Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
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4.18 w/ 6,150 ratings
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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1.5/5  rDev -64.1%

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1.6/5  rDev -61.7%

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1.64/5  rDev -60.8%

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1.68/5  rDev -59.8%

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1.84/5  rDev -56%

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1.9/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a dark black stoutish color.
But not thick, somewhat watery.. though not as light as a newcastle.

The aroma and initial taste is very earthy.
The after taste is crisp and dry.

Maybe I'll have to try it from the tap instead.

I've had multiple bottles of this and I'm really suprised that some people adore this beer so much.

I havent had a porter that i've enjoyed as much as Sierra Nevada's
I'd love for someone to reccomend a superb porter.. though i find it hard to trust peers that have an affinity for beers such as this.

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2/5  rDev -52.2%

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2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didn't care for it couldn't even finish it.

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2/5  rDev -52.2%

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2.05/5  rDev -51%
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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2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.26/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, the Black Butte is a deep, dark, cola like garnet color with a big tan head that quickly faded to a small collar leaving slight lace. The aroma is very faint, sweet and malty. The flavor is similarly scant, sweet and toasted malt, coffee, and very slight finish of bittering hops. The mouthfeel was very thin and watery. In as much as this Porter was incredibly inoffensive and light bodied, it could be considered to be highly drinkable...however, there was nothing about Black Butte that made me want to have more then one.

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2.31/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearence: Poured a simple dark ruby with an incredible fizzy foamy beige head.

Smell: There are vague smells of chocolate and toasted nuts, but honestly there's not a whole lot to sniff.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste consists of a really weird, almost moth ball flavored malts combined with an inappropriate hop bitterness at the end. There are no real strong, bold or even interesting quialities to the flavor. The mouthfeel is just a tiny bit creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Dissapointing!! I loved their Obsidian Stout, but this one just wasn't for me. It just tasted incredibly bland and boring.

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2.33/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Typical porter. Nothing extravagant to note.

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2.34/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Now i passed up a six pack of Lagunitas Sucks to try this and regret it. Upon pouring, it looked great, dark and thick, but weak lacing on the head. My first reaction to smelling it was "why does this smell like blue moon?" And then i tasted it, and it TASTED like blue moon. Okay, it tastes better than blue moon, but very similar. So why do they call it a porter when it smells and tastes like a generic wheat ale? Another example of dumbing down a style of beer simply for mass appeal. It's obvious. I was not happy that this beer tasted nothing like a porter, and the feel, even less like a porter. It doesn't stick in your mouth, the now all too common hints of coffee are not executed properly, and it's just common in taste. Had this beer been labeled as a wheat ale, i would give it a higher rating, because i do not respect this beer as a porter and believe that it should not be called one.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 90.2% out of 100 with 6,150 ratings
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