Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

6,118 Ratings
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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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11.30.14. Drank 7.6.14. Poured into a 12oz Tulip.

A: Pours an opaque ebony, with no light escaping around the glass edge. THICK tan head, one finger after a moderate pour. Small pitting, light foamy lacing, fades to a thing cap rather quickly. A beautiful looking porter.

S: Smoked malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and a very mild hop back aroma.

T: Delicious. No need to extrapolate further.

M: Light creamy body, just the right amount of carbonation, no trace of alcohol, no lingering bitterness, finishes extremely clean. Great drinkability for such a flavorful porter.

O: Fantastic. A great pick up at 7.99/6, but considering the local options (Founders and Edmund Fitzgerald) are equal if not better, I can't imagine having this one again anytime soon. So unless you live in the Great Lakes, this is the Porter you need to be drinking.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
best by 10/20/14

L: dark red ... almost purple-brown it's so dark, but also clear -- there might be floaties in it (it's hard for me to tell), but even if there are, the brew looks almost 100% clear; 1/3-inch of tan head that doesn't stick or lace much but keeps a thick collar and nice skin on top. nice looking and the clarity fits the style.

S: dark dried fruits and sweet ... fig/dates ... some musty oak and coffee; bourbon as it warms, vanilla ... more oak ... so much in this nose

T: chocolate ... really nice sweet darker malts with a nice smoky oak-wood to it on the back end, like a wood fire; get some bitter notes, and the IBUs aren't super high, so I'm wondering what's a hop bite here and what's burnt malt? very sweet at times despite the bitter, and the dark-malt notes bleed from chocolate/coffee into dates and almost licorice (but not quite ... not for me)

F: lighter midweight, super drinkable ... good carbonation

O: good brew but not one I'll seek out again -- not because it's bad, but because I can find a handful of very similar beers brewed closer to home. with that said, I love that I can get my hands on this beer almost whenever I want and for a good price. that's a major plus. so is the history of this brew, which dates back to the late 1980s when good beer was harder to find.

a friend I met at a brewery said Black Butte got him into beer, and I can see why. even my mom, who isn't much of a beer drinker, said "Ooo, that's sweet! I like that." definitely a standard of the style.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 6,118 ratings.
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