Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
(Note: my scoring system goes only in whole numbers)
12oz bottle with best by date of 7/23/13, poured into Nonic and quaffed today, 2/19/13. Bottle courtesy of mgm54.
Aroma: Really a very nice blend of roasted malts typical of porters/stouts. I get coffee, burnt toast, and caramel. Pleasing nose. (4)
Colour: Nearly jet black cola-coloured body with a nice 2cm tan head that dissipates within a minute. Looks nice and black when not in direct light, befitting the extinct volcano in Oregon that it's named after. Laces persist in spots, but for the most part it falls back into the beer quickly after swirling. Otherwise is a really good looking porter. (4)
Flavour: Huge roasted malt presence which I love about porters and stouts. A decent amount of black coffee (not quite a coffee stout though) up front with burnt sugar, burnt toast, roasted barley typical of the style. The back end is ever so slightly spicy with a strong hint of hop bitterness that complements the beer. Really nice, complex porter that beats most of the other porters I've had in terms of the style. (4)
Mouthfeel: Wow, its just as good as the flavour, quite possibly the best part of the beer. I get a medium body on the lighter side with an inordinate amount of creaminess. It's not quite as creamy like barrel-aged beers such as BCBS of course but for a standard porter, it's really nice and thick on the tongue. I really love it. Also, the carbonation is pretty average and the aftertaste- as mentioned, has some lingering spiciness at the end which brings more complexity to the flavor. Really good and may even set the standard for the porter style. (5)
Overall: After drinking this, I'm definitely stoked to drink some of the Black Butte XXIII I received in a trade a few months ago- saving it for when I get a Black Butte XXIV and maybe XXV for a vertical. This staple beer is a nicely complex porter with a creamy mouthfeel that I don't get in most of the local porters in WI. It reminds me of O'so Night Train Porter but ends up being creamier and bringing some more complexity in flavour. Definitely worth the while and if I can choose a representative porter to be a fridge staple, it would probably be this one. (5)
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 03:09:33 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
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
4.31/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
$4.50 bottle had at Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio after a Cedar Point trip... seriously, stop there after Cedar Point if you want pizza. Very good and reasonably priced. Poured into a snifter that was served to me.
I heard phenomenal things about this beer and knew I needed to try it... so I did. Easily a top three (maybe four) Porter for me... clearly up there with the "big boys." The taste is all over (in a VERY GOOD sense) with roast, char, chocolate, coffee, and a tinge of dark fruits. The feel is basically spot-on for the style. Medium sort of body which suits the style and ABV, and then a pretty prickly carbonation as well. An incredibly tasty, easy drinking porter that I wish could be had in Michigan. I like this more than Edmund Fitzgerald, to be honest. A must-try for fans of the style. Only fault I have with this beer is that it doesn't have a lasting head and lacing that I'd ideally like, but that's a super minor fault on a fabulous brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 01:43:25 | More by Alextricity
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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