Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
alkisvt (10) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a very well-rounded porter in all ways. the head pours thick but dissapates kinda fast. very good porter!
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drink this beer often. It’s great drinking it closer to the source, and on tap, vs bottle. Nice burnt flavors. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. A little thinner than some porters, but solid all around. A great Deschutes beer.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to kenb for the trade. Pours a deep brown with lots of ruby red highlights when held to the light. Head was medium foamy/bubbly that left some lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa powder and a touch of roast. Flavor of roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, hint of coffee a little thin.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal malts dominate the aroma. Considerable malt sweetness, but the burnt/roasted character makes it work well. The chocolate malts come through more in the flavor, but still not as much as the crystal malts. Do I detect a little bit of smokiness in there as well?
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Smoky coffee aroma with a dark brown-black color. The Black Butte Porter is very drinkable and although it is not so complex, is still enjoyable with the roasted malt flavor and fairly clean finish. Another noticeable quality is the absence of hops or bitterness.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is definitely not the most "extreme" porter I’ve had in recent memory, but I really liked it. It has enough roasty character to satisfy most beer lovers, tastes to me like a porter "should" (meaning I think it fits with the style), and is extremely drinkable for the style. I picked this bottle up as a single at Liquor Mart in Boulder, and I’m left (on a football Saturday) wishing I had several more of these.
Appearance is not very viscous, with decent head formation that is somewhere between the industrial looking head you’d find on a BMC beer and the head of tiny bubbles you’d expect from a beer with secondary fermentation (appropriate, I’d say for a craft beer not secondarily fermented). Aroma is not overpowering, but is roasty. Flavor is quite good. Decently roasty, lots of dry-roasted coffee flavor, with just a touch of sourness as it warmed a bit. Mouthfeel was smooth with a hint of chalky mouthfeel. Quite good and definitely recommended.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt aroma with rich caramel flavors, not over the top on the roastedness. Very passable. As noted below, a good session beer.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A personal favorite of mine. Pours a thick black with a light brown head. Aromas of caramel with hints of roasted malts and some chocolate. Has a very strong caramel flavor with a slightly bitter finish. A very good balance of tastes. I wish it was easier to get in Connecticut!