Black Butte XXV 25th Birthday Reserve – Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR, USA)


  • My Rating: A-

Black Butte XXV 25th Birthday Reserve – Deschutes Brewery, 11.3% ABV – 650ml.,(Bend, Oregon, USA)

on the front-side label:

Dates, figs and chocolate. Black currants, barrel-aged in bourbon casks. The result is an Imperial Porter with a tart berry and chocolate aroma with luscious layers of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. A fitting tribute to the 25th Anniversary of our flagship beer.”

  • Style: (flavoured) Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Sour malt date/fig cocoa coffee currant
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $18 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Now in their 25th edition with every year a little different and a bit more special. Pours ultra dark brown with virtually no head, a super thin layer of retention, lots of micro streams scattered throughout.

Nose: super malty with some cocoa. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: sour-sweet deep maltiness

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) fig/date fruitiness, malts, cocoa, black currant depth, coffee, bourbon booziness

Finish: coffee bitterness, alcohol detection, malty bittersweet finish.

Summary: Extremely well-bodied and drinkable, albiet very heavy malty. Having tried the 23rd version, I like that one better. This one is a bit more deep and sour whereas that one was citrus-chocolate spicy. Check out that review here.