Beer Review: DESCHUTES BLACK BUTTE XXIV

Beer Review: DESCHUTES BLACK BUTTE XXIV

Publisher: Deschutes Brewery

Genre: Imperial Porter

Print Length: 22 oz. bottle

ISBN: 11% abv.

Deschutes Brewery’s “Deschutes Black Butte XXIV” is an anniversary tribute to their classic Black Butte Porter, promising a potent and layered experience. However, this imperial porter falls short of expectations, offering a mix of flavors that fails to impress.

Appearance: The beer pours a viscous black with tan edges, hinting at its rich flavor profile.

Aroma: Notes of roast, alcohol, and ripe dark fruit dominate the aroma, with a hint of cough syrup, which may be off-putting for some.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma, with prominent flavors of dark fruit, alcohol, char, and burnt roast. However, these flavors are not well-balanced and can be overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation, enhancing its imperial nature.

Overall: While some may appreciate the boldness of “Deschutes Black Butte XXIV,” others may find it too intense. The beer lacks the balance expected in a bourbon barrel-aged strong dark beer, with the dark fruit and char overpowering other flavors. It’s suggested that this beer might benefit from cellaring to mellow out its flavors.