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Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Reviews: 1,491 | Ratings: 5,787
Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite go to porters. It's not anything amazing, but is very palatable and great for a cool night. Very roasty and malty with nice chocolate notes on teh finish.

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Photo of Roguer
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brew, clear at the edges, with a small tan head with OK retention.

Roasty aroma with a touch of dark fruit.

Flavor follows: it's quite roasty, with a large cola-like flavor.

Lively, medium-light feel.

This isn't a bad brew, but there are many porters out there I'd reach for first.

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

Pours very dark, with a decent creamy head. Very well balanced taste. Not overhopped, just enough to balance the sweetness of the malt. The overall intensity of flavor is right for a porter.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One finger head, with lively activity. A lot of small bubbles, which seem to remain relatively static. A nice black color, with some red opacity in it.

A creamy sweetness dominates the taste, with some roasted chocolate flavors as well. A subtle, yet marvelous, smell.

The taste is quite constrained, with a milky chocolate flavor making an appearance in the aftertaste. The carbonation does not dominate the beer, but offers a nice tingling sensation alongside the sweetness of the chocolate. This does not break any conventions, but is pretty damn close to the perfect session porter.

Paid $9.99 for a six-pack.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid hoppy porter. I must have had this before but never rated it. Looks like a porter. Great aroma. Taste follows nicely, better as it warmed. A slightly more roasted character would be good.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
pours a deep caramel brown with a small tan head
smells strongly of caramel, chocolate, peat and coffee delicious!
taste of coffee and smoke, slightly sweet
feel is light and drinkable with a slight bitter aftertaste
been drinking this for years.....always a treat!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black body, the silky tan head is a flash of decadence until it quickly fades. Smell is underpowered but good- chocolate, roasted malt, a misplaced floral note. Taste improves and expands- chocolate, real coffee, burnt wood, hop acidity on the finish. A little sweet. Finish is quick. The body is a little light, and carbonation is the opposite of smooth, but this just means high drinkability.
It hits a high point with all the roasty chocolatey coffee flavors you could want, but the strange floral element in the nose, the quick finish, and the drinkable but light body keep it from being amazing. Great for a shelf beer, but it fell short of incredible for me.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on 12 oz. tap, pours a deep dark brown, smells amazing, a truly delicious porter. Mildly sweet smell, solid mouthful. I'm hoping to obtain some bottles to try as well.

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Photo of hardysf
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/ light black with a white foam. I think the smell is missing a little punch. Looking for more in the taste as well. this is definitely a lighter beer that goes down easy which i can appreciate a darker beer that you can easily drink two or more of without being drunk. Would like a little more flavor though, as the beer is off the palate as soon as swallowed.

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Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (Best By 2.14.16)
Consumed: 10.6.15

A: 4.5 Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a bit or red around the edge. The one-inch, light tan head lasts a couple minutes, only leaving a bit of lace.

S: 4.25 Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark coffee are the most prominent aromas. There’s also a bit of hop character thrown, which blends nicely with the more earthy aromas.

T: 4.25 Flavors start off sweet and mild, but quickly move into the roasty elements from the nose. After the roasted malt and coffee flavors comes a wave of both malt and hop bitterness. Finish has more bitterness with some toasted bread flavors.

M: 4 Body is a little too thin, but it really helps drinkability at the same time. Carbonation, however, is on point.

O: 4.25 This is a great example of a classic porter. Nice flavors and very well balanced. Not quite as rich and flavorful as I remember, but still appropriate for the style.

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

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: dark brown to black
Aroma: Toasted grains
Taste: very good
Mouth feel
Overall: excellent beer, something to look forward to repeating
Drank on : March 9, 2016

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, nearly black with a great thick head of foam. This one has been around a long time and I don't know that I have had a better porter. Wonderful smell- grainy, molasses. Malt forward as a porter should be but there is a hop presence. Perfect amount of carbonation. I have had this many times on tap and in bottles and it is always good.

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Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into shaker pint.
A - Deep and dark, beautiful creamy mocha cap.
S - Cocoa, tobacco, roasted malts and a subtle hint of raspberry.
T - Follows the nose, beautiful roast malts, a nice chocolate and toffee, blend.
F - A bit light in body, but well rounded in totality. A fine mouth feel with just enough bitter to clean the palate out.
O - Simply a wonderful porter, American style, with a nod to the Brits.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Silky smooth pour into a snifter. Dark brown with a light brown head and decent lacing. The smell is my favorite: sweet and smoky. The taste is malty and nutty with some caramel. It went very well with hatch green chili stew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, with "best by" dating on the lower part of the label

Pours black, under a dark mocha head, that slowly fades to a nice lookin film, thicker collar...extensive strands and mini fields of lacing.

Nose is of dark and charred malts

Full flavor porter, more char, dark chocolate, fudge brownie, vanilla, cafe au lait....delicious and to be savored...enjoying every sip...would be a fine beer with a chocolate dessert

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Photo of Savan
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pours a perfect porter black but lacks strong aromatic qualities of a fine porter. Taste is lightly carbonated from porters I have had in the past and a little coffee very slight smoke finish about it. Has a silky feel about it that I am appreciating at the moment but would perhaps grow tired of a few down the road. Over all a very good Porter (not a style I enjoy often, but a style they did very good at {Deschutes}). Would order again.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

L: Dark brown color with 2 fingers of thick head of fine to moderate sized bubbles. Sticky lacing and thick retention. Several streams of slowly rising carbonation around the edge of the glass.

S: Malty nose up front and a little nutty with hazelnut.

T: Hazelnut body, some peanut, and baking cocoa. Light lime zest finish. Light fluffy chocolate mousse as it warms.

F: Creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink. Uncomplicated texture and goes down easy still with a lot of flavor.

I love porters and this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Machete824
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this beer can be summarized in two words: creamy (as in the mouthfeel) and complex (as in the flavor profile). Poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Dark, with a tall, tan head. The smell is malt and a hint of hops. Lots of complex maltiness going on. Feel is incredibly creamy and smooth - impeccable, really, and haunting. The taste is a hint of hops to add a little crispness, then lots of toasty flavors - chocolate being clearly present. A delicious porter - now a staple on my short list.

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Photo of MuddyWolf
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since I have pretty limited experience with different beers at this point I don't really feel qualified to rate this. But I will say that this is pretty much what I want in a beer. I prefer dark beers like a stout or a porter. And this one is as good as any I've had with maybe a couple of exceptions. Its the best I've had in years in any event. I enjoy pouring it into my mouth and letting it sit there while I experience its flavor. I'm drinking from the dark brown bottle so I can't really comment on its look. The smell is very pleasant. You could almost get a buzz from smelling it. I'll leave the description to those more knowledgeable. Overall this is going to be a hard one to beat.

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

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - Lovely opaque deep dark brown almost black, one finger very tan head and some sugar legs and lacing.

S - freshly brewed full bodied coffee, chocolate (dark and milk), slight hint of dark over ripe berries, vanilla pipe/cigar tobacco, maybe some anise, slight caramelized brown sugar, baking yeast, fresh baked sweet bread, lots of sweet malts, full bodied roasted grains, freshly charred walnut, a very smooth booze note and a slight over ripe banana note

T - Very rich, creamy, sweet, robust malts and grains, earthy hop note, milk chocolate, vanilla, charred earth, roasted grain, fresh ground coffee, there is a hint of herbal maybe mint, baking yeast and sweet pipe tobacco.

M - Full bodied, great balance, great complexity, medium minus acidity, medium minus carbonation and a ride for the taste buds from start to finish

D/O - Excites the nose and taste buds in all of it's porter like glory. Refreshing, creamy, robust, rich and leaves you yearning for more. Everything I look for in an ale like this and more. If you don't like porters, try it, if you haven't had this, try it. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this one with every sip.

Final thoughts - Great price at around $7-8 a six pack a simple yet delightful 5.2% ABV and can/will be enjoyed year round. This ale can even be enjoyed after the "drink by" date. Perfect with rich and simplified foods and I recommend having this one on tap first!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice black with slight amber tones. decent white head.

smells like coffee with some vanilla. not overly potent.

tastes like roasted coffee with some slight sweetness.

mouth feel is thin, but not in a bad way. almost like cold coffee feels.

not a bad porter but not overly strong in any aspect.

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Photo of Thebrewman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep chocolate tone with limited lacing. Cocoa and coffee notes on the nose. Smooth coffee taste with light carbonation. Overall, a very nice porter. Drinkable, and not overly boozy.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can be said that hasn't already been said about this beer. One of the best standard grocery store beers out there, so readily available you might have forgotten about it.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Color is black with tan head that recedes quickly. Lacing is good. Smells of good dark chocolate and some coffee. Tastes like dark chocolate and burnt coffee in a good way. For the great taste of this porter, the feel is a bit thin. It taste like it should thick like a shake. Won't stop me from having it again. This is a great beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with slight light transmission and a fine, half finger khaki head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, milk chocolate, hints of molasses and licorice. Flavor is toasted malt with slight char, milk chocolate, hints of licorice and nuts. Finishes with lightly charred toasted malt and light grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A nice light porter, covering all the flavors I hope for in a porter. Somewhat subdued flavor and lighter bodied from my memory of this porter, but good flavor. This has often saved me at a hotel bar or boring restaurant and is always an oasis of flavor if a place has uninspiring beers available; Black Butte is often the default "dark beer", and good thing too. Thanks Deschutes.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.