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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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Jason.

A: Pours a pitch black body. It's nearly still; despite a vigorous pour, a thin film barely covers the beer, and the bubbles quickly fall into a thin collar. Very odd. I'm chalking that up to have been in my sub-arctic fridge for such a long time. EDIT: The second pour of the bottle, which had been sitting outside for an hour, yielded a finger of dense, long-lasting mocha-colored head. Exquisite.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit (dates), grape jelly (!), and, of all things, peanut butter. I'm really surprised, and very intrigued. A touch of coffee and some oak round out the aroma. Top-notch.

T: As usual, I drank this without reading the label and tried to guess what went into it. Cocoa nibs, obviously. There's a dark fruit presences (dates again); when the beer is cold, it also has a spicy coffee kick that reminds me of the oxidized aftertaste of Black Butte XXI. Nuts, black cherries. The finish is surprisingly bitter, revealing a substantial hop component that isn't evident earlier in the taste. If there's any barrel-aging involved here, it's subtle and accentuating. I can't pick it out.

So in reading the label, I realized I missed figs -- and even armed with that knowledge, I can't taste them. The dates are too prominent. No mention of coffee, so that must be the roasty grain contribution. I got the dates and cocoa nibs, but they're so forward that it's impossible to miss them.

M: I'm not a fan of the pronounced bitterness in the finish, but I admit it does contrast against what could be a pretty one-dimensional experience. Despite the sweet flavors, the beer is well-attenuated -- I wouldn't say dry, but it's not as oily and heavy as some other barrel-aged beers du jour, either -- and that makes it easy to drink. It does have some burn in the finish, not to be confused with that spicy kick I picked up at times and attributed to oxidized coffee.

O: The advertising says it's "the best one yet." I wanted to laugh at the boast, but I have to agree. It's phenomenal. I was actually going to skip BB XXIV this year based on early comments, and because I didn't care for XXIII (not to mention the numerous other misses in Deschutes' recent limited series: The Stoic, Dissident, Mirror Mirror, Collage). Jason pressed this upon me and insisted I try it. I am really grateful he did. This is top-notch. I genuinely regret not buying more.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a thin wing of deep amber edge. Few minutes lasting beige fluffy head, beauty of a beer.

S: Milk chocolate, fudgy licorice, big background fruitiness of dates. Brown sugar. Very delicious, some booze.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and spice, booze, black licorice, robust and complex dark fruits.

M: Full bodied with a dry and boozy finish. I think this beer will improve with age, I wish I had saved my bottle for a year or two.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Boondoggle's in Clear Lake, Texas

What a GREAT beer. I love porter's. This is easily one of the best I've ever had. Everything about it is big and great. All the usual porteriness is there, but with more alcohol in the end as it's a double.

I wish this one was year round. I have a bottle to store of this, but I'm going to go and pick up two or three more because this stuff is great.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at Sixteen Tons Cafe

A- Poured black with a nice frothy chocolate milk colored head that left lots of chunky lace. Exactly what a big stout should like like

S- Well this is interesting. It smells like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, crust and all. Toasted coconut, cocoa, and vanilla notes are present too

T- Lots of milk chocolate, ginger, jammy dark fruits, vanilla, some light toasted coconut, raisins, and cinnamon. Some alcohol taste. Really complex and well balanced stout

M-Very smooth and creamy, silky mouthfeel, slightly chewy, finishes dry, lots of warming. Drinks like a big warming stout should

O- This is an outstanding and complex imperial porter with lots of Christmas Ale spices. Not sure if this is barrel aged but it tastes like it has lots of barrel character with the coconut and vanilla notes.

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3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark brown with no head.

The aroma has a lot of dark fruit like figs and plumbs with some hints of cocoa in the background. Mostly fruity though. Boozy dark bitter chocolate on the pallet with hints of coffee. A bit toned down on the fruit on the pallet but it lingers in the background.

The body is full and silky with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. Pretty unique.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Derek! Poured into a tulip. There isn't much of a head; there are a few medium tan bubbles. The body is pitch black.

There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma. Notes of vanilla are aided by the malt sweetness.

The taste has a lot of roasted barley character in the finish that hint at some coffee flavor. The start of the beer is more fruity and hints at some port-like characteristics. The finish is very bitter and lasts a while. The flavor is strong, and intense.

This is full bodied with sharp carbonation.

This tastes good, but the flavors are a bit harsh in some points. Maybe it is best to listen to that best after date.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Stone IRS Snifter.

A - It pours a deep, dark brown. I was expecting it to be closer to a motor-oil black given that it's a big 11% porter. It produces an inch or so of leather-brown head. Solid retention leaving beautiful lacing behind on the rim of the glass.

S - The added figs come through here strongly. I'm not getting a lot of the dates on the nose, but if you really think about it, you can just barely find them in there. Other than that, it's very representative of the style. Lots of chocolate and deep roasted malts. Some candied fruit and a bit of sweetness round out the nose.

T - This is either the first or second "5" I've ever given in a category, and this beer deserves it. It really nails all of the notes that are supposed to be there in an Imperial Porter. It has some candied sweet fruits, dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and almost bourbon-like notes. It does run a little on the boozy side, but it was designed to be set down for a year or so... I'm just too impatient. This beer should age beautifully.

M - Wonderfully carbonated for the style. Just enough to keep it from being a motor-oil sludge, not so much as to distract from the beer itself. It's a little thinner than I was expecting, and definitely has noticeable alcohol. Sweet finish, doesn't linger too long.

O - It's a fantastic beer. It's a wonderful compliment to The Abyss in Deschute's lineup. Amazing roasted quality, yet balanced with a noticeable fruity sweetness. It's lacking a little in bitterness, and has very little hop quality (which is fine for the style). Big, boozy, and it'll benefit from a little aging.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, not quite black oddly enough. Big dense light brown head. Fades nice and slow, leaving magnificent lacework behind. Great head retention.

S: Well, the bottle says it's brewed with figs and dates. And the aroma certainly confirms this. Mild char and chocolate from the roasted malt mixes in as well.

T: Dates and figs are strong up front. SUPER strong bitter dark chocolate arrives and buries the fruitiness. Middle is all dark chocolate with maybe a hint of char. Long bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

M: Heavy and very very creamy. Wonderful mouthfeel.

O: Excellent porter. Nice sweet dark fruits and then a transition to pure bitter chocolate. Like drinking melted baker's chocolate. Great flavors and strong contrast to boot.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
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