Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

1,553 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,553 | Ratings: 6,054
Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

At the Deli Restaurant with Jer on St. Paddy’s Day, celebrating his birthday and the like... on draught, brought out with its all-black majesty and a ring of brown head with residual smear in its middle... smells of lactic milk, toasted barley malts, and some earthy, peat/marsh funk... appealing on a snowy, rainy day like this... mouth feel is swift, a bit crunchy and warm at the finish, with an easy-drinking, textured medium body... the prevailing flavor is roasted malt, though enough hops make their way to the forefront to evoke pine and hard fruits--apple, pair... a solid, unspectacular porter that is as it should be--not to be confused with its bourbon-barrelled cousin, but no insult there...

 707 characters

Photo of flgimp
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hard into a frosted pilsner glass. Quite active thick creamy head. Over two fingers. After 5 minutes mellowed to a tan overcoat with light irregular lacing. Color is brown almost black. Nose is faint chocolate and coffee. Taste is a smooth roasted, dry earthy character with coffee upfront then bitter dark chocolate. Nice. Finish is lightly carbonated with medium body. Definitely a well done porter.

 408 characters

Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good and balanced porter. Acidic malts with some roasted notes are balanced with citrus hops mostly on the tangerine and the orange. This beer is quite dry. The carbonation is a bit low.

 186 characters

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel. Best by June 20th 2017.

L: Black oil with ruby edges. Thin beige head fades quickly into a ring.

S: Rich coffee, bittersweet chocolate, leafy hops.

T: Again, coffee, chocolate, leafy hops. Astringent bitterness, toasted biscuits, really a well rounded brew. Very good.

F: Silky smooth, creamy, good carbonation levels, Medium-full body.

O: Great porter. Great beer. Noice.


Poured from 12oz bottle into Bell's Oberon Pint Glass. Best By July 22nd 2017.

L: Black with ruby edges. Finger width beige head stays around for quite some time. Good stick to the glass as well. Bumping up this beer's looks.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and leafy hops with coffee undertones.

T: Pretty on the mark the first time, not sure I would change much here.

F: Same again with an added note that this is dry.

O: Again a really stellar beer and porter.

 904 characters

Photo of ofYYC
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest brown, a touch of red, almost black. Thick tan head. Malty, bready, toasty, roasty, smooth. A hint of hops. Definitely bready, but more on the dark toast side than fresh-baked. Dark, but not overpowering. Overall, a great beer, and a good Porter.

 264 characters

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

really liked it better than their stout. Very drinkable, with a nice mellow background flavor. The flavors are subtle. Creamy mouthfeel, no bitter aftertaste, and smell is also somewhat muted. Good if you are going for mellow.

 228 characters

Photo of Bullyy56
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Being new to drinking, this is my 2nd true craft beer I've had, and the 6th one overall.
The look is dark, an almost dark amber color. Very nice foamy head after an aggressive pour.
As for the smell, you can definitely smell some coffee and chocolate, as expected of a Porter. No boozy or off putting smells to be had.
The taste is vibrant with coffee and bakers chocolate, not much bitterness.
The feel is very creamy, and very easy on the palate. No dryness on the back end, and not much of a lingering aftertaste.
All in all, probably the easiest craft beer to drink that I've had so far. At 5.2 abv, it is highly sessionable and all the more enjoyable. I love that it's available in a 6 pack, especially since I just got off work! It's definitely worth a try if you want to go beyond pale ales and lagers

 809 characters

Photo of m_hall
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz longneck bottle into a nonic pint. Extremely dark brown, almost black, with just the barest hint of light coming through the edges. The head is two fingers tall, pillow-you, falling away slowly while leaving a good bit of sticky lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, roasted malts, with a bit of toasted bread.

Flavors start out with dark semisweet chocolate up front, with a bit of caramelized sugar. This leads into rich tones of coffee, toasted nuts, with just a touch of herbal hops in the background. The finish is drying and bitter with both hop and coffee notes but not overly long on the palate.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth, very easy drinking, lightly carbonated. The alcohol at 5.2% ABV invites you to have more than one.

Deschutes hit all the marks with Black Butte- rich flavors and easy drinking character make this the model of what a great Porter should be, for me. It's great out of the bottle, and amazing if you cam find it on draft... this one is definitely going to become a go-to beer for me.

 1,051 characters

Photo of Lucaskowalik
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Spiegelau stout glass.
L- Amber cola color from the bottle which settles into a dark brown liquid in the glass with a brilliant, clear amber glow. Good carbonation and thin, tan head atop.
S- Chocolate, dark fruit, bread, citrus from the hops, earthy beets smell, and a distinct caramel sweetness.
T- Same as the nose with an upfront smoky dryness which helps calm the sweet notes.
F- Medium bodied with a lingering dryness.
O- A very drinkable beer. It stays true to the style and does try to do anything extravagant. I do find it a bit too thin and would like bolder flavors

 604 characters

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black with mahogany highlights. Brown head with plenty of lacing.

The aroma is immediately burnt - little bight of a chemical or charcoal. Some sugar cane. Earthy and sweet

Taste follows the smell closely. Dense burnt rye flavors with just enough sweetness to recognize it as a porter. Lots of dates and raisins in the back end and noticeable hops in the finish. Smokiness and a sugar tackiness lingers. A bit light and perhaps lacking in alcohol.

Smooth full bodied and light carbonation that allows the flavors to remain in the front.

Ideal american porter

 575 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one-finger tan head and left lace ring. Aroma had bits of charred malt and coffee along w/ bitter chocolate. Smooth beer w/ a light to medium body that had a subtle chocolate sweetness that made beer easy to drink and then it finished with a slightly roasted coffee taste.

 300 characters

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

Deschutes Black Butte Porter, 5.2% ABV, 30 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and dark brown/light black, with not much head on a careful taproom pour. Nose is sweet malt, taste is malt, chocolate, and a slight bitter close. Mouthfeel is just OK, due to a bit of over carbonation. Overall decent.

 293 characters

Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black body with a large rocky tan head.

S: Caramel, chocolate, and dark malt. Brown sugar, grainy bread in the finish.

T: Chocolate, and caramel with a nice malt backbone. Finish is bready and delicious.

M: Medium in feel, with fine but plentiful carbonation.

O: Overall, just a damn fine porter.

 307 characters

Photo of basaywhat
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin, long-lasting off-white foam head. Aroma is chocolate and mild roast. Flavor is chocolate, roast, and coffee, with a creamy, slightly bitter mouthfeel.

 196 characters

Photo of PaminPA
2.34/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was very disappointing. Got a 12 pack on recom of the staff at a cross between a Budweiser and a Guiness. Watered down.
Will avoid.

 155 characters

Photo of ajm5108
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very traditional, hits-all-the-notes porter, lots of dark toasted malt flavors with a little bit of hop zing at the end (served from a bottle around May of 2015)

 161 characters

Photo of Radcpa
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark color with little head. Nice aroma but a little mild. Taste was very good without any alcohol evident. This a a good but not excellent beer and will not improve with age.

 178 characters

Photo of Ghrymm
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle,best before 04/14/17
Well 1,534 reviews i really don't have much to add.
Its a dam good porter! I will always have one in my fridge.

 159 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by date of 04/23/17 printed on the label. Served in a Spiegelau Stout glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready/grainy malt and caramel noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. I think it's a good porter overall. With that being said, I remember trying this (and liking it more) in the past, so I'll have to revisit this one soon. $1.79 a single.

 656 characters

Photo of Vixie
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very dark beer with a decent sized tan head It looks black, but there is some light visible through the edges.

This is the nicest smelling beer I have come across in some time. Chocolate, coffee, sweetness. It reminds me a bit of the smell of a chocolate cake baking.

Chocolate up front, hints of coffee and nuts, and a hint of sweetness. This is almost liquid chocolate cake with nuts on top.

Nice and smooth going down, just a hint of tingling from the carbonation.

I don't know why I didn't try this sooner based on it's reputation, but it does live up to it. This is just a very flavorful beer, and well balanced. For sure, this is one beer that lives up to the word of mouth, well worth trying.

 705 characters

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Kyle C, poured into 2016 GABF mini snifter.
A: pours a Coca Cola brown red body color, +1 off-white finger foam head, spotty lacing, some carbonation.
S: chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted malt, molasses syrup, chestnuts
M: medium body with a semi dry finish on the tongue
T: hints of coffee, dark cocoa, roasted malt powder, buttery, hints of roasted Chestnut, slightly sweet prune, hints of coca cola
O: fantastic Porter, could easily drink a few these in one session, glad I got to try I will seek more.

 521 characters

Photo of peakoil101
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice dark look. Textured color. Good head.
Nice malty hoppy smell. Sometimes like chocolate, wish this smell was more consistent from batch to batch.
Same issues with consistency on taste which is my only reason for the lower score in the taste category.
Feel and smoothness is great.
Overall strong and almost perfect.
Variability in nature must make it tough!

 364 characters

Photo of andrewh995
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first porter (and dark beer in general) right after I turned 21, so I'm coming back now that I got another case recently. God I love this beer. So much chocolate, coffee, toast, and deliciously roasted malt. I was one of the people who thought he'd hate dark beers, but this one started me on my journey.

 318 characters

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

toasted nuts, roastyness, brown sugar, dark malts, earthy cocoa, hint of vanilla and dark fruit. creamy texture nicely supports the flavors, but light bodied keeps it really drinkable.

 184 characters

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours intense, dark brown. Very little light pierces this beer.

There's a real deep, toasty quality to this; Deschutes completely forgo the sweet, vanilla characteristics of some porters to focus on the earthiness of cocoa, roasted coffee beans and oils. This is like distilled coffee breath - but in a good way; very subdued, but incredibly distinct and well-balanced. These qualities are perked up by the light carbonation, and stick to your gums as the beer warms.sticking to your gums.

Not a mind-blower, but certainly a welcome, well-crafted representation of the style.

 579 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,054 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.