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Trip to the Fridge: Deschutes Black Butte XXI

April 4, 2010

It was an anniversary of sorts for Lush C and I, so what better way to celebrate than with a Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery.  What an amazing beer.  I can see why it is so highly coveted and rated. It’s not something I’d drink a lot of, but it is perfect for after dinner sipping. It is like fine port, dark chocolate and coffee all in one.  The many flavors in every taste continue to expand as you savor it.   The roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon barrel sweetness is nicely tamed by the bitterness from the chocolate and coffee. Surprisingly, the alcohol flavor is hidden in this 11% ABV beer.  If you can still find it, get it, and enjoy it.

On the Bottle:
XXI. What does 21 years of hardcore experimentation look like? Witness this imperial version of our Black Butte Porter.  Three types of chocolate malt. Three varieties of northwest hops. Cocoa nibs from the Dominican Republic. Locally roasted Ethiopian coffee.  Painstakingly aged in bourbon barrels. Joyous abandon in a bottle. After 21 years we recognize the safe path, we just refuse to take it.

GBT’s Take:
Color – Black
Head – Tan
Aroma – Sweet, Bourbon, coffee, chocolate
Body – Medium Bodied, lighter than it looks and you would think
Flavor-Sweet bourbon and vanilla, dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, and a hint of smokiness
Finish – Like a fine port.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

DraughtE

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