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RATINGS: 1944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Thanks to brewdad for the bottle. Poured an opaque black into the glass. Smell was bittersweet chocolate. Taste had lots of chocolate as well, nice balancing bitterness, creamy, and a touch of coffee. Really nice example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9779) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, Beers of the World Live, NEC. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are earthy roast malts with molasses. Coffee with some sour berries. Flavours are bitter roast malts and chocolate. Yeasty with a dry finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 V - Cola like appearance with some carbonation and dark dark brown color. Thinnish head. A - Caramel, malt, oats, yeast T - coffee, chocolate P - Smooth finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Black, roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, nutty, slight coffee, smooth, sweet, with smoky finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Roasty and Toasty! Very noticable tones of chocolate and coffee...roasted to say the least...some hop balance in the finish, but overall...sort of sweet and syrupy...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vulcanmeister (250) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2008
I love this stuff! One of my first forays into the world of "dark beers" after the unschooled years of light lagers. This beer pours dark brown with a creamy white head. Bouquet of caramel, nuts, and coffee. Lovely roasted malt flavor with a nice balance of hops. Long sweet finish, chocolaty and a whisper of vanilla. Marvelous! Those guys in Bend really know what they’re doing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 25, 2008
bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small cream head. Smells of cocoa, wood, and roasts. Palate is smooth and medium bodied. Flavor is very similar to their Obsidian Stout: dark chocolate, cocoa, intense roasted flavor, and chalk. Finish is pretty dry. Good blend, if you ask me. Well made overall, I think I prefer Deschutes’ Obsidian stout slightly for its more intense flavors.) 3.7

   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.

   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.

   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.

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