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

A 12oz. brown bottle with a best by date and code of: 05/05/06 1154L. This one pours a very dark (nearly black) mahogany-brown with a tan bubbly head that's two-fingers thick. The head turns into a thin ring with some pretty sticky lacing.

Rich and roasty malt with some sweetness, notes of chocolate, toffee with a faint whiff of hops fills the nose, very inviting.

A healthy dose of sweet roasted malts tasting as it smells, with a good bittering in the finish and on to a nutty and roasty aftertaste the lingers quite nicely.

With a perfect carbonation too this medium bodied brew, the mouthfeel is smooth and cream like with some bitter aspects.

Very tasty Porter that's easy to recommend, if you like this style, you'll be pleased with this one

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Photo of Wasatch
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 16 Apr 15
Best By: 08/25/15

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty with some very nice toffee, chocolate notes. The taste is very nice malty, with a nice touch of toffee/chocolate. Medium body, with a very slight dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to see this here in UT.

A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus light tan head, with some nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, toffee, and caramel, slightly roasted.

T - The taste is sweet and toffee/caramel flavored.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. A very tasty brew from Deschutes. Deschutes is becoming a favorite of mine lately. Highly recommeded.

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

Pours a deep deep garnet with a very fluffy three-finger head reminiscient of Coke. Unlike Coke, this head doesn't disappear quickly. Aromas of dark chocolate and faint spicy hops. Roasted aroma very is there, but takes a backseat. No esters/phenols to speak of. Not too complex in the nose.

Taste: Rich chocolatey malt floods the palate, and is soon joined by a delicious espress-like roasted bitterness, a nice punch of herbal hop flavor, and then a pleasant hop bitterness. Everything but the chocolate fades into the finish. I am left with the impression that I just finished a bar of bittersweet dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body

Drinkability: Damn good dessert beer. A couple is enough for me, as it does not quite fall into the category of "thirst-quenching".

Outstanding porter from Deschutes. Glad I was able to wrest this bottle from my parents after they took a trip to the PNW.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland, OR on 06/15/06.

Deep dark brown in color with a decent tan head. Strong aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and some light espresso. Very strong flavor profile with the same roasted malt and chocolate characteristics. Almost had some alcohol notes to it. Medium bodied and robust with a light warming finish.

A Robust Porter for sure ... wish I would have brought some bottles back from OR for further "testing".

Per DB website:
Chocolate and crystal malts.
192 calories per 12 oz serving.
IBUs: 30
Alcohol Content: 5.2%

Bronze - Brown Porter Category - 2002 GABF
Bronze - Brown Porter Category - 1998 GABF
Gold - Brown Porter Category - 1996 GABF

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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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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,373 ratings