1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,802 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,802
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 354
Gots: 624 | 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)
View: Beers (115) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Black Butte Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,802 | Reviews: 1,355 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Otisimaas
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mrpickles
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jordanmckell
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of yankeeairpirate
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of towlea25
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of gabedivision
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Guinness tumbler glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with reddish highlights. A 1 finger beige foam makes up the head that settles to a thing tight bubbled lace around the glass. A nice buttery coffee bean fills the tip of the nose, scents of sweet milk chocolate, slight caramel and toffee on the finish. Sweet chocolate on the tongue, bitter coffee on the finish, full of wonderful flavors in between, excellent. Medium on the body and feel, creamy, very sweet and bitter. Overall this beer is a winner, would love to be able to have this regularly.

Photo of Bigbandito
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of JFrankParnell
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jnm2008
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good porter but not my favorite. The flavor seems kinda average with nothing exciting going on. The mouth feel is almost like a flat coca cola. Great airy head with a decent amount of lasting power. Not a beer I would pass up but don't go out of the way looking for it.

Photo of joshlindquist
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of josssmith
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Kavon
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: ?
Can't remember where or when I first had this, but this review will apply to notes from a recent tasting at Deschutes' brewpub in Portland, OR.

Dark brown color with a small cap of tan head that left some sticky lacing behind. Roasty malts on the nose, notes of coffee and cocoa. Taste follows suit, with dark roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and some coffee bitterness. Smooth and on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Simple formula, but a very good beer all around.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of robchuk
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

A- dark dark brown appearance. Decent tan head that didn't stick around for to long. Nice lacing.

S- toasted malt, milk chocolate, ash

T- the first thing I think of when I taste this beer is Reeses peanut butter cups. It also has a slight smokey flavor. Almost no alcohol taste.

M- very sutble carbonation. It is very creamy feeling going down.

O- I love this beer. I am not a big porter guy but this one does the trick. It has a scrumptious milk chocolatey taste and goes down easy compared to other porters I have tried. Very drinkable.

Photo of Jimmys
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: almost pitch black, but this is actually a dark, dark brown. coffee head dark brown head. retention dies to a rim but leaves some good lacing behind.

S: this thing smells like milk chocolate and coffee all at once. maybe just a hint of smoke. very pleasant, very inviting. one of the more aromatic porters ive smelled.

T: vanilla. chocolate, milk chocolate to be precise. coffee. the obvious roast. finish turns to a sort of astrigent, roasted bitterness, which lingers into the finish.

M: so smooth. great subdued carbonation on a very full, medium body.

D: love the flavor on this porter. lots going on, lots of complexity, but also super drinkable as a porter should be. glad i got a family member to bring this back for me!

Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods on North Central in Phoenix. 12oz bottle, best before July 2, 2012. Into a chalice.

Poured a deep brown with some mahogany highlights, clear body with a dense, yet very light tan head. A couple of fingers of head, leaves a wall of lacing solid retention. Nose has some rich milk chocolate, with a bit of bitterness, a touch of roast, some lactic notes and hops. Taste has a light sourness to start, which opens up into some chocolate, gentle coffee and roast. A bit of caramel and warm dark malt notes, leave a lightly bitter finish. Kinda sweet as well. Low carbonation and medium body, that's a bit cream and balanced. Flavourful and subtle, a very well done porter - something to be revisited several pints over.

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of AnnArborJoe
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bens0n
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark mahogany, not quite black, but almost. There is a nice amount of creamy, light tan head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell wise its almost sweet, its got that coffee/chocolate aroma that you would expect, but its not very strong smelling, no hops, no malts, just mild.

Flavor wise its nothing unique, but its a nice blend of nutty coffee and toasty malts, almost has a bit of sweetness to it that you wouldn't expect in a porter. No distinctive hoppy or excessive malt character, just well balanced.

Its got a nice level of carbonation and thickness, goes down smooth, just wish it packed a little more punch ABV wise.

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,802 ratings.