Appearance: deep obsidian black with garnets glinting along edges when held up to light. Tan head is thick and bubbly, fading with lace which crawls up sides of glass. Swirls with soft and thick lace.
Nose: burnt – tar, char, and black licorice. Fudge deep in the back – dense, heavy, and fonduesque. Meaty dates and prunes in the back. Peatish.
Palate: smooth and creamy. Grabs back of throat with peat, char, and tar. Long lingering tart tannins – leather, old dates, and prunes – dried. Fudge atop the tongue. Richly complex. Meaty with massive umami fatty succulence with soy sauce grabbing the back swallow. Burnt twigs. Medium weight.
Final Thoughts: delicious. Deschutes has a long heritage of fabulous beers from their year-round offerings to seasonals to special once-a-year releases such as the Black Butte.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)