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Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
American Porter
5.20 % ABV

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Review by rhoadsrage on 03/27/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2013
(Served in a bowtie glass)
Best by 7/8/13
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a faint glow at the base and a thin dark beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The coffee roasted black malt has a nice flinty character but it is pretty clean in the finish.

T- The flinty dark roasted black malt cares through to the flavor with some carbonic acid flavor and a faint vinous quality in the finish. There is a slightly sweet finish with some deep roasted coffee malt lingering in the finish.

M- The beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a scrubbing fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat.

O- The nice malt flavor is cut off by the fizzy carbonation and a thin body doesn’t enhance the nice malt flavor either.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Bitterbill on 08/06/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 4 9 2008
This pours a very dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of foam. Nice lacing to be had here but the foam dissipates pretty quickly leaving mostly just a ring around the glass.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of chocolate.

The taste has roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, and some sweetness that I think comes from caramel and dark fruit. Wow. Power packed with flavour, this one is. Btw, I've had this many times before and I just realized that I've never reviewed it before.

Nice medium light mouthfeel, it finishes semi bitter with just a touch of tartness. Very very good Porter and very drinkable. I fell "in love" with this one the first time I tried it years ago. Certainly, one of the better American Porters I've tried.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 11/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Pours out a nice leathery brown but settles nearly black with a medium height light brown top of creamy, spongy froth, with lots of stringy lace. Smell is quite complex and lovely, rich and lush with roasted black and chocolate malts in front, a bit coffeeish, with notes touching in dark fruits and nuts. Taste is good amounts of roasty/toasty chocolate tones, a bit sweet, a touch dark and rich, excellent calming and smoothness into the finish with an excellent chocolate twingy bittering dryness thats just a touch espesso-like. Feel is a pleasantly welcome thinness at first then begins to get full leading to good amounts of creamyness, nice light bittering dryness in the finish, which is the best part and aspect of this beer, besides the yummy taste. This is one soothingly yummy brew. Excellent stuff.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 17 3 8 2010
Old Review
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.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-30-2009 06:54:32

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 12/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 3 8 2009
12oz Bottle
$1.35 single
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Black Butte Porter pours a deep brown with faint mahogany highlights when held to the light. A one finger creamy tan head forms on the pour and stays put. Leaves drink lines after each sip. A very classy looking beer.

Toasted malts highlight the aroma. Hazelnut and cream layer nicely over the maltiness. Mild cocoa on the finish. Not much of a hop presence.

Very nicely layered flavor for this porter. Toasted malt starts things off in the flavor department. Cream and mild chocolate come up mid palate and slowly fade to a pleasant coffee ground bitterness on hte swallow. Mild hop bitterness on the swallow as well. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is this beers weak point. The body is just a little too light. It's not off by much and there is some creaminess on the swallow but it's just a little too thin.

The thin mouthfeel actually helps the drinkability. Not as big and filling as some other porters. Easy drinker.

A good solid porter from Deschutes that would be a common occurance in my fridge if it was available in this neck of the woods.

Reviewed: 6/14/07

Price: $1.35 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by thickfreakness on 11/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
A personal favorite of mine. The first porter I really liked a lot.

Pours very dark brown on the verge of black with a nice tan head that fades to a lawyer of foam and lacing.

Aromas of milk chocolate, roastiness and even a bit of earthy hops.

Flavors of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and some nice earthy hop bitterness.

Smooth mouthfeel and medium body.

Just a prefect example of a porter for me. I love this beer and its great to session.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Erdinger2003 on 04/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 4 9 2008
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Pours a nice head that falls leaving behind a thin layer that doesn't break and a great lacing the leaves a wall of foam over parts of the glass. Smell is chocolately with a little roastiness. Taste is slightly chocolatey with a nice light roasty flavor. Body is medium bodied with some good smooth carbonation that doesn't bite (cause I poured hard to get good head). I enjoyed this beer very much and think it's very drinkable, I got 3 in this trade and I want to drink some more already.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 0
A - Pours dark brown with a reddish tint to it. Little light getting through. Starts with a one to one and a half inch head, but is getting thinner by the minute. Head is light brown/khaki in color.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, slight anise.

T - Cocoa and bitter chocolate up front. Followed by roasted dark malt and a touch of coffee bitterness. Touch of sweetness and lactose on the finish.

M - On the full side of medium bodied. Smooth, minimal carbonation.

D - Nice porter, but nothing to write home about. Could be a nice everyday drinker.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Pours a great black color with a nice dark tan head that lasted decently. The smell is very good. Very rich nose to it. Taste is very good and very smooth, with a hint of roast on the back end of the swig. This is another soid brew from Deschutes, very good brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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