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Butte Creek Organic Porter - Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Butte Creek Organic PorterButte Creek Organic Porter

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185 Ratings

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Butte Creek Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 12-18-2001

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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 142
Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge tan head that required several stops in the pouring before I could get the whole bottle out. Nice brownish/slighlty red color to it but the head fades after its initial exuberence. Malty sweetness with some dark chocolatey tones is present in the aroma but without much more. Nice sweet chocolatey tones and good malty sweetness with the slightest bit of roasted coffee lingering in the background to provide a hint of bitterness towards the end. Very tasty. Silky smooth on the tongue with a good body to it. This makes a great breakfast beer as I'm enjoying it right on the tails of my egg, turkey, and cheese sandwich. Great brew that would definitely make for some nice session drinking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium to deep brown with a thin white head that is gone pretty fast,nice mix of aromas some big buttery notes along with some caramel and roasted nuts making it pretty appetizing on the nose.flavors are roasted with a touch of earthy dryness with some caramel sweetness going hand in hand with the dry tones of this beer keeping it balanced and just sweet enough.To me by far the best beer from Butte Creek I have had to date,there organic ale was horrible this was quite good.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Pours with a thick, tiny-bubbled head that towers over three fingers tall, superb showing of head retention as it laces the inside of the glass. Deep, dark and inviting brown color is still light enough to present clarity. Hints of chicory, toasted cocoa nibs and a light roasted coffee in the nose with a bit of toasted dark bread in the back. Solid medium body with a subtle smoothness within the semi-slick mouthfeel. Dark chocolate flavors set the tone for this Porter, more of a dry baker's chocolate with hints of sweetened black coffee and a bit of charcoal. The hopping is good enough and does help with balancing the sweetness. Finishes with a vague fruitiness and faint charcoal taste and lands semisweet.

Impressive as this Porter is packed with flavor, it also stays well within the realm of being quaffable ... even to the point of being a session beer.

Photo of coffee84
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a local restaurant last night. They try to hav several craft beers in bottles available,usually Maine microbrews. This was a good beer. It was dark brown, almost black in appearance with a small coffee-colored head. It had a roasted malt odor with some fruit (?prune) in the background. The taste was a roasted grain flavor, witha mild hoppiness. Smooth, but assertive, a good beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the color of dark iced tea, with garnet edging. Small head dissipates in seconds without lacing. Very unusual nose for a Porter. What initially seems like burnt rope(hemp), evolves into a nice hop balance to the dark roasted malts of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel has adequate carbonation, and medium body. Taste is smokiness, but roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate push the malts to the front. Finishes somewhat dry with a smoky aftertaste. I have no idea why my bottle has the smokiness or burnt rope, but I still find it a likeable Porter. This was my first organic sample, of any style.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled, w/o any fresness indicator. This one pours chocolaty amber, with a minimal tan head and leaves nicely developed lacing. Nose is of sweet grape jelly and some chocolaty malt. this is a pleasantly flavorful ale. Medium bodied and with a nice smooth and coating mouthfeel. Sweetness continues in the flavor profile, jelly, jam, berries, white chocolate....lightly hopped, low bitterness, Good to support folks who try to do it the organic way, so give this respectabe, fairly sweet porter a try.

Photo of Byeast
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark brown with small tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Smell- millk chocolate , coffee , bit yeasty, slight phenolic character

Taste- Smooth creamy blend of chocolate and slight coffee , bit of hop bitterness but not much

Mouthfeel - smooth with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- very unobtrusive , quite drinkable , not very complex though.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut color with some ruby highlights. Covered with a huge, chunky light brown head. Aroma is very light, consisting of toasted malt. Flavor is deep and rich, full of dark malt, chocolate, and hints of raisin and coffee. There is also a hint of alcohol that lingers afterwards. Only complaint is that it seems overcarbonated, and too foamy and tingly. Other than that, a very nice beer.

Photo of Surefire
1.89/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Initial impressions: massive head develops when poured, and lots of carbination for the style.

A: Perhaps an unfiltered beer, as the two bottles I sampled have lots of black floating specks visible when the ale is less than 1/4 inch remaining in the bottle. Not too visually appealing.

S: Smells average, with coffee and chocolate being the main things I can smell.

T: Here is the problem. The taste is rancid-- reminds me of bitter two day old coffee.

M: Reasonable mouth feel for the sytle, but doesn't stand out as particular good.

D: Unbalanced toward the bitter and rancid side. I am a fan of porters and stouts, but this style does not have the proper malt sweetness to balance correctly.

Overall, very disapointing for the price (about $9+ per six pack).

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium smallish light brown head quickly dies into a nice lacing on top of a brown with light burnt red colored beer.

Aroma of roasted coffee/java malts with a little something more maybe a plums or prune scent hidden in there a little.

Taste is rich roasted malts leaning toward a java/coffee taste, not over bearing but very mellow but very there, I like the blend of coffee malt taste on the rich medium/full bodied porter.

A light roasted dry aftertaste and an empty glass is all that's left after about 8 or 9 minutes with this beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby brown color with a light, coca colored finger width head. Sub-par retention. Fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Faint aroma; notes of moderately roasted chocolate malt, and not much else.

Taste - Flavors are just as subtle as the smell. Copper notes ring throughout, while moderate roasted malt character peaks mid-taste- caramel and subtle chocolate. Finishes with earthy character, somewhat like dirt and with a lot of the copper.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation.

Overall - Not a very good tasting porter. Lots of odd, metallic character dominates much of the experience. No freshness date, so I have no way of knowing if this was just an old or infected bottle. In any event, I'm in no hurry to want to try this one again.

Photo of cokes
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark, dark cherry. Head is next to nonexistent.
Nose of metal, burnt toast, and celery.
Enters full of chocolate and toasted dark breads, then touching upon mild roast coffee. Pleasing, albeit momentarily. In rushes a clingly lactic sourness, destroying any and all malt structure. Traces of yeast, metal and spicy veggies (peppers and celery, I guess), and unreined alcohol vapors round out the experience.
Gassy initially, the the CO2 settles out, leaving a glass of thin, lifeless liquid.
Bottom rung.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black coca-cola colour, minimal and fading mocha head. Some roast in nose. Bittersweet with emphasis on a sugary sweetness in the finish. Otherwise a fine-drinking porter. Chocolate, coffee, it's all in the background. Below average mouthfeel.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown almost black with a reddish hue; quarter of an inch of off white, fizzy, soft head; quickly fades to a thin lacing

S - chocolate, creamy, roasted malts, toffee, mild dark fruit

T - roasted malts, creamy, bittersweet chocolate, mild bitter hops, toffee, a slight creamy note

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a very enjoyable beer. It's easy to drink and flavorful. This is my first Butte Creek offering and I'm really enjoying it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.54/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A clear, very deep mahogany body reveals ruby highlights when held to the light. The creamy head needs to be coaxed in the pour, and then steadily dies down to a collar. Unfortunately, no lace is left about the glass. Deeply roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and soft cocoa appear in the nose. With some further searching a touch of nutty caramel and some delicate, floral hops can be found. It's lightly crisp on the tongue, before warming to become lightly creamy and silky smooth. The carbonation is quite fine, and adds greatly to the medium body. The flavor is much softer and less acidic that the deep roasted nose might suggest, yet it remains full flavored. It's very nicely balanced between a sweet toffee and milk chocolate maltiness (accentuated by a berry-like fruitiness) and mild hop bitterness. Roasted coffee notes and darker chocolate do appear, however, in the lingering dry finish. Very impressive! A surprisingly flavorful and complex porter with a great drinkability.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a thin tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee and a bit of sweet chocolate. The taste features much of the same roasted maltiness from the smell, with a bitter coffee-like finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent porter that I did enjoy. It is certainly worth a try.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep ruby brown almost black, even with the slowest and most gentle pouring that I could mannage, a MASSIVE uncontrolable rocky tan head easy overflowed the galss, *sniff* wasted beer.

S - Rich smokey character with lots of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and burn brown sugar.

T - Just as rich and complex as the nose, but with a creamy hint of carmel and a smokey woodsy flavors. Dark fruits like rasins and pluns come to mind.

M - Full bodied, but this must be the highest carbonated beer I have ever tried. It was so lively on the palate that I could not believe it, if took away some of the enjoyment of the flavors.

D - Great aromas and flavors, carbonation kills it for me thou.

Photo of jackndan
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Butte Creek Organic Porter: the other reviews asked where is the head? Well, it appears to be in my bottle. Holy Christmas, talk about one hell of a lot of foam! Thick effusive pour, almost over the top of an imperial pint, and that’s only about a third of the bottle. Ok things have settled down. Very deep color, ruby when held up to the strongest light. The amazing head from hell dissipates fairly quickly to a smooth quarter inch. Nice aroma, very nice coffee tones. Very nice taste, in an end of the evening type of sense. Very nice coffee tastes, with a hint of dark chocolate and just the barest hint of burnt toast. Nice smooth mouthfeel, not at all heavy. I’d pick up another one.

Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of stouty1
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown full two finger malty head.
Smell: Malty brewery. It smells like my favorite brewery.I think they put some pecans in there...
Taste: Nutty..roasted, small hint of root beer?
Mouthfeel: Soda like.
Drinkability: Easy, not much alcohol. Not overpowerful roasty.

Photo of Troyone
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an average microbrew Porter with a good aroma and goes down nice. I tried it because it is organic although its not my beer of choice.

I have not tried all the organic Porters because I'm still searching for the others. I'll stick with the organic Butte Creek IPA for now and will continue to browse the shelves.

Photo of elricorico
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, looks nearly black and is opaque in the glass. A relatively generous tan head, but it fizzed away pretty quickly, leaving only a ring.

The smell is quite nice, roasted richness smelling of coffee and bitter chocolate. Makes me realize that it has been too long since I had a porter without coffee or fruit.

A bitter coffee flavour is most notable, though by no means is it strong. There is a certain caramel to the malt. Hops are quite faint. Overall effect grows on me as I drink.

There is a creamy feel to the body of this beer, and the carbonation is subtle, very suitable for the style. Nothing about this beer would hurt its drinkability. It goes down quite smoothly.

Not bad at all. Not a world class porter, but certainly a solid brew.

Photo of CortexBomb
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out blackish brown with an inch of dirty white foam on top. Nose is lightly roasted malts with a bit of sugar on the edge. Not a lot there though.

Taste starts out with a nice lightly roasted flavour, and a residual sweetness similar to a milk stout. Finish is a slight bit of bitter. No single part of this flavour really stands out in particular. It's not all that roasted, and while the sweetness is somewhat unusual, it's not big enough to impact the flavour that heavily. I guess average for the style at the end of the day.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both about run of the mill for a porter.

The bottom line: I picked this up because I'm a fan of porters, and the organic thing sounded like a nice idea, but this beer is nothing special. None of the flavours are standing out. Decent, but nothing more than that.

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish-brown. Thin foam, becomes nonexistent. Smells vaguely of roasted malt, not much else. Nice to see organic ingredients listed on the label.

Feels thin & watery in the mouth, but has substantial roasted malt character. No earthy or chocolate characteristics come through in this sample. Fairly bland, but better than the Left Hand Porter I just had on tap.

Not too impressed by this one.

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Butte Creek Organic Porter from Butte Creek Brewing Company
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