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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Photo of jbsteiny
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Anna Banana's in Honolulu. Pint of dark brownness, good carbonation, thin opaque tan head; not much retention, no lacing. Smell was faint, but inviting. Sweet and roasted malts --roasted coffee, dried fruit, light brown sugar, slight chocolate. Nice. Nicely balanced, if a bit on the sweet side -- a lot of fruit and nut comes through -- a delicious porter. Mouthfeel is a bit watery for the style, but that helps it go down easy. A tasty porter for the summer, but I'd want something a little hardier if I were a doorman on a cold, damp London evening.

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Photo of Spikester
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite Deschutes Brewing product. I tried this many years ago when a friend owned a tavern in North Portland and was trying to introduce micro-brews to Portland (Oregon). I had many tastes of what he had on tap (about 20 micros) and this was my favorite.
Very dark brown with a fat one finger head, copious lacings. Sweet roasted malts, some cocoa, coffee, rich bitter hops. A
A bit on the sweet side of balanced and somewhat light for a porter, it is a very fine micro that you can drink all afternoon while watching a ballgame without getting too full or under-the -table.
I can't say I am an expert on this style, nor is it my favorite style, but I can't imagine a better porter. Awesome beer!
Highly recommended.

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Photo of sirk0rebreg
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this was my first try at a porter and i couldn't have been more impressed...

Appearance: very dark, with a thick head that dissipated quickly...

Smell: not much when first poured...once it warmed a little bit the coffee came out very strong, but wasn't overpowering...

Taste: could definitely taste coffee once the beer warmed up a bit, very pleasant though...slight chocolatey taste in there as well

Mouthfeel: very smooth, good carbonation...nice dry finish

Drinkability: if in the right mood this is dangerously drinkable...very good beer!

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm normally not into Porters, but this one may change that. The dark color may scare off some, but once the aroma of coffee and vanilla hits the nose, and the smooth, malty taste hits the lips, any fear will be displaced. Can't wait to get back to the Northwest to enjoy this one again.

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

A friend gave me a bucket of Willapa oysters and I wanted to have them with some stout. The local IGA didn't have any so I got this instead.

This is a nice looking beer. Almost an opaque dark maroon in the glass with a rocky brown head that fades to a nice collar and and respectable lacing.

Pleasant, though faint, malt aroma with a hint of chocolate.

Hints of choclate in the flavor, too. Mostly malty sweetness with a roasty malt and dry finish. Very tasty.

Decent mouthfeel, too. Dry, as I said before, with a high level of carbonation. Almost like a Soda-pop.

Very drinkable. I could kill a sixer of this without even knowing it. It went really well with the oysters, too.

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Photo of KevBrews
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade with a Jay from Hedonist Beer Jive.

Appearance: Black, with a thick vanilla-colored head. Light does not pass through easily, and there is little apparent carbonation, aside from the head.

Smell: The nose isn't huge on this beer, as I might have expected. I pick up some faint presence of black liquorice and some roasted notes. Would have expected coffee or chocolate, but don't pick up much. Perhaps some warming vanilla.

Taste: Deep and dark; lots of roasted flavor, with some chocolate and coffee rounding it out. The chocolate and crystal malts are evident, as is some residual sweetness. The beer ranks at 30 IBUs, but the hops subside to the darker malt flavors. Some diacetyl slickness mid to swallow.

Mouthfeel: Not as full as I would have expected--it's surprisingly easy to drink. Good thing, too, since I'm drinking this in the middle of July and it's about 85 degrees outside. Almost a tad on the watery side, but the beer comes across more as refreshing than weak.

Drinkability: I think it must be the roasty, black malt flavors that push the BJCP to classify this beer as a Robust Porter. However, in other regards, it's a lot lighter and smoother on the palate than other Robust Porters I've tried. It actually reminds me of a tasty Schwartzbeer I had recently. My overall impression is that it is heavy on the roasted flavors, a little light on the chocolate notes that I usually prefer in a porter, yet I'd still recommend it to friends. And better yet, I'd still seek it out. Porter is one of my favorite styles, so it'd be interesting to line this up against Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald, Bell's Porter, and Sierra Nevada's Porter to see where in that line it fits.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's porter time! On to the beer:

Pours dark brown to "light balck" into my glass. Sitting in it is an adventure unexplored. In the nose, there's some fruit, sweetness, and some smokiness. The flavor is not to be undone with its touch of chocolate, its own hickory smoke, and a long, appealing roasted finish on the tongue. This one went down the hatch very easy, which was a bit surprising for me.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass at a local bar and grill deschutes once again doesn't disappoint.

A- a dark black beer with a hint of amber when held to the light. left a finger of opaque foam

S- a touch smokey with a hint of chocolate. a pleasure to the nose for sure.

T- continuing with the smoke smell, the taste continued to please me a touch of chocolate to top it all off. a good beer for sure

M- was expecting a thicker beer then it actually is, still decent just not what i was expecting

D- lucky for me this is a local brewery and it's available all over up in the NW i could add this one to the fridge.

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$1.35 single
Liquid Solutions

Black Butte Porter pours a deep brown with faint mahogany highlights when held to the light. A one finger creamy tan head forms on the pour and stays put. Leaves drink lines after each sip. A very classy looking beer.

Toasted malts highlight the aroma. Hazelnut and cream layer nicely over the maltiness. Mild cocoa on the finish. Not much of a hop presence.

Very nicely layered flavor for this porter. Toasted malt starts things off in the flavor department. Cream and mild chocolate come up mid palate and slowly fade to a pleasant coffee ground bitterness on hte swallow. Mild hop bitterness on the swallow as well. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is this beers weak point. The body is just a little too light. It's not off by much and there is some creaminess on the swallow but it's just a little too thin.

The thin mouthfeel actually helps the drinkability. Not as big and filling as some other porters. Easy drinker.

A good solid porter from Deschutes that would be a common occurance in my fridge if it was available in this neck of the woods.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a six pack at the class six on Fort Lewis, Washington
A - a deep walnut brown with cola highlights and a small bone with head that clings and hangs on to the sides of the glass

S - Nutty coffee and chocolatey sweet scents greet my nostrils along with a slighty fruity berry scent. Vanilla and dark bready aromas blend with fine tobacco and spice accents round out the nose and give the dark ale a nice toasty quality.

M - a silky, nutty sweet medium bodied roasty feel with plenty of carbonation to give the malty ale depth

T - Chocolate and nutty caramel malts are spiced nicely with piney hops. A milky smooth coffee roasted flavor is coupled with a light chalky dryness of deep roasted malt and currants for good measure. Mellow and sweet with just enough nuttiness and a hint of overripe bananas and cinnamon. makes every repeated taste a welcome experience

D - A great example of an american porter- a malty, roasty, dark chocolate flavored beer with flavor to spare. Sweet and mellow, subtle but not dull. Easy to get caught up in the moment and the experience of a Black Butte.

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

Picked up a 6 pack from Bode's in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

From the 12 oz. bottle comes a dark, amber-brown pour, slightly opaque. A frothy, stagnant head sits atop, light tan in color and leaving excellent lacing. Chocolate malts reach the brain first via olfaction, while a well-balanced hoppiness follows. Roast nut, oak, and coffee beans also present.

Major malts present in the flavor, while dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and a doughy note are also entertained. It's quite tasty, if not a bit unbalanced on the malty side. Mouthfeel is the low point of this beer, it's a bit flat and watery, with not much of a kick, bitter or otherwise. Overall, though, this beer is a good one for its style and a beer I'll be looking for again.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my standbys here in the Northwest. It's easily found and usually a reasonable price. It's nice to find a sixer for about $6 every once and a while.

This porter pours a dark impenetrable brown, not much else in the way of color. Light brown/tan head wasn't huge but leaves a trace for a considerable while. Lacing is moderate.

I smell smoky, nearly burnt grain, a little coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste follows suit, smoke and coffee getting stronger but still taste a little chocolate. It reminds me a bit of good dark french roast. Hops break through right as I swallow, but give way again to a smoke aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel has a good solid medium body, almost medium-heavy. I've had too many thin bodied porters that ruined it for me. Good job on balancing the intense, bold flavor that keeps lasting in my mouth.

I have been drinking this beer for a while, and will continue. What a great porter! I consider myself a lucky guy in that this is my wife's favorite beer. I certainly don't mind keeping this around in the fridge. It's not a summer afternoon thirst quencher, but it hits the spot more often than not.

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Photo of Duster72
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger off white head. Aroma is big on chocolate with some roasty malts, carmel and coffee. Taste follows nose with a roasty bittersweet chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin and watery side but it's okay. Fine porter.

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Photo of SaltyLime
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bartender poured this one for me at a little bar in downtown Manitou Springs. This young 16 year old "prodigy" was playing some blues music like you wouldn't believe. This brew was perfect for a mellow sit back and relax evening.

Appearance - Typical porter dark brown with a nice tan head - like eye candy for me.

Smell - Light coffee, with a little roastiness. Maybe a little smoky flavoring deep in there.

Taste - Solid. Nice thickness, it was a mouthful of flavor. Good example of what a porter should taste like. Coffee, chocolate, malty.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a perfect medium body.

Drinkability - This was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/28/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep black colored pour. Creamy looking 1/2 inch off white head. Decent lace sheeting left behind.

Smell- Fairly deep roasted malt followed by a sharp chocolate flavor. Even a bit of coffee detected here.

Taste- Sweet, make that bittersweet chocolate. Maybe even a bit over the top. Roasted malt with a nice light smoky backing. Lightly hopped as well.

Mouthfeel- Semi-chewy and fairly creamy. Lowere carbonation level. Thicker than expected mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the top american porters out there. This is one of my regulars that I finally got around to rating. Another superb job from Deschutes.

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle from alohaC as part of the BA secret bunny 2007. thanks christian!

12oz bottle, best before 03/02/07.

pours deep brown, not quite opaque, with just a whisp of very fine off-white head.

aroma is nice. dark chocolate. roast. bit of alcohol. caramel. bready malt.

taste is great. roasty. bittersweet chocolate. bit of alcohol. caramel. nice biscuity malt. med-low bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium body. carbonation feels a touch high.

drinkability is good. this one is quite nice and i enjoyed it.

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Photo of alephilmac
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an imperial; deep, dark, with a medium-brown head.

S: Pleasant, chocolate, coffee, baked nose

T: A+, Chocolate again, with rich mocha flavor

M: Smooth, light carbonation, fills your mouth

D: Excellent beer, rich chocolate, very filling, a great desert beer

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown in color. Thick tan head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Sweet malts. Fresh baked bread.

T: Bitter roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate are followed by the sweetness of molasses and a soft pine hop presence. Astringent roasted malts are the highlight of this porter and are followed by a biscut like taste. Clean finish.

M: Silky smooth and creamy rich. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: An excellent porter! Very well balanced with a big roasted malt presence. I wish I had this readily available in my area as this would be a regular in my refrigerator.

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Photo of bringonthehops
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, for a porter. I know porters are supposed to be dark, but you can *barely* see through this black brew when held up to sunlight. Nice, thick, foamy head. Lacing left on top third of pint glass.

Smell: Has a nice roasted smell, somewhat reminiscent of an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Quite smooth. Roasted malts predominate, hints of anise and mollasses in the background. This is one of the better porters I've had (right up there with Samuel Smith's "Taddy Porter", Bell's Porter, Barley John's Porter, and Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s "Edmund Fitzgerald").

Mouthfeel: For all this brew has to offer, it's surprisingly light on the pallate -- medium bodied (light for a porter)

Drinkability: this is one of the most drinkable porters I've had. It's not too heavy like'll likely find yourself downing this about as fast as you would a Pale Ale...seriously.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The porter is quite dark, resembling a cola in its brown-black mixture. The head measured up around 1 finger but now is a thin off-white band with some isolated patches of lace.

S: The ale is strong on roasted, burnt malts that are coffee-like.

T: .Delicious burnt malts. Those were my first thoughts on taking a sip. The roasted malts really bring out a dry tartness that has chocolate and toast notes in it. As the initial burnt-ness subsides, some black licorice and coffee emerge.

M: The burnt profile is well-done, providing abundant flavor without overdoing the roasted malts.

D: I am very impressed with this porter, it has a bit of a sour/tart edge that a good porter needs and the thick body never lets down.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color, with some reddish tints on the edges. Tan head seems to stick nicely to the glass, and lasts for a while.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a few hops too. Also, a lot of alcohol.

Taste: Bitter-sweet malt flavor, with creamy coffee and chocolate. Hops seem to give it the bitterness. A bit of alcohol is present too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy; medium-bodied with subdued carbonation.

Drinkability: Enjoyable taste and all, but the alcohol flavor is too strong for a beer with such a relatively low ABV.

A nice and enjoyable porter. Affordable too. Not my favorite, but I'll probably get this again.

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Photo of beermolly
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an all around great tasting beer from start to finish. It pours out almost a black in color with a caramel color head. When you first take a drink it has a malt taste with a nice chocolate finish. The hops are just right not too much. It sometimes reminds me of eating an ice cream sandwich. The IBU’s: 30 and the alcohol by Vol.5.2%. It’s a wonderful beer you can drink all day. I like to think it’s the perfect breakfast or camping beer. I drink this beer everyday.

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

A great looking beer... very black, not much light passing and a tight, tan 1/2" head. Tons of bubbles stick to the glass.

Not much for a nose... a touch of chocolate, a bit of alcohol... some sweet malt, but really, not a lot of aroma.

Good toasty malt flavor... pretty decent mouthfeel, a touch watery, but not bad. A bit of a chalky finish.

chocolatey, sweet, roasty, bit of maple...

A pretty good porter. I'd have more.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark brownish-black with hints of red. Initially a thick cream-colored head, which disappears quickly. Some lacing. The smell is bland and mainly just of alcohol with some malt, but not strong. Initially it's bubbly and bitter with a strong alcohol taste, but the aftertaste and late-palate taste is strongly of roasted malts with just a hint of chocolate. Less of a body and taste than the Obsidian stout, to be sure, but similar in appearance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of orfeu
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 5/31/07. Murky dark chestnut with cola brown highlights and a crater-pocked sand-khaki head. Sturdily sour black patent malt aroma with earthy hops and mineral twang grabbing honorable mention. Immediately sourish, but then a startlingly ash-like roasted flavor kicks in, rounding off into a plum-like sweet/sour finish. The burnt earthiness mentioned above returns during the aftertaste to dry out the palate for a spell. Soured malts haunt the burps. Leafy-earthy hop notes. Superb lacing, clumpy webby and all. Full and satisfying mouthfeel; smooth, creamy, and substantial. Not the most outstanding porter to have crossed my lips, but certainly a worthy candidate for repeat consumption.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,357 ratings