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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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1,419 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,419
Hads: 5,344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 409
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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 PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a sixer from some shabby little liquor store. Lets do it.

Pours incredibly dark. Dirty white head.

Nice aroma of coffee.

Taste of coffee and ... cigarettes? Don't smoke but I am reminded of cigarettes here. Not actually in a bad way. Flavor is stronger than the nose suggests.

Overall: not bad, give it a shot (321 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouredblack in a pint glass with a finger of beige head, quite frothy! Aromas of chocolate and malt. Taste is quite like the nose, chocolatey and malty with no noticeable hop finish. Feel is smooth and creamy good, not thick like most porters, and not thin at all.
Drinkability is great! The low ABV makes multiple enjoyment without major buzz!! (345 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/04/08.

Pours a dark brownish black color with about a finger of tan head. Aromas of chocolate, toasted malt, and faint hops.

Taste is rather simple but very nice. Starts with a bunch of chocolate and toasted malt and ends with a nice hop finish. Kinda simple but it works really well. Feel is smooth and creamy yet well carbonated. Not too thick or too thin. Drinkability is great, it's quite sessionable. The taste is good and the alcohol is low enough.

Not the most complex porter but it's really good. Tastes good and it's very sessionable. (595 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights but almost no head whatsoever. Aroma is of roasted malts and some chocolate. Taste follows the nose maybe adds some bread to the party. Creamy oily mouth with a lingering roast bitterness in the end. Decent brew, I could definitely see myself drink this is if were available in my area. (326 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown into a pint glass with a thick slightly creamy tan head. Color is actually a very deep amber red when held up to the light. Head is quickly quenched and yields only temporary lacing.

Nose consists of notes of roasted coffee, roasted malts, some light carob and a light hop presence with a rich malt overlay. Alcohol is unexpectedly present on the nose. A lager like stillness emanates after the glass has rested for a few minutes.

Taste is of light chocolate and bready toasted malts with a slightly chewy malt finish. The carbonation helps the malt structure linger on the finish without overwhelming, thus enhancing the feel of the brew. Smooth and drinkable though a bit thin in body overall.

Note: 5.2% per bottle. (741 characters)

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

Another good brew from Patron Wizard.

A-Deep copper, small head that doesn't last.

S-Smoke, coffee. Slight caramel.

T-Bitter then sweet. Flavors blend well together. Little bit of alcohol tone.

M-Very sticky and resiny. On my tongue from start to finish.

D-A couple would do. (280 characters)

Photo of Silenus89
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured straight black into a pint glass finished with a tan head with good lacing.

S. coffee, roasted chocolate, dark malts and a butter scotch scent.

T. an amazing taste with dark coffee, dark malts with a creamy finish

D. This has an epic drinkability. 6 pack? piece of cake.

This is a very top class porter. highly recommended! (336 characters)

Photo of jake87
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L. Opaque black with a small tan head
S. Buttery malts and al little nutty
T. Starts off with a bitter yet sweet floral hoppiness that then switches to a coffee aftertaste
F. Good carbonation followed by a syrupy thick smoothness

Definately impressed with this beer, and by the brewer. Another good sipping brew to enjoy with the friends or after dinner. (355 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into DFH pint glass.

Brownish black in color. Very fizzy head. Dried fruit and a bit of burnt malt on the nose.

Great dark malty flavor. Hits of coffee and figs. Very easy drinking porter. I could drink this all day long. Great session beer. (252 characters)

Photo of stumac
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

pours stright up black with crimson edges. nice lacing. has a decent brown-tinted head. the nose is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee. the taste is roasted malts, smoky, kinda cigar-ish flavor, vanilla bean, subtle spiced hops, medium body yet a very thin taste. low carbo, sweet start to a dry finish. (315 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to buddy Barronkr, who hauled this back from his West Coast trip to put into my gullet.

Pours a beautiful molasses-colored deep brown with amber highlights. Looks more or less black by the time it settles into my Sam Adams pint glass. A 3cm nutty tan head crowns it off.

Smells good too. Great even. I'll let it warm and come back in a bit... after a few minutes, a pleasing roasted grain aroma jumps from the glass, emboldened by mocha and sugar. A fine smelling beer and great for the style.

Taste is pretty much spot on for an American Porter. It's nutty, with a little dry cocoa and coffee. There's a pleasing finish of roasted grains kissed with sugar and if I didn't know better I'd say there were oats in here. A little acidity keeps things interesting. It's all very smooth and harmonious - the 5.5% means you can have more than a few. Ends up only a little dry with a touch of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, carbonation is fine and there's really nothing offensive on any front.

Black Butte is pleasing, drinkable, and well-made. I'm having a hard time faulting it. Just wish I could get more! Recommended. (1,143 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to russpowell and bitterbill for this!

Best by 09/11/08:

Pours black with a rich, creamy tan head.

The smell is of roasted chocolate and coffee with an earthy/fruity hop backing.

The taste is ashy/smoky with chocolate, coffee and anise. Hoppy balance gives it a nice bitter touch.

Medium-to-full bodied, this is very creamy.

A very well-balanced porter. Almost reaches stout category, but stops in time to stay in the style. Very drinkable. Another great beer from a great brewery! (494 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very dark, with some deep mohogany edges and a little ruby highlight from the depths. Head is isn't overly long lasting, but does form a nice crisp ivory cap leaving a ring around the edges.

Toasty dark grainy bread prevails, with a light syrupy caramel adding some nice sweet depth. A little cocoa and gumminess deepen the overall detail on the nose. Some herbal earthy root and sandalwood aromatic notes linger behind the grain. There's also something antique smelling in there, like walking into a historic home, not offensive by any stretch.

I have a hard time thinking that a porter should taste any different than this one. Charred wood over toasted grainy bread, bitter cocoa, all wrapped up in a smooth creamy blanket with mild vanilla, tobacco and the smell of a warm fire on a snowy day.

Medium bodied, relatively light with lively carbonation on the tongue. Thickens slightly at the finish, drawing out the flavors as they fade.

Between the moderate abv, remarkable taste, and overall satisfaction, this is one of the most balanced drinkable beers I can recall having. (1,089 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. The head is off white and short lived. Leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Smell: One hell of a porter nose! Lots of char and dark malts. Coffee and Bitter sweet chocolate aromas abound. There is an herbal hop note in the background.

Taste: Matches the Nose. Initial burst of acidic twang from the dark roasted malts. The Coffee and chocolate notes are more pronounced. Plenty of char in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

This is one hell of a porter. Easy drinking and chalked full of classic porter flavors Bring on the cool so I can really enjoy brews like this. (693 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a tulip.
Deep black with a very thin head. Nice sweet aroma. Some chocolate and some sweet malt on the nose. Taste has some chocolate and some roasted malt flavor. Pretty full flavor, yet not overwhelmingly full bodied. Slick mouthfeel with a bit of a zing at the end of each sip. Good quality porter. (328 characters)

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

Poured into pint glass

A: Opaque coloring, tan head that dissipated. Definite lacing as well. Nice looking brew.

S: Very strong coffee and chocolate tones. I really enjoyed the nose on the beer and it definitely whetted the appetite.

T & M: Wow, very nice taste. I have limited American Porter experience but cannot imagine one tasting any better than this. Nice taste of coffee on the initial taste, nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. There is a pleasant touch of bitterness as well. Well done.

D: Highly drinkable, I will without a doubt be having this beer again. I expect this will be a stand-by in the fridge. (618 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. extremely deep mahogany/black color, some red appears with a light behind it. tan head. good retention and mild lacing.

S: rich roasted malts. some sauteed cherries.

T: nice sweet roasted malts. very well-balanced porter. some liquorice, chocolate and toffee.

M: rough carbonation level. mild body. smooth and creamy.

D: very nice, full flavored porter. nice roasted malts bring this one over the top. great representation of style. (449 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for sending this along as an extra in a trade for Black Butte XX, so I can taste the original as well.

Pours black & pretty flat. Nose is faint, a little roast, a little malt. Taste is pretty much the same, a touch thin.

Mouthfeel is flat but full. Easy drinking. Nothing outstanding about it, but a pretty good beer! (341 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a one finger head. Is an opaque deep brown until you hold it up to the light and you can see it is a deep brownish-amber with little clarity. Head starts to break up a little down the glass but some remains all the way. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Big smell here of licorice and chocolate with a hint of coffee (especially after first opening the bottle). Can pick out hop and malt scents that seem well balanced. Very Impressive!!!

T - Alcohol on the nose followed by a very toasty, malty and chocolaty body that has a hint of coffee flavor too it. The finish is of bittersweet chocolate and leaves a pleasant mildly bitter aftertaste. Very Good.

M - Exceptionally creamy. That's the first thing I noticed when the beer hit my tongue. The carbonation level is strong, but doesn't seem overwhelming. The beer just seems to expand and fill your entire mouth with it's delightful creamy chocolate flavor. Amazing!!

D - I'm not a huge porter guy, but I love this beer and could easily see kicking a few pack on a cold night around a fire. A highly drinkable and possibly addictive porter with Big smell, Big Flavor, Big creamy mouthfeel, only $6.50 a six. What else can you ask for? (1,231 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like cola. Thin head, not great lacing.

Smell is of dark malts and roastiness.

Taste is where this brew is at. Nice dark roasted'toasty malts up front. Coffee, and hop textures througout this brew. Some alcohol tastes.

This brew just seems to "work". Great porter for sure! A little thin in the head but this beer is all about a great taste and balance. Good creamy texture.

I think this one is special. (419 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque dark brown, almost black, with maroon highlights around the edges. One inch, dense off-white head with excellent retention. Scent of malt with a roasted coffee character. Taste consistent with nose with a hint of dark chocolate and dry hopping detectable towards the finish. Mouthfeel is similar to a schwarzbier, but somewhat light-bodied for the style. Drinkability was quite good. Low abv and subdued flavors make this an easy drinking session porter. Solid representation of the style; however, somewhat lacking in flavor. (576 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of strong bubbling lace topping a very near to black porter. Good highlighting, good retention, poor lacing.

Lots of roast on the nose, including some elements of darker chocolate. Citric hopping plays a role as well, while dark fruits bring up a distant rear. This holds true for both the aroma and the flavor.

Well attentuated, smooth and tasty. Not overly amazing, but right within style. Good job. (410 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly a finger of caramel-tan head over a brilliant dark red-brown liquid. Smells scorched caramel, chocolate, pizza spices (basil?), cream, and lightly of black patent malt.

Tastes like a rich robust brown. Strong caramel, chocolate, and motable sour from black patent. Blackberry (from Northern Brewer hops?), red berries, and dark fruits. Wet overall, but dries in the end due to dark grain edge and fine carbonation that forms readily on the papillae. Anise, nutmeg, scorched caramel & nuts. Big flavors upon the swallow, but little aftertaste leaves me wanting. Just vaporizes from the mouth. Md body, but some dextrinous character gives the appearance of more. Strong carbonation needed swirling to release to a pleasant level. Decent drinkability. (762 characters)

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

Welcome to Texas Deschutes - been waiting a long time for this.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was black to the eye but a dark brown with dark mahogany against a light. It had a thick tan head that slowly settled into a broken foam with a collar. Good lacing, no visible carb.

The aroma was excellent. I love the smell of a good porter and this one did not disappoint. Chocolate malts, coffee and roasted aroma to it. The taste was excellent as well. Nice roasted/coffee taste with a great aftertaste. It's low ABV so no alcohol taste to it. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy with a good bite.

Overall, I love this one. I usually could only try it during my trips to Colorado but now I'll be able to enjoy year end. With the low ABV, this is a definite session beer for me. Good to enjoy on a scorching Texas summer day. Part of regular rotation for sure. (893 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering from Deschutes. Pours jet black with off-white head. It looks great though I though the head retention was somewhat poor, maybe that was my fault. Smell is of chocolate syrup, some earthiness (as in a bit of wood) and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is great a nice balance of chocolate, malt, some hops and bit of coffee (very small bit). Mouthfeel I found to be somewhat thin. Perhaps I was thinking more stout-ish but it seemed a little watery. Overall highly drinkable. Good taste, low alcohol, a good session beer. Best served at warmer temps. (567 characters)

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,419 ratings.