Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by briman:
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours very dark brown, clear, with ruby highlights around the edges. About a half-inch light tan head is well maintained, and settles into nice lacing along the curve of the glass.
Aroma is roasted malt, rich coffee, and dark chocolate.
Flavor falls right in line with the aroma with roasted malts, rich coffee, and dark chocolate notes. Finishes clean, with maybe a hint of burnt malt but no astringency.
Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice example of the style. Well balanced throughout. If anything, the body could be a little heavier and though it teases you with a hint of being creamy it really doesn't follow through in that regard. Even with that, though, certainly a session porter.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2010 04:49:56 | More by briman
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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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