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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,320
Reviews: 1,322
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 320
Gots: 434 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

DefenCorps, May 02, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

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

IBUnit63, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

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...

Beefeater57, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

stewart124, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%


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.

Erdinger2003, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of westweasel
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

westweasel, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of peck95
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

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

peck95, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of BgThang
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

BgThang, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of ubermick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

ubermick, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

jayrod20, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

JEdmund, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.4/5  rDev +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.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

throwitallaway, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with cocoa hues. Tight tan head leaves behind some clinging lace and sticks around for a while. A few swirls builds it right back up.

Mildly sweet aroma and enticing with chocolate, roasted malt, light roast coffee, caramel, and a touch of citrus hops.

Dark roasted coffee kicks things off coupled with a light acidic twang from the roasted malt. Sweetens up with caramel, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Perfect balance of hop and roasted malt bitterness. Hops do not stand out, but help balance and round out the flavor profile. Finishes dry with lingering roasted bitterness.

Medium bodied on the tongue, but lightens up as it is swallowed. Silky smooth and almost creamy. Awesome drinkability - could drink this all night. Great flavor and depth, yet so easy to drink.

Great porter, one of the best. Simple but done nearly perfect.

Lupe, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Big thanks to franknbeans for this bottle.
Dark ruby brown/almost black colored pour with a nice tan head. Smell was mild but nice and of dark roast malt. Taste was dark and roasty bordering burnt. Mouthfeel was a bit too light, but was nicely carbonated. Could stand to be a touch thicker, and bolder, but still a nice roasty taste and a decent easy drinking porter

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a 2 finger head with excellent retention. Dark Brown in color.

Smell is of chocolate and crystal malts. The chocolatey notes are inticing.

Taste is a nice balance of crystal and pale malt sweetness with a chocolatey finish. Bitterness is low and serves to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but is a bit too watery.

This is an easy to drink, well balanced porter that I will try again.

jasonjlewis, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of jmalex
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

I bought this today at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ and had been looking forward to getting to try it for quite some time. I couldn't help myself and had to crack it open tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint a deep brown with ruby red highlights. The light tan head starts at one and a half fingers high and eventually drops to a thick collar and full surface covering. Spotty patches of lace line the entire inside of my glass as I drink.

SMELL: Wow. I've found the perfect smelling porter. This has just the perfect balance of the lighter chocolates and caramels with the darker black malts and just a touch of roastiness. It all combines to give the beer a slight vanilla and root beer quality to it. I can't wait to drink.

TASTE: The taste is much like the smell, but doesn't blow me away like the aroma did. It comes across as slightly fruity along with a heavy dose of chocolate, but just isn't as complex as the nose. One thing that is added is the presence of some northwest hops that come out especially toward the finish. Solid.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full bodied with a carbonation toward the lower end. One thing that does strike me is a silky creaminess that smooths the beer out considerably.

DRINKABILITY: It goes down quite easy, and the ABV is at a reasonably low level which helps. The silky mouthfeel also helps here. I'd have no problem ordering another.

A fine beer that I'm thrilled I got a chance to try. I can't put it in the upper eschelon of robust porters but it's something I'd definitely order if I saw it out anyplace.

jmalex, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

I saw this on sale for 12.99/12 today and thought what the hell? Nice black color with a light tan head. It smells roasty, malty and slightly meaty. The flavor is roasty and robust. I was really surprised at how strong the flavor actually was, nice. The drinkability is awesome, I killed one in about fifteen minutes (not normal for me). Deschutes is doing great things with their beers and I will be buying the Double Black Butte when it hits Colorado this summer.

ArrogantB, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

I've had this on Nitro, Cask, bottles, ontap... you name it. For the purpose of this review i am going to write, I will base it on the CO2 tap/keg.

Appearance is very dark brown, with some light penetrating. Very rich head with a good inch that retained for a while.

Aroma is of light coffee and toasted malt. A small hop presence, which I enjoyed.

creamy and smooth coffee and rich malt. Very drinkable, not strong and certainly the Black Butte Porter is not delegated to deserts and limited food pairings. A really good session beer.

SurlyDuff, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

a: Brown body turns amber against the light, a tan head leaves lacing as I go.

s: Sweet roasted malt, maybe a hint of chocolate, and a dash of hops.

t: A well balanced concoction of subtle flavors: roasted malt combines with toasted caramel malt, toffee, and a light hop finish.

m: Light, silky smooth texture.

d: Goes down easy thanks to good balance and a lighter body. Not too filling, I would drink another if I had one. A solid brew.

BradLikesBrew, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%

Poured a black but not opaque body with a minimal white head. Smell was very light with mild roast ash and some chocolate. Taste was a little underwhelming. That ash flavor tasted more like burnt coffee when drunk. Hops were not pronounced as to be expected with the style. The mouth feel was thin and watery. There was a certain acidic flavor to this one as it went down reminiscent of coffee at work that had sat out too long. This beer is very well crafted in that there is a good overall balance of flavor, a light crisp quality, and it lets some of the key flavors shine forward-I just wasn't a huge fan of those flavors.

hopsleeroy, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
4.4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a dark brown color with a half inch tan head that falls quickly. Wet lace slides down the glass on each sip.
Smokey dark chocolate and espresso in the aroma.
Toasty malt backbone with rich dark chocolate flavors and some coffee. Hops appear in the middle, disappear and then reappear in the aftertaste. Niether the chocolate, coffee nor hop flavors are overdone but are balanced perfectly.
Medium bodied mouthfeel. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Slight acidic kick.
Excellent session beer. Excellent porter. One of the best I've had. I forgot who sent me this beer, but please send me more.

wcudwight, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.15/5  rDev -1%

This brew poured a good two inch tan head.The smell of dark roasted coffee and coco powder were very pleasant. The taste of chocolate and coffee and cola with a slight hoppy mid palate.
The mouthfeel: med. body
The drinkabilty was worldclass. This is a great American standard up there with Anchor Steam porter. Great dry finish that leaves you thirsty for more!

athensbeermaster, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Opened 12 oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Bubbly head of 1.5". Held held at a half inch for most of the brew. Nice opaque dark color.

Smell is dark malts with hints of coffee.

Taste is coffee and chocolate notes... Creaminess that works well with light bubbles. Good finish, little to no aftertaste.

Really smooth beer.

mattster, Jan 28, 2008
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,320 ratings.