Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.54/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
I am quite happy that Deschutes has begun making its way into Pennsylvania and especially into The Friendly Greek, whose coolers are always a source of inspiration for me.
From the bottle: "Ahh, our creamy, contrary flagship, a dark zig to the usual zag."; "Join us. Outside-the-lines is the very best place to play."; "Crafted for explorers"; "Everywhere since 1988"; "An opening volley, this pioneering dark ale signaled Deschutes' renegade intentions. Its creamy mouthfeel, complex layers, hop edge and chocolate finish personify passion-forward brewing."
I was anxious to get started, so I went with a heavy-handed aggro pour. This set up a pseudo-cascade that eventually settled into three fingers of dense, light-tan head that was steadily offgassing. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby highlights at the edges (SRM = 44). Nose had a roasty, dark chocolate quality along with a light smokiness. I always think of my late Pops' affinity for Hershey's Special Dark chocolate when I encounter such beers. I would eschew them in favor of sweeter stuff as a kid, but now I gravitate towards bitter or semi-sweet. Mouthfeel was big and creamy, like a scoop of ice cream on the tongue. The flavor was very chocolaty, but dark and roasty at the same time. Man, no wonder this is so highly rated! American Porters can be all over the map, but this was straight-on porter, not bbl.-aged or with wild adjuncts that meld into the style nicely, but get in the way of the base flavors. I have really enjoyed the flavors in this beer to the point that half of it is already gone and without my realizing it! Finish was semi-dry, with the smokiness really taking the edge off of the sweetness at the beginning. I will now dedicate this review to Mom-Za, who lives in Chico (Butte County), California.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 17:39:47 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
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
4.31/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
$4.50 bottle had at Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio after a Cedar Point trip... seriously, stop there after Cedar Point if you want pizza. Very good and reasonably priced. Poured into a snifter that was served to me.
I heard phenomenal things about this beer and knew I needed to try it... so I did. Easily a top three (maybe four) Porter for me... clearly up there with the "big boys." The taste is all over (in a VERY GOOD sense) with roast, char, chocolate, coffee, and a tinge of dark fruits. The feel is basically spot-on for the style. Medium sort of body which suits the style and ABV, and then a pretty prickly carbonation as well. An incredibly tasty, easy drinking porter that I wish could be had in Michigan. I like this more than Edmund Fitzgerald, to be honest. A must-try for fans of the style. Only fault I have with this beer is that it doesn't have a lasting head and lacing that I'd ideally like, but that's a super minor fault on a fabulous brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 01:43:25 | More by Alextricity
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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