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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,995
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 369
Gots: 766 | FT: 11
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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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of gregb13
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, beep brown with caramel-like hints around the edge through the light. Nice beige head and lacing that clings to the glass. Smells rich and complex; earthiness, floral notes, hops, coffee, chocolate malt... very nice. Taste is an absolute flavor bonanza of malted chocolate, fresh ground coffee, faint grassiness, and lively yet subtle hop finish. Slightly viscous on the palate, yet goes down so so easy. This is a unique porter, and the best of the style that I've had.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely the best porter i have ever had, been my go to since i move to colorado in august. pours apparently black, but when held up to the light has a low red glow. nice 1.5 inch head that leaves good lacing on the glass. smells dry like an irish stout, chocolate malts no doubt, but not heavy in the nose. taste is not dry at all, rich and creamy with a finish that is just ever so slightly bitter from the hop additions. mouthfeel is creamy and on the bigger side of medium bodied. i could drink a 6er of this every day for the next 50 years, just complex but understandable, like a magician showing you the secrets. an epic epic porter

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Butte pours a dark deep brown color with a nice deep mahogany hue. I can just barely see through it. The head started off at about a finger-tall in a pint glass and receded to a hazy, dark tan film quickly. The lacy is fairly sticky and has the look of splashing water.

The smell of the Black Butte is glorious. A perfect blend of roasted and chocolate malt aromas waft out of the glass. There is just a faint hint of nuttiness in there, as well. It is a deep and velvety aroma.

Hmm, the the roasted malt flavors are the most prominent flavor at first taste, perhaps accentuated by a subtle pine hop taste. Also in the profile is a bit of burnt toast and coffee. There are a good amount of chocolate flavors in there, too, but the roasted malt tastes win. I wonder if the two flavors would marry better if this bottle aged more? The aftertaste of this brew is quite nice- a slightly chocolately, coffee-like acidic remnant.

The mouthfeel is solid. A bit of acidic astrigency rides the sides of my palate and back of my tongue throughout the sip, while the mellower, medium body emerges in the middle of the sip. The finish has that little bit of acidic pucker that I mentioned previously.

Overall, I think this beer hits the mark extremely well for the style. I generally tend to like slightly fuller, richer porters, but for a 5.2% a.b.v. porter, this is very well-crafted.

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

Thin whitish head. Dark ruby body. Traces of lacing.

Smells nice-- coffee and maybe a hint of dark chocolate and toffee. Hard to pin down specifics (my pint glass had minimal head), but definitely nice.

Dang, this is what I think of when I think porter. Just a tad sweet, coffee and faint chocolate, with hints of malt (and hickory?) and a trace of hops to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel nails it-- not foamy or sudsy, just a bit creamy, and enough carbonation to keep it rich without being watery or syrupy.

Overall a darn fine porter. On the sweeter side, so hoppy porter-loers need not apply. Definitely fills the bill for me though.

Photo of tbern007
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown/black with ruby around the edges if held to the light. Thick tan head, long lasting, good lacing throughout.
S- chocolate, a little licorice, slight smoke, roasted malts.
T - chocolate, roasted malts, less of the coffee than expeced. A little hoppy with that Pac NW hops.
M - good, well balanced. Sessionable for a porter. Lighter than expected, carbonation is spot on.
O - great porter, good overall flavor.

Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Number 93 in my quest to try all the Beers of Fame. This one is a new addition to the list. I just received it from Bottletrek. This is one great Porter!!! Pours into a pint glass like a beer advertisement, big light tan head, dense dark brown color, good retention and thick lacing.

Great aroma as well. Mostly chocolate up front with some toasted malt. Strong, very inviting smell.

Tastes great. Milk Chocolate, toasted malt and some coffee creeping in at the end. Mouthfeel is rich enough and oh so smooth!!!! Goes down so easy, you might be tempted to say it is a bit thin. It probably isn't, just less finishing bitterness than some porters. Overall, my quest has introduced me to two great Porters, this one and Edmond Fitzgerald.

I would welcome another one of these any time.

Photo of gtermi
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a VERY dark brown, almost black, and has a pretty thick head but fades to nothing over time.

S: Man the chocolate malt just kicks you in the face, but it is amazing. It has some coffee scents, but mostly just chocolate.

T: Again I get a lot of chocolate malt with some coffee taste and maybe a little bit of caramel.

M: Beer is very smooth, a little watery, but that doesnt take away from the beer.

O: This is one of my favorite Deschutes beers of all time. There isnt much to say, but one of the best beers on the market.

Photo of ms11781
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirdrinknp. Best by 02/21/2012 on label. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep brown color, borderline black, by not quite. An excellent, fluffy head of foam develops. The color of the foam lies somewhere between off-white and tan. Great, thick foamy lacing clings to the glass with each sip.

Great nose here. Nice roasty notes are compliment by some chocolate and a subtle coffee presence that becomes a touch stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is extremely close to the nose but benefits from a nice earthy character at the finish. Nice chocolate and lighter coffee notes come up front and sit over a nice roasty backbone. The aforementioned earthy notes round each sip out nicely.

Medium body with medium to high carbonation. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I would have liked, possibly due to the carbonation seemingly a bit higher.

An excellent take on the style. This is a really good porter. Classic, simple porter characteristics done correctly take the beer a long way.

Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 6-pack at the fine Pono Market, a recommended place to visit if you find yourself in Kapa'a on Kauai.

Pretty much impenetrably black in color, with almost no head. No lace here, but this was just a bit past it's "sell by" date when I found it. I noted that drinking this at room temperature greatly improved the carbonation, though, so consider that.

Nose was delicious and chocolatey, with a hint of coffee roastiness. Quite impressive.

Taste was dark chocolate and a hint of burnt malts, with a mild coffee finish. I couldn't have asked for a more definitive porter.

Definitely an excellent porter, and highly enjoyable.

Photo of itlnstallion11
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite porters along side Sam Smith's Taddy Porter, I know ones English and this one is American but they are both amazing and unique.

A- This beer pours an extremely dark brown almost like a coffee with a nice tan head that actually lingers around for a while.

S- It smells of dark chocolate, black coffee and roast with minimal dark fruit smell but maybe just a tad at the end.

T= WOW this tastes as it smells, up front there is a delicious blast of chocolate. This is quickly followed by a nice and slightly bitter coffee taste that surprisingly does not leave an outlandish aftertaste. The roasted toffee flavor gives it an outstanding final touch, making this beer a GREAT PORTER.

M- good on carbonation, but not as silky as i would have liked. Has a somewhat watery consistency, but nothing that can take away from this fantastic beer.

O- This is an amazing beer that is surprisingly drinkable with little to no traces of alcohol. I love this porter and it will continue to be stocked in my refrigerator.

Photo of Ruffio
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours an attractive deep brown color and forms an off white head

S- Roasted with strong suggestions of chocolate, some coffee, and some earthy hints.

T- Strong in roasted malts, coffee and (of course) dark chocolate. Amazingly well balanced.

M- Medium mouthful and nice carbonation. Exceptionally smooth

O- This is the brew that got me into good beer and is still my all time favorite. This is also the beer I most often recommend for people interested in getting a taste of what craft breweries have to offer and rarely have they been disappointed.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This isn't my first time trying a Black Butte, but my first chance to review.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, it's a deep brown color with an inch at least of bubbly off-white head. It glows a little red with a light behind it.

The aroma is very nice, roasted toffee notes with a definite slight chocolate flavor to it.

The flavor is more of the same but a little ore bitter flavor comes through. Very easy drinking and tasty, a very good beer.

This is a classic American porter and well deserving of the high marks.

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,995 ratings.