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RATINGS: 1725   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.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CasperQuaffer (142) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 8, 2007
@ Platte River Parkway Fall Festival. Good dark color. Aroma of honey and floral perfume. Flavor is hop, slight citrus/pine. Finishes well with good bitter hop aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/12/1996
Source: Brewfest, Newport, OR

dark brown, whispy head, slight chocolate aroma, lots of lasting chocolate flavor with just a touch of bitterness and sweetness
-------- /> Date: 11/02/2006
Source: aa

ditto
-------- /> Date: 11/12/2006
Mode: bottle
Score: ii to ii+

picking more of a rich dry chocolate aroma, flavor is still mostly dry rich chocolate with just a bit of well balanced sweetness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle from KenB. Thanks! Pours a dark brown with no head. Nose and flavor of roasted malts, little bit of chocolate, slightly bitter finish. A little thin on the palate. Meh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donovan1983 (59) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2007
I’ve had this on tap a couple times at Old Chicago and just brought home a 6-pack of bottles. Has a nice nearly black colour with a quickly diminishing tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some hop notes. Has a dark roasted malt flavour with a good amount of dark chocolate hints, just a little bit sweet. Has just the right amount of hops to balance things out. The roast and chocolate flavours stay through the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, but perfectly mated to the flavour. A very pleasant, easy to drink porter that I keep reaching for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Gotta say I love this beer. It’s got those hickory notes when it approaches proper temperature and that chocolateyness that Ican’t get enough of. Awesome.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Draft at Taphouse Grill in downtown Seattle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark caramel, molasses, and hazlenut. Medium bodied but with a thin texture. Initial flavor of a bolder nut brown ale with moderate sweetnes. This transitions to to some tame roastiness and smoke mid palate. Just enough hops to keep it in balance. Finish is smooth.. Like a brown porter, this is not very aggressive. However, this is well made and would be a beer for those days where you want to give the palate a rest.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2007
12 oz. bottle courtesy of kenb. Thanks Ken! Pours a dark brown color with a medium mostly lasting beige head. There is visible carbonation. The aroma is sweet with roasted malt, some chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The flavor is very much the same as the aroma. There is a sweetness that underlies everything else. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. A hint of dark fruit. Medium bodied. Easy drinking beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdp (59) - Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle from Ray’s in Redmond, OR. Pours a nice dark brown/black with a good beige head. Smells of faint black licorice and malt. Tastes caramel, malt, and a touch of black licorice. Slightly smoky aftertaste with a slight hop taste. Good and smooth. Nice porter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haggis03a3 (164) - Piedmont, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
On tap at their pub. Sweet coffee caramel malts with some bitterness. Black with a tan head. I liked the malts quite a bit and it reminded me of a slightly less complex fuller’s.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Pours an opaque black with a medium-sized tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and lots of caramel. The flavor is much sweeter than I was expecting. It is heavy with sweet malts and caramel (lots of diacetyl) and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy and mildly carbonated, and it is full-bodied. Overall, not what I was hoping, but not bad.


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