Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #12
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,967
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Reviews:
1,688
Ratings:
6,602
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  534
Gots
  1,787
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 1,688 | Ratings: 6,602 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pretty much pitch black with some dark brown at the very edges. Off white head. Good lacing.

Huge chocolate, malted milk balls, cacao nibs, and vanilla on the nose.

Malted milk balls, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dried cherry, toast, and vanilla on the palate. Linger with some slight coffee bitterness.

Medium feel, moderately carbonated, clean.

A good porter!

Nov 15, 2021
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black with mousse-like khaki colored head, good retention.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt aromas, bread, dark fruit notes.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate note. Mild bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Moderate length finish.

Overall: Super tasty, very drinkable American style Porter. Good balance between the dark malt flavors, sweetness and bitterness. Roasted malt flavors are apparent, but do not overwhelm the experience. Classic American craft brew.

Oct 27, 2021
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SWOhio-aquifer from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid, widely available for a craft porter.
Have a hard time finding anything with low abv so this is on the radar.
Thick, full bodied high calorie low abv porter that is well brewed.
Enjoy!

Oct 17, 2021
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ZeroHero

2.88/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Jet black, but unable to comment on the head and lacing as I drank it from the bottle.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: Charred malt, slight smoke, and a bitter bite with a finish to match. Also had a generic "beer" taste that was a little too prevalent for me.

Feel: Relatively smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall: Something I appreciated experiencing but can't see myself getting again. The bitterness and generic "beer" taste turned me off to it.

Oct 11, 2021
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md3kcn from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased as a single bottle for $1.69 at Kroger. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear motor oil black with a sticky dark khaki head measuring two fingers. Excellent lacing, but rather poor head retention.
S - Funny enough, bubblegum is present and fairly upfront. Turbinado sugar and molasses follow closely, with hints of dark wheat and cacao.
T - Bauernbrot and slight bubblegum fade into a deep baker's chocolate and creamy ristretto espresso. Bittersweet and well-balanced. The finish is a bright molasses and French-roast coffee with chicory.
F - Creamy and easy-to-drink. Filling. Full-bodied with very light carbonation.
O - A great campfire beer! A complex (but not too complex) entry-level porter that's easy on the wallet. This is now one of my favorite brews. I highly recommend this, and will purchase a six-pack if I can find it.

Aug 31, 2021
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TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

2.57/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of those days where one (very sub-par) beer wasn't enough. No real head formed as it went into the glass. The weak (or maybe my sense of smell is going today) scent was of root beer, Bazooka bubble gum (do they still make that anymore) with a touch of citrus. It was definitely dark, though more molasses than black and almost as opaque. A buttery feel in the mouth followed by some carbonation as it slid down my throat. In between, a slightly smoky, cherry coffee? I guess... that's my story and I'm sticking to it. The aftertaste is a bit like bitter coffee dregs with a little too much sweet'n'low. 0 for 2 tonight and I'm out of beer and it is past beer's bedtime in the stores.

Aug 07, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid black appearance. Slightly thin body with about average carbonation.
Aroma is molasses, malt,dark fruit,dark chocolate with just a bit of coffee.
Taste has a very mild sweetness but theres also some bitter dark chocolate as well. Dark fruit,molasses, malt as well as roasted malt.
Overall my description isn't doing this beer justice. Its a really well done beer that I would look for again.

Jul 30, 2021
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I prefer Carton and Ballast Point over this porter which feels thin to me.
If you're gonna add to your beers, you need to fine-tune the recipe so all play well together, such is my experience with Ballast Point, San Diego, and Carton, Atlantic Highlands, as this Marlin is outstanding every day sweet chocolate porter.
a) less head, retention and lace than a solid porter or stout.
s) Malt, toast, char, and hops.
t) Follows the aroma, a bit of cold-brew coffee up front, a touch of vanilla and some hop bite on the exit. Flavor is best part.
f) Silky, but thin.
o) Deserves a blind taste test in a batch of mid-weight porters and stouts.

Jun 07, 2021
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whynot44 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown opaque brew with about one finger of foamy tan head that shrinks quickly to a light skin but leaves some decent lacing all the way down.

The aroma is sweet dark malt with notes of coffee, chocolate and plums.

The taste is chocolate malt with plum or banana notes and a nice, slightly bitter coffee note to cut the sweetness, nicely balanced.

The body is a nice smooth medium and very drinkable.

Porters are not my favorite style but this one is good enough to make me rethink.

May 15, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12oz. bottle that I gently poured into a 20oz weizen glass. This porter is dark brown, very hard for me to see into. The head is a one finger deep tan. The foam settled back to a thick cap, leaving some lacing left behind.
The aroma is sweet chocolate malt and roasted coffee.
The flavor is sweet chocolate and dry roasted coffee with a the light bitter finish that helps cut the sweetness very nicely. To me the coffee dominates the taste. The dry, slightly bitter coffee notes cut the sweet chocolate flavors nicely.
The feel is very smooth, the carbonation is a non factor. This Porter is so good, I am thinking about having my third bottle while doing this review!

May 13, 2021
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Avatar413

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I moved from Colorado back to my home town in Idaho and I was spoiled while living in Colorado which had VERY diverse import beer selections and my favorite was Kumbacher Monschof Shwarzbier from Germany. But now that I am back home looking for similar dark beer with a malty flavor and low in bitter hops - Deschutes Black Butte Porter hit the spot and has a GREAT FLAVOR and AFTER TASTE. I am not a fan of the mass produced light but bitter over-carbonated pale ales so common in America Buying more if this !

May 07, 2021
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WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

1.99/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Maybe this was better when it was in bottles, but I don't know. Very shocked at the 93 score and all the praise this beer gets. Just a very poorly executed Porter that's hard to drink.

Apr 09, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Dark Brown almost 100% opaque beer with light born tight foam head. Head sinks quickly and has light loose lace.

N- On the nose I get light molasses note, dark roast malt, and a bit of chocolate and fruity yeast.

T- I taste tangy dark roasted malt with no char and light molasses. A slight touch of fruity yeast with hints of banana or caramelized plantain adds some interest. Not nearly as dark tasting as a stout and a beautiful relief from most of the coffee forward stouts.

M- Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice clean smooth presentation. Some thickness develops on the finish but it is never really cloying. Light small bubble carbonation make this easy to go down.

O- Why it took me so long to try this is primarily based on the name and label picture. I was expecting char roasted oily coffee. What I got is a nice lightly wood oriented dark roasted malt with an easy going fruity character. Muy Bueno!

Apr 04, 2021
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lovebird_1 from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black Butte Porter is thinner than some porters, and has a dark but not inky color.
When poured, mild scent of coffee and beer - generic but pleasant.
The taste is smooth, relaxed, and mild but well rounded. Roasty and chocolatey but nothing over the top.
I used to get this beer as my token porter, however my tastes lean me toward heavier and bolder porters like Silver City's porter.

Mar 30, 2021
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1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. I would think it was a stout if I hadn't poured it my self. Deep dark brown in color. Light creamy head with nice lacing on the glass.
Smell and Taste: Sort of a dry, smokey, earthy, chocolate with some bitterness remaining on the palate.
Feel: Chewy with some rawness.
Overall: A pleasant twist on this Porter. Not near as sweet as other ones I've had but that's a surprisingly good thing. Can dated 02-10-21. Looks like somewhere along the line Deschutes Brewery decided to up the ABV to 5.5%. I feel no brewery can go wrong by using their ABV.

Mar 23, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting, BB date 30.05. 2014, from Fakta, Denmark. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Moderate off-white head. Moderate roasty aroma, notes of dark chocolate and mild coffee. Medium dry flavour, again notes of dark chocolate and mild coffee, dry finish. Too modest hops.

Mar 20, 2021
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MNAle from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma is a little subdued. It is slightly roasty, dark fruits, and a bit sweet.

Color is dark brown and clear with rising bubbles visible with a backlight. The 1 inch head is tan, creamy, and recedes fairly quickly, leaving wall lacing. The lacing breaks up into a lacy appearance on the far side of the glass as you drink.

Taste has the roasted malts to the front, backed by earthy dark fruits. Hints of leather. A bright floral sweetness is at the beginning, moderated by mild bittering in the middle and finish. The finish and aftertaste are slightly sweet, with the bittering hops keeping things under control. The beer leaves a pleasant mix of the flavors in your mouth between drinks, ending with the bright floral flavors.

The mouthfeel is on-point for the style (that is thin to moderate body) and smooth.

Overall, a well-done American porter. Very smooth, tasty, and easy drinking.

Mar 19, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of smoky pine. Taste is smoky and chocolatey with some roasted malts, bitter espresso and pine. Feel is easy drinking, smooth, Overall its a really nice classic porter and one I enjoy anytime I get the chance to have it.

Mar 15, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

This one feels a little underrated even at a 93.
Looks like any other porter. Dark brown/black with tannish head and a little lacing.
Smells like a nice malt blend with some coffee notes, maybe a little chocolate.
This is one of the best tasting porters I've had in a while. It's very good with a nice roasted malt character. A little coffee, a little chocolate, a lot of roasted malt. It's sweet with bitterness to balance.
Initially I thought the mouthfeel was nice. However, after a few weeks of drinking mostly Peche Mortel and Old Rasputin. The mouthfeel on this beer is surprisingly thin. It’s almost watery.
Overall, great 6 pack beer. Crisp porter that's super drinkable and tastes great. Mouthfeel sort of throws me off though.

Feb 14, 2021
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well-made Porter. Nice chocolate-coffee notes but it seemed something lacking to me. Kinda flat actually, maybe I got an old six-pack?? It was drinkable.

Feb 14, 2021
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is black, with amber edges, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head presents 1 inch thick dissipating to thin top, limited lacing.

Smell is toasted, roasted, chocolate malt, slight creaminess, light grassy hops.

Taste is excellent with near perfect balance of light roasted malt and chocolate flavor, limited sweetness, some toast, then light creamy smoothness, hops are notable in flavor perception of the malt and feel but limited flavor with a light grassy character.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, moderate sweetness, then drying bitterness with a longer smooth malty presence.

Overall a near perfect porter - so well balanced in malt and hop presence with incredible drinkability.

Jan 24, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stem glass.
Nice two finger head, which dissipated quickly with decent lacing on the glass and a thin cap that slowly disappeared.
Color is dark dark brown and opaque.
Aroma is nice, inviting- hints of chocolate hit me first, followed by subtle coffee-roasty notes.
Tastes of dark roasted malts and subtle chocolately goodness, followed by a little crispiness at the end.
Mouthfeel is dominated by crisp carbonation giving it a lightness on the tongue; smooth finish.
Overall, I am a fan of anything from Deschutes but have been looking for this porter for some time starting fall of last year into this year. After finally getting some today, I was pleasantly surprised how good this porter is and took me back to the first time I tried this beer a couple of years ago.
Well done.

Jan 16, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Label has 'PACKAGED ON: 10/19/20'.
Brown colored body. Hard pour yielded a thin finger of beige head, which settles back to a thin cap.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, which can equate to molasses, thin vanilla, and dark fruit. Has a pleasant close to char smell.
Taste is dark roasted malts, which translates to coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a bit of vanilla. Overall, has a sweeter flavor with a touch of char at the end.
Starts out a little thin, but a couple of mouth swirls amps this up to a medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Paradigm of type. Kind of refreshing even with the roasted nature of the malts. The slight level of sweetness helps.

Jan 12, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter, plain and simple...

...There's really nothing flashy about this porter, it's really a standard representative of the style. But therein lies what makes this particular porter so special. It has the appealing dark look, the rich roasted smell, and the similarly rich roasted malt taste. All of it equating to something that just hits a simple chord of basic porter taste.

Dec 20, 2020
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black in color. Tan head turns to nothing. Smells of cocoa and coffee. Some charred malts. Some vanilla. Taste follows the smell. Feel is thin to medium. Good carbonation. Slick but not oily.

Straight forward nothing fancy porter

Dec 18, 2020
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6602 ratings