Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
BA SCORE
90.2%
Liked This Beer
4.18 w/ 6,146 Ratings
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:
#1,160
Reviews:
1,574
Ratings:
6,146
Liked:
5,545
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
10.53%
Alströms:
4.67
 
 
Wants:
500
Gots:
1,595
Trade:
14
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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of yaksurf
2.76/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RikMack
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from a 12 oz. bottle to my mug, pours dark brown, nice thick mocha head. A pleasure to the nose, sweet, mocha and coffee with hints of nut, tastes like nothing else first bitter, then the sweetness.

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Photo of Rich58
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

A quality dark brew. Complex bordering on a bit dense (may have over-chilled it). Carries a stiff price tag, though, in my east-of-the-Mississippi burg.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bobbca8
2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Walkinbeauty
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been keeping two of these in the fridge for a few weeks and am finally busting out the first one. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and how hard it is to get in the East Coast. (ordered from Tavour) Reviewed live.
Pours a black/brown opaque color with a half a thumbnail length tan head. Once it dissipates, it leaves a ring of lace and a small swirl of film.
Oddly enough, my first impression of the nose is of mild herbs and spices rather the roasty aromas associated with porter. This gives way to toasted and biscuity malts, thus highlighting more the base pale malts. However, soon enough aromas of cocoa, nutty tones and light coffee roast begin to develop. They become more pronounced as the drink warms.
When I get to tasting it, it is truly a pleasant surprise. I'm amazed by the lightness and high drinkability. Creamy, silky and smooth along with a moderate but gentle carbonation. The flavors are nutty, cocoa, coffee and lightly roasted malts. Surprisingly there is a nice touch of citrus hops and lemon twang in the finish, adding some refreshing qualities.
Perhaps I'm drinking this at the right time because lately I've become a bit saturated with the often overbearing sweetness and booziness of today's hyped stouts and porters. It is such a refreshing change of perspective to be able to drink a porter that is clean, understated and elegant in its own mellow way. The low ABV is a bonus in that this is a porter that could truly be a session beer. A quiet classic.

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Photo of rclangk
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Giant Eagle

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a good-ass porter. Always great to run into a beer of this ilk that's readily available in a city you're visiting - bottle shops, grocery stores, gas stations in Cincinnati. No distro in my home state. Scooped up a chilled six pack, forgot to look for the bottled date.

Charcoal-black pour with a porus, tightly packed brown head that sits and stays. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and char. Taste is right down the pipe as far as porters go - char, chocolate, roasted grains, burnt bread, dark roast coffee, light marshmallow. I seem to pick up marshmallow in porters for some reason. Chewy, thick mouthfeel but still soft. Nice bitter, slightly sweet and roasty feel throughout. Tons of taste for a sessionable ABV. Dinged it a bit on the feel as I picked up a ligering acridity. Great example of the style.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Natertottt
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shortbox81
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dokhollidai
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fjdelvalle
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of papabeer
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cdclark81
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark porter with great head retention and a good amount of lacing. Strong roasted malt on the nose. A bit of coffee and chocolate on the front of the tongue. Then on the back, you get that roasted malt again with a slight bit of bitterness. Great beer. This is how a porter should be done.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall great beer. Black rich and thick hence its name. Dark black in color. Rich in malty taste. about 1.5 finger heard . Rich and bold taste. no after taste. just great

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 90.2% out of 100 with 6,146 ratings
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