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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,082
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 306
Gots: 359 | FT: 13
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

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Photo of NODAK


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has a definitely aroma of chocolate, some roasted malt, and modestly sweet.

Taste is a damn fine porter. Chocolate malts are certainly present, as is a roasted character as well. There's a small sweetness present also, perhaps that's the crystal malt the bottle talks about. Near the finish, I get a hint of smoke in there. Not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin.

Very, very good porter. One of the better ones I've had, honestly. Full of character, but not too heavy in any one characteristic, so it keeps it interesting and fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:21:10 | More by NODAK
Photo of JohnnyP3


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by date of 1/2/12. Pours a lovely dark muddy brown/black with some dark orange hues on the edge. Voluminous thick head of about 3 fingers--light brown. Excellent lacing on the glass. The head and foam really stick to the edges.

Smell is lots of roasted, chocolate malts, toasted grains, moist and earthy.

Taste is full of roasted coffee and some bitter chocolate. Also hints of caramel. Nice bitter finish after a sweet assault up front. Great balance in this porter. Toasted grains are in the body as well.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. This is a thick porter with substance.

As far as your basic American Porter goes, I think this is about as good as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:25:49 | More by JohnnyP3
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/5/11 on the bottle.

Thanks to alexgrahamlv for throwing in this extra, can't go wrong with getting some Deschutes on the East coast.

Pours a dark brown color, some dark ruby tings around the edge when held up to the light, smallish head with big bubbles, fades fast but leaves a cap on top for awhile.

Smell is surprisingly chocolaty, the cocoa is at the forefront while a roasted malt aroma is the backing, hints of coffee bitterness.

Taste starts out with a bit of a dry cocoa flavor, light dark roasted malt bitterness evens out any sweetness, finishes incredibly dry, carbonation is quite present and very very soft, subtle nuttiness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:40:29 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of scottfrie


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Best by 10/31/11.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a huge melted chocolate ice-cream colored head that slowly faded into a bubbly film leaving a beautiful network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Roasted yet creamy notes of bittersweet chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. I detect some fresh green hops and a bit of caramel. The smell is simple but wonderful.
T: Follows the nose with soft flavors of coffee, chocolate milkshake and a hint of leafy hops and sweet caramel.
M: Medium body, fuzzy carbonation that is very soft, and a mouthfeel that is touch on the thin side but not really a distraction.
O: I’ve had this many times and it’s still one of my favorite go-to beers and porters. This is definitely one of the best and slightly underrated beers by Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 23:48:18 | More by scottfrie
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured into chilled fluted mug.

A: Coffee brown, very dark. The appearance is absolutely exceptional for the style. Very frothy tan head that dissapates to about one finger. Lacing is retained and as it should be. Great appearance.

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. Smell is good. I wish it was a bit more aromatic, but hey its still good.

M: Medium carbonation, kinda crisp. I wish it had a bit more body to it myself.

T: Coffee, chocolate, and a slight nutty background. Definately taste as a port should. Taste as it should.

O: I think the style is greatly represented here, but like all beers there is always room from improvement. This is one of the better porters I have had. I am not necessarily a huge fan of the style but I think theyt did a good job with this one. My regret is that I tryed this in September and not January. I like the style better in the winter myself. First one from Deschutes and won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:17:19 | More by CEversole
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by date: 3/12/12

APPEARANCE: The Black Butte poured true to its name, very dark with a rich, foamy, off-white head about an inch and a half thick. The retention was so-so, but a thin quarter-inch of it hung in there for a few extra minutes. The lacing was outstanding throughout the whole glass.

SMELL: Strong aroma that was noticeable as soon as the beer was poured. Some mild nutty flavors were present at that point, but as I lowered my nose into the glass I found a nose full of coffee along with some chocolate.

TASTE: Coffee hits the palate first and remains strong throughout the entire sip. A slow wave of mild chocolate flavor rolls over the palate mid-sip and a hoppy bitterness makes an appearance towards the end. The finish, however, goes back to the coffee though, and it is strong. The aftertaste is not so pleasant, it is like someone tossed a sweet tart on your tongue. Very odd, although the rest of the taste isn't bad.

MOUTHFEEL: The Black Butte's carbonation was strong, but it almost seemed to melt away my mouth. It was odds, like a piece of chocolate that seems to disappear without ever really swallowing it, this beer did the same thing.

OVERALL: There is a lot about this beer to be appreciated, in particular, the look and smell are outstanding, but that sweet tart finish really turned me off. It did become less of a factor as I worked through the beer, but it was still there at the end unless I threw the sip down quickly without allowing it to sit on my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 08:16:22 | More by StoneTSR
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours s deep dark almost black, extremely dark brown with lighter brown hues if you hold it up to the light.

Aromas begin with light espresso, dark burnt caramels, some nuttiness and some light chocolate notes as well.

The tastes directly follow the nose with dark caramel, slight nuttiness, light bitter dark chocolate, light baker's cocoa and the ever present fresh coffee/espresso flavors.

The mouthfeel is super creamy and luscious despite being only 5.2% ABV. Drinks quite medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry from all the roasted grain but still creamy and also clean and crisp. Is that all possible, yes with this beer it is.

Overall this is the best standard American Porter on the planet. I have had their reserve/anniversary series amped up porters and I can appreciate how this base recipe was used to inspire those big massive gems. If this was available local to me I would drink it like water and would be a staple in my fridge. I love Deschutes and haven't had a bad drop of beer from them yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:13:59 | More by claspada
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 12-5-11, into a schooner pint.

The near-black of singed wood, accented with thin bits of clear amber. The fluffy cream-colored head that sits atop the brew is about a finger thick and seems everlasting, leaving frothy walls of lace when it finally does decide to go.

The nose: milk chocolate, tangy toasted sourdough, some smoky wood and oats.

Way more hops are here, in all their piney glory. They combine with dark chocolate, burnt bread and anise to create a flavor that says smoke and wood, though I know there’s none in here.

Soft, silky medium-light body. Like sipping cappuccino foam. Carbonation is light and tingly. The beer slides off the palate rather easily. Cleaner than expected.

I have to admit, I’ve had the Black Butte anniversary beers many times, but skipped over this base. A mistake, obviously. It’s a good’n.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 07:17:03 | More by Phelps
Photo of Schmidts


4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Union Jacks not available at stores in Pa wish it was. Amber brown in color with a nice cream color head that stays till your done.
Smells of malts and roasted Coffee and raosted malts.
The minute you take your first sip you're sold on it. It is creamy smooth, with notes of malts and bitter roasted coffee and a hit of sweetness, it is really flavorful and very drinkable and so smooth.
In your mouth it is highly refreshing and a pure pleasure.
I give it a overall of 4.5 one of the best Porters I have had in a long time. If I could buy a case in Pa I would be on my way to the distrbuter right now. If you can try it go for it! This is One Really great Porter and one you would want to have around forever!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 15:36:03 | More by Schmidts
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to a dark black with reddish tones. Cream colored frothy head that stays throughout.

Smell is of roasted malts, very fragrant.

Taste is pretty good, very malty, the bitterness of the roasted flavor going quite well with the rather thick mouthfeel. Not much in the way of carbonation, which is quite good.

In all, a very good beer that I'll buy again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 07:16:19 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of DUBinMIA


2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug. Black color with almond almost white head. Little foam little lace.

Smell is of roasted malt. Some sweet malt smoke like almost but not quite. Slightly bland.

Sweet malt no real bitter hop flavor. Hint of smoke.

Medium body

Overall this was an ok porter… not terrific but not bad by any means. Give it a try once if it’s reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:00:07 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of Retail1LO


2.75/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a pint glass. Poured straight down the middle of the glass, beer gives about 3" of solid head. Pretty much downhill from there. The smell is nearly completely muted. Outside of carbonation and some malt, there's really nothing there. The taste to me is pretty bland. There's not a whole helluva lot going on here. Again, I don't detect too many distinct flavor profiles. Some hints of coffee, toasted malt. The mouthfeel is where this bottoms out. It's highly carbonated, and extremely astringent. There's absolutely no joy behind having this in your mouth. I'm wondering if Black Butte XXIII is anything like this. I hope to hell not.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2011 22:18:25 | More by Retail1LO
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4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass.

Black Butte sports a very black shaded color with some red spots towards the bottom of the glass when up to light. A nice creamy tan/brown head that looks like it's off of a nitro kick Great lacing.

Smell is pretty spectacular rich with dark bakers chocolate a nice whiff of roasted malt with a vanilla hit. I usually get a whole lot of tootsie roll from porters but this one is different.

And were off, 1st sips are nothing short of amazingly rich with the above already mentioned. Light chocolate mixed with roast and a small hint of vanilla and coffee. A nice amount of crystal malt used, that much is apparent.

Feel is where Butte stands out from most small porters. The feel is so rich and creamy and smooth and refreshing, even though I don't find dark beers refreshing at all. Butte is approaching medium in build active bubbles and smooth baby.

great porter, one I would not mind having a six of during a sunday, although im sure the bootles pale in comparison to this tap serving. Butte deserves more chatter in beer circles like Edmund and Founders porter get.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 19:38:13 | More by BARFLYB
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

6er at Round Rock Specs for just under 8bucks.

Very dark pour, not quite black, a small head that disappates rather quickly, a light tan ring remains for the duration...spotty lacing.

Yum...smells very good. Almost a smokey, charcoal...peaty?...a bit of sweet malt, coffee, a touch of chocolate. Very intricate.

I get some of the coffee, a bit of sweet malt, but not a huge flavor punch I was hoping for. Still, good light flavor of toasted malt. Subdued, quite drinkable. Goes down very easily. An uber-smooth beer to hand out to friends that drink nothing but Shiner. This is a wonderful cool season session beer.

Will certainly drink again as a fairly low abv sessionable Fall beer. A nice beer to hand out to newbies while watching football this season.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 22:21:01 | More by obrike
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A staple in the fridge at my In-Laws so naturally had to swipe a few for good measure.

*Notes from 09/04/11 - BB date 02/13/12
12oz to pint glass

A: BB pours a deep dark mahogany brown that thins a bit towards the bottom edge of the glass. A 1-2 fingers of dark khaki tan head formed with moderate retention and lace.

S: Smells of choclatey toasted grains and fresh roast coffee beans. Clean fresh water & ingredients.

T: Has a nice smokey roast grain character. Bitter chocolate. Fresh ground coffee. Moderate bitterness. Crisp tart berry finish. Very light but rich in flavors. Rather refreshing.

M: Real smooth creamy texture with a lighter body and mf to it.

D: As it states on the bottle - a very "approachable" porter. Rich and robust in flavor but lower bodied and creamy light mouthfeel make this one refreshing even on a hot summers day.

One of my fav Descheutes brews that is accessible and one of the better Porters out on the market I would have to say.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 22:16:59 | More by Nugganooch
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: roasted malts, some chocolate, and slight hop with a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a nice porter. The roasted and chocolate flavors are nicely balanced. Hops are fairly faint on the palate, but the underlying sweetness is just enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:33:09 | More by megahurts4
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard porter. Dark brown, almost black. Decent foam as well.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. Very malty and sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Well-balanced flavor of the usual chocolate, coffee, and fruit notes. Mouthfeel is too thin for the flavor.

Drinkability: Since it's not too thick, it's easy to drink.

Overall: Respectable porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:53:03 | More by tjsdomer2
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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark/ruby body with a small head that quickly dissipates.

S: Chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, and roasted sweet malt.

T: Taste of milk chocolate, malt, vanilla, very low hop presence, caramel, hazelnut and some dark fruit.

M: Silky smooth, mild carbonation, low alcohol presence, and light/medium body.

O: One of the best, if not thy best porter I've had so far. Very enjoyable brew. It's the definition of smooth. Packed with many flavors, this is tasty. Yes I would buy again and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:17:47 | More by MEsoJD
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours with a nice frothy head about 1 fingers worth and sticks around for a while.

S. Smells like roasty malt with bittersweet chocolate.

T. Wow is this easy to drink, light mouth feel with great roasted malt, chocolate and ends with coffee bitterness.

O. Awesome beer not much else you could ask for from a porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 05:27:47 | More by DogfishJoe
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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a luscious black color with garnet highlights and great clarity with just the hint of light coming through. The head is a frothy towering tan spectacle that takes it's time settling. This beer leaves tremendous lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

S: Robust roasted malt aromas that hint of chicory, chocolate, ash, roasted nuts, and a touch of smoke. There is much depth there and it keeps from being overly roasted or burnt smelling. A nod to some earthy hops just to balance it all out. Wow deep breaths for this one and it lures you in even more.

T: Ashy, but not burnt, with chocolate and coffee with cream, chicory, and just a touch of smoke. Pleasant earthy and spicy hops ad such a nice bitterness with the dark roasted malt bitterness.

M: Velvety smooth medium to full body, with just enough carbonation for the style. It is right on for what a porter should be, smooth, luscious, but not too heavy.

D: So wonderfully balanced and deep for a porter. This beer just beckons you to drink. Especially delicious as it warms up a bit. Well done and so glad to have this one again after so many years! Overall the best porter I have ever experienced!

Serving type: growler

08-30-2011 00:44:55 | More by scottbrew4u
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black, one finger head that isn't as tan or creamy brown as you'd expect.

S-Lots of roasted malt and burt notes.

T-Similar to the nose with the roasted malt and burt tones. Some chocolate is in there as well with solid bitterness in the finish.

M-Smooth and creamy with some carbonation.

O-A great porter, possibly the best I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 21:29:36 | More by rlee1390
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4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - Poured into a standard pint glass, dark color, good head

s - very light smell, of roasted espresso, and some of milk chocolate

t - tastes of malt and chocolate flavors, also a bit of a coffee taste. It has a bittersweet finish to it

m - full bodied beer, its amazingly smooth and creamy, not to much in the way of carbonation

o - great beer, a porter that most will enjoy even if your not a fan of porters

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 22:40:49 | More by ncsutton
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 1/28/2012. Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand" pint glass. Dark brown in color. Highlights are a much lighter brown and allow just enough light to see the tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a very large three finger head. The head is light brown and very creamy in appearance. The head lays down fairly quick and leaves quite a nice lace on the glass.

Smell is of medium roasts. Coffee and brown sugar. Maybe just a hint of chocolate. Also just a bit of pine resin.

Taste is a lot like the smell. There is coffee, molasses, some dried cherries and a hint of hop resin. All flavors that I expect in a great stout, but just a bit mellowed. Kind of like Obsidian Light.

Mouth is great. Carbonation is spot on and quite enjoyable. The flavors aren't overpowering, just great and bright for the style.

Overall I must say that I have been drinking this for six or seven years and have loved it from day one. I always just drink this from the bottle, but poured it for this review. With it being so great out of the bottle it makes it a great beer to take to a get together. No glassware needed and the BMC guys wont touch it. Ha! Ha! win, win. This overall score reflects everything. Taste, Availability, Drinkability and Price.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 06:41:58 | More by azdback
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District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Near black and almost transparent, with only ruby red poking through when held up directly to light. Pours a substantial khaki head that settles quickly and leaves good lacing.

Smell: Not very strong. Very sweet, pleasant malt scents -- caramel and toffee, a little bit of roastiness, no discernible hops.

Taste: Disappointingly thin and watery. Bittersweet malt, with dark roast balancing the caramel/toffee. A little bit of soy sauce. Not much in the way of hops. Overall, similar to the smell but less sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin and prickly, though the carbonation doesn't overwhelm the flavor.

Overall: Okay, but not a good value. I expect more from a porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 02:17:10 | More by fountainofyouth
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 10/03/11. Pours clear dark brown color with a small, fairly dense 1 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a ring of lacing. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, and vanilla. Decent aromas with decent strength. Taste of tons of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, bitter coffee, and some vanilla. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. A small amount of prickliness from the carbonation, but does not detract from the mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy drinking. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish as expected. Overall, a very nice porter; my first from Deschutes as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 04:03:15 | More by superspak
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,082 ratings.