Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 4,041 | Reviews: 1,307 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Caj1:
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Being a fan of darker beers I decided to try this on a whim. I'm glad I did, because this brewery is now on my list of favorites.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the head immediately sprung up, almost overwhelmingly so, though I tend to have a heavy hand while pouring. I had about two fingers of creamy brown head that dissipated very slowly, clinging to the sides of the glass. The color of the beer itself is a dark brown, almost black, that is a brownish-ruby when held to the light, and it's pretty clear, no clouding that I can see. Not much carbonation, but that's fine; I'm not drinking soda.
Taking a deep whiff I smell the dark brown notes of this beer; some coffee, some chocolate, and a little bit of earth, with just a tinge of hops and some more sweet caramel malt. I immediately taste more chocolate and caramel, and rolling the beer around in my mouth reveals a little taste of alcohol. After swallowing the earthy bitterness of the hops comes through, and the chocolate flavor gives way to a coffee finish. Mouthfeel is good and thick, a little foamy. It's heavy without being overwhelming, which I'm glad for.
Overall I'm impressed with this beer. The guys over at Deschutes didn't try do do anything overly fancy, but instead stuck to the basics and crafted a darned fine beer. This will be my benchmark for porters until I taste something better.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2013 02:29:08 | More by Caj1
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours cola like in appearance. Nice 1 1/2 finger tan head. Excellent retention and lacing
S - Light aroma. Sweet malts, lots of chocolate and even a slight bourbon on the finish if you use your imagination.
T - Not as sweet as the nose. Has a bitter finish with a hint of smoke. More coffee beans flavor present than chocolate but both are there. Smoke tends to linger on the finish
M - A medium body beer. Fizzy in the mouth and fairly smooth to drink. Just the tiniest hint of burn when the smoke flavor lingers
O - A solid porter. Nice flavor and I particularly enjoyed the smoky finish. Not a sessionable beer, but would be very enjoyable on a cool fall day or with some spicy bbq
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 18:00:29 | More by Goosehunter75
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,041 ratings.