Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
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From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
American Porter
Ranked #15
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,647
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
1,704
Ratings:
4,936
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 12:55 AM
Added:
Aug 24, 2001
Wants:
  539
Gots:
  1,796
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
Notes: Bold reputation. Soft disposition. Surprising Balance. Behold an iconic and unexpectedly complex porter that’s more than meets the eye.
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a deep black color with a thin retentive head.

Smells of milk chocolate and espresso.

Definitely chocolate and espresso but not too heavy and not too light. Definitely a stouty taste and feel with less body.
Saturday at 12:55 AM
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Reviewed by Michael1001 from Nevada

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Hit multiple taste buds. Many flavors well balanced. Slightly less sweet than an ideal porter but a resonant smoothness that is excellent with savory foods.
Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: black with thin brown head

Smell: chocolate, coffee, malt

Taste: like the nose but adds depth and character to those flavors

Feel: nice and silky
Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Oct 25, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Look: Dark brown to black cherry colored body with a finger and a half of off-white head
Smell: Caramel, chocolate, slight coffee, very light hint of vanilla
Taste: Bitter chocolate mostly, with some yeast. Dryer than the smell might indicate, which is nice
Feel: Feel is overall quite nice. Slight bitter aftertaste, alcohol seems barely present, and has a light body
Overall: Don't know how you could ask for a better traditional porter. Highly recommended.
Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by kotocar from California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Does this beer contain oatmeal? It taste like it does. A long time ago I used to drink a Oatmeal Porter and it was amazing. Unfortunately I forgot the name of this beer, but Black Butte taste close to it; if not better. It's easy drinking and definitely tastes better after it warms up. So take this one out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to drinking. Trust me.

Why do we live in a age where IPA's rule the shelves and not beers like this? Sometimes this world is upside down. THIS is a great beer.
Oct 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by brnout from Delaware

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Nice dark brown pour, big khaki head, to much for a glass of Coke, otherwise, nails it. Severely lacking in treats for the nose, some mild coffee aroma, taste buds say roasted malt, a bit of cocoa. It seems thin for the style, carbonation seemed ok.

This was purchased as part of a "pick six" and has some age, canned 1/26/22, if I see it fresh, I'll update.
Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Greg_Eans from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2022
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Reviewed by ikapaMK from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased at Fresh, in Tyler TX. Warmed in hands from fridge for ~30-60 sec. Poured into stein glass

Appearance:
Dark cola color with 2-3 inch, tan head

Nose:
Toasty aroma, with notes of cocoa, raisin, and spiced rum

Taste:
Initially, dark, burnt, and bitter. As the beer warmed, the bitter taste moved to the back end and notes of spiced rum and raisin, with a light sweetness. Milder bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel:
Initially thin, with fine effervescence. As the beer warmed, mouthfeel gained a small degree of body, but not significantly. About as expected for a 5.5% ABV beer.

Overall:
As someone who usually drinks brown, amber, or scotch ale, this was definitely outside my usual and, previously, I haven't had the best of experiences with stouts or porters. That being said, this was a darn good porter and one I would drink again!
Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Vykk_Draygo

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A classic standby. Looks great, and tastes great. Loads of chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits and caramel. Licorice, and a hint of vanilla. The finish is charred toast and hop resin. The mouthfeel borders on thin, but it still has a nice creaminess, and the dry finish is very pleasant. It's well balanced, and very drinkable all year round.

The aroma is subdued, but it's hot in Texas, so I'm having it cold (usually drink these at room temp). I know from experience that the nose is much livelier at room temp (though still not as lively as the palate).
Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by trdant from Missouri

Jun 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
noted from journal (2015-2016): brown head, black body, smells like chocolate, roasted flavor with a hoppy finish, thick almost a pilsner finish

**Definite try again candidate after 7-8 years
May 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by 2beerdogs from California

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by shaysh

Apr 14, 2022
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Rated by MarkovBeer from California

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Solid dark beer that is memorable. Definitely my favorite choice outside of the trendy IPAs. Guinness does not compare!
Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brighton, Co:
LOOK: Pours an opaque darkest of brown to black color with an easy to pour 3b finger tan or light brown head that slowly fades but has overall good retention as well as lacing.
AROMA: Same roasted malts, bakers chocolate and cocoa.
TASTE: Again you get the roasted malts, bitter sweetness. Has a little smoky aftertaste.
Creamy and easy drinking.
Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.89 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
For some reason I thought I had rated this one years ago. Apparently not.

Pours extremely dark brown, nearly black, with a nice fluffy cola head. Good lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, and some yeast.

The flavors follow the nose and that's just fine. Dark and semi-sweet chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, licorice, buttermilk and dark fruit (cherry) sourness, astringent roastiness at the finish.

Medium bodied. Incredibly drinkable for such a dark brew, owing to plenty of carbonation and a fairly drying finish.

Are there better American Porters? Sure. But at this price point and availability level? Nope. Wanna show someone the difference between a stout and a porter? This might be the perfect brew.
Mar 06, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good American porter! Flavors: coffee, chocolate, slightly sweet. Would drink again.
Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by jbolger from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2/11/22 Pitch black with a nice tan head. Roasted / burnt malt carries the day here. Some light coffee bitterness. Low ABV. Well balanced. Will add to the rotation.
Feb 05, 2022
 
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my spiegelau stout glass.

It looks like Guinness (co2) on the pour which I'd say is a good thing. Those big beers usually seem to be pretty good looking. 1.5 finger head that fades to a decent covering of head. Almost pitch black but at the bottom of the glass you can see it's a dark brow color where some light can get through.

Smell is full and quite strong with some rosty malts shining through, but there is quite a bit of fermentation character here, mostly just the smell of ale yeast bit it is quite strong. Not a lot more going on here but it's very malt forward and seems quite strong.

On my first sip it's quite dry and decently bitter. Once again some of those roasty malts are hanging in the back. Quite a lot of that ale character is up front. Slight tartness coming from fermentation as well it seems. Not a british flavor here, but despite the american yeast, hops arent all that present here. Maybe some for bittering cause it has a higher ibu than a porter or stout from the UK, but it seems to be a very malt forward american porter. Good but could be a bit more balanced. As I drink the bitterness becomes less pronounced and the malts shine more and more.

Feel is quite smooth and creamy, not a lot of carbonation bit but it's there. Easy to put down but still rich like chocolate. Could be dangerous if it was less pricey but I like it.

Overall a decent day porter. I wish there was a bit more sweetness from the malt but that's just taste. It does seem a bit dry for a porter but the roasty dark malts shine nicely here.
Jan 31, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Black, tan head, good retention and lace
Intense dark chocolate aroma
Dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, and some char flavors
Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated
This is a dang good porter. Wish it was available in MD.
Jan 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Jan 14, 2022
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Reviewed by -steve- from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Inky black with brown head that dissipates quickly.
S: Roasted malts, licorice and chocolate.
T: Tasty roasted malts, licorice with dry, hop finish.
F: Sweet and dry.
O: A very nice winter warmer.
Jan 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Jan 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 11/4/21, so plenty fresh.

L---Darkest black/brown. Fluffy khaki head faded quickly to a few islands and left nice lacing.

S---Roasted/burnt malts. Dark chocolate and maltiness.

T---Chocolate and a deep, rich maltiness. Dried dark fruit.

F---Medium bodied, a bit creamy. Mild carbonation.

O---A really nice one
Dec 22, 2021
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Rated by minstrelwb from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyable, better than average taste, etc., in it's category. Good with food, too.
Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2021
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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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