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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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3,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 3648
Reviews: 1279
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%

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

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Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber 5.2%

Dark dark brown with copper highlights. 2 inches of foamy thick beige head with great retention. Lots of thick lacing from top of the glass to the bottom.

Aroma of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Mild.

Rich taste. Nutty roasted malts. Tastes of cream with vanilla. Some semi-sweet chocolate with a dash of bitterness.

A medium feel for a porter.

This porter is sublime. Very smooth and creamy. With all the points of a porter without an overly strong taste. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:37:04 | More by ssmack
Photo of CamuMahubah


3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Heard good things. Was not disappointed. Black frosty goodness. Nice dull chocolate cream with a mild finish. Word class recipe. Too easy to gulp. So smooth. This beer is like a BMW engine. Complicated yet smooth yet powerful and robusto! Nice..

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 10:16:31 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of RonKoch


4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a welcoming, rich, and tasty glass of beer. Because of the deep and complex layers of roasted barley flavor, it definitely deserves a slow and thoughtful drinking. i wish I had a fire place right now. I'm fighting strenuously against the urge to just gulp it down. Thick head and heavy lacing seem to tease me, lasting longer than I can.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:25:47 | More by RonKoch
Photo of bark


4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep brown, almost black (90 EBC), the three finger head is brown and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty with chocolate, marzipan and a hint of grass. Some alcohol in the background and a touch of bitterness.

The taste is smooth with just some sweetness in the background. Chocolate, hints of wood and malt sourness. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is as smooth with dark chocolate, hints of dried fruits and a mellow sourness.

The carbonation is fresh, the mid-sized bubbles short-lived. The liquid is smooth.

A solid American porter that isn’t that American.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 21:07:17 | More by bark
Photo of ssteakley


3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Porter but not great. The mouthfeel is not what I would expect in a Porter that smells this good. Have only rated a few Porters but after three Seattle Brewery tours I have tasted some good ones and had a guide to help understand the brew. I plan on seeking out some more Porters so I can be better at understanding by taste. Definitely would recommend for others to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 03:57:11 | More by ssteakley
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jet black with a rocky long lasting khaki head. Soft nose of espresso, baking chocolate, fruity, citrusy hops. Taste follows nose with a sweet, iced coffee flavor followed by milk chocolate, raisins, figs, ending with a citrus hop bitterness. Soft carbonation with a creamy almost nitro mouthfeel. A coffee lovers beer, totally delicious. No wonder this is Joe Rogans favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:07:45 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml Bomber bottle. A lovely dark brown colour with nice film and lacing. Quite a dark colour but has some clarity to it.
S – mild licorice, rich chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, a lively citrus/floral aspect, chewy butterscotch, really solid classic porter notes. Gets more syrupy and chocolate forward, smelling awesome.
T – a chocolatey dry start with a full creamy mouthfeel, some earthy hops develop nicely, fair bit of biscuity malt and toffee, cocoa, mild coffee comes in. A very balanced and tasty porter. Creamy chocolate and a mild dark malt presence that is balanced by a pleasant sharpness. Some earthy and hop character to the end.
M – semi-sweet start, a mild bodied but mouthcoating treat. Good carbonation and just so eminently drinkable its hard to put down. A malt forward creamy profile.
Its such a delicious and tasty session porter its hard to review because I only want to drink it, lovely balance of chocolate and bitterness, very well crafted, super tasty, this is worth a try for sure, happy I got to sample this. Isn't a huge porter but a classic session beer I could come back to frequently. Superb example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:53:42 | More by mick303
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3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass Used: Pint (Tumbler)

Appearance - Black, with a bit of translucence around the rim of the glass. The head was tan and about a quarter inch thick.

Smell: Milk chocolate & sorghum ending with a roasty note.

Taste: Definitely roasted malt, finishing with some of the chocolate from the nose. By the smell, I thought more of the chocolate notes would shine through.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a bit of carbonation. This one surprised me with it's light finish, which was not expected but welcomed.

Overall: Very solid; a very drinkable porter. Would have those new to craft give this a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:35:38 | More by darthvohn
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, nearing on black, with a gigantic rocky tan head that lasts forever and drapes the glass in foam on the way down. Roasted malts, coffee , lemony hops and sticky toffee in the nose. The taste is full of chocolate and fresh brewed coffee flavors . It’s amazing that coffee wasn’t added to this. PacNW grapefruity, piney hops are prominent throughout and give a good balance to the malt onslaught. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Light bitterness and roasty, cocoa notes last a good while in the finish.

Excellent Porter. Benchmark of the American interpretation. Very balanced, complex and luscious. Definitively give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 22:08:23 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of JamesMN


3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black with some brown around the edges. Thin cap of tan foam.

Aroma: Akin to a chocolate flavored jelly bean.

Taste: Very creamy malt flavor with subtle hints of roasty dark malt. The hops kick in near the finish with a moderately bitter burst of earth character. Aftertaste of reverbing bitterness with toasty dark malt. Not super robust but at 5.2% ABV its got the right amount of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with slightly excessive carbonation. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this sooner as I've had it a couple times. A good example of how the style can be light on ABV yet solid on flavor. It would probably taste outstanding on nitro-tap. Would I drink it again? Yes, I'm sure we'll cross paths again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:47:21 | More by JamesMN
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really excited to try this having seen the the excitement in the LCBO releases thread and hearing great things about this beer. Picked up a pair of 650 ml bottles for $5.20 CDN each. Decided to celebrate the conclusion of World Stout Day by drinking on of these. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark, dark brown nearly to the point of being black with enormous 3.5 fingers of voluminous tan head that lingers for a very long time. Head is creamy and decadent and even once it subsides leaves tremendous lacing and a rich cream cap on top of the beer. Best looking porter I've ever head.

Smell - Coffee, hints of black licorice, maybe a touch of dark fruits caramel and coffee again this time in the form of coffee grounds. Black licorice and coffee grounds aromas appear to get a bit stronger as it warms.

Taste - Coffee, dark chocolate hints of smoke and ash, transitioning to leather and black licorice to comprise a complex and flavorful brew. The smoke and ash flavors are amplified just as the remaining amount in your glass gets lower and lower. Aftertaste of coffee is present but a boon not a burden. The coffee flavor intensifies as the beer warms as well. I also detected a slight hop presence, a touch more than most other porters I've had (English ones especially) but it is rather subdued.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, filling, with perfect weight and carbonation. An extremely drinkable porter, something that I would be delighted to consume a second bottle over the course of an afternoon.

Overall - Really easy drinking. Don't want to say, I left disappointed, but given the very high expectations from all the praise, I can't say the beer exceeded my expectations. Still even though I have another bottle already, I will consider picking up a couple more while the fall winter releases are still in play because of it's fantastic drinkability and full flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 13:42:11 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(4.5) A: Near black with a very tall and foamy dirty tan coloured head. Very long lasting retention with lacing that clings in sheets to the glass. This is the best looking porter I’ve seen in a long time.

(4.0) S: Roasted malt, fruity (citrus & tropical), damp woods, nutty elements, and lighter caramel. Nicely balanced with a smooth and subtle aroma that’s well integrated.

(3.75) T: Fruity with a mostly tropical profile (bananas), roasted malts (bit of chocolate/coffee), darker fruits, faint smoke, and caramel. Smooth and creamy with quite a lingering dryness. With the fruity presence this leans towards hoppy but the roasted malt provides a bit of balance.

(4.0) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy with a bit of slickness.

(3.75) D: My expectations may have been a bit too high, however I also do prefer porters that are less fruit focused and lean towards the malty side. This is still very good and I can appreciate it for what it is but just not my style of porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:34:08 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of afinepilsner


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle

Black Butte Porter was black in color with a thick, frothy, tan head. It had very good retention and lacing. The smell was sweet malt, coffee, and a little chocolate. The taste was sweet malt, chocolate, and hop favors with excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The finish was fairly long with a little bitterness. Overall this is a very good beer and we'll worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:17:09 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A welcome addition to Ontario and lots of flavour for the (reasonably low) 5.2% ABV.

Pours a thin near-black with auburn highlights at the edge of the glass and a wonderfully creamy looking, cappuccino-coloured head. This creaminess doesn't translate into the mouthfeel as much as I'd hoped, but it's still enjoyable. Mild aroma even after the beer warms of roasted dark malts with some milk chocolate tones. Pleasant, but not overwhelming. The taste is well balanced and light, making this a very sessionable choice. Chocolate and toffee tones blend well with the malt body, and a reasonable hop bitterness eliminates any cloying sweetness in the finish.

An excellent American porter that I look forward to enjoying more regularly than has been possible in the past!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:02:54 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the Fall 2013 release. First Deschutes brew I've seen in Ontario, really excited to have them here, especially at the ludicrously reasonable $5 each.

Poured into a small nonic, enjoyed over about an hour or so. Great looking brew: very dark chestnut in colour - nearly black, with a good half inch of head that recedes into a thick ring and island, with good icicles of lace.

Nose is dark chocolate, fruit (figs or grapes), roasted malt, roasted coffee.

Very tasty porter that took me about half of the bottle to figure out. Drier than I'd expected, but still a nicely balanced blend of classic porter flavours - chocolate (dark/dry), coffee, fruit, milk, and a mild hoppiness to the finish.

Smooth, lighter bodied, a bit creamy. Carbonation is initially strong, but subsides.

I wasn't blown away by Black Butte (I may have set my expectations too high), but it still is an impressive porter, especially for the price. Nicely balanced, easy drinking, yet complex enough to be satisfying over the course of an evening. Hopefully a sign of more Deschutes brews coming this way.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:59:02 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of McStagger


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lows in the 40's tonight on the coast. Dark beer weather. Bottle. Best by 1/06/14.

A: Overly aggressive pour yields 2+ fingers of head. Beer is pretty much black. Maybe a touch of garnet around the edge. Head is awesome. Tiny little bubbles. Thick, pillowy and creamy. Tan in color. Retention is stellar. As is lacing.

S: In your face scent. Malted milk balls, darker chocolate, dark fruit (raisins, figs, etc). Toffee, maybe some toasted brown sugar. Little bit of leafy hoppiness underneath.

T: Entry palate is flat and then boom, hits you right across the middle. Lot of dark fruit in the mid palate. This transitions into lighter fruit, before turning towards more traditional porter flavors of roasted chocolate, toffee and the tiniest little touch of coffee. Finish carries a spiciness that I can't put my finger on. I've heard licorice, and that seems close. Aftertaste brings out more of the coffee.

M: Very light bodied for the style. Still, the carbonation doesn't get in the way and it maintains a level of creaminess.

O: I'm not seeing the magic here. I was expecting something that would rival or surpass Anchor Porter and I think this one falls flat. Not as sweet, not as roasted, not as flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 06:25:01 | More by McStagger
Photo of shadetree67


4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown nearing black - no light comes through. A strong pour yielded a 1 finger head.

Smell - Dark roasted malts and hints of chocolate

Taste - The taste is very similar to the smell; roasted malts and chocolate. A hint of vanilla and coffee are present though very subtle.

Mouthfeel - Light to Medium body, creamy, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - This is a very good, well balanced, and very drinkable porter. Would definitely get this again

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:07:09 | More by shadetree67
Photo of JATjr


4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black Butte Porter has become my favorite. I love it's deep texture and taste. It is slightly sweet. The deep dark color is perfectly represented by it's label. It is very pleasant to sip slowly after a hot day in the sun. It is rich enough that you only need to drink one bottle to feel fully satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:01:29 | More by JATjr
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big light brown head covers a clear reddish dark brown beer.

Dark bakers chocolate malt aroma with some slight coffee notes coming through.

The taste is exactly like the aroma with a big dark chocolate bite that doesn't overwhelm and carries with it a hint of some sort of coffee that seems to balance the taste quite well for me.

Leaves a slightly dryish aftertaste with some nicely roasted chocolate malts tastes sticking around with this medium to full bodied beer.

m'm good

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 18:14:48 | More by LXIXME
Photo of JamesStreet


4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint
Bbd : 3/15/14
A - dark brown with glimmers if amber in the light. Thick, creamy beige head that laces well down the glass. Beautiful looking porter
S - roasty, coffee, earthy, chocolate, slight ashiness.
T - roastiness, dark choc, nuttiness, smokiness, a tad hop bitterness but balances the maltiness nicely.
M - velvety, creamy smoothness, with a rather thin body. Light carbonation.
O - this is one Nice porter. Almost feels like a stout. Definitely one I will be going back too.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:23:59 | More by JamesStreet
Photo of dillon_1005


4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This porter is great. pours nice rich brown, good tall head. smells of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, I was thinking stout when smelling this beer. taste just right, not as sweet as my nose was making out to be, all the flavors are well balanced. maybe it was because my mind was thinking stout, but it was lighter than expected on my palate. This is and outstanding porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 16:43:27 | More by dillon_1005
Photo of Celtics17


4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a bold toasty tone. Milk chocolate wrapped in a cup of coffee. This porter isn't overly sweet like some on the market. This porter has some Stout tones. This porter could be more of a stout. Not much hops, but a nice smokey aftertaste. This porter lives up to the hype for me, this is the best porter that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 06:44:58 | More by Celtics17
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 snifter, best by 1/12/14. Pours a dark mahogany, with a two inch tan head, that leaves webs of lace. Smell french vanilla, light bakers chocolate, coffee, and hints of smoke. Taste is the same, mainly sweet french vanilla, coffee, and chocolate very tasty. Body is on the thin side, ample carbonation, not dry, and goes down very easy. This very good, maybe a little over hyped, but size shouldn't always count.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:01:43 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Kuaff


4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served to myself at cellar temperature in a mug.

The Black Butte is indeed black... with a little brown around the edges. A two-finger, billowy, light khaki head. Looks nice. Very nice.

It smells like malty chocolate and rich roasted earth. Maybe a hint of some dark fruits... It's a fairly simple scent, but one to savor.

In the taste I get waves of luscious, sweet milky chocolate, followed by a toasty finish... like, actually reminiscent of toast. Again, nothing crazily complex, but just really satisfying.

The feel is kind of medium-bodied and just fits...

Terrific porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 13:49:11 | More by Kuaff
Photo of jabogyo


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. It's chocolately, smooth, coffee flavor is matched perfectly by it's creamy texture and fullness. Simply put, I've never had anything as good as this beer. I make sure to have a six-pack in the fridge at all times, just in case. I grew up drinking the normal crappy light beers, but when my mind and tongue was opened up to some new experiences, I could never go back.

This beer has nearly ruined lager for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 17:17:28 | More by jabogyo
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 3,648 ratings.