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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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4,809 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,809
Reviews: 1,358
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 354
Gots: 627 | FT: 12
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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:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice dense black-brown with 1 inch tan head that slowly dissipates. Minimal light comes through with backlighting. Very nice for style.
S: Roasted caramel and chocolate malt, dry grainy hops, and a note of sweetness.
T: Very nice mix of chocolate, vanilla, sweet grainy milk (hint of milk stout almost), and a soft banana note. Very tasty. Not too complex, but very well done.
M: WOW! Tremendously creamy feel. Soft as silk. Slight hop bite at the finish to stay true to style. Rarely do I say this, but the feel may actually be the highlight of this quality brew.
D: Extremely drinkable. Excellent sessionability. A truly wonderful beer. Man am I glad Deschutes came to MN! Will be going back for more (I did a double-take when I saw the price--$2.99 for 22 oz; it's a steal).

Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 5/9/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of vanilla, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Taste is mostly bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Also hints of vanilla and some hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

d - I thought this was a great porter. It smelled amazing and had a great feel to it, and is very easy to drink at 5.2% ABV. Would love to have again.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, cream, faint milk chocolate, and a little roasted malt. It has nice complexity, but is on the fainter side for the style. The taste is larger than the aroma, but still not over the top. It is quite relaxed, and I like that. There is more roasted malt, some bitterness, and hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation of fine bubbles. Overall, this is a very nice beer. It has strong complexity, and good flavor. If only the aroma were slightly stronger I would be in love with this beer.

Photo of herman77
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown near black with a big bubbly tan head. Good amount of web lacing.

S: Mildly sweet, toasted toffee malt, some chocolate and the slight coffee hints.

T: Toasted malt with a creamy, slightly sweet chocolate taste. Burnt sugar/carmel (not in a bad way at all). There is some hops and coffee malt bitterness as well to provide balance. Tasty, creamy finish.

M/D: Medium to light body. Nice and creamy mouthfeel. carbonation is a little on the higher side. Great drinkability. Lots of flavor for being only 5.2% abv. All around a phenomenal porter.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on a trip to Portland, so glad I did because I have not seen this in the Baltimore area.

A: beautiful, dark, dark brown. close to black. Lacing on glass.
Smell: malty, sweet.
Taste: malty, biscuit, coffee.
Mouthfeel: very, very smooth and creamy.
Drinkabilty: Would welcome this again and again.

Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deepest darkest brown to black in color with a massive creamy tan head that leaves all kinds of lace around the glass.

The nose is rich and robust. Mouth watering aromas of cream, roasted malts and a generous amount of hops. Light coffee and molasses smell as well.

Plenty of toasty malt to be had along with some subtle chocolate and coffee flavors. The hops are pretty noticeable as well.

The feel is smooth and slightly creamy in a body that lies somewhere between medium and full.

Session, session, session! It's hard to believe this beer sits around five percent alcohol. A top notch porter that drinks splendidly. $2.99 a bomber? I feel like a thief.

Photo of VWBuggirl
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown with a thick creamy light brown head.

The smell is malty with bits of caramel mixed in.

The taste isn't overly sweet, though it has a bit of molasses to it. I even get a little hoppiness as well. Overall, the malty flavor is the strongest, but is well balanced.

Overall, this is very enjoyable. My first of the style, and I am pleasantly surprised. Great to drink.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA.

A - Pours an opaque black color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Foamy lacing is present.

S - Smells of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Burnt grains/coffee and bittersweet chocolate or cocoa beans.

M - Great carbonation while still being very creamy.

D - A very, very good porter and one I keep going back to. One of the best I have ever tried.

Photo of CrossFitAlex
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis, MN.

A - dark chocolate brown with beautiful head. A beautiful beer.

N - chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Served a little cold, would have been better at cellar temp IMO

T - Tastes like it smells but more intense. Definite warming alcohol presence on the end. Subtle earthiness adds nice hops balance.

M - full bodied. Rolls easily around the tongue.

Exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of shadow1961
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Black Butte Porter pours a couple of fingers of foam over a deep black brew. The liquid is a little too inky to gauge carbonation, but the nose is pretty typical porter- toasted dark malts and mocha (not that that's a bad thing). Flavor is typical too- dark toast, molasses, mocha, with a little of that charred bread flavor and herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and round, but not heavy, drying out just a bit. Altogether, a very nice easy-drinking porter.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brownish color with a medium sized bubbly head that has some nice lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa. Pretty good here but the aroma is not as strong as I would like.

Taste is just like the smell. Smooth roasted malts, bitter chocolates, some light coffee notes. The flavor here is a little lighter than I want, but a very solid beer none the less.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, smooth and creamy. Very nice drinking beer.

Wow, drinkablility here is out of this world. This would be a great session beer.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Really dark brown with a healthy tan head.

S- The smell of roasted malts and coffee.

T- A very smooth blend of roasted malts with an earthiness that leads into a subtle sweetness of molasses and hazelnut.

M- Great body that is a little less dense than most porters, which is good for enhancing the flavors.

D- Very drinkable for the style because of the nutty aftertaste. The low ABV also bodes well for the drinkability.

Photo of dwilson01
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass.
Here's my disclaimer just so you know, I've had it before and I love it, great brew for the price. If you live in Santa Barbara all the places in IV sell it for 6.99 a 6er, best beer for the price in the store in my opinion.

The name describes the appearance quite well, it's dark black in the body coloring which you can faintly see through when it's held up to a light, turns it a hellishly badass fading ember deep red tint. The head appears as creamy brownish froth which dissipates at a constant rate leaving a nice film on the top as well as excellent lacing.

The smell is dark roasted barley malt all the way, gives it a slightly burnt hint with definite coffee bean in there. The crystal malt provides the smoother chocolatey scent, a tad of caramel comes through but mostly it's roasted, and smoky scent.

The taste takes the smell to a whole new level, the roasted coffee dominates completely in the beginning and I swear there has got to be quite a bit of added hardness from some piney bittering hop additions in the wort boil. Adds a great balance to that initial flavor. The Roasted coffee pine hop bite is smoothed out by a sweet chocolate flavor which I barely note in the smell.

The feel is so much more than I would expect out of a dollar per brew six pack. Not at all thin, natural carbonation keeps it lightened enough for the flavors to impart their goodness and the smoothness of the choc malt gives you something to chew on.

Drinkable? dude, not a question, this is a dank brew and one of my favorites I need to pick up a case or something, always forget how good it is.

Photo of hardy008
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with some ruby highlights and a 2 finger light tan head. Smells of roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor is just like the aroma, with the chocolate malt being the stronger of the two flavors.

Light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, and easy to drink. This is not a complex beer, but is quite good.

Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the brew pub in Portland, OR on 2010-02-02

A - Deep, dark brown with a darkish tan head.

S - Mild but you can smell a little sweet caramel

T - Taste is of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, anise and a bit of hop bitterness to balance things out. Delicious

M - Body is light to medium and the carbonation is surprisingly medium to high, giving this porter a nice creaminess.

D - Fresh at the brew pub, it's hard to beat this brew. Definitely worth having more than one if you have the time and place.

Photo of ghostee
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with minimal off-white colored head that receded quickly.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Smell is not very strong.

This tastes lighter than I was expecting. The coffee and chocolate come through in the taste, along with the malts. Very faint hops in the background.

Mouthfeel... this is very light bodied. Also exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability is high. This goes down very easy.

Overall, this is a delicious sessional porter. None of the flavors are overpowering, it's perfectly blended, and no hint of alcohol at all. I could drink quite a few of these.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks alot to Loki83 for this one!!!

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a real dark brown in the light but presents itself as a solid black. On top is a 1 finger brown head that doesn't last to long. A lot of carbonation in this brew, bubbles all down the side of the glass and a quickly disappearing head. Looks just like a coke haha.

S- Nothing to crazy here, sweet chocolate and coffee notes with some slight char.

T- Roasted dark malts compliment some bitter sweet chocolate and coffee. Real simple but flavorful.

M- This brew has a medium light body to it that is insanely easy to drink. Consuming this beer is like drinking water, there's no heaviness to it at all. Has a higher carbonation level that really tickles the toungue, and leaves you with little bitter dryness in the finish.

Overall this is a great porter. I could drink this beer all day long no problem. The low abv and light body make it probably one of the most drinkable porters there is. A great starter for a newer BA as well as an excellent session beer.


Photo of kruse
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a shaker pint.
A- very dark brown to near black. Minimal off- white head; one of the thinnest heads I've seen. What there was disappeared quickly.
S - nice coffee aroma. No hop aroma.
T - initial taste is coffee, followed by a sharpness from the toasted barley. Hop bitterness kicks in at the end.
M - mouthfeel is a bit thin. Very light carbonation.
D - quite drinkable. A decent porter, but there are better examples of the style.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours very dark, almost black. Aggressive pour yields a two finger beige head. Some sediment visible at the bottom of the glass and floating around the beer. Light layer of foam as I drank down the glass.

S: I can smell it as soon as I pour. Inviting mocha, roast coffee grains.

T: Coffee, roastiness, dark chocolate, light char. Light hints of dark fruit emerge from under the roasted flavors on the midpalate, especially as it warms. A nice, moderate, hop bitterness develops here and carries on to the finish. Leaves a pleasant light bitterness. Bold, and drier than some other porters.

M: Nice medium body. Well done. Carbonation is light to moderate - what I expect from a porter.

D: Very easily sessionable. Drier than some porters whose sweetness can become fatiguing over time. Bold and robust without being thick. A great everyday drinking porter. Very quaffable and tasty, and easy to drink all day long.

Overall, a great porter with an extremely well integrated flavor profile and mouthfeel. Nothing's out of balance. A really good job.

Photo of urwithdave
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous trader for throwing this in as an extra. Drank from my cigar city snifter.

A- pours dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. 3/4" of off white head that disappears quite fast. Minimal lacing.

A- roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.

T- follows the nose. I get roasted malts with the first sip. There are hints of chocolate, toffee, and just a tad bit of hops.

M- medium bodied. A little overcarbonated, it takes away from the smoothness.

D- it's not bad, I could drink a few without hesitation. Just not my favorite style.

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

Brought back from Portland by Purple Cloud -- thanks dude!!

A: near opaque, with ever-so-slight reddish hue
S: very nice roasted malt, toffee notes, malt nose dominates
T: now this is a traditional porter! chewy, chocolatey, very nice roasted malt, not overpowered with hop bitterness like most American porters
M: great mouthfeel, velvety
D: very, very drinkable - nice roasted malt/earthy taste up front with good hop balance

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a brown color with a reddish hue, good sized frothy light brown head, lacing throughout. Aroma is caramel, sweet, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet and roasted malts, milk chocolate, with an almost rye-like spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium, a little oily, and smooth finish. Good porter, plenty of flavor.

Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black but clear with some ruby highlights (like a real porter should show when held to light) Moderate cap and lace. Soft carbonation.

Nice nose of roast grains some coca and sweetness, grassiness clean aroma.

A decent new world porter...enough roast/cocoa/coffee and some complimentary hopping a good dose of caramalt verging on sweet but not cloying, nice nutty discernment, some fruity esters like dark dried fruit...longish wet finish.

A good porter in the new world Micro tradition and well made

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, but it doesn't quite seem to be black; relatively clear off the pour. Big, light head rose nicely, light brown in color. Head retained OK.

S-Chocolate reigns over this aroma, semi-sweet and estery.

T-The flavor is stacked with chocolate, sweet and grainy in character, it almost reminds me of a chocolate milk powder. Yummy. Bitterness is minimal, probably just providing a minimal amount of balance.

S-Moderate, almost medium-light body, with a carbonation that at times seemed just a bit too much.

D-A delightful example of porter, making this one quite drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with amber edges when held to the light, small white head that's gone quickly leaving little lace. Nice malty, somewhat roasty aroma with some hints of chocolate and a touch of hops. This is an easy drinking, superbly balanced American Porter. Malty, but not too sweet, a nice dose of chocolate with some light caramel, and a tiny underpinning of hops to keep things even-keeled. Medium body, light carbonation makes it a quaffing beer. Will be buying this one often at this price tag. Nice brew.

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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