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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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5,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,049
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 381
Gots: 827 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with some coffee notes. Also notes of chocolate and caramel.

T - It tasted very roasty with dark chocolate and coffee. There was some toffee and caramel flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good porter. Deschutes continues to impress with every brew they make.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's an East vs. West showdown tonight! I'm doing a side-by-side comparison of this beer and Smuttynose Robust Porter.

This beer had a bountiful, cream-colored head that receded to a one-finger thickness. The color is pretty much black, with a smidge of red showing at the bottom even before I held it to the light.

The aroma has cocoa notes, and there's something that smells bitter. I can't tell if it's a roasted coffee bitter or a hop bitter.

I taste dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and licorice. The finish is drier, relative to the Robust Porter. The mouthfeel is also thinner.

This is a solid beer that might have fared better in the scoring if it wasn't going directly against Smuttynose's porter. I wouldn't mind picking up some more the next time I'm on the West Coast.

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

When chilled slightly this beer gives off the smell of Girl Scout mint chocolate cookies. As it warms it has more baker's chocolate aromas.

This isn't heavy at all. Maybe a tad thin. But it really gives out the cocoa flavors. And faintly reminds me of smoking planks- dunno why. The warmer it gets the more the coffee notes really come on.

It has a little bite on the mouthfeel and isn't overly sweet. Very nice starter beer for those just getting into dark beers.

One I stock up on and an everyday kind of pour.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a fingers worth of white foam on tap.

Beer smells of coffee and sweet chocolate.

Beer tastes very similar to the nose. Very roasty and finishes very sweet. Starts off with a creamy, coffee taste that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is spot on with what a Porter should be. Very rich and creamy, but not too much so.

Overall, a very good porter.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice lighter mahogany with some dark caramel edges. There is a nice 1 inch head with some dense bubbles and some nice medium sized ones sprinkled around. THe head is a light tan/cream color.

Tons of delicious roasty and bready notes. Even some slight nut notes. ALmonds and even peanuts. Very bready and toasty and there are some slight banana bread notes. Roasted notes with some coffee sprinkled around as well as some nice chocolate.

Nice roasted start with some bready grain notes. Very nice and slightly toasty. Feel is a bit lighter than expected and than I would prefer. Nothing like Founders Porter. There is some nice smoke in there that can be perceived as well. With a nice coffee finish and bitterness.

Ok porter. Although I am a bit disappointed. Would've wanted a bit more body but flavor is good.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, dark brown with an off white head. The aroma is roasty, caramel, chocolate, and earthy. Flavor matches the aroma pretty well and you can throw in a bit of licorice. Pretty crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. A very nice beer, the porter that got me into the style.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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