It’s here! Deschutes Reserve Black Butte Porter 24th Anniversary Edition. This is a beer that deserves to be purchased by the case so you can cellar some of the bottles for at least a year, if not longer. We make it easier for Club Members to buy by the case with a great discount:
Here’s what Deschutes has to say about this:
XXIV. 24 years after Black Butte Porter’s debut, our potent, layered, imperial tribute returns. As usual, it’s a jazz riff, guided by the brewer’s muse and the lure of exotic ingredients. Artisanal dark chocolate nibs. Deglet dates. Mission figs. It may, possibly, hopefully, be the best edition yet. But, as it should be, you’ll be the judge of that.
- Chocolate Chip Date French Toast
- Prosciutto Standing Rib Roast With Figs
- Chocolate-Dusted Scallops With Vanilla Butter Sauce
- Cocoa-Date Truffles
This is the 3rd edition of this cellarable beer. It was first released as Black Butte XX on the 20th Anniversary of Black Butte Porter. I stashed a case for myself of this first release, and now that it’s 4 years old, it’s tasting *really* smooth and delicious. The XXI came out the next year and I opened one of each to compare. After 1 year the beer is about as perfect as it gets, and by comparing side-by-side, you can taste how the aging process has mellowed the harsher flavors and integrated all the various components, including Bourbon Barrel aging, into a fluid flavor profile. The XXII was never released to the public, because something went wrong with the chocolate, and Deschutes didn’t want to release a potentially imperfect beer. The XXIII release was last year, and if you stashed a case your bottles are about a year old, and definitely time to start tasting and comparing. Below is the full label, notice the stamp that says: Best After 7/16/13. Yes, it’s a beer that gets BETTER with age. Go for it, but at least 6 bottles, if not 12 and start your beer cellar.