Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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6,118 Ratings
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:
6,118
Reviews:
1,566
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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496
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1,587
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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Boiling Pot, Rockport TX. Pours black with creamy, long lasting off-white head. Aroma is bready, roasted malt, hints of coffee and dark fruit. Taste is roasted caramel malt, some mild chocolate flavor with light coffee notes. Body is medium creamy and smooth, mild carbonation. Finishes with a nice combination of dark roasted malt, choclate and coffee flavor, some mild dark fruity notes and light bitterness. Overall a very good and flavorful brew.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, enjoy by 11.15.13 date. Poured into a snifter.

Extremely dark cola brown color with a big light mocha tan head, OK retention, minimal lacing.

Nice light chocolate vanilla smell, with subtle hints of coffee and/or dark fruit. Roasted and woody, complex but balanced.

Sweet and creamy vanilla up front, with a nice hop-chocolatey finish, much darker tasting than the aroma. Medium bodied roasted malt/barley flavors are present as well.

Smooth and creamy up front, but hoppy and somewhat bitter on the end. Fairly drinkable, not terribly full-bodied, but that is expected from a porter.

Overall, excellent rendition of a porter. It's light-to-medium body feel would allow for the consumption of at least more than one in a sitting. Great beer, must try for those who enjoy porter. Cheers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: All in all, not a whole lot different from the company's similarly impressive stout. Dark brown, soda-ish color. Not a whole lot to speak of in terms of lacing, even less in terms of a head, but what is there lasts.

S: Milk chocolate and vanilla dance a creamy tango. Maybe a hint of sweet and bitter fruit dried, i.e. raisins. Whatever the case may be, it's very, very, very dessert-y.

T: Even after an impressive appearance and smell, this caught me off guard. Whereas the smell betrays equal parts vanilla and chocolate, taste certainly tips the scales in favor of vanilla. A ballsy move for a porter. Dark chocolate is certainly there too, a smidge of peanut butter, as is--dare I say--an almost Belgian fruity presence. Extraordinarily rich, even, and complex.

M: Dry but not overwhelmingly so. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so. It is impressive in every regard, but does show restraint. More sippable and sessionable than Deschutes' stout, but still bows to no one.

O: A stunner. It is impossible--as you can see--not to compare this bad boy with Deschutes' Obsidian Stout, and while it may not reach those levels, what should be realized is that it does not have those ambitions. Creamy, complex, and perfectly dark, with an out of this world wow factor, this is a world-class porter made by what I'm coming to realize is a world-class brewery. For just over 7 bucks a sixer, it's hard to beat a session of these.

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