Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass.
Here's my disclaimer just so you know, I've had it before and I love it, great brew for the price. If you live in Santa Barbara all the places in IV sell it for 6.99 a 6er, best beer for the price in the store in my opinion.
The name describes the appearance quite well, it's dark black in the body coloring which you can faintly see through when it's held up to a light, turns it a hellishly badass fading ember deep red tint. The head appears as creamy brownish froth which dissipates at a constant rate leaving a nice film on the top as well as excellent lacing.
The smell is dark roasted barley malt all the way, gives it a slightly burnt hint with definite coffee bean in there. The crystal malt provides the smoother chocolatey scent, a tad of caramel comes through but mostly it's roasted, and smoky scent.
The taste takes the smell to a whole new level, the roasted coffee dominates completely in the beginning and I swear there has got to be quite a bit of added hardness from some piney bittering hop additions in the wort boil. Adds a great balance to that initial flavor. The Roasted coffee pine hop bite is smoothed out by a sweet chocolate flavor which I barely note in the smell.
The feel is so much more than I would expect out of a dollar per brew six pack. Not at all thin, natural carbonation keeps it lightened enough for the flavors to impart their goodness and the smoothness of the choc malt gives you something to chew on.
Drinkable? dude, not a question, this is a dank brew and one of my favorites I need to pick up a case or something, always forget how good it is.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2010 08:35:47 | More by dwilson01
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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 4,090 ratings.