Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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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
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3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
best by 10/20/14
L: dark red ... almost purple-brown it's so dark, but also clear -- there might be floaties in it (it's hard for me to tell), but even if there are, the brew looks almost 100% clear; 1/3-inch of tan head that doesn't stick or lace much but keeps a thick collar and nice skin on top. nice looking and the clarity fits the style.
S: dark dried fruits and sweet ... fig/dates ... some musty oak and coffee; bourbon as it warms, vanilla ... more oak ... so much in this nose
T: chocolate ... really nice sweet darker malts with a nice smoky oak-wood to it on the back end, like a wood fire; get some bitter notes, and the IBUs aren't super high, so I'm wondering what's a hop bite here and what's burnt malt? very sweet at times despite the bitter, and the dark-malt notes bleed from chocolate/coffee into dates and almost licorice (but not quite ... not for me)
F: lighter midweight, super drinkable ... good carbonation
O: good brew but not one I'll seek out again -- not because it's bad, but because I can find a handful of very similar beers brewed closer to home. with that said, I love that I can get my hands on this beer almost whenever I want and for a good price. that's a major plus. so is the history of this brew, which dates back to the late 1980s when good beer was harder to find.
a friend I met at a brewery said Black Butte got him into beer, and I can see why. even my mom, who isn't much of a beer drinker, said "Ooo, that's sweet! I like that." definitely a standard of the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 06:49:26 | More by Premo88
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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