Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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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

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Distinctive twelve-ounce bottle marked best by: 06/15/06. Served in my Victory pub glass.

Large imposing rocky head (fitting for a beer named after a volcano). Super sticky lacing, body is oil slick black and mottled brown with flecks of fiery red.

Aroma is soap bubbles and mild chocolate malt with hints of lightly caramelized toffee.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than anticipated but not in a detracting sort of way. The lighter MF suits the tone of this beer well.

Flavors range from toasty caramel malts to mossy pine hops to smooth vanilla and peanut brittle. Pleasantly grainy with a flowing body and a clean dry finish.

Another highly enjoyable beer from Deschutes. Thanks to my brother for picking this up.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a barely there head. Little to no lacing to speak of. Body is a beautiful dark reddish jet black, with hints of brown when examined by a light.

Smell: An overwhelming mineral water aroma hits the nose first, and isn't particularly pleasant. It gives the beer a "clean" aroma as a result, but I expect my porters to be rustic, sweet, and semi-complex - in other words, muddied and thick, not at all clean. Underneath that is bittersweet chocolate, medium-bodied coffee, black licorice, a slight hop aroma, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The mineral quality remains, but is more subuded, dark chocolate, medium-bodied coffee, bread, a hint of cranberry. All fairly subdued, but well blended. This is a fairly "easy" beer, but, as the bottle indicates, was brewed to be so, and in that sense the taste lends enough complexity with simultaneous volume lowering (in terms of the strength of the individual flavors) to be applauded.

Drinkability: Very quaffable, and probably a good stepping stone for those a little apprehensive to darker beers or unfamiliar with porters. Still, there are some mineral aromas and flavors in this beer, perhaps from the mountain water Deschutes uses, that I found distracting and not appropriate for the style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy off-white head sits on top of an opaque pitch-black. Lots of lace clinging to the glass as it empties.

Crisp, light coffee notes come to the nose first, with some hops and fruity tones muscling their way in.

Big flavors! Lots of coffee and some cocoa bean, dark fruits and vanilla happening too...clearly the malts are super quality and doing quite a number of things in this brew. Delicious chocolatey finish that goes on and on and on, and a mouthfeel that's buoyant, moderately carbonated, and not too thick.

Real easy-drinking porter, one of the best I've had, definitely on the lookout for more stuff from Deschutes.

[Thanks to msubulldog25 for another Northwest treat!]

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Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The porter makes the grade as top notch! First brew from Deschutes, they will have a high bar after this one.

Almost black brew, capped with a frothy lil’ tan head, sheet lacing in the glass. Yum. TONS o’ chocolate malt in the whiff, never had one with such deep aroma. Then a tasty burnt toast coffee cake took over and pushed it up the grade scale.

Pretty much full bodied and rich. I could drink a bunch of these – damn the waistline!

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a somewhat creamy and somewhat soapy light-tan head that retains fairly well. It leaves good lacing as you drink and as it dissipates to its settled level of a half-finger thick layer of creamy head. It has a dull brownish ruby color when held up to a light, with a very slight haziness.

Smell - Aromas of milk chocolate, espresso, almonds (and other nutty scents). Very light hop bitterness with some caramel and brown sugar behind smells behind this. Also some grain aroma, uncooked oatmeal. Rich toasted malts bring it all together nicely. Very little alcohol presence detectable on the nose.

Taste - Raw oily hops up front, light on the bitterness though. Similar to a full-on stout in that department. A wonderful flavor of cream, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and fresh unbrewed, roasted coffee beans. The finish comes in with a dissipation of most of the flavors and a rise in the alcohol presence toward the end of the finish. Some more oat flavors are also present here. Lastly a moderately rich flavor of toasted malts and grain. The aftertaste changes and coffee becomes the dominant flavor, with hints of bitter chocolate throughout. Some slight earthiness is also present. Very mild alcohol all the way through, although it does peak up a bit in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly refreshing carbonation without a hint of unpleasant feel in the mouth. Medium-bodied with a smooth and heavy feel in the mouth. Its very wet and slick throughout, drying up only minimally in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - For a porter this stuff goes down really easy. I could sip through four of these easily in one night.

This is a great porter here. A perfect brew to sit down and relax with while you enjoy those fall/winter evenings. The heartiness of the toasted malts and coffee/chocolate flavors really go well with cold weather conditions in my opinion. Definitely a recommended brew here, and possibly a new session porter for me.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle thanks to Luchman

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Deep roasted malt aroma with waves of espresso and cocoa dancing about.

Roasty malt flavor upfront followed with a slightly burnt espresso taste and slight bitterness. Another wave of roated malts with light hints of cocoa as it finishes rather clean and dry.

Body is slightly thin, moderate carbonation.

A delicious porter all-around with good drinkability. I could slug a few of these down with little effort.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Looked a bit thin pouring. Black with bits of brown in it. About a finger size light tan head. Leaves a bit of a lacing.
S- Some roasted malts and coffee aromas. Maybe some hint of grassy hops hidden in it.
T- A bit watery flavor. Some roasted malty flavors. Has some coffee malts in there too. Aftertaste leaves pretty fast. Leaves a light lingering roasted malt taste. Basically no bitterness.
M- Medium to thin body. Light to medium carbonation.
D- It is a really watery taste. Easy to drink but do you really want to drink a lot of it? I wouldn't.

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Photo of isaac
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Quite dark, mahogany around the edges. Big pillowy head that sinks into nice clumpy lace.

S - A sweet smell with burned notes and malts. slight hops?

T - velvety chocolate, with an espresso finish.

M - medium bodied, on the light side.

D - amazing. such a surpise. this beer is fantastic!

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Photo of BeerRun13
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a garnett hue when held to the light. Small ring for head. Decent lacing.
Roasty with a fruity touch in the nose. Some hop aroma as well.
Roasty coffee/toffee flavor. Sweet. Good use of hops. Slight fruit quality shows up as the beer warms a bit.
Lighter side of full bodied. Well carbonated with a nice traction to it.
A good Porter. Nice to find this one locally.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Exactly what you want a porter to look like. Brilliant ebony with a foamy tan hat..

Smell: Mocha. Roasted brilliance.

Taste: Dry hops close up shop after a fireworks display of malty espresso texture.

Mouthfeel: Downright sultry. I've never had a better feeling beer. Not sticky at all, clean & dry on the finish. Remarkable.

Drinkability: Judging by the depletion of the sixer I purchased a few hours ago, I'd say it's pretty drinkable. The 5 feels insufficient.

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

The first time I had this beer was up in Portland, OR, sold in six-packs along with a bunch of other offerings from Deschutes at a local Trader Joe’s. I was bummed that I couldn’t find it here in Southern California.

But sure enough, my local BevMo started to stock them, and now I'm delighted that I can even get them at my local supermarket.

This is a darn good porter. Pours dark and creamy, with a finger high tan head. The color is a deep brownish-black and is nearly opaque.

The aroma is quite smoky, a little woodsy, with chocolate and caramel undertones, along with a hit of spice.

Has a good solid body, not thick and chalky, but quite effervescent with a dry finish.

Simply a great porter!

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

12 oz bottle.

Appearance- Near black in color, but there are brown highlights. A healthy head that is easily controlled by the strength of the pour. The head is a creamy tan. No lacing was observed on this serving.

Smell- The aroma is intense from the bottle and initially on a pour, but it fades as quickly as the head. The smells are consistent with any other great style-defining porter. Chocolately malts intice the nose into getting a bigger whiff which reveals subtle notes of pecans, faint (perle?) hops, a slightly smoked quality, subdued alcohol esters, and peat.

Taste- There are no big surprises revealed in the taste after a thorough smell analysis of this beer. This is a good thing though. Like the smell, chocolatey malt dominates but a more burnt, darker quality reveals itself to the palate. A bit smokey and peaty, making it more complex, yet very approachable.

Mouthfeel- Appropriate for a modern day porter. Smooth.

Drinkability- This certainly is an approachable and delicious porter. It has good character and manages to go down nice and easy at the same time. 4's all around

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Photo of MiScusi
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first chance to have this on tap and it was great. Served up in a pint glass at the Yardhouse in Pasadena, CA. A dark brownish black body with a small tan finger head that settled into a thin cap pretty quickly. Towards the bottom the glass, appeared ruby as the liquid was less dense.

The aroma was a stong chocolate, hitting the notstrils even 6-8 inches away from my nose. The taste was more of the same, even sweet chocolate with some faint bitterness from the hops and roasted dark malts.

The mouthfeel was a somewhat creamy yet seemed to contain a little bit of a watery characteristic to it, making it a nice full bodied porter, but not too thick, so it was ok. Black Butte Porter was very good out of a bottle, but excellent out of a fresh tap.
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05-30-2006
overall: 4.15
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5

Deschutes is a great brewery and the Black Butte Porter is a quality beer that is well worth the money.

A very dark brown, a somewhat transparent brown at the outside of the glass and a thick dark brown in the middle of the glass. The head was an off-white to tan and creamy, could be very thick depending on how you pour, and had a short to moderate retention with some lacing.

The taste is very smooth as I didn't detect an excess of carbonation, you get a bready and roasty malt flavor up front, hops as you swallow, and then a sweet chocolatey taste after it has gone down. The taste overall doesn't blow you away, but it is very nice, especially the last bit.

Drinkability is for sure exceptional for a porter, probably in part because the taste doesn't give you that sense of heaviness, but it's enough for you to want more.

Only wish Deschutes' beers were on tap anywhere in Southern California.

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Photo of Dmann
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absoloutly loved this porter, very understated flavors concitering some of the big beers of the style that around but nonetheless very enjoyable. The beer had a nice dark brown color with a good creamy brown head. The smell was great with scents of burnt grain and sweet malt. The flavors were great with a slight acidic snap in the beginning and then the flavors of roasted malts and coffee mixed in. Add to that the nice dry finnish and you have a wonderfully drinkable brew.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid layer of lace.

Smell; lots of rich dark roasted malts, with a nice dark fruity presence. There's a bit of coffee, with a little bit of hops in there as well.

Taste; roasted malts come out just as strongly in the flavor. The dark fruits and a nice touch of sweetness, with plums and prunes. The is chocolate and coffee, with a touch of hop bitterness thrown n there.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth carbonation. A very good porter that I'm glad I picked up while in Spokane, WA.

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

Sampled prior to the Ravens beating up on the Raiders last week. Poured into a clear glass, it comes out a dark brown/black with a hearty dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Roasted malts full of chocolate and caramel.
Hearty choco flavor with a hint of piney hops on the finish. About as bitter as fine dark chocolate. Medium bodied with enough carbonation to make it drinkable. Hearty, filling, tasty, and worth a few.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown color with a light beige, rocky head; the lacing was reasonably good

Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate malt with a distinct presence of citrusy hops

Taste: Starts out with a tingly chocolate flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by some floral hops; after the swallow, there is a touch of sourness followed by some coffee notes; the residual chocolate and floral flavors also maintain their presence through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Among the better porters I have tried; nice flavors that go down easy

Thanks, malthead, for the opportunity and, younger35, for the second chance

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Photo of BlacklightBrewin
1.9/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a dark black stoutish color.
But not thick, somewhat watery.. though not as light as a newcastle.

The aroma and initial taste is very earthy.
The after taste is crisp and dry.

Maybe I'll have to try it from the tap instead.

I've had multiple bottles of this and I'm really suprised that some people adore this beer so much.

I havent had a porter that i've enjoyed as much as Sierra Nevada's
I'd love for someone to reccomend a superb porter.. though i find it hard to trust peers that have an affinity for beers such as this.

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Photo of jackorain
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap sitting at a table in the Pump House restuarnat in Fairbanks, AK

A-This beer had only a perimter ring of head when it arrived at the table. As usual, a victim of a restaurants need to pour a full pint at the expense of presentation. However, the color was really nice dark brown, not quite opaque. The light thast gets through around the rpeitmer make it look like a black cherry color. Even the preimter ring did leave some nice lacing though.

S-Light roasted grains, light hop aroma but what I smell is overwhelminmgly caramel and toffee. very nice aroama, would have liked some greater complexity on the nose from thsi style, maybe some roated coffee note or chocolate.

T-Caramel hits right up front, there is defintiely a malty sweetness in there. There is a light floral and green hop presnece. A little coffee and chocolate come through on the finish. Overall pretty well balanced albeit with low hops

M-Nice carbonation, not over the top as Porter should be. Medium to robust body, coats mouth well.

D-very very good, I could drink this beer all night.

Overall, a great beer. The bad pour at the restuarant may have even negatively affected this brew. I will have to try again from the bottle.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts with a bitter chocolate/roasted coffee flavor, very smooth, bakers chocolate finish. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a beer i've had many, many times. a solid style bearer, much like most of the deschutes line-up.

appearance: nothing to write home about, yet solid. A deep amber, almost brown, with a very light head.

smell: whisps of chocolate, coffee, and good old brown malt. some espresso beans as well. very good.

taste: very smooth, yet you don't forget it's a porter. that black patent sharp bitterness is light than alot of porters, yet it is there. smooth chocolate. could almost be a brown ale, but not quite.

mouthfeel and drinkability: smooth and a solid no-nonsense porter. a goto beer.

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Photo of GimmeAles
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Garnet-tinged ebony pours into the tulip glass stirring up a pillowy, light tan, 1-finger head which quickly dissipated to a thing ring. Notes of roasted grains, diner coffee, molasses, and earthy yeast round out the nose.

Flavours of pumpernickel bread crust riding along fairly assertive, grassy hop bitterness. Hints of prunes, figs and dark chocolate make for a pleasant background.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but appropriate for the style and not without some heft. Fairly lively carbonation (which is a bit distracting to me), could be down-played by decanting into another vessel. A solid and widely available session Porter.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - 2" tan head decent retention before falling to a 1/4" cap. Light lacing. The porter is a dark cola color.

S - Sweet dark fruit with a little coffee peeking out.

T - Roasted malt. Light earthiness. Some smokiness. Big amount of hops for a porter. Gives it a big kick in the finish. Faint chocolate.

M - Medium body. Lower carbonation. Sweet finish.

D - Drinkability was OK. I was surprised that this porter did not come together for me. I will try it again in the future.

Thanks to Zorro for the opportunity to try this beer.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black, with some goodlooking head that goes down fast. Rich and appetizing smell - chocolate and coffee, with some hints of cookie spice, banana, cherry.

Taste matches nose pretty well. Malty - nicely roasted, but not at all burnt, with a bit of refreshing, slightly spicy hops. Just a little sweetness, very nicely balanced. Fairly full, creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of minerality.

Excellent after-dinner beer.

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Photo of carln26
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured from the tap a dark brown with nice ruby highlights. Not much retention from the tan colored head. The aroma is dark caramel, mild grapefruit and a nice roasted barley. Flavor is dark caramel up front, a bit of roast malt with a mild hop finish. Remarkably sweet as I first drink it. The roasted barley really tones it down on the finish. Slick and oily, nice drinkability

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