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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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5,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,056
Reviews: 1,406
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 381
Gots: 835 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a 2 finger light tan head. Thick clump walls of lacing.

Toast, maple, chestnut, toffee

Sweet toasted malts, toffee, light coffee,

Very smooth and drinkable beer. Nice sweetness balanced with toast and faint coffee.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Best by 9/30/13" printed on the bottle.

An aggressive pour gets me a finger of sand colored head over a nearly black body that looks a deep rich brown on the edges when held up to the light. Retains a little head on top and laces up well.

I smell a rich caramel roasted malt up front. A hint of dark fruit and some toffee help flesh out the nose. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate are also noticed intermingled.

The taste is a little subdued compared to what the nose promised, but not bad. Caramelized malt, dark chocolate and coffee are what I get.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but I feel that the carbonation is a little too aggressive. The beer lightly coats the tongue.

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Poured into a pint glass, this is a nice dark bodied beer, almost pitch black with mild reddish hues every now and then. Its topped off with a nice thick tan head that simply says,” Go ahead and drink me, I’m easy...but not diseasy!” It’s billowy and very creamy all roped together by a thin lacing. The aroma is nothing short of heaven, its sweet and filled with mild roasted malts and plenty of chocolate smells all highlight by some gentle coffee undertones. Oh yeah, and there’s hint of brown sugar too. Sharp and light at first, it swarms up and thicken as it moves down your throat. Its light to medium bodied, the flavors really kick in as it nears the middle of your tongue, the bitterness fades away and the sweetness become more prevalent. It’s pretty well balanced in my opinion; the bitterness in front, the chocolates and roasted coffee in the middle and mild sweet sugars and malts in the aftertaste. This is a very drinkable porter, I might like it a bit thicker but I have nothing against this fine porter.

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12 oz. bottle, with label reading best by 11/25/2013. Acquired this six pack from the local beer store earlier for $8.99. Excited to try this beer finally, as I have been wanting to try it for a while. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of doughy tan / khaki colored head on top of a dark mahogany brown colored body. Body is a clear dark ruby when held to the light. Tons of thin webbed lacing.

S - Smell is of rich toasted malts, roasted coffee beans, and some chocolate / cocoa. A fairly tame aroma, but hits it's mark.

T - Taste is of chocolate, cream, bitter coffee beans, some earthy hop presence, some nuttiness, and a smooth clean finish. Light to medium bodied; highly drinkable. A bit more carbonated than I'd like, but it is at an acceptable level for sure.

M - Feel is fairly thin, and slightly watery for a porter, but is to be expected. Bitter cocoa and coffee presence lingering on the palate.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed in the simplicity of this beer, however it is light and highly drinkable. Glad to have tried this popular outing from Deschutes, but I don't think it brings much to the table in terms of bold flavors, and doesn't really stand out to me. I have a bottle of the Deschutes Black Butte XXV on deck, so I can't wait to see what that one is like.

Deschutes Black Butte Porter ---3.5/5

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