Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
650ml bomber poured into tulip 31/12/12 Happy New Years
A nearly black with a deep cola edge, massive three finger light mocha head has great retention ending up as an island and leaves a single partial ring followed by random patches
S fruity but its a little dried, raisins and prunes, coco powder and coffee with a little roasted nuts and char, perhaps some faint leafy hops and even less licorice, smells like a porter should smell
T the roast isn't burnt but I get some faint smoke, maybe just a little cola and the taste didn't quite live up to the smell but still leaves a tasty beer
M a little thin and nearing the point of foam but doesn't quite get there, aftertaste of coco and hops works well
O goes down quickly and doesn't leave you stumbling, well rounded and something I'll be drinking again
this has been one of those elusive brews that I've never managed to try, I've missed it on tap several times by a glass or two and should've known it would come to me if I waited long enough.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2013 05:57:17 | More by wordemupg
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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 3,975 ratings.