Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

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: 1,514 | Ratings: 5,878
Photo of trygelski1
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Natty Greene's pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice jet black with about an inch of a creamy head. Some lacing is present with some retention.

Smell: Notes of chocolate and a small amount of roasted malts. Wishing for more roasted malts. Seems like maybe a slight presence of hops as well.

Taste: Slight roasted malts, chocolate, small amount of caramel, and a slight hop bite. This porter is lacking roastiness.

Feel: Medium bodied. Wish this was a bit thicker.

Overall: Solid porter here but a step below Founders Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald in my opinion. Needs the roast of the Founders to take that next step. I was expecting slightly more out of this beer but it is still very solid and I will pick up at a later date and give it another shot.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to try a different porter so I bought this beer at my local beer store. It was just a single bottled beer. It's nothing special. Poured into a big glass. It had a brown head that took forever to dissipate. Nice chocolate toffee smell. Even that seemed a little under power. The taste was very light. I could barley taste dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee notes. Seemed a bit watered down. This beer lacked certain qualities that I like in this style of brew. I'd probably stay away from this one. Ill buy Founders, Bells, or Great Lakes Porter any day over this one. Ill give it a decent score though because I've had worse.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is nothing crazy to me. Very forgettable.

The dark roasted malt flavor is lacking, it feels and tastes watered down. But with that, it's easy drinking.

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Photo of Riff
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tumbler glass. Pours a dark brown with a tan head of about a finger. Smells of fresh tilled earth and toffee. Flavor is roasted malts with a faint hoppy bitterness and a bit of chocolate towards the end. Smooth, medium body beer with no carbonation. Overall a nice porter, good representation of the category. There are better ones out there, but this is certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of mkh012
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near-black with a finger of dirty white head.

The nose is mild. Roasted malts, chocolate, and peanuts as it warms. A touch metallic. Nothing overpowers.

Very balanced and light for a porter. Chocolate covered cherries and nuttiness. Cherry cola, coffee, fig. Wow. Drinking this faster than your average porter. Not towering, not bold, but deliciously drinkable.

A model for the style. Crushable. Just don't expect something super bold and roasty. This is tame.

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Photo of devo1980
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I very much enjoyed this beer. Is exactly what a mild porter should feel like. Easy to drink, little bite, smooth and expertly crafted. I will pick up more of these when a get a chance.

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Photo of Chieftog
2.05/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I don't know why I'm so far off from everyone else. I don't love porters, stouts and other thick dark beers ... well, I do LOVE Woot Stout but that's a different story. Either way, I don't crave them but will drink them and sometimes enjoy them. So I got a Deschutes sampler and really enjoyed each one until I got to this one ... it harkens back to the late nineties ... it was a late night of drinking crappy beer. Walking through my house in a slumber, avoiding sleeping bodies and incapacitated friends, I spot an abandoned soldier ... the beer left behind. With double, blurry vision, I reach for the beerverage I deserted, only to take a massive slug of half a warm beer, steeped in a friends dip/snuff - it tasted just like this beer. I'm sorry ... I love Deschutes but this one was not for me, clearly.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great. Super dark.

Smells earthy, toffee.

Slight but present hop profile. Roasted coffee, slight earthiness. Not incredibly complex, but very high in quality of existing flavors. Highly balanced. Slight minty aftertaste. Really superb.


Overall, 4.5 across the board, because it doesn't bring anything new to the table, but what it does bring is excellent, and quintessential of the style.

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Photo of ThemThangs
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best porters I have tried. Not too sweet, not too bitter, everything is just right. Flavor notes: roasty, nutty, a hint of char and coffee. Served in a tulip.

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

Had on tap at Deschutes' Portland location. I think this is a really stellar porter. It does what many other porters do but just does it really really well. Beautiful black/brown/ruby color with light tan head. Chocolaty, vanilla, coffee aroma. Tastes the same with some mild hoppiness. Really smooth, creamy, light mouthfeel. Could have a few more of these. Went beautifully with the elk burger.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Less than average SRM for a brown colored beer, not overly sludgy, solid off white 1/2" head on it. Aroma was a lot of C hops. Bitter.

Lots of roasted malt, bitter C hops, light bodied chocolate malt aided by a substantial amount of carbonation for style. Very much like the black ipa craze a few years ago, this has been around forever. Its one of the archtype hoppy porters from days of yore, still popular today.

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Photo of shazamm
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a review of BB-XXVIII. This is the 28th release in a series of bourbon barrel aged brews with adjuncts consisting of "peated malt, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, and orange peal, 50% of which is aged in bourbon barrels". Hyperbole aside, it's a tasty brew that comes a little short of XXVII. Which I tasted embedded in a vertical flight - 24 through 28, it's a challenging effort to compare these vintages with opinionated friends with discriminating pallets My personal favorite: BB-XXVII - cacao nibs pomegranate molasses (!), Chinese 5 spice(!), apricot, and rosewater (really). Barrel aged. 50%. Bourbon barrel

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I remember reading about Black Butte Porter in The Brewmaster's Table by Garrett Oliver. I could write my own review of it, but after taking a look back in the book, his description is so on point that I'm just going to leave his words here instead of mine.

"This porter is deep brown and has a complex aroma of hops, dark fruit, licorice, and coffee, with a hint of mint. The palate is soft, and bitterness is restrained as caramel and gentle coffee and chocolate flavors play through the middle, showing a flash of malt sweetness. It glides into a chalky dry finish, though it leaves a fruity impression, as if it had been sweeter." - Garrett Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table

I couldn't have described it better myself. The bottle conditioning adds a unique element to the beer. Highly recommended to any lover of Porter/Stout.

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

A-pours a dark brown with dark ruby highlights and two fingers worth of light tan head

S-aroma is of chocolate and lightly roasted malt

T-taste is of lightly roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight bitter coffee finish

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a very good example for the style, easy to drink, very enjoyable

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown that turns reddish in the light. light beige finger of head with good retention and nice lacing as you drink
S: chocolate coffee and a mild floral hop presence
T: roasted malts, chocolate, and hops. Nice balance.
F: Slick and light
O: Easy drinking porter. Good flavor.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice flavors on this beer. Very similar to the obsidian stout that deschutes makes year round as well. Obsidian stout 8s superior to this beer in my opinion.

Great transition beer to get you started on some tastier stouts.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish black in color. Mildly sweet. Roasted malt flavor is fairly prominent but slightly ashy. Not too bitter but not as drinkable as I might like. Medium carbonation. Lighter bodied than expected.

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

My first good porter! Have only tried 2 or 3, so not exactly sure how to rate it...all i can say is that is very smooth, tasty and enjoyable. Nice toasty notes that perfectly match the abv and mouthfeel...i can now add Porters on my "try" list thanks to this smooth offering. Thank you deschutes!

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown to almost black in color, the pour yields massive bubbly tan head with excellent durability, it just slowly subsides and leaves plenty of nice lacing web as well as eternal foamy crown on the surface. The appearance is so appealing.

In a nose, you get creamy, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, charcoal, citric hop and a little glimpse of spiciness.

Big roasted profile with a note of burnt wood, coffee, and charred malt, sweetness draws in at the middle with a moderate touch of creamy chocolate and biscuit. Hops cut in thereafter with a citrus and bitter profiles while finish with a slight astringency that also continues together with slight hop bitterness to generate a pleasant aftertaste.

Light body with smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation to crisp up the palate, finish is dry and clean.

So sessionable and very high drinkability, this Porter is very well balance and holds devilish quaffing quality. It will lead you up to next sip instantly and bottom up before you are aware of.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: deep espresso to block. Smedium khaki head

S: Cocoa. Bitter chocolate bar. Roasted coffee. Licorice

T: Cocoa. Hops. More dark chocolate

F: soft. Light. Fluffy. Creamy. Good palate coating

O: amazing example of a porter. Simple as that.

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

One pint at MKT.

Pours a very dark brown with one and a half fingers of tan head that leaves kindergartener's sponge painting lace as it recedes.

Smells of cocoa powder, coffee grounds, roasted caramel malt and mild leafy hops.

Tastes of more semi-sweet cocoa powder, creamy coffee, mildly sweet black licorice, caramel and soft hoppy bitterness.

Feels fluffy and smooth. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chika chicka soda pop. Cola as cooking ingredient. Cola in chili. Malt layered cola chocolate cake. Over carbonated fountain soda. I imagine it's wonderful with cheeseburgers.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle pours a dark brown colour with a good tan head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma chocolate, coffee, malts. Taste sweet, chocolate, coffee. Very nice and smooth.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottles into a Guinness stout glass.
Pours dark, with tan head. Nice aroma of malts, chocolate, and what think is a cross between caramel and vanilla. Tastes of light chocolate, and that caramel/vanilla vibe, with a nicely balanced malt shine. A really sweet tasting beer, very smooth, with a nice lingering mouthfeel.

While this beer didn't overwhelm me, it is still a very good tasting beer. I will revisit again, and again...

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Photo of gonger
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint pub glass - NOT ICE COLD - 45F - 50F

Look is perfect for style. Careful pour produced 2 finger head dissipating to thin pancake. Lacing remains all the way down the glass. Smell is roasted malt, yeast, and dark rum(?). Feel is too smooth (almost nitro-like). Taste is good but nothing stands out. Too well balanced? Too mild. Porter is my favorite style. I was disappointed in this one.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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