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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Black Butte

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled, and left until room temp.

A) Dark brown, with a finger of tan head, which slowly settled to a dusting. A bit of spotty lacing.

S) Roasted coffee beans, a bit of chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit.

T) A nice roasty-toasty flavor, and although I didn't pick up much hops on the nose, it was there on the taste front. There are layers of flavor here. Finishes up with a little chocolate, and a good kick of bitterness.

M) A medium body with a pleasing creamy quality. Coats the mouth nicely. Semi-dry finish.

O) A fine example of a Porter. This wad rich and flavorful. Glad to recommend this brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of vfalstad
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: black, dark with a dark foam head of about a finger at pouring time

Smell: chocolatey, roasted coffee, the smell isn't too strong

Taste: mildly robust with a smoothness, roasted cacao, coffee, a twing of a bitter note towards the end as it sits on my palette, roasted taste as it lingers even more

Mouthfeel: smooth and coats the mouth with appealing flavors that linger.

Overall this hits a very high mark for porters. The smoothness of this porter prevents an assault of roasted flavor and is one of the qualities about this porter that makes it outstanding IMO.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. Best by 7/23/13.

A - Dark brown but not opaque, good clarity. Strong pour gives me a medium sized cap of vanilla head consisting of compact tiny bubbles. Left some streaks in my glass.

S - Smooth chocolate. Nice crystal malt takes the edge of roasty qualities. Biscuity which rounds off a solid aroma. Getting some floral hop aroma in the background.

T - Starts with solid earthy dark chocolate. Hints at some fruity hops in the middle leading to a balancing bitterness on the backend. Roasted malts mix well with its bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium to medium-light carbonation, touch of sweetness that dries out.

O - Nice looking brew that holds a cap though its entirety. Well rounded, complex aroma. Good maltiness that had some hop flavors that were a little out of place but craftly balanced. Body is right on and is very drinkable. Solid brew, only the one criticism with outlandish.

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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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this black beaut-y at about 55 degrees F into a standard pint and she poured such a lovely dark brown to black with a full one finger creamy khaki head that lasts as a thick ring and thin cap and leaves leopard skin lacing on the glass. SEXY!

I'm not even going to read what those folks on BA are saying. The first guy on there mentions strong citrus. LOL

Sorry, I don't smell any citrus but what I do smell is roasted and chocolate malts with hints of vanilla, a bready yeast and some hop acidity. It's freaking brilliant! As a matter of fact, I take that back, after sounding like an ass in lambasting the citrus comment, one could make out that hop acidity as that! I'm a turd.

I taste heaven in a glass. Toasted chocolate malts and vanilla dance with a very mild wood smoke flavor and bready yeastness and finish finally with a mild and earthy dry hop taste that begs your elbow to again bend and bring that glass to your lips, your tongue and drink in this black beauty.

Now let me talk about how sweet her body is! She is a medium to full bodied beer thinner than some but with creamy sweet hips making her much easier to drink than some that would kill you with candy and she has kept a bit of the dry sense of English humor as an homage. I'm in love. Playful yet not bubbly, what else could you want in a dark lady like her?

I had to excuse myself for a minute there and have a cigarette. Overall, I would recommend her to everyone, but would be totally jealous and want to keep her for my own as she is a world class beauty! Solid and dependable. I have missed my Black Butte-y!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,204 ratings
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