Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

6,063 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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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle

Black Butte Porter was black in color with a thick, frothy, tan head. It had very good retention and lacing. The smell was sweet malt, coffee, and a little chocolate. The taste was sweet malt, chocolate, and hop favors with excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The finish was fairly long with a little bitterness. Overall this is a very good beer and we'll worth trying out.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A welcome addition to Ontario and lots of flavour for the (reasonably low) 5.2% ABV.

Pours a thin near-black with auburn highlights at the edge of the glass and a wonderfully creamy looking, cappuccino-coloured head. This creaminess doesn't translate into the mouthfeel as much as I'd hoped, but it's still enjoyable. Mild aroma even after the beer warms of roasted dark malts with some milk chocolate tones. Pleasant, but not overwhelming. The taste is well balanced and light, making this a very sessionable choice. Chocolate and toffee tones blend well with the malt body, and a reasonable hop bitterness eliminates any cloying sweetness in the finish.

An excellent American porter that I look forward to enjoying more regularly than has been possible in the past!

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the Fall 2013 release. First Deschutes brew I've seen in Ontario, really excited to have them here, especially at the ludicrously reasonable $5 each.

Poured into a small nonic, enjoyed over about an hour or so. Great looking brew: very dark chestnut in colour - nearly black, with a good half inch of head that recedes into a thick ring and island, with good icicles of lace.

Nose is dark chocolate, fruit (figs or grapes), roasted malt, roasted coffee.

Very tasty porter that took me about half of the bottle to figure out. Drier than I'd expected, but still a nicely balanced blend of classic porter flavours - chocolate (dark/dry), coffee, fruit, milk, and a mild hoppiness to the finish.

Smooth, lighter bodied, a bit creamy. Carbonation is initially strong, but subsides.

I wasn't blown away by Black Butte (I may have set my expectations too high), but it still is an impressive porter, especially for the price. Nicely balanced, easy drinking, yet complex enough to be satisfying over the course of an evening. Hopefully a sign of more Deschutes brews coming this way.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lows in the 40's tonight on the coast. Dark beer weather. Bottle. Best by 1/06/14.

A: Overly aggressive pour yields 2+ fingers of head. Beer is pretty much black. Maybe a touch of garnet around the edge. Head is awesome. Tiny little bubbles. Thick, pillowy and creamy. Tan in color. Retention is stellar. As is lacing.

S: In your face scent. Malted milk balls, darker chocolate, dark fruit (raisins, figs, etc). Toffee, maybe some toasted brown sugar. Little bit of leafy hoppiness underneath.

T: Entry palate is flat and then boom, hits you right across the middle. Lot of dark fruit in the mid palate. This transitions into lighter fruit, before turning towards more traditional porter flavors of roasted chocolate, toffee and the tiniest little touch of coffee. Finish carries a spiciness that I can't put my finger on. I've heard licorice, and that seems close. Aftertaste brings out more of the coffee.

M: Very light bodied for the style. Still, the carbonation doesn't get in the way and it maintains a level of creaminess.

O: I'm not seeing the magic here. I was expecting something that would rival or surpass Anchor Porter and I think this one falls flat. Not as sweet, not as roasted, not as flavorful.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,063 ratings.
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