Deschutes Black Butte XXI Imperial Strong Porter

Deschutes Black Butte XXI Imperial Strong Porter Wow, age hasn't slowed this puppy down at all. Still huge and boozy. This was brewed with cocoa nibs and roasted coffee beans and a good portion was aged in whiskey barrels. This is the biggest porter that I can ever remember tasting. It was a bit hard on the palate until I got to my second glass and my palate adjusted. Big dark monster, dark chocolate, espresso, burnt caramel, whiskey. Very rich and thickly textured. Honestly this is a great after dinner quaff, not the best kind of beer for dinner. Calling this balanced is like calling a huge Paso Syrah balanced. Even most of the good ones aren't really about balance, more about power and that is what I would say this is about. 4.3/5

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