Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by 4000qtrap:
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Source/Serving: 12oz bottle
S: Smooth medium roast coffee, underlying heavy toasted brown bread and melanoidins. Hints at charcoal in a good way. Slightly nutty along with piney/mossy hops. Quite nice.
T: Slight sweet coffee up front with moderate smooth roastiness. The middle has hints of dark fruits and almost burnt molasses. At first I wasn't into it, but it grew on me. Roast intensity is smooth but moderately intense and has a nice fullness. Fresh and light minty/pine hoppiness is subtle but adds to the foundation, as does faint biscuit/grains and a light acidity. Body is medium and to me is a little thin. The roast character gets semi-rough in the finish that lingers dry like the last sip of french pressed coffee alongside herbal/minty hops and a touch of grain.
Notes: Decent roast, nice complementary flavors and complexity. Very drinkable, especially for a porter that has intense flavors, but that’s partly because its only medium bodied. Hops are present but delicate. It has the potential for something special but only almost there. Really good nonetheless, and for the price it’s a serious value.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2011 23:50:20 | More by 4000qtrap
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4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours an almost totally opaque black, with 2 fingers of thick, foamy tan head. Nice retention & lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolatey, sweet. Interesting it does NOT have that flinty/bloody smell I associate with many darker ales.
Taste: Solid, sweet arrival. Slight tartness with some bittering across mid-palate. Finish is roasty, sweet & lingering. Hints of liquorice.
Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-bodied; firm carbonation. (Less heavy and slick than Founders Porter; heavier than Breckenridge; perhaps comparable to Edmund Fitzgerald, maybe a touch heavier).
Overall: A very well-crafted, sweeter expression of a porter. I WILL be buying this again. Can't wait to do a head-to-head comparison with Edmund Fitzgerald.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 03:15:34 | More by SaltofOH
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,093 ratings.