Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Deschutes Black Butte Porter
Appearance: The porter upon which seemingly all other porters are judged pours like it deserves the status: four fingers of rocky, khaki head explode out of the glass and over the top from even the most delicate pour. The retention is out of this world, as is the lacing. The carbonation is barely visible inside the dark brown, nearly black liquid. One of the best looking porters this reviewer’s eyes have beheld.
Aroma: Chocolate, cherries, charred wood, coffee and all manner of dark roasted malts come through in spades. Dark fruits, mostly in the form of raisins, come through as well. A bit of a milk stout aroma is here, as well, making one think that lactose may be used in the brewing process. There is lots of great complexity here, and it all comes through spectacularly. It is difficult to find any true fault to this aroma, as it is utterly fantastic.
Taste: Unfortunately, the taste does not quite live up to the brilliance of the aroma. There is a lot more dried, dark fruit up front, which is followed by roasty malts varying between chocolate and coffee, along with a hint of hops that do not quite cut the sweetness of the overall brew. The problem is that the flavors are simply too weak and thin. Still, what is there is great-tasting.
Mouthfeel: Naturally, the thinness in the tastes persist here in the mouthfeel. It is slightly watery, though the carbonation is minimal, which is odd. The alcohol does provide a nice warming sensation, however. Nothing great here, just slightly above average.
Overall: While this is not a bad beer by any means (in fact, it is actually quite a good beer), I imagine the annual release of Black Butte is a much better version of this simply from being a bigger beer. All I have to say on that front is, “ISO”. 16.5/20
01-11-2013 02:45:47 | More by THANAT0PSIS
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,252 ratings.