Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.18/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,292
Reviews:
1,608
Ratings:
6,318
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
509
Gots:
1,693
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 6,318 |  Reviews: 1,608
Photo of Lahey
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid porter. Roasty malt, clean finish. Lighter body with moderate carbonation. Drinkable, sessionable beer. There are other porters I've liked more, usually with and added flavoring like coffee or roasted coconut. This beer is just a little too light on flavor and body for me. It obviously has a good following for a good reason as other reviews show. Just not my favorite.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tazzman
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdm9465
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kristiclimbs
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Nosquatch
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red_Zeke
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a_burke24
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blevinsaj
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vigenere36
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OldIrishHermit
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look

This Black Butte is a wonderful "reference" in the world of porters.
Poured mildly aggressive, a beige head (two fingers) appears with bountiful amounts of lacing.
Held up to light reveals a gorgeous blood red surrounded by hues of amber, with little
to no grading while glass is tipped. It truly glows!

Smell

Rather neutral after pouring, with a pleasant roasted malt sticking its comforting nose out.
Some chocolate, with hints of cloves, mocha, and dark fruits (mainly blackberry). Once warm,
cinnamon rolled out nicely, with more chocolate essence to boot.

Taste

One of the more “session able” porters this year, and well balanced! Seriously. Deschutes has created
a well-mannered, textbook porter; it was rather muted at first, but once she warmed up, a plethora
of flavor hit my palate! The roasted malt is dominant (and delicious), followed by milk chocolate and mocha.
The finish had strong notes of blackberry and cherry - pleasantly tart. Bitterness was perfect, quickly
diminishing and leaving room for nutmeg, and the cinnamon. Truly a fantastic treat!

Feel

Filling, with an appropriate carbonation to match. Thick going down, although she sits nicely in the tummy.
Frothing is at its strongest when cold, although the head (sip it while it lasts) contains the richest
quantities of the spices and herbal undertones this delicious porter boasts.

Overall

Outstanding porter! It makes no excuses and knows exactly what a porter should be (at least in my book)!

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Photo of MiniPigLover
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Explosion72
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopguy28
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark chocolate taste, a little bitter, heavy in the mouth, gives an awesome buzz. Awesome beer and awesome company!

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Photo of gommhead
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nunitn
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh this tasted so much better on draft then in the bottle but that seems to be the case with all craft beers this is an amazing American Porter a lot of taste here

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Photo of Batman11
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nobel96
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heftklammer
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle BBD 7/24/18, consumed 3/3/18

Poured deep dark black with a small head that left a little bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is rich roasted malt and earthy hops. Some chocolate and sweet molasses in there as well.

Taste has more dark fruit up front, very different from the aroma, like a dark Belgian without the yeast. Sweet roasted malt is there to fill out the end.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, smooth malt feel, low bitterness and super easy drinking.

Overall, an outstanding porter usually available at a great value. Not thick and substantial, but certainly not a thin, watery blowover. This brew has great complex aromas and flavors. A regular in the porter rotation.

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Photo of wwoj
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deebap
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,318 ratings