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

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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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Ratings: 1,007 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of sphmiel
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at iTap CWE. Pours very black, lingering lace, awesome aroma of cocoa, dark fruits, roasts. Carried into the flavor, very rich tasting, worth going out of the way for.

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Photo of josephandbrown
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10 oz draft pour into a Belgian tulip glass.

Very dark but not quite pitch black. It leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is superb, one of the best things about this beer. There are hints of figs and currants, and a strong suggestion of the oaking. The taste is typical of high ABV, oak aged dark beers: it's hearty, with chocolate notes and hints of vanilla. It has a thick, chewy feel, and leaves a creamy niceness well after the swallow.

A very strong special edition from Deschutes!

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Photo of ArtZan
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CotterEU
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienI
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip. Best after 6/10/14.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a thin finger of dense light tan head that slowly disappeared into a fuzzy collar.
S: Sweet nose with notes of candied fruits, dark fruits, caramel and molasses coming through. I get notes of mild bourbon barrel, tons of grape and sweet current.
T: Tons of dark fruits up front with notes of sweet black currents easily noticeable. Cocoa, caramel, cola, mild leather, and bourbon follow, with hints of leaf tobacco, candied fruits, molasses, and raisin. The finish has a touch of prune and fig mixed with sweet caramel and bourbon. The aftertaste has hints of bitter grape skins and a super ripe fruit quality.
M: Full body, sweet and sticky mouthfeel, fuzzy carbonation, slight bitterness and tannic quality.
O: Sweeter than the others as I remember them, and a bit too sweet for me to love. Otherwise a pretty solid beer though.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber bottle (w/best AFTER date of 06/10/2014) poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. The bottle indicates it's brewed with dates, figs, and coco nibs with 50% being aged in bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currant added. Reasonably hard pour produces a nice thick dark eggshell colored head. Mostly small bubbles, it's thick and frothy with excellent lacing. Comes out of the glass brown but looks black once it's in the bottle.

Smells good, but a year and a half after the best after date leads me to believe that the aromas might have worn off a little bit. Classic dark grainy malts detected that are in any good dark beers tend to have. Slight chocolate tones and the dates and figs are pretty easily detected. No indication of any coffee added but everything blended together sort of smells like a dark roasted blueberry coffee which is totally my speed. Everything is good, I wish it was the slightest bit stronger.

Taste is outstanding. Again the classic dark roasted ready malts are there. There is bourbon detected this time a sweet vanilla/oakey flavor. Cocoa nibs aren't as present as the dates and figs are. It all blends together nicely. The black currant (I guess I've never had it before) meshes great with the figs and dates. It certainly has the dark fruity flavors. Sort of some tannins at the end

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied and a nice moderate carbonation level; nice long lingering flavors. Starts sweet, maintains smooth with an earthy set up and a dry finish. Great drinkability a nice sipper, almost like a good quality Russian Imperial Stout (with a partial bourbon barrel blend). These Black Butte birthday beers area always pleasing. Thanks JJ!

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a deep black. Thin tannish head and nice lacing.

S: Toasted malts, dried fruits, and booze.

T/F: Absolutely delicious beer. The roasted malts mixed with the bourbon give this brew a ton of flavor. Lots of dark candied fruits... raisins, plums, and figs. Gets even nicer as it warms to room temperature. Smooth and silky. The bourbon is in the background but gives it a great boozy feel.

O: Absolutely spectacular beer.. complex and delicious, and definitely let this one age a bit if you're fortunate enough to have it in a bottle. Deschutes delivers (again).

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Photo of ajm5108
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of vanilla oak booze aroma with some bitter chocolate undertone. Front is bitter chocolate with roasted coffee, a little abrasive, though it segues into a more vanilla bean bourbon that finishes very smooth. It definitely isn't over the top with the bourbon flavor. There is some dark fruit in the end as well, maybe from the currant but I'm not very familiar with that otherwise.

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Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opened 11-6-15
Pure, solid, blackness. No light can shine through it. Head is peculiarly two toned, off-white to tan, clinging well to glass.
Scent is like chocolate pudding creamy smooth chocolate, very rich and strong. Beckons you to drink it.
Taste follows closely to scent. Chocolate and smooth, the aftertaste is very bitter however, to the point of it being a little distracting. But this is a very small negative to a delicious aged beer.
The mouthfeel is silky and really could not be better for the beer.

at this later date (over a year past the "enjoy after" date) this beer becomes amazing. There is nothing that should keep this beer at this time less than world class. The best Deschutes beer I have ever enjoyed.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cramerican
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tele
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (Best after 6.10.14)
Consumed: 10.17.15

A: 4.5 The beer is clear, and very dark brown, nearly black. There’s a very small tan head, only about half an inch, that dissipates quickly.

S: 4.5 Aromas have really developed after two plus years in the bottle. Bourbon seems more up front with chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, roasted malt, and a bit of dark coffee. The bourbon starts to back off as the beer warms but caramel and toffee elements show up, which go very nicely with the fruit.

T: 4.25 Tastes is similar to the nose. The bourbon is a bit too mild, giving way to the fruit flavors. There’s definitely a lot more cherry and chocolate from the nose with a nice roasty bitterness lingering on the finish.

M: 4.5 Body is really nice if a little thin. Despite it’s appearance, carbonation is spot on making the beer feel more substantial.

O: 4.5 I was hesitant about Deschutes’ “enjoy after” date, but a bit of age really did wonders for this beer, especially for the nose. The fruit is really nicely integrated and compliments the roasted malt. If the bourbon was a bit more forward (it was pretty mild fresh too) this would be an incredible beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DemoniChris
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aaryah
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gryphon69
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cellered from 6-13

A- Pours near black, white lacing up the glass, small head that never really goes away

S- dark fruits, oak, sweet

T- is so much more than the nose, dates and figs really stand out, flavor bomb goes off from the first sip and lingers well after you swallow.

F- thicker, sticky on the lips

O- had 3 bottles on my cellar shelf since 13, down to 2. So much flavor its crazy good, will be looking to find a few more bottles - its really that good.

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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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