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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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5,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,053
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 381
Gots: 832 | 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:
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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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark cherry cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is very nice with aromas of dark belgian chocolate,bitter milky coffee and fruity hops,it has a rather smooth light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of bitter milky coffee first up followed by some mocha and finished with a slight hoppy fruitiness that is slightly bitter and overall its definately a nice hoppy american porter cheers.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with rose around the edges. Fairly light khaki head that fades semi quickly.

The smell is GREAT. Loads of coffee, caramel, and roasty chocolate.

The taste is along the lines of coffee with just enough bitterness to get by.

A solid beer that with 5.2% ABV you could drink a few and not have a problem.

Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date on this says 4/7/11...20 days late shouldn't hurt this guy too badly.

A: Black pour with a full light brown head. retention is ok but the lacing is nice.

S: Caramel malts with a slight roastiness and some coffee in the smell. Chocolate is mixed in there as well.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts start this off. It seems to be almost smokey. Nice coffee finish lingers with you until your next sip.

MF: Heavy body with the right amount of carbonation. No hint of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O: Better than most of the porters I've had to this point. The watered down thing I normally experience is non existant. Roastiness and dryness takes over.

Photo of ehammond1
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark brown and ruby with a thin light tan head. Looks relatively thin and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. While relatively pretty in color, the body looks lacking and there's not much show on the glass.

That being said, the remaining aspects of this beer really shine. The aroma is a powerful one consisting of roasted malts, roasted coffee, some chocolate, and a bit of hops. If anything, there's actually too much roasted malt and coffee presence here, as it overwhelms much of anything else, but that being what it is, it's a fantastic and welcoming aroma.

There's more bitterness and hop presence here than I would have expected after smelling this beer. Though the beer is still mainly roasted malt, coffee, an essence of chocolate finds its way in. An accessible and delicious porter, and remarkably flavorful for having such low alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and the alcohol content, perhaps a touch thinner than where I would love it to be; all in all, very good.

An extremely delicious porter that packs a lot of flavor in a small package. This is the type of beer that converts people to craft. Well done!

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

12-ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass. "Best by 9-19-11" on bottle.

A: Nicely dark brown in color, with tan lacing/head. Bad pour on my part, not pouring much of a head.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee on the nose, along with a hint of smoke and charcoal, like the bits stuck to the grill grate. Also reminiscent of a Tootsie Roll and vanilla too.

T: More charcoal and definitely get the carbonized-grilled-meat-stuck-to-the-grate flavors. Then it moves on to the Tootsie Roll like flavor again, along with the roasted malt and burnt caramel.

M: I enjoy the dryness of the hop profile here. There is a hint of sweetness upfront, then the hops kick in to dry things out, while the finish leaves a faint impression of sweetness, but again the hops are there for balance. Pretty nice acidity for a porter. Dark-roasted malt flavors linger on the finish.

O: I have never been much of a porter guy, but if I can find others like this Deschutes Black Butte Porter, I'd certainly try them.

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

This was the main beer I wanted in a trade with miikezombie(Thanks).

A-Very dark brown color, almost black, with a little red showing through. Nice head, but it faded quickly, OK lacing.

S-First thing I pick up is coffee, with some chocolate and caramel.

T-Just like the smell.

M-Creamy and Smooth

D-At only 5.2% ABV I could drink a lot of these.

Overall-A pretty tasty porter, but not quite as good as Edmund Fitz and Founders Porter.

Photo of joecast
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

not quite black beer with a deep red hue when held to light. almost a reddish brown. head is thin foamy tan with nice lacing.

light cocoa aroma. very nice. very smooth.

taste is mellow starting with delicate chocolate/cocoa. middile shows incredible balance. full malt without being too sweet. nice clean bitterness. finish has a hint of dry roastiness. perfect.

mouthfeel is at just the right level. smooth yet not so full that it feels like a bigger beer than it really is. meaning i could quite happily enjoy very much of this.

an excellent porter. and another winner from deschutes. they are starting top push into my group of favorite breweries.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Tav in Ellensburg

A Pours a dark brown with some reddish tinge in it. The head is mediumsh but the lacing is good.

S In the nose you get notes of chocolate, coffee, and roast malts.

T The taste on this one is excellent. You get notes chocolate and coffee, but mostly a very nice roasty flavor.

M This has a nice medium body, that is really easy to drink.

Overall this is a great porter and one of my all time go to beers. It tastes good, its a great session beer because its so easy to drink and its widely available all over the northwest at reasonable prices. So if you find yourself in the NW drink this you will be happy you did.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice red ruby colour with an off white head that does retain and lace the glass.

S - Small amounts of roasted malt a little chocolate and coffe as well

T - Nice balance between raosted and sweetness in the malt. Coffee and Chocolate also present with some dark fruit, very smooth on the finish.

M - Medium body and low carbonation that contributes to this beer being so very smooth.

O - Loved this beer and could drink it all night long.

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

A - Dark, ruby-tinged body with nice lacing. Thick frothy head with great retention.

S - Wood, earthy, chocolate and slight coffee. Musky.

T - Interesting. Light bodied and refreshing. Almost citrusy, at least in comparison with other porters. Slightly sweet on the finish. Different. Really good different.

M - Slightly watery, but pretty damn smooth.

O - This is a solid porter with a unique flavor. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark ruby black body with a medium caramel head. Sticky lacking and good retention.

Smell - Dark chocolate and coffee. Very powerful aroma. Smells great.

Taste - Coffee. Slightly spicey. Great.

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium body with decent volatility on the tongue. Not watery like Guinness.

Overall Drinkability - Love it. One of the best stouts/porters I've had.

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

A: Brown with a strong ruby tint; head is fairly thin but steady; lacing is pretty good

S: Strong roasted malt aromas with coffee, chocolate, and what even smells like a touch of oats or other grassy grains; nice rich roasty quality but still fairly simple and muted

T: Rich roasted malts and a toasty breadiness; malts give subtle coffee and chocolate flavors; a touch of a dark fruit sweetness; but really this is quite bready and toasty

F: A touch thin at first but pretty standard for the style; the beer does sit nicely on the back of the tongue and has its moments toward the end where it is a bit chewy

O: This is a really nice, malty beer that could be consumed easily and consistently; just a nice, simple porter

Photo of Dubbercody
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An often passed over gem of a beer that is on tap almost everywhere in the Portland Metro. I am going to have to remind myself to enjoy this beer more often.

Dark, dark brown almost red-ish black color with a white head. The head stuck around for a while. Nice looking, inviting beer. Chocolate, roast and some coffee come through in the nose. Smell develops nicely as this beer warms up. Tastes malty and roasty with that continued coffee flavor balanced with a nice mild hop to keep it in balance. Incredibly easy to drink, very tasty beer that I encourage everyone to try. Wonderful beer, I am going to try to make a point to enjoy this one on tap more often.

Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Yard House San Diego

Black with tan head, porter classic. The aroma is subtle and bready, malty wth subtle chocolate notes. Creamy and soft texture, great balance of roasted notes, malt and fruitiness. Very easy drinking and satisfying. Excellent porter.

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

On-tap into pint glass at Yard House downtown Denver
A - Tan frothy head left lacing as it subsided to a more than thin top layer, not quite black very deep brown with burgundy hues 4
S - Bitter-sweet chocolate, sweet toasted malts, moderate hop floral nose 4
T - Chocolate malts dominate, coffee notes, a bitter somewhat herbal end with an after taste that lingers and becomes floral, very nice flavor throughout, excellent balance 4.5
M - A medium to almost full bodied brew I'd classify as "heavier" with no thickness, good carbonation 4.5
O - A very good porter I will absolutely drink again and a great session beer, this beer surpasses my past porter experiences to make my top of the style list 4.5

Photo of lwillitz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of foamy tan head over dark brown (nearly black) body with red-orange highlights; laces the glass very well

S - roasted malts, hint of smoke, rich coffee, slight hop presence

T - strong backbone of roasted malty goodness with a touch of smoke; ample hop flavor, especially in the bitter finish

M - medium-bodied and oily; medium to high carbonation; thinner than I expected, but not bad at all

O - The porter is one of my favorite styles of beer and this is an excellent porter from Deschutes. I recommend!

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Butte Porter pours an extremely dark brown almost black color. The creamy tan head is 1/4 inch but it does disseminate. The consistency of the head is average. It has some soft spots but overall it lasts.

The smell is pretty unique. My first impression is cocoa, then of toasted malts, but when I dive deeper into the beer I discover a serious charcoal smell. The smell finishes by reminding me of Obsidian. This is some seriously dark and volcanic stuff. The taste is even more impressive. I tasted a chalky, earthy malt beverage balanced with a pleasant amount of hops and liquid carbonation.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit too carbonated. But, it's chalky, which I like because of the earthiness. The finish of Black Butte is amazing because there are no lingering off-flavors. This is a very smooth beer. I will definitely buy this again. Since this beer has some ashy volcanic flavors I think it could actually work as a summer Porter.

Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a crimson hued dark brown colour, with a luxurious dark tan head which leaves ample laceing. rich smelling dark malts in the nose...lots of dark chocolate and nougat, with some ripe fruitiness and yeast to accompany things. very nice tasting porter...again, dark roasted malts pave the way with espresso and bittersweet chocolate...hints of toffee and candied fruits...no burnt malt bitterness or exceptional bitterness from the hops. the hops do provide just a kiss to balance out the minimal residual sweetness, otherwise finishes on the dry side with a slight quenching characteristic. classic medium porter body. mouthfeel also in the classic sense...lagerish feeling with a chalky note. pretty nice. really nice drinkability overall...nothing fancy just a solid, classic, approachable porter in the english tradition.

very sessionable and tasty enough to be respected and recommended. very nice porter.

Photo of smm
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish dark brown with a foamy 1/2 inch tan head which quickly recedes.

S- Sweet smelling. Sugary, malty and fruity, maybe a bit smokey.

T- Chocolatey and a bit earthly, smokey and roast. Definite coffee finish.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit dry finish.

O- A nice porter with good flavor, but nothing too memorable. Very drinkable at 5.2%

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

A - pours a black color with a really nice light mocha head that retains really well.

S - smells of really nice chocolaty malts with a touch of coffee

T - black butte opens up with rich milk to dark chocolate flavors that stay on the tongue quite a while. It finishes with a touch of burnt grains that leave a very subtle burnt flavor. This is pretty much a chocolate beer that is more flavorful than my description would leave you to believe

M - nice body with a soft carbonation...pretty good

D - this is a really solid porter. Lots of rich chocolate makes this a perfect desert beer for chocolate lovers. Big thanks to websherpa for the chance to try this one. Another solid brew from deschutes!

Photo of ChadQuest
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Brown with light brown around the edges. Thin Cap. Aroma smells of lactose, cereal grains, and roasted malts. Flavors come through a bit more roasty and with more coarse chocolate with some bright fruits thrown in there also. Drinks almost like a dark pale ale in that it has a balance in there and isn't dead set on the roasted malt side of porters. The carbination keeps things a bit brighter too as does the med-light mouthfeel. Overall impression is of a great Porter that i would keep stocked if it was a local.

Photo of hiku7
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half of a 12 oz bottle poured in a stemless red wine glass. Split the bottle with my wife.

A - Almost black, shows a dark brown when held up to the light. 1 finger tan head that ebbed fairly quickly, followed by light webbed lacing.

S - Heavy dose of molasses, followed by chocolate. Overall malty, without a substantial hop presence.

T - Coffee and chocolate maltiness shines, with a small hint of bitterness, but very easy on the hops. Slightly spicy or peppery in the finish.

M - Creamy, yet not as full bodied as it looks, with moderate but fizzy carbonation.

D - Solidly drinkable porter.

Delicious, very similar to Deschutes' Obsidian Stout, with less hoppiness (and alcohol) than Obsidian.

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

OK, I'm drinking this while listening to Aqualung, so it's a little hard to concentrate on the Beer. Good aroma, from what I can smell. My sense of smell is not the greatest. Strong coffee flavor, decent aftertaste. One of my favorite porters, and also one of my favorite beers. Very drinkable any time of the year.

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

Pours a semi-transparent dark mahogany - wasn't able to get much of a head, but so far, so good. Smoky aroma has tones of molasses and sweet chocolate. Smoky, chocolaty, slightly sweet taste has hints of malt and molasses. Texture is smooth yet lively and quite fizzy.

Photo of ChristopherB
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just drank my first Black Butte Porter.
First thing I noticed was the mouth feel, very silky in texture. Some trace of chocholate. Balance hop/malt finnish. Head retention i thought could have been a little better at 60 deg. All n all I would buy the beer again.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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