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+Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXV being enjoyed at the central district Chucks Hop Shop. I consider Black Butte Porter the second best American Porter (right after +Anchor Brewing Company definitive porter) but I've never loved the the kicked up anniversary variants. I tend to blame over reliance of bourbon barrel aging which adds too much of that sour mash sweetish to the glorious chalkiness of porter. But this one I have to say is pretty great. Strong sure, with hints of vanilla and black strap molasses but nowhere near as sweet as that sounds (though not quite chalky porter-ness either). As it warms up,a bit (the test for any solid porter (and stout for that matter)) there is maybe an edge of sourness but done at the level to add to the complexity. So all in all I approve and look forward to the bottle I've been cellering.

More info: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/brew/black-butte-xxv

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It's #SeattleBeerWeek which it should be noted lasts ten days. Now that's a beer "week"! Anyhoo, I'm at Chucks CD Hopshop for a +Deschutes Brewery event. I started off with a flight of Hop in the Dark (one of the best CDAs), Fresh Squeezed IPA (a refreshing. Citrusy IPA), Hop Henge (a no holds barred IIPA) and the new Not the Stoic Quad (like Chimay kicked up to 11).

I followed this up with a pint of the Dissident 2012. An excellent sour beer and IIRC one of the brews that got me into sours (along with +New Belgium Brewing of course). Never pass up a chance to have this one on draught!
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Having a Cascade Apricot at Chucks Hopshop in the CD. This is a top drawer sour beer - tart and sour just how I like em.
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My report from the third night of this years Seattle Improvised Music Festival is now up.
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My report on the second day of the 29th annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival #SIMF
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The moment that every(no)one has been waiting for, my 2013 favorites list.  There was a lot of great music this yearl I think one of the more solid years in a while. I did a bit of a writeup of the top 10 and then listed another 9 or so that deserve a writeup but for which I ran out of steam. Anyway check it out if so inclined.
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Man I've always thought that TED was pure unmitigated bullshit. Good to see that perspective gaining traction.
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A fair coda to 2013.
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