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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,320
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 320
Gots: 434 | 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 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!

stxSS07, May 27, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
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.

OddNotion, May 27, 2011
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.

ElCommodoro, May 21, 2011
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

FreshmanPour77, May 20, 2011
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

MADhombrewer, May 20, 2011
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.

Soonami, May 19, 2011
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.

mltobin, May 18, 2011
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.

MonkeymooTJ, May 18, 2011
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!

dali27, May 15, 2011
Photo of BrianBoruma
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

16 oz pint poured into standard pint glass

A: Black, with ruby highlights when held to the light. Thin tan lacing.

S: Coffee and other roasty goodness. Definitely picking up the roasted malts, those smells predominate. Some hops are present but faint.

T: Sweetness from caramel malts leading to roasted chocolate and coffee finished off with some resiny hop presence. There's some delicate fruitiness there too, probably from yeast.

M: Medium full. A lot more carbonation than I expected, but given that it's on tap could be a bar thing. More carbonated than I expected given the style.

O: One of the best porters I've ever had. Quite drinkable.

BrianBoruma, May 14, 2011
Photo of HotHands
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Yay west coast beers!

A - pours jet black with a tan head.

S - roasty chocolate and coffee.

T - Follows nose with significant burnt roast flavors. A bit woodsy and a bit chocolatey. One of the more dry porters I've had with a good amount of hops... I think I prefer a touch of sweetness.

M - Carbonation is fine - feel is a bit creamy, which is nice.

Overall - a fine porter. I may prefer Great Lakes' and Smuttynose's takes on the style, but this is still solid.

HotHands, May 14, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Tulip glass.

Pours a dark coffee brown with a finger and a half of nice foam. Smell is roasted and chocolate malts with a slight burnt note. Taste is good, clean roasty malt. Solid carbonation on a medium body. Overall, this is a very drinkable porter that would pair excellently with a variety of foods.

pmarlowe, May 11, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
2.73/5  rDev -34.8%

Pours brown with a dark ruby edge with no head when it was delivered to my table. Faint notes of roasted malts and coffee, with a sour smell. Taste was just not good and feel that either there was an issue with glassware or the beer was infexted as it was very lean and watery and had a sour finish. Wouldnt mind trying again but cant do anything outside of considering this beer average and based on reviews that is a shame.

Trilogy31, May 09, 2011
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured a 12 ounce glass into a shaker pint glass. Best by freshness date of 10/10/11 clearly marked.

A: Nice, big creamy head that sticks around. Great chunky lacing tops a deep, dark body with just a hint of reddish tones. Not quite pitch black, pretty much spot on for what a well brewed porter should look like.

S: The nose is filled with some chocolate, a bit of caramel, vanilla pudding, and some roasted coffee. Just a touch of hops are hidden in the background.

T&M: Following the nose, but with a bit more pronounced roasted coffee and chocolate flavors than what I was able to pick up in the smell. Nice balance of flavors that range from the semi-roasted malts, to a note of wood, vanilla, charcoal, and some tingly, slightly grassy hops at the end to balance everything out. Some ester flavors shine through in the background that remind me of dark fruit. My only criticism of this nearly perfect porter may be just a bit too much carbonation in the mouthfeel. It's still very smooth, but man, I just have to be this picky with a beer I like so much.

D&Overall Notes: This and SN's Porter are the two American Style Porters that duke it out for my favorite. Both are world class, and I feel I really don't have to choose, as to me, Black Butte is a bit more of a hybrid porter, with characteristics of an English and American porter. Overall, this an awesome, drinkable porter. The flavors are just right, and while I complained a little about the carbonation above, this beer is by no means watery, and is a sheer joy to drink.

AustinBeerLvr, May 06, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured a nice opaque black with garnet hues tan head and good lacing.

Smooth roasty grain coffee and bitter chocolate seems the dominate aromas.

Again, Roasted grains bitter chocolate black coffee a creamy finish.

Wow!!! The mouthfeel here is outstanding, creamy soft and thick.

World class brew here for sure!

welldigger888, May 06, 2011
Photo of ghetto90007
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Had on tap, poured into a pint glass at Todd English P.U.B. in Las Vegas City Center.

Pitch black, thin tan head, good lacing.

Roasted malt and notes of coffee in the nose.

Tastes of intense roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate sweetness. Dry finish.

Sharp carbonation for a beer this medium to full-bodied.

Overall a very enjoyable and drinkable porter.

ghetto90007, May 03, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

This brew pours a dark cherry cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is very nice with aromas of dark belgian chocolate,bitter milky coffee and fruity hops,it has a rather smooth light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of bitter milky coffee first up followed by some mocha and finished with a slight hoppy fruitiness that is slightly bitter and overall its definately a nice hoppy american porter cheers.

ADZA, May 02, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours black with rose around the edges. Fairly light khaki head that fades semi quickly.

The smell is GREAT. Loads of coffee, caramel, and roasty chocolate.

The taste is along the lines of coffee with just enough bitterness to get by.

A solid beer that with 5.2% ABV you could drink a few and not have a problem.

Eriktheipaman, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Best by date on this says 4/7/11...20 days late shouldn't hurt this guy too badly.

A: Black pour with a full light brown head. retention is ok but the lacing is nice.

S: Caramel malts with a slight roastiness and some coffee in the smell. Chocolate is mixed in there as well.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts start this off. It seems to be almost smokey. Nice coffee finish lingers with you until your next sip.

MF: Heavy body with the right amount of carbonation. No hint of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O: Better than most of the porters I've had to this point. The watered down thing I normally experience is non existant. Roastiness and dryness takes over.

russwbeck, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark brown and ruby with a thin light tan head. Looks relatively thin and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. While relatively pretty in color, the body looks lacking and there's not much show on the glass.

That being said, the remaining aspects of this beer really shine. The aroma is a powerful one consisting of roasted malts, roasted coffee, some chocolate, and a bit of hops. If anything, there's actually too much roasted malt and coffee presence here, as it overwhelms much of anything else, but that being what it is, it's a fantastic and welcoming aroma.

There's more bitterness and hop presence here than I would have expected after smelling this beer. Though the beer is still mainly roasted malt, coffee, an essence of chocolate finds its way in. An accessible and delicious porter, and remarkably flavorful for having such low alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and the alcohol content, perhaps a touch thinner than where I would love it to be; all in all, very good.

An extremely delicious porter that packs a lot of flavor in a small package. This is the type of beer that converts people to craft. Well done!

ehammond1, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of JonathanG
4/5  rDev -4.5%

12-ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass. "Best by 9-19-11" on bottle.

A: Nicely dark brown in color, with tan lacing/head. Bad pour on my part, not pouring much of a head.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee on the nose, along with a hint of smoke and charcoal, like the bits stuck to the grill grate. Also reminiscent of a Tootsie Roll and vanilla too.

T: More charcoal and definitely get the carbonized-grilled-meat-stuck-to-the-grate flavors. Then it moves on to the Tootsie Roll like flavor again, along with the roasted malt and burnt caramel.

M: I enjoy the dryness of the hop profile here. There is a hint of sweetness upfront, then the hops kick in to dry things out, while the finish leaves a faint impression of sweetness, but again the hops are there for balance. Pretty nice acidity for a porter. Dark-roasted malt flavors linger on the finish.

O: I have never been much of a porter guy, but if I can find others like this Deschutes Black Butte Porter, I'd certainly try them.

JonathanG, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev -4.5%

This was the main beer I wanted in a trade with miikezombie(Thanks).

A-Very dark brown color, almost black, with a little red showing through. Nice head, but it faded quickly, OK lacing.

S-First thing I pick up is coffee, with some chocolate and caramel.

T-Just like the smell.

M-Creamy and Smooth

D-At only 5.2% ABV I could drink a lot of these.

Overall-A pretty tasty porter, but not quite as good as Edmund Fitz and Founders Porter.

mater, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

not quite black beer with a deep red hue when held to light. almost a reddish brown. head is thin foamy tan with nice lacing.

light cocoa aroma. very nice. very smooth.

taste is mellow starting with delicate chocolate/cocoa. middile shows incredible balance. full malt without being too sweet. nice clean bitterness. finish has a hint of dry roastiness. perfect.

mouthfeel is at just the right level. smooth yet not so full that it feels like a bigger beer than it really is. meaning i could quite happily enjoy very much of this.

an excellent porter. and another winner from deschutes. they are starting top push into my group of favorite breweries.

joecast, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Had this on tap at the Tav in Ellensburg

A Pours a dark brown with some reddish tinge in it. The head is mediumsh but the lacing is good.

S In the nose you get notes of chocolate, coffee, and roast malts.

T The taste on this one is excellent. You get notes chocolate and coffee, but mostly a very nice roasty flavor.

M This has a nice medium body, that is really easy to drink.

Overall this is a great porter and one of my all time go to beers. It tastes good, its a great session beer because its so easy to drink and its widely available all over the northwest at reasonable prices. So if you find yourself in the NW drink this you will be happy you did.

beerandcycling88, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Pours a nice red ruby colour with an off white head that does retain and lace the glass.

S - Small amounts of roasted malt a little chocolate and coffe as well

T - Nice balance between raosted and sweetness in the malt. Coffee and Chocolate also present with some dark fruit, very smooth on the finish.

M - Medium body and low carbonation that contributes to this beer being so very smooth.

O - Loved this beer and could drink it all night long.

eric5bellies, Apr 18, 2011
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,320 ratings.