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

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)
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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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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Nearly black with a brown head that retains and laces very well. Ruby highlights around the edges, mostly clear.

Just the right amount of bourbon/barrel that I prefer. Hs a nice depth of dark fruit flavors with fig, plum, dark cherry, rounding off with some caramel/vanilla oak with booze on the finish. Long aftertaste with rich dark chocolate, slightly bitter feel.

M - Medium body, feels a little thin considering abv.

O - So glad I got to have this, a beer I've had my eye on for some time. Solid depth of flavors and just the right amount of barrel character for me. I'd absolutely get it again, but I expecting a little more considering how much I enjoy the standard Black Butte.

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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed @ TJ's -Kick the keg event

I have enjoyed the 23, 24 & now it's the 25!
A lovely sales Rep. greeted & spoke to me about Oregon and this special Butte.

It is similar to the other years and is excellent overall. The addition of licorice & anise combine to taped off the raison and plum sweetness. It is a nice balance and produces a very subtle sour note on the front of the tongue. As it warms the initial nose & sweet taste increases but so does the slight sour at the back of the tongue. It is not a negative (as I'm not a big sour fan) but just adds to the complexity. Still some smokiness from the base black butte lingers also.

Again for a "porter" this is a winner and a leader in the category.
Try it.
Ok now they are giving out Class of 88 smoked porter. TBC!

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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lone Oak in Eagan. Seemed like a 12 oz pour for $7.50 at happy hour.
Good looking. Black and more black with a lighter tan head with relatively short stamina, but decent lacing.
Aroma that clearly exhibited the three primary characteristics of this drink - vanilla, bourbon and roast. Roast had almost a burnt quality at times, but not to excess.
Flavors nearly match aroma. Seems the vanilla may a bit heavy here, but there is more oak and the roast is balanced nicely. Little tributaries of hop flavors show with searching.
My favorite part of this is the good soft and creamy feel. That's a really plus.
Overall quite smooth without any excess in the fresh malt sharpness, which blends well and is quite nice. Quick shots of warmth in the gut and thin streams of alcohol in the flavor, which is enveloped quite nicely overall for such a big beer.
Glad I finally got a chance to try this one. I've been waiting for awhile.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark black color with a small khaki head.

The aroma has sweet chocolate along with a bit of the fruit of dark figs and raisins. Vanilla and oak comes through from the barrels as well.

The flavor follows with that sweetness that keeps going with those dark fruits along with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. There's a bit of vanilla in there too, but not too much bourbon barrel character, but it does help make the beer smooth, yet a bit boozy as well.

A quite delicious beer.

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,012 ratings