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Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Reviews: 1,525 | Ratings: 5,923
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a classic American Porter, and the standard as far as I am concerned. Great all around, including value, and one of the beers credited for my love of craft beer and specifically the style. Cheers!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear dark brown pour that lets a little light through. Little bit of lacing left behind. The smell is amazing roasted malts that reek of coffee and chocolate. There is a nice sweetness in the nose as well. The taste is a superbly balanced medley of coffee, make malt sweetness and bitter chocolate. There is a bitter coffee aftertaste that balances the lingering sweetness. This is a really great porter.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stone glass.Smell is a chocolate smell.Taste chocolate with coffee.I liked it very much.Nice smooth taste that went down real easy.This is my first Deschutes but it will not be the last.Give it a try.

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Photo of BigGold
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped best by "07/25/2016," into tumbler. Was rather surprised I had not tried before, but this early effort to revitalize the style is holding up well against the onslaught of porters in recent years.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a dark brown with ruby hint in the light, big and fluffy off-white head.
S- Chocolate, sweet dark roasted malts, coffee
T- Bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted malts balance well with the light, but well-done hop character.
M- Medium body, silky yet highly drinkable, mild carbonation, finishes a bit dry.
O- One of the best porters I've ever had. Clean and pure through and through.

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Photo of ranger7
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better porters out there. Very dark with a thin off-white head. The flavor is what sets Black Butte apart; a hint of the smoky/toasty malt, but only a hint. Dark and smooth. One of my favorites of the style.

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

Had on tap at local bar, poured into tall pilsner glass. Created a thick milk chocolate head on top of a very dark brown body. Light roast, not very sweet, some chocolate hint, malt. Overall smooth flavor. A little light on the body. This one would fit the gap I sometimes experience when I want a nice stout, but wish I had Something a little lighter for a session. Should do the trick nicely.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery - Black Butte Porter. 5.2% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into snifter. Best by 5/31/16.

Look: Settles pitch black, with some light brown highlights in the light. Thick, creamy one finger tan head from aggressive pour, which settles into thick lacing.

Smell: Some toasty coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits like raspberries and black cherries.

Feel: Medium to light body, fairly carbonated.

Taste: Bitter roast coffee up front, with some hints of bitter chocolate and dark fruit backing it. Leaves a smoky sweetness on the aftertaste.

Overall: This was pretty good, I can see where it gets the good ratings. Great roast and smoky characteristics with prominent coffee flavors.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, thick 2 finger head that retains a heavy cover throughout.

Light roast coffee mostly is the smell. Some chocolate.

Taste again is mostly light roast coffee. A little bit of chocolate. Very roasty but doesn't carry much bitterness with it.

Lighter body. Does have a dryness to it.

Very good for a light easy drinking porter

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee, roasted malt, burnt toast, and tad of chocolate smell. Great same characteristics in the taste, with a bit of sweet chocolate mixed with a bitterness. Leaves a slightly bitter dry aftertaste. I would absolutely get it again.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 6-pack $7.77 Don Quiojte
Dark black color
Coffee and caramel smell
Smooth taste of coffee and caramel, but not over powering
Heavy mouth feel
Low carbonation
Overall its an easy to drink beer because the flavors are not overpowering, but at the same time because the taste is subtle its not a memorable taste so I rate it as an ok beer that I would drink if offered, but would not seek it out.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great rich dark color. Pours to a nice head. Attractive coffee and caramel smell. A heavy bodied beer. Perfect carbination. Nice blend of tastes. Slightly bitter after taste keeps me from rating it a 5, but excellent Porter!

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a robust black, topped with a medium, foamy head in dark khaki. Lacing is present, but minor. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, and milk in the aroma. The taste features a little bit of coffee, chocolate, and milk, with a roasted malt undertone. Mouth feel is really nice. It feels robust and smooth, without finishing too watery. Overall, great, readily available porter right here.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (best by 03/05/16, $1.79 from Copper Vine) into a nonic pint.

A- A normal pour creates 2-fingers of tan head atop a near black body that shows dark red edges. The head becomes a spotty film, and leaves awesome webs on the glass.

S- Lots of coffee and chocolate, like a cup of medium roast with a packet of sugar and a splash of cream. Hints of vanilla.

T- Very flavorful. Roasted malts, don't get too charred. More of the sweetened coffee as noted in the aroma. Semi-sweet chocolate mixes with lighter vanilla. Pretty bold.

M- Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly creamy. Dry finish.

O- A really solid Porter. Up there with my favorites (Bell's, Founders, Great Lakes). Flavorful, while staying an easy drinker for sure. Could do quite a few in a sitting. I like my beer a little more local, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

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Photo of drtth
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown, almost black color, with touches of reddish highlights where the liquid meets the glass. The 1" tan head slowly recedes to a ring and layer of foam leaving lots of nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered speckles and legs of lacing. Eventually the foam recedes to the point that there is a thin patch and island of foam on the surface of the liquid with the sides still coated with foam.

The aromas include some light chocolate, coffee and some floral character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the chocolate, coffee, and a touch of sweetness from the malt well integrated. There's also a light floral touch along with some light bitterness from the hops that remains well in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has an almost creamy feel from the gentle, persistent carbonation. The medium to long finish involves all of the flavors just playing together nicely while slowly leaving the scene as a touch of light bitterness closes the show.

On the whole this is a very drinkable porter that I'll not only be happy to have again but will actively seek periodically when in the mood for a porter. This one is definitely among the best porters I've tried and I definitely recommend it. Thanks to whoever it was that was responsible for getting Deschutes to start distributing into PA.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint, sadly poured into a chilled glass that caused frozen particles while consuming.
A- deep dark color with nice Carmel head that dissipated quickly
S- hint of coco
T- (beyond the ice particles) nice coco/chocolate flavor on the back side, roasted malts
F- creamy, very smooth

A very nice Porter that can be easily enjoyed with a nice fire!

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Photo of Elumbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into a Belgian Snifter. Initial sips around 40 degrees.

Thick light tan head. Excellent lacing. Light can get through even the core of the dark brown body (with hints of red), but not much.

Smells like a typical medium roast. This clearly isn't a coconut & cherry infused, push-the-limits-of-what-we-can-still-call-beer beer. It's just beer. (I like push-the-limits beers)

And it's a very solid beer at that. Very well balanced roast in the taste. But still plenty of flavor to let you know this isn't water. This is one of the few beers I've had recently that was < 8% ABV, and it kicks the cahones out of the others in the flavor department.

This is the kind of beer that could make me second-guess my devotion to big honkin stouts. Nothin special, I wouldn't say I love it. But what it does, it does very well. Will definitely buy again sometime, especially if I'm in the market for something more session-y.

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Photo of bsherrill
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good beer. Great flavor for a low ABV beer (not that low ABV = flow flavors, but that seems to be a trend). This is one of my go to non-craft stouts.

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Photo of mpyle
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark cola color, clear. Pours creamy tan head with good retention

Nice chocolate and roasty malt aroma, some coffee. A bit of creamy sweetness. No big hop aroma.

Gently sweet malt aroma, chocolatey. Not much roasty bitterness. Very gentle finish with some subtle roast, but more sweet than bitter.

Medium body and carbonation. A bit of creaminess. No astringency or warming.

A kinder, gentler porter. In spirit it seems more British than American, and is definitely not a bold Robust Porter like most American Porters.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one tonight on draft at Serafina in Seattle and was blown away by how good it was. Creamy and chocolately and drinks nice and easy. Really great Porter

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Photo of PhillyRiver
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

OMG this is so delicious. I was thrilled to come to this page after finishing my first-ever glass of this beer and see it get 100 from the Bros after I decided it was awesome. Poured from bottle into clean tulip glass. Opaque black, truly amazing. Two fingers of beautiful butterscotch-colored foam with trippy lacing. Smells slightly of molasses, tastes of molasses, coffee, chocolate, some of the usual tastes of a good porter but in the smoothest possible blend with buttery mouth feel. If you are looking for bite or kick it doesn't have it, but it's near-perfect winter solace. Or, in this case, reflection of the warm pre-Christmas foggy downpour outside.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing else that I want from a porter. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose. The taste is slightly oaky, with lots of coffee. Mouthfeel is moderate rather than creamy.

Just a great representation of what a porter should be.

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Photo of HopHunter925
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Dark, a very dark reddish/brown almost black color. There is a minimal off white colored head that dissipates quickly.

S: A very mild roasty malt aroma – chocolate and coffee.

T: Mild. Very creamy with: chocolate (not sweet), coffee, and some vanilla. The flavor is mild/balanced and does not linger.

M: Very thin, lightly carbonated.

O: Very drinkable beer being both smooth and creamy (despite having a very light mouthfeel) and at a good price point ($9 for a 6-pack). I will buy it again.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle marked best by 6/05/16. Pours an opaque black with a thin cream colored head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Rich mouthfeel and slightly bitter chocolate flavor. Excellent, one of the best porters I've had.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**FROM OLD NOTES, 10/11/14:
"Aroma. Smokey, malt, sour something.
Look...dark black, small head.
Taste. Some wang. Chicory. Coffee.
Feel. Low carbonation.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 5,923 ratings.
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