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Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

1,507 Reviews
Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 FMetzger
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to keep this simple. One of the very best examples of American Porter on the market.
A - Dark, brown highlights. Beautiful head.
S - Rich, Dark, Toasty Chocolatey.
T - Much as it smells. Delicious.
M - Soft and velvety. I love this beer.
D - Not overpowering, and not so rich you can't have another.

I saw in the Locators that people were paying $4 per 12 oz for this. I picked this up at Walgreens (yes, the drug store on Speedway and Country Club) for $9.99 for a 12 pack. And it wasn't mishandled. Unbelievable.

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Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle - States 5.2% Alc.

- Dark rich complexion.. amber/licorice wherever light can be seen through. Not a huge head.. minimal lacing.. off white.. gray..

- Smell is of deep rich chocolate and caramel malt, soured just right w/ hops.. little coffee..

- Smooth chocolate creme up front, a little sour in the middle, and a hoppy bite in the end... and then a sweet caramel.. many stages in flavor with this... all very good, and all very balanced.

- Not chewy at all, leaves the mouth watering and wanting more.. no dryness.. just fresh water.

- Very drinkable, and a very good porter sessional. Easily one of the easiest to drink that I have had.. perfect carbonation too.

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Photo of MPLS
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A purchase that I brought back from Austin, TX. Absolutely no distribution of this brewery near MN.

A: Pours a very dark brown, maybe getting close to black. 2 cm frothy off white head that settles into heavenly saliva. Carbonation evident, big bubbled lacing.

S: A very distinct porter smell, larger roasted malts, nip of coffee, perhaps a dabble of chocolate.

T: Smooth upfront subtle chocolate sweetness, blast of smoke, very prolonged dry dirt like linger.

M: Light/Medium body with good amount of carbonation, really sharp on the tongue.

D: My first beer from Deschutes, surely not a dissapointment, but it makes me want to rip the wax of the Abyss sitting in my basement. Good looking beer that is not a choir to drink, just not particularly impressed.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/22/2009 (bottle BB 04/17/09):

Pours a very dark brown black colored body, with a big frothy tan color head, decent sized bubbles. Roasted coffee aroma, but very light. Some effervescence and clean aromas. An odd kind of fruity scent, not sure what it is. Some smokiness too. Roasted light sweet coffee taste, not too heavy. Some creaminess and a somewhat watery body. Smokey flavor. Satisfying.

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Photo of sevopie
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark earthy brown, with the slightest ruby hints. Light brown head, laces sporadically.

Smell - Very roasty, chocolaty, nutty. There's even a touch of vanilla, but I'm finding it hard to decipher any hops.

Taste - Malt explosion again, with roasted coffee and a heavy cocoa presence. The hops do come out a little in the taste, but only mildly on the finish - and serve to accent the cocoa flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability - I like Black Butte, but I don't love it. The roastiness is a little overwhelming, but it still sits decently well. I would have loved to have seen a bit more thickness in the body, but its not overly thin. I certainly have no problems drinking a Black Butte, but there's still a couple Porters I prefer.

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

Acquired through trade with xpimptasticx, thanks a bunch.

A- Deep rich brown with light brown head that kept a ring around pint until finished

S- Roasted chocolate malts, faint hops and pinch of clove

T- Nice session beer, no discernable alcohol taste. Nice malty flavor with a hint of vanilla.

M- Hearty for %5.2. Slight amount of grit which could've been due to my shitty pour, chunks of dead yeast in glass

D- Excellent drinkability, great taste and low ABV.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a large creamy head that's light brown in color while the body is dark brown with a teeny weenie tinge of red. Dances well as you pour, with significant carbonation and a very large whoosh! Ring around the lacing as the head dissipates. Very pleasing to the eye.

Hard to pin down the smell, but the aromas are yeasty, with slight hints of fruit. Not too intense though. Tastes of carob and cocoa (yes, there is a difference), with a good blend of more traditional beer flavors (almost a slight lager quality) and the aforementioned. Not a lot of oomph, but I wouldn't expect the punch in the mouth from a porter that I expect from a stout, Dubbel, or even some dark browns (e.g., Dogfish Head's Santo Palo Marron). That may change, however, with more porters in the future.

This is smooth yet full, not extremely flavorful, but everything - the visuals, the aromas, and the flavors - balance out well. A good beer to introduce your macro-lager-drinking cousin/buddy to who just isn't ready for the immensely chocolaty/coffee flavors of an Imperial Russian stout or even the smokiness of an Alaskan Brewing Co. smoked porter.

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Photo of natasharai
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with 1 finger of smooth tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over a few minutes leaving some lacing. The beer is a dark reddish brown color when help up to the light.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate coffee, sweet malt. On the lighter side.

Taste: Starts out with a sweet malt, then a small hop presence, moving to a roasted coffee chocolate flavor, becoming more sweet with a plum note, and finishing off with roasted marshmallow.

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, slightly creamy, good amount of carbonation, leaves mouth sweet.

Overall: Very drinkable, the flavors are smoothly blended together. Not too filling, a great go to porter, if only it was more accessible to me.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to breity for this extra toss-in in a recent trade!

Pours a deep dirty black with a good-sized tan head on top. Retention is fair. Leaves decent enough lacing rings. They're there, but not that sticky. Smells of milk chocolate that is heavily roasted. Great slight burnt edge on the nose.

This is not over the top on flavor, but it's good no-less. I can sense the roastiness in the mouth, but it is muted a bit. Some crisp dark chocolate flavor, finishes with a creamy milkiness. Well done. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. Decent carbonation. Excellent drinkability. This is one of the best porters I've had the pleasure to enjoy. I could have a few of these for sure. Not too heavy, not too thin. Perfect.

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Photo of mtrentm
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A very deep dark brown color with a one-finger mocha colored head that seems to stay around.

S: Starts off with a sweet malty nose. Moves on to toasted notes of roasted malts with a slight hop finish.

T: Roasted malts, toasted flavors with chocolate & coffee in the background. HAs a kind of burnt sugar taste & slight warming finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth & creamy mouthfeel.

D: One of the best porters available in a 6-pack & is very easily found.

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Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Best by date is listed as 4/9/09. Comes in at 5.2%.

A-Pours a dark brown with some red hue. Has a one finger light tan head that dissolves into a clump that clings to the right side of the glass.

S-Sweet malt when the bottle is first opened. Pick up roast malt and sweet chocolate.

T-Roasted malt and sweet chocolate are predominant. Coffee taste is on the back of the palate. Also picking up some peppery notes on my tongue.

M-Creamy, medium bodied, and comfortable carbonation. Doesn't dry out the tongue.

D-Great Porter. Low abv and it does not fill you up.

I am a big fan of this beer. It is often one of my go to beers at get togethers because a sixer can last the night and you won't be groggy the next morning.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Freshness date on label. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors for $1.49.

A: Dark brown/black with rocky beige head with excellent retention and plenty of lace.

S: Delicious chocolate and cappucino aromas mix with light licorice and raisin with some floral hops.

T: Good flavor but more mellow than I expected. Plenty of sweet chocolate malt and coffee flavors, but the bitter hops contribution is much less than you'd imagine from the aroma.

M: Very smooth and creamy - no thinness here. Carbonation is low and the aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate.

D: An exceptional porter. I like Smuttynose Robust Porter a little better but this is great beer.

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Photo of Troyone
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a hint of an amber hue and minimal tan head.

Roasted maybe burnt malt aroma with a coffee and chocolate smell.

Dark roasted malt taste with coffee and a hint of chocolate, buttery background, and has pine and a hint of lime/grapefruit as the hop flavors.

Full bodied, resinous, buttery, bready, with a soft crisp carbonation.

A good craft session Porter that has been in my mix for awhile.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great porter!

It pours with a rich, full two fingers of tan head that leaves some really nice lacing. The beer itself is dark brown with some ruby highlights.

Nose is rich, roasty, toasty, malty and just slightly smokey.

Taste is well balanced and the roasted malts, sweetness and bitterness are altogether fine. Body is medium to full and is supported by some good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and has a high degree of drinkability. Probably my all-time favorite porter, no $hit!


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

Picked up a six pack, quite a while ago from Liquor Depot in Rock Springs, WY, around $8.

A: dark brown, almost black, cream colored head about half an inch thick, great retention. nice red accents when held to the light.

S: Coffee, burnt malts, slight chocolate and a hint of citrus hops, but they're way back in the mix. Slight smokiness as well. Faint hint of something that reminds me of milk too.

T: Big coffee and chocolate roastiness, with a hint of bitter burnt malt, lots of milk chocolate, light bitter kick in the end. All around tasty, hops hit at the end, and are a little more piney than the nose would suggest. Somewhat sweet. Excellent beer, very good.

M: Not too thick, but not too thin. Spot on for the style, nice carbonation. Dry, but not exceedingly dry. Excellent.

D: One of my favorite, if not my favorite porter. I could drink this all night, very easily. Great flavors, mild alcohol. Awesome beer. This is the first "craft" beer that I ever had. And its still amazing after all the beers I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pizza Outback in Taos, NM, and I was pumped that it was available since it isn't where I live. I also found a sixer in a nearby store so I took that home with me. The beer is just outstanding. Its black until held to the light, which can permeate it slightly. The smell and taste is heavy roasted malts. Lots of chocolate, almost more milk chocolate than dark. The mouth is smooth and creamy and the drinkability could only be improved by better availability in my area.
I like SN Porter and Anchor Porter very much, but this one takes the cake. It is amazing and I recommend it heavily.

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

A) Nice and dark black with ruby edges. Tan head holds a thin cover and lace fingers.

S) Lightly charred grain and a west coast citric hop edge.

T) Nice combination of roast and "coast". The overall profile is very clean, almost mild in flavor, but all the flavor is right on target. Slight milky finish.

M) Heavy carbonation is supported by the medium body, a silky texture.

D) I don't like porters, but I can drink this and be happy. I can see getting this again, which is really high praise.

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

A- Pours a deep dark brown with a hint of amber. Slight tan head fades quickly to thin lace.

S- A strait forward toasted malt aroma with a hint of smoke.

T- Good roasted flavor, moderate carbonation dances on the tongue. Tobacco lingers.

M- Smooth early with a moderate body.

D- Excellent for the style. Could use a bit more hops?

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Photo of washburnkid
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is, hands down, my favorite anytime porter. Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries, and the fact that their porter rocks the house gives them extra brownie points!

Three fingers of heavy, creamy tan head; the beer itself is dark black/brown with some read hues in the light. Lace sticks around, which is mandatory in my porters. Smells of chocolate malts. Flavors include chocolate malts, coffee and oatmeal, with the coffee lingering heavily (and enjoyably) on the palate. Balanced hops, malts and carbonation. The brew is a tad light in body, but the flavors/aromas/even appearance easily make up for it.

Always buy this one in a six pack!

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first things first, deschutes puts out some very appealing, simple labels that really draw you in. (also: purchase before date clearly printed on label, a feature that should be common, but isn't.)

a dark brown, kind of mysterious pour. lots of roasted malts, a little sweet caramel, and faint hops on nose... a full aroma for sure, and avoids cola-like smell of many porters.

malts are more burnt in taste, and finish is coffee. could not possibly be more perfectly balanced by bittering hops. very smooth, healthy carbonation, and medium-bodied.

full aroma and taste, easy drinking... not much more you can ask for. if i had to drink five beers for the rest of my life, this would be one of them.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with toffee highlights. A creamy light tan head forms, about 2 fingers. This falls into a thin cap within minutes. A slight lace on the glass while drinking.
Aroma is roasted and malty with a very light biscuit note. Taste is smooth medium malt body with a roasted bitterness at the end. A hint of chocolate, very subdued. Leaves a slight dryness in the mouth.
Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of bum732
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown red with a nice head that dissipates leaving a nice lacing all around. Smells of floral hops, roasty coffee, some chocolate, some dark fruits, absolutely heavenly. Tastes of sweet coffee followed by a nice mellow roasty profile throughout. Finishes with a nice roasty note. Great carbonation for a porter.

A great beer, one of my favorite porters. i love the hop choice in this beer, melds perfectly with the roasty malt. Highly recommend.

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

This is a dark, dark brown brew with a light tan head that left a ring of lacing around the glass after each step. A interesting bouquet of raisins, sweetbread and some lingering hops in the background. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. A light espresso flavor highlights the dark roasted malty nature. A small amount of spice enters the hop flavors toward the end and finishes smooth. This beer is well balanced, drinkable, and very tasty. To me, this beer embodies what porters are all about.

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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured with about an inch of dark khaki colored head that left solid, sticky lacing. A black beer that is just barely translucent when held up to the light. Deep, rich roasty aromas with just a hint of coffee in the nose. This beer smells Goood! The taste expands upon the aroma, with that hint of coffee being well balanced by the rest of the malt. As you would expect, this is a full bodied, well rounded brew. This beer has the utmost drinkability, one could (and I have) spend hours at your local watering hole enjoying this toasted delight. A very good brew, as with most of Deschutes mainline products, a well made beer for a fair price. This brewery may be the best at matching quality with value.

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Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to hopsleeroy as an awesome extra in a trade. Poured this one up in my Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice dark brown, pretty much black. The brown stays pretty dark from top to bottom. When held to light, just lighter shades of brown come out at the extreme top and bottom. A light head, tan in color, comes up slowly after the pour. The head really doesn't have any retention. This is a bit lame, but I will survive. Still a really good looking porter, especially for the color.

S: This beer has some really nice aromas coming out. Really nice, moderately roasted malts. There is a really nice chocolate and roasted coffee aroma coming out. There is also hint of some caramel and milky goodness. A bit of hops tries to push its way out, but all the good malt flavors really keep that from happening.

T: Taste just about mirrors the nose. Really nice milk chocolate flavor is first and foremost. A really nice, espresso coffee flavor comes out. A nice lactose quality is there as well. The malts are nicely roasted with just a touch of bitterness. There is also a peanut and hazelnut flavor. A slight pine hop in there that adds a nice flavor to all this. This doesn't sound very complex, but it is damned tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew that is somewhat thin for the style. It just has a watery sensation. This is a negative, but it still maintains a somewhat creamy texture. Carbonation is bit crisp, with a touch of tingle. ABV is light and nice for a really easy drinking porter. Aftertaste is mostly of some really nice malt flavors.

D: Very drinkable and very nice. This beer is easy drinking with som great flavors and aromas. Its not the most complex beer, but the flavors are excellent. I really wish this was local because a sixer would be in my fridge as we speak. Solid porter and solid beer.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.
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