Black Butte XXIII – Deschutes Brewery (Aged 3+ Years)

I was very lucky to find a bottle of Deschutes Brewery’s 23rd Birthday brew “Black Butte XXIII” an Imperial Porter released on June 27th, 2011.  The brewery is located in Bend Oregon.  I consumed this brew on November 4th, 2013.  The porter pours an almost opaque black with a tan head.  The aroma consists of rich roasted malts, orange, chocolate and an overall sweetness.  The flavour was big with roasted malts, smoke, bitterness, chocolate, oranges, caramel, a building chilli burn finished by a mild alcohol burn.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.8% with an IBU of 55.  This beer that was listed as better after June 15th, 2012 was amazing!  What a crazy mix of flavours that worked so well!

Commercial Description:  XXIII. So where to next? What’s 2011’s rich, imperial take on Black Butte Porter? Just for kicks, you dream. Orange zest perhaps? From Spanish Oranges. Seville, to be exact. And Chocolate nibs. Pampered nibs from the artisanal alchemists at Theo. Maybe some chilies? Pasilla Negra only, please. That would be crazy wouldn’t it? Welcome to crazy. Get it while you can.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Rogue Creamery Blue cheese dip with lardons and toasted hazelnuts, Dry aged ribeye with roasted mushroom and veal jus, fingerling potatoes and sautéed green beans , Espresso rubbed beef brisket with Black Butte Porter BBQ sauce and fresh jicama slaw, Crème brûlée with almond praline and fresh raspberries.


Peste (Choclolate Chili Ale) – Elysian Brewing

From Elysian Brewing out of Seattle Washington comes the “Peste (Chocolate Chili Ale)” the 4th beer in the 12 beers of the apocalypse series.  The beer pours a deep brown with a brown head.  I found some sediment flakes in the bottle of beer.  The beer had a wonderful smell of chocolate with some mild chillies.  The flavor is very opposite to the smell.  The chocolate flavor is only mild while the chilli flavor is overpowering.  The spice builds and builds.  If you like spicy beer you will probably like this but it was not my cup of tea sadly.  The beer sits at an alcohol content of 7.5%.

Chilli Stout (casked) – Central City Brewing

From Surrey’s Central City Brewing (Red Racer Brewing) comes the “casked Chilli Stout”.  This casked beer was tasted at the Summer Cask Festival 2012 at Central City Brewing in Surrey BC.  The beer pours a deep black opaque colour with a off white head.  The beer has the scent of just an average stout.  The flavor of the beer is very different than the smell though as it is high in chilli spice.  This is such a different beer but amazing.  If you have never had a spicy beer you should go out and try it!  If you can find a cask of this try it right away.

Summer Cask Festival