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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,695
Reviews: 1,351
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 343
Gots: 583 | FT: 13
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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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -70.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.1%

J-Sizzle, Apr 06, 2012
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1.6/5  rDev -61.7%

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1.64/5  rDev -60.8%

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1.68/5  rDev -59.8%

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1.84/5  rDev -56%

slick7rick, Aug 27, 2014
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1.9/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

BlacklightBrewin, Aug 28, 2006
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2/5  rDev -52.2%

yodagruv, May 19, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.2%

RobertColianni, Jun 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

Karoth, Aug 03, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

AZDanB, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ccrida
2.25/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

ccrida, Feb 06, 2007
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2.28/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

santoslhalper, Apr 02, 2005
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2.33/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

SlyBanter, Mar 01, 2014
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2.45/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Fabric8r, Feb 18, 2003
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2.45/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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

ssam, Dec 25, 2008
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2.45/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

jbertsch, Mar 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,695 ratings.