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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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5,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,006
Reviews: 1,397
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 374
Gots: 772 | 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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4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark, almost maroon-ish, brown that is so close to being a dark, soulless black. Beautiful tan cream head that sticks with the beer the whole way down. Yum.

Burnt, roasted malt encompasses the aroma, followed by creamy chocolate side by side with caramel. Black Butte finishes out with coffee and a slight, minute orange-y hop smell. Yum.

Deschutes knows what they're doing. Seriously. My taste buds are immediately bombarded with roasted malt and chocolate. Dark chocolate dominates the flavor, coupled with tons of caramel, licorice and coffee. So. Delicious. The hops blend in nicely, adding bitterness and a small bit of "orange rind" flavor, but mostly just mesh so well with the roasted character that the difference becomes almost indecipherable. Yum.

Black Butte is so incredibly creamy and smooth. For all the flavor this brew packs in, it drinks so easily. Sorry to the late Ding, but this beer could be "sessioned" all night. Yum.

TL;DR - Buy it. Just buy it. Roasted malt, chocolate, creamy smooth goodness. Drink one while eating Ben n Jerry's Half-Baked. So awesome.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Very dark brown with a nice nutmeg two finger head and moderate lacing and moderate head retention.

S - Big roasted malt and dark chocolate make up the majority of the olfactory elements. Minor hop pine scent.

T - A more chocolate porter, but roasted coffee element still preside. Very enjoyable and well balanced with a hint of hops.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - One of Deschutes best beers, very good among porters. I would get this anytime I'm in the mood for a porter.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dante’s in U district. Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is dark, almost black with a finger of light tan head. Ends up with a very pretty lacing. Aroma is smokey and malty, a bit more simple than regular stouts, but still has some things going on. The taste isn’t a surprise from the smell. Slightly bitter. Burnt and crispy. Coffee hits very strong near the end. Palate is a bit less viscous than I would like, but I guess that’s why it’s a porter. Overall, I’m glad they have this at Dante’s. It’s my drink of choice if nothing else looks good. It might not be as full bodied as I would like, but it’s a great drink none the less.

Photo of stealth
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a porter should. Nice dark brown pour with a solid off-white head, and sticky lacing. Great nose on this one - roasted malts and some hops. Black Butte has a perfect balance between roasted malts and bitter hops. Some coffee tastes are in there, and some sweetness. Very smooth feel - goes down real easy.

An outstanding porter, one of my all-time favorites.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to mug.

A - Beer pours deep black with a nice 1 finger tan head with great retention and lacing.

S - Huge complex roasted malt character on the nose. Detectable chocolate malts with hints of coffee and a raisin-type fruit aroma. Great aroma.

T/M - The beer starts in line with the aroma with a huge complexe roasted malt character. The middle starts to develop into a balanced porter style with the malts and a mild earthy hop character. The beer finishes creamy and super smooth. Medium boed with good carbonation.

D - Extremely

Overall this is an excellent porter, probably the standard for me. Great flavor and character and so tasty. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-31-2011 02:41:29

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,006 ratings.