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RATINGS: 1847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a very deep but translucent brown, thick cream-brown head that laces nicely. Seems quite fizzy. Roast malt with a sweetish hint of chocolate in the aroma. Some piney/citrusy notes as well. Medium body with somewhat sweet roasted coffee flavor, with a touch of the citrusy hoppiness near the end. Also some real smokiness that lingers. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Amber/black color. No light traveling throug these colors. Smells of roasted malt. Not as watery as expected. Pretty darned good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
A decent porter that is exactly as described: Malty, chocolatey, somewhat nutty. A little bitter toward the end. This is a very drinkable beer, but doesn’t really compare to Deschutes Obsidian, which is it’s bigger, stronger, bolder stout brother.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oscbert (1147) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sampled at West Coast Brew Fest ’08 ~Poured black with small disappearing brown head. ~Sweet malt scent with some chocolate. ~Taste smoky and malty with a bit of alcohol tinge. ~ Goes down smooth with a barley bitter aftertaste. ~ Nice porter. Easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5942) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sampled at the Savor DC event. Pours a watery, opaque black with a thin slightly beige head. Big malt aroma, sweet, chocolaty, toast and nuts. Flavor is similar, nuts, coffee, sweet malts, grain, toast. Slightly chalky on the palate with plenty of carbonation. Drinkable, but served next to the Obsidian, this was a let down.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2008
12 oz bottle from ??, sorry I didn’t label this beer, but thanks! Pours a solid black medium to slightly thin looking body with a large light beige foamy head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate that has a slight touch of chalk and some bitter citrus rind aroma finishes it off. Medium to slightly thin body with lots of carbonation. Perhaps the carbonation seems so strong since the body is a little thin? Flavor very close to the aroma but after the first few sips the chalk flavor disappears, or maybe I simply became used to it. What is left is roasted malts, chocolate and some bitter citrusy hops that finsihes on the sweet side. An okay Porter but I prefer to see more roasty/toasted notes and less sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2448) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2008
On tap. Dark black brown body with a creamy head that is slightly darker than guinness. Nose is roasted and chocolate and some coffee. Taste is about the same. This beer is highly quaffable and feels soft in the mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a small off-white head. Long roasted malty chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee. Sweet and smooth roasted malty flavor with lots of chocolate and some hints of coffee. Has a smooth roasted malty finish with chocolate in the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
draught at ft. worth flying saucer. deep chocolate brown pour, cream froth up top. roasted malts and chocolate on the nose. nice chocolate flavor but no huge malt taste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
tap at flying saucer. Aroma like chocolate milk... nice creamy choclate flavor but needs more malt.


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