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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,677
Reviews: 1,350
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 344
Gots: 578 | 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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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Glass: New Belgium Globe.

Appearance: Completely dark, thick tan head that lingered for well over 5 minutes. Lots of lacing.

Smell: bready, dark chocolate, slightly metallic.

Taste: bitter chocolate, ever so slightly smokey, milk chocolate on deep exhale.

Mouthfeel: very creamy, medium-light body, medium carbonation.

Overall: very tasty! Love the mouthfeel, and it truly is a beautiful beer. Glad I got to try this one.

ChrisKayler, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -4.3%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of JakeEsterly
5/5  rDev +19.6%

JakeEsterly, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Ragnarok88
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Ragnarok88, May 31, 2013
Photo of jakecattleco
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jakecattleco, May 31, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

zeledonia, May 31, 2013
Photo of Teddy-Pickles
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Teddy-Pickles, May 31, 2013
Photo of iamshad
4/5  rDev -4.3%

iamshad, May 31, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

skaboom420, May 31, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Black Butte Porter has a thick, creamy, beige head and a dark brown (almost black) appearance, with ruby highlights under direct light. A thin lacing sheen is left behind. The aroma is of strong cocoa powder and underlying malt, and the flavor is of astringent, slightly sour malt, sweetness, dark chocolate, coffee notes, and some hefty bitterness to balance out the malt. Mouthfeel is medium, and Deschutes Black Butte Porter finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Certainly, this is a wonderful beer, and I rate it most excellent. Wow!


RonaldTheriot, May 30, 2013
Photo of Liondiscs
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Liondiscs, May 30, 2013
Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev -4.3%

CCutch, May 29, 2013
Photo of TokyoCO
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

TokyoCO, May 28, 2013
Photo of JF1917
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JF1917, May 28, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -4.3%

mpayne5, May 28, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mixed and matched a six pack for Deschutes for 15 bucks.

A - Got a full inch of mocha head, more than I expected with a deep black body not too deep as there is a lot of amber hues to the base.
S - Some chalky dark fruit notes, a bit of cocoa, and a level of obvious roast.
T - Smooth, very smooth. The roasted flavors mix with the hops and sweeter malts really make this one tasty brew. I get some dried fruit flavors as well.
M - Light to medium in body, somewhat chewy.

Overall it lives up to the hype it's a very tasty porter with some interesting fruity tones. Not sure if I would get it again though...

DrDemento456, May 28, 2013
Photo of tcole18
5/5  rDev +19.6%

tcole18, May 27, 2013
Photo of thedapperhacker
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

thedapperhacker, May 27, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Black Butte

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled, and left until room temp.

A) Dark brown, with a finger of tan head, which slowly settled to a dusting. A bit of spotty lacing.

S) Roasted coffee beans, a bit of chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit.

T) A nice roasty-toasty flavor, and although I didn't pick up much hops on the nose, it was there on the taste front. There are layers of flavor here. Finishes up with a little chocolate, and a good kick of bitterness.

M) A medium body with a pleasing creamy quality. Coats the mouth nicely. Semi-dry finish.

O) A fine example of a Porter. This wad rich and flavorful. Glad to recommend this brew.

RoamingGnome, May 27, 2013
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev -4.3%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
Photo of ChanceK
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

ChanceK, May 27, 2013
Photo of HomeyJosey
3/5  rDev -28.2%

HomeyJosey, May 27, 2013
Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev -4.3%

timontheroad, May 26, 2013
Photo of vfalstad
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: black, dark with a dark foam head of about a finger at pouring time

Smell: chocolatey, roasted coffee, the smell isn't too strong

Taste: mildly robust with a smoothness, roasted cacao, coffee, a twing of a bitter note towards the end as it sits on my palette, roasted taste as it lingers even more

Mouthfeel: smooth and coats the mouth with appealing flavors that linger.

Overall this hits a very high mark for porters. The smoothness of this porter prevents an assault of roasted flavor and is one of the qualities about this porter that makes it outstanding IMO.

vfalstad, May 26, 2013
Photo of currysmegs
5/5  rDev +19.6%

currysmegs, May 26, 2013
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,677 ratings.