Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
BA SCORE
4.18/5
6,170 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:
#1,168
Reviews:
1,582
Ratings:
6,170
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.67
 
 
Wants:
500
Gots:
1,605
Trade:
14
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of EersandBeers
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Luckydog91
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Sams442
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. It pours nearly black with dark walnut and cola hues when held to the light, and a large, foamy, khaki-colored head and lacing. The nose features roasted malt, burnt coffee, and nuts. The taste is similar to the nose but there is an additional hoppy bitterness at the finish. This Porter is fairly light in body with moderate carbonation, and with an ABV of only 5.2% and only 30 IBU, it's really easy to drink. Overall, it's quite good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown body topped with a thick, frothy, light tan head. Robust aroma of charred grain with notes of chocolate; roasted nuts. Rich, malty flavor; milk chocolate; cocoa and marshmallows; brown sugar hints; fine bitterness for depth and complexity. Heavy body.

It has been many years since I last tried this beer. It still stands up as a fine example of the American porter style. It delivers a lot of dark, rich lusciousness to the palate; deep sweetness without being cloying and enough bitterness and a touch of dryness to balance everything out. An excellent dark ale.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Super-deep blackish brown with only the faintest of red hues coming through. Big 'ol creamy, thick khaki head that won't quit. Roasty malt is strong on the nose. There's a lot of chocolate in the taste, and there's a rich creaminess, too. Still, a touch of bitterness to balance. Its body is rich and substantial, a lot like a stout. A good beer, but not necessarily one unique enough to seek out.

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Photo of Brewski_1985
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tastes awesome for Fall weather. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed with bacon and a chocolate muffin.

Thin head of fine bubbles, plenty of lacing. Two thirds black, with reddish-brown towards the bottom. Fair amount of carbonation.

Smells of malty chocolate with a hint of coffee

Taste follows the nose, understated, with carbonation popping relentless. Taste reminds me of Black Toad Ale, without the without the grimy twist.

The carb storm settles down by the end of the first pint, by the beginning of the second pint, the experience becomes Grand!

Not bad, it certainly seems boring (style, %), at first, especially compared to their ruling Obsidian Stout, but towards the middle of the second pint, it's old charms present itself commendably. Good show.

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lampro
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit watery/lighter than expected. Not bad, but not something to go hunting for either.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ale_addin
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Rivermont Pizza, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and an opaque consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little coffee.

T: Tasted of a little bit of chocolate / cocoa (not nearly enough), light coffee notes, a lot of roasted malt, light hops (mostly in the finish), and slight nutty quality. The problem here is that all of the ingredients seem not to be pushed far enough. The flavor has a bland, watery quality that's inescapable.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The high rating for this beer is somewhat mystifying. It's not the worst porter ever, but certainly not deserving of so much praise.

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

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Antg8989
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the old rankings had this at 100 and 92..something like that. Now, 90.2% "like" this beer. I'm really missing the old rating system already. Anyway...

Pours a dark brown with a somewhat creamy light brown head. Lacing is apparent, slow falling but not really sticky.
Aroma is a faint milk chocolate. There's also a slightly wet woody/coffee aroma as well, but not powerful at all.
Taste is sort of woody/grainy light chocolate. Tastes a little roasted.
Feel is light with light-medium carbonation. A bit watery for the style, yet somehow, also a little bit creamy.
Overall, I think this is an okay porter. It's pretty straight up and fairly clean tasting, but nothing I would really recommend, unless you're looking for a very mild porter. I was a little disappointed by this, to be honest.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice head on a hard pour. The head dissipates living a thinner head and some nice lacing. Taste is roasted malt with chocolate notes with a nice smooth mouthfeel. For me this is the Porter that defines porters. The ABV is low enough that you can enjoy more than one but there is enough taste and mouthfeel to make you happy. I'm glad to see these guys in NC and happy that they are putting an east coast brewery up in Roanoke.

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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

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,170 ratings
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