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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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3,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 3650
Reviews: 1280
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%

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 DougT


3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dates 7/10/14 poured into a stout glass.

Dark deep brown with a 2-3 finger tan head. Head is full with a varied bubble sizes that dissipates slowly leaving a lot of beautiful heavy lacing. Easily the best aspect of this bottle.

Smells of yeast, malt, a hint of vanilla, a bit flowery.

Nice hit of hops up front, smooth and balanced. Grain bitterness at the back. Dark fruit, and malt sweet. Some light fruit flavors that suggest isn't quite ripe.

Medium body, with some fizz pop. Engaging, smooth and easy to drink.

I think this bottle needed some more time. I do not get the chocolate that many others do and there are some flavors that suggest that it's just too young. Good, but I can tell it will be better later.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:25:55 | More by DougT
Photo of KYGunner


3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow, what a beautiful beer with a deep black hue and a rising thick head. The head was thick, creamy and a dense billow of foam.

The nose holds dry chocolate and coffee with a bit of malty char. There's some smoky Rauschbier meaty sweetness and a light floral hop scent.

Light chocolate malt with a burnt coffee and floral hop finish. The hops used seem to be the same as Inversion IPAs as I get a flowery or perfumish taste.

The feel is quite thin with a watery tone but it adds to ease of drink.

This is really good and super easy to drink, I just dont think the hops are my favorite and it doesn't match the tone of a Porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:55:20 | More by KYGunner
Photo of barczar


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant deep brown that reveals ruby highlights when held to the light. A modest khaki head is fleeting.

Chocolate, roast malt, and coffee open the aroma. Malted milk balls, toasted nuts, and light floral hops emerge. Chocolate dominates.

Flavor is dominated by a slightly sweet, nutty malt backbone, with notes of cocoa, roast malt, and a hint of coffee adding complexity. There's an underlying dark fruit and spice ester profile that is subtle, but a touch offputting. The finish is dry, nutty, and earthy, but not bitter.

Body is creamy and smooth, slightly full, with carbonation a touch low, and minimal alcohol warmth.

Great malt character. The esters are slightly off to my palate, as I keep detecting banana, but the chocolate notes are well represented, and I love the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 03:01:42 | More by barczar
Photo of BB1313


3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 7/7/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some light getting though; fluffy khaki head that fades and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are full of dark chocolate. Some vanilla is there too. I'm also picking up some hazelnut. Cocoa malts are there. Hints of coffee as well. The flavors are very light, but flavorful. I'm picking up alot of milk chocolate along with some cream. There's some milky flavors going on. It's more sweet than roasty, although there are some subtle roasted qualities. Some graininess in the finish. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's a very easy beer to drink.

This is a very good porter right here. I can understand why it has been acclaimed for so long.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:10:48 | More by BB1313
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Creamed French press coffee notes up front. Light licorice notes support with a woody hop aroma in the background. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Jet black with a low off white head. Lacing on the glass with good head retention. Looks like tar in the snifter.

Flavor: Creamed coffee and licorice assert up front. Low smokey notes in the background. Earthy and slightly woody hop flavors provide a nice balance to the malt character. Balance is to the bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and slightly creamy. No heat or astringency.

Overall impression: World class robust porter. A very stout porter to hearken back to the roots of the stylistic deviation. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 21:59:38 | More by mattcrill
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Very dark in color, but not opaque. Some light is allowed through. The color is dark, dark brown with ruby-red tint. It has a couple fingers of fluffy tan head that slowly dies down to a clumpy foam. The nose is roasty with a faint sweetness. I get coffee beans, oak, and a hint of bakers chocolate. There is a faint pine-like hop aroma as well.

Medium body. Toasty malt-like richness up front with a nice toffee-like flavor. Roastiness balances the malt and the hops blend nicely into the background. No harsh, bitter, roasty notes. The roastiness comes with the nutty, chocolatey flavors of the malt and doesn't give the beer an acrid taste. The finish is slightly herbal, sweet, and cola-like.

An outstanding porter. Almost on par with my favorite porters (Edmund Fitzgerald and Founders Porter), but lacks a little of the malt depth and creamy feel of those. Still, a top-shelf example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 20:31:00 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown Deschutes bottle shape with cream colored tan label featuring Oregon's great Black Butte in cartoon like art. Very appealing label and one of my new favorites. Just reminds me of the outdoors which I love. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - more of a traditional porter color, but possibly a few shades darker than even that. What looks to be a soft black in reality is the darkest of browns with hints of ruby red when held to the light. Head is much the same shade as the actual label. A cream colored light tan camel of sorts. Excellent size and brilliant coating of lace leaving awesome stick throughout.

S - tiny whiff of black coffee before churning out a very nice bittersweet chocolate aromas mixed with sweet cocoa powder. Toasted bready malts, and a hint of pine.

T - Nice pine paired with roasted malts up front leaving way for a nice blend of coffee notes. This is as classic as an American porter could get with a stunning finish of creamy milk chocolate yet bitter dark chocolate and roasted black coffee

M - medium light bodied and insanely session like. A bit thin in texture but makes up for it with its creamy body and smooth character. Highly drinkable and easy going.

O - Black Butte is a classic and I'm glad to finally see their stuff making it our way. For me the porter style has changed. Today the black, smoke filled, near 6% or over are the best in the style, but its porter's like Black Butte that are the fathers of the style and there is always a place here for this original.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 20:13:37 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of schoolboy


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

This definitely is a really good porter. It came somewhat overhyped, but still, it's very good.

It looks right, almost opaque and light headed. The aroma is mild and slightly smoky. It tastes like a porter too, surprise. Slightly malty, slightly hoppy, just a little bit of a roasty flavor. Overall, it is a well balanced, unoffending taste. The aftertaste similarly is well behaved and nice. A tiny bit of sweetness.

In these days of over the top American styles, this more traditional porter is an easier session choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 18:08:16 | More by schoolboy
Photo of EchoValley


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First beer I've tried from Deschutes as it just recently became available in the Louisville KY market. Since it's been cold like a bastard, I was in the mood for either a porter or a stout so when I spied these I decided to try em out.

Appearance: Dark but not black, looks to be at what I would consider medium carbonation, poured from bottle to glass, light head dissipated into light lacing on top.

Smell: Slightly sweet chocolaty malt, but not overwhelming .

Taste: Balanced very nicely between malt & hops, with a bit malt forward. Have no idea what hops were used, but with this style that's probably what you want.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, no lingering negatives, very clean feel but not watery, nice body and finish and oh look it's almost gone so very drinkable.

Overall: I would say I picked out a good one for my first time having anything from Deschutes, It absolutely met what I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:17:55 | More by EchoValley
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: deep brown but not quite black in color, with a nice two finger head that stays longer than I would have expected. When it does break you find yourself looking at a thin cap of foam and nice lacing.

S: roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a bit of dark fruit.

T: the roasts come through... Malts and coffee, then there is a fruitiness that comes... Dark fruits, prunes maybe.

M: light and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: this is the third bottle of this beer that I have enjoyed. What I find really interesting is although all three were purchased at the same time all three have had a different paste and feel. By a long shot this bottle was the most satisfying. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer, and I have to say that the way it finished was really enjoyable. As with many porters, I found it got better as it warmed slightly. I can only hope this comes back to my area soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 21:54:04 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of burns1066


4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may be my new favorite winter beer ever. It is malty without being cloying, robust without being overwhelming, and just tastes damn good. Chocolate, coffee... all those good things are present and the smell and taste are in near perfect alignment. I only gave a few lower than 5 ratings because there mut be something I'm missing... it's just too perfect. I must say, it's wonderful to not be kicked in the tongue with excessive hopping, too. I will buy this often.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:29:00 | More by burns1066
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

According to the label this dark brew is one of Deschutes' old standbys, but a fairly new addition to the lineup here in Alberta. Please keep 'em coming guys. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, a brownish black beer grading toward pitch black with some orange-red highlights. Certainly has that old school classic porter look. Aroma is initially bright and fruity, raisins and a whiff of rummy booze, along with scanty citrus hops. The first sip is less sweet than the aroma would suggest. Has that tangy "sour" acidic note that one expects in well-brewed porters, more common in English examples but more than welcome here. Quite dry, flinty, and chalky, with cold strong coffee and charcoal dominant on the palate. Some barley sugar, cacao powder, smoke, and bitter nuts (walnut?) do appear but these facets are low-key. Not particularly fruity. Where this one really stands out is in the mouthfeel. Wickedly creamy and silky smooth, minimally carbonated and coats the mouth a little. This can go down the hatch dangerously quickly despite the rich roasted malts predominating. If you like your porters uber-dark, dry and bitter, but exceptionally smooth, here's your beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 15:56:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of a0lbudman


4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a large brown head that does not fade and leaves a lace
S-nutty, roasted, vanilla, and a sweet caramel aroma
T-nutty taste comes first, then the roasted malt comes on with a vanilla taste also
M-Medium carbonation, and medium body
o-I liked this a little better than the obsidian

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:11:30 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of CrystalGregory


4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Color. A deep, dark brown and a nice, thick head when poured in a glass. The smell hits you right away too, a caramelized coffee smell to me. Very bold flavors too. Small sips let you taste the strong coffee and cocoa and it sticks to your tongue in a wonderful way, no weird or funky after-taste. And I also thought it tasted a little malty after I swallowed it, also good. It has a thicker consistency and lacing around the glass. So Yummy!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 17:13:23 | More by CrystalGregory
Photo of Franziskaner


4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black in color and nearly impenetrable to light. There's a solid half inch of off white head and some nice Brussels lacing. I smell dark malt,roasted barley,and dark chocolate, mocha, and a hint of smokiness. The flavor matches the aroma perfectly. Dark roasted barley,dark malt,dark chocolate and mocha. Dark,bitter,but with a sweetness the jumps in at the end. The mouth is a silky and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 04:39:50 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of anarchia


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours extremely dark brown almost black with some ruby if you hold it up to a very bright light. I pick up vanilla, cherry chocolates, roasted barley, caramel, and a hint of butterscotch in the aroma. Extremely silky in the mouth with bubbly carbonation, near-perfect on the tongue. Roasty with piney hops, perfectly balanced by the sweet but not cloying malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 04:39:03 | More by anarchia
Photo of kdlz


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Given a six pack bottled 13 days ago direct from brewery.

Poured into 12oz snifter.

A - pours a beautiful black, almost impervious to light with a 1 finger tan head.

S - smells of sweet chocolate and coffee

T - just as the nose, the mouth encountered beautifully sweet chocolate tastes with hints of coffee

M - smooth medium body, cream like texture

O - This beer has been a large desire of mine to try for some time and it did not disappoint. Just in time to have this before distribution hits my state. This beer is a must have and I can't wait to place it on tap at work.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:50:21 | More by kdlz
Photo of Or80rowley


4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the go to beer

A. Dark, almost opaque, 1 finger Carmel colored head

S. Coco first, little smoke, some coffee

T. I get lightly roasted coffee first, middle has nice coco, end leaves a slightly bitter malty grain flavor. Yummy

M. Creamy, smooth, clean fairly dry finish.

O. I love this one, & the price is right too!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 01:25:34 | More by Or80rowley
Photo of BWED


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

12 oz. bottle poured into craft pint.

A- Near black, but held into light shows a beautiful ruby color. Brown head hangs on at a 1/4". Little lacy rings.

S- Mild roasted barley, cocoa, caramelized sugar.

T- Again mild dry dark roasted malts. Slight sweetness, sugary flavor.

M- creamy, smooth, with a semidry finish.

O- This is a very flavorful porter, but not too rich. It still has that porter "poundability" to it. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:40:40 | More by BWED
Photo of MarriedAtGI


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with red highlights when backlit. Surface bubbles form interesting moving patterns after each sip.

S: Pine aroma and a hint of chocolate.

T: Roasted grains and chocolate. No harshness to the roast flavor.

M: Very rich for a 5.2% porter.

O: A perfect session porter. Dark grains can sometimes be unpleasant in a lighter bodied porter, but not in this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:41:32 | More by MarriedAtGI
Photo of NeedBeerHere


4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out black as night with an off-white, one-finger head with decent retention, Smell is some coffee, maybe a little chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste is some burnt malt and everything else in the nose. Really nicely put together. Mouthfeel is a tad thick which is great. Overall a really nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:37:25 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a glass beer stein. 11/29

Pours dark black, thick creamy patchy white snow foam. Very picturesque. Dark chocolate nose, hints of coffee. Aroma bursts forth. Taste is creamy, milky, loads of chocolate with a very soft, balanced, even bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. Everything a porter should be. One of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 14:15:41 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This highly touted brew has a great look as a Porter... slightly translucent with multiple shades of brown and a foamy off-white head. It's got a soft nose of toasted grains and a touch of hope. As the beverage touches my lips and fills my mouth my first impression is how silky smooth it is, and how it coats nicely and the flavors linger. There's just a little bit of smoke and a crisp, bitter finish. Overall, this is an excellent, archetypical Porter that packs in a lot of flavor with its drink-ability.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 11:48:58 | More by Neorebel
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nearly black pour but leading more towards a deep ruby or deep brown. Bright. Good carbonation, two fingers of pillowy beige head. Good thick rings of lace and a solid finger of retention. Good lookin.

S - Roasty, earthy, chocolatey.

T - Roast, earth, dark fruit, chocolate. Very unique flavour that also comprises some burnt sugar and a touch of sourness or acidity.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, dry/bitter finish.

O/D - This is a pretty tasty porter. The mild sourness provides a nice element of flavour and all other components are present and well put together. Nice stuff and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:25:10 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Redneckwine


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bold bomber into wine glass (basically a chalice, give me a break people :P )

Appearance - Very, very dark brown and opaque - not much light making it's way through. One finger offwhite head chills out for a minute, then recedes into whispy foam cap and collar, sticking around for the long haul. Streaky lacing.

Smell - Roasted nuts, burnt caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee bean, slight hoppy freshness

Taste/MF - Super smooth, creamy mouthfeel, light but very active carbonation, light/medium body. Taste is of scorched sugar, bitter cocoa, roasty (feintly sour) malty grain, fresh hoppy earthy character. Finishes fairly dry and with roasty mild bitterness lingering.

Overall - Such a solid beer, this has been a go-to of mine for some time. It's probably "thee" dark beer that opened my mind to exploring dark beers. It looks a bit big and scary in the glass, but the taste is lighter and more refreshing than expected...real easy to knock a couple of these back.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 00:34:11 | More by Redneckwine
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 3,650 ratings.