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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,201
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 312
Gots: 399 | 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 shadow1961


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Deschutes Black Butte Porter pours a couple of fingers of foam over a deep black brew. The liquid is a little too inky to gauge carbonation, but the nose is pretty typical porter- toasted dark malts and mocha (not that that's a bad thing). Flavor is typical too- dark toast, molasses, mocha, with a little of that charred bread flavor and herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and round, but not heavy, drying out just a bit. Altogether, a very nice easy-drinking porter.

05-04-2010 07:59:27 | More by shadow1961
Photo of pmccallum86


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a brownish color with a medium sized bubbly head that has some nice lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa. Pretty good here but the aroma is not as strong as I would like.

Taste is just like the smell. Smooth roasted malts, bitter chocolates, some light coffee notes. The flavor here is a little lighter than I want, but a very solid beer none the less.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, smooth and creamy. Very nice drinking beer.

Wow, drinkablility here is out of this world. This would be a great session beer.

05-02-2010 02:36:57 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

A- Really dark brown with a healthy tan head.

S- The smell of roasted malts and coffee.

T- A very smooth blend of roasted malts with an earthiness that leads into a subtle sweetness of molasses and hazelnut.

M- Great body that is a little less dense than most porters, which is good for enhancing the flavors.

D- Very drinkable for the style because of the nutty aftertaste. The low ABV also bodes well for the drinkability.

05-01-2010 06:26:40 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
Photo of dwilson01


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass.
Here's my disclaimer just so you know, I've had it before and I love it, great brew for the price. If you live in Santa Barbara all the places in IV sell it for 6.99 a 6er, best beer for the price in the store in my opinion.

The name describes the appearance quite well, it's dark black in the body coloring which you can faintly see through when it's held up to a light, turns it a hellishly badass fading ember deep red tint. The head appears as creamy brownish froth which dissipates at a constant rate leaving a nice film on the top as well as excellent lacing.

The smell is dark roasted barley malt all the way, gives it a slightly burnt hint with definite coffee bean in there. The crystal malt provides the smoother chocolatey scent, a tad of caramel comes through but mostly it's roasted, and smoky scent.

The taste takes the smell to a whole new level, the roasted coffee dominates completely in the beginning and I swear there has got to be quite a bit of added hardness from some piney bittering hop additions in the wort boil. Adds a great balance to that initial flavor. The Roasted coffee pine hop bite is smoothed out by a sweet chocolate flavor which I barely note in the smell.

The feel is so much more than I would expect out of a dollar per brew six pack. Not at all thin, natural carbonation keeps it lightened enough for the flavors to impart their goodness and the smoothness of the choc malt gives you something to chew on.

Drinkable? dude, not a question, this is a dank brew and one of my favorites I need to pick up a case or something, always forget how good it is.

04-29-2010 08:35:47 | More by dwilson01
Photo of hardy008


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Dark brown with some ruby highlights and a 2 finger light tan head. Smells of roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor is just like the aroma, with the chocolate malt being the stronger of the two flavors.

Light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, and easy to drink. This is not a complex beer, but is quite good.

04-29-2010 01:51:10 | More by hardy008
Photo of Tucquan


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Had this on draft at the brew pub in Portland, OR on 2010-02-02

A - Deep, dark brown with a darkish tan head.

S - Mild but you can smell a little sweet caramel

T - Taste is of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, anise and a bit of hop bitterness to balance things out. Delicious

M - Body is light to medium and the carbonation is surprisingly medium to high, giving this porter a nice creaminess.

D - Fresh at the brew pub, it's hard to beat this brew. Definitely worth having more than one if you have the time and place.

04-27-2010 17:38:09 | More by Tucquan
Photo of ghostee


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours black with minimal off-white colored head that receded quickly.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Smell is not very strong.

This tastes lighter than I was expecting. The coffee and chocolate come through in the taste, along with the malts. Very faint hops in the background.

Mouthfeel... this is very light bodied. Also exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability is high. This goes down very easy.

Overall, this is a delicious sessional porter. None of the flavors are overpowering, it's perfectly blended, and no hint of alcohol at all. I could drink quite a few of these.

04-27-2010 00:44:05 | More by ghostee
Photo of Arenbeer


4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Thanks alot to Loki83 for this one!!!

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a real dark brown in the light but presents itself as a solid black. On top is a 1 finger brown head that doesn't last to long. A lot of carbonation in this brew, bubbles all down the side of the glass and a quickly disappearing head. Looks just like a coke haha.

S- Nothing to crazy here, sweet chocolate and coffee notes with some slight char.

T- Roasted dark malts compliment some bitter sweet chocolate and coffee. Real simple but flavorful.

M- This brew has a medium light body to it that is insanely easy to drink. Consuming this beer is like drinking water, there's no heaviness to it at all. Has a higher carbonation level that really tickles the toungue, and leaves you with little bitter dryness in the finish.

Overall this is a great porter. I could drink this beer all day long no problem. The low abv and light body make it probably one of the most drinkable porters there is. A great starter for a newer BA as well as an excellent session beer.


04-25-2010 21:11:03 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of kruse


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Had on tap in a shaker pint.
A- very dark brown to near black. Minimal off- white head; one of the thinnest heads I've seen. What there was disappeared quickly.
S - nice coffee aroma. No hop aroma.
T - initial taste is coffee, followed by a sharpness from the toasted barley. Hop bitterness kicks in at the end.
M - mouthfeel is a bit thin. Very light carbonation.
D - quite drinkable. A decent porter, but there are better examples of the style.

04-25-2010 02:47:40 | More by kruse
Photo of imperialstout27


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours very dark, almost black. Aggressive pour yields a two finger beige head. Some sediment visible at the bottom of the glass and floating around the beer. Light layer of foam as I drank down the glass.

S: I can smell it as soon as I pour. Inviting mocha, roast coffee grains.

T: Coffee, roastiness, dark chocolate, light char. Light hints of dark fruit emerge from under the roasted flavors on the midpalate, especially as it warms. A nice, moderate, hop bitterness develops here and carries on to the finish. Leaves a pleasant light bitterness. Bold, and drier than some other porters.

M: Nice medium body. Well done. Carbonation is light to moderate - what I expect from a porter.

D: Very easily sessionable. Drier than some porters whose sweetness can become fatiguing over time. Bold and robust without being thick. A great everyday drinking porter. Very quaffable and tasty, and easy to drink all day long.

Overall, a great porter with an extremely well integrated flavor profile and mouthfeel. Nothing's out of balance. A really good job.

04-25-2010 01:02:30 | More by imperialstout27
Photo of urwithdave


3.78/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to a generous trader for throwing this in as an extra. Drank from my cigar city snifter.

A- pours dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. 3/4" of off white head that disappears quite fast. Minimal lacing.

A- roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.

T- follows the nose. I get roasted malts with the first sip. There are hints of chocolate, toffee, and just a tad bit of hops.

M- medium bodied. A little overcarbonated, it takes away from the smoothness.

D- it's not bad, I could drink a few without hesitation. Just not my favorite style.

04-23-2010 10:28:30 | More by urwithdave
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Brought back from Portland by Purple Cloud -- thanks dude!!

A: near opaque, with ever-so-slight reddish hue
S: very nice roasted malt, toffee notes, malt nose dominates
T: now this is a traditional porter! chewy, chocolatey, very nice roasted malt, not overpowered with hop bitterness like most American porters
M: great mouthfeel, velvety
D: very, very drinkable - nice roasted malt/earthy taste up front with good hop balance

04-23-2010 01:33:08 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a brown color with a reddish hue, good sized frothy light brown head, lacing throughout. Aroma is caramel, sweet, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet and roasted malts, milk chocolate, with an almost rye-like spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium, a little oily, and smooth finish. Good porter, plenty of flavor.

04-22-2010 00:29:31 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours black but clear with some ruby highlights (like a real porter should show when held to light) Moderate cap and lace. Soft carbonation.

Nice nose of roast grains some coca and sweetness, grassiness clean aroma.

A decent new world porter...enough roast/cocoa/coffee and some complimentary hopping a good dose of caramalt verging on sweet but not cloying, nice nutty discernment, some fruity esters like dark dried fruit...longish wet finish.

A good porter in the new world Micro tradition and well made

04-22-2010 00:27:05 | More by pootz
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, but it doesn't quite seem to be black; relatively clear off the pour. Big, light head rose nicely, light brown in color. Head retained OK.

S-Chocolate reigns over this aroma, semi-sweet and estery.

T-The flavor is stacked with chocolate, sweet and grainy in character, it almost reminds me of a chocolate milk powder. Yummy. Bitterness is minimal, probably just providing a minimal amount of balance.

S-Moderate, almost medium-light body, with a carbonation that at times seemed just a bit too much.

D-A delightful example of porter, making this one quite drinkable and enjoyable.

04-20-2010 17:03:55 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of KeefD


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a dark brown color with amber edges when held to the light, small white head that's gone quickly leaving little lace. Nice malty, somewhat roasty aroma with some hints of chocolate and a touch of hops. This is an easy drinking, superbly balanced American Porter. Malty, but not too sweet, a nice dose of chocolate with some light caramel, and a tiny underpinning of hops to keep things even-keeled. Medium body, light carbonation makes it a quaffing beer. Will be buying this one often at this price tag. Nice brew.

04-18-2010 21:24:41 | More by KeefD
Photo of gatornation


3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

poured from a bomber into a goblet the color was black cherry with a fresh beige ring some nice clinging lacing..the smell was fresh toffee and caramel some chocolate and some coffee and toast..the taste was toffee ,chocolate,spice ,licorice and malt balanced with some hops (as it this porter warms) it is well balanced ..the mouth feel is medium for a porter a little on the dry and sweet side but overall a great representation of the style very drinkable/enjoyable..i recommend this one on a style that is not my favorite

04-18-2010 20:10:43 | More by gatornation
Photo of dtivp


4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

Enjoyed this beer on tap at the Yard House in San Antonio.

Served in a pint glass, poured a very dark brown with a small tan head with a long lasting lacing.

Very sweet aroma of chocolate with burnt coffee.

The taste of this porter did not disappoint. Nice strong coffee with chocolate and roasted malt. The hops with very slight bitterness came out towards the end of the beer.

Very smooth, creamy medium body beer with moderate carbonation. Exactly what a porter should be.

This is a top of the class porter. Deschutes please make your beer more available in the east. Thanks for a great porter.

04-18-2010 17:11:03 | More by dtivp
Photo of bsp77


4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark ruby black with light tan head and some very nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate galore with some coffee, licorice and sweet roasted malts.

Taste: Very chocolaty roasted malts which is rounded out by coffee, caramel and light hops. The hops become more evident at the end, as the roasted malts also become more bitter and dry. Fantastic balance of sweet and dry.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is very smooth and creamy, with a somewhat dry finish. Perfect body for a Porter.

Drinkability: Fantastic Porter in all respects. This is the Porter I have been looking for, as I finally don't care that the SA Holiday Porter does not come in its own six packs.

04-18-2010 14:06:07 | More by bsp77
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

Typed up from notes written by my girlfriend at the Yardhouse in Las Vegas

A - Black with redish tint, small white head rests on top

S hint of caramel and a smidge of chocolate

T - Bitter dark chocolate mixed with coffee body. Very full and flavorful. Probably the best tasting porter either one of us has had.

M - Medium body with a slightly above average carbonation

D - Really easy drinking and packed full of flavor. If this was available in my area my girlfriend and I would have this in the fridge at all times.

04-16-2010 20:38:04 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of PurpleCloud


3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

A: Opaque black with a light tan and foamy head. Very good!

S: Sweet and hoppy, what you'd expect from porter. Good, but nothing special.

T: Good. Despite the smell, low on hops. Certainly not a strong taste, but pleasant with hints of burnt barley.

M: Average. Maybe a bit high on the carbonation.

D: Light enough to drink for awhile despite its dark appearance.

Overall: I like Black Butte Porter. The appearance is fantastic and by far the beer's best attribute. Obsedian black with fine head! The taste is good, but leaves much to be desired. Needs more barley flavor in my opinion. Smell is average and won't turn heads, but the drinkability is very good. I would recommend Black Butte to friends as the taste is good and the appearance is great. Certainly a beer to try while in Oregon!

04-16-2010 03:21:04 | More by PurpleCloud
Photo of Liverpool08


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a nice deep brown. Very light carbonation. great aroma of malt and roasted coffee. Taste follows with hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. A VERY smooth and creamy Porter that makes a easy beer to drink. Probably the best Porter I have had to date. I only wish I could get them here in Mass.

04-15-2010 00:12:46 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of samie85


4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Reviewed from notes, 4/12.

A-Pours a dark brown with med. brown, three finger head.

S-Chocolate and mild roasted malt notes, some vanilla and a hint of a woody character. This smells delicious.

T-Roasted upfront with some chocolate in the middle and a combination of roasted and dark chocolate that exude a mildly bitter finish. Perfectly balanced between sweet maltiness and roasted bitterness.

M-Silky mouthfeel with prickly carbonation and a medium body

D-This is one tasty, sessionable, insanely drinkable porter. This would be a regular in my fridge were it distributed to my neck of the woods.

04-13-2010 22:59:49 | More by samie85
Photo of mrstevens


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

A: Dark brown with a light colored head.

S: sweet hints of coffee, chocolate and nuts

T: Roasted coffee, chocolate malts, a little watered down tasting.

M: Soft, well carbonated

D: A little too watered down tasting for me, but overall not a bad drinking beer.

04-13-2010 00:13:12 | More by mrstevens
Photo of Mdog


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance: Brown, deep read when held to light, good head and lacing.

Smell: Light mocha, a little floral note.

Taste: Nice roasted flavor, some mocha sweetness and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: Quite tasty, nice price.

This is a very tasty porter, and it reminds me that porters used to be one of my favorite styles before getting into hoppy beers. Nice roasted flavor without being too heavy. Good stuff.

04-11-2010 23:46:29 | More by Mdog
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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