Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Brewery

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American Porter
Ranked #13
Ranked #1,620
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 30

192 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 1,639 | Ratings: 6,458
Photo of Ltdsaint
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark opaque color with creamy lined lacing. Smells of nuts, light coffee, cocoa, and dark malts. Taste is similar with stronger malt and some brown sugar. Goes down very easy with a rich but smooth body. Just a great porter.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A slightly sweet hearty Porter. Lightly off white head with some light lacing. Goes down smooth. Good mouth feel and very drinkable. Not a complete standout from the crowd, but definitely quality.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. It pours nearly black with dark walnut and cola hues when held to the light, and a large, foamy, khaki-colored head and lacing. The nose features roasted malt, burnt coffee, and nuts. The taste is similar to the nose but there is an additional hoppy bitterness at the finish. This Porter is fairly light in body with moderate carbonation, and with an ABV of only 5.2% and only 30 IBU, it's really easy to drink. Overall, it's quite good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown body topped with a thick, frothy, light tan head. Robust aroma of charred grain with notes of chocolate; roasted nuts. Rich, malty flavor; milk chocolate; cocoa and marshmallows; brown sugar hints; fine bitterness for depth and complexity. Heavy body.

It has been many years since I last tried this beer. It still stands up as a fine example of the American porter style. It delivers a lot of dark, rich lusciousness to the palate; deep sweetness without being cloying and enough bitterness and a touch of dryness to balance everything out. An excellent dark ale.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Super-deep blackish brown with only the faintest of red hues coming through. Big 'ol creamy, thick khaki head that won't quit. Roasty malt is strong on the nose. There's a lot of chocolate in the taste, and there's a rich creaminess, too. Still, a touch of bitterness to balance. Its body is rich and substantial, a lot like a stout. A good beer, but not necessarily one unique enough to seek out.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed with bacon and a chocolate muffin.

Thin head of fine bubbles, plenty of lacing. Two thirds black, with reddish-brown towards the bottom. Fair amount of carbonation.

Smells of malty chocolate with a hint of coffee

Taste follows the nose, understated, with carbonation popping relentless. Taste reminds me of Black Toad Ale, without the without the grimy twist.

The carb storm settles down by the end of the first pint, by the beginning of the second pint, the experience becomes Grand!

Not bad, it certainly seems boring (style, %), at first, especially compared to their ruling Obsidian Stout, but towards the middle of the second pint, it's old charms present itself commendably. Good show.

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Photo of avalon07
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Rivermont Pizza, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and an opaque consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little coffee.

T: Tasted of a little bit of chocolate / cocoa (not nearly enough), light coffee notes, a lot of roasted malt, light hops (mostly in the finish), and slight nutty quality. The problem here is that all of the ingredients seem not to be pushed far enough. The flavor has a bland, watery quality that's inescapable.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The high rating for this beer is somewhat mystifying. It's not the worst porter ever, but certainly not deserving of so much praise.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the old rankings had this at 100 and 92..something like that. Now, 90.2% "like" this beer. I'm really missing the old rating system already. Anyway...

Pours a dark brown with a somewhat creamy light brown head. Lacing is apparent, slow falling but not really sticky.
Aroma is a faint milk chocolate. There's also a slightly wet woody/coffee aroma as well, but not powerful at all.
Taste is sort of woody/grainy light chocolate. Tastes a little roasted.
Feel is light with light-medium carbonation. A bit watery for the style, yet somehow, also a little bit creamy.
Overall, I think this is an okay porter. It's pretty straight up and fairly clean tasting, but nothing I would really recommend, unless you're looking for a very mild porter. I was a little disappointed by this, to be honest.

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Photo of JimKal
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice head on a hard pour. The head dissipates living a thinner head and some nice lacing. Taste is roasted malt with chocolate notes with a nice smooth mouthfeel. For me this is the Porter that defines porters. The ABV is low enough that you can enjoy more than one but there is enough taste and mouthfeel to make you happy. I'm glad to see these guys in NC and happy that they are putting an east coast brewery up in Roanoke.

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Photo of RikMack
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from a 12 oz. bottle to my mug, pours dark brown, nice thick mocha head. A pleasure to the nose, sweet, mocha and coffee with hints of nut, tastes like nothing else first bitter, then the sweetness.

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Photo of MVanTryke
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A quality dark brew. Complex bordering on a bit dense (may have over-chilled it). Carries a stiff price tag, though, in my east-of-the-Mississippi burg.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been keeping two of these in the fridge for a few weeks and am finally busting out the first one. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and how hard it is to get in the East Coast. (ordered from Tavour) Reviewed live.
Pours a black/brown opaque color with a half a thumbnail length tan head. Once it dissipates, it leaves a ring of lace and a small swirl of film.
Oddly enough, my first impression of the nose is of mild herbs and spices rather the roasty aromas associated with porter. This gives way to toasted and biscuity malts, thus highlighting more the base pale malts. However, soon enough aromas of cocoa, nutty tones and light coffee roast begin to develop. They become more pronounced as the drink warms.
When I get to tasting it, it is truly a pleasant surprise. I'm amazed by the lightness and high drinkability. Creamy, silky and smooth along with a moderate but gentle carbonation. The flavors are nutty, cocoa, coffee and lightly roasted malts. Surprisingly there is a nice touch of citrus hops and lemon twang in the finish, adding some refreshing qualities.
Perhaps I'm drinking this at the right time because lately I've become a bit saturated with the often overbearing sweetness and booziness of today's hyped stouts and porters. It is such a refreshing change of perspective to be able to drink a porter that is clean, understated and elegant in its own mellow way. The low ABV is a bonus in that this is a porter that could truly be a session beer. A quiet classic.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a good-ass porter. Always great to run into a beer of this ilk that's readily available in a city you're visiting - bottle shops, grocery stores, gas stations in Cincinnati. No distro in my home state. Scooped up a chilled six pack, forgot to look for the bottled date.

Charcoal-black pour with a porus, tightly packed brown head that sits and stays. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and char. Taste is right down the pipe as far as porters go - char, chocolate, roasted grains, burnt bread, dark roast coffee, light marshmallow. I seem to pick up marshmallow in porters for some reason. Chewy, thick mouthfeel but still soft. Nice bitter, slightly sweet and roasty feel throughout. Tons of taste for a sessionable ABV. Dinged it a bit on the feel as I picked up a ligering acridity. Great example of the style.

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Photo of cdclark81
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark porter with great head retention and a good amount of lacing. Strong roasted malt on the nose. A bit of coffee and chocolate on the front of the tongue. Then on the back, you get that roasted malt again with a slight bit of bitterness. Great beer. This is how a porter should be done.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall great beer. Black rich and thick hence its name. Dark black in color. Rich in malty taste. about 1.5 finger heard . Rich and bold taste. no after taste. just great

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Photo of huthuty
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured extremely dark, holding up to the light reveals the beer is a dark copper color, it had a small head
Smells deliciously of dense malt and alcohol

Best porter I've tasted, clean malt taste with a chocolatey finish

A very impressive brew

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Photo of jmay9753
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Still my go to favorite!

Pours black with a crimson tint when held to the light. Creamy tan head that hangs on for a while. Smell is full of subtle hints of coffee chocolate toasted grains. The smell alone could sell this beer. The feel is full but not heavy.

The taste comes in as a extremely balanced yet flavorful porter. All the coffee and toasted bread crust and chocolate flavors that are expected from a porter yet balanced so unbelievably well. The finish leaves you with small nuances that only leave you wanting another drink.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewing. Nice and thick and just loaded with flavor from all the dark malts. Also well balanced with tasty molasses notes.

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Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pure black and tan of course. Smells of molasses, caramel and plum. Yum. A perfect marriage of sweet and toasty on the palate with notes of molasses, black grape, roasted malt and taffy. Medium and not watery as some straight porters tend to be.

How in the world I've avoided this classic for so long is beyond me. But having tried it, I can say it deserves its place in the pantheon. A classic style for the modern drinker, but not trendy. Whatever the F that means.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coffee black with a tan head. Smell is of coffee beans. Taste is of chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is medium. Not quite creamy. Overall great porter.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Portland Public House, served in a 4 oz sample glass. Deep dark brown, but still some clarity, with a nice foam of tan head. Gentle toasted malt aroma with slight char but still some malt sweetness as well. Silky smooth without being too full bodied, layers of nice malt flavors: roasted coffee, burnt caramel, toasted bread, and earthy hops. Finishes with a clean hop and toasted malt bitterness. Terrific balance - hits the mark for a flagship brew.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle copped from Uppercrust in Phoenix. Pours a jet black ebony hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of chocolate and molasses. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of El_Brujo_de_A2
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this brew is of toasted biscuit,roasted coffee beans. Lots of lacing here. One finger thick brown tinted head dissipated quickly. Soft buttery mouth feel. Dry finish. 5.2 ABV is hardly noticeable, it just blends into the roasted coffee bean taste really. A dark roast of a brew. Overall it is a very nice porter.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black Butte Porter brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 5.20% This American Porter pours out a deep brown color with a small light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Black Butte Porter is rich with roasted grians and malts. There is also a nice sweetness and a decent amount of hop bitterness in the smell as well. So far this porter is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold but smooth with flavors. There is alot going on in this brew. You first pick up on the sweet Roasted grains and malts and it end with a nice mild hop bitterness. There is a lot going on in Black Butte Porter. This American Porter has a lot going on in it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I really like how smooth this brew goes down.
The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Smooth, Roosted, Clean and Refreshing. The body of this brew is a soild medium. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. Overall I'm giving Black Butte Porter a 4.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the chance to. Deschutes Brewery, did a super nice job with this brew. If you are a fan of Porters you should look this one up.

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Photo of frozyn
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Very dark brown, slight ruby. Small white had that dissipates quickly from an average pour.

S -- Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, slightly sweet banana bread.

T -- Coffee comes first, followed by general roast. Chocolate comes in later, with a nice light sweetness. I get momentary notions of the banana bread, which I would be interested in here.

F -- Medium body, good carbonation.

O -- A very nice beer.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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