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:
#1,270
Reviews:
1,599
Ratings:
6,271
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.67
 
 
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507
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Ratings: 6,271 |  Reviews: 1,599
Photo of hockeypuck
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoBigBrew422
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of torr99
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Not nearly as overpowering as its peers. High level of drinkability, with its major flavor being a coffee tinge in the breathes after a sip. Good choice if you want a porter or stout, but you don't want such an intense flavor.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boobeetheclown
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh (best by date says it's good for another six months) sixer at my local Trig's supermarket. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours cola brown with about a half-inch of beige head that falls pretty quickly but sticks around as a hearty film. Good lacing on the glass as it down.

S: Roasted and caramel malts are the most prominent notes in the aroma. There's a bit of underlying coffee and dark chocolate, as well. Not much assertiveness to this bouquet.

T: This one is sweeter than what I was expecting. I was bracing for those roasted malts, but the front is really dominated by the caramel malts. Those roasted notes are still there, but quite subdued. The middle has some suggestions of coffee and dark chocolate, with a touch tartness beginning to come through. A touch of vanilla in the mix. The back end has a nice balance of roasted and caramel malts, with just a touch of bitter. Very smooth flavor.

F: As others have pointed out, this one drinks a bit on the watery side for a porter. It still has a nice medium body, creaminess, and well-executed carbonation. It finishes very clean, without any stick or syrupy quality.

O: This is a very drinkable porter, but I do find myself wishing that it had a little more heft. And while I do appreciate the well-balanced flavor profile, I wish that it had more robust roasted malt and chocolate/coffee notes. While I don't think it can stand as a world-class brew, I'll definitely return to this one again.

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Photo of everyman
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know that for many this is an excellent go to porter. However, I kinda disagree. The mouthfeel is closer to most light stouts--silky and thin. The flavors are complex for a basic porter recipe and the malt character is more hidden than forward. I do like this beer. In fact, I'd never turn it down. It really is flavorful, but that's part of my hang up. I like a basic porter to have a malt-heavy tone and to foam up thick and densely. I like to see that foam cling to the glass. This porter is just too slick to do that, albeit being tasty.

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Photo of Cdwillini
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of horsehockey
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rlimas
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bil3539
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a room temp glass

L - Pours dark brown almost black with a one finger foamy tan head which disperses to leave a nice lacing.
S - Cocoa and roasted malts
T - Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, & roasted malts. Gets better as it warms.
F - Smooth and creamy with a clean almost citrus finish
O - I love porters and this is one of the best I've had.

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Photo of ECV1846
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deffinatly enjoyed this one for sure will get again

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ta_hagen
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chrisjws
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hseldon15
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown with fine 1fb of off white head and good residual lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, yeasty, cocoa, hint of hoppy pine. Tastes semi sweet toasted malts forward, nice balanced flavor, mid note pine, cocoa, nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is slightly less than medium, good carbonation.

Overall, easily one of the best porters I've had, I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again. Delicious!

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

Photo of Josh_951
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kylo76
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,271 ratings