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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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1,431 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 5,429
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 11
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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Reviews: 1,431 | Hads: 5,429
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This is a very very deep dark brown, with a finger width of loose bubbled head. The head is a slight tan color, and almost looks like coffee foam, but not as smooth and creamy.

S- Smells like a porter, nice chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt smells. Nice robust smelling porter.

T- The roasted coffee taste is what comes though the most. The roasted malts give a nice roasted wood taste. The chocolate and vanilla aren't as pronounced in the taste as it is in the smell. Nice well rounded taste.

M- The mouth is thin, I've found that to be common with porters. I prefer my beers to be a bit thicker in mouth feel, but this works.

D- Easy to drink, nice solid porter. Tastes great on this cold night.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.50 %

Presentation: Out of the tap at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival!

The first time I've had this beer was at the festival and it was the most solid beer there! Sweet and tasty, served VERY cold and it was refreshing. Absolutely would buy this beer again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 7/3/08 received from srandycarter into a pint glass.

Appears a dark brown shade with some reddish highlights and a half inch tan head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is wonderful. Lots of chocolate with some sweet caramel tones. A bit of coffee but it's very light.

Taste starts with lots of chocolate and then some earthy, woody flavors and some more of that light coffee flavor without the bitterness - perhaps more like creamed coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium and very creamy with a great level of carbonation.

Easily one of the best Porters that I've tried. I think I've finally found something that is basically equal to Anchor, it's just a shame this stuff cannot be had around here. I wish Deschutes had the distribution of Rogue.

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Photo of FatCaster
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my first porter, and let me say, its not what I thought it was gonna be at all. It's better.

Poured from a bottle into a mug, had a creamy tan-ish head.

A--Black Butte is an accurate name. Only saw the deep reds when tipping it to the side in the light. very nice.

S--Not sure if I smell the chocolate spoken of on the box and on this site, but has a really complex and almost fruity smell.

T--I was really worried it would be bitter, as I don't know much about porters. Goes down almost sweet, and ends with an earthy toasted flavor.

M--Nice and thick, but not overly so.

D--For a thick beer, I feel like I could easily drink a few too many of this. Very pleasant.

Highly recommend this beer, as I am unfamiliar with the style and it fit me like an old shoe.

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

Been a while since I've had a regular BB, so decided to pour a glass last night...

a. poured a beautiful dark brown with garnet highlights, almost ruby-like when held up to the light. A fair head of a light mocha color faded slowly leaving some nice dry and chunky lacing.

s. The aroma was almost pure roasted malt, with some hints of cinnamon, cocoa, and coffee beans.

t. Taste was nice and pleasant, not over the top, but enough flavor to make it enjoyable. Roasted malt, dark coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of hops and a touch of smoke. Bitter burnt coffee and bitter chocolate dominate but are balanced by a slight malty sweetness.

m. Light and thin for a porter, but given the less than overpowering favors, it works nicely for me. A bit slick and a bit foamy, there's some nice creamy carbonation that keeps everything together. Finish is a touch dry when the carbonation bubbles away... no real bitterness present in the feel itself.

d. Definitely highly drinkable. It's nice to see a relatively low ABV porter on the lighter side of taste and mouth. While I love a good strong porter, sometimes it's a bit excessive. And for when it is, Black Butte seems to be just about the perfect answer. Easily drinkable, and quite sessionable, if you like to session dark beers. A must try. And, as i've discovered, one of the best gateway porters for a non-porter/stout drinker. And that's always a good thing.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into the pint glass with a medium-thick head. Shows red when
swirled at the light.

Maliness and liquorice on the nose. Taste is a chocolate maltiness with a slight smokey affect.

Mouthfeel is thin and wet. Not an overpowering beer and pretty drinkable for a porter.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was going through some of my older reviews and though I would pit it against my palate after a few months. Here is my revised version.

Poured a very beautiful dark dark brown with some ruby tones around the edges followed by wonderful head retention and good lacing.

Dominant aromas of crystal malt with multiple roasted notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses. There is also a nice earthy twang that makes this beer all the more inviting.

Big flavors of smoky brown sugar, with hints of chocolate and coffee. One thing I really enjoyed was the slight hop presence at the end. It builds very subtly until the very end. Leaves roasted aftertastes.

Mouthfeel was good, but just a tad light. It didn't change my experience with this beer, but it could use just an extra push.

As for drinkability, I could easily put a few of these away no problem and still savor the flavor each and every time. This is my best and most favorite session beer to date. Cheers!

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with some light poking through the bottom of the glass. Nice light tan head that settles to a rim around the beer surface.

S - Chocolate, toasted grains, some sweetness.

T - Nicely toasted, with some burnt coffee flavor and chocolate noise. Slightly sweet after taste.

M - A bit thinner than it looks, but enjoyable.

D - Light and crisp for the style. Doesn't weigh me down like many other porters have and is still tasty even after few.

I typically don't like standard porters, but this one was notable.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass the color of coca-cola, very dark brown with a hint of red around the edges. It has great head that stick around a while and leaves very good lacing.

Aroma is very pleasant, rich in roasted malts.

The flavor has a great blend of roasted malty bitterness and just enough sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel is good but I would prefer it to be a little bigger in body. It's just a little thin but otherwise good carbonation and not too roasty or bitter.

Drinkability is very good for a porter. I could easily see having a few of these and not get bored from it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque, deep dark brown color with hints of ammber when held up to the light. Poured a one inch tan head that dissipated slowly. Moderate lacing.

S: Licorice, chocolate and coffee are prominant. Malt and light hops are balanced in the background.

T: Alcohol followed by toasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Bittersweet chocolate finsh and mildly bitter aftertaste.

M: Thick, creamy and smooth. Coats the mouth and tongue. Big beer, full in the mouth.

D Highly drinkable porter for big beer, big smell and big taste.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color with minimal head and an uneven lacing.

Scent of chocolate, raisins and sweet malts topped off with a hint of mint.

Taste of sweet malts, raisins and chocolate finishing with some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but has a bit of bite taking away from the enjoyment slightly.

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Photo of Goliath
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and opaque with some red hues. A thin tan head forms on top. Decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma is ok. Nothing outstanding, but a bit of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is ok. Some coffee and chocolate, kind of earthy. Just not much going on.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, seemingly watery. Ample carbonation though.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavors, easy to session. Just seems pretty average to me. I can't believe this has such high ratings.

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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

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.