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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,495
Reviews: 1,341
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 330
Gots: 512 | FT: 14
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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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Butte pours a dark deep brown color with a nice deep mahogany hue. I can just barely see through it. The head started off at about a finger-tall in a pint glass and receded to a hazy, dark tan film quickly. The lacy is fairly sticky and has the look of splashing water.

The smell of the Black Butte is glorious. A perfect blend of roasted and chocolate malt aromas waft out of the glass. There is just a faint hint of nuttiness in there, as well. It is a deep and velvety aroma.

Hmm, the the roasted malt flavors are the most prominent flavor at first taste, perhaps accentuated by a subtle pine hop taste. Also in the profile is a bit of burnt toast and coffee. There are a good amount of chocolate flavors in there, too, but the roasted malt tastes win. I wonder if the two flavors would marry better if this bottle aged more? The aftertaste of this brew is quite nice- a slightly chocolately, coffee-like acidic remnant.

The mouthfeel is solid. A bit of acidic astrigency rides the sides of my palate and back of my tongue throughout the sip, while the mellower, medium body emerges in the middle of the sip. The finish has that little bit of acidic pucker that I mentioned previously.

Overall, I think this beer hits the mark extremely well for the style. I generally tend to like slightly fuller, richer porters, but for a 5.2% a.b.v. porter, this is very well-crafted.

TCHopCraver, Nov 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Dark brown appearance with crimson highlights. Light tan head of two fingers. Smells of brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel and grainy malt. Tastes flat to me - some caramel malt, minimal roasted malt and an odd cloying aftertaste that seems to get stuck on my palate. Low to medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. I don't get the love for this beer - it doesn't have the roasted malt and coffee flavors that I look for in a good porter. No biggie - glad I have access to both Founders Porter and GL Eddie Fitz.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

This brew pours a solid black, with slight red highlights when held up to the light. There is a three finger mocha head which lasts a long time and medium to heavy lacing.

The smell is burnt and roasted malts along with burnt coffee and chocolate. Thick sweet chocolate.

The taste follows the nose with the roasted malts and burnt coffee dominating followed by chocolate with a little bit of pine hop oil at the end. This brew goes down smooth and velvety with just the slightest bit of hop oil left on the tongue after swallowing which prevents this beer from being too sweet. Yes it is sweet in spite of the burnt malts.

Overall this is a great Porter, it really smells and tastes a lot like a Stout but with reduced bitterness. This would be a great Porter to try if you have never had one before and wanted to try the style.

microbrewlover, Friday at 08:50 PM
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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,495 ratings.