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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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5,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,008
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 374
Gots: 774 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of timtwoface
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, call me impressed. This is one of the nicest porters I've ever had. Seriously. It pours a nice dark rich color into the glass with a nice light brown head, two fingers thick. Excellent chocolate and roasted nutty flavours and smells, and it is just such a smooth, smooth drink. Very nice indeed and the aftertaste lingers with you nicely for long afterwards. Definitely one to try if you are a fan of porters, or want to try one for the first time.

And at a price point of $2.79 for 22oz, I couldn't,t be happier. I love cost effective delicious beer!

Photo of Didgeridoo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bastu
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of qthompso
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, rich dark brown pour. Two fingers of a creamy head that lingers. Really nice deep crimson towards the edges of the glass.

Really great chocolate and sweet roasted malt nose. This smells wonderful and really true to style.

Really nice, roasty nut flavor to this one. The dark, malted grains certainly come through but there's a lot more depth to this one than just that. A nice bitterness to linger in the finish.

A great mouthfeel with this beer. Really creamy and smooth but quite dry and crisp in the finish. Well carbonated, almost to the point of overly so.

Really, really well done. Incredibly true to style and remarkably drinkable. I'll certainly seek this one out again!

Photo of dlepeau
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JacksonATX
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have had in a long time!!! I knew nothing about it when I purchased it but was pleasantly surprised once it hit my lips. Has a slight hoppiness at the front, with a smokey chocolate flavor on the back end. Full flavor yet very smooth. I have since been turned on to a lot of brews from Deschutes Brewery.

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Beer pours a dark brown, opaque bordering on black, with a finger of creamy light brown head. Head retention was excellent maintaining about half a finger of creamy head with sticky lacing for over half the glass while drinking it.

Nose is roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, and semi sweet chocolate. As it warmed a bit, a hint of citrus hops come through.

Taking a sip, a light citrus hop bite, before a lot of roasted malt and coffee flavor, mostly bitter and astringent. A touch of sweet chocolate helps balance it out a bit. Finish is fairly clean, light roasted malt flavors.

Medium body, creamy due to the carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoyable porter.

Photo of DaveONan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of leeswagerty
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very very dark brown, nearly black opaque body, with a fluffy khaki head that settles slowly. Tons of creamy lacing. Roasted malt aroma with prominent chocolate and coffee notes. Flavor follows suit, pretty standard American porter, easy drinking and tasty, but not too big in either taste or body. Found the carbonation to be a bit prickly for my taste; there's a touch of creaminess to the medium-light body but overall it's kind of assertively carbonated and rough.

I liked this much-heralded porter alright, but found it less and less appealing as I drank it. It looks great, smells good, but tastes just a bit above average. Would have enjoyed a bit more assertive roastiness and a bit less carbonation.

Photo of jsboates
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of chocosushi
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Robeerto89
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Tardcore
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of assman79
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TheCondor
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a super dark brown with a slight amber tinge that can be seen in the glass. Big, dominating tan head that retains well and sticks to the glass like white on rice.

Smell – Big. That’s the one word description of the nose on this one. Every scent you catch is big, strong, and dark. Chocolate, malts, and caramel round up one of the tastiest smelling beers I think I’ve ever came across.

Taste – Comes at you after the nose like the Yankee’s Murderer’s Row lineup. You get the nose and the taste back to back, like a wicked one-two punch. Dark malts, chocolate, and a little coffee and caramel round out one of the most balanced porters I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, creamy, wonderful.

Overall – This is absolutely an A List porter, no question about it. World Class. I need to find a place where I can obtain sixers of it, whether it be in pints or 12-oz. bottles. Once you've had this porter, you will compare all your other porters, before and after, to this one. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Leschber
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Onemic
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of conradh
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

side by side with the XXIII.

Pour is somewhat lighter than the BA XXIII. Same frothy head (maybe a touch lighter and frothier). More mahogany hues than teh BA version.

Smell is much lighter, more comparable to Edmund Fitzgerald. Lighter, more drinkable, and much more balanced.

Light and drinkable. Subtle hints of coffee and chocolate, with a dry feeling that I usually associate with Nut Brown ales. Almost feels like a brown ale, actually.

Photo of DexterP236
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,008 ratings.