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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
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of cooler4life
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Let's get the party started. 2012? Vintage.

A: Poured a half finger mocha head that settled to a thin line of white fluff around the edges. Carbonation is very, very fine and appears to be generous. Color is a midnight inky black...Just like I like it. Lacing is moderate. I would have liked to see a bit more of those legs.

S: Raisons and dates intertwined with a symphony of cocoa nibs and a woody sweetness. Faint assertions of cinnamon dance around the perimeter. Outstanding!

T: Loads of dark fruits- dried figs, dark cherry, and prunes. Second wave is a caramel, coffee, and anise flavor that provides the body. The beer leaves you with a burning bittersweet chocolate rush. The vanilla woody nuances that the barrel aging provides, is icing on the cake.

M: About perfect. Sensual and smooth. The 11% ABV prances around you like a Bengal tiger waiting for the kill. Still maintains a balanced level of thinness that should accompany porters.

O: I was really pleased with the added complexity that the anniversary edition adds to this already impressive Porter. Recommending cellaring to lower the heat of the ABV. Overall, this is what an imperial porter should resemble.


Reviewed with one year on the bottle - 12/28/13:

A: Poured a frothy half inch mocha colored head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Color is blackest of black. Frothy and bubbly in all the right places. One of the best looking Porters I have had the pleasure of tasting.

S: Figs, figs, figs. I've never smelled so much dark fruit in a nose before. Molasses and malt are also present.

T: Taste is dominated by dark fruit. Way too cloying and sweet. Essences of vanilla and bourbon round out the edges, but are just an afterthought. The ABV lurks in the sugar crystal shadows. I cannot detect it.

M: Creamy and smooth. I've got my hat on backward now. Now how do I recline in this office chair?

O: This beer had the makings of something great. I just can't get over how sickly sweet the flavor became. Now where is my glucose monitor....

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is really heavy. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, grapes, dates, roasted malts, alcohol and coffee. Taste is just as big and heavy. Roasted malts, coffee, dates, raisins, alcohol, chocolate, a bit more coffee and just a hint of a lighter fruitiness like cherries. The mouthfeel is heavy, thick and robust but still pretty heavily carbonated for this type of beer. Its awesome and I think the one I have aging will do so very well. The alcohol and heat should get muted a bit and the roasty, chocolate notes should come out a bit more. The only improvement I could really ask for here is less heat though.

This is definitely more like an imperial stout that any kind of porter I have ever had.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just wanted to pop a beer tonight and this was lying around. Poured a light cappuccino head about a finger tall which sticks around for a bit. Body is black, but light comes through at about 5mm. Some moderate lacing. The first whiff wasn't great but after a good swirl it really opens up. Tons of sweet caramel and bourbon. Light vanilla and sweet chocolate. Flavor is a little more bitter but quite nice. More chocolate and milk. Still some caramel. Bit of alcohol on there. A ton of carbonation on the tongue. Full body and a decent creaminess.

Overall a very nice beer. A bit on the bitter chocolate side for me. Still, if you want a big barrel aged beer, this is a pretty good deal. Plus I was drinking it about a year early according to the bottle.

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Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I had a few of these when they were released earlier this year, I never got a review in. Thankfully, a local establishment put a keg on during the recent Bellingham Beer Week. Thanks Elizabeth Station!

Served in 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly translucent black, with just a very thin cap of dark tan head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma featured a good amount of roast, some alcohol, some fruity sweetness and a bit of a spice tang. The flavors were the same, just bolder and more well defined.

The body was pleasantly full and smooth, very even and had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, I had 3 goblets and would have had more if ES didn't have a 3 drink maximum. Overall, another very good brew. One my favorite yearly releases. A must try next year.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PerHops
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Picaresque beer of this style. Dark, some head retention, but not a ton. GORGEOUS beer.

S- Lots of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, banana and nuts.

T- So delicious. Tons of chocolate, espresso, cream, some hops, some alcohol on the finish. Just a touch too hot, I'm glad I have a couple I'm aging.

M- Close to perfection. Syrupy, but a little carb to keep it drinkable.

O- For the price, this beer is nearly unbeatable. Would love to try a barrel aged version of this....

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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very dark brown, but not quite black, in color with a thin dark brown head, eventually leaving spotted lacing down the glass. Not nearly as thick and viscous as some other barrel-aged stouts/porters, but an appropriately pretty beer.

Expressive aroma of roast, mild bourbon-barrel character, earthy and sweet molasses, and dark fruits. Complete and very enjoyable.

The flavor is incredibly well integrated and the alcohol is hidden very well for the beer's strength. Definite molasses and dark fruit character, along with mild roast and barrel. A sweeter, fruitier iteration of the Black Butte series; very good.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, and this one will probably age quite nicely.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with brown highlights when held up to the light and a good dark brown foamy head that left plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of chocolate and roastiness are apparent on the first whiff but not really any dark fruit to speak of in the aroma but had molasses maple syrup notes. Hints of booze, mild oakiness and maybe a little toffee.

T: plenty of sweetness on the flavor consisting of molasses, maple syrup, and dark chocolate. I had very muted dark fruits which were barely noticeable due to more potent roastiness, vanilla accents, oakiness, booze barrel undertones and a touch of dry coffee notes.

M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild oaky, slightly dark fruity, muted boozy, and roasty dry finish

O: well I have to say I was not surprised about this beer, this series has been tasty for awhile now.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from wax-sealed bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to completely black, appears opaque. Forms a thin tan head with minimal visible carbonation. Good lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, , roasted malts just like the standard Black Butte; but then it's also boozier and dark fruitier (I get plum & fig).

T: Follows the nose, with the cacao getting more forward plus the dark fruits and a booze impression. Sweet beer, but with dry finish.

M: Medium body, more carbonation sensation than expected, alcohol noticeable but adds rather than detracts from the flavor profile. Has a sticky mouthfeel.

O: This is really good. Leaves me with the impression of a Christmas (or at least winter-time) beer. My biggest complaints is as to style - it seems like more stout than porter. But, whatever you call it it's really tasty. Big thumbs up, and highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of EzraAtom
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit and fig aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of keupaloop
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the public house in bend.

came in a sifter, beautiful creamy head that stayed the whole trip to bliss.
tasted full of smooth malts and strong imperial umpff.

great beer for a nitro, have been needing it after almost of month of searching in the local Boise Beer scene, still no luck.


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Photo of Namaste108
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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