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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,089
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 308
Gots: 360 | 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

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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good brew from Patron Wizard.

A-Deep copper, small head that doesn't last.

S-Smoke, coffee. Slight caramel.

T-Bitter then sweet. Flavors blend well together. Little bit of alcohol tone.

M-Very sticky and resiny. On my tongue from start to finish.

D-A couple would do.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 16:09:03 | More by TasteTester
Photo of Silenus89


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured straight black into a pint glass finished with a tan head with good lacing.

S. coffee, roasted chocolate, dark malts and a butter scotch scent.

T. an amazing taste with dark coffee, dark malts with a creamy finish

D. This has an epic drinkability. 6 pack? piece of cake.

This is a very top class porter. highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 00:37:44 | More by Silenus89
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L. Opaque black with a small tan head
S. Buttery malts and al little nutty
T. Starts off with a bitter yet sweet floral hoppiness that then switches to a coffee aftertaste
F. Good carbonation followed by a syrupy thick smoothness

Definately impressed with this beer, and by the brewer. Another good sipping brew to enjoy with the friends or after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 19:34:44 | More by jake87
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into DFH pint glass.

Brownish black in color. Very fizzy head. Dried fruit and a bit of burnt malt on the nose.

Great dark malty flavor. Hits of coffee and figs. Very easy drinking porter. I could drink this all day long. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 19:02:10 | More by tendermorsel
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

pours stright up black with crimson edges. nice lacing. has a decent brown-tinted head. the nose is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee. the taste is roasted malts, smoky, kinda cigar-ish flavor, vanilla bean, subtle spiced hops, medium body yet a very thin taste. low carbo, sweet start to a dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 00:31:47 | More by stumac
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South Carolina

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

Thanks to buddy Barronkr, who hauled this back from his West Coast trip to put into my gullet.

Pours a beautiful molasses-colored deep brown with amber highlights. Looks more or less black by the time it settles into my Sam Adams pint glass. A 3cm nutty tan head crowns it off.

Smells good too. Great even. I'll let it warm and come back in a bit... after a few minutes, a pleasing roasted grain aroma jumps from the glass, emboldened by mocha and sugar. A fine smelling beer and great for the style.

Taste is pretty much spot on for an American Porter. It's nutty, with a little dry cocoa and coffee. There's a pleasing finish of roasted grains kissed with sugar and if I didn't know better I'd say there were oats in here. A little acidity keeps things interesting. It's all very smooth and harmonious - the 5.5% means you can have more than a few. Ends up only a little dry with a touch of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, carbonation is fine and there's really nothing offensive on any front.

Black Butte is pleasing, drinkable, and well-made. I'm having a hard time faulting it. Just wish I could get more! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 22:09:56 | More by kkipple
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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to russpowell and bitterbill for this!

Best by 09/11/08:

Pours black with a rich, creamy tan head.

The smell is of roasted chocolate and coffee with an earthy/fruity hop backing.

The taste is ashy/smoky with chocolate, coffee and anise. Hoppy balance gives it a nice bitter touch.

Medium-to-full bodied, this is very creamy.

A very well-balanced porter. Almost reaches stout category, but stops in time to stay in the style. Very drinkable. Another great beer from a great brewery!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:19:56 | More by jwc215
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very dark, with some deep mohogany edges and a little ruby highlight from the depths. Head is isn't overly long lasting, but does form a nice crisp ivory cap leaving a ring around the edges.

Toasty dark grainy bread prevails, with a light syrupy caramel adding some nice sweet depth. A little cocoa and gumminess deepen the overall detail on the nose. Some herbal earthy root and sandalwood aromatic notes linger behind the grain. There's also something antique smelling in there, like walking into a historic home, not offensive by any stretch.

I have a hard time thinking that a porter should taste any different than this one. Charred wood over toasted grainy bread, bitter cocoa, all wrapped up in a smooth creamy blanket with mild vanilla, tobacco and the smell of a warm fire on a snowy day.

Medium bodied, relatively light with lively carbonation on the tongue. Thickens slightly at the finish, drawing out the flavors as they fade.

Between the moderate abv, remarkable taste, and overall satisfaction, this is one of the most balanced drinkable beers I can recall having.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 21:17:43 | More by lightindarkness
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. The head is off white and short lived. Leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Smell: One hell of a porter nose! Lots of char and dark malts. Coffee and Bitter sweet chocolate aromas abound. There is an herbal hop note in the background.

Taste: Matches the Nose. Initial burst of acidic twang from the dark roasted malts. The Coffee and chocolate notes are more pronounced. Plenty of char in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

This is one hell of a porter. Easy drinking and chalked full of classic porter flavors Bring on the cool so I can really enjoy brews like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:58:41 | More by Sweasty
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a tulip.
Deep black with a very thin head. Nice sweet aroma. Some chocolate and some sweet malt on the nose. Taste has some chocolate and some roasted malt flavor. Pretty full flavor, yet not overwhelmingly full bodied. Slick mouthfeel with a bit of a zing at the end of each sip. Good quality porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 19:32:05 | More by DrDogbeer
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Opaque coloring, tan head that dissipated. Definite lacing as well. Nice looking brew.

S: Very strong coffee and chocolate tones. I really enjoyed the nose on the beer and it definitely whetted the appetite.

T & M: Wow, very nice taste. I have limited American Porter experience but cannot imagine one tasting any better than this. Nice taste of coffee on the initial taste, nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. There is a pleasant touch of bitterness as well. Well done.

D: Highly drinkable, I will without a doubt be having this beer again. I expect this will be a stand-by in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:15:10 | More by elniko
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. extremely deep mahogany/black color, some red appears with a light behind it. tan head. good retention and mild lacing.

S: rich roasted malts. some sauteed cherries.

T: nice sweet roasted malts. very well-balanced porter. some liquorice, chocolate and toffee.

M: rough carbonation level. mild body. smooth and creamy.

D: very nice, full flavored porter. nice roasted malts bring this one over the top. great representation of style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 19:22:35 | More by paulthebeerguru
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3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for sending this along as an extra in a trade for Black Butte XX, so I can taste the original as well.

Pours black & pretty flat. Nose is faint, a little roast, a little malt. Taste is pretty much the same, a touch thin.

Mouthfeel is flat but full. Easy drinking. Nothing outstanding about it, but a pretty good beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:39:11 | More by maximum12
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New Mexico

4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a one finger head. Is an opaque deep brown until you hold it up to the light and you can see it is a deep brownish-amber with little clarity. Head starts to break up a little down the glass but some remains all the way. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Big smell here of licorice and chocolate with a hint of coffee (especially after first opening the bottle). Can pick out hop and malt scents that seem well balanced. Very Impressive!!!

T - Alcohol on the nose followed by a very toasty, malty and chocolaty body that has a hint of coffee flavor too it. The finish is of bittersweet chocolate and leaves a pleasant mildly bitter aftertaste. Very Good.

M - Exceptionally creamy. That's the first thing I noticed when the beer hit my tongue. The carbonation level is strong, but doesn't seem overwhelming. The beer just seems to expand and fill your entire mouth with it's delightful creamy chocolate flavor. Amazing!!

D - I'm not a huge porter guy, but I love this beer and could easily see kicking a few pack on a cold night around a fire. A highly drinkable and possibly addictive porter with Big smell, Big Flavor, Big creamy mouthfeel, only $6.50 a six. What else can you ask for?

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 09:45:47 | More by Bockrules
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like cola. Thin head, not great lacing.

Smell is of dark malts and roastiness.

Taste is where this brew is at. Nice dark roasted'toasty malts up front. Coffee, and hop textures througout this brew. Some alcohol tastes.

This brew just seems to "work". Great porter for sure! A little thin in the head but this beer is all about a great taste and balance. Good creamy texture.

I think this one is special.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 04:29:49 | More by Trueant1
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque dark brown, almost black, with maroon highlights around the edges. One inch, dense off-white head with excellent retention. Scent of malt with a roasted coffee character. Taste consistent with nose with a hint of dark chocolate and dry hopping detectable towards the finish. Mouthfeel is similar to a schwarzbier, but somewhat light-bodied for the style. Drinkability was quite good. Low abv and subdued flavors make this an easy drinking session porter. Solid representation of the style; however, somewhat lacking in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 22:26:55 | More by Jwale73
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of strong bubbling lace topping a very near to black porter. Good highlighting, good retention, poor lacing.

Lots of roast on the nose, including some elements of darker chocolate. Citric hopping plays a role as well, while dark fruits bring up a distant rear. This holds true for both the aroma and the flavor.

Well attentuated, smooth and tasty. Not overly amazing, but right within style. Good job.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 06:30:33 | More by BretSikkink
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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly a finger of caramel-tan head over a brilliant dark red-brown liquid. Smells scorched caramel, chocolate, pizza spices (basil?), cream, and lightly of black patent malt.

Tastes like a rich robust brown. Strong caramel, chocolate, and motable sour from black patent. Blackberry (from Northern Brewer hops?), red berries, and dark fruits. Wet overall, but dries in the end due to dark grain edge and fine carbonation that forms readily on the papillae. Anise, nutmeg, scorched caramel & nuts. Big flavors upon the swallow, but little aftertaste leaves me wanting. Just vaporizes from the mouth. Md body, but some dextrinous character gives the appearance of more. Strong carbonation needed swirling to release to a pleasant level. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 04:14:48 | More by mentor
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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to Texas Deschutes - been waiting a long time for this.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was black to the eye but a dark brown with dark mahogany against a light. It had a thick tan head that slowly settled into a broken foam with a collar. Good lacing, no visible carb.

The aroma was excellent. I love the smell of a good porter and this one did not disappoint. Chocolate malts, coffee and roasted aroma to it. The taste was excellent as well. Nice roasted/coffee taste with a great aftertaste. It's low ABV so no alcohol taste to it. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy with a good bite.

Overall, I love this one. I usually could only try it during my trips to Colorado but now I'll be able to enjoy year end. With the low ABV, this is a definite session beer for me. Good to enjoy on a scorching Texas summer day. Part of regular rotation for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 02:21:40 | More by TexIndy
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering from Deschutes. Pours jet black with off-white head. It looks great though I though the head retention was somewhat poor, maybe that was my fault. Smell is of chocolate syrup, some earthiness (as in a bit of wood) and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is great a nice balance of chocolate, malt, some hops and bit of coffee (very small bit). Mouthfeel I found to be somewhat thin. Perhaps I was thinking more stout-ish but it seemed a little watery. Overall highly drinkable. Good taste, low alcohol, a good session beer. Best served at warmer temps.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 01:44:27 | More by bunnyhustle
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with light brown head. Very dark, no light through it. The aroma is a nice balance of chocolate and hops. Excellent taste, like the aroma I picked up a lot of chocolate with a hint of hops. A little bitterness. Good texture. A little on the heavy side, and the taste begins to wain after to many. One or two in a session is good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 19:31:45 | More by tbeck
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A staple and a great example of a Porter. Pours a dark jet black color with some reddish hues around the edges. A darker tan head with good retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose has a nice malt aroma to it with hints of astringency and darker malts. Some black and minor chocolate notes. Some minor hops with more of a earthy aroma. The yeast is mostly clean but a light ester note on the back end.

The taste is more representative. The roast and astringency comes out a bit more versus the nose. A minor lactic almost oatmeal esk but limited. The yeast is more noticeable versus the nose too. A light buytric note that my wife totally disagreed with. Not much with finishing hops.

The body is moderate but the astringency helps give it a rounder feel. Good carbonation. Overall a pretty good porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 18:26:18 | More by Oxymoron
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This deep brown brew looks almost black in the glass, and puts up a thick and chunky three finger head. Big sheets of foam slide down the glass, leaving sticky arcs of tan crust behind. Retention is really solid, and although this probably isn't much of a head turner, it's what a porter should look like.

S - Smoky charcoal and ash along with some dark chocolate notes. This smells like a campfire in the morning after a light summer rain. Ashy, smoky, but not roasted like a stout. This is a very alluring note...I like all things smoked.

T - Roasty and toasty with big autumn leaf hops so brown an crinkly that I can hear them crackle in the fire. Woody and nutty, this has my favorite aspects of a brown ale with the slightly more powerful assertiveness of a porter.

M - Medium bodied...actually on the lighter side for the style, with aggressive carbonation and a smoky but not dry finish.

D - This is a killer porter! I like the smoke and charcoal notes, and it's assertive, but not so much so that it would overwhelm me after a few bottles. I believe that this is one of the most drinkable, although not one of the best, porters that I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 15:18:12 | More by pmcadamis


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

A regional extra courtesy of BitterBill...12 oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass . Best by date of 9/11/08.

Very cool label art!

A vigorous, tall pour produced a short lived beige one finger head that quickly reduced to a bubbling delicate film and a ring around the glass.

Dark fruits, rich,roasted malts and the faintest trace of chocolate. A little light in the nose.

The taste absolutely improves on the smell. Crisp, a little earthy & well balanced....bittersweet chocolate, banana (?) and bready malts.

The mouth has a little less body than I'd like. Nicely carbonated. Crisp & clean with a mild astringent finish. This is a very nice American Porter. Relaxing, inviting & like the bottle says
"very approachable."

I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 01:27:02 | More by TATTORSO
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Heavy grain smell. Mild yeast. Faint ethanol scent detectable. Smells of whole clove.
Appearance: Dark Brown, little head, and short persistence of the head. Carbonation is fairly light over all. Bottle is slim and tall, with a tan label on it.

Taste: Musty, dark flavour, with a hint of weak coffee inside. Grains - if any - are hidden beneath this. Has a mild bite that lingers for a few moments. Leaves me thinking of smoking a cigarette afterwards (A non smoker, too).

Mouth Feel: A bit of a bite, and lingers around the pallet stubbornly. Drinking at any rate greater than a sip, and it takes on a medicinal quality.

Drinkability: Despite mouth feel, bottle disappeared with remarkable haste. If anything, it reminded me to drink a tad slower, and enjoy the burnt flavour.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 03:18:58 | More by mrkc
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,089 ratings.