Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #13
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,768
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Reviews:
1,663
Ratings:
6,542
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 1,663 | Ratings: 6,542 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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frankdatank1337 from California

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll start with, I'm not a fan of porters. But i love this one. It's got those nice deep flavors you expect from a porter but it's not heavy and overpowering like others I've tried. It's actually refreshing. If I want a break from all the light colored beers out there I turn to this one and it never disapoints.

Nov 24, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

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

Look: Jet black with a quickly forming tan head that settles down to a nice lid and leaves good lacing as it does
Aroma: Roast, chocolate, dried dark fruit, and light vanilla notes
Taste: Smooth dark chocolate and roasted barley start things off along with hints of dark fruit fading in and out. These flavors all meld together and as they fade, some vanilla comes through along with more chocolate for the finish
Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth, very full for a porter – not light or thin, medium-high carbonation, and a smooth, soft finish with zero harshness or dryness
Overall: Outstanding and delicious. This beer has legendary status in my opinion and it’s easy to see (and taste) why when you have it. A very well-made American Porter, still one of the best, and for me personally, one that helped a younger me respect and eventually enjoy beer styles that utilize roasted barley. Highly recommended

Oct 29, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a thin beige colored head; not much lacing on the glass.
S: Smells super heavily of coffee up front, nice malty & dark chocolate aromas as well.
T: Taste follows the nose, there is a nice earthy/bitter aftertaste.
F: Full-bodied with a thinner feel to it than a lot porters, still a very smooth beer though.
O: Not a bad porter, I would personally by some of my other favorites over this one though.

Oct 09, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

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

look: tan color, very carbonated, white/amber head, I wish the color could be darker.

smell: not so impressive, only a little sweet malts but nothing else much.

taste: creamy tastes, sweet malt, a little toasted

feel: creamy

overall: it's a nice little session porter

Sep 25, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark coffee colored body pours with a billowing tan frothy head that had relatively low retention and leaves little lacing as it settles to a thin cap

aroma is roasted barley and dark chocolate bready malt with dark fruit hints and burnt caramel

taste is immediately reminiscent of coffee thanks to roasted dark chocolate and burnt caramel with lush dark fruits and tannins. finishes with a welcomed earthy hop bitterness.

moderately high carbonation and medium body, smooth with barely-thinker-than-cola feel and a slightly aggressive earthy hop bitterness bite.

overall:
this brew is like coffee with burnt caramel and molasses, but spiked with the scent of resinous earthy fresh cut pine, while sitting near old leather books. instantly classic and an obvious benchmark for the style.

Aug 10, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful black coffee color, but the tan head dissipates quickly. There is no glass lacing. Carbonation is pronounced and lasting. A sweet roasted malt aroma is evident in its surroundings. The taste is just as it should be. An ale's complexity, with the sweet and rich roasted malts dominating. It's a little thin on the tongue and the carbonation is obvious, rather than subtle as in the great porters.

Jul 18, 2020
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CadaKidGoneCali from California

4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The versatility to this particular Porter is extraordinary. Deschute’s Black Butte Porter is by far the richest, earthy and bold in flavor, smooth & creamy in feel, bold & vibrant in appearance and color, intoxicatingly robust in fragrance and overal my favorite to not only drink but to cook in numerous favorite, family recipes. Along with these attributes it has a memory inducing nostalgia about it and tends to take the partaker on a journey of sips past; like fishing with my Dad, dining at the pub or homecrafting snake bites with my sister. Deschute’s nailed this brew; it’s the best!

Jul 07, 2020
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hreb from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of an old favorite, packaged on 04/29/20 and served in a pint glass. Brown-tinged black body with a thick chestnut head. Great taste of roasted barley, sweet and toasty, over a full-bodied but easily quaffable brew. Flavor profile is on the stout side of porter, with roasty and coffee flavors taking precedence over sweet dark flavors, and a thicker mouthfeel. Impeccable balance. Not a big beer, but a giant among American Porters for its accessibility and quality of execution.

Jun 28, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle.*

Initially poured pitch black, but when put up against the light, it looked a familiar cola brown. Had about a finger thick khaki colored head with a good diversity of rocky and micro bubbles, but the head didn't have much retention to it.

This Porter smells pretty similar to Deschutes Obsidian. There were very subtle differences, but they were very similar none-the-less. It had a similar roasted barley smell to it, with a bit of burnt caramel, burnt sunflower seeds, and a light amount of roasted medium coffee.

This tasted pretty similar to Obsidian, but it was noticeably sweeter. There was sweet malts upfront which eventually mellows out into a burnt char character. There was also a slight grapefruit bitterness/orange peel in the end, coupled with a popcorn kernel kind of taste.

This was pretty smooth, with about a medium body and carbonation, and finished dry. It was again pretty similar to Obsidian, nothing really much to say here other than it was satisfying and very drinkable.

May 12, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2 month old bottle poured into a pint glass. Oily but not viscous pour, nice 1 finger soapy carmel head, average retention. Beautiful very dark mahogany brown, almost completely opaque but not quite. The nose is strong in dark chocolate, cacao, and a hint of lemony brightness, but it is dominated by coffee and toffee. A bit of bitter root tones too. The mouthful is velvety, but not oily or slick. The taste is introduced by those bitter earth and coffee tones, but it rounds out with a pleasantly sweet and rich carmel, roasted nuts, and finishes with a zip of floral citrus. A classic well made porter.

This is one of my favorite beers, and I drink it year round, although it is essential in the winter months. A very, very, good porter from Deschutes.

May 06, 2020
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle packaged date: 02/19/20
Appearance:
Clear ruby brown-black, light tan head that falls to a thin layer but lasts and laces.

Aroma:
Dark chocolate and Kona coffee, light PNW hops.

Flavor:
Moderate roastted malt/coffee, some malty sweetness, soft, balancing bitterness, moderate earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied, Low-moderate CO2 and no unexpected astringency

Overall:
One of the cleanest and purest examples of an American Porter around. Tastes great

Apr 18, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark nearly opaque.
Forms a thick tan head that laces the glass.
Aromas are subtle, bread and chocolate.
Dark roast dominates the strong flavors, coffee, dark chocolate with a little sweetness coming through.
I like this beer, the dark roast and the subtle sweetness give it a dry character.

Apr 08, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

1.06/5  rDev -74.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Notes from 3/27/2020.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is dark brown with a tan cap. There's no head. 2.00
The aroma is almost nonexistent. There was a medicinal oder when I poured it. Now, there's so little aroma that I can only guess at what I am smelling. 1.00
The taste is medium in strength and of coffee, a hint of chocolate, and has a unfortunate moderately hoppy bitter finish. The medicinal oder presents as flavor. 1.00
The feel is below medium in thickness which is pitiful for a porter. There's a low level of astringency. 1.00
Overall, I like American porters and I hate this beer. adding a lot of hops might have been novel at the time, but it's too bitter and boring. I look forward to never drinking this again. 1.00

Mar 29, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

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

A-Dark brown with minimal head
S-roasted malts
T-malt-forward, some cocoa, spices, and berries. A little hop in the back. Above average sweet
M-Light (+) body, could be heavier for a porter. Modest carbonation. Smooth finish
O-This is one of the first craft beers I ever imbibed. I called it my favorite beer for nearly 10 years. I've since found many more superior beers, but will always have a soft spot for a Black Butte.

Jan 04, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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

L - Deep brown, nearly black with a good amount of mahogany highlights around the edges with no real head to speak of.
S - Roasted malts and chocolate along with some caramel.
T - Roasted malts and chocolate along with caramel and a slight amount of char and coffee.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A nice, well rounded porter.

Dec 26, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2019-12-24
12oz bottle. Package 2019-09-11.

Dark brown, slightly translucent. Little head. Smells cherry sweetness, maybe anise.

Taste is rich and soft, chocolate and coffee and a mild roast bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, really solid Porter.

Dec 25, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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

Outstanding brew! Pours a darkish brown color with moderate khaki head. Scent is of coffee and chocolate. Taste follows with a smooth clean taste and finish. Light mouthfeel. This is a different but still the same Porter. I love it!

Dec 14, 2019
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BergBeer from Virginia

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

On draft at Starr Hill bar

Look: Black with cola highlights and a mocha head.

Smell: Roasty and bitter with a floral hop bite.

Taste: Same as the nose. Cocoa, black malt, piney hops and a clean finish.

Feel: Medium bodied. No alcohol. Medium bitterness. Not sweet at all. Low acidity.

Overall: A nice porter with that piney hop note to make it stand out. Clean.

Nov 30, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark color with a tan head. SRM of 22-23. (4.00)

Aroma: Lighter aroma of dark grain malt, phenols, and cocoa. A strong cereal grain malts. Only hints of rich chocolate. Less hints of coffee and cream. There is some wet, honey-soaked toffee bread. (3.50)

Flavor: Black, rich grain upfront. Phenolic. Some skim chocolate milk. Some mild roastiness with only hints of coffee. Some bitter airiness too. Maybe some molasses. Finishes clean and dry. Mild roasty coffee bitterness to finish. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter-body. Appropriate carbonation. Finishes dry with a creamy chocolate and coffee lingering on the palate. Relatively light and clean, while maintaining a certain level of creaminess. Well-balanced overall, but too watery. Needs more body. (3.25)

Compared to Bell's Kalamazoo Stout: A slight lighter color. Much less aroma. More generic black and phenolic. Less roasty. Granted it's a porter, but less appealing overall.

Compared to Elysian Split Shot 4/10/20: Pours a similar color with a smaller head. Less aroma. More classic porter flavors of balanced roasty, black, and chocolate. Less chocolate pudding and espresso. Slightly more roasty but less espresso. Overall, unfortunately I prefer the Split Shot.

Overall: This is a very well-balanced porter as others have suggested but sort of watery and tamed. Gives it a phenolic quality and allows the alcohol to come forth. It has a nice balance of chocolate, roast, and a well-crafted body. You can tell this one has been tweaked to provide a nice, balanced, well-drinking porter. I just wanted more here. (Final Rating: 3.41)

Nov 17, 2019
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MMoore1971 from Canada (BC)

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall a great porter.
Deep dark brown, thin head with moderate retention. Aroma and taste are to be expected: nice chocolate and coffee notes with an added caramel sweetness. No overpowering carbonation so is smooth-drinking which adds to its appeal.

Nov 13, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

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

Nov 10, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

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.

Oct 26, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

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 $9.99 + tax.

Sep 28, 2019
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Nass from Florida

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-

Sep 22, 2019
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octortus from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 mL Bottle. ABV 5.2%.
Appearance: Dark brown/black, One finger of cream head, Decent retention, Very thin cap remains.
Aroma: Vanilla bean, Light coffee, Milk chocolate, Slightly bready, Slight caramel.
Mouthfeel: Thin, Just under medium body, Creamy.
Flavour: Fairly rich, Lightly roasted bready malt, Light coffee, Vanilla, Slight caramel, Bittersweet finish.
Overall: Well done porter. It is nicely balanced but I'd prefer a bit more body to complement the aroma and flavour.

Review: 65

Sep 18, 2019
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6542 ratings