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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,548
Reviews: 1,343
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 329
Gots: 530 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Jirin, Wednesday at 03:55 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours black, like the name implies, with a creamy tan head and excellent lacing. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee, caramel and toffee all leaped from the snifter and into my nostrils leaving me very happy and ready for a sip. To the taste there was chocolate, coffee/espresso, lovely roast, brown sugar and a malty caramel/toffee sweetness. Had a medium body but very drinkable with a clean finish, just excellent execution across the board here. One of my favorite porters, and one I find myself recommending time and time again.

BrewChatKen, Wednesday at 01:46 AM
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4.6/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Beer is a deep Brown, with the slightest hint of Ruby when held to the light, almost no head and no carbonation visible within the beer.
Aroma is delicious. Rich malt notes of Toast, coffee, Biscuit, slightest bit of earthy hop notes.
Taste is very similar to the smell, the Toast, biscuit and coffee are there, along with light chocolaty notes, touch of oak, and a drop of pine to compliment the lighter, malt flavors.
Body is light, but not watery. Medium carbonation and quite crisp, which really compliments the subtle flavoring of the beer.
Overall- This beer is so satisfying on so many Levels. perfect to have one with dinner or two session a few on a crisp fall afternoon. super impressed.

SteveB24, Tuesday at 08:52 PM
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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 4,548 ratings.