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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,492
Reviews: 1,341
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 330
Gots: 510 | FT: 14
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 megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: roasted malts, some chocolate, and slight hop with a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a nice porter. The roasted and chocolate flavors are nicely balanced. Hops are fairly faint on the palate, but the underlying sweetness is just enough.

megahurts4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard porter. Dark brown, almost black. Decent foam as well.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. Very malty and sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Well-balanced flavor of the usual chocolate, coffee, and fruit notes. Mouthfeel is too thin for the flavor.

Drinkability: Since it's not too thick, it's easy to drink.

Overall: Respectable porter.

tjsdomer2, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of MEsoJD
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark/ruby body with a small head that quickly dissipates.

S: Chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, and roasted sweet malt.

T: Taste of milk chocolate, malt, vanilla, very low hop presence, caramel, hazelnut and some dark fruit.

M: Silky smooth, mild carbonation, low alcohol presence, and light/medium body.

O: One of the best, if not thy best porter I've had so far. Very enjoyable brew. It's the definition of smooth. Packed with many flavors, this is tasty. Yes I would buy again and recommend.

MEsoJD, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of DogfishJoe
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours with a nice frothy head about 1 fingers worth and sticks around for a while.

S. Smells like roasty malt with bittersweet chocolate.

T. Wow is this easy to drink, light mouth feel with great roasted malt, chocolate and ends with coffee bitterness.

O. Awesome beer not much else you could ask for from a porter.

DogfishJoe, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of scottbrew4u
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a luscious black color with garnet highlights and great clarity with just the hint of light coming through. The head is a frothy towering tan spectacle that takes it's time settling. This beer leaves tremendous lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

S: Robust roasted malt aromas that hint of chicory, chocolate, ash, roasted nuts, and a touch of smoke. There is much depth there and it keeps from being overly roasted or burnt smelling. A nod to some earthy hops just to balance it all out. Wow deep breaths for this one and it lures you in even more.

T: Ashy, but not burnt, with chocolate and coffee with cream, chicory, and just a touch of smoke. Pleasant earthy and spicy hops ad such a nice bitterness with the dark roasted malt bitterness.

M: Velvety smooth medium to full body, with just enough carbonation for the style. It is right on for what a porter should be, smooth, luscious, but not too heavy.

D: So wonderfully balanced and deep for a porter. This beer just beckons you to drink. Especially delicious as it warms up a bit. Well done and so glad to have this one again after so many years! Overall the best porter I have ever experienced!

scottbrew4u, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black, one finger head that isn't as tan or creamy brown as you'd expect.

S-Lots of roasted malt and burt notes.

T-Similar to the nose with the roasted malt and burt tones. Some chocolate is in there as well with solid bitterness in the finish.

M-Smooth and creamy with some carbonation.

O-A great porter, possibly the best I've had so far.

rlee1390, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ncsutton
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - Poured into a standard pint glass, dark color, good head

s - very light smell, of roasted espresso, and some of milk chocolate

t - tastes of malt and chocolate flavors, also a bit of a coffee taste. It has a bittersweet finish to it

m - full bodied beer, its amazingly smooth and creamy, not to much in the way of carbonation

o - great beer, a porter that most will enjoy even if your not a fan of porters

ncsutton, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 1/28/2012. Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand" pint glass. Dark brown in color. Highlights are a much lighter brown and allow just enough light to see the tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a very large three finger head. The head is light brown and very creamy in appearance. The head lays down fairly quick and leaves quite a nice lace on the glass.

Smell is of medium roasts. Coffee and brown sugar. Maybe just a hint of chocolate. Also just a bit of pine resin.

Taste is a lot like the smell. There is coffee, molasses, some dried cherries and a hint of hop resin. All flavors that I expect in a great stout, but just a bit mellowed. Kind of like Obsidian Light.

Mouth is great. Carbonation is spot on and quite enjoyable. The flavors aren't overpowering, just great and bright for the style.

Overall I must say that I have been drinking this for six or seven years and have loved it from day one. I always just drink this from the bottle, but poured it for this review. With it being so great out of the bottle it makes it a great beer to take to a get together. No glassware needed and the BMC guys wont touch it. Ha! Ha! win, win. This overall score reflects everything. Taste, Availability, Drinkability and Price.

azdback, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Near black and almost transparent, with only ruby red poking through when held up directly to light. Pours a substantial khaki head that settles quickly and leaves good lacing.

Smell: Not very strong. Very sweet, pleasant malt scents -- caramel and toffee, a little bit of roastiness, no discernible hops.

Taste: Disappointingly thin and watery. Bittersweet malt, with dark roast balancing the caramel/toffee. A little bit of soy sauce. Not much in the way of hops. Overall, similar to the smell but less sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin and prickly, though the carbonation doesn't overwhelm the flavor.

Overall: Okay, but not a good value. I expect more from a porter.

fountainofyouth, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 10/03/11. Pours clear dark brown color with a small, fairly dense 1 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a ring of lacing. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, and vanilla. Decent aromas with decent strength. Taste of tons of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, bitter coffee, and some vanilla. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. A small amount of prickliness from the carbonation, but does not detract from the mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy drinking. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish as expected. Overall, a very nice porter; my first from Deschutes as well.

superspak, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on nitro tap at deschutes pub. served in a pint glass. from notes.

a - came to the table looking like dessert. a dark brown liquid with some slight red highlights topped off by a thick, creamy, tan head. retention is excellent and leaves thin sheets of lacing in the glass.

s - nose of roasted espresso, milk chocolate and maybe a hint of raisin.

t - more of the nose. big roasted malt character and chocolate flavors balanced nicely with a bittersweet finish.

m - full bodied and amazingly smooth and creamy. adequate carbonation.

o - maybe it's just the nitro tap, but this was a fantastic beer. thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended. pairs especially well with the beef brisket sandwich.

divineaudio, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Creamy smaller head poured slow & a big head pored faster! Big lace taking over the pint glass. Dark brown.

S - Toasty malts mixed in with some kind of German yeast or?

T - Toasty but thinner/medium side of porters, full on toasty'ness mixed with a little bit of watery taste. Malty but on the porter malty side of grainy malts and not too overpowering. I want more thickness and taste!

M - A little fizzy but not bad, mostly smooth after that. Aftertaste is small.

O - OK porter, but I expect a little more. Kinda watery and lacking a big bite. But... Good drinking porter. Smooth, and drinkable. I have had better more robust porters.. but.. this is a good example of old style porters.

SDtastentune, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Butte Porter is a black bodied brew; when held to the light, the bottom of the glass shines amber, but the rest remains opaque. Topping it off is a medium sized tan head, which populates the glass with a nice sheet of lacing. The nose is a big and bold chocolate and roasted malt scent, maybe just a slight touch of coffee and hop as well. Wow, the taste is very large. Rich malt profile, with a caramel start, quickly supplanted by a chocolate essense and followed by a subtle and refined roasted malt finish. Winds up incorporating some fruit tones, just a touch of coffee, a fair amount of honey, the hops are nice and floral. Nice smooth and creamy, medium bodied mouth.

Tballz420, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served to me at City Tap House. Pours a dark brown with decent head and nice noticeable carbonation. Smells of mostly roast with some coffee and some chocolate. Tastes much more chocolate upfront with roast complimenting it quite well and a bit of some acrid taste that is nice and subtle. Feels medium bodied, maybe even a little light given its dark complexity. Overall, an excellent beer. I dig the Robust Porters and cannot believe it took me this long to finally try this wonderful brew.

jwhancher, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of ballmouse
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never liked a porter before, but I had heard so much about the Black Butte that I decided I really needed to try it (especially since it's not available in New York). I was definitely impressed!

The appearance is very dark brown that nearly looks black. But looking at it carefully, you will see hints of red.

The smell is very faint chocolate. The lack of smell is such a shame because this beer is otherwise great.

The taste is not alcoholic or salty like other porters I've tried. Think a Russian Imperial Stout with all the taste and none of the harshness, which is great because the chocolate and coffee tastes very smooth.

The mouthfeel is great. It's not too crisp (or too carbonated), and is similar to a stout in that it's a very smooth mouthfeel. It really complements the taste very well.

ballmouse, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - black, but dark dark brown when put up to light. looks roasty even. minimal to no head off controlled pour. lacing stays around the edge of glass.

smell - roasted chocolate malts. pretty plain, but pretty nice.

taste - follows the nose, pretty simple but highly enjoyable.

mouthfeel - a little gritty. creamy but a bit light at the same time

claytong, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 3/10/11; consumed 5/22/11

A - Pours deep brown with one finger of creamy tan head. head dissipates pretty quickly.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts. Smell is pretty subtle, but what is there is nice.

T - Taste is similar to smell. Primarily chocolate malts and some nice roasted character as well. A bit earthy on the finish. Simple, clear and enjoyable with a subtle hop presence.

M - A little thin but still maintains some creaminess.

O - A very solid porter, but the thin mouthfeel leaves it a step below the best.

warnerry, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in the bottle before, this is the first time I had it on tap and I'm pretty sure it was fresh.

This was poured with a one finger head which remained for most of the beer and left a nice lacing line with each sip, the color was a dark brown almost black color.

The smell was good, I mostly get dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Mouth feel was good, medium thickness, a little thinner than a stout. The taste is pretty good, it seemed a little bit more flavorful than I remembered, I get some roasted malts, with a dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste which lingers for a bit, very good. Overall this was pretty fantastic, I ended up having a couple of them.

DavidST, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of codfeast
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to chalice.

A: dark brown, small head that quickly disolved, no lacing.

S: a bit of chocolate, and coffee. and I do smell a hint of vanilla.

T: a bittersweet start with a nice roast coffee finish that lingers in the mouth.

M: Feels much lighter than it looks, call it a medium. nice prickly carbination on the tounge. dry finish.

O: Really is greatly balanced. flavors are rich yet somehow subtle, easy to drink. my go to dark.

codfeast, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, near black color, brown highlights against the light with cap of off-white head. Scent is moderately roasted with notes of sweet milk chocolate, some notable earthy and lightly fruity hop notes in the background. Taste well balanced between the sweet and roasty, neither overpowers. Solid notes of milk chocolate and some dark fruit appear before a kiss of earth and a quickly splash of citrus. Medium bodied, a tad thicker than other porters, carbonation in check. A solid traditional porter which does not attempt to be bolder than the style dictates.

rfgetz, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Deep brown, nearly black, but not opaque. Some light penetrates the edges. I get no head or lacing. Kinda odd. It seems carbonated, just looks lifeless.

Smell - Chocolate and vanilla aromas. Roasted barley. Interesting sweetness that manifests itself as vanilla. Nice.

Taste - Chocolate, with a bitterness up front, which is surprising. Light bitterness, but there nonetheless. Vanilla sweetness in the middle. A light sweetness, but strong vanilla flavors. It finishes with a nice coffee flavor. All the flavors are light, but distinct.

Mouthfeel - Very light and almost watery, even for a low ABV porter. I get carbonation, even though my bottle didn't show much life.

Overall - Nice, easy drinking porter. A little too easy drinking, perhaps, but nice.

Alieniloquium, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door today. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Deep brown at the bottom, progressing to opaque black towards the middle and through the top of the glass. There is a full inch of creamy and fluffy head that sits on top. There are sticky 1/2-cm rings of lace that are all interconnected over the first inch or two of the glass, moving to a full wall of stickiness from there on down.

The aroma is of chocolate, roasted coffee, and some caramel notes. Moving into the flavor, the I like that the acrid roastiness comes through stronger than it did in the aroma. It certainly is more dominant than the caramel. Very nice. Some sweet chocolate comes through with the bitter roasty notes, pulling this from stout-like back into the porter realm.

Silky, creamy, and perfectly textured, this mouthfeel can't be beat. This gives Edmund Fitzgerald a run for its money in the "My Favorite Porter" race. It leaves slick chocolatey and roasted flavors on my palate. Delicious all around.

NittanyBeerFan, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of atomicbeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee with roasted root vegetables, lettuce, celery, and corn husk aroma. Taste follows aroma well. Smooth in the mouth. Nice roasty toasty brew. Quaffable and well rounded.

atomicbeer, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of annawees
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap in to a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black/ruby color, incredibly rich.

S: Chocolate and coffee with hints of.. vanilla?

T: Tastes how an A rated beer should taste. The flavor is rich, and sweet- but not overtly sweet like a milk stout. You certainly still have flavors of the barley which really balances out.

M: So incredibly smooth! It even was delightful going down in 37˚ C weather and the last little warm drops were even delightful.

annawees, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass:

A - pours a rich, dark ruby/brown color. Has a thick, tan and creamy head with good retention. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it recedes.

S - Strong chocolate aroma balanced by a hint of vanilla. Some faint coffee aromas arise as well. Nice roasted barley scents balanced by a bitter hops smell.

T - Chocolates followed by a light coffee flavor. The sweet but smoky flavors of the barley predominate.

M - Incredibly smooth. Could be a more dry on the finish.

Well built porter, and highly drinkable. I'd have this one again.

blakelive784, Aug 04, 2011
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,492 ratings.