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Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint from tap in Columbus ohio worled of beer. Nitro tap. First nitro I've loved. Looks fantastic, thick Lacey head, and taste like chocolaty stout heaven. Fantastic.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Notes of rich chocolate and coffee, a luscious creaminess and a roasted finish." Brewed in the style of an American Porter, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, creamy foam head of a moderate tan color over a deep brown body with ruby highlights and ample carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.5

(Smell) Rich chocolate malts, soft roasted grains, black patent and gentle coffee bitterness with a high cleanliness and a light sweetness. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor is largely the same with cocoa malts, a touch of light caramel sweetness, finishing subtly with a high cleanliness, a pinch of roasted grain, clean coffee bean oils and earthy bitterness. Nicely balanced, very drinkable and highly sessionable. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, clean, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mild frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to roasty and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A very ordinary, but incredibly well-done example of the American Porter. Nice presentation of chocolate, roast coffee and caramel tones in this beer throughout, and yet it carries an incredible balance and maintains high drinkability, for a porter that certainly warrants another to immediately follow. Of course, I will have to savor my one bottle and dream of the opportunity to get another in the future. Solid beer in a regularly underwhelming style, well worth seeking out. 4.25

Deschutes Brewery's
Black Butte Porter

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep brown, almost black with some red highlights. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, no hops. Taste is well balanced and friendly, no acidity. Lot´s of chocolate, toffee, nuts, coffee and a hint of smoke. Overall great American Porter. Cheers

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Photo of MMeyers87
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour deep dark opaque black with creamy head. Scent is powerful toasted malts and chocolate. Look and smell stacks up with any stout. Taste and mother are tamer in line with Porter style. Sweet toasted malt with hints of chocolate. Typically feel porters cone off as watered down stouts but this one really brings the flavor.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Overall: A great porter. Balanced, and not too charred or overpowering. Not too heavy or stout-like.

Look: deep dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights. Thin sudsy head that turned creamy.
Smell: dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A little sweet and roasty.
Taste: More chocolate than coffee. Slight char-roast tang. A nice malt finish.
Mouthfeel: A medium full body, not too heavy. Fairly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights, opaque, with a negligible head.

Strong biscuit aroma as well as that of a refreshing morning blend coffee from the malt. The biscuit and roast nose is present and pleasant throughout the entire experience. There is a very nice herbal/floral component from the hops in the background. Burnt sugar, slight raisin ester, and more floral aromas make themselves apparent as the beer warms.

Initially the beer is malty sweet, which evolves into the taste of a wonderful, flaky biscuit, and finally collapses into a oddly satisfying char on the finish, which remains in the after. The herbal hop character is quite noticeable in this porter, and it is very agreeable. A pleasant, medium bitterness and a nice, roast character are in balance. The aftertaste of roasty toasty malt, hop, and slight char is memorable. There is also a light tartness that appears mid-palate, which adds to the overall amenity of this brew.

Zippy throughout most of the sip; a medium-bodied and fairly lively dark beer. Slightly chalky, dry finish really accentuates that fantastic aftertaste.

This is a friendly Porter! A great aftertaste and mouthfeel highlights this extremely well-made beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Best By: 01/31/17.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Somewhat sweet roasty aroma with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla and nuts.

T- Quite roasty, bordering on charry but has a good balancing sweetness bringing to mind black licorice, coffee and more vanilla. Also a decent amount of hop bitterness.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Certainly more complex and tasty than your average porter but I think Edmund Fitzgerald edges this one out on best widely available porter.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark color with ruby highlights shining around the edges topped by a thick foamy and kind of soapy tan head. Also saw some particles floating in there.

Smells like toasted bread with a faint hint of bitter chocolate in the background.

Taste is rich decadence of a nicely roasted beer. The bitter chocolate is in there somewhere cause I can find it on the back of the swallow.

Mouth feel is actually pretty light and has a clean finish.

Overall this beer is high class stuff that comes off the shelf at a bargain price. Love to pick up a 12 of this every now and than for me and the wife. The particles were interesting as I am far from the best buy date on the bottle and I don't believe this is bottle conditioned. If some one is worried about a dark beer being to heavy this would be a real shocker because it so light, tasty and refreshing. Had to pick some more up since I had not reviewed it when we have had it in the past. And I am damn happy I HAD to get some more just to review it :)

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours opaque black with very nice head; beautiful ruby tone revealed when held up to light.
S: Roasted coffee beans and chocolate.
T: Delicious. Rich chocolate / mocha taste that dissolves to a lingering flavor of coffee. A fair amount of carbonation, as the ample head suggests.
F: A bit thin, perhaps, but the carbonation enhances the flavor.
O: A simply wonderful porter.

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Photo of Nimbus_
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: At first it appears to pour completely black, but holding up to light reveals a very beautiful dark ruby red color. Just a finger of tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Just a little bit of coffee in there too.

Taste: Delicious chocolate right away. Not too sweet, and definitely not bitter. Dark fruit undertones are there as well. The aftertaste left is chocolate and coffee.

Feel: This is the most balanced porter I have ever had. There's not a lot of carbonation, but enough to make it almost crisp, which is slightly unexpected for a brew like this. I'd expect something a little creamier, but this beer does really well with the lighter body. It makes it very drinkable overall.

Overall: I love this beer. It is my all time favorite. It's the most balanced and delicious porter I have every had so far, and it's my go to for it's great aroma, delicious taste, and drink-ability.

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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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