Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #13
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,626
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Reviews:
1,642
Ratings:
6,466
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 1,642 | Ratings: 6,466 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SmokySignals
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass-
Nice clear dark brown, minimal head is gone quickly
Smells great; chocolate dominates the aroma
Taste - malty, slightly chocolate, nice hop or yeast notes add to the overall goodness.
Great mouthfeel is clean, slight bite from appropriate carbonation, clean finish, relatively.
A very good porter worth having and worthy of sharing

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Photo of EMH73
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cola brown with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Smells of sweet roasted malts, molasses and chocolate. Tastes of lightly roasted sweet malts, molasses, toffee, bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruits and a hint of char. Medium bodied light carbonation soft mouth feel, very mild bitterness.

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Photo of Brook82
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another well made porter beer. Typical look, dark cola with quick dissipating head. I found the taste to be well rounded and one of the more smoother finishes for the style. Will purchase again. 6 pk bottled on 7/3/19 and was priced same as equivalent beers at $9.99 + tax.

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Photo of Nass
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer is little over 5 months old. The pour is as black as Marvin the Martian with an off white head that lingers around a bit. On the aroma i'm getting some molasses, some toffee, & some sweet roasted malts. The taste follows suit with the nose & I agree with the chocolate note that's not too bold like a baker's chocolate but in between that & a milk chocolate that shows it's presence more as the beer gets closer to room temperature & a slight hint of dark fruit that shows up more towards the finish. In addition to, i'm also getting a good amount of barley in the taste. There are some cereal grain notes that reminds me of eating a bowl of Count Chocula. All in all, I really like the beer that Deschutes brings to the table, without a doubt this is one of the best porters around town. Cheers! A-

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Photo of octortus
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 mL Bottle. ABV 5.2%.
Appearance: Dark brown/black, cream head, one finger, decent retention, very thin cap remains.
Aroma: vanilla bean, coffee, chocolate
Mouthfeel: thin, light, creamy
Flavour: coffee, vanilla
Overall:

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Photo of MercInc
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy Porters and Stouts. This one delivers all that I look for. Full flavors. Poured at 60 Degrees. Tan head that soon dissipated. Right amount of carbonation. Great roasty Malt note and a nice finish. Went well with our pot roast, potato and carrot supper.

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

A: murky black/dark brown color with a hint of deep ruby towards the bottom. 1 finger solid tan head

S: dark bread, roasted malts, generic dark fruits, and dark chocolate. A hint of cola and sourdough. Roasty and malty

T: sharp roasted malt character that is both bitter and sweet. A touch of wood and cola behind that. Light milk chocolate and and more bitter roasted malt with a nice doughy malt presence in the background

M: lighter side of medium with high carbonation

O: an awesome American Porter. Roasty with a nice malt balance. Nothing too complex, but everything you want in a Porter

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Near black with short tan head. Roasty chocolate, smooth coffee, caramel, a little fruit. Strong flavor follows, with lots of toast. A light sweetness wins out over slight bitterness. Creamy and smooth, with a slightly higher than expected carbonation bite.

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Photo of teromous
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the left side of the label in white text: "PACKAGED ON: 05/01/19 1215 6650"

Appearance: The body is black and it has a short light tan head. Good head retention.

Aroma: The beer has a nice coffee aroma with a bit of burnt carbon in the background.

Taste: The beer has a pleasant coffee flavor with a light bit of toasty carbon and a very small amount of pine.

Mouthfeel: It is easy drinking, medium-full bodied, with a medium bitterness.

Overall: It is a nice flavorful beer that is pleasant to drink. My favorite part of the beer is the light toasty character that blends with a pine-like flavor. I would drink it again and I do recommend it.

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Photo of Robert_G
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful brown with a lovely beige long lasting head; Smell: Caramel and malt; Taste: Fabulously tasty. I just found the taste to be about perfect; Feel: Not watery and not viscous like a stout...just right for a porter; Overall: a terrific porter, about as good as it gets.

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Photo of ReneauJ62
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love dark beer so almost all dark beers gets a 5. This beer is no different. When you pour the beer you are overwhelmed by the smell (which is a nice chocolatey and coffee Smell). The head excites your senses and make you eager to taste it. The taste is a bit intense which is not bad for a dark beer but, it does leave a bit of a bitterness on your palette. The mouthfeel is rich and robust but is also very heavy. I am not sure I would like this beer on a hot summer's day. Overall I really like this beer and it definitely has its place in my refrigerator.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of porters-of-choice during fall and winter months. I've enjoyed it many, many times on draft and from bottles. It has a nice roasted taste (balanced, hops, but they're not prominent), with subtle coffee, though I've thought the coffee was more pronounced on some occasions. Creamy mouth-feel.

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Photo of aatazebeats
2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I think I've decided... Overall Porters are just not for me. Very smoky and not as smooth as I was hoping for it to be. Not bad, not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of Jeffrey_Moreland
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark porter. Not much sweetness but not overly bitter. Just a good balance and mix of toasted flavors. Smooth. A little thin and watery though. Overall a good porter that doesn’t go either way too much.

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Photo of alebud
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite creamy, almost as smooth as a nitro. Advertises notes of chocolate and coffee. Chocolate definitely comes through more, though flavor is not overpowering. A reasonable price point at $11/six in Iowa. Will definitely stock this stuff for the colder months!

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Reddish dark brown body over a tan head that dissipated quickly. Smell of coffee, malts and chocolate. Taste mirrors the smell with a pleasantly understated bitterness. Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than I'd prefer. A very good American Porter justifying all the praise I'd previously heard.

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Photo of Lucular
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a moderate tan head. Aroma and flavor are chocolate, dark roasted malts, and dark fruit/fig. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin.

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Photo of Grelwing
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark, almost black.
Smell: Like most porters I've encountered, smells of coffee and chocolate with a taste to match.
Taste: Sweet and malty with a little hops.
Feel: Medium, with average carbination
Overall: My go-to beer when I'm not sure what I want to drink.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK - Very dark - slight light penetration. Reddish/brown hue.
SMELL - Some chocolate/coffee/toffee - dark roasted grains.
TASTE - Slight hops - nice bite upfront. Chocolate and coffee hints. Quite dry and toasty. Gets even more dry as you go.
FEEL - Medium bodied - hoped for a fuller feel. Got pretty flat pretty quickly
OVERALL - A really good porter - I think of porters being a tad bit sweeter but this is really good.

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Photo of twage04
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with medium carbonation. Aroma is a hint of roast, malt. Taste is baking chocolate, a little roast, some maltiness. Very easy drinking with complex flavor that keeps it from being something you could guzzle through easily.

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Photo of Reef
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Roanoke
Dark mahogany with ebony highlights, scant tan head
Smells like Chocolate, coffee, peanut
Tastes like coffee, walnuts, dark chocolate
Light enough to drink a lot, no flaws, slight char aftertaste.
Super porter with well deserved rep

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Photo of singletary
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown almost black color with a tan head. The smell is of chocolate, mild malts also. Taste is where it shines, sweet chocolate and malts with a little hop taste. The feel is smooth and easy to drink. One of the better porters I have tried.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer is pitch black with a thin head. The smell is a mix of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is very similar. There is a slight bitterness that is cut by the sweetness. Beer has average carbonation and is medium bodied.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color, the head is off white and fade away pretty quickly, There was some lacing left on the glass. I got a coffee flavor that to me was very present. I do not like coffee so the taste was not too easy on my palate. For the style is good, but not something I wood buy again.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this is Rock Falls Illinois on Draft.
Look poured jet black with a 3/4 tannish head
Smell of roasted malt
Taste smoky taste with hints of coffee
Feel medium body great feel
Overall I’ve had this before from a bottle but first time draft . Excellent draft . Well done !

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6466 ratings