Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by JohnnyBarman:
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
650mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the Fall 2013 release. First Deschutes brew I've seen in Ontario, really excited to have them here, especially at the ludicrously reasonable $5 each.
Poured into a small nonic, enjoyed over about an hour or so. Great looking brew: very dark chestnut in colour - nearly black, with a good half inch of head that recedes into a thick ring and island, with good icicles of lace.
Nose is dark chocolate, fruit (figs or grapes), roasted malt, roasted coffee.
Very tasty porter that took me about half of the bottle to figure out. Drier than I'd expected, but still a nicely balanced blend of classic porter flavours - chocolate (dark/dry), coffee, fruit, milk, and a mild hoppiness to the finish.
Smooth, lighter bodied, a bit creamy. Carbonation is initially strong, but subsides.
I wasn't blown away by Black Butte (I may have set my expectations too high), but it still is an impressive porter, especially for the price. Nicely balanced, easy drinking, yet complex enough to be satisfying over the course of an evening. Hopefully a sign of more Deschutes brews coming this way.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 03:59:02 | More by JohnnyBarman
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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 4,090 ratings.