Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Star80:
4.54/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle dated best before 6/15/13. Recently stocked at a local liquor store in Illinois, new to our state.
A -Pours out a dark brown with a creamy looking tan head. Head never fully recedes and always leaves a thin covering over my black beer. Some lovely lacing appears too.
S - Smells like roasty malts offering up other complex aromas of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and burnt sugar.
T - Taste is finely balanced between some of the sweetness from the malts with some bitter leafy hops. Very smooth and creamy with lots and lots of chocolate in the aftertaste. A touch of sourness rounds out some of the bittersweet flavors just adding to the overall drinkability of this beer. I could see this becoming a great session ale.
M - Mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy.
O - Overall an excellent porter and I've finally found a match for my standard for the style Edmund Fitzgerald that I first reviewed back in 2005. Would love to try them both side by side. Can't go wrong either way.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2013 05:14:35 | More by Star80
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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
93 out of 100 based on 3,970 ratings.