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Feb 28

It’s not pretty, but it tastes great

Deschutes Black Butte anniversary vertical
Have you ever almost shed a tear over beer? I have. When I first heard Deschutes cancelled the 2010 release of Black Butte XXII was one of these times.

For XXII the brewery used a new experimental chocolate from Theo Chocolate, so I expected the beer to taste amazing. If you’ve ever had Theo Chocolate you most definitely understand this expectation.

Unfortunately the chocolate never fully dissolved in the beer, giving an unsightly trailing layer across the the surface of the beer. As Deschutes is a brewery that demands consistent, high quality beers, they determined that even though the beer tasted great, the presentation was not up-to-par for public release. They did, however, make limited quantities available at the brewery and tasting room (and occassional features) where they could explain the the use of the experimental chocolate and snail trail resting on top of the imperial porter.

Though I didn’t make it to Portland, I did get a chance to taste it in a vertical pour at Fremont Oktoberfest 2010. It was wonderful.

You’ve gotta respect a brewery that stands by its principles.

Deschutes Black Butte XX, XXI, and XXII vertical tasting — can you guess which is which?
Black Butte Imperial Porter - XXII, XXI, XX

Did you guess correctly?
From left to right, Black Butte XXII, XXI, XX.

Deschutes Black Butte XXIII is on schedule for June 2011 release.

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