Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
6,244 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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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, bout a year old, poured into a big-ole mug.

look is a dark cola color, big mocha head. smell is toasted chocolate malt, earthy hops. smooth and silky, yet crisp: chocolate, barley, roast, alcohol spice, bitter pine/earth hops.

Super good. was worried about it being old, it stood up more than well.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fluid ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass
Best by: 01/19/14

A - This beer is very dark brown with dark amber highlights. A normal pour yielded three to four inches of tan head.

S - The smell consists of cocoa and roasted malt.

T - I get some roasted malt. I was hoping the cocoa that I smelled would be in the taste. I get a little as it warms. I get more of a burnt toast flavor.

M - Medium to full.

O - For a porter that is often discussed along with Edmund Fitzgerald as the best porter out there, I found this beer lacking. It is a good porter, but it is in no way close to as good as Eddy Fitz. On its own it is a solid beer. It has good flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. It is good but not great.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark-brown beer with good clarity. The tan head is made of long lasting creamy bubbles.

S: Medium-strong roast aromas with a medium bready malt character. supporting aromas of coffee, dark dried fruit and chocolate.

T: A soft hit of flavors that starts of roasted and chocolaty with a moderatly-low toffee sweetness that develops into an off-dry, roasty finish developing. There is a medium-low hops bitterness and a low earth hops flavor. The balance is about even with maybe a bit more bitterness from the combination of roast and hops bitterness. Some dark dried fruit.

M: A very creamy, medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. There is a very light roast astringency which is fine for the style.

O: A roasty, complex beer with an excellent balance of flavors. The cream soft mouthfeel is a stand out amazing quality of this beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Little's Liquor and Wine in Denver, CO

A&S: Transparent but very dark brown colored beer. Creamy light brown head with good retention and moderate amount of speckled lacing. Pronounced and powerful aroma containing mostly roasty elements, but also hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T&M: Pretty simplistic in taste, almost entirely roasty. No real sense of hops or chocolate elements. High carbonation for any style, very high carbonation for a porter. Medium to low bodied and again, low bodied for a porter. Crisp and stinging, to at all smooth and silky. It is very drinkable, but the mouthfeel element to this beer doesn't make it very enjoyable.

Overall: After seeing how high this beer was rated I was shocked. Elements of this beer were great, but in my mind it has a ton of flaws for any porter side beer, let alone one that is rated this high. Founder's porter still is my favorite easy to find porter and I would recommend anyone to check it out way before this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,244 ratings