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Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

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This is a special beer. I was trying to save this for a bit, but today is a holiday-ish day over at my house. It’s not a holiday, but for some reason we are having company and some good food, so it might as well be a holiday. I mean, that’s the best part of holiday’s, right? The food and booze! So here we go. This beer is is made for the anniversary of Black Butte, but the XXII was never released in bottles (due to the chocolate solidifying, I believe), so I’ve had to wait a long time for this beer. Okay, so about this beer. I’m not sure how it actually differs from the original Black Butte in terms of malts and hops, but this one has amped up alcohol and Spanish oranges, cocoa nibs from Seattle, and Pasilla Negra chilies and 25% is aged in bourbon.

Stats:
American Porter. 8.0% ABV. 55 IBUs. Oregon. Limited Release.

Very dark ruby, not black. Nice tan head. Looks a lot like Abyss actually, just a bit lighter.

Right off the bat, the nose is a bit of a let down. I mean, it’s definitely a barrel aged porter. The bourbon comes out, with lots of chocolate, vanilla, custard, but otherwise, it’s fairly unspectacular.

Mouthfeel is big and thick. Very nice.

Boozy. Bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate big time, and really covers the palate. There is a bit of orange in here, but it’s fairly muted. I don’t taste the chili, but it does actually have this hot spice. If you keep it in your mouth, it’ll start to get a subtle burn. I thought it was the carbonation at first, but it actually sticks in your mouth, very interesting. Long chocolate finish with a serious amount of bitterness.

So the booze on this is a bit too much, probably from the combination of high ABV and bourbon barrel. I feel like that will subside if it it’s aged, like it’s supposed to be. The orange and chili is pretty muted, and many may not even get the flavors at all. 91 points.

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