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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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Reviews: 1,525 | Ratings: 5,923
Photo of natasharai
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with 1 finger of smooth tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over a few minutes leaving some lacing. The beer is a dark reddish brown color when help up to the light.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate coffee, sweet malt. On the lighter side.

Taste: Starts out with a sweet malt, then a small hop presence, moving to a roasted coffee chocolate flavor, becoming more sweet with a plum note, and finishing off with roasted marshmallow.

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, slightly creamy, good amount of carbonation, leaves mouth sweet.

Overall: Very drinkable, the flavors are smoothly blended together. Not too filling, a great go to porter, if only it was more accessible to me.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to breity for this extra toss-in in a recent trade!

Pours a deep dirty black with a good-sized tan head on top. Retention is fair. Leaves decent enough lacing rings. They're there, but not that sticky. Smells of milk chocolate that is heavily roasted. Great slight burnt edge on the nose.

This is not over the top on flavor, but it's good no-less. I can sense the roastiness in the mouth, but it is muted a bit. Some crisp dark chocolate flavor, finishes with a creamy milkiness. Well done. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. Decent carbonation. Excellent drinkability. This is one of the best porters I've had the pleasure to enjoy. I could have a few of these for sure. Not too heavy, not too thin. Perfect.

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Photo of mtrentm
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A very deep dark brown color with a one-finger mocha colored head that seems to stay around.

S: Starts off with a sweet malty nose. Moves on to toasted notes of roasted malts with a slight hop finish.

T: Roasted malts, toasted flavors with chocolate & coffee in the background. HAs a kind of burnt sugar taste & slight warming finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth & creamy mouthfeel.

D: One of the best porters available in a 6-pack & is very easily found.

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Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Best by date is listed as 4/9/09. Comes in at 5.2%.

A-Pours a dark brown with some red hue. Has a one finger light tan head that dissolves into a clump that clings to the right side of the glass.

S-Sweet malt when the bottle is first opened. Pick up roast malt and sweet chocolate.

T-Roasted malt and sweet chocolate are predominant. Coffee taste is on the back of the palate. Also picking up some peppery notes on my tongue.

M-Creamy, medium bodied, and comfortable carbonation. Doesn't dry out the tongue.

D-Great Porter. Low abv and it does not fill you up.

I am a big fan of this beer. It is often one of my go to beers at get togethers because a sixer can last the night and you won't be groggy the next morning.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Freshness date on label. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors for $1.49.

A: Dark brown/black with rocky beige head with excellent retention and plenty of lace.

S: Delicious chocolate and cappucino aromas mix with light licorice and raisin with some floral hops.

T: Good flavor but more mellow than I expected. Plenty of sweet chocolate malt and coffee flavors, but the bitter hops contribution is much less than you'd imagine from the aroma.

M: Very smooth and creamy - no thinness here. Carbonation is low and the aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate.

D: An exceptional porter. I like Smuttynose Robust Porter a little better but this is great beer.

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Photo of Troyone
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a hint of an amber hue and minimal tan head.

Roasted maybe burnt malt aroma with a coffee and chocolate smell.

Dark roasted malt taste with coffee and a hint of chocolate, buttery background, and has pine and a hint of lime/grapefruit as the hop flavors.

Full bodied, resinous, buttery, bready, with a soft crisp carbonation.

A good craft session Porter that has been in my mix for awhile.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great porter!

It pours with a rich, full two fingers of tan head that leaves some really nice lacing. The beer itself is dark brown with some ruby highlights.

Nose is rich, roasty, toasty, malty and just slightly smokey.

Taste is well balanced and the roasted malts, sweetness and bitterness are altogether fine. Body is medium to full and is supported by some good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and has a high degree of drinkability. Probably my all-time favorite porter, no $hit!


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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack, quite a while ago from Liquor Depot in Rock Springs, WY, around $8.

A: dark brown, almost black, cream colored head about half an inch thick, great retention. nice red accents when held to the light.

S: Coffee, burnt malts, slight chocolate and a hint of citrus hops, but they're way back in the mix. Slight smokiness as well. Faint hint of something that reminds me of milk too.

T: Big coffee and chocolate roastiness, with a hint of bitter burnt malt, lots of milk chocolate, light bitter kick in the end. All around tasty, hops hit at the end, and are a little more piney than the nose would suggest. Somewhat sweet. Excellent beer, very good.

M: Not too thick, but not too thin. Spot on for the style, nice carbonation. Dry, but not exceedingly dry. Excellent.

D: One of my favorite, if not my favorite porter. I could drink this all night, very easily. Great flavors, mild alcohol. Awesome beer. This is the first "craft" beer that I ever had. And its still amazing after all the beers I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pizza Outback in Taos, NM, and I was pumped that it was available since it isn't where I live. I also found a sixer in a nearby store so I took that home with me. The beer is just outstanding. Its black until held to the light, which can permeate it slightly. The smell and taste is heavy roasted malts. Lots of chocolate, almost more milk chocolate than dark. The mouth is smooth and creamy and the drinkability could only be improved by better availability in my area.
I like SN Porter and Anchor Porter very much, but this one takes the cake. It is amazing and I recommend it heavily.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Nice and dark black with ruby edges. Tan head holds a thin cover and lace fingers.

S) Lightly charred grain and a west coast citric hop edge.

T) Nice combination of roast and "coast". The overall profile is very clean, almost mild in flavor, but all the flavor is right on target. Slight milky finish.

M) Heavy carbonation is supported by the medium body, a silky texture.

D) I don't like porters, but I can drink this and be happy. I can see getting this again, which is really high praise.

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Photo of BrutalBeerFan
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark brown with a hint of amber. Slight tan head fades quickly to thin lace.

S- A strait forward toasted malt aroma with a hint of smoke.

T- Good roasted flavor, moderate carbonation dances on the tongue. Tobacco lingers.

M- Smooth early with a moderate body.

D- Excellent for the style. Could use a bit more hops?

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Photo of washburnkid
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is, hands down, my favorite anytime porter. Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries, and the fact that their porter rocks the house gives them extra brownie points!

Three fingers of heavy, creamy tan head; the beer itself is dark black/brown with some read hues in the light. Lace sticks around, which is mandatory in my porters. Smells of chocolate malts. Flavors include chocolate malts, coffee and oatmeal, with the coffee lingering heavily (and enjoyably) on the palate. Balanced hops, malts and carbonation. The brew is a tad light in body, but the flavors/aromas/even appearance easily make up for it.

Always buy this one in a six pack!

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first things first, deschutes puts out some very appealing, simple labels that really draw you in. (also: purchase before date clearly printed on label, a feature that should be common, but isn't.)

a dark brown, kind of mysterious pour. lots of roasted malts, a little sweet caramel, and faint hops on nose... a full aroma for sure, and avoids cola-like smell of many porters.

malts are more burnt in taste, and finish is coffee. could not possibly be more perfectly balanced by bittering hops. very smooth, healthy carbonation, and medium-bodied.

full aroma and taste, easy drinking... not much more you can ask for. if i had to drink five beers for the rest of my life, this would be one of them.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with toffee highlights. A creamy light tan head forms, about 2 fingers. This falls into a thin cap within minutes. A slight lace on the glass while drinking.
Aroma is roasted and malty with a very light biscuit note. Taste is smooth medium malt body with a roasted bitterness at the end. A hint of chocolate, very subdued. Leaves a slight dryness in the mouth.
Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of bum732
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown red with a nice head that dissipates leaving a nice lacing all around. Smells of floral hops, roasty coffee, some chocolate, some dark fruits, absolutely heavenly. Tastes of sweet coffee followed by a nice mellow roasty profile throughout. Finishes with a nice roasty note. Great carbonation for a porter.

A great beer, one of my favorite porters. i love the hop choice in this beer, melds perfectly with the roasty malt. Highly recommend.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark, dark brown brew with a light tan head that left a ring of lacing around the glass after each step. A interesting bouquet of raisins, sweetbread and some lingering hops in the background. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. A light espresso flavor highlights the dark roasted malty nature. A small amount of spice enters the hop flavors toward the end and finishes smooth. This beer is well balanced, drinkable, and very tasty. To me, this beer embodies what porters are all about.

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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured with about an inch of dark khaki colored head that left solid, sticky lacing. A black beer that is just barely translucent when held up to the light. Deep, rich roasty aromas with just a hint of coffee in the nose. This beer smells Goood! The taste expands upon the aroma, with that hint of coffee being well balanced by the rest of the malt. As you would expect, this is a full bodied, well rounded brew. This beer has the utmost drinkability, one could (and I have) spend hours at your local watering hole enjoying this toasted delight. A very good brew, as with most of Deschutes mainline products, a well made beer for a fair price. This brewery may be the best at matching quality with value.

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Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to hopsleeroy as an awesome extra in a trade. Poured this one up in my Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice dark brown, pretty much black. The brown stays pretty dark from top to bottom. When held to light, just lighter shades of brown come out at the extreme top and bottom. A light head, tan in color, comes up slowly after the pour. The head really doesn't have any retention. This is a bit lame, but I will survive. Still a really good looking porter, especially for the color.

S: This beer has some really nice aromas coming out. Really nice, moderately roasted malts. There is a really nice chocolate and roasted coffee aroma coming out. There is also hint of some caramel and milky goodness. A bit of hops tries to push its way out, but all the good malt flavors really keep that from happening.

T: Taste just about mirrors the nose. Really nice milk chocolate flavor is first and foremost. A really nice, espresso coffee flavor comes out. A nice lactose quality is there as well. The malts are nicely roasted with just a touch of bitterness. There is also a peanut and hazelnut flavor. A slight pine hop in there that adds a nice flavor to all this. This doesn't sound very complex, but it is damned tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew that is somewhat thin for the style. It just has a watery sensation. This is a negative, but it still maintains a somewhat creamy texture. Carbonation is bit crisp, with a touch of tingle. ABV is light and nice for a really easy drinking porter. Aftertaste is mostly of some really nice malt flavors.

D: Very drinkable and very nice. This beer is easy drinking with som great flavors and aromas. Its not the most complex beer, but the flavors are excellent. I really wish this was local because a sixer would be in my fridge as we speak. Solid porter and solid beer.

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Photo of ahpark
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, creating a one finger head that left a nice, creamy looking lacing, almost like that of a root beer float. Initially it looked to be a dark opaque black, but it's actually more of a dark amber brown with little light shining through.

S - Strong smell of dark chocolate and espresso, with hints of fresh oak. There's a slightly fruity scent on the back end that's reminiscent of bananas, but it complements the rest of the scents very very well.

T - Very bold chocolate coffee flavor with a strong secondary taste of hazelnuts and walnuts. Finishes off with a sweet aftertaste of the aformentioned "bananas", something akin to bananas in chocolate pudding. Subtle hint of hops, but nothing that overpowers the overarching taste.

M - A bit thinner than I thought, but still creamy and very smooth. I would've liked the carbonation to be a little weaker, as it doesn't do much to complement the overall flavor.

D - Goes down very smooth, and barely has a hint of bitterness going down. I could definitely see myself recommending this as a gateway brew.

Overall, one of the more refreshing dark beers I've had. Absolutely perfect if you're looking for a beer that doesn't sacrifice flavor for complexity for drinkability.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Bubba83 for a bottle of this in a recent trade.

Pours what looks like a dark brown at first but holding it up to the light reveals a deep clear garnet color. 2 fingers of foamy mocha head sit on top, settling into a fizzy yet smooth retention that leaves a sticky latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an assertive mix of roasted malts and chocolate with lesser but still prominent notes of coffee, nuts, and citrus, all wrapped up in a floral smelling shell. This is very nice.

The taste is a thick chocolate sweetness with a toasty edge to it and some additional notes of roasted coffee, citrus tang, and a firm hop bitterness towards the back that exerts itself in the finish with a dry lingering feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a prickly carbonation but still overall smooth feel in the mouth.

This stuff is just a classic from Deschutes. Flavorful Porter character packed in an easy drinking body that goes down very smooth and the ABV is right where I like it for the style. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium clear black color porter with large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and light dry coffee notes are very pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some bitter black chocolate notes with some light fry coffee and a subtle roasted malt bitter finish. Body is a bit too thin with some great carbonation. Very well done and something that IU would probably buy again if I had access to it.

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Photo of katan
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours an almost completely opaque black color - where light does get through is a bit of a red hue. Head formation was strong, up to 3mm - stronger than other porters I've had. Color is brown/mocha. Head reduces down to a a film.

S - Very chocolately. Very roasted. A balance of the two. Very appealing. A light yeast smell in the background.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness that grows into a chocolate and roasted barley edge. Bitterness is somewhat muted - but present. Finishes with a flourish of bittersweet chocolate - very bittersweet. Aftertaste leaves behind a bitter edge.

M - Lighter in body than other porters I've had - below my expectations. Carbonation bite is present. Some film is left on the tongue.

D - Easy to drink - as I drink this I don't feel the higher carbonation for the style is affecting my ability to drink it. ABV is very manageable. Flavors are very in balance and not overly assertive, so that works as well.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours dark brown with big (roughly 2 fingers), foamy, off-white head. As head slowly dissipates, it leaves a blanket of lace along the walls of the glass. Dark reddish-brown shades can be seen in the body of the beer, especially when held to light. Looks quite nice for a porter.

Smell: Roasted and chocolate malt, nuts, buttered popcorn, and a touch of pine. Not mind-blowing, but even-keeled and once again, nice.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts, along with a good deal of spice, greet the palate initially. Pine and herbal hop notes follow. Also detecting some nuttiness throughout. Very balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: The thing that definitely stands out here is the spiciness. With that said, I can't determine whether the extra spice is a good or a bad thing... kind of nice I guess. Carbonation is a bit higher than I'd like. Nice milky consistency. Good mouth coating. Some chewiness. Once again, pretty well done.

Drinkability: True to it's style and very, very good. Hits the spot in almost any situation. Cork N' Bottle sells sixers of Black Butte for $6 - fucking awesome! Needless to say, we hit up Cork N' Bottle all the time. This is by far the most drinkable porter out there, and maybe the best all-around porter out there.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and large tan head with good retention. A tiny bit of lacing.
Roasted malt, chocolate and a little earthy hops. Not a ton of aroma but gets better as it warms.
Similar to aroma, starts with roasted malts and finishes with the bit of dark chocolate that lingers on the sides of your tongue for quite awhile.
A medium-full bodied beer that has a creamy almost chewy texture. Soft fizzy carbonation.
This is a very smooth beer. Not a lot of complexity but really well balanced.
NOTES: BBCSD-0901-Mike

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Photo of mikedashg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not a major review here. Long story, but I was on my way to a tail gate party from being out of town with no time to stop anywhere good (like my house) for good beer. On top of which I drank these from the bottle. But I found a gas station that had pretty good selection of crafts brews! I picked this one up because it's hard to go bad with a porter since I like them so much. I let some non beer snobs try it and they LOVED it. They were all over it.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee and malt. Very little hop bitterness, but it's there.

Mouthful is very light with low carbonation.

Drinkability is really great on this one. Nice session beer. Drank 4 of them at the party. But by the 4th one it was a little tiresome. Not enough body to keep it going. But the first 2 were amazing.

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Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
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