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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,496
Reviews: 1,341
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 330
Gots: 516 | FT: 14
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 danwho
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

danwho, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

DiggerDahl, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Maillard, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 oz bottle (best buy July 16, 2013) into a snifter.

A-This is a great looking beer. A slightly aggressive pour produces two fat fingers of light-mocha colored foam. The head hangs around forever and leaves great lacing on the glass. The brew is virtually opaque and nearly black in color.

S-The smell is medium to dark roasted malts with a nice balance between sweet and bitter. I detect a whiff of coffee, which plays nicely with some dried dark fruit like dates and raisins.

T-The taste follows the smell, but with a little less authority. There is still a nice balance of mild, fruity sweetness and mild, coffee-like bitterness, but unlike many beers, the flavors actually decline in strength as the brew warms.

M-The feel is on the lighter side for the style with a pretty decent wave of fizzy carbonation up front.

O-As noted above, this is a great looking porter! Things go slightly downhill from there, but this is still a solid beer. The taste is a nicely balanced mixture of bitter and sweet malts, if a bit under-powered, and the flavors pair nicely with the lighter body. This would be a good session-type porter.

spoony, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of JALIEN
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JALIEN, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of pointone
4/5  rDev -4.3%

pointone, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

IanSpindler, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of psmith161
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

psmith161, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of tjkramer95
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

tjkramer95, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Woffy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Woffy, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark-brown, with a light tan two-finger rocky head. Few clumps of lacing. Good head retention.

S - The smell on this was so powerful, I could smell it without even raising the glass to my nose. Strong aroma of roastiness, chocolate malt, nuts, burnt charcoal, and tree bark. A great smelling beer.

T - Nice rich flavors of fire roasted grains, smoke/char, Milk Duds, and fresh dirt, balanced by a subtle bit of piney hop in the finish. Not terribly complex, but what's there is good.

M - At last; a flaw. Thin bodied to the point of being watery. Nice creaminess helps make up for it, and helps balance the graininess of the malt bill. Carbonation is low.

O - Everything comes together pretty well overall. A little torn here as I think that yes, this IS a solid American Porter. That said, it's also a little overhyped as I can certainly find many better examples of the style. I kept wanting it to be thicker and more complex. Certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered.

TempeBeerMan, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Sark
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber

Appearance- finger and a half head that is beige and creamy, dark brown but still partially transparent

Smell- chocolate n' coffee, toasted dark malt sweetness and nuts

Taste- chocolate malt up front with the roast side coming mid mouth and medium bitterness finish, hops give a tinge of personality when held on the tongue

Mouthfeel- full bodied, plenty of velvety smoothness but just a hint of watery feel

Overall- I've tasted porters of this quality for much higher prices, this was $3.99 from the grocery store and proves that high price doesn't equate to high taste

Sark, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

prisoner1572, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Serick507
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed from a bottle into a mug

A: Deep deep ruby/ amber, touch lighter than black, two fingers of a cream colored head, tons of tiny streaming bubbles, small amount of lacing

S: Dark roasted chocolate and coffee

T: Roasted malt, Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, delicious and bold

M: light to medium, light carbonation

O: Great example of what a porter should be! Delicious beer, one of the best easily. Clean and done right. Not going to get much better than this.

Serick507, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Cyhops, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

rolltide8425, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

speedvagen, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Tunoso, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of kristenspaintings
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good dark beer. Has a nice soft porter taste that appeals to me because I usually don't like the bitter-hop flavor of most porters. It has a thicker mouthfeel too- also my preference.

Goes well with substantial, spicy food.. I drank this with a spicy Indian vindaloo and it held its own against the strong flavors of this dish.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes darks.

kristenspaintings, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pacioli1445, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

2dashes, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Beezee, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

cbnz, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mctizzz, Feb 23, 2013
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,496 ratings.