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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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5,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,004
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 374
Gots: 769 | 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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Photo of wvsabbath
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Apearance - Dark black, brown with little lacing. Not much of a head

Smell - Sweet malts, chocolate, nut, sugar smoke and some coffee. Smells really nice.

Taste - Pretty smokey and malty flavor starts this beer off. Bold mixed with sweet, very flavorful and unique. Very nutty with some coffee and actually smooth. Hops actually sneek in there and add some bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Lots of flavor but rather thin for a porter. Nothing gets a workout, only some sweetness and sour from the hops. Not much aftertaste either

Drinkabilty - Low alcohol, smooth, tasty, all you want in a beer to drink 3,4 or 5 of in a sitting. This is a very special beer, unique flavor and a pleasure to drink. Top porter for sure, will have again.

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

A - Dark cola brown/black with a faint hint of ruby. Really nice looking creamy, foamy, light, cafe colored head with plenty of tiny bubbles. Really good retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Initial whiff provides a lot of dark roasted coffee. Toward the end a nice kick of dark chocolate also comes out. Lots of dark roasted malt on the nose. Hints of anise come out mid sip but are not very strong.

T - Strong earthy and nutty flavors with an earthy dark chocolate. Some coffee comes out toward the finish but more fresh coffee bean than ground roasted coffee. Slight floral and earthy hop flavor mid sip. Finishes with a roasted, earthy, dark chocolate flavor that lingers.

M - Nice medium to fullish body with average/slightly above carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Pretty easy to drink, and I enjoyed it especially the mouthfeel. I would gladly drink more and could easily do so, but it didn't quite have that wow factor that would have me craving it.

Notes: I got a lot of earthy kind of flavors out of this porter. A really nice porter that went down quite easy. Nothing special about this, just a tasty porter at a good price. Not a huge chocolate or coffee bomb but a nice balanced porter.

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

got this in a trade from RBassSFHoPit2ME. thanks again man!

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. best before 4/17/11.

pours out nearly black, a bit of rubiness evident. a one finger of biege colored head that settles to a nice retentive layer. a decent amount of spotty lace.

lots of very nice roasted malts in the aroma, a bit metallic. nuances of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. some dark dried fruits, raisons, plums that come out more and more as it warms. bits of herbal hops.

delicious taste. everything a porter should be. lovely roasted malts blends nicely with dark chocolate and a little dark roasted coffee. plum, figs, and some raisons. just a bit metallic at times. has a nice little herbal, earthy hop kick towards the finish with some mild bitterness.

medium bodied, carbonation feels good. kind of a dry finish.

oh so drinkable, this is one beer i would definatly always have in my fridge if it was available to me. goes down super easy, full of flavor, and doesnt fill you up.

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

A: Pours a dark brown/blackish color with a tan had. Has a decent amount of lacing that sticks to the glass for a while.

S: Gives off good roasted malt tones.

T: All roasted malts with some hints of coffee and chocolate.

M: Medium body feel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: An overall great beer. Will definitely have to buy a few of these if I come across it again.

Photo of chilly460
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head, very little in the way of lacing.

S - Kettle corn???!!! Some biscuit malts, but overall pretty mild.

T - Buttery and great caramel malts. No hops to speak of, but still finishes clean. Easy drinking, and what I expect for a Porter.

M - Much thinner and more carbonated then I'd expect. Too much carbonation for the style.

D - Easy drinking beer as expected for the style, carbonation is only thing holding it back.

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

Pours a dark, black coffee brown with minimal off-white head head that leaves quickly and laces fairly well.

Smells almost medicinally sweet upon first sniff, with some coffee making itself known as well. Dark fruit is there too, lingering behind the others.

Taste blows the smell out of the water, with coffee, chocolate sweetness, and great creamy texture. Some tobacco and earthy tones lurk under the coffee, with wet coffee grounds being the smell/taste I get most.

Man, this is so smooth and easy to drink too, easily sessionable beer for sure. Simply fantastic.

Photo of harrymel
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my first and favorite craft brews. I guess it's time to review it.

A: Deep, dark brown ale pours and forms a burnt cream, single finger head dissipates quickly. A thin, level layer of this is leftover and remains through the entire life of the beer. Lined lacing around glass.

S: This beer reminds me of hazelnuts, roasted cocoa beans and coffee beans if they could be blended. Smooth, creamy smell. Very good.

T: So toasty, so tasty.

M: Prickly carbonation with creamy body. Leaves an initial numbing and slickness to the beer. Then, the tongue is left dry and ready for your next drink.

D: Like I stated above, one of my favorite craft brews. Delicious.

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

Poured from the standard 12oz. bottle. And may I add, being a collector of bottles, this one is extremely attractive.

A - Beautiful black with tan head. Great even lacing. Almost no transparent light through the glass when held up to light.

S - Extremely Roasted Malts. Some Munich malt. Kinda bready or yeasty.

T - Roasted malt, Coffee, Chocolate.

M - Surprisingly high carbonation levels for a porter. Nice crisp-then-strong feel. Does NOT sit heavy in the stomach, whatsoever.

D - Again light on the stomach therefore this beer gets a 4.5 on drinkability.

2 things about this beer. 1. This Beer Is Amazing. 2. This Beer Is Amazing. So many smokey malts for a home-brewer to appreciate. Just a great beer overall. Definitely one that both BA's and casual drinkers will enjoy. Not much of a review to give, just go buy it and see for yourself. Great smell and look to this beer. Some floral hops at the end. This beer is so earthy. Again the malts are just soo amazing. Go buy it. Don't think about it. Buy it.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, dated best by 4-3-11, into a pint glass. Appearance is a really dark brown, close to black. Good ring of lacing and tan colored head. Aromas are an enjoyable, smooth roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Flavors are of bitter chocolate, touch of coffee, with a little bit of hops in the finish. Definately not an "over the top" version, which has become more the norm, but a very classic well done porter with all the flavors and the texture you would expect. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated. This porter is incredibly well done and it's one I wish I could drink more often.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger head, disappears quickly, kinda disappointing. Color is pitch black. Good lacing throughout the glass. Smell is of roasted malts, maybe a hint of chocolate malts as well. Coffee is also very present in the smell. Mouthfeel is very very smooth, probably the most surprising part about this beer. Very drinkable, nothing offensive with this beer. Taste is a little disappointing as well, all the flavors are there - the roasted malts, the coffee, the hint of chocolate, but it didn't hit me the way I thought it would. Don't get me wrong, it's a great taste, it's just that it tastes a little watered down, not as powerful of a taste as I was expecting. Oh well, still a pretty good beer.

Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into one of my Boulevard pint glasses.

Appearance: Black Butte Porter pours a dark brown color and has ruby highlights when it settles in the glass. About 1.5 fingers of light tan head forms. The lacing is pretty decent, clinging nicely to the inside of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate malts and lightly roasted malts form the base of this beer. Slight coffee follows with some nice floral hop aromas on the back end. Very nicely balanced.

Taste: Chocolate malts, as well as slight roastiness and coffee make up the front end of this beer. The floral hops come out on the back end, and the finish is slightly bitter from a combination of hops and coffee. This is a very well-done beer. At 5.2% ABV it packs quite a bit of flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is right in the middle between light and medium bodied with ample carbonation. Not the smoothest or creamiest that I've had but good nonetheless. It is an extremely drinkable beer that packs a lot of flavor for the moderate ABV. It's been quite some time since I've had it and I'm impressed. I don't keep any "staple beers" in my fridge but I think this may become the first. Kudos to Deschutes.

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

Oversized tulip, 12oz bottle

Beer looks great, black with ruby red on the edges. Nice tan head with good retention.

On the nose: chocolate roasted malts, a little coffee bitters and some brown sugar as it warms.

On the tongue it is a dark chocolate flavor, but not smokey. The coffee pulsl thru to complement the chocolate malt but its a pretty balanced beer all the way around. There is a dry bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, a light-feeling Porter for sure.

I like this beer a lot.

Photo of swede96
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with a nice off white head, a really good looking beer ina glass.

Smell is of coffee with just a slight hint of hop in the background, maybe a hint of chocolate too.

Taste is very good for this porter with a slight hop taste at the start finishing off with a coffee roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is what I would call medium. The beer leaves a slight coating of the mouth, but not unpleasant.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol very well hidden and 1 of these does call for another.

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

I drank close to a case of this over the holidays. A great brew and will be in my fridge for years to come.

About as black a porter will be. A nice thick head is evident which retains well and leaves nice lacing down the glass. One of the best looking porters I am aware of.

Smells very roasty and chocolately. Just a little bit of hops present in the smell.

Oh my, this is just what a porter should be. Roasty, chocolately, and just a little bit of hop finish. A little bit of coffee character as well.

Medium bodied and extremely smooth. This is my favorite porter to date and wll be difficult to unseat. Deschutes is quickly moving up my list of favorite breweries. Get this if you've never had it.

Photo of bizzlebrew
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely to create a beautiful colored head with good lacing with a slight malty smell out of the glass. Nice!

Very good subtle mouth feel makes this beer feel, oh so drinkable.

Slight chocolate and malt flavoring with a good mild aftertaste. Just the right amount of strength and carbonation to create a very drinkable porter I would gladly purchase again!!

Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a brownish black color with a nice tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves just a few spots of lacing.

S- Smells of roasted malts, nutty, bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee. I bit of an earthy hop. Everything comes up a bit weak.

T- Tastes of burnt sugar. Quite roasty with maybe the slightest hint of chocolate.

M- Very thin in body almost watery and seems to be way too carbonated.

D- Was looking forward to this one. I'd try it again, but maybe I'm a bit spoiled by Edmund Fitgerald.

Photo of Elendinn
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours the usual pitch black with a minimal, tan head that quickly dissolves; when tilted, the beer tapers to a moderately-transparent dark brown. Nothing out of the ordinary here, though I wouldn't expect anything more from a more-or-less standard, year-round release.

The nose is full of the usual suspects, as well: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hoppy bitterness in the backend. While there's nothing particularly novel about it, it's exceptionally pronounced, moreso than expected, and quite delicious.

Tastes just like it smells, full of chocolatey, coffee goodness. Finishes dry, perhaps influenced by the miniscule amount of hops detected in the nose, with a bit of smoke. The faint flavor of dark chocolate lingers on well after everything else has vanished.  Gets a bit sweeter as it warms.  Lots of potent flavor here for a relatively small porter.

Lots of carbonation, medium-bodied, but still quite smooth without any noticeable alcohol presence.

An excellent, low-abv porter -- powerful, smooth, and easily drinkable.  It's not robust, nor is it exceptionally complex, but it's consistently good and perfectly priced.  I'm lucky to have this beer at my annual disposal.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Upon popping the cap there was a loud hissing noise and I poured into my DFH goblet. I decided to pour straight on and was left with a perfect three finger thick mocha colored head that was right at the tippy top of my glass. When I hold my glass up this baby is jet black with no light passing through. Almost looks like used motor oil, minus the heavy viscosity which is fairly light.


Loads of dry cocoa powder, roasty goodness, light coffee undertones, and burnt toast. As I let my glass warm up a little bit an aroma of scorched sugar and caramel are poking through with some molasses.


Wow, this is very dry but yet so drinkable. Lots of bakers chocolate and roast are front and center here, dry roast, almonds, and toast round out the middle with some coffee notes. In the finish there is brown sugar and had a slightly ashy finish but nothing off putting.

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

pours a beautiful deep cola brown bordering on black, though with a slightly disappointing tan head that faded fairly rapidly leaving little lacing. The smell is that of roasted malts, somewhat smoky and a hint of chocolate.
The tongue follows the noses lead and is powered by dark cocoa with woody coffee notes touched upon as well.
the carbonation is higher than I am accustomed to in a beer this dark, but that is not as much of a problem as I had expected. It still rolls around quite smoothly and finishes well on the back end. There is a bitter follow up with that dry bakers chocolate type finish.
I can and have drank several bottles of this in one night.
I really enjoy this beer. it's a great draft from a great brewery. If you see some on the shelf, definitely grab some.

Photo of Gmann
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark brown color with a small yet tight khaki colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of milk chocolate and wood. There is some brown sugar sweetness and some light caramel. Not very strong but nice.

The taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, some breakfast blend coffee, sour berry, and wet tree bark. Caramel notes add some sweetness. Good earthy flavors.

Moderate feel with very crisp carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate and finishes slightly bitter. I love that this is 5.2%.

This is a very flavorful standard porter. I could drink these all day.

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

aquired on recent trip to Colorado this past Fall.

A-black with nice head for a moderate pour brownish white head.

S-roasted coffee, chocolate, malt.

T-follows the smell, but way more flavorful than you expect.

M-Creamy and smooth; absolutely delicious!

D-very high drinkability.

I LOVE THIS PORTER! Amazing beer! I can't wait to try the barrel aged version of this beer Black Butte XXII, someday...

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

Served in a glass.

A: Dark black/brown in color. Possibly the darkest colored beer I've tried. Head is tan/sand colored. It dissipates rather quickly and leaves noticeable lacing.

S: Roasted malts, hops, smoke, coffee, chocolate and perhaps a bit of spice. All these scents blend together to make a quite pleasant smell.

T: See the smell above. All those scents are present as flavors as well. As well as they blend together as far as the smell is concerned, they blend together even better for the taste. It's hardly bitter at all. The smoke flavor compliments the other flavors very well. Overall one of the best tasting beers I've had in quite a few months.

M: Thick-bodied. Foamy. Feels quite good.

D: Great drinkability. Could have another. It tastes good enough that I might more than one extra bottle if I felt like it.

Awesome porter! Fits the American Porter style quite well. There may better ones but there are definitely many ones that are worse. Love everything about this beer. Definitely give it a try if you come across it!

Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with garnet edges. 2 finger khaki head sinks fast at first but then slows way down to form a thick collar.

S - Roasted espresso bean oil, toasted grain bread, hints of chocolate and amaretto.

T - Straight chocolate bar with chalky cocoa presence. Some sour and tart berries, blackberries and under ripened raspberries. A faint smokey malt resides in the background throughout. A humble amount of coffee grinds adds more to the robust flavors. Aftertaste is a dry roasty chocolate flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied. Perfect carbonation.

This seems like a light bodied porter but the flavors meld very well. It's the flavors I look for in a porter but seems a tad light on the overall flavor. Beautiful roasted character with the raspberries. This is a must try porter!

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Despite the name, the beer doesn't come out completely black, more of a dark brown with lighter brown/amber edges. A big off-white/cream colored head, it sticks around for a little while. Not a heck of a lot of lacing.

The smell is probably the best feature of the beer. Very complex, with an excellent combination of roasted malts and hops. Chocolate and coffee notes are present with a touch of grains and maybe a little hay. Like most porters the malt side smells a bit stronger, but the hops are certainly present in this nice combination.

The taste is very good too, picks up where the smell takes off. It really goes after all of your taste buds. The chocolate present here is bitter and some coffee tones again. Well hopped, earthy probably slightly piney. I don't know what it is but there is somthing slightly sour in the flavor too. It's very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and silky while maintaining full bodied effect. Well carbonated, almost too much but hidden well by the liquid texture. Extremely drinkable, beer I'd like more of it.

Thanks to ZX6Chris for this one as an extra in a trade, good trader we'll have to do business again sometime.

Photo of juju7
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head to speak of.
Really pleasant roast and powdered chocolate malt nose. A bit of a swirl shows up a bit of green hops at the back. Palate is full, smooth and balanced. More of the same chcolate, malt, roast flavours lining up nicely. Bitterness is mild with a medium finish. Really good.

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,004 ratings.