Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
4.23/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Served in a pint glass, on tap at Pinocchio's Pizza in Media, PA.
A: "Black" is a bit of a stretch for this brew, but it's a very deep, dark brown with faint hints of ruby as the bright sunlight shines through. Two-finger tan head eventually fades down to a creamy, thin cap, leaving okay amounts of lacing down the glass. I was hoping the head retained a little better, but it wasn't disappointing enough to score too lowly.
S: There are a few really prominent notes to the nose, namely roasted malts, a bit of roasted coffee bean, and some dark semi-sweet chocolate. Some brown sugar and anise or licorice hints underneath it all. I'm not picking up much of the hops (or any hint of real bitterness, for that matter), but that's perfectly okay with me. The aroma is pleasant and well-rounded as is.
T: Abnormally rich flavors on this one! Roasted malts, roasted (almost bordering burnt) coffee beans. Hints of brown sugar sweetness come through, melded with some dark chocolate notes offering a hint of bitterness to balance out the sweetness and round-out the initial roastiness.
M: Mild carbonation and pleasantly creamy. A relatively low ABV means the alcohol isn't overly present here. This brew boasts a great mouthfeel, but isn't as "big" as I had hoped. Though, the thinner, less syrupy body gives this one true session potential.
O: Black Butte Porter offers excellent, well-rounded flavors with a smooth-as-silk texture. I found myself enjoying each sip more and more, and before I knew it, I was ready to order another! Its low alcohol content and medium body keeps this one relatively light and very, very sessionable! I can't help but consider this one of my favorite brews (of any style) to date. I can definitely see me sessioning with this beauty in the future.
Serving type: on-tap
07-11-2013 04:01:37 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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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 4,084 ratings.