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Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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1,466 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,466
Hads: 5,651
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 453
Gots: 1,239 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 davidw987
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tired of the ubiquitous IPAs and high gravity beers, I grabbed a six pack of this porter. It fit the style profile well and was quite enjoyable. I expect a pint on draft would be outstanding.

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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/27/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a fantastic English porter style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a UK stout glass. Best By 1/13/15, consumed on 9/5/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a dark brown into a opaque black in the glass with 1.5 fingers of medium brown head that fades to a ring. Dense sticky lace.
Aroma = 3.5 Sweet smelling and roasted malt dominate. Only subtle chocolate, maybe more molasses. Not much coffee either, aroma lacks depth.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet up front, mild chocolate notes before the roasted malt takes over on the backend. Medium bitterness in the finish and some in the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.5 Medium to high carbonation, medium bodied. Good combination of creamy mouthfeel and fizzy.
Drinkability = 4.25 Smooth and creamy, an easy drinking porter.
Overall = 4.05 Solid porter but aroma holds it back somewhat.

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Photo of kacytennic
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great looking porter. Silky smooth with a nice medium bodied mouth feel. sweet flavor from the specialty malts make this one of the most well-rounded northwest style porters around.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

An aggressive pour yields a solid cola colored body with a large tan head. Fairly good retention and lacing

Smells is mainly a Smokey dark chocolate with a little roasted malt.

Taste is more smokey and roasted then it is sweet. There is a nice little bit of hop bitterness that I hadn't noticed in the aroma.

Not quite full. A little creamy. A slightly dry finish

Overall; There is a nice complexity to this beer. It smell's of chocolate but it's not very sweet. It has a bit of a hop bite on the taste, but I can't smell any hops... It's a fun little mystery to contemplate.
I'll have another please...

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a dark black color.

Overall: The beer has a roasty, chocolate taste but not too sweet. It has a dryness mix to it that complements it well. This is a wonderful porter. It is a great beer, I highly recommend to try!

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is dominated by dark chocolate flavors, with hints of coffee and roasted malt to compliment. Not sweet at all though, and is more of a savory interpretation.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brownish with a thin tan head which lingers. Aroma of roasted malts and grain along with faint dark cocoa. Flavors of roasted malt, some faint coffee notes. Nice smooth finish.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is deep dark brown with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is light hop bitterness balanced nicely with chocolate and roasted malt notes. Taste is intense and reflects the aroma but is even more complex. Feel is creamy and smooth. A fantastic porter.

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Photo of Chris72
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was one of my go-to's for years, primarily in the '90's. Great dark beer. Nice, thick, n heady.

Look: Deep, dark, thick
Smell: Almost has a molasses attribute
Taste: Kinda tricky. Sweet, Nutty Molasses
Feel: Not as thick as Guiness, but a good thick beer none-the-less

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice Porter, and I am a big fan of Porters. I tasted this against Odell Cutthroat and another I forget now...they were close, but something was hidden in the Black Butte, in the body, in the finish, something, that edged it out in the end and it is a better Porter. Some feel it is a bit big for a style that originated (at I think) for men to drink during the day at work in England without getting hammered, is to be 'light' and dry in the finish.

A = dark, roasted look, nice head that stays around a bit with lacing on glass.
T = roasty, chocolately but not sweet, dry, some hop aroma, nice.
S = see T
M = full enough but dry and not overbearing, I could have a few of these in be happy
O = 4.5 I have to leave a little room for improvement, but it is a very nice beer.

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

I had this on vacation and remember being blown away. I will get again and do a proper review but please don't pass up trying this beer if you like smooth dark beers.

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Photo of do_ob
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours medium-dark brown and settles very dark brown in the glass. Only slight traces of light are visible through the beer and present as reddish hues, mostly around the edges. 1 finger of bubbly tan foam initially, which fizzed down to a dense lacing after a couple minutes. Chocolate, roasted malt, black liquorice, caramel, and maple syrup on the nose. Medium-light weight with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite watery. The taste follows the smell pretty much to a tee; a good bit of syrup, chocolate and roasted malt up front, along with caramel and coffee. There's a decent hop bitterness that makes itself known middleways. Finishes watery but smooth and leaves those hops and roasted malts lingering on the aftertaste.

Overall, decent. Porters seem to be hit or miss for me. This one was, meh. Good flavors, but too much of a syrup taste, and too thin of a body kept me from loving this beer. Not bad, just not one of my favorites.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a khaki head that quickly fades. Some coffee notes, vanilla, some smoke in the nose. Smooth drinking and nice feel to this brew. Well balanced with coffee, caramel, some smokiness, and a nice balance of hops in the back end to solidify and tie this brew together. Really nice porter.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BB 8/23/15 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, roasted malt
Head large (> eight cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to three mm creamy layer
Lacing excellent – thick curtains of tiny to large bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of laketang
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big tan head, black as a night in the Canadian wilderness. great mouthfeel(what does that mean!) slight bitterness on the tongue right at the end.love it even in the summer

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes is an excellent brewery. Deschutes makes excellent beers. Black Butte is one of them. But it's also not, like, a transformative experience in the way that--say--their Fresh Squeezed IPA or their Chainbreaker is (to my tastes; I know, comparing different styles is so unfair).

Very dark in colour, with thick, persistent beige (khaki?) foam. Smell of coffee, chocolate. Super malty. Caramel. Lightly smoky, almost. Taste is creamy, good balance of sweet and bitter (sweeter than a lot of porters I can recall) with chocolate and coffee. A bit of copper (which I'm noticing in the smell now, as well). There is a light hop presence, too, actually--subtle but nice. Great body, not too carbonated, but not too watery or too heavy. Very drinkable.

I dig it. A fabulous porter, even if porters aren't necessarily my preference as a style.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The definition of a "solid" porter. The most impressive aspect is just how well balanced it is across the board. You'll be hard pressed to find another Porter you could say the same about.

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Photo of Edman5P
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

roasted malt with a hint of coffee on the nose.. Toasty malt with a hint of dark coffee on the palate.. Very little lacing and head didn't hold up the minute, although a very good beer

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Photo of dfconnor
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice taste, but finishes a bit watery and flat. I think this would be better if it had a little more bite at the end. Slightly gamey aftertaste. Not the best porter I have ever had, but I would buy this again and give it another try.

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Photo of Itskarl
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Everetts. Acceptable head and minor lacing. Faint roasted malts on the nose with just a kiss of milk chocolate. This beer shines in it's flavor. Chocolate malts are incredibly presented in a smooth, easy drinking beer that has tons of flavor and isn't overpowering. Deschutes has been making this in large quantities for quite a while but they have not sacrificed ingredients for profits. It is my grandfathers favorite beer and for a man that came from the age of crap beers, that speaks for itself.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a bottle for the first time on a train ride from Vancouver to Seattle. So good, couldn't stop at one! Up to that point, it was the best Porter I had. I prefer the Obsidian brew better, but overall, a solid brew!

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Photo of DevAJ
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'll say up front that the one I got was past it's "Best By" date (I bought it in a build your own 6 pack) so who knows this may be better if it's fresher, but it a fairly standard porter. The porter that a former co-worker makes himself is better to me personally though.

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Photo of jdavis8361
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Thought the carbonation level was over the top. Way too fizzy for me. The Sierra Nevada porter is more to my liking, although I just bought a 6-pack of O'Dell Cutthroat porter to audition.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.01/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


Thus, I review:

Looks swell enough upon initial pour, all dark and frothy and inviting. Head retention is minimal, if that matters to you. Smells of coffee & copper. Tastes of weak coffee & raisin & well, copper. It's awful metallic. Somewhat thin & watery, too. There are much better brews in this style - Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, for example.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.