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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,684
Reviews: 1,350
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 343
Gots: 582 | 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 Mahlik
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date is 6/10/12.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a nice a creamy two-finger, light tan head. Good head retention and excellent lacing.

S - A nice, rich malt character. The aroma is made up of a combination of roasted malts, charcoal, milk chocolate and coffee/espresso. The slightest bit of hops hit the nose as well.

T - Creamy milk chocolate reaches the palate first. Big roasted malts and subtle coffee notes come in. Nice bit of hops at the end give it some bitterness. Very balanced and enjoyable.

M - To call this beer "easy drinking" would be an understatement. Creamy and silky smooth. Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation.

O - This beer really stands out for me. An amazing porter that is so easy to drink. For beer so readily available, this beer is fantastic. I know it doesn't have the sex appeal of limited releases but this is a must try.

Mahlik, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BigD44
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BigD44, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev -4.3%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of sukwonee
5/5  rDev +19.6%

sukwonee, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of arcticstout
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap - pint glass

A: A nice dark brown, almost mahogany. Lets some light through. Very nice light tan head that hangs around and leaves lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malts, espresso, hops

T: Very mellow roasted malt flavor rounded out by hints of milk chocolate and coffee with a slight hoppiness. Very easy to drink.

M: Fairly light with an easy, smooth drinkability.

O: Overall one of my favorite porters. It's my "go-to" porter when I'm at the bar. A great beer to use to introduce non-porter/stout drinkers to the type.

arcticstout, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

jacknsally5148, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

HOPPYnotsad, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of hopburster
4/5  rDev -4.3%

hopburster, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of BigMilkDan
5/5  rDev +19.6%

BigMilkDan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

minneapolitanjim, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

OscarO67, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

BuddyLoveFosho, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber, almost opaque to light passing through the glass. The head is off-white, coarse, and retains well. The lacing is Belgian and pleasing to the sight.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and cocoa, lesser espresso notes as well. There is a faint hop presence, almost spectral.

Taste: Rich toasted malts, bitter cocoa, and cold coffee dominate the taste from start to finish. There is a moderate herbal hop presence late in the taste, which finds a graceful balance with the prominent malt flavors

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An exemplary example of an American Stout, very well-done.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jeff1973, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Beertracker, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

SquidVicious, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

2378GCGTG, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

977th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by: 5/20/12
Purchased a single from Total Wine, Brea, CA

App- A true dark brown color with some yellow and amber mixed in on the bottom. A giant 3 finger slow pillowy head. Huge lines of cling and lace all the way down the glass. A great looking beer.

Smell- Multi faceted and multi aromatics on this one. A small hop bitter. A little bit of roasted malts, some milk chocolate.

Taste- I liked this one a lot and I am glad I came back to it. Opens with some great malt notes in terms of roast and a little bit of chocolate. A staple of Deschutes is their small hop note and this carried through quite well.

Mouth- A little bit of a light/medium body with a paired medium carbonation. A perfect bit of bubbles with a great milk chocolate creamy feel.

Drink- I like this one alot. I am not always a fan of porters but when they are done right like this and like Samuel Smith. I will keep coming back to this one and Deschutes.

FosterJM, Dec 12, 2011
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,684 ratings.