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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,924
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 370
Gots: 706 | 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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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark brown/black with some reddish glints. Big creamy light mocha head with excellent lacing, some carbonation streaming up the side of the glass.

A: Rich roast coffee notes, burnt toast, notes of fruit, herbal and earthy hop notes. and some subtle estery yeastiness.

T/M: Subtle coffee bitterness upfront, same rich burnt caramel notes as in the nose, more dark fruits and earthy hop notes. Mouthfeel is robust and smooth, exceptionally so for the abv. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall, an incredible porter, rivaled by none in my area. Just like Obsidian Stout and The Abyss, it is about as delicious as their respective styles get. Deschutes may just be the best Stout and Porter producers in the world.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint into a plastic beaker at Jack's in the cannery, San Fransisco. Plastic container because it was 3 Feb 2013 and Super Bowl day (the 49ers were later to blow the whole thing).

This was the third and final draught beer I had here: I hate plastic containers for beer drinking.

Dark isn't it, with a full tanned foaming head: almost looked good (despite the plastic cup).

Malts with a hop presence I wasn't expecting: nice blend in the nose and taste. Chocolate and coffee notes throughout, very pleasant.

Almost rich and creamy in texture, easy to drink and a beer I'd willingly have again (out of a glass though).

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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from SeaOfShells (thanks man!). Best by 8/4/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours a cola-like dark brown that leaks a little light around the edges. Two fingers of foamy pale tan head that fades to a thick halo and leaves small bits of lace. A small amount of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of roasted malt and muted candied dates.

Smooth flavored layers of chocolate, faint dark fruits, lightly smoked earthyness and a hint of brown sugar.

Easy drinking, light body with supple carbonation. Semi bitter cocoa finish.

A lighter, slightly sweeter and less roasty porter. Silky smooth and it goes down easy. A nice porter that I believe one could session on if that's what you're in to.

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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated Best by 8/18/13.

A: Very dark reddish-brown; nearly opaque, good clarity. Light pour gave a huge foamy tan head that died down very slowly, requiring multiple pours to empty the bottle.

S: Hints of coffee, dark fruits and chocolate over a nice roasted malt base. Subtle floral hops too.

T: Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Moderate complexity. Subtle hop presence; medium-high strength for the roasted malts. No burnt notes.

M: Medium body, medium to medium-high carbonation; very smooth.

O: Nice porter, overall, if too foamy. Fairly complex aroma; very good flavor. Probably the best of the 4-5 porters I've had this week.

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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.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,924 ratings.