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Black Butte Porter | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.18/5
Exceptional
6,206 Ratings
Black Butte PorterBlack Butte Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,196
Reviews:
1,589
Ratings:
6,206
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.67
 
 
Wants:
499
Gots:
1,626
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 6,206 |  Reviews: 1,589
Photo of Lampro
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit watery/lighter than expected. Not bad, but not something to go hunting for either.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ale_addin
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Rivermont Pizza, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and an opaque consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little coffee.

T: Tasted of a little bit of chocolate / cocoa (not nearly enough), light coffee notes, a lot of roasted malt, light hops (mostly in the finish), and slight nutty quality. The problem here is that all of the ingredients seem not to be pushed far enough. The flavor has a bland, watery quality that's inescapable.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The high rating for this beer is somewhat mystifying. It's not the worst porter ever, but certainly not deserving of so much praise.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Antg8989
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the old rankings had this at 100 and 92..something like that. Now, 90.2% "like" this beer. I'm really missing the old rating system already. Anyway...

Pours a dark brown with a somewhat creamy light brown head. Lacing is apparent, slow falling but not really sticky.
Aroma is a faint milk chocolate. There's also a slightly wet woody/coffee aroma as well, but not powerful at all.
Taste is sort of woody/grainy light chocolate. Tastes a little roasted.
Feel is light with light-medium carbonation. A bit watery for the style, yet somehow, also a little bit creamy.
Overall, I think this is an okay porter. It's pretty straight up and fairly clean tasting, but nothing I would really recommend, unless you're looking for a very mild porter. I was a little disappointed by this, to be honest.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JimKal
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice head on a hard pour. The head dissipates living a thinner head and some nice lacing. Taste is roasted malt with chocolate notes with a nice smooth mouthfeel. For me this is the Porter that defines porters. The ABV is low enough that you can enjoy more than one but there is enough taste and mouthfeel to make you happy. I'm glad to see these guys in NC and happy that they are putting an east coast brewery up in Roanoke.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaksurf
2.76/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RikMack
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from a 12 oz. bottle to my mug, pours dark brown, nice thick mocha head. A pleasure to the nose, sweet, mocha and coffee with hints of nut, tastes like nothing else first bitter, then the sweetness.

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Photo of Rich58
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MVanTryke
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A quality dark brew. Complex bordering on a bit dense (may have over-chilled it). Carries a stiff price tag, though, in my east-of-the-Mississippi burg.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bobbca8
2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Walkinbeauty
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been keeping two of these in the fridge for a few weeks and am finally busting out the first one. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and how hard it is to get in the East Coast. (ordered from Tavour) Reviewed live.
Pours a black/brown opaque color with a half a thumbnail length tan head. Once it dissipates, it leaves a ring of lace and a small swirl of film.
Oddly enough, my first impression of the nose is of mild herbs and spices rather the roasty aromas associated with porter. This gives way to toasted and biscuity malts, thus highlighting more the base pale malts. However, soon enough aromas of cocoa, nutty tones and light coffee roast begin to develop. They become more pronounced as the drink warms.
When I get to tasting it, it is truly a pleasant surprise. I'm amazed by the lightness and high drinkability. Creamy, silky and smooth along with a moderate but gentle carbonation. The flavors are nutty, cocoa, coffee and lightly roasted malts. Surprisingly there is a nice touch of citrus hops and lemon twang in the finish, adding some refreshing qualities.
Perhaps I'm drinking this at the right time because lately I've become a bit saturated with the often overbearing sweetness and booziness of today's hyped stouts and porters. It is such a refreshing change of perspective to be able to drink a porter that is clean, understated and elegant in its own mellow way. The low ABV is a bonus in that this is a porter that could truly be a session beer. A quiet classic.

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Photo of rclangk
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Giant Eagle

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a good-ass porter. Always great to run into a beer of this ilk that's readily available in a city you're visiting - bottle shops, grocery stores, gas stations in Cincinnati. No distro in my home state. Scooped up a chilled six pack, forgot to look for the bottled date.

Charcoal-black pour with a porus, tightly packed brown head that sits and stays. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and char. Taste is right down the pipe as far as porters go - char, chocolate, roasted grains, burnt bread, dark roast coffee, light marshmallow. I seem to pick up marshmallow in porters for some reason. Chewy, thick mouthfeel but still soft. Nice bitter, slightly sweet and roasty feel throughout. Tons of taste for a sessionable ABV. Dinged it a bit on the feel as I picked up a ligering acridity. Great example of the style.

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

Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6,206 ratings
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