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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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1,431 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 5,429
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (Best By 2.14.16)
Consumed: 10.6.15

A: 4.5 Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a bit or red around the edge. The one-inch, light tan head lasts a couple minutes, only leaving a bit of lace.

S: 4.25 Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark coffee are the most prominent aromas. There’s also a bit of hop character thrown, which blends nicely with the more earthy aromas.

T: 4.25 Flavors start off sweet and mild, but quickly move into the roasty elements from the nose. After the roasted malt and coffee flavors comes a wave of both malt and hop bitterness. Finish has more bitterness with some toasted bread flavors.

M: 4 Body is a little too thin, but it really helps drinkability at the same time. Carbonation, however, is on point.

O: 4.25 This is a great example of a classic porter. Nice flavors and very well balanced. Not quite as rich and flavorful as I remember, but still appropriate for the style.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, nearly black with a great thick head of foam. This one has been around a long time and I don't know that I have had a better porter. Wonderful smell- grainy, molasses. Malt forward as a porter should be but there is a hop presence. Perfect amount of carbonation. I have had this many times on tap and in bottles and it is always good.

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into shaker pint.
A - Deep and dark, beautiful creamy mocha cap.
S - Cocoa, tobacco, roasted malts and a subtle hint of raspberry.
T - Follows the nose, beautiful roast malts, a nice chocolate and toffee, blend.
F - A bit light in body, but well rounded in totality. A fine mouth feel with just enough bitter to clean the palate out.
O - Simply a wonderful porter, American style, with a nod to the Brits.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Silky smooth pour into a snifter. Dark brown with a light brown head and decent lacing. The smell is my favorite: sweet and smoky. The taste is malty and nutty with some caramel. It went very well with hatch green chili stew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, with "best by" dating on the lower part of the label

Pours black, under a dark mocha head, that slowly fades to a nice lookin film, thicker collar...extensive strands and mini fields of lacing.

Nose is of dark and charred malts

Full flavor porter, more char, dark chocolate, fudge brownie, vanilla, cafe au lait....delicious and to be savored...enjoying every sip...would be a fine beer with a chocolate dessert

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Photo of Savan
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pours a perfect porter black but lacks strong aromatic qualities of a fine porter. Taste is lightly carbonated from porters I have had in the past and a little coffee very slight smoke finish about it. Has a silky feel about it that I am appreciating at the moment but would perhaps grow tired of a few down the road. Over all a very good Porter (not a style I enjoy often, but a style they did very good at {Deschutes}). Would order again.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

L: Dark brown color with 2 fingers of thick head of fine to moderate sized bubbles. Sticky lacing and thick retention. Several streams of slowly rising carbonation around the edge of the glass.

S: Malty nose up front and a little nutty with hazelnut.

T: Hazelnut body, some peanut, and baking cocoa. Light lime zest finish. Light fluffy chocolate mousse as it warms.

F: Creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink. Uncomplicated texture and goes down easy still with a lot of flavor.

I love porters and this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Machete824
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this beer can be summarized in two words: creamy (as in the mouthfeel) and complex (as in the flavor profile). Poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Dark, with a tall, tan head. The smell is malt and a hint of hops. Lots of complex maltiness going on. Feel is incredibly creamy and smooth - impeccable, really, and haunting. The taste is a hint of hops to add a little crispness, then lots of toasty flavors - chocolate being clearly present. A delicious porter - now a staple on my short list.

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Photo of MuddyWolf
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since I have pretty limited experience with different beers at this point I don't really feel qualified to rate this. But I will say that this is pretty much what I want in a beer. I prefer dark beers like a stout or a porter. And this one is as good as any I've had with maybe a couple of exceptions. Its the best I've had in years in any event. I enjoy pouring it into my mouth and letting it sit there while I experience its flavor. I'm drinking from the dark brown bottle so I can't really comment on its look. The smell is very pleasant. You could almost get a buzz from smelling it. I'll leave the description to those more knowledgeable. Overall this is going to be a hard one to beat.

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Photo of whatthehull
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - Lovely opaque deep dark brown almost black, one finger very tan head and some sugar legs and lacing.

S - freshly brewed full bodied coffee, chocolate (dark and milk), slight hint of dark over ripe berries, vanilla pipe/cigar tobacco, maybe some anise, slight caramelized brown sugar, baking yeast, fresh baked sweet bread, lots of sweet malts, full bodied roasted grains, freshly charred walnut, a very smooth booze note and a slight over ripe banana note

T - Very rich, creamy, sweet, robust malts and grains, earthy hop note, milk chocolate, vanilla, charred earth, roasted grain, fresh ground coffee, there is a hint of herbal maybe mint, baking yeast and sweet pipe tobacco.

M - Full bodied, great balance, great complexity, medium minus acidity, medium minus carbonation and a ride for the taste buds from start to finish

D/O - Excites the nose and taste buds in all of it's porter like glory. Refreshing, creamy, robust, rich and leaves you yearning for more. Everything I look for in an ale like this and more. If you don't like porters, try it, if you haven't had this, try it. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this one with every sip.

Final thoughts - Great price at around $7-8 a six pack a simple yet delightful 5.2% ABV and can/will be enjoyed year round. This ale can even be enjoyed after the "drink by" date. Perfect with rich and simplified foods and I recommend having this one on tap first!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice black with slight amber tones. decent white head.

smells like coffee with some vanilla. not overly potent.

tastes like roasted coffee with some slight sweetness.

mouth feel is thin, but not in a bad way. almost like cold coffee feels.

not a bad porter but not overly strong in any aspect.

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Photo of Thebrewman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep chocolate tone with limited lacing. Cocoa and coffee notes on the nose. Smooth coffee taste with light carbonation. Overall, a very nice porter. Drinkable, and not overly boozy.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can be said that hasn't already been said about this beer. One of the best standard grocery store beers out there, so readily available you might have forgotten about it.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Color is black with tan head that recedes quickly. Lacing is good. Smells of good dark chocolate and some coffee. Tastes like dark chocolate and burnt coffee in a good way. For the great taste of this porter, the feel is a bit thin. It taste like it should thick like a shake. Won't stop me from having it again. This is a great beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with slight light transmission and a fine, half finger khaki head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, milk chocolate, hints of molasses and licorice. Flavor is toasted malt with slight char, milk chocolate, hints of licorice and nuts. Finishes with lightly charred toasted malt and light grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A nice light porter, covering all the flavors I hope for in a porter. Somewhat subdued flavor and lighter bodied from my memory of this porter, but good flavor. This has often saved me at a hotel bar or boring restaurant and is always an oasis of flavor if a place has uninspiring beers available; Black Butte is often the default "dark beer", and good thing too. Thanks Deschutes.

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Photo of davidw987
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tired of the ubiquitous IPAs and high gravity beers, I grabbed a six pack of this porter. It fit the style profile well and was quite enjoyable. I expect a pint on draft would be outstanding.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/27/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a fantastic English porter style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a UK stout glass. Best By 1/13/15, consumed on 9/5/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a dark brown into a opaque black in the glass with 1.5 fingers of medium brown head that fades to a ring. Dense sticky lace.
Aroma = 3.5 Sweet smelling and roasted malt dominate. Only subtle chocolate, maybe more molasses. Not much coffee either, aroma lacks depth.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet up front, mild chocolate notes before the roasted malt takes over on the backend. Medium bitterness in the finish and some in the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.5 Medium to high carbonation, medium bodied. Good combination of creamy mouthfeel and fizzy.
Drinkability = 4.25 Smooth and creamy, an easy drinking porter.
Overall = 4.05 Solid porter but aroma holds it back somewhat.

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Photo of kacytennic
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great looking porter. Silky smooth with a nice medium bodied mouth feel. sweet flavor from the specialty malts make this one of the most well-rounded northwest style porters around.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

An aggressive pour yields a solid cola colored body with a large tan head. Fairly good retention and lacing

Smells is mainly a Smokey dark chocolate with a little roasted malt.

Taste is more smokey and roasted then it is sweet. There is a nice little bit of hop bitterness that I hadn't noticed in the aroma.

Not quite full. A little creamy. A slightly dry finish

Overall; There is a nice complexity to this beer. It smell's of chocolate but it's not very sweet. It has a bit of a hop bite on the taste, but I can't smell any hops... It's a fun little mystery to contemplate.
I'll have another please...

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a dark black color.

Overall: The beer has a roasty, chocolate taste but not too sweet. It has a dryness mix to it that complements it well. This is a wonderful porter. It is a great beer, I highly recommend to try!

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is dominated by dark chocolate flavors, with hints of coffee and roasted malt to compliment. Not sweet at all though, and is more of a savory interpretation.

Would drink again if in the mood for a darker beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brownish with a thin tan head which lingers. Aroma of roasted malts and grain along with faint dark cocoa. Flavors of roasted malt, some faint coffee notes. Nice smooth finish.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is deep dark brown with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is light hop bitterness balanced nicely with chocolate and roasted malt notes. Taste is intense and reflects the aroma but is even more complex. Feel is creamy and smooth. A fantastic porter.

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Photo of Chris72
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was one of my go-to's for years, primarily in the '90's. Great dark beer. Nice, thick, n heady.

Look: Deep, dark, thick
Smell: Almost has a molasses attribute
Taste: Kinda tricky. Sweet, Nutty Molasses
Feel: Not as thick as Guiness, but a good thick beer none-the-less

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.