Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Another root beer, cherry colored porter. Nothing surprising, although head dissipated rapidly--with a small amount foamy film that doesn't seem to go away (bravo!)

S: Smells creamy. Nothing fancy (or overpowering) but just really, great quality cream. One primary scent--and this porter does it really, really well.

T: Rich and creamy, but not terribly flavorful. Not any more watery than required to make a pleasant porter. Not sour, not bitter, balanced. Finishes pleasantly.

M: Very foamy when moved around. Foamy texture and composition does not make beer more sour, well, maybe slightly--but it's still pleasant.

O: This is a simple porter that really pleases the senses. It's rich and fairly thick (although I've had thicker porters), it still represents these two qualities very well. The ingredients that are in here, probably vanilla, cream and a touch of chocolate taste high quality--but I wish the manufacturer would be a little more generous with the quantity. Then again, who knows, maybe that's this porter's finest point--it doesn't need to be heavy on extra ingredients to make a smooth and whole porter.

EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle while in California on vacation, as not available in Indiana. I didnt take any notes at the time, but didn't need to. The overwhelming impression is this porter is exceedingly smooth in texture, as silky as I've ever had frankly and has a nice dark chocolate/cherry taste, without being sweet. I've had some amazing porters from Great Lakes, Founders, Bells and Three Floyds, but this one is unique in mouthfeel, pretty special porter.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown with amber accents with a 1 finger light tan head that doesn't hang around too long. Looks kinda thin for the style. Lacing is very sticky though.

S- Big malt aroma with caramel and chocolate. Roasted malts to boot. Touch of vanilla with some nutty, earthy, hop character. I like what this one is bringing to the table.

T- Taste follows nose with a slightly stronger hop presence. Really mellows in the finish. Smooth as can be with a decadent aftertaste that lingers until the next sip. Complex, delicate, balanced and rich. The pale malts and dark caramel do a superb job to fend off any astringency from this roasty beer.

M- Thought it might be thin based on appearance, but the feel is certainly mid body. Not chewable by any means, but hearty enough. Despite it being only 5.2, it has the character of a bigger beer. Plus the lower abv makes it quite drinkable.

O- A go to porter to say the least. This being such an easy beer to find led to me making the mistake of overlooking it for too long. Don't make the same mistake as me if you haven't had it. Flavor hits every note I could ask for in the style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass, on tap at Pinocchio's Pizza in Media, PA.

A: "Black" is a bit of a stretch for this brew, but it's a very deep, dark brown with faint hints of ruby as the bright sunlight shines through. Two-finger tan head eventually fades down to a creamy, thin cap, leaving okay amounts of lacing down the glass. I was hoping the head retained a little better, but it wasn't disappointing enough to score too lowly.

S: There are a few really prominent notes to the nose, namely roasted malts, a bit of roasted coffee bean, and some dark semi-sweet chocolate. Some brown sugar and anise or licorice hints underneath it all. I'm not picking up much of the hops (or any hint of real bitterness, for that matter), but that's perfectly okay with me. The aroma is pleasant and well-rounded as is.

T: Abnormally rich flavors on this one! Roasted malts, roasted (almost bordering burnt) coffee beans. Hints of brown sugar sweetness come through, melded with some dark chocolate notes offering a hint of bitterness to balance out the sweetness and round-out the initial roastiness.

M: Mild carbonation and pleasantly creamy. A relatively low ABV means the alcohol isn't overly present here. This brew boasts a great mouthfeel, but isn't as "big" as I had hoped. Though, the thinner, less syrupy body gives this one true session potential.

O: Black Butte Porter offers excellent, well-rounded flavors with a smooth-as-silk texture. I found myself enjoying each sip more and more, and before I knew it, I was ready to order another! Its low alcohol content and medium body keeps this one relatively light and very, very sessionable! I can't help but consider this one of my favorite brews (of any style) to date. I can definitely see me sessioning with this beauty in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a ruby brownish black, two finger light khaki head, good lacing.
S - Chocolates, vanilla, dried fruits, caramel, toffee, a touch of roasted coffee.
T - Very sweet up front with caramel malt and then some mild fruitiness, but not in a particularly good way. Finishes fast and kinda bitter.
M - Thin for a porter, not too outstandning.
O - Lame porter to my standards, its way too thin tasting and feeling, and there's not enough traditional porter backbone to make me want to have this again.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,271 ratings