Friday, July 12, 2013

Black Butte XXIII

  • SRM Color : 70
  • Brewer: Deschutes Brewery
  • Brewer's Description:  XXIII. So where to next? What's 2011's rich, imperial take on Black Butte Porter? Just for kicks, you dream. Orange zest perhaps? From Spanish Oranges. Seville, to be exact. And Chocolate nibs. Pampered nibs from the artisanal alchemists at Theo. Maybe some chilies? Pasilla Negra only, please. That would be crazy wouldn't it? Welcome to crazy. Get it while you can. Released June 27, 2011.
  • Recommended Glassware: Goblet
  • Russ' rating: 10 of 10
  • With the brew: Sartori Espresso BellaVitano
  • Comments: How did we get here? Take a great Craft Beer Porter like Black Butte, and once a year create a special celebratory reserve release with exacting care to select only the finest ingredients. Brew this special beer only once a year and then cellar it for over two years. What you get is a beer that is unique and genius. It pours heavy and smooth with the lovely and complex nose of sweet toasted cocoa, vanilla, and woody note, and a head of average size ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles. The head dissipates but the beer has wet lacing inside the glass and never feels flat. This is quite frankly the smoothest beer I have ever had. The mouthfeel is silky and delicate with a chocolate and vanilla taste dominating your palate. The hops are delicate and sharp but not in the least bit bitter. Finishing clean with an oak or nutty finish. I believe this is the best bottled beer I have ever had. I have 3 bottles of the XXV in the cellar as of this week, and I will be blogging one each year about this time. Cheers Deschutes, this one is art.
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