Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
6,064
Reviews:
1,553
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
489
Gots:
1,558
For Trade:
15
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Ratings: 6,064 |  Reviews: 1,553
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intensely smooth and rich taste. Anise and licorice and alcohol aroma. Black as molasses and some of its taste. Excellent with my meal. Toast, well balanced, without being very sweet nor coffee nor overly bitter. Well carbonated. Bit of sourness mid-sip.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA.

A - Pours an opaque black color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Foamy lacing is present.

S - Smells of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Burnt grains/coffee and bittersweet chocolate or cocoa beans.

M - Great carbonation while still being very creamy.

D - A very, very good porter and one I keep going back to. One of the best I have ever tried.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely the best porter i have ever had, been my go to since i move to colorado in august. pours apparently black, but when held up to the light has a low red glow. nice 1.5 inch head that leaves good lacing on the glass. smells dry like an irish stout, chocolate malts no doubt, but not heavy in the nose. taste is not dry at all, rich and creamy with a finish that is just ever so slightly bitter from the hop additions. mouthfeel is creamy and on the bigger side of medium bodied. i could drink a 6er of this every day for the next 50 years, just complex but understandable, like a magician showing you the secrets. an epic epic porter

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Capone's Black Friday, This poured out as a deep brown color with some red highlights, the head was very thin and didn't really have much retention or lacing. The smell of the beer was roasted and earthy on the nose. The taste of the beer had some nice roasted flavors with a touch of dark chocolate in the back end of the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thin and dry. It was very drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty good for a standard porter.

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Photo of nmann08
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when viewed from above. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aroas of coffee are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of roasted malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easy but also has some nice flavors. I would have no problem drinking this beer all night long.

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

Very impressive Porter. The beer begins with a nice, medium viscocity with a lighlty tanned head that has terrific staying power. Aromas of roasted malts, toasty sweetness, and bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of citrus hops. Flavors closely mimic the aromas with emphasis on the roasted malts and a backup hint of orange rinds. Very clean textured with a crisp, fairly clean finish. This beer has enough character and power to substantiate the best of the Porter style, with basically no off flavors at all. Pure and simple.

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

20oz pint, at a pleasant little roadhouse in Kalispell, Montana, with of all people, my mom. Damned fine pizza too!

This beer appears a deep, dark reddish brown colour, with further mahogany highlights, and one finger of foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which settles at a rather lazy pace, eventually leaving some random splattered Swiss cheese lace around the glass.

It smells of dry roasted cocoa, softly bready caramel malt, mildly earthy lactated coffee, a bit of raisiny dark fruit, and floral hops. The taste is lightly toasted caramel malt, chocolate milk, subtly edgy vanilla, a touch of dry coffee grounds, and some mild earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is generally soft and innocuous, the body relatively medium-full in weight, somewhat creamy, and decently smooth. It finishes off-dry, the gritty chocolate malt bearing the brunt of some heretofore obfuscated hops, baying at the gate.

A very enjoyable, and balanced New World porter, with tinges of the old country, and all the more agreeable as a dessert accompaniment. Imma gonna have to go up to the counter to find out what that is.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a Westvleteren mini-goblet in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention (though the ABV is average). Colour is a solid nontransparent extreme brown-black ruby.

Sm: Vanilla, raw chocolate, nice cream, and wonderful barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Vanilla, raw chocolate, light coffee (only from the climax through the finish), a restrained allowable foundation of full barley, and a slight caramel tone. Complex enough, well built, and nicely balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too wet for a porter, but luckily not too thick.

Dr: Average ABV, easy drinkability, high quality, and a low price make this beer one any beer fanatic would enjoy.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown color with a light beige, rocky head; the lacing was reasonably good

Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate malt with a distinct presence of citrusy hops

Taste: Starts out with a tingly chocolate flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by some floral hops; after the swallow, there is a touch of sourness followed by some coffee notes; the residual chocolate and floral flavors also maintain their presence through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Among the better porters I have tried; nice flavors that go down easy

Thanks, malthead, for the opportunity and, younger35, for the second chance

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a half finger of tan head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Roasty with a nice level of sweetness from the malt. I'm getting some dark chocolate to go with the roast.

Taste: Roasted malt dominates the flavor, but it's a smooth roast. Not much sweetness in the background, but there is a good balance to this beer overall. Some dark chocolate notes, but they're not sweet either. Roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very nice and easy to drink porter. I liked the fact that it's not too sweet. I'd have more.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium clear black color porter with large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and light dry coffee notes are very pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some bitter black chocolate notes with some light fry coffee and a subtle roasted malt bitter finish. Body is a bit too thin with some great carbonation. Very well done and something that IU would probably buy again if I had access to it.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,064 ratings.
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