Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

Rated 3.420 by BeerPals

Brewed by Deschutes Brewery

Bend, OR, United States

Style:  Imperial Porter

10.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Our 26th anniversary Imperial Porter was aged in bourbon barrels and dry spiced with Theo's cocoa nibs, revealing hints of vanilla and chocolate. Pomegranate molasses and cranberries complement the robust flavor with a hint of fruit and just enough tart to make you smile.

ID: 58009 Last updated 2 months ago Added to database 6 years ago

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Overall Rank4828
Overall Percentile89.7
Style Rank86 of 296
Style Percentile70.9
Lowest Score3.7
Highest Score4.4
Average Score4.050
Weighted Score3.420
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CHOPZ 5414 reviews
    rated 3.7 5 years ago

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

    Thanks to David for this one, bought at Lee's Discount Liquor in Vegas. Pours a dark brown colour with a decent mocha head for such a high ABV and lacing. Aromas seem tarty with some roasted malts and lots of fruits (cherries, plums, dates) and hints of nuts. The taste has a lot of the same fruits, going from the dark fruits to the cherries and pomegranate. Molasses and smooth roasted malts. Grass in the finish. Quite a nice Imperial Porter with a lots of added stuff to it, but blended into it so not a crazy curve. Very rich overall though.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.4 6 years ago

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

    Pours dark brown, not quite opaque, as I can see a little light around the edges of the glass. Foamy, two finger head. Surprised at the lack of lacing. Lots of tan floaties. Aromas of chocolate, malted milk balls, coffee and roasted malt. Flavors include carob, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee with hints of vanilla and dark fruit. Mild booziness, despite the 10.8% abv. The bourbon takes a backseat on both the smell and taste (until the beer warms a bit), although, when cold, it is slightly detectable on the finish, which is neither sweet or dry. This is a work of art. As it looks and smells a bit like a Stout, I was a bit initially surprised at the thinness of the mouthfeel, but was then reminded that this an Imperial Porter. Super tasty brew. A bit on the pricy side, but every now and then you have to treat yourself and that is what I'm doing right now. Highly recommended.

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