Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt Beverage brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs with 50% being aged in bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currant added.

Added by msubulldog25 on 07-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,007
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
416
For Trade:
45
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Hills

It's dark with a little less opacity as previous years, some tan ringlets. Smells of oak, coffee, toasted malts, soil and a little grape pith. Flavor is booze, coffee grounds, oak, tart beer, some dark grape skins, tannic and not very good to me. Medium on full bodied with moderate carb and a bit of a acidic character, quite dry finish. I'm probably not gonna be buying many bottles of this, if any. Sigh. Deschutes is losing their punch for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3.12/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of MIrvine
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Don't know why I have to enter a review just because me opinion of the beer differs from most everyone else. I also wish BA would let users to simply make private reviews for our personal use instead of public reviews.

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3.2/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.28/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- near black. Full dark cappuccino head.

Aroma- Christmas cake soaked in brandy, with notes of rum raisin ice cream.

Taste- A rich desert beer. Starts rich and sweet with overripe pear mellowed by hints of vanilla (probably from the bourbon barrel aging) finishing with an imperial stout roasty cocoa finish. Too sweet and strong ("hot" alcohol esters) for everyday drinking. This is best saved as a wintertime aperitif or survival beer if you're stuck in an ice cave.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 10/19/2013.

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3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a good bit of light brown head. Nose has a bit of licorice, medium roast, sugary berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Taste is roasty mid palate, heavy berry sweetness and a touch of green apple. Mild acidity and an extremely full creamy body.

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,007 ratings.
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