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Black Butte XX by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
American Porter
11.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 09/15/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 4 9 2008
22 oz bottle I got 3 years ago from either Reino or Bags. Hard to remember. I think it was Reino. Either way, thanks to both you guys for awesome beers over the years. Served up in small snifter.

A: Jet black body with lots of gloss to it. Seems pretty opaque. Held to the light, a little brown hue peeks through at the top edges of the glass, otherwise it is in fact opaque. The pour got me amost a finger of mocha colored head. It fell quickly to a ring and puts up some spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is almost all booze. Lots of sweet bourbon and burnt sugar. Getting a good amount of coffee and chocolate when I sort through all this booze. I can only pick up on a touch of caramel coming through, otherwise thats all I'm getting.

T: Pleasant surprise here. The flavor is not nearly as boozy as the nose. Not even close. The chocolate really dominates. Lots of dark and milk chocolate flavors. Just very tasty chocolate goodness. Coffee is a bit subdued but does have a nice roast to it. Bourbon and caramel rounds this off. Further inspection gets me a light bitterness from the hops mingling with coffee and chocolate. Just friggin beautiful.

M: Light side of full in body. Silky smooth on the palate. ABV is misleading. It feels like its not even there at first sip, but a light warmth slowly builds in the core of the chest. Just enough to let you know to slow down and savor what this beer has to offer. Aftertaste is all milk chocolate.

OA: Damned good and one of the best beers I have had in a very long time. I am really glad I held onto this bottle for 3 years because it is almost perfect to me. This is dangerous because I know want more and that could be costly. Just a beautiful beer.

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 2010
22oz Bomber

I was lucky enough to get this treat in a recent trade with msbulldog25, thanks again Brian. Deschutes giant porter, Black Butte XX pours midnight black without letting a hint of light shine through. This is one of those beers that actually swallow up the light around the glass. A standard pour raised a mocha head two fingers before it settled to a thick cap of frothiness. Mild patchwork lacing is left down the glass after each drink.

Cocoa hits right up front and never truly fades. Each healthy swirl brings the dark roast coffee to the front. Bittersweet coffee combines with tangy anise to create a strong licorice aroma toward the back. While I really like the aroma of this beer I do have one complaint. As this beer warms up the roastiness does come forward a bit more. The adjuncts seem to take over the aroma without letting the beer itself come through. It is very tastefully done though, nothing is huge and in your face. All the aspects seem nicely balanced in the aroma.

The flavor shows much of the same characteristics as the aroma. This beer shows much more of the porter characteristics then I thought I would get when I stuck my nose in the glass. The roastiness and anise are what jump out right away. These two aspects lead through the entire drink. The cocoa nibs, bittersweet chocolate, and dark roast coffee all come through as accompaniments, the coffee being the mildest of the three. I'm not getting much bourbon or oak in the flavor, I would have loved to see some come through. This is a big beer and there is an alcohol heat on the finish along with green hops.

I thoroughly enjoy the mouthfeel of this giant porter. The body leans toward the lighter side of heavy and shows a little stick on the back of the throat. The solid hopping, roastiness, and coffee add a nice touch of bitterness. I'm surprised at the smoothness and lighter then expected body from an 11% beer.

This is a big beer with a lot of robust flavor. The alcohol hinders the drinkability a little but this bomber is a joy to sip away. As a matter of fact, for a beer this big with such deep flavor, this goes down surprisingly easy. It will warm you up without a doubt.

Black Butte XX is a high quality beer that seems to be a little rough around the edges. I'm under the impression this will smooth out and become an excellent sipper with a couple months under its belt. Deschutes has a very tasteful way of doing their barrel aging and adjunct additions. I'm very impressed with the way this and The Abyss was done in those regards. The beer is the showcase instead of the adjuncts, which is just the way it should be. Thanks again for the treat Brian!

Reviewed: 7/21/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by OlieIPA on 06/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2008
My buddy opened up a bottle for me last night...and all I have to say about this beer is that its pure goodness in a bottle.

A: The best word to describe the color of this beer would be "Darkness". It had an okay 1-finger tan head along with lacing that stuck to wall of my snifter.

S: Overwhelming (in a good way) coffee aroma with hints of cocoa.

T: Pure and simple...probably the best tasting porter I have had. Again, rich coffee and chocolate characteritics with obvious aging in bourbon barrels. A nice light to medium bitter finish.

M: Heavy-medium thickness with light carbonation. Rested in the palate for quite some time.

Overall: Exceptional beer. If you like this, I highly recommend trying Alesmith's Decadence when it comes out. Both are about on the same level as each other, but this one probably edges it out.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by tayner on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2008
22 oz brown bottle with black wax. 11% abv

Pours pitch black into my tulip glass with a cocoa colored head that falls pretty quick to a wispy floating coating with a small ring. It left a decent amount of lacing behind.

The smell is of oak, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and some roasted nutty flavor. It is very nice that the coffee isnt overpowering the rest of the flavors in the nose as most coffee beers seem to.

Taste is, well, good. I love black butte porter anyway, and this is certainly an amped up version of that beer. If you try really hard you can find the base beer in here, and added to it I get some oakiness and vanilla with some warm bourbon, and I get my morning cup of not too strong coffee, and a smooth, velvet, creamy piece of chocolate. It is like i spiked my cup of morning joe with some chocolate creamer with a splash of whiskey. All the flavors are balanced quite nicely.

The mouthfeel on this one is nice. It is smooth and creamy, and full but not heavy. This is the one place you see it is a porter and not a stout. It is by no means watery, just not as heavy and oily as a RIS would be, making it easier to drink.

This one is off the charts drinkable for an 11% beer. I feel the alcohol going down just a little, slight warming is all, no burn. The smooth, creamy texture more than make up for it, and with no one flavor overpowering the other, but instead blending nicely together, it becomes as easy to drink as your morning coffee. I think with about 6 months of aging this one will be exceptional, which seems to bode well for it being released in June/July.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2008
A - Pour produces a nice inch and a half of sturdy looking cocoa colored foam. It's made up of varying sized bubbles and is showing no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Body is super dark brown, but maybe not quite black, and completely opaque.

S - Nice big roasty nose hits right away. Light coffee combines nicely with the roastiness. Chocolate hits with both dark and milk varieties. Touch of vanilla and oak.

T - Lots of nice flavors here. Nice fresh roasted coffee flavor seems to hit first. Definitely coffee and not espresso here. Milk chocolate is next. There's definitely that bit of lactose flavor there. Vanilla comes in with this chocolate to make a tasty combination. There's just a touch of bourbon flavor here, which is nice as it doesn't overpower the rest of the flavors going on in the brew. Light bitterness, partially from the coffee roast comes in and lingers for a bit. Finishes smooth and fairly clean, with just a touch of bitterness leftover.

M - Full bodied and oh so smooth.

Overall - If there is one thing that I really appreciate with some of these Deschutes beers, it's the blending of the bourbon barrel aged and regular. It allows you to get the bourbon flavors without the other nuances of the beer being overshadawed. This one is no exception.

Served In: Tulip

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