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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,316
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 320
Gots: 432 | FT: 13
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 Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a color that is bordering on black, which I suppose is fitting. The nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee--just what I expect from a good porter. Really nice bold scent. The taste scales it back just a bit, but has the same general tenor. Good, slightly-dry feel with a nice body. Another hit from Deschutes.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Naugros
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

I visited Arizona and bought three Deschutes offerings and this was my favorite.

From the color the name of the beer should be Very Dark Brown Butte, but that's splitting hairs since no porter (or stout for that matter) is truly black. However, this is less black than other porters I've had. The head is tan and about a quarter of an inch thick to begin, but dissipates quickly leaving a film with islands of of bubbling carbonation. Had I seen this in a stout it would have fallen in rating considerably, but this is a porter and head is not as important in that style.

The smell? Well, it smells like a porter. Roasty with coffee accents and no hops presence.

The taste? Well, it tastes like a porter. Roasty with coffee accents and no hops presence. Any bitterness comes from the roasted malts. The coffee is a bit more subdued on the tongue than in the nose.

The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for a porter. It's not too heavy and not watery at all, as many that I have had tend to be. It may have reached a 5 if the carbonation hadn't been so high.

This is one of the most drinkable porters I've ever had...I could have easily chugged this one down.

Naugros, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Had a craving for a good porter/stout tonight, and decided to give this one a revisit!

A - pours a very deep dark, almost black brown, with a two finger tan/sepia head that quickly recedes to a bubbly lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted espresso, cocoa, and caramel. I detect a hint of black licorice too!

T - A finely balanced, silky smooth blend of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes, with just a hint of caramel, and leaning ever so slightly on the sweeter side than hoppy. Lots of flavor for a session-friendly beer!

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and silky smooth w/very light carbonation.

D - One of the most drinkable porters out there, and it accomplishes this feat WITHOUT sacrificing flavor! big points here.

Overall - Whether you're looking for a first porter or stout to try, or you're just in the mood for something more sessionable than the bigger imperial stouts, this one consistently takes the cake as one of the best session porters in the NW. Even as I've become more into bigger, badder ales these days, this one still has a welcome spot in my fridge for sure.

Flightoficarus, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to morimech.

Pours an inky black with some dark brown hues towards the bottom. A one finger high coffee brown head bubbles up, then fades out, eventually disappearing and leaving hardly any lacing on the glass.

An assortment of roasted coffee, dark malt, caramel, and bitter chocolate in the nose.

Begins with bittersweet dark chocolate and touches of crunchy hops. Roasted malts, caramel, and coffee swirl together with a nice harmony. A hint of molasses, vanilla, and fairly rich sweetness dash through before the finish, which emits a hit of bitter hops and warmth.

Smooth, creamy, almost velvety feel. Very pleasant on the tongue with nice flavor and lower alcohol content. Solid porter for sure.

xnicknj, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of felipe2toes
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a jet black with creamy thick head. Head recedes into a nice crust with plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Tastes of rich dark chocolate, some molasses and coffee, and a nice bitter hop finish. Lots of roasted malt character.

More carbonated than I expected, but it works well with this beer. Good drinkability.

felipe2toes, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours dark brown, almost black.... with a thick light brown head.
Has a nice, roasted malt aroma.
Tastes wonderful. Sweet, toasted malt, rich body and quite filling.
This is excellent beer at an excellent price, you sure can't go wrong with Deschutes.

industrialswill, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours dark brown with a small tan head.
Nose shows lots of chocolate and, to a lesser extent, coffee. Underneath is hints of banana and soft spicy hops.
Flavours show more roasted character and coffee rather than chocolate but its still quite gentle.
Body feels a bit watery and the carbonation is too high.

CrazyDavros, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Andrew644
4.22/5  rDev +1%

A- Very dark brown almost black color with a nice tan head.

S- I mostly smell chocolate malt with just a little bit of hops coming through.

T- Nice chocolate and roasted malt flavors with the hops balancing a little but still letting the malts do their thing.

M- Very crisp for a porter but I think it works to is advantage in this one.

D- I could have a few of these any day.

Andrew644, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of WJVII
4.18/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to BA bud Cdkrenz for getting me this sampler. This brew poured into a pint glass is a deep cola color with a slight bubbly head that settled to nearly nothing. The aroma was deep and dark like the color. Chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts are present with a light breadiness. The taste was deep as well. Burnt malts are at the top of the flavor profile but there are chocolate and caramel tones. There is a mildly bitter taste balancing this brew. As the brew gets closer to room temp the flavors expand and become more complex. The carbonation was minimal and this brew was a little thin but this is an excellently crafted porter and tasted delicious.

WJVII, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured dark brown in color with a big rocky head filling the top quarter of the glass. It left some pretty decent lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of roasted, bitter and slightly burnt malt flavors to it. It has a sweeter milk chocolaty flavor come through as well that gives it a smoothness.

The taste has a lot of the roasted malts coming through as well. They start to turn more bitter and burnt towards the finish. It has more of the milk chocolaty flavors coming through as well that really helps balance it out. I get just a bit of hops coming through as well. Very nicely flavored beer overall.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation is about moderate. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was pretty well balanced as well. The milk chocolaty and roasted flavors worked very well together and made for a very flavorful and drinkable beer overall.

billab914, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Pours a very dark brown with ruby red highlights when held up to light. A 3cm off white head falls fairly quickly.
S - Dark chocolate & roasted coffee aroma up front with some subtle dark fruit notes.
T - Taste is much the same.
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation, moderate bitterness.
D - A very nice porter indeed. I'd drink a fair bit of this.

brendan13, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of jellis00
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%

Black Butte Porter is my overall favorite American style Porter. Out of all of the Deschutes beers BBP is definitely my favorite. It is totally worth the time.

Appearance: Dark as the night, tan head.

Smell: Bold smell.

Taste: Full and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but with volume.

Drinkability: All day long.

jellis00, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

pours out jet black with a finger of off white head into my brand new darkness tulip.

smell is roast a hint of chocolate and some earthy hops.

taste is nice mellow roast with smooth creamy chocolate. earthy hops are slight in the background. nice flavor profile.

mouthfeel is chewy for a lower abv porter, with a standard/normal amount of carbonation.

i bit heavy to have a ton of these, but and excellent porter for sure very quaffable.

pdoran10, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

appearance - dark dark brown, almost black in appearance, tan head

smell - roasted malts, coffee grinds, cocoa

taste - dark chocolate, malts, molasses

mouthfeel - medium bodied, appropriate for the style, no sweetness, slight bitterness in the finish, good flavor that lingers on the palate

drinkability - good porter here, likeable beverage

keithmurray, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of timhoth
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

Great NW porter. This is by far the favorite porter that everyone buys in the portland area. It is sold in almost every store that sells beer and is one of my favorites. Very smooth for a porter without any "beer bite" so it is easy to share with whomever you are drinking with even if they are not a big beer fan. Has somewhat of a vanilla taste to it.

timhoth, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

A - She's a looker. Bark brown body with a big, bubbly, medium tan colored top. Yummy!

S - Long roasted malts offer accents of caramel, roasted barley and chocolate.

T - This is quite likely the perfect tasting porter. Rich, deep chocolate with a hint of smoke. The brew ends perfectly with a clean roasted finish.

M - Dry feel on my tongue while the rest of my mouth experiences a wetness. There is certainly a coarse feel to this brew as well.

~ This a a very good beer. If you have never tried it, should should do yourself a favor. This beer is worth every bit of $5 per 12 ounce bottle based on flavor alone. Seek it out.

cdkrenz, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a dark brown with a coffee coloured head that fades pretty fast. Not that great looking, to be honest.

Oh wow. So rich. Some massive roasty, molasses notes come through straight away. Very exciting. Exactly what I was after in this porter.

This is a fine porter. Chocolate flavours are there, perfectly balanced with roastiness and husky flavours. Very light bitterness supports the ample sweetness. Just great.

I wish it was a little more viscous, but that's just me. Pretty creamy.

A very good porter.

jbowers56, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of CPeterson
4.6/5  rDev +10%

A -- Pours a deep black, almost opaque, with a little color when held up to the light. Nice head, dissipates into a robust foam.

S -- Toasted malt, caramel, coffee, hints of vanilla and toffee. Amazingly aromatic for the style.

T -- Oh yeah. Toasty malts, a subtle dryness, almost a scent of peanut brittle. Earthy nuttiness and caramel and vanilla come through on the back end.

M -- Velvet smooth and well balanced. Lingers just long enough to want more.

D -- Drink up, it's not often to come across a brewery with such technical precision.

CPeterson, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of RRC87
4.22/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours extremity dark amber that only reveals its' true color when held up to the light. There is about a half finger head that retains quite well.

S: Mild aroma of dark roasted malt and and ever so subtle hint of coffee.

T: A combination of malt sweetness mixed with just the right amounts of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Smooth and light with fair amount of carbonation that bites at the back of the throat (in a good way)

D: the drinkability is high. It goes down easily and it would be easy to drink bunches of these in a sitting.

Overall: this is quite an enjoyable brew that makes you want more. There is no question that I will drink more of this beer.

RRC87, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Held to the light, this is a dark brown, ruby-tinted beer with a firm, lasting head of tan foam. The nose is mostly lightly roasted cocoa, with some hint of hops. Delicious flavor, with lots of dark chocolate character, together with roast malt that never quite dominates. Hop bitterness is present, and the beer never really has much of a sweet character, but the hops don't dry it out too much. Lingering cocoa finish.

An excellent beer, and a very good session porter.

allengarvin, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.68/5  rDev +12%

In my opinion Dechutes is the dark beer kings. They make the best stout ever and this is the the best standard porter.

Pours a dark black with some red hues when held to the light. Very nice tan head and lacing.

Aroma of dark toasted malts and dark chocolate. Porters naturally don't have a ton of aroma but this one has a pretty god one.

Tastes just as it smells but with a little caramel maltiness. Great every day brew.

Mouthfeel is great. Not too heavy so you can have a couple no problem.

Overall my favorite porter. I've had Edmund Fitzgerald and I still like black butte the best. These guys are the stout/porter kings. Love Dechutes.

PeprSprYoFace, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of CaptainTripps
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Black, very black. Creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Rich chocolate, maybe burnt rich chocolate? Gives off a smokey roasted malt character. Smells amazing.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts/very smokey flavor to it. Very very tasty.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, wish it could be a little thicker. Good carbonation.

D- Very tasty, could drink this on a nightly basis.

Very tasty brew that is an excellent representation of the style. One of my favorite porters produced. A must try from Deschutes.

CaptainTripps, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Schmittymack
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Schmittymack, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

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

fourplayed, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of tchenery
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

tchenery, Oct 11, 2010
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,316 ratings.