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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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1,431 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,431
Hads: 5,429
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 416
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,431 | Hads: 5,429
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and khaki in shade. Retention isn't very long, and the texture is slightly lacking in creaminess. At least some lacing sticks to the glass (but not a lot...) (3.25)

Smell: The aroma is typical of a porter. No wait, let me revise that - the aroma is typical of a great porter. I get plenty of intertwining notes: mainly dry baker's cocoa, along with hints of cherry, apricot, and brown sugar. It's also gently hopped, which does even more to balance the rest of the beer. I mean, it's just a porter...and yet, the craftsmanship put into this is utterly top-notch. (4.25)

Taste: Its flavor doesn't disappoint. Fruity flavors hit the palate first - notes of cherry and apricot makes it seem shockingly bright. Subtle caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar flavors finish it off, along with the gentlest hint of smoke and hop bitterness. This is complex yet delicate - in other words, exactly what I like in a great porter. (4)

Mouthfeel: Light in body, with an airy, well-carbonated feel. While it finishes a little slick, I can't deny how easily it drinks. (4)

Overall: I had high expectations for this beer after hearing how great it was: not just from BA, but also from friends and family. Guess what? This lives up to the hype. It's so light and drinkable, I could kill this one all day. A fantastic every day drinker in all regards. (4.25)

4.07/5: Wish I picked up a 6-pack...

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown nearly black with a thin creamy tan head. Smells of roasted malts with slight vanilla seeping through. Tastes of nice roasted malt with a carmel sweetness. Definitely a bitter hop presence that comes through in the middle and bursts in the end. The finish makes me want to say a little thin in the mid palate. Overall a tasty porter.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] Gave it an aggressive pour that lead to 3 fingers of head. The head is khaki with mostly small bubbles - but some larger ones mixed in. The beer is not opaque - it is a translucent black color. Kind of interesting when backlit. The bottle lists the ABV (5.2%) and the best by date (7/24/2015).

S: [3.25] It has a smoked scent - like a Rauchbier. That is the main thing I am getting on the nose.

T: [3.50] The taste does not follow the nose. It presents with roasted malts in the front. There is a sweet lactose flavor in the middle that lasts to the finish.

M: [3.75] The carbonation gives a bit of tingle on the tongue. The beer itself feels a little thick and chewy - which is nice.

O: [3.50] I got none of the advertised chocolate flavor. For 5.2% it had decent body. The flavor has a nice roasted malt forward flavor and gives a sweet finish. Blindfolded I would guess this is a milk stout. I think this is just a middle of the road porter. I have more, and will drink them, but it is not something that I will seek out.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wow, I was pretty disappointed with this brew given the high ratings. Poured a very dark brown with a very tiny beige head, almost completely flat. The aroma is primarily dark, roasted malts. The taste was primarily roasted malts, with chocolate accents. The feel is fairly smooth and creamy though. It was ok, but way to flat.

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Photo of wedge
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown - nearly black - with a very soft, lush looking beige head. Dark toasted malts, coffee beans, molasses, black malt, berries, and citrus in the nose. Flavors of fruity coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, black malt char through the center, finishing hoppy and dry. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Maybe a little too fruity for my personal Porter preferences, but a fine example of the style.

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Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, almost-black brown with a thinner cap of cream-colored head. The head leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is rich mocha with hints of earthy hops and chocolate malt. The taste is a little restrained when compared to the aroma but all the same qualities are there. The body is a little thinner but not watery, smooth throughout.

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Photo of dabone
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sam's Saloon. Great looking beer. Dark with a creamy head. Not much aroma, but the taste is excellent. A blend of hazelnut, coffee and chocolate, excellent. Good texture, but not overly thick for a porter. Great beer for anytime, except maybe a hot day.

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Photo of kitch
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle was dated best by 3rd July 2015 and was poured into a pint glass.

A: It poured a really dark brown with a half finger tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a generous amount of lacing.
S: Smelled lightly of espresso coffee with some chocolate and maybe a bit of dark fruits like prunes. Would have preferred a stronger smell.
T: Immediate taste of dark bitter chocolate with roasty malts and a slight herbal bitter ending.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation and somewhat creamy.
O: This was a nice porter that I would buy again… if only it were that easy in Hong Kong.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a growler at Total Wine in Fredericksburg, VA - so I have tried it on multiple days! Classic Porter taste and smell. It does not get old quickly! Yum!

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Photo of ARoman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*transferred from previous notes - 1/15/2014*
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The smell of caramel apples comes through strong at the very beginning which subtly switches to a "candy" fruit punch smell (I couldn’t help but think of fruit punch Jolly Ranchers). This gave way to a milk chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee, and pie crust aroma with maybe a touch of ground coffee and grassiness. Near the end of the drink peanut butter cup smells start to become noticeable - needless to say, quite an aromatic adventure. Near the beginning, the fruit punch aromas become more pronounced with a couple swirls of the glass. Appearance-wise, it’s nothing too fancy standard tan head atop a dark brown-red body (not quite opaque) with some nice even lacing. Mild to medium chocolate sweetness combined with passion fruit flavors (more chocolate than fruit) hit the tongue initially followed shortly by a very light, but pleasant, toasted bread bitterness. It’s medium bodied, creamy, although not as much so as some stouts, and, at first, I thought it was relatively flat, but by mid-glass, the carbonation was a bit more alive. It finishes with a toasty, nutty, and grassy combination - maybe a trace of citrus too.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy eggshell white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black with some shades of brown. The porter looks pretty good with a nice slick texture that makes it look like it has some weight to it.

The beer smell is pretty good to with a strong dark chocolate note. The smell has some roasted notes but are easily dominated by the stronger chocolate note. Also, a slight hoppy smell and a bit of cinnamon exist as well.

The beer taste is actually pretty different from the smell. While it has the same notes, the beer taste has a stronger hop presence that also exists in the aftertaste. The hop presence does a very good job of counteracting what would otherwise be a strong chocolate note. The roasted malt notes also make an appearance but are covered by the other two notes,

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy and a little watery at the same time. The beer is definitely heavy bodied but is still fairly easy to drink.

Overall, a pretty good porter worth getting in the future.

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Photo of cserrato02
2.69/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Great visual and herby aroma. Flavor seemed a little off. Somewhat bitter and it had small after taste of celery seed. It's nicely roasted, somewhat bitter but not over powering. The celery/earthy flavor note is somewhat to strong and not very pleasant.

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Photo of Tyrell90
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best porter I've tried and one of the best beers I've had. Tried on tap at Twin Peaks in Irving TX and it was so good I had to have another. An exceptional brew.

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Photo of Beerma
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if I keep trying too many beers at once but I didn't like this beer at all and I like porters. Was just blah and uneventful. Kinda bitter and bland.

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Photo of pinedrops
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Toasty dark, easy drinking porter. Pours a dark color with a thick head. Right away you get that dark toasty smell on the nose.

The porter is my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark black porter, good color. Head a pale tan. Just a bit thin.

Smell is ok.

Nice porter taste. Not quite as intense as I'd like, but everything there is good. Nice malt, cocoa. Not super bitter or stoutlike.

Perfectly good mouthfeel. Not heavy at all, mightn't mind a bit more weight but pleasant indeed. Almost sessionable.

A good porter. Not great but definitely good.

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

I am proud to rate Black Butte Porter as my 1,000 beer rating.

Black Butte Porter was one of three beers that got me into craft beers well over a decade ago. The wonderful aroma and flavor of coffee and chocolate showed me beer could actually be tasty and enjoyable. The beer remains a go-to for me to this day. I couldn't begin to count how many of these I've had over the years, and I'm sure there are plenty more in my future. Thank you, Deschutes.

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Photo of Tonedef
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't get it and I want to...basic appearance basic smell for a porter..a touch of coffee a touch of chocolate but not to much..taste is not bad but not great kinda watery follows the nose,mild coffee mild chocolate that's it..it's very mild..I don't get the reviews on this beer I wish I did...B- all day for me..maybe I'm wrong...I know it's considered one of the best..

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have always loved this Porter, I guess I should write a review.

It looks : very dark chocolate brown body, no light penetrating. Head is almond colored and about 3 fingers tall. Leaves generous lacing on the sides have of the glass.

It smells : Cocoa bean, chocolate, earth, bread crust, hop. A nice bouquet and medium strength.

It tastes : charred and smoky earth, faint cocoa powder, some hop leaf, ending with notes of charcoal, grass, and charred cocoa.

It feels : somewhat flat and watery, but that could be freshly washed glass. Mildly carbonated, smooth, ends dry.

Overall : Always a good brew to have, halfway through my six pack and I'll buy one again when I run out. I always recommend it at our store.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark brown with very thick creamy tan head
Smell: caramelly, roasty
Taste: medium roasty lightly sweet malt, fruity acidity, lightly floral, very balanced herbal hops character. flavors blend superbly
Feel: medium body and super smooth
Overall: Delicious. superbly balanced. very smooth. a textbook porter. If there is any criticism the flavors are on the lighter side, but often I enjoy that in a porter.

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Photo of B4PTSD
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours out nice dark and thick.

S: I'm really not into smelling beers like that but I'm trying to be a critic it has a coffee/ roasted/ malt kind of smell to it.

T: It all boils down to taste and Black Butte Porter tastes great. Its sweet but not too sweet has a well balanced coffee taste. It's better than what I expected. Has a hint of chocolate or caramel to it also.

F: It does the job without feeling bloated or having to burp a lot like some cheap beers.

O: Great quality beer doesn't taste watered down. If you like porter style beers a must try to add to your collection.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 06/03/15 poured a deep, dark mahogany color with a one-finger tan head. Medium carbonation. Very well-balanced porter - hints of cocoa, some coffee, very subtle hops, with an understated chocolate finish. Nothing predominates; everything seems to work well together. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel. A really good porter.

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Photo of Schimms
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours deep black with red tint. Thin tan head that holds up for a while. Great lacing.

S: Strong coffee with slight sweetness.

T: Great coffee with slight sweetness at the front (as promised by the great scent). Wonderful, perfectly suited porter finish.

F: Light on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

O: Lives up to the hype. So drinkable. Super balance of everything.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at YardHouse

A: Pours deep chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Roasted malt, light coffee, a touch of chocolate, a bit earthy, and a little dark fruit.

T: Roasted malt, earthy hops, bready toffee malt sweetness, a little smokey, a touch of faint floral hops on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've had this one before but never in a setting where I could review it. I remember it being much better. My suspicion is that this keg wasn't all that fresh. I'll definitely revisit this one. For now, it's just ok.

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

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours a deep brown with a medium brown head. Aromas of chocolate and light coffee with a hint of smoke. Taste is the same. Very nice mouth feel with a clean slightly smokey finish. Super flavorful for the low ABV. Tasty, smooth and drinkable.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.