Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
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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 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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Photo of BillyB
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color.
Smells roasty,toasty, slightly coffe-ish and a bit salty.
Mouthfeel is smooth and very easy drinking.
Taste of roasted malts. Slightly chocolatey/caramel sweetness. Salty and smokey wood flavors.
Overall, a decent porter. Not the best beer from Deschutes but a nice session beer.

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Photo of spazaru
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say? It's like porter 101. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Very smooth; I can drink one in about 2 minutes. Pours with a thin head, and has a medium to thin body, and a slightly burnt taste, but nothing off-putting. Maybe people who are scared of dark beer should start with this one, since there's nothing to offend here.

Pretty decent, but with so many exceptional porters available, why bother?

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown proper for the style - almost black, but illuminating a clearish ruby in the light. A rocky, fluffy light coffee-cream tan head forms and leaves behind sticky lacing as it falls to a thin covering.

Smells of coffee and cinnamon dominate the nose - it's a sweet coffee smell, not bitter, with a slight astringent alcohol presence.

The taste begins with a mild alcohol as well, which is swept away soon after by a kind of burnt brown sugar, coca-bean-husk flavor - followed immediately by a vague plum-skin fruitiness, almost Belgian in nature. It's an interesting flavored porter.

The mouthfeel is a little watery (even for a porter), and has a bit of carbonation tang that enhances the slight bite of alcohol.

This is an interesting porter; It's got a bit more bite than most, kind of jerking your taste buds around; It's got a lot of character, but the unfortunate part is that I've been having a very hard time deciding if I like its character or not. Half the flavors are tasty, the other half are astringent and tangy.

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Photo of Jredner
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet chocoloate and malt aroma. Dark brown with amber highlights and a bubblly, thumb thick head. Roasty fore which transitions quickly to smooth chocolate and mild creamed coffee notes and finishes with a hint of molasses and maple syrup. Very tasty and full flavor wise.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, deep ruby brown with a fluffy tan head which fades away to a thin lace. It comes back pretty easily with a swirl, though. The smell is of strong malt and a little yeast with very little in the way of hops, just the way a porter should smell. The taste is really strong roasted coffee/chocolate. A tiny bit of fruitiness and lots of malt flavor. Very true to the style. Some bitterness on the back end, but not too much. Creamy mouthfeel, no carbonation burn, very nice. I'd have it with a nice steak or on special occasions. Would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of blitz134
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gracious gift from a friend of mine...

Caramel colored highlights creep around the edges of the black brew. An audible head formed on the pour reaching about 3/4" high and reduced to a ring of foam around the edge of this black pool.

Aroma is full and strong of toasted malts with clear indications of black patent in as well. A touch of sweetness and a bit of dark fruit finish it out. Not overly complex but very enticing.

I find the flavor a bit weak, but it really hangs around for a while. There is a lot of subtlty to this one. Starts out without much to note but then goes into some toasted notes. A little toffee comes in next followed by some bittersweet chocolate. Finish has the faintest bit of coffee. Not much of the burnt malt found the in aroma comes through in the taste. A good tasting beer, but could be a bit more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but is good enough to cause the beer to linger on the tongue long enough to allow the tastes to become noticable. Drinkability is good. This one is easy to put down, but could be a bit stronger in the flavor department. A nice, simple porter.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained via Newbie BIF '05, thanks Waldowin!

A very nice porter, a bit on the standard side, but that can be looked at as a strength rather than a weakness.

Pours a deep and murky brown, slightly reddish around the edges of the glass with a thin tan head. Nose is nicely balanced, nutty and chocolatey. Taste is well rounded, nutty with a toast of roast with a dry cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel slightly light, but still respectable. Drinkability is good, but nothing here that really gets me going, but still a well crafted beer.


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Photo of atomicbwax
2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - Very dark. A reddish hue when hend to the light. When poured properly into a glass a nice thick head forms.

Smell - Rich, smoky, nutty, chocolatey. The aroma is quite pleasant overall.

Taste - Smoky and chocolatey. I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of Porters and this one tastes like most and I am not too impressed.

Mouthfeel - Full and smooth bodied. It feels anice and thick in the mouth. I like that.

Drinkability - As I mentioned before I am not a big fan of Porters so I do not find this terribly drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle via trade with waldowin. Thanks for another excellent Deschutes brew here. The pour reveals a dark cherry accented, mahogany body. One finger, cocoa hued head hangs around for a minute, or two, before falling into some sparse patchy lace.
Pleasant aromas of a classic, American porter. Sweet chocolate, creamed coffee, toasty dark malts, and some perky, fruity hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium to light medium in body, with moderate carbonation.
Taste has an exceptional balance. Bittersweet chocolate, mild roasted Columbian coffee beans, fruity citrus hops(Cascades?) elevate the taste far above your typical American Porter. Roasty malt bitterness is present in a restrained, but ideal, level.
Surprising drinkability for style. Hops add an unexpected dimension to Black Butte, providing a really pleasant fresh fruity bittersweet character that weds happily with the dark roasty maltiness. Very easy to enjoy, and smooth on the palate.

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

a very solid porter from the good looking deep ruby body to the subtle yet mouth watering malty nose. its balanced and does everything right, sweet and chocolatey, a slight hop bite that gives you that nice refreshing character and it isnt filling. a good session porter. smooth in the mouth, its pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my standard beers so impartiality is kind of lost on me, but a solid porter nonetheless.
Appearance was opaque very dark brown.
Aroma of chocolate with faint hops aroma, slightly malty with a hint of smoke.
The flavor of chocolate did not quite stand up to the expectation generated by the aroma, but was present in a subdued manner. Tastes more like coffee in the "roasty" sense and the coffee flavor lingered into the aftertaste with a bit of hops showing through there as well.
The mouthfeel was that of a low carbonated beer with no noticeable alcoholic warmth. Medium body meant this was not watery and not thin.
Overall I think this is a good example of the modern american porter and a great drink.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a deep brown that let a little red light through when I held it up to a lamp. The light tan head rose up to two fingers and settled at an average rate. It was dense and a thin layer of foam linger on top of the brew for a long time. There was some light lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, cream, and a combination of sweet and roasted malts made up the bulk of the aroma. More of a rich and creamy smelling porter than heavily roasted and burnt. Some hops and light spices came through nicely as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy smooth upfront, with a velvety carbonation forming on the back of the tongue and in the throat.

Taste: Cream, sweet chocolate, and sweet malts combined almost perfectly with dark roasted malt, a light charred flavor, and a touch of coffee. These developed nicely into the finish, where they were joined by a balancing hops bitterness. There wasn't a distinct flavor to the hops. A nice woody flavor and a touch of yeast arose in the aftertaste to mingle with the rest of the flavors.

This was one great beer. The flavor is classic porter.

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

A well done porter. This is much nicer than Fire Station 5's Pike Pole. Good, malty-chocolate smell with some pleasant sour undertones. Not as roasted, or coffee-ish as their Obsidian stout, but the scents lacks anything negative and does not seem to come off as one sided.

The taste is in line with other American stouts I've had. Its not quite as malty as a Fuller's London Porter and can seem a bit thin on the mouth at times, but it is sweet without being too sweet. The malts aren't overpowered by the chocolate and coffee hints, nor do the malts dominate.

This is a well done porter, but sadly is not one I can get easily.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, it was a very dark brown, almost black, in color, with very little foam, tan foam. The smell of roasted malts fill my nose with a pleasant aroma. The flavor was of roasted malts and a hint of simi-sweet chocolate on the palate. This is a well balance ale, mixing malts and chocolate that was not bitter or over sweet.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to waldowin for the sample. Pretty standard looking porter. Deep, dark brown. Aroma is quite evident right off the bat-nice roasted and chocolate notes though low in abundance. Good malt flavor. Roasted malt dominates with a fair hint of chocolate,slight coffeish flavor. Lingering bittersweet cocoa. Ok body-could stand to kick it up just slightly to be a tad fuller. Overall a very nice porter. Wish there was a more consistant one like this available locally. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Smorgasbord
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eyes: Beautifully dark with a light head which dissipated rather quickly, but looked quite nice while it lasted.

Nose: Light roast with minor hint of coffee or cacao.

Mouth: Full flavored with a well balanced hops taste. Very smooth that verges on being too thin but ends up leaving you with a well balanced feeling. The mouthfeel fades more quickly than I'd like but still leaves a delicious lingering aftertaste.

Brain: A highly recommended brew, especially if you like Porter. Definitely makes me come back for more and resent any friends who have sipped some while I wasn't looking. This could easily be a session beer for me.

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

Appearance - Pours to a deep, thick red-brown with a tan creamy head with superb retention throughout and little lacing.

Smell - Smells of chocolate, oatmeal, molasses.

Taste - Well rounded, well roasted malts. Has mild hops that appear and disappear mid-sip with a long malt finish.

Mouthfeel - This had a mouthfeel I would really compare to draught root beer, which I found interesting. Feel somewhat draughty for a bottled beer,

Drinkability - I think this is slightly above average for drinkability. This is a good beer, but the least interesting of the several excellent offerings the Deschutes Brewery has.

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

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights thru out with a thin off white head that disapears into nothing quite fast,I noticed a few chunks swirling around in there as well.Aroma is nutty and unsweetened chocolate mainly not over the top sweet by any means,has a nice smooth mouthfeel this glides down very easily to say the least.Flavors start out somewhat sweet bitter chocolate and caramel with an underlying roasted coffee presence but finish very earthy and dry like an unroasted raw peanut flavor.A very solid beer this one is a classic in the northwest and I can see why,very solid.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intensely smooth and rich taste. Anise and licorice and alcohol aroma. Black as molasses and some of its taste. Excellent with my meal. Toast, well balanced, without being very sweet nor coffee nor overly bitter. Well carbonated. Bit of sourness mid-sip.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a full color label. tan with a black oval containing a mountain (black butte) with a sun setting above a forest and a river in the valley below. deschutes describes their porter on the neck label, and there is a description of the black butte mountain on the main label. abv is displayed at 5.2% and there is a best by date: 10/15/05. hops are engraved in the glass at the base of the neck of the bottle.

appearance: very dark brown with deep red-brown highlights in a tulip glass. nice 2 finger somewhat fluffy light tan head that hangs around lacing down the glass.

smell: very chocolatey sweet with a light hops aroma. some roasted coffee beans as well. some bananas after swirling.

taste: charcoal roasted coffee with some chocolate. very little bitterness, but there are some hop flavors that show up in the finish. there's just a hint of southern molasses over a biscuit which i look for in a porter. very mild, however. very malty, but finishes somewhat balanced with the late hop character. aftertaste is a semi-sweet dark chocolate.

mouthfeel: light-medium body and a little light for my likes in a porter. however, the smoothness makes up for it. little noticible carbonation. swallow clunks a little given the lighter body.

drinkability: very drinkable. could easily be a session porter. no noticible alcohol flavor and an almost crispness makes this easy to go down. aftertaste keeps you craving the next sip.

overall: not a bad porter at all. definitely a session porter with a lotta potential. i have to thank waldowin for hookin' me up with this one. a very good try, but may leave you yearning for a little bit more.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,318 ratings