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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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3,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 3646
Reviews: 1279
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being told of by others to try / much blather / hype, I've had a bottle for about 2 months chilling and finally cracked'r open:

Color / Aroma: Porter black-brown, with nominal carbonation and limited smell

Taste: cold, heavy, and alluring; it's about time something lived up the one's high expectations. Aftertaste is nearly non-existence--meaning smooth finish.

Drinkability: it's a porter's porter; a new classic standard in my book of poor imitators / wannabes. Wish I had another right now; gotta go get me some mo'.

Cheers on this one.

Serving type: bottle

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite "standard" American porters, I've had this beer many times and finally decided that it was time to update my rating and write a full review. Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass. While Deschutes utilizes a "best by" date on their labels, alas, I failed to note the date on this label. However, I have good reason to believe it is fairly fresh, based on the establishment from whence it was ordered.

Appearance - The body is a brown so rich and deep that it resembles true black, like the char on a piece of burnt toast. The light fails to penetrate the dark hue and is also hindered by a generous two-finger head of frothy foam that has a smattering of larger bubbles that give it the illusion of being dotted with mini chocolate chips. Retention is moderate, and it leaves ring fragments of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Porters like Black Butte are proof of how vague the line is between porters and stouts. Rich and full, with notes of unrefined cacao bean, star anise, roasted malts and char bitterness. Perhaps some notes of roasted coffee beans that haven't yet been ground up or brewed as well; subtle.

Taste - Here, the licorice aspect is more pronounced than on the smell. Now the chocolate bittersweetness and elements of roasted grain are complimentary to the unique flavor profile of Anethole, the chemical that makes licorice/anise/fennel seed/star anise all have that licorice-y taste. I don't think I've had a stout or porter that has a stronger licorice element than Black Butte. That being said, it's not overpowering by any means. It blends well with the bitter and sweet profiles and as someone who isn't terribly fond of licorice candy, it works extremely well here.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a somewhat sweet and bitter finish.

Overall, one of my favorites in the style and was really the first beer to get my attention from Deschutes. It will continue to be the best option available in many establishments that don't have an absurd selection of craft beer and I'm quite pleased by that fact.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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