Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We pour a dark nut-brown brew. The one finger latte-colored head dissipates at a medium pace. Thick sheets of lacing are left as the liquid starts to go down. There is a haze, but the dark color makes it hard to fully assess the clarity. No gross sediment is otherwise noted. Carbonation appears average. The nose is steely and malty. There is a deep roast, with raw coffee bean, and copper throughout. There is a warmness of light caramel and booze. Cool cream lightly cuts the bitterness, but there is little else to suggest sweetness. On the far back there is a damp woodiness. As we sip, sweeter than expected, roasty malts hit first. There is a milky softness to it, with a watery, mineral quality. The middle really picks up the flavoring, with brighter malts, chocolates, wood, and smoke. Metallics come in strong here, too, but they are not abrasive. They more serve to dry the mouth. The finish is with significant smoke, coiny and chocolate malts, and a pale hop quality that hides on the back. It is more of a grassiness and pale maltiness, but the foliage quality sings of a faraway hop. There is a final, earthy bite with the last of the swallow. The aftertaste breathes of rich malts, bitter chocolates, gravel, and a peaty smokiness. The body is lighter end, and the carbonation is high, but the bubbles are soft and manageable. There is a wet coating to the mouth, with a fine astringency drawing all moisture from the hard palate. There is a soft slurp and a decent pop to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the smoky quality, and how light and airy the feel and body were. At first the flavoring seemed subdued, but with warmth and through the middle, the gates really opened up. All the while, things stayed loose and airy, making for a pleasurable drinking experience all around.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2012 01:09:14 | More by TheBrewo
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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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