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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep garnet brown, with a phenomenally thick and boisterous head of tan foam. Lacing is excellent, leaving tiny shell patterns down the edge of the glass. This is a very fine looking beer, and an excellent look for a porter.

Light sweet, dusty chocolate notes on the nose. A hint of carbonic acidity, and a decent amount of cellar mustiness. Quite dark, but with a wonderful fresh leavened note. Quite good.

Really nice clean dark character. It's certainly not ashy; it's just deep with dark chocolate notes, that ride lightly over the palate. Plenty of sweet characters, but they're very delicately handled. Finish has a refreshing note of seaweed. Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, but you probably pay for the lightness on the palate somewhere.

An extremely drinkable porter. Not huge on the palate, but it has really pleasant characteristics, which are well integrated, and make for an astoundingly sessionable beer. I could certainly drink this all night. Unfortunately, I only have one bottle.

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

Appearance- Pours a black beer with brown at the edges,very little lacing. Surprisingly, the head is off white and stands about one finger high.

Smell- A touch of chocolate and a somewhat less coffee some creamy yeast.

Taste- Predominantly coffee and chocolate with roasty, bitter, creamy and even some slightly sour notes.

Mouthfeel- Moderately heavy body and somewhat crisp carbonation.

Drinkability- Smooth and goes down easy.

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Photo of colts9016
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this on tap at Mar Cellars for the first annual Dechutes Brewery Night.

Poured into a nonic at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A one an half finger head that is a medium tan color and very creamy. The color of the beer is jet black. The clarity of the beer is opaque. The head left lacing on the glass.

Nose: A very nice rich roasted malt. There is chocolate, espresso, a burnt character and some sublte sweetness.

Tasste: A very nice dark roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, a burnt character, and some subtle sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy and very smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This is a very tasty beer from the tap. I am very glad that I got to try.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The porter appears a clear dark chestnut color with about two fingers of lingering ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of milk and dark chocolate, slightly nutty, a hint of coffee/mocha, cocoa, sweet caramel, and hints of vanilla. A notch or two better than medium in body and amply carbonated. Tasty stuff. Certainly worth your time if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Large foamy light brown head with several large bubbles that break making a rocky head. Good retention and lacing. The beer is a dark red brown in color.

S- Very sweet and roasty, cotton candy, brown sugar, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and toast all work together almost perfectly to make a very good smelling beer.

T- Waves of sweet and roasted flavors dominate the pallet. Dark chocolate, coffee and toast come out on the roasted side, the sweet presents as brown sugar, almonds and vanilla. Some light hops present in the end and help balance the sweetness. This is an excellent tasting porter.

M- Thick silky mouth feel with a nice dry roasted feeling in the end. It really goes down nice and begs you to take another sip.

This is a great porter, one of the best i have had in fact. I might have to keep a steady supply of this in my fridge.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an extra in my recent trade with Wagenvolks, thanks for the brews!

Black Butte has a really dark body. Black at the core, becoming a dark brown in the middle, and on the edges a strong ruby color comes through. A tan head is huge, with some pretty good retention. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

Bitter dark chocolate flavored malts along with some coffee in the aroma.

Chocoalte comes through first, with both sweeter flavors and more bitter dark chocolate flavors. Next comes a coffee flavor which pairs with a bit of hops that show their face, but just for a second. Finishes with some more chocolate, but also dry and bitter in the finish.

I'd say this is light to medium light on the body as far as porters go. Dry in the finish.

Pretty drinkable due to a good flavor, nice balance, light body and dry finish. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of thain709
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black...I mean there is no light getting through this one...a tan head that measures about a finger...faded into a cap and left some decent lacing

S - Love the nose on this one...heavy on the roasted malts...there is an aroma of chocolate and coffee also

T - Basically follows the nose...a deep roasted malt character...roasted just right...well balanced with the chocolate and coffee flavors as well...I did not detect any hops though

M - Medium bodied...I wanted more creaminess

D - A very solid first offering from Deschutes and I want was a little lighter in the body which makes for a decent session beer as it won't fill you up

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Photo of carp420
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz->imperial pint glass

big black beer with a two finger head that capped nicely and laced very well, but faded as it warmed

smokey malts and coffee beans, maybe some chocolate, smells kinda big for such a small abv and only a porter

taste is smoked chocolate malt mixed with coffee and some other sugars with all the flavors that blend better as it warms

mouthfeel is decent but kinda thin, with all that smell i would've expected a bigger creamier brew. well carbonated

this seems like a killer, colder weather, fireside porter. big on flavor and low on alcohol to keep you drinking for a nice session, hope i can grab some more of this by winter.

thanks to ScreamForMe for the extra.

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

A--Pours a near black shade of brown that has deep red highlights when held to the light. About one finger of head that didn't last long and left very spotty lacing

S--Chocolate, caramel, dark malts, faint coffee beans, citric hops. Very deep and complex for a porter

T--Huge roasted malty goodness, a mixed bag of nuts, cocoa powder, used coffee grinds. Those are the good flavors, but there is a bit of an ashy quality that detracts. This is still very solid though, the coffee flavor helps cover up the bad stuff.

M--On par with the style, nothing of note really but good.

D--A solid brew from Deschutes, but nothing spectacular. Would make for a good session drink but nothing more.

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last brew of the great Northwest vacation! Finally got a chance for this well touted, highly distributed brew and was glad for the chance.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown color with a beige, rocky head.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate malt aromas

T: Starts out with a tingly chocolate flavor that is joined by some floral hops and mocha notes.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a great mocha aftertaste.

D: An excellent Porter, one of the best I've had and well deserving all the credit it receives. My second Deschutes and the best by far, I can see why they've earned such a reputation as a solid Micro with great distribution. A recco and a must have if you're into darker brews.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy, deep dark brown body with ruby highlights and a finger and a half of caramel-tinged head. It leaves a fantastic curtain of lacing that leaves the glass virtually opaque.

Aroma: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and dark coffee with hop notes around the edge. The classic Porter aromas, used to great effect here.

Taste: Much the same in flavor as in taste. An abundance of rich, roasty, and chocolaty malt. There's a splash of hop bitterness in the back for added complexity. The aftertaste is of roasted malt and bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and velvety with a smooth carbonation. It coasts the mouth well, allowing the flavors to linger a long time.

Drinkability: With a tasty flavor profile, a medium body, and the alcohol content clocking in at just over five percent, this is a very drinkable beer. If you love dark malt, you could drink this all night.

Verdict: Black Butte is smooth, chocolaty, and tasty as all hell. Well worth seeking out for fans of Porter, Deschutes have brewed up a solid example of the style here.

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Photo of beveritt
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Thanks to DoctorDog for sharing some joy from a recent trade. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is fairly traditional, with a painting of a black mountain inside a black ring frame. Description of both the beer and Black Butte mountain. Bottle is embossed with raised hop plant vines. Best by 06/05/09.

Appearance: Pours with 4+ fingers of light tan head. This settles very slowly to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. the beer itself is a very dark, opaque brown. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted barley. Smell is strong enough to waft up as I st here with the glass on my desk.

Taste: Smooth chocolate upfront, with just a hint of mild coffee in the finish. Hints of lactose sweetness. Long, lingering roasted barley flavor with very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A fine example of the style and probably one of the best I have ever had. Impressed by my first beer from Deschutes, too bad it is not available in Ohio.

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Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Blackish brown color, good clarity, fluffy beige head. Decent lacing. Lots of coffee in the aroma with a little ash and balancing chocolate sweetness. Lightly acidic roasted character with some dark fruits and burnt coffee. Medium-light bodied with a little too much carbonation. Solid beer.

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

Aroma: Complex aroma of roasted malts, burnet coffee, dried fruits and chocolate.

Appearance: The beer poured deep, dark and brown with a tall tan head. The head crashed leaving a ring of head.

Flavor: It tasted of dried fruits, roasted malts and burnt chocolate. It was surprising very malt. The bitterness framed the malty sweetness.

Mouth Feel: A medium bodied beer with some effervescence.

Overall Impression: The second beer tasted better than the first. An easy beer to drink, full flavored.

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Photo of CMW
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Pour 24 in Las Vegas.

A - Jet black appearance with medium sized off-white head. The head faded rather quickly and the only thing that was left was a small ring. There was some moderate lacing.

S - Roasted malt, burnt coffee, and choclate.

T - Malt is very heavy upfront and this soon gives way to a toasted nut flavor. The coffee and chocolate flavors come through in the finish but are somewhat muted.

M - Nice and creamy. Just right.

D - This are extremely easy to drink and if I had more time, I would have drank a few more.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my la chouffe tulip..aquired in trade from ottovon..thanks

a-dark garnet/ruby brown color...with 1/2 inch head that lived a short life

s-malty up front with a slightest hint of coffee in there somewhere..

t-smooth malt and coffee flavors..

m-thin to me for a porter but i compare most porters to anchor or founders which to me are the porters of porters...this lacks in the chewy department but it does have nice carbonation..

d-off the charts i could drink this all night....good session beer

overall a nice offering from deschutes..only my second since we dont get it in NC....would like to try more

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Photo of malcontent
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous two full fingers of crema-shaded head with a solid wall of lacing left behind. Nearly opaque ebony body makes for the ideal porter appearance.

Softly roasted nose with just the fainted hop presence on the back end. Nice-smelling but subdued.

Modest roast qualities on the front lead into an oddly sour (in the most pleasant sense) middle, reminiscent of Guinness in a way. Undercurrents of ripe tree fruit and an earthy/semi-sweet finish make for an enjoyable brew.

Not heavy at all with an appropriate level of carbonation. Not the jaw-dropper I'd heard it made out to be, but a thoroughly enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of klewis
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/21/09
ABV listed at 5.2%

A: Pours a translucent brown with a moderate frothy head. little lacing.

S: Rich malty smell with aromas of cocoa and cappuccino with a light earthiness.

T: Malt is forward in the profile, yet the taste is nicely balanced. Earthy with a burnt chocolate character. A hint of vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. A slightly bitter earthiness sticks around on the palate.

D: Tasty and well-crafted. A solid session porter if I've ever met one.

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wolfgang Puck's in sunny Las Vegas, NV, with a burger and fries. Very dark with zillions of tiny bubbles rising to a shallow tan head. Aroma of vanilla, marshmallows and charcoal; pleasantly roasted and very inviting. The taste was fantastic: not overly toasted or burned, and the body was surprisingly thin for a porter. In fact, it went down quite well on a hot day. The carbonation is quite present, giving this a lighter feel. An instant favorite, and a nice alternative to traditionally denser porters (which I dearly love).

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of Rus - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and creamy milk chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it tastes. Roasted malts and chocolate flavors lead things off. The chocolate is the main flavor but does not overpower the flavor profile. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could certainly have a few of these.

Overall this is one of the smoothest Porters I can remember having. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of bbothen
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams beer glass.

Pours a deep dark ruby like brown color with a thick, fluffy, * bubbly 2 finger deep off white head. Head aint going anywhere. Leaves lots of sticky lacing & webbing on glass. Looks great.

Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nuts, hops, sweet malts.

Smooth chocolate, roasted & toasted malts, coffee, sweet caramel, hop bitterness & some fruitiness. Tasty.

Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry.

Nice sessionable porter. Tasty, nicely proced, nicely made. What else ya want?

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Rus for this tasty porter.

Pours a reddish brown that is quite clear. Smells of yeast, alcohol and roasted malts. First sip is tasty and rather light bodied with raisins, roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee leading the way. Not bad at all. I would like to see more body on this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a fat, creamy 3 finger head. Nice retention and good lacing.

Smells great for a porter, pecan nuttiness and sweet roasty malts dominate while some hints of mild floral hops and caramel make their way to the olfactory receptors as well.

For me, the taste is all about the nutty, roasty sweetness the malts bring to the table. So clean and inviting, I just love their beers. Light bodied for the style, but the flavor and creamy feel of the brew more than make up for it. A fine, fine ale...Im lovin it.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deeo brown with a slight bit of maroon. Not a whole lot of head if any and just a touch of noticeable lacing.

S: Rich malts with slight coffee and chocolate, but those are behind the caramel and roasted malts.

T: This is pretty interesting coming from a pretty basica porter. Nice caramel and roasted malts with a touch of sweetness followed by some coffee and bitter chocolate. There is a slight sour taste and maybe a touch of hops in there as well.

M: I know this seems odd for a porter but kinda refreshing. It's quite light rather than a thick dark porter.

D: This is a great example of a porter. Its balance is perfect and its tastes are easy to distinguish but it seems so complex. I like this one. Give it a go if you can.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - A dark blackish brown, though not opaque. Faint glowing light could be seen around the edges, and when held up to light the darkness softened into a lighter shade. Very faint ring of off white foam circled the top. Looks a little light for a porter, but we'll see what shakes loose.

Smell - standard coffee smell seeps through, bitter chocolate adds a little sweetness. All in all, could stand to be a little stronger.

Taste & mouthfeel - Not as thick as I had hoped, and in a way a little bit runny. The feel is way to thin, and doesn't grab hold as it should anywhere in the mouth. Nice coffee note, though not very burnt or bitter enough. Chocolate helps sweeten it up a tad, but there's nothing too exciting here. Almost tastes watery.

Drinkability - This beer gets a very mediocre praise from me. Not what I had hoped for at all, and pretty disappointed. If I ever want a porter, i'm going to the gold standard. Anchor is the best porter you can ever pour into your awaiting pint glass.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,986 ratings.
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