Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII
So happy to have access to this beer now. This version is certainly enjoyable. Plenty of roasted barley, vanilla and chocolate up front. Some slight smokiness from the peated malt. The barrel characters are noticeable but very smooth and mellow. Then in the finish you get the orange peal. Just as the orange hits you get some warmth from the 11.5% ABV. The orange is very faint, yet noticeable and goes great with the malty sweetness as well as the vanilla added and the vanilla flavors from the barrel. I absolutely love this beer and it is extremely complex.