Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Porter - Imperial
4.27 | pDev: 8.43%
Apr 05, 2021
Jul 02, 2013
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)
Notes: Malt Beverage brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs with 50% being aged in bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currant added.
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4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring floating on top

S- dark fruits are on display on the nose with the figs, dates and black currant really coming forward, I'm guessing accentuated after aging. Undertones of rich chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, tobacco and a hint of leather. Light undertones of bourbon barrel round it out

T- dark fruits lead the way on taste with fig and date adding a prune like flavor up front, followed by chocolate, molasses and a bit of pipe tobacco. The finish gives just a hint of oaky bourbon barrel, with the black currants enhancing the dark fruity notes which linger long after the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into an almost chewy finish, very impressive for a porter

O- one of the best Black Butte variants, the dark fruits really enhance the base beer and the mouthfeel is velvety and creamy throughout

Apr 05, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Bomber from Jeremy. Silky black pour, tiny beige ring. Aroma is a mixture of roast malts, chocolate and light sweetness, hint of booze. Taste brings the chocolate front and center, dark bitter chocolate, a bit dry, light booze. No sag in this 5 year old brew. Really damn good.

May 31, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by cavedave from New York

Pours darkest brown with a slow to leave finger of tan foam. Thick looking beer for sure.

Bourbon, dark caramel, vanilla, blackberry, light roasty notes, dark chocolate, and dates are all here in this wonderful aroma. It's a heavenly scent that begs for a sip to be taken.

Well blended version of the aroma, now the blackberry fragrance is revealed as currant, dark chocolate notes are a key player, with booze a wonderful spicy warmth that allows the flavors to mellow into the palate. End of sip is lightly sweet and fruity but picks up some herbal bitter and roasty notes that keep it just dry enough to please

Full bodied, very viscous, and coats the palate in clean flavors, low carb., and an epic finish make this baby superb.

Glad to say this has held up marvelously, no hint of oxidation, a blended beauty of a beer. Highly recommended.

Aug 18, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Tried in 2019.

Jun 23, 2019
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Jan 02, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dates, figs, cocoa, red berries and a little cardboardy oxidation. Flavor is dark toasted malt, cocoa, dates, red currants, licorice, light bourbon and oaky vanilla. Lingering lightly charred malt and currants in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. Nice. This big porter has held up beautifully for five years, with a fine mellowing and integration of flavors. Sadly, I did not review this fresh, so I don't know how the currant component originally tasted, but it gives a surprisingly fresh berry flavor to the taste from start to finish. The bourbon, if strong originally has mellowed and perhaps melded with the berry flavors. The oxidation in the aroma is not evident in taste, and except for the great integration of flavors, this has little to show its age. This is one of my favorite beers at any time and glad to see it age so gracefully.

Oct 08, 2018
4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa on Sep 02, 2018
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Aug 17, 2018
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2018
4.28 by ckeegan04 from Texas on Jul 07, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BillRoth from Maryland

Just opened a cellared XXV... wow! The 5 years seems to to have rounded out the edges beautifully. Still huge and roasty; big barrel flavors but little bourbon or sweet vanilla up front... now more bitter vanilla bean and a touch more of wood, figs, port wine, black strap and licorice that seemed more hidden back in 2013. Smooth feel despite roast and ABV.
More old ale-ish than porter and a delicious complex sipper. Great with aged cheese.

Mar 03, 2018
4.43 by Buck89 from Tennessee on Dec 08, 2017
4.47 by rarigney from Washington on Dec 01, 2017
4.27 by festizio from California on Nov 24, 2017
4.24 by sbuck from New Mexico on Oct 28, 2017
4.25 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on May 03, 2017
4.5 by bshefftz from California on Apr 27, 2017
4.75 by Scepter from Texas on Jan 22, 2017
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3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

This might be the worst one of the anniversary series. Unless your name is Consecration, your currant addition probably sucks.

Has that familiar mixture of dark brown and black, beige head 1/3". Aroma is less bourbon than ever. Takes on more red wine barrel notes than other years.

Taste, shit, the bourbon and chocolate are woefully underrepresented in this version. The mouth feel continues to stress on the currant and red wine notes, to the detriment of the chocolate and bourbon. Too much dark fruit presence, contributes to a higher than normal ibu feel to it. Alcohol not as covered up as it used to be. A good beer? Sure. But look at the price, and look at prior years, this is more expensive and less good.

Jan 04, 2017
3.25 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas on Dec 17, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2014 vintage; drank 5/15/14 on draft @ Fischman's.

Brown/black hue.

Tan head; strong lace.

Figs, red wine, oak & a hint of booze in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel, with a carbonation bite.

Raisin, fig, red wine, milk chocolate, booze & tobacco flavors; complex, but a touch to dry & hot.

Dec 06, 2016
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3.47/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by deleted_user_357747

Didn't care for the currants in this.

Nov 19, 2016
4.34 by VashonGuy from Washington on Nov 14, 2016
4.38 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas on Nov 10, 2016
4.08 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Oct 10, 2016
4.21 by rbrefbeerman from California on Sep 28, 2016
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Sep 27, 2016
4 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Sep 25, 2016
4.15 by slipperysoup from Illinois on Sep 14, 2016
4.25 by Jame515 from Texas on Aug 23, 2016
4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jul 31, 2016
4.21 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Jul 29, 2016
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by zenithberwyn from California

Aged 2.5 years. Roasty, fruity, chocolatey, delightful.

Jun 09, 2016
4.25 by Dewsby from Kentucky on May 31, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by papat444 from Canada (QC)

Pours thick and black, lots of roasted nuts but also very heavy on dark fruits (verging on sour a bit), blackberries, chocolate, figs. I liked it but would have preferred more roasted porter flavor.

May 11, 2016
4.25 by kraticus41 from Minnesota on Apr 22, 2016
3.72 by hilgart1 from Illinois on Apr 06, 2016
3.74 by MrHolden from Texas on Mar 29, 2016
4.25 by CDCNAM from Louisiana on Feb 25, 2016
4.15 by Beer21 from Florida on Feb 18, 2016
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1022 ratings