Saturday, October 6, 2012

Black Butte XXIV

  • SRM Color : 70
  • Brewer: Deschuttes
  • Brewer's Description:  24 years after Black Butte Porter’s debut, our potent, layered, imperial tribute returns. As usual, it’s a jazz riff, guided by the brewer’s muse and the lure of exotic ingredients. Artisanal dark chocolate nibs. Daglet dates. Mission figs. It may, possibly, hopefully, be the best edition yet. But, as it should be, you’ll be the judge of that.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Goblet 
  • Russ' rating: 9.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Jarlsberg and Apple Slices
  • Comments: Once a year Deschutes brews a batch of the Black Butte with a special character and composition. This is the year 24 version. Pouring dark and thick this beer is a mystery from the initial crack of the cap. It pours a heavy black into the glass with an average (0.5mm - 0.7mm) caramel colored head that leaves a lacing to the bottom of the goblet. The nose is sweet with a hint of raw chocolate and anise with a slight roasted malt scent. The flavor reflects the smell with a robust roasted malt taste with a rich and slightly bitter aftertaste. Note that it is not bitter like overly hopped beer but more like a fine chocolate. It finished smooth and fresh, leaving me longing for more. I look forward to the 25th anniversary brew,.