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 malthead
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark color, but the head falls quickly - doesn't really do much for me. Smells of roasted coffee, which I'm not a huge fan of... (I tend to prefer English Porters to American) I like the taste, though, not too astringent, but with a nice lightly burnt feeling that leads to good drinkability. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but works well with the flavor of this beer, and it has a nice light carbonation on the tongue.
Overall, I wasn't exactly thrilled with this, but still a very nice little porter.

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Photo of Gavage
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black in color with a 3" thick tan head that lasts a long time. Very thick lacing coats the glass through the duration of the pint.

Smell: loads of roasted malts and chocolate tons are easily detected by the nose.

Taste: a superbly flavorful and very fresh porter I have here. Strong roasted malt, molasses, espresso, and dark chocolate are well balanced. Little bitterness.

Mouhtfeel: medium bodied like a porter should be. Light crispness at the start, while the finish is very smooth. The aftertaste is brief with the roasted and dark chocolate flavors.

Drinkability: exceptional is the only way to describe this. I wish I could get this on the east coast. A fresh pint on tap doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an opaque black, with a thick tan head, and medium lacing throughout drink. Aroma of nuts, chocaolate and toffee. Taste at early glass mostly of chocolate and malt, but alcohol starts slipping into the taste at mid-bottle. Nice, smooth finish. Very good porter.

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Photo of veech
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't say enough about this beer. I drink the hell out of it when I'm out west. It is absolutely oustanding. It is, in my humble opinion, one of the top five porters that I've ever tried. I hope to get to visit the brewery someday just so I can laud praise on the purveyors of such a heavenly elixir. If it were available locally I might be an out and out sot. As it stands I'm just a sot. If you ever have the chance to sample, purchase or come into contact with this beer please do so, you will be very glad you did.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap pour at the Mountain Room of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR (free samples given prior to the brewery tour!). Had to drink it from a plastic cup so that we could go on the tour.

A: Very dark - almost black. One finger foamy ivory head with nice lacing (even in the plastic cup!)

S: Strong chocolate malt and roasted coffee bean smells. Rich and inviting.

T: Equally as rich as the smell - chocolate, coffee, malt, a hint of nuts, almost no hops. Pleasant bitterness.

M: Full flavors with medium body and carbonation. Lingering semisweet bitterness and maybe even a hint of alcohol warming (tho only 5.5% abv, I may be sensing something else?).

D: A well-crafted, well-balanced beer. Not heavy, very drinkable. Easy to have more than one. Good for all seasons, too.

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Photo of variousartists
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark head with excellent retention, a very inviting appearance. Chocolate aroma is apparent but not overwhelming, just right. Hoppiest porter I've ever smelled, very good. A very well balanced beer, chocolatey yet it doesn't hide the hops. Even better on tap. Heavy, nearly syrup-like feel. Could use slightly more carbonation, feels a little flat. I enjoy this beer more every time I drink one, definitely the best porter out there. Highly recommend!

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Photo of tcayiajr
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a real good example of a great beer offered for a reasonable price. When I lived in Juneau, Alaska I used to buy this beer for about 11.99 a 12 pack. I would have easily paid about fifteen to eighteen dollars a 12 pack. My favorite time to drink this beer would be after a hard day of work on a night when I really didn't want to get wasted but still have a few beers to kick back and relax with. The Black Butte Porter doesn't have the initial acidic taste that most porters have. It's very smooth and filling, but doesn't have the side effects that a lot of the lousy porters I've had in this country. If you live in the Northwest then you should consider yourself lucky to be able to ingest in this great and affordable beer.

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

A nice porter. Pours deep mahogany with a well-proportioned tan head. The aroma isn’t that strong, but is roasty with some chocolate and caramel notes. A flavor of toasted nuts, is very well balanced by some semi-sweet chocolate and light earthy hops. The finish reminds one of mocha coffee emitting a charred oak aftertaste. This is pretty tasty.

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

I'm surprised by the other color descriptions as the one I poured was an inky black with a white/tan head. Head was active and bubbly.
Rich cocoa/malt aroma.
Delicious roated malty taste with an excellent, subtle hint of chocolate.
Softer feel than the appearence and initial taste would suggest, nice aftertaste.
Slightly less impressive as you get towards the bottom of the glass, not sure why, the flavor seemed to fade somewhat.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium-dark brown, cola colored body and thin rim of tan head. Smells mellow, a bit sweet, very Maris Otter-ish. Body is a bit thin, but it's full-tasting; a caramel sweetness comes through along with a slight toasty bite. Prominent fizziness combines with the thin body to give it a nice clean palate; bitterness is not too prominent. One bottle doesn't put you on your ass, but it's not exactly a session beer either.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a thick, creamy, dark chestnut colored head that held forever. Opaque cola colored beer has a ruby hue around the bottom edges where streams of tiny bubbles release. Looking good so far. Roasted and charred malts in the aroma with a bit of soft marshmallow thrown in. The dark malts continue into the flavor with a bit cocoa thrown in. There are some hops in there that I can't put my finger on. I want to say it's a mint flavor, but that doens't make much sense. Maybe pine? Anyway, time to move on. It's a moderately dry beer that still manages to be rich in flavor. This is the 5th beer in the 6 pack, and I must say I'm becoming even more enamored. I was expecting a decent, but fairly bland beer. Boy was I wrong. Amazingly solid and addictive. Too bad I can't get it in NY:-(

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

Dark, dark brown, as you'd expect from a porter. Decent off-white head fading but taking it's time.

Aroma is burnt coffee, chocolate, carmelized sugar, and a bit of hops.

Wow, this is good. One of the better porters I've sampled. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. A great after dinner brew. Deschutes cranks out some very good beer, and I feel this is their best offering.

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Photo of rowew
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown with just a bit of red around the edges when held to the light. Medium sized head leaves good lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and milk chocolate, and just a bit of roasted aroma. A bit of lactose sugar sweetness in there.

Taste: Very balanced - not too much roasted, not too much sweet. Highly drinkable.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced porter. This one is a good combination of sweet flavors and roasted, without being overpowering in either direction.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, dark brown, light barely sneeks through when held to the sky. Frothy, beautiful head, tightly laced, leaves spiderweb like lacing. Very inviting.

Everything you would expect from a top tier porter, some burnt qualities, chocolate, woody, all mended together perfectly. Enough bitterness to keep it all in check. Mouthfeel is rich but not overbearing by any stretch. Pretty zippy in the carbonation department, holding my lips to the beer it pops a bit and later sizzles on the palate, not in a bad way at all. 5.5%abv is soooo nice when you consider what a large tasting beer it truly is.

One of the finest porters I've had to date. In my opinion its a top 5 porter, not quite Samuel Smiths but then again who is.

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Photo of beckerboots
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a name like Black Butte Porter you would think it would give you a connotation of something very robust and hearty. It was lacking in this respect, however a very good rendition of an American Porter. Poured to a very opaque brown with ample head and lacing. Roasted chocolate malts were quite apparent to the nose. Quite thin, almost watery. Needs a tad more kick in the taste department. Other BA's have mentioned that this beer would be an acceptable alternative to coffee after a meal. I concur 100%. It has that wind down appeal to it.

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

This beer pours a very dark brown. It has a thick creamy tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a sweet caramel aroma. It has a chocolate aroma. I can also smell just a hint of vanilla.

This beer tastes quite sweet. It is malty. It tastes of chocolate. It has a slight vanilla flavor also. It has a slight crisp malt flavor.

This beer is surprizingly smooth. It leaves a roasted malt aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, so that is not going to be a problem. Also, it tastes great. I will definately have this again.

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

A sampler at BevMo poured into a plastic cup. :-(
Poured a beautiful deep black with a nice cream colored head.
Aroma of sweet malts and smoke with only a little of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is rich and buttery....good carbonation.
Tastes a lot like it smells with sweet toasted malts, a little coffee and a slight smokey flavor with only a bit of hops bite.
Finishes with a dry smoke taste that lingers only briefly then melts to sweet malts and coffee.
A wonderfully flavorful American Porter. Really pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 05/19/06

Pours midnight black with a 2 fingers+ tan head that drops off pronto. No lacing or head retention

Smell: toasted malt, chocolate & frutiness

Taste: Roasty malt, chocolate, fruitiness, with some oaky notes. Very dry finish

MF: Undercarbonated, but other than that great balance

D: Very drinkable, but a little Co2 & malt heft was needed to push this up the charts

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Photo of loren01
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color with small tan/white head, very minimal lacing.
S: Smell is of chocolate with some coffee and smoky scents as well.
T: Taste is chocolatey up front with a slightly sweet malty aftertaste. Very slight smoky taste.
M: Mouthfeel is very nice, beer goes down very easily.
D: Overall this is a very drinkable porter. Probably not my favorite beer from Deschutes but a very nice beer nevertheless.

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

Pours a nice dark mohagany color with a nice big tan head with good retention and nice lacings. Drank at close to room temp.

Aroma is malty with roasted and chocolate grains. Smells fairly sweet with very subdued earthy hop aroma.

Light creamy body with a smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Taste is roasted grain, chocolate, with a good amount of sweet maltyness and a bit of apple tartness. Taste may be a bit overly roasty. Dry and slightly bitter aftertaste leaves a nice lasting flavor but could be a bit too much for some.

Incredibly drinkable porter. I could enjoy one of these anytime.

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Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep brown colored beer with ruby highlights and a thick tan head.

Smell is chocolate and fruity in the first sniff. Lots of chocolate and lesser amounts of coffee and roasted malt. There is a pleasant juicy fruit aroma to this one that is really appealing. Slight aroma of smoke.

Taste is chocolate and fruity in the very beginning. Semi sweet the chocolate keeps getting stronger and is joined by a wonderful fruity flavor very similar to an English ale. Coffee flavors and roasted flavors are subdued in this one. Mild bitterness comes through in the finish after a while but this just isn't a very hoppy beer at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is one hell of an easy drinking porter to say the least. Mild yet flavorful this is probably one of the few porters I would recommend to lure a hard core macro-brew drinker in to the world of craft beer. Porter isn't my favorite style but this is one hell of a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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

Presentation: Sampled at Limericks in Belmont Shores / Naples during a weekly Thursday get together with the LongBeachHopHeads. A Guest Beer of sorts it proudly took up one of the handful of Taps. Never seen this one on draft before in CA, so I reckoned it was well worth a try.

Appearance: Bark black body with some mahogany when backlit. Medium brown tan head, darker than most, was nicely topped off at one finger thick, creamy and thick in nature. Excellent lacing and very nice overall presentation.

Nose: Toasted malts and roasted grain have you wondering and examining hard as to which one dominates, it was dead heat for me, so I call its prime character “ro-to-asty”. A little sweet with a hint of crisp hops too.

Taste: Akin to the initial floor plan laid out by the nose. A mixture of roasted grains and toasted malts, sweet malts and a crisp hop line that breaks across the malts to lend a nice Dry feel to this Stout. Bitterness in the finish. Exceptionally well balanced and very clean.

Mouthfeel: Old school feel. Probably the least appealing aspect of this one, or rather maybe it was the part of the fabric that could not keep up with the others. Even so, the feel was good enough to lend a very solid scaffolding to the overall experience.

Drinkability: Fares extremely well on Tap, the balances of tastes, smooth profile and soft conditioning blend well. A Sessionable libation to say the least.

Overall: A fantastic surprise to get such a great brew when I least expected it; it really was a great way to end the night, a very tasty and immensely flavorful yet smooth and quaffable offering. So much so that the 1 pint turned into 3 and a missed last Bus. Very drinkable and well worth the walk home!!

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Photo of atigerlife
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap.

Poured a dark black with a tinge of brown. A thick mocha head. Aroma is of roasted malts with some sweetness.

Taste is a delicious coffee with sweet chocolate. Some molasses in the background and toasted malts. Very impressive. The mouthfeel was quite light. A little too thin for my liking, but not bad.

Overall, a wonderful beer that I have had many times and will certainly have again. A beer that you can sit around and drink slowly...a beer to be enjoyed comfortably, not rushed.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap it arrived with a tan head nearly two fingers thick, decent retention. Color is a very dark black. Strong notes of coffee, licorice, and raspberry/cherry fruit from the aroma. Tastes like dry toasted coffee initially, then again mixed with a sweet flavor of dark/berry fruit, and perhaps licorice. Finish is not very bitter. Alcohol is not strong. Fairly thick feeling on the palate, carbonation is right for a porter. A sweeter tasting porter then some, I found it very drinkable and could have a few of these.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was in the cooler at a local watering hole. Poured from a bottle, served in a pint tumbler.

Pours a very dark brown/black, and is opaque. It appears mildly carbonated. One finger of rich tan colored head dissipates quickly, and produces minimal lacing.

The smell is fairly strong smoky and has a slightly fruity and sweet aroma like caramel, coffee, and spices.

The taste is slightly bitter, and smoky like roasted or charred grain. Also has a bit of a coffee flavor, and a spicy finish. There are both malt and hop flavors to the beer, and the flavors are well balanced, and the spice flavors add to the complexity of the taste.

Mouth feel is thick, perhaps a little heavy, but not bad.

This is a very drinkable beer, full-bodied and mildly carbonated, with good taste and aroma. It’s not a great porter, but certainly adequate, and reasonably priced in grocery store 6-packs.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,288 ratings