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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,331 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,331
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 320
Gots: 440 | 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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Ratings: 4,331 | Reviews: 1,323 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.5%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 11, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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 reasonably good

Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate malt with a distinct presence of citrusy hops

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

brentk56, Sep 09, 2006
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 26, 2009
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Mar 24, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kylehay2004, May 19, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -4.5%

jaydoc, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Sep 22, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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