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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,198
Reviews: 1,316
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 308
Gots: 398 | 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

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Photo of CapitalGains


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

Visual: about one-fourth of an inch of a light caramel lacing that fades pretty quickly. Deep brown core color with mahogany/amber highlights around the periphery. Leaves little residual lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: light-medium chocolate scents, a hint of smokiness and cocoa

Taste/Mouthfeel: toffee, a light amount of smoked malts, a faint hint of berries, chocolate and cocoa; mouthfeel is fairly carbonated but pretty light

Drinkability: very easy to consume several without impairment, making it quite sessionable while remaining delicious. There have been several nights where I've drank a six-pack and felt great.

All-in-all it is a fantastic porter for its availability and price. From a price-to-quality perspective this beer probably warrants an A. I can usually pick up a six-pack for six to seven dollars.

11-22-2010 04:48:18 | More by CapitalGains
Photo of MurphyMacManus


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Growler into pint glass.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights Average-sized tan head that fades to a layer of lace and sticks to the glass.

S: Coffee, cocoa, roasted grain, bittersweet chocolate.

T/M: See notes on "smell." The bittersweet chocolate and cocoa are most present in the taste, followed by a medium roast coffee flavor with minimal bitterness. Rich finish, like a good hot chocolate or cafe mocha. There's some dark fruit in there as it gets warmer, too -- maybe blackberries; it's sweetness and just a bit of acidity, possibly a part of the carbonation bite. Body is moderate but not too thick.

D: Excellent session porter. Nice balance of flavors; would be great paired with grilled/roasted steak or game.

11-21-2010 06:35:55 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

This was my favourite porter until I found founders porter. Alas...

A: Dark brown to black, a bit of red shows up when held up to the light. All-right brown head with average lacing.

S: Deeply roasted chocolatey malts. The hop bitterness as blends well with the sweetness of the malts. Nutty and coffee flavours as well.

T: A smooth dark drink. Roasted grains, chocolate and a bit of hop bite dominate this porter. It's depth falls a little short of perfection; however, it is a great example of the style.

M: Mostly silky and a touch spicy, the beer floats above your tongue and then coats your mouth after you swallow. It leaves a great taste behind.

D: I can't imagine it being more drinkable than it already is. Also, the ABV is low, so you don't have to stumble about all night long.

11-18-2010 20:16:31 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of MissYaJim


4.9/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured into my favorite Arrogant Bastard glass..which all beers are poured into.

Loved the color

The smell was immediately dark chocolate

The taste reaffirmed of that chocolate smell. Incredible Chocolate/Coffee taste. To me this is a great example of a porter and how it differs slightly from a stout. A bit more accessible to the uninitiated.

Instant favorite

11-11-2010 02:23:23 | More by MissYaJim
Photo of Strix


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Very dark translucent reddish-brown, good initial head, some lacing.

Smells of roastedness, caramel, and coffee.

Very well balanced, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, with a slight hop finish. Flavors blend together well with no off-notes.

Mouthfeel smooth, low carbonation.

This is super drinkable. Not an extreme beer, but very tasty.

11-11-2010 02:14:42 | More by Strix
Photo of soze47


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

I had this at Red Bones NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Dark black body with brown highlights when light strikes it.

Aroma: Chocolate malt and herbal hops. Overall roastiness to it.

Taste: Definitely roasted malts upfront. Chocolate malt comes next, followed closely by herbal hops. Nice balance of flavors and good hop presence for a porter. Rather robust as you drink more of it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Hearty on the palette, yet light in body. However, this does drink like a rich beer and fills you up.

Overall: I liked this one a lot. Like a great porter, it packs a wallop of robust flavor without having to be a huge ABV or imperial beer. One of my new favorites in the style.

11-10-2010 01:48:38 | More by soze47
Photo of Thorpe429


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a color that is bordering on black, which I suppose is fitting. The nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee--just what I expect from a good porter. Really nice bold scent. The taste scales it back just a bit, but has the same general tenor. Good, slightly-dry feel with a nice body. Another hit from Deschutes.

11-09-2010 22:39:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

I visited Arizona and bought three Deschutes offerings and this was my favorite.

From the color the name of the beer should be Very Dark Brown Butte, but that's splitting hairs since no porter (or stout for that matter) is truly black. However, this is less black than other porters I've had. The head is tan and about a quarter of an inch thick to begin, but dissipates quickly leaving a film with islands of of bubbling carbonation. Had I seen this in a stout it would have fallen in rating considerably, but this is a porter and head is not as important in that style.

The smell? Well, it smells like a porter. Roasty with coffee accents and no hops presence.

The taste? Well, it tastes like a porter. Roasty with coffee accents and no hops presence. Any bitterness comes from the roasted malts. The coffee is a bit more subdued on the tongue than in the nose.

The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for a porter. It's not too heavy and not watery at all, as many that I have had tend to be. It may have reached a 5 if the carbonation hadn't been so high.

This is one of the most drinkable porters I've ever had...I could have easily chugged this one down.

11-08-2010 14:01:23 | More by Naugros
Photo of Flightoficarus


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Had a craving for a good porter/stout tonight, and decided to give this one a revisit!

A - pours a very deep dark, almost black brown, with a two finger tan/sepia head that quickly recedes to a bubbly lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted espresso, cocoa, and caramel. I detect a hint of black licorice too!

T - A finely balanced, silky smooth blend of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes, with just a hint of caramel, and leaning ever so slightly on the sweeter side than hoppy. Lots of flavor for a session-friendly beer!

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and silky smooth w/very light carbonation.

D - One of the most drinkable porters out there, and it accomplishes this feat WITHOUT sacrificing flavor! big points here.

Overall - Whether you're looking for a first porter or stout to try, or you're just in the mood for something more sessionable than the bigger imperial stouts, this one consistently takes the cake as one of the best session porters in the NW. Even as I've become more into bigger, badder ales these days, this one still has a welcome spot in my fridge for sure.

11-08-2010 08:35:37 | More by Flightoficarus
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4.15/5  rDev -1%

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to morimech.

Pours an inky black with some dark brown hues towards the bottom. A one finger high coffee brown head bubbles up, then fades out, eventually disappearing and leaving hardly any lacing on the glass.

An assortment of roasted coffee, dark malt, caramel, and bitter chocolate in the nose.

Begins with bittersweet dark chocolate and touches of crunchy hops. Roasted malts, caramel, and coffee swirl together with a nice harmony. A hint of molasses, vanilla, and fairly rich sweetness dash through before the finish, which emits a hit of bitter hops and warmth.

Smooth, creamy, almost velvety feel. Very pleasant on the tongue with nice flavor and lower alcohol content. Solid porter for sure.

11-08-2010 01:22:35 | More by xnicknj
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a jet black with creamy thick head. Head recedes into a nice crust with plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Tastes of rich dark chocolate, some molasses and coffee, and a nice bitter hop finish. Lots of roasted malt character.

More carbonated than I expected, but it works well with this beer. Good drinkability.

11-07-2010 21:36:20 | More by felipe2toes
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours dark brown, almost black.... with a thick light brown head.
Has a nice, roasted malt aroma.
Tastes wonderful. Sweet, toasted malt, rich body and quite filling.
This is excellent beer at an excellent price, you sure can't go wrong with Deschutes.

11-07-2010 02:58:09 | More by industrialswill
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours dark brown with a small tan head.
Nose shows lots of chocolate and, to a lesser extent, coffee. Underneath is hints of banana and soft spicy hops.
Flavours show more roasted character and coffee rather than chocolate but its still quite gentle.
Body feels a bit watery and the carbonation is too high.

11-06-2010 10:21:44 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Andrew644


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A- Very dark brown almost black color with a nice tan head.

S- I mostly smell chocolate malt with just a little bit of hops coming through.

T- Nice chocolate and roasted malt flavors with the hops balancing a little but still letting the malts do their thing.

M- Very crisp for a porter but I think it works to is advantage in this one.

D- I could have a few of these any day.

11-05-2010 18:21:06 | More by Andrew644
Photo of WJVII


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to BA bud Cdkrenz for getting me this sampler. This brew poured into a pint glass is a deep cola color with a slight bubbly head that settled to nearly nothing. The aroma was deep and dark like the color. Chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts are present with a light breadiness. The taste was deep as well. Burnt malts are at the top of the flavor profile but there are chocolate and caramel tones. There is a mildly bitter taste balancing this brew. As the brew gets closer to room temp the flavors expand and become more complex. The carbonation was minimal and this brew was a little thin but this is an excellently crafted porter and tasted delicious.

11-05-2010 01:14:55 | More by WJVII
Photo of billab914


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured dark brown in color with a big rocky head filling the top quarter of the glass. It left some pretty decent lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of roasted, bitter and slightly burnt malt flavors to it. It has a sweeter milk chocolaty flavor come through as well that gives it a smoothness.

The taste has a lot of the roasted malts coming through as well. They start to turn more bitter and burnt towards the finish. It has more of the milk chocolaty flavors coming through as well that really helps balance it out. I get just a bit of hops coming through as well. Very nicely flavored beer overall.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation is about moderate. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was pretty well balanced as well. The milk chocolaty and roasted flavors worked very well together and made for a very flavorful and drinkable beer overall.

11-04-2010 01:37:46 | More by billab914
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Pours a very dark brown with ruby red highlights when held up to light. A 3cm off white head falls fairly quickly.
S - Dark chocolate & roasted coffee aroma up front with some subtle dark fruit notes.
T - Taste is much the same.
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation, moderate bitterness.
D - A very nice porter indeed. I'd drink a fair bit of this.

11-03-2010 09:11:17 | More by brendan13
Photo of jellis00


4.97/5  rDev +18.6%

Black Butte Porter is my overall favorite American style Porter. Out of all of the Deschutes beers BBP is definitely my favorite. It is totally worth the time.

Appearance: Dark as the night, tan head.

Smell: Bold smell.

Taste: Full and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but with volume.

Drinkability: All day long.

11-01-2010 01:55:03 | More by jellis00
Photo of pdoran10


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

pours out jet black with a finger of off white head into my brand new darkness tulip.

smell is roast a hint of chocolate and some earthy hops.

taste is nice mellow roast with smooth creamy chocolate. earthy hops are slight in the background. nice flavor profile.

mouthfeel is chewy for a lower abv porter, with a standard/normal amount of carbonation.

i bit heavy to have a ton of these, but and excellent porter for sure very quaffable.

10-30-2010 23:37:42 | More by pdoran10
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

appearance - dark dark brown, almost black in appearance, tan head

smell - roasted malts, coffee grinds, cocoa

taste - dark chocolate, malts, molasses

mouthfeel - medium bodied, appropriate for the style, no sweetness, slight bitterness in the finish, good flavor that lingers on the palate

drinkability - good porter here, likeable beverage

10-30-2010 23:15:16 | More by keithmurray
Photo of timhoth


4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Great NW porter. This is by far the favorite porter that everyone buys in the portland area. It is sold in almost every store that sells beer and is one of my favorites. Very smooth for a porter without any "beer bite" so it is easy to share with whomever you are drinking with even if they are not a big beer fan. Has somewhat of a vanilla taste to it.

10-29-2010 21:13:23 | More by timhoth
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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

A - She's a looker. Bark brown body with a big, bubbly, medium tan colored top. Yummy!

S - Long roasted malts offer accents of caramel, roasted barley and chocolate.

T - This is quite likely the perfect tasting porter. Rich, deep chocolate with a hint of smoke. The brew ends perfectly with a clean roasted finish.

M - Dry feel on my tongue while the rest of my mouth experiences a wetness. There is certainly a coarse feel to this brew as well.

~ This a a very good beer. If you have never tried it, should should do yourself a favor. This beer is worth every bit of $5 per 12 ounce bottle based on flavor alone. Seek it out.

10-29-2010 18:31:44 | More by cdkrenz
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a dark brown with a coffee coloured head that fades pretty fast. Not that great looking, to be honest.

Oh wow. So rich. Some massive roasty, molasses notes come through straight away. Very exciting. Exactly what I was after in this porter.

This is a fine porter. Chocolate flavours are there, perfectly balanced with roastiness and husky flavours. Very light bitterness supports the ample sweetness. Just great.

I wish it was a little more viscous, but that's just me. Pretty creamy.

A very good porter.

10-28-2010 11:13:13 | More by jbowers56
Photo of CPeterson


4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

A -- Pours a deep black, almost opaque, with a little color when held up to the light. Nice head, dissipates into a robust foam.

S -- Toasted malt, caramel, coffee, hints of vanilla and toffee. Amazingly aromatic for the style.

T -- Oh yeah. Toasty malts, a subtle dryness, almost a scent of peanut brittle. Earthy nuttiness and caramel and vanilla come through on the back end.

M -- Velvet smooth and well balanced. Lingers just long enough to want more.

D -- Drink up, it's not often to come across a brewery with such technical precision.

10-28-2010 02:22:27 | More by CPeterson
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pours extremity dark amber that only reveals its' true color when held up to the light. There is about a half finger head that retains quite well.

S: Mild aroma of dark roasted malt and and ever so subtle hint of coffee.

T: A combination of malt sweetness mixed with just the right amounts of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Smooth and light with fair amount of carbonation that bites at the back of the throat (in a good way)

D: the drinkability is high. It goes down easily and it would be easy to drink bunches of these in a sitting.

Overall: this is quite an enjoyable brew that makes you want more. There is no question that I will drink more of this beer.

10-25-2010 19:02:52 | More by RRC87
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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