Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by jdhowe:
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
doing something a little different tonight -- reviewing this alongside my homebrew porter, which I fully expect to do horridly, but it should be fun.
Both poured from 12oz bottles into pint glasses.
A: Pours a deep brown with 1/2 finger of mocha head that quickly disspates. Shows some light around the edges revealing a burgundy hue.
S: Deep roasty and smoky notes -- holy crap this is smoky! A hint of coffee, and an even smaller hint of fruitiness, but this thing is mostly a smoky monster.
T: Wow... smoky... I'm shocked at just how smoky this beer is. I didn't remember this much roast and smoke on it. Once the overwhelming smokiness subsides, there is a malt sweetness alongside flavors of fruit. After a few sips the smokiness subsides a bit and it tastes more balanced and finishes with a nice roastiness.
M: Nice balance of carbonation with a medium body. Nothing at all offensive about this beer -- just highly drinkable.
O: A masterfully done porter. The smokiness is a little overwhelming at first, but once I got past that, I was really able to enjoy the interplay of the other aspects of this beer, which was very nice.
homebrew generic porter:
A: Pours a light brown with more red than expected. A finger of off-white caramel-toned head quickly dissipates. Bubbling in the head is larger/coarser than BBP. (2.5)
S: More fruity than roasty, but roast is there. Sweeter than BBP, and with none of the overwhelming smoke. There's also something else here that I can't pinpoint but it an off-smell. It smells almost artificial, like plastic, but it's not that or even quite like that. Nothing unappetizing really, but not the smell balance I wanted. (2.0)
T: Roasty with hints of coffee, followed by a fruitiness and a bit of a lingering bitterness. There's a hint of something off toward the back of the sip, but again I can't pinpoint what it is. (2.75)
M: Medium body well carbonated. Maybe just a little thin for its style and possibly slightly overcarbonated (more carbonated than BBP), but not in a way that detracts from enjoyment. (3.75)
O: Lots to learn, but I'm not unhappy with this for my first attempt at brewing a beer. It's drinkable, and even enjoyable, and that's a fine start. (2.5)
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2013 05:09:32 | More by jdhowe
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3.76/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to BubalooBrewMaster for this beer.
12oz bottle with a Best By Date of 07/24/14. Pours a very dark brownish black color with very little head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, and earth. The taste is roasted malts, charcoal, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Earth and roasted malts towards the end. Charcoal and light chocolate at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, a decent Porter, but nothing to0 special.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 00:59:32 | More by PicoPapa
4.44/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Deschutes Black Butte Porter – 5.2% ABV – Consumed March 21, 2013
Appearance: pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with deep ruby edges, one finger of rocky beige froth, and sheets of sticky lacing on the tulip. A near-perfect look.
Smell: roasted malt, slight smoke, burnt toast, leather, vinous notes, raisin, cookie crumble, ashtray, and must. Deep, robust, and layered aromas.
Taste: roasted malt, burnt toast, malty tartness, crisp, tangy and drying hop bite with roasted, leathery, and ashy afters on the cough. Straightforward but enjoyable, and exactly what I expect from a Robust Porter. Awesome.
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, lush and velvety middle, brief malty tartness precedes a crisp and tangy hop bite with a bone-dry finish. Spot on for the style.
Overall: a textbook roasted-ashy porter with big, layered flavours and rich texture.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 01:02:39 | More by cratez
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Very dark black and a khaki head. This is a very dark beer. No wonder they give it its name.
S: Charred oats, bitter chocolate, malt.
T: Charred oats as said. Burnt chocolate, some hops, biscuit, toast, malt. Honestly I'm not too keen on the taste. It's a great beer no doubt, but I don't see what the hype is about.
M: Medium to thick-ish. Kind of a rough velvety feel.
O: A great brew, but like I said: the flavor on this one isn't my favorite. It's a bit too charred for me- as if the malts were a tad over done. I liked the beer overall, though.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2014 04:17:19 | More by titty_mcbitty
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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