Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by bevenson:
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Thanks to caninedevotion for this one. Best by date of 6/4/2010. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - Dark brown with ruby highlights on edges of glass. Tan head which quickly fell to the edge of the glass. Would prefer a little better head retention.
S - Deep chocolate up front with a mild yeasty bread following close behind. Light coffee. No hops apparent in nose. Light chalkiness.
T - Robust chocolate and coffee roast. Spicy and earthy hops sneak in between the malt; didn't expect them based on the aroma. Firm bitterness for a porter. Coffee becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Bitterness from hops and roast linger on the palate long enough to encourage another sip. Mild plums and raisins.
M - Medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth drinking. Relatively dry for a porter.
D - Very nice porter. Has the big bold chocolate malt which I like in a porter. Drier and hoppier than I expected for a very nice surprise. Personally I find this more enjoyable than Edmund Fitzgerald. I would definitely make this a regular in my fridge if I could get it local.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2010 00:38:23 | More by bevenson
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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.