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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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3,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 3665
Reviews: 1280
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%

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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intensely smooth and rich taste. Anise and licorice and alcohol aroma. Black as molasses and some of its taste. Excellent with my meal. Toast, well balanced, without being very sweet nor coffee nor overly bitter. Well carbonated. Bit of sourness mid-sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 03:10:34 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA.

A - Pours an opaque black color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Foamy lacing is present.

S - Smells of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Burnt grains/coffee and bittersweet chocolate or cocoa beans.

M - Great carbonation while still being very creamy.

D - A very, very good porter and one I keep going back to. One of the best I have ever tried.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 00:56:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Butte Porter doesn't quite manage black, but it's definitely deep dark brown with a strong ruby influence. Bright sunlight is barely visible on the far side of the pint glass. The dark ecru head is large and has millions (okay hundreds) of boisterous bubbles piled onto its upper surface. Unfortunately, there's a less than hoped for amount of lace.

The primary elements of the nose are roasted malt and dark chocolate. Hops are a distant third; no surprise given the style. Delicious and easy drinking. Black Butte is evidence that good things happen when porters use a sufficient quantity of chocolate malt. The beer is bursting with dark malt, chocolate and (less so) coffee. Classic porter flavors all.

It's both sweet and hoppy, but subtly so. Both contribute without drawing undue attention to themselves. The more I drink it, the more I've come to realize that Deschutes brews good beer. The body is medium for the style and the carbonation is noticeable without being obtrusive.

Black Butte Porter is a fine effort. It isn't what I'd call a big porter, which I generally prefer, but it's a classic, delicious, well-crafted, drinkable one. I'd love to have access to the entire lineup from this excellent PacNW brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 21:57:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very deep dark brown, small tan colored head, not a lot of lace, pretty clear

S - Caramel and chocolate predomintaly, with a touch of roasted coffe and an ever so slight hoppy back.

T - Very nice, lots of caramel and roasted malts, with a nice hoppy back. Dry finish. Lots of sugar, very good.

M - Uber smooth, a very good feeling porter. Not too thick, just about right to be totally sessionable. I thought the decent carbonation played a good roll here

D - Great, a very sessionable porter. Not heavy enough to distract you or bog you down, I could put down six of these with some ease.

Overall a very fine beer here. A good quality well rounded session porter. I would definatly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 23:41:20 | More by mikesgroove
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour into my Russian River pint glass is dark brown with a thin and short lived tan colored head.

S: Plenty of roasted notes to the nose along with lots of coffee. There's also a sweetness to it which seems to be in the form of milk chocolate.

T: The coffee and sweet milk chocolate dominate the flavor along with some background notes of roasted malt. The finish has a mild bitterness to it along with some more coffee.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. There's a slight smoothness to it, as well.

D: One of my favorites from Deschutes. I'm not always the biggest fan of their year round beers, but this is always a great choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 01:12:44 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown color with a light beige, rocky head; the lacing was OK, not great

Smell: Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate malt aromas

Taste: Starts out with a tingly chocolate flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by some floral hops; after the swallow there is a touch of sourness followed by some coffee notes; the residual chocolate and floral flavors also maintain their presence through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Among the better porters I have tried; nice flavors that go down easy

Thanks, malthead, for the opportunity and, younger35, for the second chance

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 17:36:20 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium clear black color porter with large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and light dry coffee notes are very pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some bitter black chocolate notes with some light fry coffee and a subtle roasted malt bitter finish. Body is a bit too thin with some great carbonation. Very well done and something that IU would probably buy again if I had access to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:40:44 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive Porter. The beer begins with a nice, medium viscocity with a lighlty tanned head that has terrific staying power. Aromas of roasted malts, toasty sweetness, and bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of citrus hops. Flavors closely mimic the aromas with emphasis on the roasted malts and a backup hint of orange rinds. Very clean textured with a crisp, fairly clean finish. This beer has enough character and power to substantiate the best of the Porter style, with basically no off flavors at all. Pure and simple.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 14:29:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a color that is bordering on black, which I suppose is fitting. The nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee--just what I expect from a good porter. Really nice bold scent. The taste scales it back just a bit, but has the same general tenor. Good, slightly-dry feel with a nice body. Another hit from Deschutes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 22:39:51 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when viewed from above. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aroas of coffee are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of roasted malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easy but also has some nice flavors. I would have no problem drinking this beer all night long.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:21:42 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights thru out with a thin off white head that disapears into nothing quite fast,I noticed a few chunks swirling around in there as well.Aroma is nutty and unsweetened chocolate mainly not over the top sweet by any means,has a nice smooth mouthfeel this glides down very easily to say the least.Flavors start out somewhat sweet bitter chocolate and caramel with an underlying roasted coffee presence but finish very earthy and dry like an unroasted raw peanut flavor.A very solid beer this one is a classic in the northwest and I can see why,very solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 22:50:27 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a very deep, dark brown, bordering on black (only the addition of some light reveals the truth) with a minor amount of mocha-colored head that leaves some good lacing behind. The smell is loaded with roasted malts and dark coffees, with a very faint hint of licorice hiding in the brush. The taste follows, with that licorice absent and a nice, smoky woodiness pops up, bringing an extra leyer of complexity to the proceedings. The body is a bit on the heavy side, and the carbonation gives an odd bite at the end, and these, when combined, serve to lessen the overall drinkability here. Still, a very tasty bit o' porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 11:33:18 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense, creamy tan head above a dark ruby brown/mahogany colored body. The head holds fairly well. The aroma shows some fruity notes as well as the anticipated espresso and bitter chocolate. Good mouthfeel... medium bodied, not quite chewy, not quite creamy... honey-like? The flavor is full, expressing slightly sweet dark chocolate with a roasty edge up front, followed by some dark fruit, molasses, and even smoke. Well balanced - not overdone with hop bitterness. Finishes with a light, almost smokey note from the roasted barley. An excellent example of robust porter - distinctive, complex and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2002 11:16:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

20oz pint, at a pleasant little roadhouse in Kalispell, Montana, with of all people, my mom. Damned fine pizza too...

This beer appears a deep, dark reddish brown colour, with further mahogany highlights, and one finger of foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which settles at a rather lazy pace, eventually leaving some random splattered Swiss cheese lace around the glass.

It smells of dry roasted cocoa, softly bready caramel malt, mildly earthy lactated coffee, a bit of raisiny dark fruit, and floral hops. The taste is lightly toasted caramel malt, chocolate milk, subtly edgy vanilla, a touch of dry coffee grounds, and some mild earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is generally soft and innocuous, the body relatively medium-full in weight, somewhat creamy, and decently smooth. It finishes off-dry, the gritty chocolate malt bearing the brunt of some heretofore obfuscated hops, baying at the gate.

A very enjoyable, balanced new world porter, with tinges of the old country, and all the more agreeable as a dessert accompaniment. Imma gonna have to go up to the counter to find out what that is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 05:25:54 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown color, showing crimson edges, with an active, fizzy tan head, though quick to settle.
Aroma: smooth, creamy, with a whiff of bitter hops.
Taste: nice, gritty texture, but smooth thereafter. Little hop presence on the palate, but full malt, full body, and rich in cocoa, coffee flavor. Very sweet and fruity in the end, with ultimately excellent balance, and thoroughly accomplished drinkability.
Overall, an excellent, everyday, workhorse porter, with no overboard flavors, just smooth, tasty, thirst-quenching and solid. One I've enjoyed before and would happily employ again as a session ale, if I could.
Thanks to Gusler for the re-acquaintance.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 09:44:13 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MasterSki


4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dschuster03 for bringing one of these to Darkness Day for me.
Bottle with best before day of 4/9/08 - Dave must have had this one cellared for a while.

A - Dark brown, with a rich 3-fingered head of light tan that takes forever to dissipate. Nice contrast!

S - Strong, rich smell of roasted malt and chocolate. A hint of coffee and vanilla. The smell really came alive as the brew warmed up a little.

T - Starts out sweet and malty, but leaves a coffee aftertaste on the back of your throat.

M - A little thinner than I was expecting. Creamy and refreshing.

D - I could drink a bunch of these at 5.2%, especially since it didn't have that milkshake consistency of some other porters.

All in all an above average brew that goes nice with dessert - can't wait to try the Black Butte XX.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:16:24 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy and milky with chocolate, roasted coffee, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and a little smoky with flavors of chocolate and coffee. The malt character is very hearty and there is a mild but complimentary hops presence. Both contribute to a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to sit back and relax with for a long time. It’s one that you can drink several of but is more of a sipper than a pounder, despite not having a very high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 05:41:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 05/19/06

Pours midnight black with a 2 fingers+ tan head that drops off pronto. No lacing or head retention

Smell: toasted malt, chocolate & frutiness

Taste: Roasty malt, chocolate, fruitiness, with some oaky notes. Very dry finish

MF: Undercarbonated, but other than that great balance

D: Very drinkable, but a little Co2 & malt heft was needed to push this up the charts

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 05:16:39 | More by russpowell
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted malt scent to it , boasting of crystal malts. It is sweet and creamy smelling. The taste is good. It has a smooth dark brown feel with hints of crystal and chocolate malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry, yet sweet. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine porter. It has good flavor and suprisingly good mouthfeel; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 17:11:16 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black and forms a thin broken head of tiny bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Smells sweet. Slight smoke, slight roast. Smells ok.

Medium to light in body. Beer is smooth, not a lot of carbonation in the mouth. Beer tastes good, some roast comes up late and lingers. Second taste, not a lot of sweetness in the front but its well balanced overall. Drinkability high.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:37:48 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is heavily roasted to burnt malt with a lot of dark, bitter chocolate. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better robust porters I have tried and one that everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 19:24:01 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with some coffee notes. Also notes of chocolate and caramel.

T - It tasted very roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. There was some toffee and caramel flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good porter. Deschutes continues to impress with every brew they make.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:55:27 | More by zeff80
Photo of jlindros


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this thanks to bendretread along with a whole bunch of other awesome Deschutes beers. Date: Best by 3/05/10

A: Pours a rockin 2 finger head with a thick creamy head. Pure black color with no light escaping. The head retains pretty well.

N: It has some nice crisp ale aromas surprisingly. On top of that is some nice roast but still pretty light, and some dark malts with hints of chocolate. Lighter fare, but pretty nice and typical for a good porter. More chocolate comes through as it warms.

T: Starts with a really thick creamy flavor. Some milk chocolate like flavors, creamy chocolate malts. Some roast also comes through but pretty light. Nice malty flavor with some sweetness, and some light hop flavors come through as well with a little bitterness. Its an interesting spicy hop flavor. A touch of smoke comes out late as it warms.

M: Lots of carbonation, creamy and pretty thick.

F: Finish leaves the nice creamy chocolate lingering a bit, and has a nice bitter follow as well. Still slightly sweet. The earthy spicy hop bitterness adds a nice finish. The smoked flavor also seems to stick around the mouth as everything else fades, which is probably why it seems to come out late on the taste itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:43:47 | More by jlindros
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a nice thick brown head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and some dark toffee perhaps. Very smooth tasting with a roast, chocolate malty thickness to it. Tastes lightly sweet with maybe a hint of hoppiness in the flavor. A very clear dark brown color when it is held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep brown, almost black color. A slight bit of acidity from both the carbonation and the dark malts is evident. This beer is definitely predominantly a chocolaty smooth one though.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 18:09:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Capone's Black Friday, This poured out as a deep brown color with some red highlights, the head was very thin and didn't really have much retention or lacing. The smell of the beer was roasted and earthy on the nose. The taste of the beer had some nice roasted flavors with a touch of dark chocolate in the back end of the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thin and dry. It was very drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty good for a standard porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 07:14:07 | More by Knapp85
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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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