Deschutes Black Butte XXIX

LOC: Bend, Ore­gon ABV: 12% | IBUS: 55 | SRM: N/A

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What the brewer says

“Every year, we cel­e­brate our an­niver­sary with an im­pe­rial, bar­rel-aged ver­sion of our flag­ship Black Butte Porter. This year, to cel­e­brate twenty-nine years of brew­ing, we’ve added choco­late malt, co­coa, and cin­na­mon for an­other multi-lay­ered fla­vor ex­pe­ri­ence.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Re­ally fruity. Plum, raisin, dark cherry, black­berry, ba­nana, cherry cola, and sherry notes dom­i­nate, with very lit­tle malt or ad­juncts coming through. Slight spici­ness of cin­na­mon and a touch of nut­meg.” Fla­vor: “More blue­berry fruit up front with malt sweet­ness wash­ing over the en­tire palate. The fla­vor lingers with fla­vor of nut­meg, light amounts of dark co­coa, and a mild bar­rel char­ac­ter.” Over­all: “Lots of fruit and lots of sweet­ness. The bar­rel is sub­tle. On pa­per, the com­bi­na­tion of spices and in­gre­di­ents should be an easy slam dunk, but this beer is an ex­am­ple of how in­gre­di­ents alone do not make the beer. It’s a thin, over­spiced, cloy­ing, and nowhere near as en­joy­able as other beers we’ve had in the flight.” 74 AROMA: 9 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 15 MOUTH­FEEL: 3 OVER­ALL: 7

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