Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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4.18/5
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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,282
Reviews:
1,600
Ratings:
6,281
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.67
 
 
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508
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1,674
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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leantom
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Deschutes since the Abyss about four years ago. Let's see how it goes. Here goes:

A: Pretty good. A little too much body carbonation for a porter, but this isn't a deal-breaker. Pours deep black with a red hue, leaves a large head and adequate lacing. Good.

S: More chocolatey than fruity, but neither quality is really pronounced. Lots of burnt malt, actually, with faint hints of chocolate and some prunes. Again, no scent besides the burnt malt is really pronounced, but it's pretty complex nonetheless.

T: Follows the nose. Faint hints of chocolate w/ dark fruit in the aftertaste. Burnt malt coats the palate.

F: Little light, but alright.

O: Good beer, but nothing special.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit boozy for a porter. Not bad but not my favorite. First deschutes I’ve been disapointed with.

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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid porter. Roasty malt, clean finish. Lighter body with moderate carbonation. Drinkable, sessionable beer. There are other porters I've liked more, usually with and added flavoring like coffee or roasted coconut. This beer is just a little too light on flavor and body for me. It obviously has a good following for a good reason as other reviews show. Just not my favorite.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look

This Black Butte is a wonderful "reference" in the world of porters.
Poured mildly aggressive, a beige head (two fingers) appears with bountiful amounts of lacing.
Held up to light reveals a gorgeous blood red surrounded by hues of amber, with little
to no grading while glass is tipped. It truly glows!

Smell

Rather neutral after pouring, with a pleasant roasted malt sticking its comforting nose out.
Some chocolate, with hints of cloves, mocha, and dark fruits (mainly blackberry). Once warm,
cinnamon rolled out nicely, with more chocolate essence to boot.

Taste

One of the more “session able” porters this year, and well balanced! Seriously. Deschutes has created
a well-mannered, textbook porter; it was rather muted at first, but once she warmed up, a plethora
of flavor hit my palate! The roasted malt is dominant (and delicious), followed by milk chocolate and mocha.
The finish had strong notes of blackberry and cherry - pleasantly tart. Bitterness was perfect, quickly
diminishing and leaving room for nutmeg, and the cinnamon. Truly a fantastic treat!

Feel

Filling, with an appropriate carbonation to match. Thick going down, although she sits nicely in the tummy.
Frothing is at its strongest when cold, although the head (sip it while it lasts) contains the richest
quantities of the spices and herbal undertones this delicious porter boasts.

Overall

Outstanding porter! It makes no excuses and knows exactly what a porter should be (at least in my book)!

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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,281 ratings