GarrettB (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another one of the little bottles from Deschutes, this time a promising dark brew: the Black Butte Porter (no 2nd grade jokes please.) It looks as it sounds - very dark black body and a fuzzy darktan head, with an aroma in tribute to Guiness, alongside the smell of the non-sweet bits of raisins, hickory wood and a shot of Coca-Cola. Simple, yes, but straightforward and inviting. The taste has a comfortable mouth feel, both light and slaking, but doesn’t feel unnatural, even in the setting of a dark beer. The flavor is mild, with meaty smoke and raisin prominent again, and a little brown sugar, perhaps replacing the aroma’s Coca-Cola, as the sweeter half. Mostly I’m in awe at how "light" this beer feels, but how the flavors are typically associated with the deeper, darker end of the pool. This for me makes a good casual drink with dark flavors in a light container. A winner from Deschutes!
tuohyam (14) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is my standard for excellence. It’s not over priced and the taste is fantastic. This is the best porter I’ve had and a beer I always go back to.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in McKinney, TX.
Pours a nice translucent dark brown with ruby hues. Aroma of obvious nice dark roast with some slight band-aid. Flavor has a nice dark roast with some almost off-flavor medicinal notes. Palate is medium body with medium carbonation....I was hoping this would be a better beer, butt none the less, it is good.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from brewdad, thanks! Almost a black pour with a light tan head. tons of lacing. Smells of creamy matls, chocolate and maybe some caramel. Flavor is very creamy, toasty and some chocolate. Creamy as hell and delicious.
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Pours a dark brown that almost resembles Coca Cola with a tan lacing. Tastes of roasted malts and chocolate. Good beer!
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. Taste is also of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nuttiness. Finish is lightly bitter. Mouth is big and creamy.
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet earthy aroma. Plum, cherry, mild chocolate, coffee, and toffee notes. Smoky roasted malts.
Flavors of mocha, root vegetable, mild nutty + carmelly roasted malts. Gets slightly bitter in finish, hint of hops.
Big Malty palate, dry finish. Creamy palate.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light chocolate amber with thick than head. Aroma is nutty, roasted malts, and chocolate notes. Espresso and rich coffee undertones. Body is medium.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an amazing porter. Everything about it just screams quality and balance. I love this beer.
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A world class porter. A strong coffee and chocolate aroma with a faint hint of hops in the background. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was heavy on the coffee and chocolate. Strong bitter coffee and roasted malt in the aftertaste. Very full flavored and well done.