sipping fairly slowly.

A fantastic candidate for aging. I'll be aging me second bottle.

Would pair well with rich chocolate, plums, dates, and figs.


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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best AFTER 7/23/13. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled almost black. Half a finger of mocha coloured head formed on the pour and reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Roast and cocoa aromas up front accompany a fairly big sweetness. Some caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and fig notes present as well.

T - Very sweet, as the nose indicated. The roast profile is fairly robust and is complimented by dark caramel, cocoa, dates, figs and raisin flavours. The bark roasted malts return in the finish with a touch of char that lingers on the tongue. The dates and figs add more sweetness than flavour.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation.

O - Very good, on the cusp of being great. Maybe waiting until the best after date will produce an even better beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Durb777
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of stxSS07
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Best after 7/23/13? Nahhhh...

A- Pours a dark brown. Close to black, but not quite there. 1/4 of head sticks around and leaves some great lacing on the glass. Definitely getting some alcohol legs as well. Damn fine looking beer. 4.5

S- HUGE dark fruit notes. Smells like a Fig Newton. Roasted malts (coffee-ish), and a pretty sizable amount of sweetness...sugary malt mostly, but some vanilla as well. Booze really comes out as the beer warms. 4

T- Again, holy date/fig. Waves of dark fruits right at the front followed by big forward chocolate. Mid-palate, malty, vanilla-like sweetness mixes with the roasty notes found in the nose. Echos of sugary dates and chocolate swirl with a bit of alcohol heat/flavor towards the end. Fantastic tasting beer.

M- Surprisingly viscous. I thought I remembered other iterations of this being a bit thin, but this is full on chewy. Light carbonation helps keep it from feeling syrupy. Very well done here. 4.5

O- Well done Deschutes. I was hoping the anniversary series would turn around after the 1st-tee duff that was XXIII. My 2nd favorite behind XXI.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a 3 finger dark tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, chocolate, dates, and figs. Smells like it should have a good amount of sweetness, balanced by dark roasted malt.

Tastes like chocolate, dark roasted malt, dates, and figs. Sweeter than I expected, with less dark roasted malt, which is a plus. Sometimes dark roasted malt leaves a charred flavor. Thankfully, that is a problem here.

Medium to full bodied with above average carbonation. Creamy, and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not over the top. This is a very nice beer, and I recommend it highly, if you get a chance to try it.

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