Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Reviews: 1,485 | Ratings: 5,761
Photo of THSdrummer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a robust black, topped with a medium, foamy head in dark khaki. Lacing is present, but minor. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, and milk in the aroma. The taste features a little bit of coffee, chocolate, and milk, with a roasted malt undertone. Mouth feel is really nice. It feels robust and smooth, without finishing too watery. Overall, great, readily available porter right here.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (best by 03/05/16, $1.79 from Copper Vine) into a nonic pint.

A- A normal pour creates 2-fingers of tan head atop a near black body that shows dark red edges. The head becomes a spotty film, and leaves awesome webs on the glass.

S- Lots of coffee and chocolate, like a cup of medium roast with a packet of sugar and a splash of cream. Hints of vanilla.

T- Very flavorful. Roasted malts, don't get too charred. More of the sweetened coffee as noted in the aroma. Semi-sweet chocolate mixes with lighter vanilla. Pretty bold.

M- Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly creamy. Dry finish.

O- A really solid Porter. Up there with my favorites (Bell's, Founders, Great Lakes). Flavorful, while staying an easy drinker for sure. Could do quite a few in a sitting. I like my beer a little more local, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

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Photo of drtth
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown, almost black color, with touches of reddish highlights where the liquid meets the glass. The 1" tan head slowly recedes to a ring and layer of foam leaving lots of nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered speckles and legs of lacing. Eventually the foam recedes to the point that there is a thin patch and island of foam on the surface of the liquid with the sides still coated with foam.

The aromas include some light chocolate, coffee and some floral character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the chocolate, coffee, and a touch of sweetness from the malt well integrated. There's also a light floral touch along with some light bitterness from the hops that remains well in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has an almost creamy feel from the gentle, persistent carbonation. The medium to long finish involves all of the flavors just playing together nicely while slowly leaving the scene as a touch of light bitterness closes the show.

On the whole this is a very drinkable porter that I'll not only be happy to have again but will actively seek periodically when in the mood for a porter. This one is definitely among the best porters I've tried and I definitely recommend it. Thanks to whoever it was that was responsible for getting Deschutes to start distributing into PA.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint, sadly poured into a chilled glass that caused frozen particles while consuming.
A- deep dark color with nice Carmel head that dissipated quickly
S- hint of coco
T- (beyond the ice particles) nice coco/chocolate flavor on the back side, roasted malts
F- creamy, very smooth

A very nice Porter that can be easily enjoyed with a nice fire!

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Photo of Elumbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into a Belgian Snifter. Initial sips around 40 degrees.

Thick light tan head. Excellent lacing. Light can get through even the core of the dark brown body (with hints of red), but not much.

Smells like a typical medium roast. This clearly isn't a coconut & cherry infused, push-the-limits-of-what-we-can-still-call-beer beer. It's just beer. (I like push-the-limits beers)

And it's a very solid beer at that. Very well balanced roast in the taste. But still plenty of flavor to let you know this isn't water. This is one of the few beers I've had recently that was < 8% ABV, and it kicks the cahones out of the others in the flavor department.

This is the kind of beer that could make me second-guess my devotion to big honkin stouts. Nothin special, I wouldn't say I love it. But what it does, it does very well. Will definitely buy again sometime, especially if I'm in the market for something more session-y.

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Photo of bsherrill
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good beer. Great flavor for a low ABV beer (not that low ABV = flow flavors, but that seems to be a trend). This is one of my go to non-craft stouts.

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Photo of mpyle
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark cola color, clear. Pours creamy tan head with good retention

Nice chocolate and roasty malt aroma, some coffee. A bit of creamy sweetness. No big hop aroma.

Gently sweet malt aroma, chocolatey. Not much roasty bitterness. Very gentle finish with some subtle roast, but more sweet than bitter.

Medium body and carbonation. A bit of creaminess. No astringency or warming.

A kinder, gentler porter. In spirit it seems more British than American, and is definitely not a bold Robust Porter like most American Porters.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one tonight on draft at Serafina in Seattle and was blown away by how good it was. Creamy and chocolately and drinks nice and easy. Really great Porter

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Photo of PhillyRiver
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

OMG this is so delicious. I was thrilled to come to this page after finishing my first-ever glass of this beer and see it get 100 from the Bros after I decided it was awesome. Poured from bottle into clean tulip glass. Opaque black, truly amazing. Two fingers of beautiful butterscotch-colored foam with trippy lacing. Smells slightly of molasses, tastes of molasses, coffee, chocolate, some of the usual tastes of a good porter but in the smoothest possible blend with buttery mouth feel. If you are looking for bite or kick it doesn't have it, but it's near-perfect winter solace. Or, in this case, reflection of the warm pre-Christmas foggy downpour outside.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing else that I want from a porter. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose. The taste is slightly oaky, with lots of coffee. Mouthfeel is moderate rather than creamy.

Just a great representation of what a porter should be.

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Photo of HopHunter925
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Dark, a very dark reddish/brown almost black color. There is a minimal off white colored head that dissipates quickly.

S: A very mild roasty malt aroma – chocolate and coffee.

T: Mild. Very creamy with: chocolate (not sweet), coffee, and some vanilla. The flavor is mild/balanced and does not linger.

M: Very thin, lightly carbonated.

O: Very drinkable beer being both smooth and creamy (despite having a very light mouthfeel) and at a good price point ($9 for a 6-pack). I will buy it again.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle marked best by 6/05/16. Pours an opaque black with a thin cream colored head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Rich mouthfeel and slightly bitter chocolate flavor. Excellent, one of the best porters I've had.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**FROM OLD NOTES, 10/11/14:
"Aroma. Smokey, malt, sour something.
Look...dark black, small head.
Taste. Some wang. Chicory. Coffee.
Feel. Low carbonation.

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Photo of opieo
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I find this to have great flavor balance. Nothing is overpowering which makes it easy drinking and very easy to like. Not creamy. A little lighter and slightly more carbinated. I like it a lot.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a nice dark brown/black with a thin head. Very nutty sour milk smell with scents of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a nice bitter chocolate which you get with taste from start to finish. Very unique but good. Getting some hints of a barnyard with both the smell and taste which is not off putting. Almost some grain in the smell too. I enjoyed this one. Good job Deschutes.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown color with a medium sized tan colored head. The aroma is a fantastic blend of roasted malt and cocoa. the flavor is rich and full and is a perfect match for the appearance and aroma. The taste is roasted malt with cocoa and coffee as an aftertaste. This is one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of HPinSoCal
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, black-reddish tone. Short lived 1/4" tan head. Very short lived weak lace.

S: Mild aroma at best. Hint of coffee smell comes through.

T: Bland taste. Far from offensive, not quite up to par with the high ratings I read.

F: Light body. Thin and watery. Hint of over carbonation.

O: Forgettable experience. A bit too light for my taste. If you like Anchor Porter, you should try this one. Both of them have a very similar feel.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic and gives off a jet black color with a two finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds. There was a good amount of lacing left in the wake. The smell has a lot of milk chocolate up front but tries to balance with some coffee. The taste is sweet through the chocolate with a nice balance of the smooth roast in like Flynn. Its smooth on the palate and pretty drinkable. This is a very good American Porter that one should not pass up on if seen.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - dark black w reddish tint with light off white head; good lacing

Smell - standard roasted chocolate and malt smell for a porter

Taste - sweet malt start with the roasted chocolate; good hop balance; coffer aftertaste...all this without a strong bitterness.

Feel - creamy, medium bodied, good carbonation...a little thin for my porter wish list

Overall - very drinkable and good 5.2% and the thinness and carbonation, good for those having more than one nights. I like Founder much better but that's my pallette.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite go to porters. It's not anything amazing, but is very palatable and great for a cool night. Very roasty and malty with nice chocolate notes on teh finish.

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Photo of Roguer
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brew, clear at the edges, with a small tan head with OK retention.

Roasty aroma with a touch of dark fruit.

Flavor follows: it's quite roasty, with a large cola-like flavor.

Lively, medium-light feel.

This isn't a bad brew, but there are many porters out there I'd reach for first.

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Photo of ribby
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, with a decent creamy head. Very well balanced taste. Not overhopped, just enough to balance the sweetness of the malt. The overall intensity of flavor is right for a porter.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One finger head, with lively activity. A lot of small bubbles, which seem to remain relatively static. A nice black color, with some red opacity in it.

A creamy sweetness dominates the taste, with some roasted chocolate flavors as well. A subtle, yet marvelous, smell.

The taste is quite constrained, with a milky chocolate flavor making an appearance in the aftertaste. The carbonation does not dominate the beer, but offers a nice tingling sensation alongside the sweetness of the chocolate. This does not break any conventions, but is pretty damn close to the perfect session porter.

Paid $9.99 for a six-pack.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid hoppy porter. I must have had this before but never rated it. Looks like a porter. Great aroma. Taste follows nicely, better as it warmed. A slightly more roasted character would be good.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
pours a deep caramel brown with a small tan head
smells strongly of caramel, chocolate, peat and coffee delicious!
taste of coffee and smoke, slightly sweet
feel is light and drinkable with a slight bitter aftertaste
been drinking this for years.....always a treat!

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.