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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,210 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,210
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 312
Gots: 407 | FT: 12
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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McBadger

California

1/5  rDev -76.1%

01-23-2012 03:11:39 | More by McBadger
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montydesi

Texas

1/5  rDev -76.1%

05-03-2014 05:11:24 | More by montydesi
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Frankieteardrop


1/5  rDev -76.1%

04-16-2012 06:17:38 | More by Frankieteardrop
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wingnutz27

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -76.1%

05-25-2014 14:28:54 | More by wingnutz27
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sleepr

Texas

1/5  rDev -76.1%

02-07-2012 20:14:16 | More by sleepr
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TxZemer

Texas

1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

05-28-2014 04:05:29 | More by TxZemer
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J-Sizzle


1.5/5  rDev -64.2%

04-06-2012 21:48:59 | More by J-Sizzle
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Moses13

Ohio

1.6/5  rDev -61.8%

08-13-2014 23:45:58 | More by Moses13
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BlacklightBrewin

California

1.9/5  rDev -54.7%

This beer pours a dark black stoutish color.
But not thick, somewhat watery.. though not as light as a newcastle.

The aroma and initial taste is very earthy.
The after taste is crisp and dry.

Maybe I'll have to try it from the tap instead.

I've had multiple bottles of this and I'm really suprised that some people adore this beer so much.

I havent had a porter that i've enjoyed as much as Sierra Nevada's
I'd love for someone to reccomend a superb porter.. though i find it hard to trust peers that have an affinity for beers such as this.

08-28-2006 07:49:35 | More by BlacklightBrewin
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yodagruv

Texas

2/5  rDev -52.3%

05-19-2013 04:54:29 | More by yodagruv
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -52.3%

06-29-2013 03:35:30 | More by RobertColianni
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Karoth


2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

08-03-2012 00:53:23 | More by Karoth
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AZDanB


2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

07-27-2012 03:46:18 | More by AZDanB
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ccrida

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

Poured into a pint glass, the Black Butte is a deep, dark, cola like garnet color with a big tan head that quickly faded to a small collar leaving slight lace. The aroma is very faint, sweet and malty. The flavor is similarly scant, sweet and toasted malt, coffee, and very slight finish of bittering hops. The mouthfeel was very thin and watery. In as much as this Porter was incredibly inoffensive and light bodied, it could be considered to be highly drinkable...however, there was nothing about Black Butte that made me want to have more then one.

02-06-2007 05:22:36 | More by ccrida
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -45.6%

Appearence: Poured a simple dark ruby with an incredible fizzy foamy beige head.

Smell: There are vague smells of chocolate and toasted nuts, but honestly there's not a whole lot to sniff.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste consists of a really weird, almost moth ball flavored malts combined with an inappropriate hop bitterness at the end. There are no real strong, bold or even interesting quialities to the flavor. The mouthfeel is just a tiny bit creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Dissapointing!! I loved their Obsidian Stout, but this one just wasn't for me. It just tasted incredibly bland and boring.

04-02-2005 06:30:10 | More by santoslhalper
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SlyBanter

California

2.33/5  rDev -44.4%

Now i passed up a six pack of Lagunitas Sucks to try this and regret it. Upon pouring, it looked great, dark and thick, but weak lacing on the head. My first reaction to smelling it was "why does this smell like blue moon?" And then i tasted it, and it TASTED like blue moon. Okay, it tastes better than blue moon, but very similar. So why do they call it a porter when it smells and tastes like a generic wheat ale? Another example of dumbing down a style of beer simply for mass appeal. It's obvious. I was not happy that this beer tasted nothing like a porter, and the feel, even less like a porter. It doesn't stick in your mouth, the now all too common hints of coffee are not executed properly, and it's just common in taste. Had this beer been labeled as a wheat ale, i would give it a higher rating, because i do not respect this beer as a porter and believe that it should not be called one.

03-01-2014 23:37:34 | More by SlyBanter
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Fabric8r

Montana

2.45/5  rDev -41.5%

Wow, this was horrible on tap at our local Applebee's. I have had it in bottle and was much better. What happened? Usually bottle is not as good as tap. This beer tasted bland and I could not tell if there was any hops in it at all. Hmmm, bad batch? Too old? Too new? Didn't taste green just really bland.

02-18-2003 11:25:17 | More by Fabric8r
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ssam

California

2.45/5  rDev -41.5%

A- its black as night. i must say i did a perfect pour but the head still was very small and went away very fast.

S- the smell is nothing special, very dark chocolaty with some hoppiness.

T- much too dark tasting for me. the dark chocolate bitterness is not redeemed by anything and the coffee is obtrusive

M- the mouthfeel is good but doesnt counter the taste in my opinion

D- i dont like this beer

12-25-2008 20:56:23 | More by ssam
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -41.5%

Finally got a chance to try this while in Las Vegas, (It was on tap at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in the MGM) but walked away very disappointed. For all the hype I didn’t see how this porter was anything above mediocre at best…and I mean at best.

The aroma and flavor were quite boring. I only smelled a little nutty earthiness, and the taste was similar, with maybe faint notes of chocolate and molasses but overall quite tame and lifeless. I wish it was a little richer. What surprised me the most was its almost watery mouthfeel. This was a big letdown for me. I can’t imagine ever reaching for this one again, but a part of feels I should try it again just in case there was some funny business going on at the restaurant….my friend shared the same thoughts about it.

03-26-2012 19:12:22 | More by jbertsch
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yinkanut

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

09-07-2013 19:44:36 | More by yinkanut
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

04-22-2012 04:49:42 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Kaveman

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

08-26-2013 02:45:10 | More by Kaveman
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moush

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

01-19-2014 01:26:04 | More by moush
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

01-17-2012 02:40:20 | More by gafferjohn
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mseidens

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

11-01-2012 15:07:52 | More by mseidens
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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,210 ratings.