Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery
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4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours deep, dark brown with a frothy 2 finger head. Lacing is erratic but probably due to the glass I'm using.
Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits
Taste: A really nice dry roasty taste at the beginning which gives way to waves of chocolate and dark fruit flavors as the beer warms up
Mouthfeel: Pleasantly creamy. I would prefer just a bit more carbonation but this is probably spot-on for the style
Overall: An excellent, easy drinking porter that I am glad has found its way to WI. I wish the dry roasty taste would linger a little longer to balance out the sweetness, but this is an excellent brew, and I look forward to drinking the rest of this 6 pack and trying other offerings from Deschutes
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 22:07:33 | More by Shluffy
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I was deciding whether or not to brew a porter and this one was recommended 10x as one of the best brown porters in the world. I bought the sampler pack and this was the first one I tried.
A - Dark brown color maybe verging on black. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the color. Tan head with medium staying power (probably due to the wheat malt). Medium to light lacing.
S - Strong malty aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. The chocolate and malty aromas standout above the roasted character which is a nice change from most porters/stouts.
T - Holding true to the smells this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and malt that I was expecting. The flavor is very similar to a southern brown but with more chocolate and roasted character and overall more complexity. The bitterness is there but not overpowering and allows the flavors to stay with you. Some roastiness helps to balance the sweetness and makes you wanting another drink.
M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The substantial body with a lower alcohol makes this brew a delicious finishing beer.
Overall, this is probably one of the best regular porters you can get. I would prefer a more "imperial" style porter but this one is definitely a strong contender for the top 50 beers with the way it balances complexity with simplicity and all of the flavors of a dark beer. If you know someone that doesn't like Guinness but you want them to try a dark beer this is a great one. Will try to make a clone and hope it comes out as good as this one is.
Glass- Shaker Pint
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 23:54:22 | More by dmgeng
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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