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Buzz Words: Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXVI Birthday Reserve Porter

Black Butte XXVI Bottle Shot

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery

City: Bend, OR

Availability: Limited

ABV: 10.8%

Buy this now. Find this beer, and buy it. Then read this review.

Made in celebration of Deschutes’ 26th anniversary, this imperial porter was brewed with pomegranate molasses and cranberries, aged in bourbon barrels, and dry spiced with chocolate nibs. And still, it managed to be greater than the sum of its parts.

The XXVI’s chocolate aroma hits you as you pour it, and the pitch black liquid gives up hints of the vanilla and bourbon inside. It’s an excellent precursor to the taste, as the creamy feel compliments the chocolate and malt that kicks in as soon as it hits your palate. The chocolate sweet is edged by the bourbon from the barrel aging and gives way to the pomegranate before finishing with a refreshing vanilla and cranberry aftertaste.

The fruity tanginess gives it a chocolate-covered cranberry taste that would be too tangy if it wasn’t subdued so well by the sweet molasses and deep bourbon undertones. If I had the guts to dilute it with ice cream, it might make a great ice cream float.



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Billy Brown
Billy Brown
has a hard time standing still. A few years ago he combined his passion for the active lifestyle with his love of toys and somehow made a job out of it as a journalist specializing in outdoor sports and adventure travel. An avid runner, climber, crossfitter and snowboarder, he has tested gear around the world, from canyon running in Jordan to ice climbing in Chamonix. He writes for Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Wired, and Backpacker, as well as on websites like Gear Institute and Contact him at [email protected]

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