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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,055
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 301
Gots: 355 | 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

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Photo of Kemmerlin


4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Thick creamy espresso colored head that poured 2 fingers deep with a long lasting sticky head residue. Dark purplish brown color.

S: Bitter cacao beans pleasantly mixed with coffee, bitter sticky hops and a welcoming musty yeast smell infused with the malts in the back of the nose.

T: Light alcohol taste right in the front with a solid bittersweet tobacco taste to follow and then a very long lasting coffee and mocha aftertaste to encourage the savory before the next sip.

M/D: Very light body actually to light for my taste in a porter but it is grainy and does have a decent feel. The drinkability is amazing it really makes you want to sip and savor and enjoy everything about the beer. I highly recommend this one. Another great beer from Deschutes Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:51:29 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of DIM


4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark mahogany color. It poured with a one inch creamy white head.

s: Roasty smoky malts that smell vaguely like coffee. Some dark fruit aromas as well.

t: Probably my favorite porter so far. Roasty, slightly acidic and smoky malts that taste a bit like coffee and dark chocolate.

m: A bit thicker than the average porter. Little no aftertaste, clean finish.

d: Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this stellar porter. I wish it was a local offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 15:51:33 | More by DIM
Photo of omnigrits


4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I remember rightly there have to be a certain number of characters in each beer review, and it would be hard for me to say anything about this beer that hasn't already been said so I'm tempted to simply keep typing "Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh my" until I reach the allotted number.

That would be cheating though. Porter is a beer style which I thought had all but disappeared but I'm very glad to see a resurgence, and this is one of the finest examples you're likely to experience. A top class brew by any stretch of the imagination. Dark beers such as this aren't to everyone's taste and there's nothing big or clever or better about being a dark beer fan compared to those who prefer lighter brews. But I must admit... those of of us who prefer the darker beers have more fun ;-)

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2008 23:50:25 | More by omnigrits
Photo of ckeegan04


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown opaque color with some ruby tinted edges. Foamy two finger brown head with excellent retention and great lacing.

S - Dominated by a toasted chocolate malt aroma with the lightest hint of hop aroma. Also a hint of cofee bean. What a great porter should smell like.

T - Strong malty chocolate taste dominates the palate. An unsuspecting sweetness come through though with a soft burst of molasses. Even has a quick hop bite thrown in there. Excellently balanced, well-rounded porter.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very drinkable. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2008 12:26:13 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of willjschmidt


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Almost black with ruby red undertones. Nice sized tan head.

S: Great aroma: toasted malt along with a bit of espresso.

T: A damn fine porter. More roasted malt, some dark chocolate, coffee and a nice hop bitterness at the end. Classic porter flavors.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

D: A sessionable porter if there ever was one. A great example of the style. A must have if you like porters.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 02:55:54 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy wheat-like malt, chocolate and light grape-like fruit nose.

Mostly black with ruby hues, creamy smallish head with not-so-great retention.

Great chocolate malt, rich roast, good stickiness. Good bitterness through the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Nice fruit - grape-like, creamy sweet. Bitterness quells some, more fruit develops. Finishes a little dry.

Nice. A very tasty Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 15:00:05 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of jbphoto88


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another black beer with ruby highlights. A large fluffy head that is very creamy and leaves rings of foam on the side of the glass.

Smell is smooth malty with hints of coffee and chocolate. A nice scent but mild and hard to pick up.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy initially. There is a dark roasted malt flavor with a distinct but not overpowering bitterness. A smokey chocolate and coffee aftertaste also has a slight chalky palate feel.

Whoa this is an easy to drink beer. The smooth slick liquid has a lower carbonation that enhances the dark malt flavors. This is a very well brewed beer that has a good balance of typical porter flavors. Not the most complex porter but one that is very magically delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2008 16:59:43 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of turbine2475


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bartender thought she was doing me a favor and burned the head off of my glass and brought me a dark brown brew with cola highlights and absolutely no head.
S - Coffee, grain, soil, and a touch of toffee.
T - Toffee, maple syrup, mild coffee, oats, and an earthy touch of hops.
M - Light with a higher then normal carbonation.
D - Good brew that is definately work trying. Lower ABV makes it a good brew to enjoy several of. Wish the bartender wasn't trying to do me any favors. I'll say something next round.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 02:15:57 | More by turbine2475
Photo of prototypic


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to abankovich for this one.

Appearance: It's dark brown in color with a little light getting through and giving it a reddish tint. Head is slightly off-white and about two fingers deep. Retention was good though far short of spectacular. Light coat of lace lines the glass.

Smell: It falters a bit here. It just doesn't have enough strength. There are roasted and chocolate malt aromas present. Light coffee scent is barely noticeable. Hops are notable though far from a primary element. Slight smoked aroma emerges late. That's about it. It's a decent smelling beer, but only above average. Needs a little work here.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts are obviously the primary focus. They combine to create a very nice flavor, though the chocolate component is a little stronger and provides a nice, sweet flavor. Hops are more bold than one would expect. They're not exactly strong, but balance this beer very well while giving it a nice bite. Coffee flavor is very subdued, but rounds the flavor out well. There's a hint of a smoked taste that's a nice touch.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and relative smooth. Not quite creamy, but smooth nonetheless. Carbonation is spot on for the style. Drinkability is extremely high. It goes down easy and is very inviting.

Deschutes continues to impress me. This is a very nice porter. It's not world class by any means. But, if you're looking for a relatively light, easy drinking porter, this is certainly a worthy candidate. The nose could stand to be strengthened a little. But, other than that, this is a very fine beer. Certainly worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 01:41:51 | More by prototypic
Photo of Surefire


4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It seems to be on the lighter side of porters, but nonetheless it's an excellent ale.

A: Nearly black, with slight amount of dark red near the corners of the glass when held to a light.
S: Coffee, malts, chocolate
T: Lots of chocolate, coffee, and good malt profile.
M: A bit on the thin side for a porter. Body is more like a light brown ale.
D: Excellent drinkability, flavors in balance, and lots of flavor.

Overall, an excellent porter especially for those first getting into porters (due to it's easy drinking characteristics).

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 00:21:42 | More by Surefire
Photo of toolbrew


3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, practially opaque. Not cloudy however. Thick tan head with great retention and good lacing.

I smelled mostly chocolate and coffee.

The taste was somewhat sweet, and I could certainly detect chocolate here.

Light and watery body for a porter. The chocolate taste certainly coats the mouth.

It's a good porter that I would go back to if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:06:39 | More by toolbrew
Photo of DefenCorps


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received as extra from bennetj17. Thanks!

A: Deep brown with ruby highlights. Dense, tan head. Pretty!

S: Beautiful roasty, smoky aroma with a nice chocolate backbone with a hint of coffee. Just a hint of some spice - anise? nutmeg?. Well balanced with sweetness.

T: An excellent porter with great balance between roasted flavors, chocolate, coffee, cream and with a hint of smoke on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with excellent carbonation and a great finish

D: Wow, this is one easy drinking porter. Very glad to have gotten some.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 03:26:35 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of IBUnit63


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap 4/24 @ Ginger Man - Austin

Espresso brown - thin head from tap-minimal carbonation

Clean and cold but deep, milky chocolate malt profile

Toasty malt with heavy vanilla backbone. Moderate grassiness to hop profile. Alcohol is minimal

Slightly short finish with minimal aftertaste. Not huge in depth but pleasant

Very sessionable-drinks lighter than it looks and feels

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2008 14:01:46 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of Beefeater57


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good black appearance that shines a beautiful dark ruby in light. Head is decent, good lacing.

The smell is wonderful, definitely loved the smell of this one. I got a milk chocolate smell, with a little toasty sense that just made me excited to take a sip.

Taste is very smooth, got that milk chocolate taste that I detected in the smell. A little bit of sweet, roasted malt and some light hop character. Very balanced beer.

Light mouthfeel, very clean. Good carbonation.

Overall, a delicious porter. Porter is my favorite style, and this is one of the finer porters I've had. Balanced, easy to drink, and great flavor. My hat's off to Deschutes Brewery...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 01:18:54 | More by Beefeater57
Photo of stewart124


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark brown leaning towards black with reddish hues around the edges and a rocky-dense tan head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

Smells slightly of coffee but with enough burnt malts and a nice blend of noble hops to get me ready for the taste.

The taste is oh so smooth and delicious. Lots of toasted characteristics and a nice chocolate hint in there. There is also a bit of dark caramel sweetness in this porter. Very complex malt bill in the taste. Hops are present but blend wonderfully allowing the malt to shine through.

Finishes with a slight sweetness but lots of body and lots of roasted/burnt malts on the palate.

The mouthfeel is nothing short of wonderful. I got a chance to try this American Porter at the Seattle Airport as I was leaving and I couldn't have ended my stay on any other note.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 02:41:06 | More by stewart124
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Pours a nice head that falls leaving behind a thin layer that doesn't break and a great lacing the leaves a wall of foam over parts of the glass. Smell is chocolately with a little roastiness. Taste is slightly chocolatey with a nice light roasty flavor. Body is medium bodied with some good smooth carbonation that doesn't bite (cause I poured hard to get good head). I enjoyed this beer very much and think it's very drinkable, I got 3 in this trade and I want tto drink some more already.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:13:03 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of westweasel


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a very dark brown but still clear, with a beige 1/4" head. The aroma contains mostly chocolate and some roasty notes.

The taste is filled with chocolate, burnt toast, and coffee. The roastiness is not too strong or harsh. It is just roasty enough to provide some bite for balance.

The mouthfeel is medium, but a little on the light side of it.

This beer is very drinkable, and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 03:27:07 | More by westweasel
Photo of peck95


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

before i give my review of this beer I must note that this has been my favorite beer for over a decade. I've loved this beer since before i heard of Guinness, Corona, Serra Nevada, Sam Adams, Pyramid, Redhook, or any other large/popular micro/export brew. So I made the effort to try as many different porters,stouts, brown, or any other dark malted ale and some dark ales.
The appearance of this beer from the label to the way it looks in a glass is perfect and makes my mouth water every time
the smell is actually a little lacking some nice roasted malt profile but nothing jumps out at you
the taste is totally different a wonder roasted chocolate malt with a very clean hop presence
the mouthfeel is very nice, a very smooth and even body
drinkability maybe goes down because i do believe this is a beer for porter/stout fans and you'll be sorry if you chose to bing drink with this beer. I recommend this beer to anybody who likes porters

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 04:36:14 | More by peck95
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark-brown-mahogany body under a smallish tan head. Nothing special, but probably tapped improperly and too cold.

Smell is chocolate malt, mice spicey warmness, burnt sugar, plenty of metallic hops.

Taste is far (FAR!!) to hop-dominate for a porter. Malt is there, and as pleasant enough, but it's way to far in the background. However, there is lots of spiceyness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter.

At only 5.5%, this is very drinkable. However, you have to like a heavy hop load in a porter to have more than one.

I understand that the hopping of American porters varies widely, and this one is on the heavily-hopped end of the scale. For this reason, I probably won't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 03:27:06 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of BgThang


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at the draught house here in austin the day it came out, and met the sales rep for deschutes.

The beer had a small head, the color was pretty dark.
This beer took me by surprise because it was not a big porter by no means. it was more of inbetween a brown and a porter.
the backend had some smoke to it.
This was a very easy to drink beer. You could gulp it no problems, but then you would not taste the beer.

I would find myself picking this up again, and I know my wife will like it. I am glad they that texas (specifically austin) has gotten this beer. It certainly adds more variety to some of the great beers we have here.

The bars in austin that carry this are, flying saucer, draught house, gingerman, woodrows, and opal divine.

also the bottles should start showing up around october or so 2008.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 02:26:00 | More by BgThang
Photo of ubermick


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered on tap, and also in bottle 2 days later.

A: Nice dark reddish brown. Good head (woohoo!) which held nicely with good lacing.

S: Nice and malty, with a smoky toffee and chocolate lurking underneath.

T: Tastes very good - notes of coffee and chocolate between the malts with a faint hint of hoppiness?

MF/D: Smooth and excellently drinkable, I had three of these before I knew what hit me. I'm a big fan, so much so that the next day I went out and scooped up a sixer - which isn't quite as good as on draught, but still excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2008 19:41:09 | More by ubermick
Photo of jayrod20


4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: nothing to write home about, yet solid. A deep amber, almost brown, with a very light head.

smell: whisps of chocolate, coffee, and good old brown malt. some espresso beans as well. very good.

taste: very smooth, yet you don't forget it's a porter. that black patent sharp bitterness is light than alot of porters, yet it is there. smooth chocolate. could almost be a brown ale, but not quite.

mouthfeel and drinkability: smooth and a solid no-nonsense porter. a goto beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 05:12:44 | More by jayrod20
Photo of JEdmund


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inch thick, fluffy light tan head; deep, deep maroon color--just a few shades away from solid black (interesting); nice visible streams of carbonation at base; unique maroon tint to it even more visible when held up to light

Not a whole to offer here, though a familiar sweet malt smell is present

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very flavorful and balanced, with chocolate and caramel sweetness riding the whole through. The body is on the thin side, though the texture is very smooth; perfect level of carbonation. Just a hint of hops at the end as it finishes dry. Malts become more pronounced and flavorful as it warms.

Really tasty, though subtle, too. It's an easy drinking porter, making it very sessionable. Definitely let this one warm up as it really comes alive after 10 minutes or so out of the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 18:29:17 | More by JEdmund
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A - Hints of ruby sneak through a deep brown brew, quite shy of black though. Vigorous carbonation can be seen forcing its way to the surface to replenish the vanishing head. A substantial amount of thin webbing forms on the side of the glass.

S - Molasses strikes first followed by some earthy hops and a hint of just charred sugars. A hint of coffee as well. A touch of toffee under that.

T - Mild, yet complex, flavor. An impressive combination! There is dominantly a mix of a slightly sweet charred malt and a dilute molasses. Underneath, I can find a bit of light cocoa, a mild coffee and some earthy hops. There is even a hint of tart elderberries. The aftertaste is a light lingering bitter charred malt hitting from the back of the tongue.

M - Carbonation is strong, the beer is thin and it is astringent to the tongue.

D - Exceptional. This is a fantastic porter. Easily the best I have had in the "mild" porter category. Drinking a six pack of this is a fantastic way to spend an evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 06:32:16 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of throwitallaway


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark with a very small head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is coffee at first, but then an almost equal amount of chocolate kicks in. Taste is extremely similar with the coffee edging out the chocolate slightly. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and there is perhaps a little too much carbonation. Overall this is a very easy drinking, delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 01:21:19 | More by throwitallaway
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,055 ratings.