Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

6,102 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

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Shaker glass. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of a billowy creamy white head, which dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing. The beer is a dark brown, with translucency apparent only around the edges.

My insensitive nose detects some fruitiness and a kiss of earthy hops. The full taste has a complex fruitiness with a touch of coffee and maybe even a little smoke. A bit of sweetness and tang from the malt, combined with some mild bitterness from both the roasted malt and hops, balance out all the flavors. Each sip tastes a bit different from the last, keeping the senses alive. The mouth feel is pretty full throated but not heavy by any means.

I'm beginning to see why this is so highly rated. It's also typically quite cheap where I usually buy beer ($2.79 for this bomber). So, the value is definitely there.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by June 6, 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

If what defines a porter is a lighter stout, then Black Butte fits the style perfectly. Lacking in sourness, but representing a spectrum of roasted malts quite well, Deschutes has a solid American-style porter with this offering, one that's surely an accessible benchmark for the style. Best (most complex) when relatively warm.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige-colored foam, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, which fades in average time (one minute) to a thick ring around the glass and a medium-sized island of wispy, residual foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, moderate in intensity, a somewhat dense matrix of spots coating the walls of the glass. Body is dark brown to black, with light bringing out brown highlights around the edges. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma is of balanced roasted and sweet characters, the roasted becoming more prominent as the beer warms. Major notes of dark caramel malt and lightly roasted malts with hints of base pale malts and milk chocolate. Pleasant and impressive.

Front of palate finds dark caramel and roasted malt sweetness, a hint of coffee and (strangely?) cinnamon. Mid-palate of dark caramel malt sweetness, pale chocolate malt, with minor flavors of vanilla, milk chocolate, and coffee. Back of palate is of pale chocolate malt, vanilla, and light coffee, balanced by the sweetness in dark caramel and pale malt sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of roasted barley and coffee with underlying caramel and base pale malt sweetness acting to balance and reduce astringency and excessive char in the beer.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a smooth, foamy beer that is never fizzy feeling. Closes dry, with mild stickiness on the palate and lips.

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The beer pours a nice deep brown, borderline black color, very opaque with a 2 finger bone colored head that has good retention and leaves some nice spots of lace behind. The aroma is of lightly roasted coffee, toasted grain and sweet dark malt with a bit of chocolate. Lots of rich grain on the tongue, soft cold pressed coffee behind it lends a bit of roasted character, bitter bakers chocolate is readily apparent with a slightly milky flavor at the finish. The body is on the lighter side, slightly high carbonation that provides some nice zip across the tongue, but still feels a bit thin and has a creamy finish that falls a bit bit short.

Verdict: A solid porter from Deschutes and certainly a benchmark for the style. While it's not overly complex, Deschutes packed a lot of flavor into a 5.20% beer. Definitely a great example of the style for regular drinking.

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A: super-dark, nearly opaque brown with an ivory head - big-as-you-want-it - lotsa of chunky lace left behind

S: dark roasted malts, bitter hoppiness, suggestions of wet cold, burnt coffee grinds and wood chips

T: crisp-tasted roasted dark malts, complex, with interesting woody and earthy notes among the more expected cold espresso and bitter unsweetened cocoa

M: light, mellow, smooth, drying, very mellow bitterness - quite impressive

O: another no-brainer: a very compelling porter - light, crisp, bracing, toasty, and roasty - reminded me of an English porter, like Fuller's London Porter, blended with an American porter like Anchor or Founders. Strong coffee-ish finish, drying and extra-roasted. Very nice.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 6,102 ratings.
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