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 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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black coca-cola colour, minimal and fading mocha head. Some roast in nose. Bittersweet with emphasis on a sugary sweetness in the finish. Otherwise a fine-drinking porter. Chocolate, coffee, it's all in the background. Below average mouthfeel.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer, but with no real stand-out qualities. Aromas are a typical mildly roasted, lighty coffee, chocolatey, and lactose-sweet smell. Tastes typical of aromas with a bit more emphasis on a medium malt base which mutes the roasted / coffee / chocolate flavors. In fact, very nut-brown-ish. Not bad, just lacks the qualities that differentiates it from a thousand other pretty good porters. Medium body thins into the finish with a mildly watery feel, but with no graininess or astringency. Just a persistent lactose sweetness. I'm glad that Butte Creek markets their 'organic' branding, but it doesn't really guarentee that the beer is better.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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+

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish-brown. Thin foam, becomes nonexistent. Smells vaguely of roasted malt, not much else. Nice to see organic ingredients listed on the label.

Feels thin & watery in the mouth, but has substantial roasted malt character. No earthy or chocolate characteristics come through in this sample. Fairly bland, but better than the Left Hand Porter I just had on tap.

Not too impressed by this one.

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Photo of superspak
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color, almost cola-like. It didn't have much of a head and it left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and toasted malts.

T - It tasted coffee-like. It almost reminded me of a mocha. It had a bitter sweet maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp and dry. It was light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good porter. I liked it coffee characteristics.

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Photo of brentk56
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A gusher, pours a dark brown color with a huge head that fades somewhat quickly, though it leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Roasty, almost ashen aroma

Taste: Roasty flavor, up front, with hints of sweet chocolate; after the swallow, the ashy flavors kick in

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with way too much carbonation

Drinkability: It's very hard to taste the underlying flavors with the overcarbonation problem; the reviews of others show a range of carbonation profiles, which leads one to wonder whether this brewery is facing real quality control problems

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a light clear black color porter with a small foamy head with a small foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some subtle bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with some lactose-like sweetness with a weak bitter ending. Body is too thin for the style with some average carbonation.

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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 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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brownish-amber in the pour, it's got a filtered coffee sort of look to it. An unhurried pour leaves me with a finger of off-white head, which settles into a thin crown after a short period.

Smell: Lightly roasted malt and whole grain bread. A bit of acidity, slight sweetness and a touch of coffee to round things out. Metallic at warmer temperatures.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruity to start with a coffee-like acidity. It becomes sweeter mid-palate, mildly roasty and chocolatey with an out of place blackberry-like element. Light and fizzy mouthfeel, not watery per se but lacking in body. The finish is acidic and slightly astringent, bringing to mind burnt coffee. Not awful, but certainly not good.

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Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, wispy, bone white head.

Smell: Malty nose smelling of roasted barley, licorice root, unsweetened chocolate, and sweetened nuts. Distant piney note.

Taste: Roasty maltiness with a taste of chocolate and caramel. Heck, even some burnt nut shells and coffee in there, too. Fair amount of sweetness, but this is quickly tempered by a light piney hoppiness with a medium-low bitterness. There's that hint of licorice again. Drying finish with a light, lingering roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Just a bit watery.

Drinkability: A decent, dry-minded porter that comes across light as it errs on the side of drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucent tobacco on the coaster, deep ruby with orange highlights when held up to my sunlit front window. The dark khaki colored lid persists for a respectable period of time, leaving a speckled collar of lace as it shrinks.

The nose, while definitely porter-like, is low on power and strikes me as too simple. There's a dry, cocoa powderiness to the aroma that needs something else to go along with it. It's a trifle earthy as well, with no hoppiness that I can detect.

Although the flavor profile takes after the nose, it works out a little better. Well, maybe not. My second, third and fourth mouthfuls don't impress as much as my first. Don't expect boatloads of flavor or boatloads of complexity. This is a relatively light, relatively simple American porter that achieves 'average' with ease, but doesn't go even the least little bit beyond it.

Barely sweetened baker's chocolate leads the way, followed at some distance by modestly roasted barley, earthy 'something or other', black licorice and a hint of ashiness. Just as my taste buds try to delve deeper, it becomes apparent that there's nothing of note once the surface has been breached. BCOP is decent beer... in a superficial sort of way.

The mouthfeel probably manages to grab one of the lower rungs of the porter mouthfeel ladder. I think it's a fraction too light, but given the flavor profile, it's probably appropriate.

I have never been impressed with Butte Creek beer. In fact, some of it has been truly awful. Organic Porter is far from awful, but it's at least as far from great. With Anchor Porter and Sierra Nevada Porter so readily available out in California (and just about everywhere else), I'm not sure why anyone would bother with this one.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Billolick
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled, w/o any fresness indicator. This one pours chocolaty amber, with a minimal tan head and leaves nicely developed lacing. Nose is of sweet grape jelly and some chocolaty malt. this is a pleasantly flavorful ale. Medium bodied and with a nice smooth and coating mouthfeel. Sweetness continues in the flavor profile, jelly, jam, berries, white chocolate....lightly hopped, low bitterness, Good to support folks who try to do it the organic way, so give this respectabe, fairly sweet porter a try.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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