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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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1,466 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,466
Hads: 5,647
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 450
Gots: 1,237 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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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Photo of birdypowder
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Hot chocolate froth, dried fruit.

Appearance: Frothy light tan head, creamy bubbles leaving intricate lacing, deep mahogany red.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth entry followed by stinging carbonation, which after it subsides, leaves your mouth with a thin velvety coating.

Taste: Subtle chocolate sweetness, bakers chocolate or cocoa bitterness at end. Quick hit of citrus in-between.

Aftertaste/Finish: Crisp, approaching dry.

I could easily have two of these in a sitting.

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Photo of johnd513
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark brown with a nice frothy offwhite head that quickly disappears and leaves some nice tan lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of dark chocolate and is nice and roasty. The taste is a little bitter which I like. The mouthfeel has medium body, slightly creamy and nicely carbinated. Drinkability is high on this one. One hell of an easy drinking porter that could be a staple in my fridge if it were easily available to me. I am enjoying this while visiting my folks in Boise. Also can't beat the price! Gotta love Michigan taxes.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with a 1-finger, fizzy head that fairly quickly bubbled down to a tan lace across the top. The smell was dominated by smoked malts, and it was strong and rich. I could just picture in my mind the malts being roasted over an open fire. The taste was a delicious balance of the malty and the bitter. The malty: thick chocolate malt flavor, which was as smokey as the smell would leave me to believe. The bitter: there was definitely a bitter hop presence to round off the taste, but there was also notes of coffee grinds and bittersweet chocolate. The taste lingered on long after the sip. While the body was medium, approaching on heavy, and carbonation was plentiful, leaving a sharpness to the aftertaste. The beer was flavorful, but not filling, and I could have easily had another one. A good catch.

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Photo of kasper
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich dark, dark brown. Nearly black, with a nice foamy mocha head that sticks to the walls of the glass like soap suds.

Great aromas of chocolate, charcoal, roasted malts -- all of which comes with an underlying sweetness that's overly inviting and not cloyingly so.

Chocolate and roasted malts all the way, with a kick of roasted bitterness on the finish that lingers someway.

Nice fluffy and velvety texture, medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Ideal mouthfeel.

A world-class and enjoyable porter. Would never turn one of these down. Easy drinking too... alcohol well masked.

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Photo of showell
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At the moment, this is my very favorite beer. Thankfully, it's readily available at the local supermarket, lol. A very nice dark color. The smell is wonderful, and the taste is exceptional. Coffee and Chocolate, mmmm! I usually only drink a few beers a week. This porter is one of the very few beers I could go back for another, and another, and another, and another.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a translucent brown (unusual for a porter) with a small light tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt. Nice roasted character. Flavor has a similar roast character and slight coffee. Palate is a little sweet and light-bodied. Smooth drinking. Good porter.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark and roasty, but light bodied enough to be a session beer for those of us with cojones. Pours a beautiful, warm brown and carries you away with a well balanced array of coffee and chocolate flavors. My personal favorite (readily available) beer of all time, and very affordable as well!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to xpimptastikx for helping me out and hooking me up with this beer.

Pours a clear blood orange and black, like a ruby and gold black and topped with a creamy one inch thick head that remains in cap form for the duration of the session and leaves behind some sparse lacing.

Very roasted coffee, chocolate and oatmeal, very rich with a healthy does of hoppiness, I can almost feel how gritty this beer is going to be already.

Bitter to a point on the tip of the tongue and intensly, intensly roasted, almost charred maltiness with an incredibly long lasting finish that retells the story of each sip. Given a bit of time to warm and the addition of a few sips, the beer becomes a bit creamier and a bit fruitier, don't be mistaken though the roastiness is stiil leaps and bounds ahead of the competition but the addition of the texture and additional flavors really rounds out the beer and gives it a much needed complexity.

A nice and strong, straightforward, no nonsense porter. It's roasty where it needs to be, the mouthfeel refuses to smooth over for sissies and the flavor profile and complexities of this beer forces you to take notice and pay attention.

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Photo of LilMatrix
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured dark as night with a decent tannish head, and excellent glass clinging lacing.

S - Chocolatey, malty, and slightly smokey and woody.

T - Wow! This is one tasty beer! It strikes a perfect balance between Malty sweet and Roasty Bitterness. Add in there some chocolate and coffee notes... this beer is a winner!

M - Full bodied beer that is smooth and creamy.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by the drinkability of this porter. I've had many Deschutes beers and they have yet to disappoint. I could have sat there and drank a couple more of these... but alas I had a flight to catch. Till next time!

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Photo of ssam
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- its black as night. i must say i did a perfect pour but the head still was very small and went away very fast.

S- the smell is nothing special, very dark chocolaty with some hoppiness.

T- much too dark tasting for me. the dark chocolate bitterness is not redeemed by anything and the coffee is obtrusive

M- the mouthfeel is good but doesnt counter the taste in my opinion

D- i dont like this beer

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Puff of head that doesn't remain for very long. Leaves lacing as it recedes. The brew itself is dark black/brown, opaque to the light. Everything screams 'porter' and it looks very rich.

S: Dark roasted grains... Chocolate, coffee, hints of caramel.

T: Excellent. Dark chocolate with coffee undertones right away. Some sweetness fluffed up by caramel tones. The roasted grains emerge toward the end and provide a nice, balanced taste. The malts more than the hops dominate the flavor.

M: Creamy and full-bodied.

D: Very drinkable. Goes down smoothly and welcomes more. I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent dark brown, with a nice head that dissipates quickly. Smells of coffee and hay. Tastes of chocolate and coffee with a little tartness, giving this porter a different beat from the usual sweet or bitter. The mouthfeel is light, but satisfying.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter is a very dark chocolate brown with a fizzy khaki head. The aroma is of sweet dark malt and fresh medicinal hops-- perhaps wintergreen. It is full-bodied, smooth, and slightly chalky. The flavor has a hollow bitterness. In addition to the roasted malt flavor, there is citrus, mint and... caraway? Very unique. I've always been a fan of this one.
(rated May 17, 2007)

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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by date of 12/20/08

Pours a deep but translucent mahogany brown color with a rich, frothy tan head and some sticking/notching. Lots of creamy, semi-sweet, roasty toasty chocolate malt, subtle, not overly aromatic but very pleasant indeed. Creamy, rich chocolate malts invade the tongue first, sweet caramel, chalky coffee malts and cakey yeast round everything else out mid to late palate, orange and lemon notes on the finish from the bright hops used as well as an earthy, herbal-like note on the end/aftertaste. This isnt just your average bastardized stout with a porter label slapped on it, this one screams porter from the get go and never lets up. Light in body, crazy drinkable, slightly coating, bright in carbonation, great beer! Highly recommended.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin but creamy off white colored head. Not much in the way of retention. Some nice lacing does form. The beer is a dark cola or root beer color without the carbonation. Reminded me of a glass of French press coffee.

Aroma is of dark roasted grains, chocolate, slight sweetness and almost a dark caramel.

Flavor is fantastic. Bit roasted, chocolate blast right out of the shoot. This is quickly followed by a short burst of sweetness that settles into a creamy caramel flavor. The roasted flavor comes in towards the end again and provides a lingering effect. I'm sure there are some hops in there, but it really seems more of the roasted malt vs. anything else. There is a sense of dark brown sugar or even the top of a crème brulee.... Just the burnt sugar part. Lots going on here, a nice complex beer.

Mouth feel is creamy big and satisfying.

I find this very drinkable and a perfect end to an evening. Glad I found it out here in the northwest.

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black appearing pour, when held up to the light it is rather dark brown throughout. Roast malt aromas, with surprisingly piney hop tones. Mouth feel is a bit lively, but mellows a bit to creamy. Flavor is not that overly descript with roast malt and peatiness. Finishes very clean, not much lingering. I was a little dissapointed with this one, possibly because I had the Obsidian stout previous, it seemed a little bit understated. Will have to give it another try, but I found it a bit average, albeit very drikable. Not going to poo poo it completely though, it is worth getting.

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Photo of beeragent
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Medium spots of lace cling to the glass.

S - Light aroma of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Very light aroma.

T - Big roasted malt flavor up front, creating a delicious blend of chocolate and coffee flavors. Very rich and creamy.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth finish.

D - This beer is a great example of why I love porters. Great thick coffee and chocolate flavors along with a sessionable alcohol level. A highly recommended porter!!!

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Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent dark brown with a tiny head. Light aroma of chocolate. Smooth taste of bitter chocolate and crystal malt. The only complaint I had was that the flavors were very weak. Very light mouthfeel with no carbonation. A good beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a dark dark brown, almost opaque, with half a finger of tan head. Carbonation is just a tad weak. Smell mildly of coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste is a nice moderate combination of those, plus a strong roasted component. Nice creamy mouthfeel, but like I said, carbonation could be a little more. Drinkable as hell, though--a solid porter that isn't trying to be a stout.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours opaque blacks with a light tan head that stayed for a few moments and disappeared. Decent lacing while drinking. Very faint to the nose. I pick up roasted coffee but very little. This all changes however once it hits your mouth! Roasty coffee with a bitter bite at the end. The beer has a really smooth body which makes this very sessionable. I have tried the Obsidian Stout but it has been awhile, definitely would like to compare the two.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This excellent porter pours a dark black from a 12oz bottle. A thick off-white head with brown highlights rises up from the opaque beer. The retention is good and lacing is very apparent.

The aroma is much like coffee with a bit of malt sweetness and alcohol traces. No hops here.

The flavor is of roasted coffee with a slight burnt quality. There is perceptible hop bitterness. The balance here is excellent.

This beer is thick, but not overly. Its heaviness is not oily. It doesn't hang out on the palette.

A sixer of this beer would leave only the desire for more! Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

decided to support a local (coastal) brewery.

pours a dark brown with a fantastic two finger tan head that stands strong. nice lacing clings to the pint glass. right off the bat i am hit by a sense of happiness.

smell is great. rich chocolate and roasted malt pretty much jump out of my glass to greet me. i would wear this as cologne.

taste is sweet. i am greeted by a malty party up front. im getting chocolate, coffee, some breadish notes. mildy complex. full flavored. awesome beer.

mouth is smooth, thin, slightly creamy. not overly carbonated.

I love this beer. no matter when i get it i am going to smile. if you see this and haven't had it. get it. enjoy it. drink it again.

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Photo of MAB
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll preface this report by saying that I ordered this at a seafood restaurant in Seattle. It arrived in a nice thin tall glass, so I'm guessing it was on-tap, since they didn't bring me the bottle.
(by the way, it pairs absolutely fabulous with the chocolate creme brulee (dessert) at Ray's Boathouse)

Deep brown with a brown foamy head- almost Guinness-like. The aroma was one of coffee and chocolate.
The first sip was heaven. The roasted barley notes combined with the chocolate malt to make it a sweet mouthful, followed by a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

This is the best porter that I've ever had, and one that all others must compare to.

Find it! Love it!

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Photo of jkendrick
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown that needs to be held to the light to distinguish the maroon highlights The head is tan and thick, almost like that of a cappuccino or mocha. The head has good retention. The lacing hangs around in clumps.

Aroma: Sweet like a porter should be with roasted malt predominating. There are hints of chocolate and coffee and maybe some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit thin for a porter. The carbonation is nice and that head that keeps sticking around makes it a bit foamy.

Taste: This a porter and roasted malt is prevalent. It isn't all that bitter to me though. The flavors aren't bold, but nicely balanced. After the malt, I taste some coffee, some chocolate and a bit of smokiness. But those flavors aren't as strong as the aroma would lead you to believe. This is mostly malt. The finish is bit dry and the alcohol warms a bit in the belly.

Overall impression: This is one of my favorite porters. Admittedly, this style isn't one in which I am extremely well-versed. But at 5.2% abv., Black Butte makes for a smooth, easy drinking, well-balanced session porter.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark black that shows some ruby hues when held to light. Minimal tan head. Nose is a lot of coffee. Just loads of grinds. And the flavor brings it too. There's also a fair amount of vegetal tones. Thick with character, yes. Complexities? Middle of the road. But it matters little. This is an amazing porter.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.