Butte Creek Organic Porter | Butte Creek Brewing Company

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Butte Creek Organic PorterButte Creek Organic Porter
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Butte Creek Organic PorterButte Creek Organic Porter

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Butte Creek Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 12-18-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of Carebear4839
4.69/5  rDev +31.4%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.54/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A clear, very deep mahogany body reveals ruby highlights when held to the light. The creamy head needs to be coaxed in the pour, and then steadily dies down to a collar. Unfortunately, no lace is left about the glass. Deeply roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and soft cocoa appear in the nose. With some further searching a touch of nutty caramel and some delicate, floral hops can be found. It's lightly crisp on the tongue, before warming to become lightly creamy and silky smooth. The carbonation is quite fine, and adds greatly to the medium body. The flavor is much softer and less acidic that the deep roasted nose might suggest, yet it remains full flavored. It's very nicely balanced between a sweet toffee and milk chocolate maltiness (accentuated by a berry-like fruitiness) and mild hop bitterness. Roasted coffee notes and darker chocolate do appear, however, in the lingering dry finish. Very impressive! A surprisingly flavorful and complex porter with a great drinkability.

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Photo of coffee84
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of hooligan
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black beer, no head, thin soapy beige bubbles floating on top. Very complex smell with hints of licorice, roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, plums, and alcohol. Thick and slightly prickly texture on the tounge. As with the smell, very complex roasted malt, licorice, and alcohol tasted upfront, with a faintly percieved bitterness that cleans the malt from the palate and makes you want another sip, and another, and another... an excellent porter.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very deep garnet to brown color, the head creamy smooth in texture, the size massive, and the lace fine diaphanous sheets they lay lovingly on the sides of the glass. Nose is sweet milk chocolate, hints of caramel and toffee, malt underlies it all, a real treat for the old smeller. Begins pleasantly sweet malt, the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is modestly carbonated, specially hopped; the aftertaste burned dry toast. Which by the way I happen to like? Mom also thought me strange, but loved me anyway. It can be said the beer is a tad waterish, but I don’t see it, as a detriment to this must quaffable “Porter”.

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Photo of Brad007
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with some head and lacing. Aroma upfront is roasty and malty. Taste is much the same. Smooth, roasty and has hints of coffee and even chocolate in the aftertaste. I like the way it goes down, which is creamy and reminiscent of a stout. A second sip confirms much of the creaminess and a decent aftertaste. A nice and very drinkable porter. The only organic variation of this style I've had and it's excellent. I wonder if they make a stout as well. I'd recommend this.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and smoky with a firm undertone of molasses, more than a touch of sweetness, and a strong hint of fine coffee - very tempting to a stoutie like me. It pours a dark transparent cola brown with a fairly thick pale tan head. Flavor is not quite as good as the aroma, but it is still pleasing - smoky and oily with tones of coffee and molasses. Only problem is there is a soapy or chalky hint - maybe this was not one of their better batches. Texture is smooth and a little edgy with a fair amount of fizz.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a local restaurant last night. They try to hav several craft beers in bottles available,usually Maine microbrews. This was a good beer. It was dark brown, almost black in appearance with a small coffee-colored head. It had a roasted malt odor with some fruit (?prune) in the background. The taste was a roasted grain flavor, witha mild hoppiness. Smooth, but assertive, a good beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep reddish brown color with very modest off-white head. Very little retention or lacing.
Smell is extraordinary, with distinct notes of plumes, raisins, figs. coffee and chocolate to be found.
Taste is also very good with a nice sweet fruitiness, strong chocolate textures, and a slight dryness.
The dryness becomes more pronounced at the finish, and along with a good creaminess, this is a great ending for this porter.
Excellent drinkability, very smooth.

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Photo of Mikestaf
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sflanz03
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle previously without reviewing. Time to review sample #2. A great looking porter, an almost 2 finger creamy pale tan head with excellent retention formed on the pour. Only lets the slightest hints of light through the edges of the almost black body. Beautiful sticky, thin sheets of lace present and breakdown to intricate webbing.

Creamy nuts take the lead with a touch of caramel and the aroma of fresh ground dark roast coffee. A touch of earthy and leafy hops also present.

The taste is much like the aroma, creamy hazelnut and a touch of caramel are contrasted with the roasted malts, which make more of an appearance in the taste versus the aroma. A hint of cassis appears in the middle, and is followed by a big dose of roasted malt with notes of espresso and dark chocolate dominate the middle with slightly acrid notes. The leafy and earthy touch of hops appears at the finish to round out the flavour profile of this tasty porter.

An almost medium bodied brew, quite smooth and creamy in feel, has me wondering if there is a touch of oats in here to provide this rich mouthfeel. Im really digging this porter, the creamy hazelnut character adds a lot of richness that I appreciate, and provides a nice counterpoint to the roasted malts and touch of earthy hops.

This porter does it for me. It is very smooth and drinkable, and at 5.9% abv its also borderline on the sessionability factor. Im quite surprised at some of the lower reviews on this beer, perhaps there are some bad bottles out there or this has been significantly retooled for the better. Highly recommended to fans of porters, while not robust this is a rich and tasty treat that i hope to enjoy again.

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Photo of veech
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this porter and would have no problems with drinking several in a session. A: Deep dark ebony with a thin tan head S: Roasted coffee and cocoa beans T: Very chocolatey with caramel, vanilla and toffee flavors M: Viscous and creamy with a med to heavy body D: Nice drinkability with this one as I could have repeatedly refilled my glass without reservations. A solid porter that I will revisit.

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Photo of dfried
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark but you can still barely see through it, a lot of reddish toffee highlights, thin off white/coc-ish head. The aroma is of malty brown sugar and chocolate with some cherry notes, and almost a cinnamon or numeg hint, also a touch of coffee/espresso. Some balancing hops are detectable as well. The hops are more noticable in the taste providing a tangy, almost mint leaf like edge. Sugary malt but medium body that doesn't get too sticky. Chocolate flavors a bit like malted milk balls. Some herbal/grassy hop flavors in the aftertaste as well as some dark cherry that I liked quite a bit.

Overall:this is a solid porter. Light enough to be very drinkable but plenty of flavors and layers of flavors to keep it interesting. It's probably not going to wow anyone, but I am suprised of its mediocre overall score on the site.

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Photo of Enola
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown, approaching black. A aggressive pour resulted in a one inch head. Nice. The smell is of toasted grain. The taste reminds me a lot of an oatmeal stout. In fact, I could easily be convinced this was an oatmeal stout. This beer is smooth in the mouthfeel. Nice and creamy. Drinkability is good as well. I could certainly go for this brew again. This beer leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Above average.

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Photo of nekronos
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

VEry good, one of the best American Porters I have tried. It has good foam and great body, very thick. And also it has a good aftertaste. Not coppery but like from a barrel. The organic thing does not disturb the perception. Many friends liked it after having other porters.

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Photo of fattychubs
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep ruby color, and a small bubbly tan head. Smell is sweet malt, with chocolate tones, and a little caramel. Taste starts with strong chocolate flavor, roasted malts, a little nut. Finishes with a mild hop bite and alcohol taste. Aftertaste is a subtle chocolate and caramel. Body is medium, with the right amount of carbonation.
Very drinkable, and a nice balanced flavor, gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a black color with a thick head. The smell is sweet and somewhat spicy. The taste is malty with roasted and coffee tastes prevalent – some spice notes. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, I’d definitely recommend giving this porter a try.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shadowy reddish-brown color with a firm tan head. This is a nice-looking beer. The aroma is all about chocolate and highly roasted malts. There’s some serious dark grains in there, and they serve the aroma very well. Malt dominates the smell, with just a hint of hops, if you look for them. The taste is moderately sweet, with a lot of chocolate and coffee flavors. It gets a little chalky at times, with a small amount of grainy astringency. Slight flaws, though, and all in all the brew is very satisfying. The finish is little dry, with a solidly roasted flavor. Again, very little hop character...this one is all about the roastiness of the malt.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium to deep brown with a thin white head that is gone pretty fast,nice mix of aromas some big buttery notes along with some caramel and roasted nuts making it pretty appetizing on the nose.flavors are roasted with a touch of earthy dryness with some caramel sweetness going hand in hand with the dry tones of this beer keeping it balanced and just sweet enough.To me by far the best beer from Butte Creek I have had to date,there organic ale was horrible this was quite good.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Michael's Bistro in Charlottesville in a pint glass. It is a fairly solid black with plum highlights and a small tannish head that doesn't retain too well, possibly because of a dirty glass. The aroma is subdued at first, probably because it was a bit too cold, but as it warms it becomes roasty and lactic, with raisiny/dark fruits. There is a decent hoppiness up front that delivers a few tasty burps, but it subsides as the dark malt characteristics creep up. These include coffee, earthy/nutty, and chocolate malts, along with dark fruits on top of a light to medium and very smooth, creamy (lactic) body. Overall a pretty good porter that goes down easy.

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Butte Creek Organic Porter from Butte Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 214 ratings