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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,236
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 314
Gots: 415 | 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:
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 Blanco


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

A- black like a stout with light brown head.

S- bug roasted flavor, slight hint of chocolate.

T- taste is very nice. More chocolate flavor. Hint of sweetness. Very similar to a light imperial stout. Reminiscent of founders porter.

Light mouthfeel.

Overall this is an incredible porter. Ranks up there with my favorites.

06-25-2011 22:36:43 | More by Blanco
Photo of stercomm


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap in a pint glass

A - Very dark brown almost black, nice creamy/buttery head.

S - Very nice roasted malts, some chocolate

T - This is a very well balanced porter, continuation of the roasted malt and chocolate with maybe a hint of coffee, slight sweetness.

M - Medium bodied

D - Well balanced brew, not too heavy, one could definitely drink a few of these and be very content.

06-24-2011 22:32:24 | More by stercomm
Photo of FARGO619


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

This is a good shelf beer. Have had it several times. Pours a medium/dark with ruby light that sneaks in from the light at the bottom of the glass. Medium bodied with lights hints of malt and coffee. Well balanced beer. Light/good head that lingers throughout. Have had straight from the bottle as I had no choice. Most times served in a tulip glass.

06-23-2011 15:45:52 | More by FARGO619
Photo of AwYeh


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint

A: Dark brown bordering on black with just under a finger of foamy, creamy, bubbly head.

S: Sweet, chocolaty, with lots of roasted malt. Peppery, berry-like sweetness gives this one a unique smell.

T: More of that unique sweetness here, but to nitpick it's not as well balanced as the smell; might get tired of this one eventually. Almost a marshmallow flavor on the finish.

M: Creamy, smooth, well carbonated for a porter. Good stuff.

O: I'll be drinking this one frequently on the West Coast. Not quite as good as my standbys Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald or Smuttynose Robust Porter, but a very solid beer.

06-17-2011 05:56:04 | More by AwYeh
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to Arbitrator for this one. 12oz into pint glass.

A- Big creamy head, slow to settles. Beer is ruby red/brown on the pour and settles to a nice deep brown in the glass. Good lacing.

S- Smells like a cup o' joe. Inviting.

T- Dark chocolate, mild coffee, some lingering piny hop bitterness in the finish. A bit of smoke creeps in but it's hard to get a hold of. Some wood as well. Hmm.

M- Moderately light-bodied but full-flavored, a bit more robust in presence than comparable beers.

O- Highly enjoyable, highly drinkable. Between this, Red Chair, Green Lakes, and the others I've sampled, Deschutes' 6pk offerings are some of their best. Would love to be able to buy this locally.

06-17-2011 02:06:10 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of Franch

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

simply the perfect porter. dethrones founders porter on the top of my list. it's roasty and malty enough, with the great coffee/espresso notes shining through with a great chocolate flavor as well. it's creamy and perfectly delicious. i'm really sad about this one not making it eastbound.

06-16-2011 04:38:55 | More by Franch
Photo of Devi0us


3.08/5  rDev -26.5%

Had this on tap last Friday on my last day in Hawaii at The Yardhouse.

A- Poured a dark brown but light does penetrate this brew. About a finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Hardly any lacing.

S- Smell of dark malts dominated but dark chocolate eased it's way through the dominance.

T- The taste was malts and chocolate. Kinda bland for me. 

M- This was medium bodied but felt light on the palate. It does however have a decent amount of carbonation for me, almost too much. 

O- I've seen this many times at the places I frequent when I purchase beer. This tasted average and I felt like I was cheated. Let's just say that it will stay on the shelves when I purchase more beer. 

06-14-2011 20:27:51 | More by Devi0us
Photo of mdaschaf


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head that reduces to a thin layer on top. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Lightly roasted malt with plenty of chocolate, both dark and milk. There is a little bit of coffee and caramel as well as some light, floral hop aromas.

T: The taste is dominated by chocolate and slightly roasted malt. There is a slight hint of coffee as well as earthiness. Slight smoky flavor on the finish, which has a slight sweetness as well.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Upon pouring, it looked like it might be thin, but it wasn't. Nice carbonation level.

O: A nice, solid beer here. Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Easy drinking with a nice flavor profile.

06-11-2011 01:42:13 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Jazzcrop


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Tastes are, well, semi-sweetened dark syrups, burnt toasts, crusts, soy, waffles, edgy hops, crispness, lavender, spring rolls, hidden alcohol, bitter finish and some roast on the tippy-top of the tongue. Really good. Available just about everywhere.

06-10-2011 06:13:11 | More by Jazzcrop
Photo of domtronzero


3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

A - Dark brown and ruby highlights with a huge, long lasting, tannish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Dark malts, lightly fruity with a hint of chocolate and light roastiness. Subtle fruitiness.

F/M - Dark chocolatey malts, with a nice bready, toasty flavor. Light earthy hop flavor with moderate bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty good for the standard porter. Chocolaty and bready with nice hoppy flavors; not too shabby.

06-10-2011 05:52:12 | More by domtronzero
Photo of mvforegonian


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

For anyone who lives in Oregon, or the Pacific Northwest, this is a classic brew! This porter pours with a beautiful dark brown "beer with a spoon" type of appearance. The taste is robust and wonderfully malty. It starts off with a punch of hops, the middle is malty and thick and finishes with a roasted malt flavor with a hop taste the builds off the end. I've had this off tap and out of the bottle. I prefer it off tap but pouring out of the bottle evokes the same yummy appearance and aromas.

06-09-2011 19:10:33 | More by mvforegonian
Photo of acelin


5/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured into a Deschutes Pint Glass.

Pours a deep, rich brown with a nice tan head, large for a porter. Leaves a lot of lacing down the glass.

The nose is filled with smells of roasted barley, dark malted barley, and sweet coffee tones.

The flavor - I wasn't expecting this - is phenomenal. A rich flavor, with perfect balance between hops and these darker malts, in addition to the wonderful chewy texture and mouthfeel produces the most drinkable ,yet flavorful beer I've ever had.

All 5s across the board.

06-07-2011 23:32:43 | More by acelin
Photo of Jeffo


3.15/5  rDev -24.8%

Mom and Dad brought this one over from their last trip south. Thanks guys.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour makes a one finger, medium-thinner looking, tan head that’s quite noisy. Head fades down to a nice wisp. Dark brown body with medium-higher levels of carbonation evident. A ring and some splotchy lacing remain, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts, some dark chocolate and smoky, roasted malts. Decent strength.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel, and some smoky, roasted flavors. A touch of bitter chocolate in there as well. Mild yet lingering aftertaste of dark and sweet caramel malt with a touch of hop bitterness after the swallow. A little mild on the finish, but enjoyable enough. Livened up as it sat as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation for the style. Quite creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: Gets a lot of praise in the porter category, but doesn’t stand out in the style. Perfectly average porter. Needs a little more flavor to make it worthwhile. Perhaps another bottle down the road will make me change my mind, but for now, not one I’ll need to seek out. Thanks again guys.

06-06-2011 12:43:30 | More by Jeffo
Photo of beerman207


3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

Brought this back from Seattle.

A: dark brown in the glass with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some great lacing behind after a short while.

S: Nose is malt all the way with some light hops and some coffee, chocolate

T: flavor is like a chocolate whopper candy. Very smooth and good biscuit flavor as well.

M: a bit too carbonated and thin for my tastes

O: overall, this beer is a good porter nbut it's also a bit of a letdown. Our localngreat lakes Edmund Fitzgerald puts this one to shame IMO.

06-03-2011 01:13:10 | More by beerman207
Photo of Duff27


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A- Inch high fizzy but thick head atop a dark brown/black porter. Average head retention with good lacing on the side of the pint glass.

S- Deep, dark chocolate.

T- Luscious chocolate in every sense. Coffee bitter aftertaste. "Nutty". Delicious...everything you'd want out of a (non-coffee/chocolate/vanilla/impy/-bal aged/etc.) porter.

M- Average mouthfeel/carbonation.

D/O- Flagship for the style? I wouldn't argue against it. Highly recommended for any straight porter fan or as a gateway to anyone new to the style. Easy drinking, low ABV, with tons of flavor.

06-02-2011 02:25:24 | More by Duff27
Photo of doughanson78


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

My First Porter. Re-reviewed on 7-10-2011.

A: Definitely a dark pour. As deep as brown gets without being black, little blood red hints when held to light. Nice fluffy 2 finger head. Good mocha color. Little carbonation. Good retention. Great lacing.

S: Very good roasted coffee/espresso aroma. Definitely some dark chocolate notes. Far from complex, but doesn't need to be. Just a clean straight to the point aroma.

T: Superb roasted malt flavor. Dark coffee. Nice dark chocolate notes. Nothing off about the flavor of this beer.

M: Medium bodied, a tad light, almost creamy, but not quite. Maybe the only tiny flaw in this beer. High carbonation.

O: An excellent Porter. Just a superb drinking beer. The beer that put Deschutes Brewery on the map I've heard.

05-28-2011 21:57:48 | More by doughanson78
Photo of stxSS07


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottle into a Killian's Pint

A- Pours a nice rich dark brown with a 2 finger khaki-colored head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S- Hit with chocolate, roasted malts, and hops immediately upon opening. Great smelling porter.

T- Sweet chocolate and roasted malt perform a tasty tango. A little bit of a hop presence is a welcome addition.

M- Surprisingly thin, although I don't think it takes anything away from the beer.

O- One of the best porters I've had. A classic example of the sum of the beer being greater than one individual part. I was really amazed at how refreshing this brew was and I wish I could have this in my fridge at all times. Let's go Deschutes!

05-27-2011 09:14:26 | More by stxSS07
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5%

Poured into my Captain Lawrence stemmed glass.

Appearance: One finger white tan head on top of a black body with ruby highlights when held to the light.

Smell: I could smell this one the second it started pouring. Classic chocolate and roasty smell. Some sweetness towards the end of the smell.

Taste: A little lighter on the taste than the smell would have me believe. Some light roastiness, chocolate is more or less hidden. Nice sweetness on the end of the sip. Solid for a porter.

Mouthfeel: A little more thin than expected. Would prefer it more creamy as well.

Overall: Its good but not the best in the style. No frills which I like, nothing added. I enjoyed it.

05-27-2011 00:06:31 | More by OddNotion
Photo of ElCommodoro


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured a pitch black with a light brown head that left some lacing. It smells of sweet chocolate and espresso coffee. The taste is quite bitter, like coffee. Hops are detectable, but the flavour is masked by the strong coffee flavour. The mouthfeel is very thick. The aftertaste is mildly astringent. Overall, it's a pleasant beer. Nothing like a nice thick, pitch black, coffee-tasting beer.

05-21-2011 10:43:11 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Reviewed on 5-7-11
Reviewed cold from a bomber to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, very dark brew with a nice tanish lacing ring, some carbonation present

S – Dark roasted malts, hints of caramel and chocolate

T/M – Medium bodied malty brew with a medium sweetness, no hop bitterness to speak of

D – Easy drinking porter can easily have more than of these in an evening. I recommend trying it if you like the style

05-20-2011 17:58:52 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of MADhombrewer


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance- Dark brown with a slightly tan head. The lacing is reminiscent of a frosted window. 4/5

Smell- Chocolate and coffee. Some roasted malts. Good aroma. 4/5

Taste- Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Lip licking sweetness after each sip. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Porters always leave me wanting a bigger mouthfeel, but that is the way they should be. This one is a little thinker, but not by much. Very good. 4.5/5

Overall- Good solid porter. This one is better than some I have had and not as good as others. You can never go wrong with a Black Butte Porter 4/5

05-20-2011 16:49:23 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of Soonami


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Deschuttes Black Butte Porter is a beer that I will always order if I find it on draft. However, it was only briefly available last year during Philly Beer Week here in Philadelphia and since then I've only had it when traveling or from trades. This is a very dark brown beer with a beautiful khaki head that slowly dissipates while leaving lacy draping foam on the sides of the glass as you drink it. The beer smells and tastes roasty but without the astringent burnt flavors. There is a nice grainy, almost nutty malt flavor but there is very little residual sweetness and great balance. A very good example of the style. I would prefer a bit more toasted malt and chocolate but other than that not much more to complain about.

05-19-2011 04:23:33 | More by Soonami
Photo of mltobin


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in Austin , Texas.

Appearance is near black with a thin head. BBP smells of nuts, chocolate, coffee. The taste has more chocolate, the coffee is fairly low key, a good amount of roasted malts hits the palate as well. MF is medium with a creamy texture. This is a nice porter that I do not have access to in my home state of CT and was happy to have the opportunity to enjoy it.

05-18-2011 22:26:28 | More by mltobin
Photo of MonkeymooTJ


3.45/5  rDev -17.7%


Deep/dark brown giving a liquid dark chocolate appearance as the slightest bit of light shines through. One finger off white head recedes fairly quickly


Strong sense of sweet caramel malt with a hint of chocolate in the background. No real sense of hops are detected


Roasted malty flavor is the most pronounced. A bit of chocolate is evident but not as much as I would've expected based on the aroma. Hops are almost non existent.


Medium body with a moderate carbonation level. A roasted coffee taste makes an appearance and lingers in the aftertaste.


A decent porter. All in all, the variety of malty flavors do work pretty well together. The drawbacks are a little too much of an alcohol bite and a slight lack in hop bitterness.

05-18-2011 21:39:13 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Photo of dali27


4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly black in color. Light brown bubbly head. Little lacing down side of glass. Typical porter appearance.

S: 1: Chocolate. 2: Roasted malts. 3: Dry hops.

T: Seriously a great tasting porter. Chocolate gives nice sweetness. Combined with the malts, there is an excellent sweet and smokey flavor. I taste more hops than normally in porter which adds more to bitter element.

M: Thin, but this doesn't take away from overall experience. Nice drinking beer.

O: I am loving drinking this beer. I wish that it was available to me locally. If it were, my fridge would never be without it. Well hopefully one of these days. Anyway, the next time I am somewhere I can get it, I am going to. Excellent!

05-15-2011 05:43:00 | More by dali27
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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