96pointsDeschutes Black Butte XXVII 27th Birthday

Deschutes's Birthday Reserve is an annual limited-edition release to watch for. The base is Deschute's Black Butte Porter, brewed with Theo chocolate cocoa nibs, pomegranate molasses and select spices, blended with apricot purée, then partially (50%) aged six months in Bourbon barrels. It's powerful and dense, with loads of aromas and flavors of figs, raisins, dried apricot, chocolate malt, vanilla bean, lightly-roasted coffee, molasses, woody spice and peppery cigar box. Medium bodied, with ample carbonation to the lush, creamy texture, this boasts a warming sensation that lingers long on the earthy, spicy finish. The bottle recommends consumption after July 2016, but given the intense characteristics, decadent body, plush mouthfeel and endless finish, this could easily continue to evolve well through 2020. Lauren Buzzeo

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  • Rating
    96
  • Alcohol
    11.6%
  • Bottle Size
    12 oz/6 pack
  • Category
    American Porter
  • Date Published
    2/1/2016
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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