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 Papabear55
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 10 oz snifter

A:Dark black with a little light around the edges.

S:Maybe a bit of chocolate but mostly to me it smells of dark fruits.

T:Sweet throughout and much more coffee/chocolate notes than in the nose.

M:Slick residue leftover after a few sips. Has a medium body but maybe I was thinking it would be thicker due to its color and type.

O:Reminded me of Southern Tier's Creme Brulee but this beer was executed much better. If I had to put this beer in a category I would label it an Imperial Milk Stout even if it doesn't have lactose sugars in it. This was a good beer but felt like it was missing something I couldn't quite figure out while drinking it.

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Photo of cfrobrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black in the glass, brown when pouring, two finger off white head.

S-Chocolate coffee, oak, molasses, roasted malt, vanilla.

T-Good deal of chocolate, coffee as well. Roasted notes, vanilla, dark chocolate, mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and smooth.

O-Not as good as last years but still a tasty brew.

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Photo of benbjb
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best after July 23, 2013.
A black brew with tannish foam, about a finger's worth, and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Strong smell of chocolate, figs and dates, fair amount of booze.

Same goes for the taste...very chocolate forward with big roasted malt, dark fruits: the figs and dates, backing it up to the hilt. The alcohol is quite warming but it's not as there as in the smell. A get a sense of some barrel aging.

Creamy mouthfeel that's a joy to sip on. The carbonation is light but right.

Another excellent entry for the Anniversary series that I reckon I'll be buying more of. Oh and, this isn't my first bottle. ;

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" head that slowly falls which is rare for a higher alcohol beer.

Smell: loads of roasted malts and chocolate tones come through. Some alcohol is noticeable too.

Taste: big roasted malt profile. Loads of dark chocolates, dark ripe fruits, molasses, and bitterness is hearty enough to bring the sweetness into check. Alcohol is very noticeable and provides some warmth.

Mouthfeel:heavy in body. Smooth throughout with some dryness late. Long lasting chocolate-focused aftertaste.

Overall: this beer has some qualities you would find in a good RIS, but it still remains a porter at heart. Easy to quaff despite high alcohol. Really good beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque black with a one-ish finger brown head that dissipated pretty quickly and left thin, whispy lacing.

Nose is dark baker's chocolate, figs, plums, burnt and roasted malts, a little earthiness.

Tastes like a RIS more so than a porter, at least to me. Tons of cocoa and unsweetened dark baker's chocolate. Not very much sweetness at all. Fruity flavors, all dark, figs, dates, prunes, and maybe some molasses and brown sugar. Very strong burnt and roasted malt flavors. Perhaps a little bit of burn from the alcohol, reminiscent of bourbon. Hop bitterness on the finish is more than expected.

Body is very thick and chewy, followed by a warming and a burnt malt, syrupy molasses finish. Carbonation is pretty light.

Very complex and delicious. Not something I'd like to drink everyday, but good for an afternoon of chilling out on an unseasonably cold October day.

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Photo of kornkid8600
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of 12owls
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ATXRyan
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Yorr
2/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Very dark black body, a deep mocha head that settled quickly into a thin cap, I noticed some uniformed carbonation sticking to the side of the tulip, but very minimal.

S- Wow. Very forward with roasted malt, dark chocolate, figs/raisin and some nuttiness. Kinda had a "oaked or bourbon" aroma going on that complimented the alcohol content. I could only imagine the nose on the enjoy after date.

T- Very aggressive on the first sip. I highly suggest letting this porter open up before you just dig in. Lots of dark bitter chocolate, dark fruit (fig mostly), nut/oak, and black cherry. The alcohol is very subtle on the finish, but the more it opens, the more it is there.

MF- Medium body, light carbonation, some "ethanol" bite due to the alcohol content, but nothing overwhelming, just slightly warming.

O- An incredibly complex and bold porter. This is something you really need an acquired palate for. I did enjoy this a lot the more as it settled and opened up, but wow... Deschutes can really surprise the living hell out of you sometimes! If you want a unique flavor from a porter this is a green light, go grab and try!!

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1/5  rDev -76.4%

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Annoying wax sealed bomber, to slick to get a bottle opener on the cap. A few stabbings later I'm able to get to the actual cap.

Clear brown colored beer with a momentary small brown head.

Smells sweet with a fruity chocolate aroma. Scents of musty sugar, fig and prune with a fainter vanilla scent. Faint whiskey scent but can't decide if it is bourbon barrel or just oak. Some spice mainly cinnamon and ginger.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bit of cocoa powder after taste. A bit boozy and thick with a strong chocolate taste. Alcohol warms the stomach. I might should have eaten dinner first but I wanted my taste buds absolutely fresh for this tasting and review.. Fig and prune taste with some charred malt taste. Vanilla and oak in the taste but no whiskey or caramel.

Mouthfeel is decidedly thick as hell.

Overall a damn big beer that you should share with friends.

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Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of videofrog
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer.

A: Dark, opaque black. Thin beige head that settled quickly.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee-like malts.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa. Figs come out more clearly. Roasted malts give espresso-like flavor. Slight hop bitterness appears as well. Alcohol bite is noticeable.

M: Thick, creamy, and viscous.

O: As I was unable to only buy 1 bottle, I was really glad to be able to sample this fresh on tap. I'm really looking forward to see what a year of cellaring does to this one. Extremely enjoyable fresh, though.

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Photo of Johnhaley1989
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Kinephys
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PHSCAPT
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Descheutes Brewery snifter at Bend, OR pizza place. Pours a black espresso including the espresso cremora. No real head. Smell is of sweet fruits, maybe fresh-cut grass. The taste is exquisite - certainly dark fruits of fig and raisins, little on the sweet sede and reminds me very much of a Belgian quad with chocolate and coffee essence. Very light quad-like carbonation also. Event at 10% ABV, it's not overly boozy, being well masked by the complexity of flavors. Overall, this is a great offering.

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Photo of duff247
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JustinQ
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of DSOC
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter.

A-The beer poured dark, dark brown...I wouldn't quite call it black. There was a skimpy milk chocolate colored head that died almost immediately into a thin collar. A touch of lacing was left on the glass.

S-Dark fruit like plums, dates, and raisins. Also a pretty serious dose of chocolate with a slightly nutty character that I couldn't pin down. I also got a hint of black licorice. Alcohol was really well integrated.

T-Lovely chocolate (lighter chocolate, almost milky) up front with lots of dark fruit. Then a nice caramel and molasses flavor takes over through the finish. There was just a hint of hoppy bitterness and, surprisingly, very little heat from the alcohol.

M-This beer was pretty syrupy and definitely on the heavier side of things. There was a small amount of carbonation.

O-A nicely done porter with a concentrated and complex flavor. I really liked how well the alcohol was integrated into the brew. Also, a really nice balance of dark fruit sweetness with roasted chocolatey bitterness.

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Photo of jarrgal
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. glass.

A: Pours a half-finger opaque dark brown head with some lacing.

S: Roasted beans, chocolate, bourbon notes are what came to mind promising a great tasting beer. The smell was phenomenal.

T: Hard to detect the 11% alcohol due to a very flavorful. Coffee, chocolate, and cocoa seem to be present in the strongest form. It is also mildy sweet with roast notes.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, alcohol can be detected on the palate but it is not overpowering

O: Very good porter like the reset of the Black Butte anniversary releases. Highly recommend this beer or other variants of Black Butte.

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

Pour yields a 2 finger high, creamy, tan head with sticky lacing, and a murky black-brown colored beer sitting below. Head sticks around for a while. The aroma consists of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates), dark chocolate/cocoa, rich roasted malts, coffee notes, and molasses, intermingled on a very light bed of barrel qualities like oak, touch of bourbon spice/heat, and vanilla coconut mixture. Much of the same in the flavor as I sip my way through this. It's like chocolate covered figs, dates, and raisins, mixed with cocoa, toffee, molasses, roasted malts, coffee grounds, butterscotch notes, and maybe the slightest hints of oak, bourbon spice, and vanilla. The body, consistency, and carbonation all lend to keeping this one in the realm of 'porter type mouthfeel' and they are medium, silky smooth, and soft-round respectively. The finish is soft and dry but lengthy and leaves you with lots of figs and dates and airy chocolate.

Overall this is another really interesting take on Black Butte. The figs and dates are very forward/apparent and it's quite a complex brew. Do I feel this is better than 23 with the oranges and chilis? Yes, very much so, though I still enjoyed 23. On the other hand, do I feel this years release could have stood to have much more barrel aged presence? Definitely! In fact, I'm still not positive this was even barrel aged at all as it doesn't say so on the bottle like previous releases have. Either way, Deschutes managed to take Black Butte to a whole other level again with XXIV. I wish them continued success doing so for decades to come. I also wish they'd incorporate some more barrel aging to the anniversary beer each year, but I'll take what I can get.

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Black Butte XXIV from Deschutes Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 880 ratings.
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