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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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5,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 381
Gots: 826 | 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:
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark brown to black with a brown colored head that dissipates quickly.

S: Roasted malts, chocolaty overtones.

T: Nice balance, noticeable coffee and chocolate. very little hop flavors.

O: A nice porter.... Not my favorite but definitely represents the style well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes on 1/20/12

Brought this back from CO a few months ago and had it in my cellar a bit longer than anticipated. Easily the best porter I've had though, and I'm sad I don't have any more bottles!

A -- Dark brown/black, 1/4" tan head

S -- Smooth chocolatey malt flavors; fig tons; no hops or yeast

T -- Exceptionally smooth start filled with dark chocolate-like flavors (my wife thought I was eating chocolate); great roasty aftertaste that held me over between sips

M -- Medium carbonation, a bit thin

O -- Awesome porter! Very smooth, great balance; chocolatey malt/roasty flavors are not overdone. I could drink this over and over again.

Bottle, RR pint glass

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a dark nut-brown brew. The one finger latte-colored head dissipates at a medium pace. Thick sheets of lacing are left as the liquid starts to go down. There is a haze, but the dark color makes it hard to fully assess the clarity. No gross sediment is otherwise noted. Carbonation appears average. The nose is steely and malty. There is a deep roast, with raw coffee bean, and copper throughout. There is a warmness of light caramel and booze. Cool cream lightly cuts the bitterness, but there is little else to suggest sweetness. On the far back there is a damp woodiness. As we sip, sweeter than expected, roasty malts hit first. There is a milky softness to it, with a watery, mineral quality. The middle really picks up the flavoring, with brighter malts, chocolates, wood, and smoke. Metallics come in strong here, too, but they are not abrasive. They more serve to dry the mouth. The finish is with significant smoke, coiny and chocolate malts, and a pale hop quality that hides on the back. It is more of a grassiness and pale maltiness, but the foliage quality sings of a faraway hop. There is a final, earthy bite with the last of the swallow. The aftertaste breathes of rich malts, bitter chocolates, gravel, and a peaty smokiness. The body is lighter end, and the carbonation is high, but the bubbles are soft and manageable. There is a wet coating to the mouth, with a fine astringency drawing all moisture from the hard palate. There is a soft slurp and a decent pop to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the smoky quality, and how light and airy the feel and body were. At first the flavoring seemed subdued, but with warmth and through the middle, the gates really opened up. All the while, things stayed loose and airy, making for a pleasurable drinking experience all around.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz w/ a best by date of 06/12 poured into a Surly shaker pint glass. Pours a clear brown color with a respectable light brown head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is coffee and dark malts... simple but very enticing. I didn't have much hopes from this beer but it's drawing me in. Fruity tartness in taste that is a little too light for a Porter in my opinion. However, the "darkness" of this beer succeeds in countering the fruitiness well. Slight roast and coffee in the taste, and a medium charred finish.

The body is not too big but medium carbonation aids the mouthfeel. Overall better than what I expected I was in for and a beer worth buying over and over. Especially at those Twin Cities bars that have limited craft options. My ratings might not be solid but I can see this beer becoming a staple, in part because of its good flavor density and less alcohol concentration ;-)

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Huuuge on the nose (yes, that's multiple u's) - chocolate, cocoa, coffee, some citrus and just a bit of hoppy herbaciousness.

Great in the mouth, as the tongue is wrapped in the roasty dark chocolate. That's followed by the citrus, closing with the distinctly green hoppiness.

Well-balanced, with each of those characteristics coming to the fore at one time or another.

Really enjoyable. And a great introduction for somebody looking to try a darker craft beer.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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