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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,638 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3638
Reviews: 1277
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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fsimcox

California

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black. When I hold it up to the light, I see nothing but black.
Thick creamy head, dissipates very slowly to ¼ inch. Significant lacing.

Smells of chocolate, smoky malt and a hint of coffee. Smell is significant, but not overpowering.

A creamy malt and smoke taste. Hints of dark chocolate that lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, a little carbonation, medium body. A rich taste.

A very enjoyable beer. This beer would be great with a smoked cheese.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 04:37:17 | More by fsimcox
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ToddKehoe


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-16-2014 01:34:26 | More by ToddKehoe
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a black tinge, 2 fingers of tan brown creamy head, too opaque to view any carbonation.

S: Dark toasted malts, a creamy scent with a slightly smoky woodsy note, black chocolate, slight black coffee. Salami, smoked salami, slight fruitiness.

T: Follows nose with dark toasted malts, creaminess, dark chocolate and black coffee, little smokiness, not getting the other hints. Light burnt bitterness at the end.

M: Medium body, above average carbonation. Smooth, dry with a bitter finish.

O: Really good standard for this category. Enjoying it very much, the evening of the Blood Moon, Passover, in China, April 15/ 2014.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 14:46:33 | More by patre_tim
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bdudzik

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-15-2014 05:04:54 | More by bdudzik
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

04-15-2014 03:46:13 | More by brpendergast85
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-15-2014 01:35:19 | More by Beervana
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TheMarkE

California

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a good tan head of foam and generous lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to thick bodied.

The Verdict: Delicious. Full of flavor, rich, well balanced, smooth… it’s hard to ask for more than this from a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 18:56:15 | More by TheMarkE
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-14-2014 17:15:39 | More by berley31
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Beestin

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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wisegreensoul

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

04-14-2014 16:28:28 | More by wisegreensoul
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Ohio

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New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-14-2014 01:03:47 | More by sunofneurot
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery & Public House was established by Gary Fish as a small brew pub in 1988 in Bend, Oregon. Selling 310 barrels of beer in its first year, by 1992, sales were up to 3,954 barrels. With demand for its products increasing, the brewery expanded to a 16,000-square-foot production facility in 1993 with the ability to brew in 50-barrel batches. A Deschutes brew pub opened in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon in May 2008. In 2012, the brewery expanded its facility by 6,750 square feet, allowing an additional 105,000 barrels to be brewed per annum.

Bucky sampled Deschutes first and flagship brand, Black Butte Porter ("BBP"). BBP came in a brown, 650 ml bottle with a best before date of Feb. 11, 2014 printed on the label. The beer was 5.2% alcohol by volume. BBP poured a very dark brown, bordering on black, with about 1" of creamy tan coloured head that lasted for quite some time before settling down to a 1/4" cap which left some attractive lacing down the glass. Its aroma was much stronger in the bottle than in the glass, with coffee, dark chocolate, dark cherries and a touch of hops detectable. The flavour was a little weak up front but much bolder thereafter, with dark roast coffee dominating notes of dark cocoa and sweet milk chocolate, with a slightly bitter black coffee finish that lingered as an aftertaste. Its mouthfeel was surprisingly light for a porter, especially considering the creamy cap on top of the beer, and BBP had a moderate level of carbonation. I would describe BBP as light bodied for a porter, and though this is certainly an enjoyable beer the word "light" kept popping into my head throughout the drinking experience. Black Butte was selling for $5.20 per 650 ml bottle at the date of this review.

Rating 7.90/10

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:02:30 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - The pour is very smooth, almost black, with ruby accents. 3/4 inch crème brûlée head. Looks a little lightweight.

S - Sweet malt, a little peated earth. Little coffee or chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate. Delicately balanced bitter presence. Burnt rather than smokey. Chocolatey rathern than toasty. Bitter cream.

M - Drinks very smoothly. Thicker than it looks. Well-pitched carbonation.

O - A really outstanding beer considering its affordability and availability. Exactly the sort of beer you always want to have on hand. A go-to option for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:19:51 | More by abeeronthebeach
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Virginia

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 3,638 ratings.