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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,321
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 320
Gots: 435 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of AdamBear
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a nice tan head and lots of lacing

S-smells like creamy coffee beans with some slight hops aroma. medium strength

T-comes in with a very smooth taste of coffee. the tastes aren't strong but are of great quality. its a taste one can get addicted to. has a great matching after-taste. i like this a lot.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-wow this went down almost too quickly. this is such an easy drinking porter. i honestly thought it got better as i drank it. i could consume many more.

AdamBear, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Thanks to eclipse54 for this one!

A: pours a deep dark brown/black/reddish color, nice one finger light tan head, tiny little bubbles, great carbonation off the bottom of the glass, nice lacing

S: beautiful roasted malt character, rich espresso, dark chocolate but not the level of say a stout, no hops present on nose but it's to be expected

T: mild on the front of the tongue, nice roasted bitterness towards the back that sticks with you for a while, really easy drinking beer, doesn't destroy you by any means, you get a little of the coffee characteristics, in the middle of the tongue, carbonation really helps to clear the palate

M: light bodied to medium (surprisingly), there is some mouth coat but isn't a really full bodied stout we are dealing with here or anything

O: another solid brew from Deschutes, I don't think that they make BAD beer, awesome stuff!

inlimbo77, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of marqoid
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an awesome regular release.
Enormous amounts of chocolate, smoke, and roasted malts. Mild hop bitterness and thick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for such a thick beer, it is thick but not heavy. This is one of the craft beers that I use to convert both wine and bud drinkers.

marqoid, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the flying saucer htown from notes, Deep brown 1 finger of good head with solid retention, caramel malt dominates the nose with some roasted characters, subtle chocolate brownie, not much of any hops, coffee flavors are present, medium body that is creamy and smooth which goes down easy without much carbonation. good brew definitely get it again and recommend for an easy porter.

JayAre46, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer through an outstanding trade with taturbo.

This is a dark beer, but not the darkest porter I've ever seen. There is light brown around the beer's edges. A thin tan head lasted mere seconds before haloing around the glass's edge. There was lacing at first, but the majority didn't stick.

Wow, potent chocolate sweetness. Also there are deep notes of black coffee, caramelized sugars, and vanilla to compliment the overwhelming chocolate. There is little ethanol and I wouldn't I expect there to be with such a modest abv of 5.2%.

The taste didn't follow through to match it's pungent aroma as I had hoped. Also, the beer didn't have the full, rich body I had desired. However, pungent flavors of malted barely with a touch of acid dryness in the aftertaste does make they beer drinkable.

I do like the balance this beer offers, light, almost watery, and very drinkable. It's a definition classic recipe for an american porter. Unfortunately, I enjoy a rich, creamy porter (even if it's not on nitro it can still be creamy!). Although the beer smelled sweet, it did not taste sweet. In fact the beer was quite bitter.
I would say this beer is light in body with very light carbonation.

I was expecting more from this beer given its A- overall and A+ by the Bros. I was expecting a porter that was world class. This beer was good, but still fell short of my expectations. There were no stand out qualities that set this beer apart from others I've had. Things I enjoyed were the dry finish and the relatively low abv.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of lakersfan16
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium tan head. Nice aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is medium bodied, hints of toasted/roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee taste.

Black Butte is one of my all time favorite porters. This is one of the beers that converted me to craft beer. I highly recommend it.

lakersfan16, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven’t had a bad Deschutes beer yet!

A: Dark amber appearance, slightly transparent accompanied with a one finger head from a hard pour.

S: Earthy, smoky malts.

T: Gotta say, to me it was VERY similar to the Obsidian Stout, with the only difference coming from its thickness.

M: Light and silky

O: Solid brew, but reminds me too much of its stout cousin.

tjkinate, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of marcusR111
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark cola like look. Head is about 1 or 1 and a half fingers thick. Creamy head.

S- At first I thought I got a hint of banana but could have been mistaken. I can smell chocolate malts, and it's a very smoky smell.

T- Very distinct smoky taste, can taste the chocolate and hop bitterness. Slight sweetness from the chocolate.

M- Good carbonation. Not watery at all, and the head is very creamy.

Serving type: Bottle

marcusR111, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, Deschutes is here in PA for Philly beer week. I hope it stays! Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A deep blackish color with a slight dark brownish color. Nice ring lacing stays in the glass.

S: Wow, heavy roasted malt, some slight chocolate, pepper, earthy hops and a hint of bready biscuit sweetness.

T: Roasted malt is heavy on the tongue to start. It mixes with some slight chocolate and coffee flavors and gets some slight pepper notes. Sweetness is purely biscuity and bready and gets hammered by the wonderful earthy hops. My bottle review notes lack of the hoppy flavors, but this tap version makes up for it....and then some! Finish is bitter with hops and oh so damn enjoyable. Freaking fantastic.

M: Medium mouthfeel, but perfect for this low abv offering. Nice bitterness, no alcohol.

O: Wow, what a fantastic porter that I could sit and drink all night. I just can't believe how much I enjoyed this beer. Fantastic.

Ok, my bottle review and this fresh tap review are night and day. Tap version is sooo much better. Before this, Edmund Fitz. from GL was my favorite porter, but I now believe this is a better beer....hoppier to boot. I just can't get over how great this was, awesome. I believe this has now just supplanted Edmund Fitz as the best everyday porter out there. Kudos Deschutes, I am now a huge fan.

Kadonny, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly a session beer at 5.2%. Light enough to enjoy on a summer day even.
Poured into a Reidel beer glass (recently re-discovered that I had them. A nice glass).
Nice "clean" roast aroma with coffee, chocolate and hints of hops. Very nice.
Very black with brown/red on the edges. Dense dark cap. Good looking. Moderately heavy lacing.
Lighter body but not shortage of flavor. Roast comes through without excess in dryness. Nicely hopped to add texture and balance.
Very nice drinking beer. Well rounded flavors. Beautifully balanced. Very drinkable.

garymuchow, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Blanco
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Blanco, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of stercomm
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

stercomm, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of FARGO619
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

FARGO619, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AwYeh, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ShogoKawada, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Franch
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Franch, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Devi0us
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. 

Devi0us, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mdaschaf, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

domtronzero, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of mvforegonian
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mvforegonian, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

acelin, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Jeffo, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of beerman207
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

beerman207, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Duff27, Jun 02, 2011
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,321 ratings.