Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

1,537 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

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Reviews: 1,537 | Ratings: 5,988
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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best by 6/21/16"; drank 1/1/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge tan head; frothy lace.

Fresh earth, lemon & coffee notes in the nose; unique!

Medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & lemon flavors up front; smooth cream notes on the finish. This is super fresh & perhaps a touch hoppy, but the lemon notes are actually quite interesting. Very nice.

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Photo of shiu-chan
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from bottle to pint glass. Espresso pour with thick creamy head, nice lacing.
Deep, chocolate~ty, sweet aroma.
Intense charred, roasted coffee, toffee and hint of sweetness with light carbonation.
Overall, decently brewed porter for dark beer lover.

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Photo of ColoradoPhil
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an IPA person. Porter, or any other style beer is strictly change up. But *oh what a change up* this is delicious. If you like dark beer, you will.enjoy this. Yum.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with tan head. Smell is quite faint, perhaps a bit of chocolate. Blackberry and boysenberry flavors followed by a nice chai spice. Well carbonated.

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Photo of Qback5
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark appearance, about 3/4 inch head on the pour. Not much smell, and not as much coffee undertone as Inexpected (based on the label). Very smooth, lacks a little richness but otherwise a very nice porter.

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Photo of matcris
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in color with a half finger of tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer. Decent lacing down the glass. Small amount of carbonation when I rock the glass. I get a nice a nice dark roasted malt, chocolate, minor coffee quality in the aroma, malt-o-meal, and maybe a bit of an earthy vibe. Same with the flavor. Nice amount of roasted malt and chocolate with no charred or burnt characteristics. Feel is medium bodied, average carbonation, and dry. Damn good stuff.

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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
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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