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RATINGS: 1842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown, mostly clear with a woody amber highlight on the edges. Smal head to a thin film and moderate to high carbonation. Aroma is toasty malts, cookie dough, crackers, light caramel, light chocolate and some nuts with hints of roast. Moslty nutty and toasty malt flavor with more cookies, stale crackers, burnt paper, try toast, more light caramel, hints of chocolate with a light bitterness. Ok mouthfeel but the carbonation hurts it a bit. A bit better than average for a porter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours a murky, dark cola color; fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Nougat and caramel in the aroma; roasted malts; slightly watery. Medium mouthfeel: fizzy carbonation (or, if not fizzy, very close); very much a cola-driven porter; while the milk chocolate and roastiness is in there, this is more of a session porter than a chewy one; I don’t care much for the unchecked carbonation. Medium, cola and milk chocolate finish; some roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4367) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Dark brown pour that sits black in the glass. The head is thin and light tan. The aroma is sweet, some caramel, bunt popcorn, not too bad. The flavor is sweet, light roast, woody, meaty/nutty, dark malts. The palate is smooth with a woody finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
nice black brown pour with little head - excellent bitter chocolate aroma is followed by nice hints of chocolate and coffee and a small amount of caramel sweetness - tastes a lot like Sam Adams Cream Stout but a bit thinner

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
pours black with a tan thick head. nice lacing. hints of coffee and chocolate. palate is extremly thin, its almost surprising b/c you expect alot more as soon as its poured

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
well water and bitter chocolate stood out the most; a bit thin; could use something to counter the bad watery taste... don’t know why, but it wasn’t happening for me; i prefer anchor porter...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 On tap, pours almost black with a medium dark head. Nice aroma, mostly malt and chocolate, with a touch of smoke. Clean taste, not overwhelming, same as the nose, with chocolate, some molasses, smoke, all well balanced. Good offering

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17016) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle at Stockholm beer festival ... Deep black ... sweet ovaltine malt ... sweet roast malts little chocolate ... good balance.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
9-26-07 bottle. Black amber color with thick foamy head. Roasted coffee aroma with hints of caramel. A little flat and unmoving on the tongue. WIsh it was more creamy and not so light on the tongue. Too bouncy for what I was expecting. Beautiful flavor and aroma and even appearance but a let-down on the palate. It isn’t very rich or creamy - just smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottled. Pours an opaque black with a thin, tan head that disolves quickly. Aroma is of dry, ground coffee. Taste was roasted malt and slight unsweet chocolate. Short, finish. Solid porter.


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