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!
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. .. Malty aroma: Roast w carmelly notes, some toasty bread. No hops. .. Black with tan head - some ruby hints when held up to the light. .. Malty flavors dominate with roasty, fruity, sweetness, slight bitter finish. .. Med body, Med Carb. .. Very nice Porter - pretty much what you’d like in a porter - roasty and smooth. Nicely done.
beerbastard (819) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 One of my floverites. It’s almost black, too. Smells like a chocolate malt, makes my mouth water. Bitter coffe and nutty chocolate taste. Too thin. Flavor lingers but no off flavors in the finish.,
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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