Butte Creek Organic Porter
Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Porter - American
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


Last of the four new in the latest beer shipment assortment. We do not get this west coast brewery's products in my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Clear dark ruby with an inch thick offwhite head which receded tro thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild black coffee.

t; Dark roasty malt up front with a moderate hop bite. Mild black coffee in the finish.

m; Light to medium, ok body with a few watery notes, also light to medium carbonation tingle.

o: Lightweight even for a porter, but decent enough for a dinner or warmish weather beverage. Rather too bitter and underflavored to be more.

Aug 31, 2016
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happy4hoppybeer from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark brown with almost no lacing. Very weak nose of light malt, some toffee and grains. And you really have to sniff hard for it. Taste is more noticeable; consisting of roasted barley, some coffee and chocolate. Very thin,watery body. The flavor is there, but could use a little more character.

Aug 27, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held to a bright light it is very dark brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts and cola are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark malts and cola along with hints of chocolate and slight bits of caramel. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might seem to be a little lighter in body compared to other porters, but it is quite flavorful and goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 08, 2015
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear very dark brown, almost black in color. Smells like roasted coffee and some toasted bread. Taste begins with a tart coffee flavor, followed by a bit of dark bread, and finishes with some licorice, smoked wood, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall a good porter.

Jun 17, 2013
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TheSixthRing from California

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby brown color with a light, coca colored finger width head. Sub-par retention. Fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Faint aroma; notes of moderately roasted chocolate malt, and not much else.

Taste - Flavors are just as subtle as the smell. Copper notes ring throughout, while moderate roasted malt character peaks mid-taste- caramel and subtle chocolate. Finishes with earthy character, somewhat like dirt and with a lot of the copper.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation.

Overall - Not a very good tasting porter. Lots of odd, metallic character dominates much of the experience. No freshness date, so I have no way of knowing if this was just an old or infected bottle. In any event, I'm in no hurry to want to try this one again.

Nov 16, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours very murky dark reddish brown color with a huge 2-3 finger fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good soapy lacing on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation. This foamed up instantly on the pour, so its probably infected. Aromas of caramel, molasses, roasted malt, raisin, chocolate, prune, toast, toffee, apple skin, grass, and herbal spiciness. Some pretty unpleasant aromas as expected after that foamy pour. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, apple, biscuit, toffee, and herbal spiciness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Unlike the aromas, the flavors are actually quite robust with good balance; no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid porter, even for being infected. Some solid flavors that are fairly robust; very smooth to drink. I had no problem finishing it at all.

Nov 04, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy 1 inch dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, and slight coffee bean aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans, and a char flavor on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty easy to drink but nothing all that exciting for the style.

Aug 01, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark red brown with slight translucence. A bit less than a half finger off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of toasted malt with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit. Light flavor of toasted malt, light hops with a hint of chocolate. Somewhat dry finish with some lingering coffee and hop bitterness. A satisfactory porter, but rather muted flavors Light to medium bodied, mouth feel improved by prickly carbonation, a pleasant surprise because of the lackluster head. Could use a bit more robustness.

Jun 02, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown almost black with a reddish hue; quarter of an inch of off white, fizzy, soft head; quickly fades to a thin lacing

S - chocolate, creamy, roasted malts, toffee, mild dark fruit

T - roasted malts, creamy, bittersweet chocolate, mild bitter hops, toffee, a slight creamy note

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a very enjoyable beer. It's easy to drink and flavorful. This is my first Butte Creek offering and I'm really enjoying it.

May 12, 2012
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml "pry-off" (standard pressure cap) brown glass bottle served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, CA.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with mini Reester Bunnies. (Don't ask)

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and great retention. Colour is not a predictable solid black, but rather a very dark ruby. A bit standard for a porter, but I'm looking forward to it.

Sm: Coffee/mocha, chocolate, hints of roast, and dark malts. Certainly appealing, though I wouldn't call it alive - at least no yeast is detectable. Inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate throughout, with a mocha and cream open. Coffee is present in an annoying light manner, never coming through as a solid distinct note but never quite backgrounded as a subtle note. Dark malts comprise the foundation, with maybe some biscuit malt. Balanced well but a bit boring. We've seen this before in porters. Not experimental or bold. That said, as a beer brewed to style I find it enjoyable. The mocha is a wonderful touch. I like it. Built safely but pretty well. Simple and not horribly subtle, but nevertheless pleasant.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile and style well.

Dr: Drinkable but of limited quality. I'd like to try this on nitro-draught. I'd have it again, but I don't know that I'd recommend it to friends. I'm looking forward to trying other beers from the brewery.

High C+

Mar 25, 2012
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StJamesGate from New York

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Garnet black with a root beer head that fades fast. Charcoal, espresso bean and dark chocolate on the nose.
Coffee bean, soil and blackberry juice then some barky hops.
Pine tar finish and lean dry linger. Medium, oily, some chew.

Nice dark flavors up front, but kinda dies on the finish. I'd expect more hops from an American porter. No great shakes.

Mar 25, 2012
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Carebear4839 from South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a pro at reviewing these beers, but this one was one that I instantly fell in love with, so I wanted to share my thoughts.

The appearance wasn't beautiful, but it made up for it in taste. This is an incredibly smooth porter, one with nice sweet chocolate taste and no bitter aftertaste. Honestly, from first to last sip, it may have taken 2-3 minutes. It's hard for me to drink a beer that fast, but this was just so delicious I couldn't stop!

Mar 02, 2012
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farrago from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin head of basic tannish brown, dissipates swiftly down to the barest surface coating, the lacing slides fully off the glass sides back into the abyss below. Clear liquid, mainly brown yet with a strong reddish cast, you get a hint of metallic orange at the glass bottom, widely dispersed storm of tiny bubbles easily visible. The nose is fairly demure, has a clean roastiness to it, dark chocolate, mocha, coffee beans, more grapefruit than other citrus, cherry and blackberry fruit, some mineral water, keeps hinting at deeper complexity but then not delivering. Medium-bodied, the active carbonation takes its feet moving and creates counterpoint to the underlying creaminess. Basic profile of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, condensed milk and cola, not truly that roasty nor toasty, while not that sweet either. Here more orange citrus evident, teams up decently with bitter herbs and bread grains, nothing overtly grassy. Some earth, metal, sparkling water aspects. It’s extremely safe and by-the-book character at once it’s strength and weakness. Very good drinkability.

Jan 08, 2012
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airforbes1 from California

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having relatives who live in the neighboring town of Willits, I was surprised to see a beer made in Ukiah on the shelves in South Carolina, which is where I'm currently visiting.

Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin head. The nose is sweet for the style with some strong cocoa notes.

This beer has a perfect melding of chocolate and coffee flavors. I chocolate at first and bitter coffee on the finish. Neither flavor overpowers the other and they work in harmony. My only nitpick is how the mouthfeel is a little thin.

I'd recommend this beer to those who like coffee notes in their porters.

Dec 06, 2011
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium smallish light brown head quickly dies into a nice lacing on top of a brown with light burnt red colored beer.

Aroma of roasted coffee/java malts with a little something more maybe a plums or prune scent hidden in there a little.

Taste is rich roasted malts leaning toward a java/coffee taste, not over bearing but very mellow but very there, I like the blend of coffee malt taste on the rich medium/full bodied porter.

A light roasted dry aftertaste and an empty glass is all that's left after about 8 or 9 minutes with this beer.

Jul 30, 2011
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LaneMeyer from California

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Nice deep brown, one finger of head.

S - Caramel, toffee, roasted malts

T - Roasted malt flavor is predominate, toffee, caramel, moderate bitter finish

M - Nice carbonation, not too thin which some porters can be, not to watery

O- Best American porter I've had. It stands up to anything in the same price range.

Jul 02, 2011
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy reddish brown color, hardly any head at all and no lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, not picking up any hops.

Taste starts out with dark roasted malt, touch of sweetness from chocolate, finishes with a light coffee like bitterness, no hop presence from what I can tell, carbonation is on the low end, body seems a bit thin at times especially for a porter.

May 17, 2011
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MexicanSkittel from California

3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be lacking a little for myself. I'm not sure if that is personal preference or not...

The beer poured a med to dark brown with a very very thin pale tan head, that dissipated quickly.
The hints of roasted malt and coffee were light but yet a little sweet.
There was a touch of roasted almond, coffee and burnt cocoa on the pallet which was good, but from a porter I would like it to be a little stronger in its offerings of taste.
The mouthfeel to me was very thin, and quickly flows off the tounge. There really wasn't a lingerin finish from viscosity.
Could I drink more than one? Yes, but would prefer a stronger porter.

May 13, 2011
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slonsk from New York

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Porter had a nice color to it, maybe a tad lighter than some other porters. I typically do not like organic beer but decided to give it a whirl. It had a nice coffee flavor to it, but seemed a bit watered down. I typically find this with organic beers, not sure why. Aftertaste was good and it helped pass time watching the Eagles vs. Packers game. I'd drink it again, but wouldnt be my first choice.

Jan 12, 2011
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khiasmus from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance reminds one of the black water in the lowcountry... perhaps you've never seen it. Very dark brown, just a couple of soap-bubbles floating around, and many an old Charlestonian with a cane pole, a five gallon bucket, and a straw hat pulling in bream for a delicious deep-fried dinner.
Coffee in the mug wafts along with the grain fields just up the road, the husky, dusty aroma during harvest, all the stalks being cut and churned, and the remainder roasting in the over 100 degree thick, sticky heat. So coffee with maybe a dab of cream, roasted grain and grain husk, and just the slightest touch of chocolate.
The mosquitoes, South Carolina's unofficial state bird, swirl around the stagnant creeks, and you'd never believe how many bream you can pull out of that thick, black, oaky water, sipping your coffee despite the ridiculous heat... Coffee and rasted grain to the tune of husky, thick-crusted black bread that you may have brought along with some mustard and ham for lunch. There again is just the slightest hint of chocolate in the finish, as you polish off the kiss your mom gave you behind Dad's back, as she warned you to look out for snakes and be careful and don't fall in or if you do, go ahead and stay in as she doesn't care to wash your clothes again, though you've already soiled them with the dirt you're sitting on, the grime from the worms as you hook them, the fish-slime as you plop each one in the bucket... And you smile, of course, Mom always so worrisome, and so tender despite the gruff exterior that's necessary of a poor woman in the deep south.
Awful thin for a porter, though that does contribute to the drinkability a solid bit, but a good dose of carbonation that makes each sip finish dry with the burnt grains and hurry you up to take the next mouth-filling sip.
And once again, you have to snap out of your reverie and realize that now there are politics and your wife, bills to pay and mouths to feed, and it's no good to remember the hot, sticky, simple days of fishing and chewing cut wheat stalks on the water, because now it's you that is in charge of making sure your son has a good meal every night and a black bread sandwich to take with him as he goes out to try to catch dinner... and maybe, perhaps, a small Hershey's kiss to finish it off. Even the hard life can be good. He certainly will remember it so, as you do.

Nov 12, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Pours with a thick, tiny-bubbled head that towers over three fingers tall, superb showing of head retention as it laces the inside of the glass. Deep, dark and inviting brown color is still light enough to present clarity. Hints of chicory, toasted cocoa nibs and a light roasted coffee in the nose with a bit of toasted dark bread in the back. Solid medium body with a subtle smoothness within the semi-slick mouthfeel. Dark chocolate flavors set the tone for this Porter, more of a dry baker's chocolate with hints of sweetened black coffee and a bit of charcoal. The hopping is good enough and does help with balancing the sweetness. Finishes with a vague fruitiness and faint charcoal taste and lands semisweet.

Impressive as this Porter is packed with flavor, it also stays well within the realm of being quaffable ... even to the point of being a session beer.

Sep 14, 2010
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jpmclaug from South Carolina

1.9/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This review is typed up from notes in my notebook.

A - Dark Brown almost black with a circle of white head. Not much of a head on this one though.

S - chocolate/vanilla with a hint of alcohol

T - a little chocolate / dark malt flavor but not much flavor in this one.

M - watery with a light carbonation. Awful

D - easy to drink like water is ... no flavor or carbonation. Not good at all and will not try this again.

Jul 08, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted as it smelled: Coffee, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Nicely balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm normally pretty wary of organic beers - they tend to be a little on the thin and watery side - but this was a surprisingly drinkable beer.

Jul 04, 2010
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SilentSabre from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured up a nice dark brown, almost like furniture stain. Sandy head fell to a quarter inch blanket which laced the glass nicely.
Smell has a nice earthiness to it with the signature dark roasted malts that come with the style.
Taste is roasted sweet malt with faint, bitter chocolate / coffee nuance. This is a really nice porter.
Mouthfeel was pleasantly heavier and more solid in the mouth than I was expecting. Nice.

Mar 10, 2010
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scottfrie from California

2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass. 6.1% ABV

A: Dark woody brown with a finger of light brown head that quickly disappeared into a thin film around the edge of the glass leaving faint lacing.
S: Sweet malt with subtle hop undertones. Some slightly nutty notes, and maybe roasted coffee.
T: The flavor is not strong, but the predominant flavor of this beer is strong black coffee, almost burnt. There is a fair amount of sweet malt upfront that fades away into a slight grassy hop flavor, but that quickly fades as your palate is taken over by roasted black coffee. The aftertaste of this beer is that of coffee grounds. I could have sworn I just took a sip of coffee and not porter.
M: Decently thin and watery. I was expecting something with a fuller body and a heavier mouth feel based on the oily coffee grounds flavor. Carbonation is low and fizzy. The burnt aftertaste is a bit off putting to me. It is almost tastes like a cigarette or ash.
D: Not my favorite porter. This tastes too much like burnt coffee grounds to me, and it is too thin in the mouth. Spend your money on something else.

Mar 01, 2010
Butte Creek Organic Porter from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 214 ratings