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RATINGS: 1851   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Draft at the Marriott bar on the Big Island. Dark pour, more carbonation than expected. Not much aroma, flavors were not overpowering- some bitter chocolate, smoke, and coffee. Overall I felt this was nothing special- nothing stood out for me with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pour: dark chocolate brown. Head: creamy, medium, beige. Aroma: some roast, coffee, chocolate. Flavor: some roast, sweet malty body, chocolate, coffee. Palate: lively. Finish: roasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Black color. Simple Ale, some sweet caramel flavor and not much more. Tasted side-to-side to the Stout it doesn’t have the same character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
ON tap at the Irvine YardHOuse. Poured a dark brown/black with smallish light brown head. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Had a subtle weirdness to it; almost sour. Solid hopping. Overall it was about average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chwilliams (3) - Hood Rover, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007 does not count
Medium body with a balance of caramel and chocolate, then a lightly hopped roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Black pour with a light tan head. Aroma of liquorice, dark chocolate, and light sour coffee. Flavors of light roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and liquorice. Medium body, roasty/sweet/dry with a roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a small, rocky tan head. Crisp, dark malt based nose, some accents of chocolate and hazelnut. Medium-light body. Roasted chocolate malt flavor that is really clean and crisp. Mild hop notes in the finish round it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Had this on tap at PDX Stanford’s Grill. On tap, this is so much different than in the bottle. For a porter, it’s really refreshing. Poured with minimal head, dark black. Flavor was dark roasted malts, but very smooth. One of Deschute’s strengths is in the water - you can really taste it in this beer and it adds so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
This porter pours with limited head and boasts a smooth taste. There’s just enough bitterness to make it an above average porter. Black Boss and Okacim are still superior.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alkisvt (10) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
a very well-rounded porter in all ways. the head pours thick but dissapates kinda fast. very good porter!

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