Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
6,104
Reviews:
1,564
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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495
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1,577
For Trade:
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Photo of dmgeng
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was deciding whether or not to brew a porter and this one was recommended 10x as one of the best brown porters in the world. I bought the sampler pack and this was the first one I tried.

A - Dark brown color maybe verging on black. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the color. Tan head with medium staying power (probably due to the wheat malt). Medium to light lacing.

S - Strong malty aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. The chocolate and malty aromas standout above the roasted character which is a nice change from most porters/stouts.

T - Holding true to the smells this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and malt that I was expecting. The flavor is very similar to a southern brown but with more chocolate and roasted character and overall more complexity. The bitterness is there but not overpowering and allows the flavors to stay with you. Some roastiness helps to balance the sweetness and makes you wanting another drink.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The substantial body with a lower alcohol makes this brew a delicious finishing beer.

Overall, this is probably one of the best regular porters you can get. I would prefer a more "imperial" style porter but this one is definitely a strong contender for the top 50 beers with the way it balances complexity with simplicity and all of the flavors of a dark beer. If you know someone that doesn't like Guinness but you want them to try a dark beer this is a great one. Will try to make a clone and hope it comes out as good as this one is.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has sweet, toasted, dark malts and brown sugar. Taste starts also sweet and sugary with some roasted malts and a bit of yeast character in the middle. Finish is slightly bitter and roasty but overall still a balanced beer. Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Overall it's a well made porter but very classic and kind of boring.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MMaxim11
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This porter has a mildly sweet flavor with a very slight hops presence. The hops taste blend with roasted malt and coffee/chocolate undertones taking the taste buds on a wild ride. Also noted is a hint of citrus with the swallow. Im not a huge fan of porters, so I probably would not buy this in a six pack; however, if I was out and this beer was on the menu I would be excited to order. Great complex beer, and great porter with a slightly different angle.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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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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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 6,104 ratings.
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