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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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4,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,508
Reviews: 1,341
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 329
Gots: 519 | FT: 14
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 mrasskicktastic
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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 -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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 +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This one was a 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a dark toffee with hints of red. Thick head with plenty of retention and good lacing.

S - Slight hops, not too much. Almost like bakers chocolate and coffee. Nice rosted malt smell.

T - Pretty good coffeee taste with a slight chocolate taste. Not too hoppy but they are there.

M -Creamy mouthfeel and good aftertaste. Medium bodied and good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. This is one of my go to beers. At 5.5% ABV they go down nice and easy.

nbrown, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy and milky with chocolate, roasted coffee, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and a little smoky with flavors of chocolate and coffee. The malt character is very hearty and there is a mild but complimentary hops presence. Both contribute to a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to sit back and relax with for a long time. It’s one that you can drink several of but is more of a sipper than a pounder, despite not having a very high ABV.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

great porter, one of the all time classics I guess I have this beer bofore, but the last time it was kept too cold, you need to have this beer at cellar temp i guess too cold takes away the great complex taste of the porter within.

the color is second to none, a black frost of brew.

Hollenbeck2, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Rayek
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a fan of a good Porter, and this one is quite worthy of the name.

A: Deep chestnut brown. Nice creamy head to start that dissipated fairly quickly. Left some lace on the glass.

S: Coffee, licorice, a hint of chocolate, plus a little citrus.

T: Lots going on here. Tastes a lot like it smells, which is a good thing. Hops are very subtle, almost lemony. Carmel and chocolate malts predominate, with a touch of coffee bitterness. I could taste the alcohol despite this not being a particularly strong beer.

M: Medium body. Not too fizzy.

D: I could drink this all night if I had the constitution for it. Definitely worth the price of admission. Too bad I don't live in Oregon. I bet it's wonderful on tap.

Rayek, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of udubdawg
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

pours a very dark brown, with a sizeable light and frothy tan head. Spotty lacing left here and there.

Nice aroma. Nose is roasty and full of cocoa powder. There's a hint of bitter spiciness that I'll call the contribution from the hops. I'd give this a higher score, but I know from experience that this is even better on tap - better leave some room for improvement.

One of my favorite beers. Truly delicious. Roasty, with a little more sweetness coming out in the flavor. Chocolate again shows up, and coffee is subdued but noticeable. Slightly dry and bitter in the finish. Truly excellent. If something this good is the base beer for a 20th anniversary Deschutes beer, I cannot wait.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin compared to some other well-received porters, but there is little to quibble with here. Smooth, soft carbonation and ridiculously easy to drink. I think I'll have another right now. The six-pack is doomed.

Exceptional beer. Why is this still not available locally?!? One day it shall show up and there shall be immediate and great rejoicing throughout the land.

udubdawg, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color. Some creamyness to the head, which didn't last long in the glass.
Scent is coffee & chocolate, as are the flavors. Alot of deep, roasted malt to give the flavor notes a rich sweetness.
The hops balance out the malt. Also, despite all the rich qualities it has a nice, crisp finish...making a nice full-bodied brew for a hot day as well as a flavorful session brew when you need a warm-up.
Along with Anchor, the best American porter I've tried thus far.

Natural510, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark brown, almost opaque, tan, 1 inch head with decent lacing

S: dark roasted malt, light dark fruit mixed with chocolate

T: bitter chocolate with roasted malt, smoky charcoal in the middle with a slight caramel sweetness in the back

M: smooth, liveliness from the carbonation, not too heavy

D: wow, very tasty but also low abv, so I could enjoy several in an evening, great

pheggeseth, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a very nice dark tan color, foamy haead, lots of head residue around the top of the glass. smells very good,coffee, chocolate, malts, mocha, smokiness coming through. mmm, malty savory on the palate, actually quite a light mouthfeel, very easy drinkability. the sweetness really plays against the slight tartness on the finish. actually enjoy this more than sierra nevadas porter, not quite so hoppy. loved this bier!

czfreeman, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Younger35 for the trade on this.

Pours a dark mahogany and slight ruby accents with with a bubbly two finger tan head that left moderate lacing on the walls of my glass. Good toasted malt and roasted grain dominate the nose. The taste matches the nose quite well. Very strong on the roasted malt and hop flavor with coffee and bitter chocolate making their way onto the back of your palate. It has a very dry finish that is slightly sweet at the end. The mouthfeel is the winner on this beer for me. Silky smooth texture that borders almost creamy. This is a great drinking porter that is just overall a great beer.

TheodorHerzl, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a coworker.. mine from a shaker pint.

big two finger lite tan head and very pretty lacing.... brew is dark chesnut with mahogony highlites.

aroma is roasted grains and chocolate... and lite roasted cold coffee... not getting much if any hop aroma. some fruitiness.

solid medium body with a creamy lingering palate ... good amount of chocolate malt flavor and roasted grains.. again a slight fruitiness.

IMHO, this is a staple American porter... Deschutes has a fanastic lineup of beers, and this is one of the best.

JohnGalt1, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of irishevans
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the first thing I have noticed about this beer is the smell of aspagras in the nose. the appearance is nice, a good lacey head light brown in color, and a nice ebony body. I also taste the aspagras from the middle through out the finish, and it's not at all a bad thing, actually it complements the rest of the standard porter tastes. the mouth-feel is smooth and easy, like a good porter should be, and it drinks easy, as you'd expect with a mouth-feel like it has. a good brew

irishevans, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from tayner

A: Pours a deep brown with some ruby hints around the bottom, under a decent sized off-white head. Minimal lacing, some retention.

S: Smells of sweet malt and some creaminess. Kind of hard to find the scent.

T: Sweet up front, a good creamy type sweetness midway through, finishing with a moderate roasted quality. There is a certain sourness and cola character that throws it off in regards to my personal taste.

M/D: Full bodied, but on the lighter side of full, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good as I could probably have a couple of these, no problem. Only thing that takes away from the brew is the taste, but I feel like it may be more due to my taste rather than quality of the beer.

NCSUdo, Dec 11, 2007
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,508 ratings.