Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR, United States of America
Logs for this venue
This year's Black Butte anniversary used cocoa and cinnamon as the main flavor notes, which was a great idea. On the sweet side but of all the anniversary Black Buttes I've tried this was the best tasted young, by far. Not too poky on the new flavors, but enough to offset the strong alcohol and flavor. Really appreciated not having any sour or fruity undertones this year, too.
Sweet wheat funk, plenty of lime. Moderate tequila notes but not boozy. Finish isn't as smooth as other tequila-lime sours I've had (this seems to be an "in" combination). Can't argue with the name, though, it's a winner. Salt might actually have been lost, though, since it didn't really come through.
Plummy, sour funk. Brown sugar and light clove notes. Reminds me of something that's trying to get to a Flanders sour but kind of peters out into an off fruit flavor rather than something truly complex. Disappointing - hope the Planete Bruin bottle I got does this better.
I had to try this when I saw it on the tap list, but I hate to say it may have aged too long. There's a real, flat boozy flavor through which you get a bit of stonefruit syrup - and not much else. What complexity and balance used to be here was long gone.
Deschutes The Dissident (2010)
Was told rather late that this was on the special tap, and I had to order it. I don't know if it's the age, or if I've gotten more used to funky sours, but I did enjoy this a lot more than I did the 2012. It's still not super-tart, with some mild, vinous funk and some evident booze. I think for sure this was the most interesting beer of the night, so I'm glad I found it.
Had to try this on nitro. The beer is expressed totally differently this way, with the wine notes and other sour flavors coming to the forefront. It's still rather opaquely roasty, although it doesn't come across as ashy as with CO2. Didn't sense much bourbon. The nitro does give this a bit of a weird, vegetal overtaste which prevented me from falling in love, but it made me wonder how this version would age.