Its a Butte CLARK!

The Holidays have their share of challenges.  There have been funny holiday songs like the “Twelve Disasters of Christmas”, countless humorous holiday cards, and I believe the quintessential holiday movie Christmas Vacation!  The story of Clark Griswald an average food additives scientist and his family in a quest to find the true meaning of Christmas.  Along the way he destroys his car, home, and almost his career!  At one poignant part of the movie he asks his Father how he got through all the chaos and disasters of Christmas and his father said he “had a lot of help from Jack Daniels”, Yes!  Booze and Christmas seem to go together like eggs and Spam!

Now we have spent a lot of time on this blog talking about the flavors of the season, and I’m here to say that given the baggage that seems to go along with the season, it really doesn’t matter.  We’ll continue to discuss it, but really what we all need to be thankful for is the fact that we have access to dozens of different craft beers and good whiskey and whether they call out the season or not, it is just good to know that they’re there for us all to make the holidays sparkle a little brighter and  the season a little jollier!  I know I had one beer last week that made me glad to be here drinking such a great brew…

First of all I want to thank Dave at Drunken Polack for the picture of Black Butte XXI.  I didn’t have my camera when I had the absolute pleasure to drink this fine brew so I found this shot Dave used on his Blog, you can check out his review here!  Dave gave XXI an A and I must say I concur!

Lets start at the top, the nose on this was amazing, coffee, chocolate and a whiff of malty alcohol was a great treat.  The mouth feel is pure silk and cream.  It felt like I was drinking a thick creamy cup of chocolate milk.  The flavor blew my mind!

Up front is coffee and chocolate with malty barrel notes on the back side.  This brew puts 20% in used Bourbon barrels for about a year, and includes cocoa and Ethiopian coffee (my personal favorite).  All the complexity blends perfectly for a rich dark porter experience that I will not soon forget.

As we drank we thought, wouldn’t it be great paired with some chocolate? Then I remembered I had purchased a 3 Musketeers Bar earlier that day, YES!  We cut that bad boy up into bite sized chunks and ate it with this brew, and the rich dark chocolate and nougat blended perfectly to produce a cacophony of flavor for the palate!  I truly enjoyed this beer and I know you will too.  Go out and get three of them.  Lay one down and drink the other two! This is a truly amazing porter!  Merry Christmas to me!


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7 Comments on “Its a Butte CLARK!”

  1. Jim
    December 16, 2009 at 3:01 am #

    Sounds amazing. I don’t theink I’ve seen this puppy in NJ, but if I do, I’ll definately pick it up. Caryn loves chocolate beers and this one sounds pretty tasty.

    • Don
      December 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

      If it is still around after the holidays I’ll send you one. It was amazing. Clearly I’m new to the beer side of things, but I can’t remember ever having a better beer experience. The Chimay grand reserve runs a close second.

  2. December 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    I’m glad you liked it. Here are my thoughts on the whole series (except Dissident).

    • Don
      December 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

      Mike, I picked these three up as well. I’m looking forward to the Abyss soon. I might save the Mirror Mirror as I prefer barley wines and big hop flavors in the warmer months.

  3. December 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    I wouldn’t expect big hops on the Mirror Mirror. It was very low on the IBUs for a Barley-Wine. I think it was thirty-five, maybe. Let me know what you think of them. Personally, I think Mirror Mirror is the best of the three.

    • Don
      December 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

      Interesting, I would have expected a hoppier flavor profile from a barley wine. I still might lay it down for a time. I think its optimal date is sometime around October 2010.


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