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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,244
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 315
Gots: 420 | 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 Schmittymack


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

On tap at Old Chicago Westy in a shaker glass. Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a creamy head. Smelled of coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste of black coffee and bitter chocolate with a very smooth, drier finish. One of my go-to brews when at my watering hole; goes great with a half shot of Chambord added to make a GREAT raspberry porter. Good job, Deschutes.

10-17-2010 05:09:22 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of fourplayed


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz bottle pours into 16 oz Glass

pours nearly black with a thin heavy head.

Nice Rich Smell of chocolate, burnt smokiness, hops, nutty...great blend.

Tastes of chocolate sweetness, hops, burnt smoke, malts..again a nice blend.

Mouthful is nice and light syrupy feel, very low carbonation. finishes dry with a little bitterness and chocolate...lip smakin' good.

Overall a very good porter. I first tried this in Washington during a businees trip. Buried 2 six packs in my carry on and still find the need to have a six pack or two during the year! Cheers

10-12-2010 15:43:15 | More by fourplayed
Photo of tchenery


4.4/5  rDev +5%

Nice cola-like color to this with a staying off-white head.

Smells like bitter chocolate at first with a bit of herbal hoppiness to it. Definitely some burnt toast smells in there as well. Very bready.

Very, very full tasting beer. Most notably is the dark chocolate that comes over first, with a nice toasted marshmallow flavor accentuated by the rich fluffy head. This would make a perfect beer-float. There's mild hop bitterness on the end, and some residual sweetness as well.

Full-bodied, very tasty. I had a bad porter last week and the comparison really isn't even there. This style of beer is amazing when done appropriately, and Deschutes succeeds.

10-11-2010 21:01:14 | More by tchenery
Photo of nickhiller


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

A: pours black with no head or lacing, might have been a bad pour though.

S: coffee, nutty, red meat, smoke.

T: bitter chocolate and black coffee aftertaste, warming, sweet but not too sweet.

M: dry, sharp carbonation, medium body. It's lighter than a Stout, as it should be, but not at all watery.

D: pretty much the perfect Porter, I love Deschutes.

10-11-2010 03:55:28 | More by nickhiller
Photo of carpezytha


3.1/5  rDev -26%

Served in tulip

A: Deep ebony body with good head that reduces itself to a thin film.
S: Husks, nuts and smoky coffee.
T: A decent smoky malt with a slightly metallic (not unpleasantly so) finish. No hops evident. Some veg and stones there in the middle with earthy notes.
M: Not well carbonated but should not be overly so for this style.
D: I will come back to this but today I was not overly impressed. Anchor and others still make a much better daily drinking porter. There is just nothing about this that is that memorable is all.

10-09-2010 02:27:08 | More by carpezytha
Photo of 13smurrf


5/5  rDev +19.3%

I am new to this so I am not sure how to do this,
the appearance was a very dark chocolate looking
with a nice head on it

smell, at this point in my drinking carrier I can't tell
but I know it smells very good

taste, so far it has been the best Porter that I have tasted

mouth feel -- I wish I had one right now!!!

drink ability- Deschutes has become my favorite brewery so far I have tried four kinds of beers from them and I have not been disapointed !!!

10-06-2010 00:54:34 | More by 13smurrf
Photo of porterplease62


5/5  rDev +19.3%

picked up a six pack at wal-mart of all places.

rich chocolatey malty deliciousness. a slight tan head, though i like to pour mine with none at all. a taste of bitter citrus, but oh so smooth.

great on a cold winter day, or any day you feel like having a robust dark beer that's not too filling.

10-04-2010 07:04:48 | More by porterplease62
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a deep, dark brown bordering on black with a thin film of beige head.

Lot of roast and chocolate in the aroma with a hint of caramel.

The taste follows, with a dry roast and baker's chocolate offset by some caramel sweetness. Maybe a hint of molasses in there too.

Medium bodied, very smooth. Finishes dry.

Not quite the wow beer I was expecting, but a deliciously drinkable porter and then some.

10-01-2010 23:26:29 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of olympuszymurgus


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

My go-to beer these days. Roasty, hearty, warming on a cool day yet refreshing on a warm one. It pours with a small head, fitting well in a pint glass and perfectly on your soul.

Normally ten bucks a twelve pack, drinks well warm or cold, a beer I can get behind. Gets even tastier with a dash of bourbon...

09-30-2010 17:42:52 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Nice brew. Pours a near black with a one finger tan head that has great retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma is of coffee and toasted grains. Coffee dominates the substance that the aroma presents, but it's not all that heavy.

Taste is better than the aroma. Coffee again most notable, but still toasted grains, and a nice hit of caramel that adds a touch of sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, but a little thin. Nice level of carbonation. Solid, drinkable porter. Well made.

09-29-2010 19:13:27 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - lighter black with brown edging. fizzy light tan head with decent lacing.

S - Roast malt, some coffee and grains. Also a touch of bitterness and chocolate.

T - Strong roast coffee, some chocolate, and some bitter hops with a decent malty flavor.

M - A little thin but well carbonated. The coffee is all over this beer, almost a little too much.

D - Easy drinker, not too heavy. Fairly smooth and you can't notice any alcohol, which is nice.

09-28-2010 14:37:29 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of JMad


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color, two finger off white head that left awesome lacing.
Sweet smelling with roasted chocolate.
More roasted chocolate flavor, sweet and bitter.
Feels medium bodied and has good carbonation.
This is a very flavorful beer, one of the best in the porter category.

09-25-2010 19:48:39 | More by JMad
Photo of chumba526


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Appears black with a tan head.

It smells slightly smoky, caramel like, vanilla like, and coffee like.

It tastes much like the smell. There is a smooth coffee flavor. A subtle caramel flavor. A slight vanilla flavor. A subtle bitterness. This is very well balanced it is quite creamy.

The carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is very good. The balance of the beer makes it go down smooth.

Overall a very good porter. In my opinion there should be slightly bolder flavors in the beer. But it is still an excellent and very drinkable smooth porter.

09-25-2010 03:52:51 | More by chumba526
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Very dark red, like some sort of liquid Evil Eye. It is a beautiful color, I do like it, but it is light on color for a porter.
Light roast, chocolate, caramelized and toasted malts and a slightly spicy hop character in the background.
Delivers a robust, creamy and full flavor highlighted by chocolate and caramel with a pleasant toastiness. Exceptional in its flavor, though not exceedingly complex. It finishes a touch dry even through the creamy sweetness. Yes, and yes, Deschutes.

Sorry to hear about the fate of the XXII. Here is the name of a doctor who will look at it for you. You will receive no bill. He's a good man, Deschutes, and thorough.

09-22-2010 04:22:24 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of malthegal


4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Pours a rich dark brown, almost black, hue. Nice off-white head. The lacing is relatively thin.

S - Very robust, yet not overwhelming, aroma of rich espresso, with chocolate undertones.

T - A definite robust taste of coffee, supported by some chocolate hints. Low IBU, nicely done balancing hops.

M - Medium-bodied, very smooth, velvety. Decent amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, I could certainly enjoy more than one in a sitting.

09-21-2010 14:52:44 | More by malthegal
Photo of camp0474


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours a deep dark brown to black color. Nice tan head which recedes to leave some nice oils on the glass.

S: Great smells of toasted malts and faint coffee. Also some faint sweetness present.

T: Toasted malt and faint coffee take the front seat with some well balanced sweetness. Notes of sweet cream, caramelized sugar and some chocolate. Some slight flavors of dark fruit towards the end. Hops present but almost undetectable. Great balance of dry bitterness and sweet creaminess.

M/D: Medium body and great carbonation. Crispy carbonation then a very smooth mouthfeel as the sweetness lingers.
No dry finish from the toasted malts... well done. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy.
Very drinkable and very well done.

09-18-2010 03:40:14 | More by camp0474
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured into a tulip pint: Very dark brown, near black, with deep ruby highlights around the edges under two fingers of foamy, cavernous mocha head that drops to a finger & retains well, leaving stretches of lacing.

Smell is, mmm, roasty toasty, with nutty coffee & semi-sweet chocolate notes. Not real strong, but not hidden either, nicely balanced with mildly leafy hops. Good stuff.

Taste moderate caramel up front, slightly cola-like, that soon gives way to medium roast malt character, a little licorice, & again, nutty, coffee, chocolate. On the "cool" side, not real rich, but definitely present. Aftertaste is roasty, moderately bitter, with some dark fruits, a little raisin & plum.

Medium-bodied, goes down pretty smooth, & thickens the spit with some residual sugars.

Drinkability = yes! This packs the flavor into a very accessible & smooth little beer. Very impressed.

09-14-2010 22:10:56 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of IKR


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance - Dark Brown to Black coloration with 1 finger white head

Smell -Smells of roast malts with a scent of coffee . Not a really strong aroma but smells good.

Taste - Authentic Porter taste consisting of moderate roast flavors, chocolate and slight coffee flavors. The roast taste is in line with the Porter style not as upfront as a stout but a restrained version of a dry stout. Not overly complex.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - The beer's overall goodness adds up to a beer that makes the perfect session pint, you could go on and on with this one.

My preference is for the bigger bolder beers, I have had Black Butte XXI several times and love the stuff. That being said I can get a glimpse of Black Butte XXI's flavor profile with this beer. Definitely less complex and flavorful but a very good porter that I'll have again.

09-13-2010 19:16:08 | More by IKR
Photo of biglite351


3.45/5  rDev -17.7%

A - light through the middle of the glass. Tall off white head leaving heavy lacing.

S - relatively standard porter scent. Malts and chocolate with a bitter end.

T - different. Malts with some chocolate with hidden coffee and hops.

M - no real coating or tingle, a bit thin.

D - rather easily drinkable.

09-10-2010 01:42:55 | More by biglite351
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.99 / ea.

A: Deep, opaque brown body with a big loose head that quickly dissipates with only light lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Mocha aroma with a distinct roasted malt character. Solid porter, style guideline to a tee.

T: Coffee character dominates over a dark roasted malt backbone. Just enough hop character to balance, and very little aftertaste.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very smooth bordering on crisp.

D: Great session brew for the dark beer crowd. Goes down easy, and doesn't leave an offense taste on the palate.

O: Deschutes proves itself to me on a consistent basis. The hype is well justified.

09-07-2010 01:42:58 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of brewdub17


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Strong dark brown body, that shows a burgundy hue when held to light. The head is a thick beige that creates a beautiful lace around the glass.

Smell: A strong roasted malt flavor comes first, then a fresh note of the hops at the end. It is a delicate but full smell nonetheless.

Taste: Rich creamy tastes are noticeable first and are followed by the freshness from the hops in the end. The taste nearly mimics the description of this brew. A good piece of work.

Mouthfeel: A very clean, crisp feel covers the mouth, very unexpected for such a tasty porter.

Drinkability: The first thing I thought about and rated when I took the first sip. The wonderful balance of the flavors make it hard not to want to enjoy another. (btw, it took me two to write this review)

09-06-2010 22:37:11 | More by brewdub17
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to djmichaelk for this one.
Enjoyed in a brandy snifter

A - Dark brown colour, slightly translucent, 3/4 of a finger of light espresso coloured head.

S - Light roasted malts with a slight coffee presence. A somewhat light nose.

T - Roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate flavours. The overall palate was very good but at times it seemed a little bit light. A very slight hop presence was noted as well.

M - Light body, lightly carbonated.

D - This was an interesting beer. On one hand it was very good and I would definitely love to drink this one again. On the other hand, it seemed like it was so close to being a great porter but didn't' quite get there. I tasted this side-by-side with an Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and that Edmund was definitely the superior beer.

09-04-2010 14:04:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of lifeboyq


3.98/5  rDev -5%

12 oz bottle poured into an Allagash tulip. medium tan head with minimal to some lacing. Beer color is a mahogany. You really have to try to take in the smell as it doesnt hit you hard on the nose. There are coffee, toffee chocolate malt notes with a little hop bite. Taste is better than the nose but with similar flavors. While this is an excellent session porter, I cant give it world class marks that you find in more complex offerings. Great beer but far from amazing and but no where near world class. Wonderful value beer and maybe one of the best values out there at $6.99 a six pack.

09-02-2010 01:17:55 | More by lifeboyq
Photo of klikger


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz bottle served in a tulip

A - Dark brown, almost black in color; has a decent off-white head and modest lacing.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and dried cherries.

T - Roasted malt, creamy milk chocolate, and some floral hops. Ends with dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Tasty.

M - Creamy, yet medium-bodied. Good carbonation.

D - Low ABV and great mouthfeel. Not too sweet either - well done.

09-02-2010 00:36:01 | More by klikger
Photo of seh410


3.58/5  rDev -14.6%

Appearance: Thin, blackish brown consistency. Looks a lot like Coca Cola actually. No lacing, about a finger's worth of whitish head.

Aroma: Roasted, nutty and malty aroma with some hints of mild chocolate in the background. There's a slight hot alcohol scent in the nose that does not translate into the taste.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of burnt malt with a slight caramel hint. It's very roasty with maybe the slightest hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel, however, is extremely thin and that affects the way I'm tasting the beer. It feels/seems extremely watery. The lack of creamy fullness really tastes away from this porter.

Notes: This is extremely drinkable. I'd give it a 5 for how easily it goes down, but the fact that it is so thin makes me not want to drink it... so, 4.

09-01-2010 22:19:16 | More by seh410
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