Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

Rated 3.809 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery

Bend, OR, United States

Style:  Imperial Porter

11% Alcohol by Volume

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The royal Black Butte XXIII follows the hop and malt lines laid down by Black Butte Porter, yet insists upon its own identity. The hop profile suggests a civilized bitterness without the bite. The chocolate and crystal malts and wheat offer big, roasty, silky body and mouthfeel. Bitter Sevilla oranges, fresh from Spain, dance alongside spicy Pasilla Negra chilies, dressed to impress with Theo’s chocolate nibs. Six months of savvy bourbon barrel-aging persuades the entire entourage to play their parts with a determined grace and charm.

ID: 44605 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank517
Overall Percentile99
Style Rank13 of 335
Style Percentile96.1
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.078
Weighted Score3.809
Standard Deviation0.390

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a deep opaque sable with a decent light tan head. Barleywine-like aroma has nutty and molasses tones. Smoky flavor is more like a barleywine than a porter and has nutty and molasses hints - overall very tasty. Texture is smooth and fizzy, very pleasing.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Waxed bottle pour into a snifter - dark black with lots of carbonation and a foamy 1/2 head. Really awesome aromas of orange peel, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Thin mouthfeel but a nice kick of carbonation give way to a menagerie of flavors. Dark chocolate, alcohol, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and slight hint of orange. This has a lot going on, but the flavors blend perfectly and nothing seems out of place. The slight bourbon aging really makes this one a winner. Glad to have tried, wish I had more than one.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    My contribution for the Aug KnoxBeerCrew tasting via slowrunner77, who sent me this beauty back in the spring. Another darkest brown/near black poured brew, beige head and cap, sustained, leaving chunky lacing. Roasted maltiness, coffee, dark chocolate, interesting twang from the oranges - light until it warms then quite a bit more noticeable, only a hint of advertised chilies very faint in the background aroma. Rich toasted malt and cocoa flavor, smooth and silky mouthfeel, molasses, a hint of orange peel, more cocoa, some coffee, didn't get any of the chilies. Hugely nice porter, predictably thinner than a big stout, but excellent for the style. Thanks Chris - waited a while to share this puppy - Worthy!

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    RBAG 2012. Dark light brown body……………………..yes that is exactly what I mean. Very dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, hints of coffee and slight alcohol all show up in the nose according to my notes. Heavy bitter malts, bakers chocolate, slight chalk, some smoke, finishes nutty. More yum coffee. Brew is good but it didn’t blow me away, probably would have scored higher if I just didn’t drink so many other amazing beers tonight.

  • SIGMUND 6903 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 10.8%. Black colour, big tan head. Strong roasty aroma, notes of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Strong roasty flavour, medium sweet, notes of strong coffee, caramel and bourbon, hints of liquorice. Bitter finish.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Nice well rounded porter, very robust yet it seemed to lack the depth and strength that was expected. Plenty of burnt and crystal malts to impart a sharpness that contrasted the milk chocolate and coffee qualities. Easy drinking for the strength.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle @ the Flying (cup+) Saucer .. . Pours a deep black coffee .. . light foam .. . mainly coffee, roasted malt, and dark dried fruit- just a hint of orange .. . pretty good, i think i liked the first reserve series from a few years back but this should age nicely.. . . I want the answers now or eventually!

  • MIKEMORROW 91 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I have now had 3 growlers of this fine brew. The last one being smoother than the first two. Slowrunner pretty much says it all. I get back to this review in Feb when they tap thier last keg. Its going to age well.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    scored a couple notches lower than previous releases. this was great as well, but a bit sweeter than previous versions. in a small sample it wouldn't be noticeable, but have a pint or bottle to yourself, and it becomes ever so slightly cloying. the usual suspects are there, cocoa, coffee, bourbon (though more subtle), with added orange peel and pepper. the pepper is barely noticeable, but is there a little in the finish (not in the aroma at all) and while the orange peel is nice, it takes away from other subtle nuances of the beer, hence the lower score. still a great beer, and one i'll age as well.

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