Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,405 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,405
Hads: 5,288
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 402
Gots: 984 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
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Reviews by Stevedore:
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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) (2,211 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Butte pours a dark deep brown color with a nice deep mahogany hue. I can just barely see through it. The head started off at about a finger-tall in a pint glass and receded to a hazy, dark tan film quickly. The lacy is fairly sticky and has the look of splashing water.

The smell of the Black Butte is glorious. A perfect blend of roasted and chocolate malt aromas waft out of the glass. There is just a faint hint of nuttiness in there, as well. It is a deep and velvety aroma.

Hmm, the the roasted malt flavors are the most prominent flavor at first taste, perhaps accentuated by a subtle pine hop taste. Also in the profile is a bit of burnt toast and coffee. There are a good amount of chocolate flavors in there, too, but the roasted malt tastes win. I wonder if the two flavors would marry better if this bottle aged more? The aftertaste of this brew is quite nice- a slightly chocolately, coffee-like acidic remnant.

The mouthfeel is solid. A bit of acidic astrigency rides the sides of my palate and back of my tongue throughout the sip, while the mellower, medium body emerges in the middle of the sip. The finish has that little bit of acidic pucker that I mentioned previously.

Overall, I think this beer hits the mark extremely well for the style. I generally tend to like slightly fuller, richer porters, but for a 5.2% a.b.v. porter, this is very well-crafted. (1,387 characters)

Photo of pnelting
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands down my favorite porter! (30 characters)

Photo of mjwellman
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing porter. Wonderful dark color but no aroma and very pedestrian taste. Easy drinking but why? No flavor (117 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Deep dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. Great retention and very solid lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, burnt grains, chocolate, vanilla, even some cherry, apricot and pine come through.

T: Subtlety sweet fruit surprises you at first with a blast of cherry, then chocolate and brown sugar flood the palate, follow by roasted malt and finished perfectly with a slightly grass like hop finish.

F: Light in body, moderate carbonation, great creamy finish.

O: A very well balanced easy drinking porter. (536 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights thru out with a thin off white head that disapears into nothing quite fast,I noticed a few chunks swirling around in there as well.Aroma is nutty and unsweetened chocolate mainly not over the top sweet by any means,has a nice smooth mouthfeel this glides down very easily to say the least.Flavors start out somewhat sweet bitter chocolate and caramel with an underlying roasted coffee presence but finish very earthy and dry like an unroasted raw peanut flavor.A very solid beer this one is a classic in the northwest and I can see why,very solid. (587 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very dark, almost black body with a nice, big tan head that held nicely and laced the glass.

Smell – Big coffee starts off this nose followed by good toasted malt. There’s also some chocolate, cherries, maple, and molasses.

Taste – This is very smooth. The coffee and milk chocolate blend evenly to form a chocolate latte flavor. The milkiness is huge in this porter. There’s also a very interesting hop balance that makes this beer exceptionally smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very refreshing.

Drinkability – Is there such a thing as a porter session beer? If so, this is it.

Update – I decided to revisit some of the beers that I reviewed in 2003 for 2004 and included this since it is so easy to get around here.

I didn’t find as much complexity in this beer the second time around. And now, after having reviewed 50 or so Porters on the site this one seemed a bit thin and watery for my tastes. I changed some of the scores accordingly and, overall, this one lost 0.3 on its overall score. (1,063 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ravelli
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Evelyn
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Had this on tap at MonkeyPod in Maui. Very well balanced Porter, not too smokey, great head and look.
Could drink a lot of these with no problem. (145 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark-brown beer with good clarity. The tan head is made of long lasting creamy bubbles.

S: Medium-strong roast aromas with a medium bready malt character. supporting aromas of coffee, dark dried fruit and chocolate.

T: A soft hit of flavors that starts of roasted and chocolaty with a moderatly-low toffee sweetness that develops into an off-dry, roasty finish developing. There is a medium-low hops bitterness and a low earth hops flavor. The balance is about even with maybe a bit more bitterness from the combination of roast and hops bitterness. Some dark dried fruit.

M: A very creamy, medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. There is a very light roast astringency which is fine for the style.

O: A roasty, complex beer with an excellent balance of flavors. The cream soft mouthfeel is a stand out amazing quality of this beer. (871 characters)

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of abeerdude
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black but not opaque body with a minimal white head. Smell was very light with mild roast ash and some chocolate. Taste was a little underwhelming. That ash flavor tasted more like burnt coffee when drunk. Hops were not pronounced as to be expected with the style. The mouth feel was thin and watery. There was a certain acidic flavor to this one as it went down reminiscent of coffee at work that had sat out too long. This beer is very well crafted in that there is a good overall balance of flavor, a light crisp quality, and it lets some of the key flavors shine forward-I just wasn't a huge fan of those flavors. (626 characters)

Photo of cjn40277
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of imperialstout27
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours very dark, almost black. Aggressive pour yields a two finger beige head. Some sediment visible at the bottom of the glass and floating around the beer. Light layer of foam as I drank down the glass.

S: I can smell it as soon as I pour. Inviting mocha, roast coffee grains.

T: Coffee, roastiness, dark chocolate, light char. Light hints of dark fruit emerge from under the roasted flavors on the midpalate, especially as it warms. A nice, moderate, hop bitterness develops here and carries on to the finish. Leaves a pleasant light bitterness. Bold, and drier than some other porters.

M: Nice medium body. Well done. Carbonation is light to moderate - what I expect from a porter.

D: Very easily sessionable. Drier than some porters whose sweetness can become fatiguing over time. Bold and robust without being thick. A great everyday drinking porter. Very quaffable and tasty, and easy to drink all day long.

Overall, a great porter with an extremely well integrated flavor profile and mouthfeel. Nothing's out of balance. A really good job. (1,091 characters)

Photo of ldennis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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