Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by trxxpaxxs:
4.56/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to quirkzoo for this one...
A: Pours out black with about a half finger of frothy khaki colored head. The foam settles a bit, but a lot of it sticks around for awhile. There is some great lacing left on the glass as it drinks.
S: The nose is pretty typical of a great porter. It smells of roasted malt and mild milk chocolate. I'd love to say I can pick up a touch of vanilla in there, but I'd be lying to myself. Either way, it smells nice.
T: It starts out sweet, but a bit watery and thin. But that doesn't last long. I get a nice malt base, medium roast, a bit of toasted bread, and some creamy milk chocolate. The finish is a great mix of sweet and bitter. Great flavors and transitions in here.
M: Medium bodied beer. Yes it's dark, but it's not over filling. This beer is silky smooth and extremely creamy. It coats the palate and slides off nicely. Mild roast and chocolate linger on the palate.
O: I really like this beer. The flavors are right in my wheelhouse. I'd buy this beer often, when I was in the mood for a porter. Super drinkable and super delicious.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 20:37:34 | More by trxxpaxxs
More User Reviews:
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
93 out of 100 based on 3,974 ratings.