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

Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)
1,007 Ratings
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine last July for $10.99. Best after 6/10/14.

Beer poured dark brown with a beautiful tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is decadent; dark fruits, chocolate, touch of oak, and vanilla.

Taste has light hints of bourbon as the initial sip was warming. Cocoa is very dominant, dark fruits are present, some vanilla, and enough hopping to keep the sweetness minimal.

Mouthfeel is a tad light but very smooth.

Overall this beer is a fine example of a masterful effort in the art form of blending. Glad i have a 2nd bottle in the wine fridge!

6-11-16 tasting notes from bottle 2.
Flavors are melding very well. There is a tad bit of heat, cocoa is still dominant, just a bit of vanilla from the barrell, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very satisfying. Drinking like a 4.5 beer - this is probably the best Anniversary I can recall having.

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,007 ratings
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