Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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5,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,232
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 393
Gots: 946 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 5,232 | Reviews: 1,452
Photo of gratefulmason
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Water, not very delectable. looks great, just too watery for me

Photo of Edman5P
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

roasted malt with a hint of coffee on the nose.. Toasty malt with a hint of dark coffee on the palate.. Very little lacing and head didn't hold up the minute, although a very good beer

Photo of dfconnor
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice taste, but finishes a bit watery and flat. I think this would be better if it had a little more bite at the end. Slightly gamey aftertaste. Not the best porter I have ever had, but I would buy this again and give it another try.

Photo of Itskarl
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Everetts. Acceptable head and minor lacing. Faint roasted malts on the nose with just a kiss of milk chocolate. This beer shines in it's flavor. Chocolate malts are incredibly presented in a smooth, easy drinking beer that has tons of flavor and isn't overpowering. Deschutes has been making this in large quantities for quite a while but they have not sacrificed ingredients for profits. It is my grandfathers favorite beer and for a man that came from the age of crap beers, that speaks for itself.

Photo of Extol
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's alright, not the best porter I've had, but definitely not bad. I totally get the vanilla on the back end. Nice.

Photo of PottstownBrewFest
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this porter while I was visiting Pittsburgh. It's full of flavor and very drinkable.

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a bottle for the first time on a train ride from Vancouver to Seattle. So good, couldn't stop at one! Up to that point, it was the best Porter I had. I prefer the Obsidian brew better, but overall, a solid brew!

Photo of DevAJ
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'll say up front that the one I got was past it's "Best By" date (I bought it in a build your own 6 pack) so who knows this may be better if it's fresher, but it a fairly standard porter. The porter that a former co-worker makes himself is better to me personally though.

Photo of jdavis8361
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Thought the carbonation level was over the top. Way too fizzy for me. The Sierra Nevada porter is more to my liking, although I just bought a 6-pack of O'Dell Cutthroat porter to audition.

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


Thus, I review:

Looks swell enough upon initial pour, all dark and frothy and inviting. Head retention is minimal, if that matters to you. Smells of coffee & copper. Tastes of weak coffee & raisin & well, copper. It's awful metallic. Somewhat thin & watery, too. There are much better brews in this style - Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, for example.

Photo of simplejj81
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great example of a porter with creamy chicolate notes. Bottle conditioned so remember fine layer of yeast. This is one of my friends favorites!

Photo of Cmullen
2.33/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Typical porter. Nothing extravagant to note.

Photo of Rob-Keen
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into mug. Need to drink again and revise rating with a curved pint glass to better accentuate flavor/aroma.

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not nearly as overpowering as its peers. High level of drinkability, with its major flavor being a coffee tinge in the breathes after a sip. Good choice if you want a porter or stout, but you don't want such an intense flavor.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh (best by date says it's good for another six months) sixer at my local Trig's supermarket. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours cola brown with about a half-inch of beige head that falls pretty quickly but sticks around as a hearty film. Good lacing on the glass as it down.

S: Roasted and caramel malts are the most prominent notes in the aroma. There's a bit of underlying coffee and dark chocolate, as well. Not much assertiveness to this bouquet.

T: This one is sweeter than what I was expecting. I was bracing for those roasted malts, but the front is really dominated by the caramel malts. Those roasted notes are still there, but quite subdued. The middle has some suggestions of coffee and dark chocolate, with a touch tartness beginning to come through. A touch of vanilla in the mix. The back end has a nice balance of roasted and caramel malts, with just a touch of bitter. Very smooth flavor.

F: As others have pointed out, this one drinks a bit on the watery side for a porter. It still has a nice medium body, creaminess, and well-executed carbonation. It finishes very clean, without any stick or syrupy quality.

O: This is a very drinkable porter, but I do find myself wishing that it had a little more heft. And while I do appreciate the well-balanced flavor profile, I wish that it had more robust roasted malt and chocolate/coffee notes. While I don't think it can stand as a world-class brew, I'll definitely return to this one again.

Photo of everyman
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know that for many this is an excellent go to porter. However, I kinda disagree. The mouthfeel is closer to most light stouts--silky and thin. The flavors are complex for a basic porter recipe and the malt character is more hidden than forward. I do like this beer. In fact, I'd never turn it down. It really is flavorful, but that's part of my hang up. I like a basic porter to have a malt-heavy tone and to foam up thick and densely. I like to see that foam cling to the glass. This porter is just too slick to do that, albeit being tasty.

Photo of Bil3539
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a room temp glass

L - Pours dark brown almost black with a one finger foamy tan head which disperses to leave a nice lacing.
S - Cocoa and roasted malts
T - Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, & roasted malts. Gets better as it warms.
F - Smooth and creamy with a clean almost citrus finish
O - I love porters and this is one of the best I've had.

Photo of ECV1846
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deffinatly enjoyed this one for sure will get again

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown with fine 1fb of off white head and good residual lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, yeasty, cocoa, hint of hoppy pine. Tastes semi sweet toasted malts forward, nice balanced flavor, mid note pine, cocoa, nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is slightly less than medium, good carbonation.

Overall, easily one of the best porters I've had, I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again. Delicious!

Photo of Vein95
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Straightforward very tasteful, poured right into a cold mug. Look- dark brown color,Tan foam. smell- like coffee/malt beverage. taste- medium chocolate background which makes it a smooth creamy drink. Enjoyed it alot, would recommend.

Photo of Qbdoo
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Awesome-looking porter. Cola colored with frothy tan head, lots of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate on the nose. Taste is mostly roasted malt and a kick of hops. Slightly thin texture for the style. I enjoyed this and will be happy to drink it again, but had been led to expect a more complex beer.

Photo of Jlehsya
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's awesome And stuff.... Sweet!

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Deep dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. Great retention and very solid lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, burnt grains, chocolate, vanilla, even some cherry, apricot and pine come through.

T: Subtlety sweet fruit surprises you at first with a blast of cherry, then chocolate and brown sugar flood the palate, follow by roasted malt and finished perfectly with a slightly grass like hop finish.

F: Light in body, moderate carbonation, great creamy finish.

O: A very well balanced easy drinking porter.

Photo of Griffin2
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours dark brown with a nice tan head.
S - nice roasty smell.
T - delicious chocolatey Porter.
F- really creamy.
O - I really enjoyed this beer. I highly recommend it, if you like a chocolatey Porter.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with khaki foam. Roasted malt nose. Toasted chocolate malt with a lite hop presence. Lite mouthfeel. Overall very good.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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