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RATINGS: 1924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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. Itís prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mmcallister (1) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2008 does not count
this is the best beer i have ever had! iím not much of a beer snob (yet), so maybe my opinion wonít matter much. but there is nothing i dislike about this beer! makes me glad i moved to Oregon...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
12 oz bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin white head. Very milky aroma with some coffee and chocolate. Sweet slightly fruity with chocolate and coffee. Smooth creamy finish with bitter notes. Bit of a grainy aftertaste. Lots of malt. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Severely disappointed. Looked and tasted like a cola. Too thin for my liking with no head. Chocolate was too lite in both aroma and taste. Deschutes is a great brewery so I hold their releases to a high standard. They can do better than this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 2, 2008
12 oz bottle at New Otani Hotel, watching sunset on Waikiki beach. Pours a very dark mahogany with a think, sandy brown head. Aroma is all chocolate and pacific northwest hops. Taste is same, really good and full-bodied. The malts are really roasted dark giving caramel, dark roasted coffee and other burnt grain flavors. Really glad to find this beer as Iíve never seen it on the east coast before.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a dark brown with slight tan head. Has aroma of roasted malts. Tastes of chocolate, burnt grain, licorice, and earth. Palate is a medium consistency with a thin clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottled. BB 04/26/08 1200K. Beer is very dark ash brown, nearly opaque. Head is large, off-white, frothy. Quickly diminishing but mostly lasting. EKG of lacing hovering above the watermark.<P>Malt quality is rich. Moderate notes of roasted grain, chocolate, lighter notes of toasted bread crust, cafe au lait; Hoppy with light/moderate notes of resin/pine, savory herb; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Light woody/cedar note, <P>The flavor is moderately/heavily bitter, moderately acidic, lightly sweet with a long, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Slightly smoky woody finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average/lively.<P>Safe and solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle as part of the homebrew trade. Black, nice very light tan head. Nose is somewhat acidic cocoa, toffee, some coffee, sweet malt. Flavor is acidic coffee, milk, roasty malt. Bittersweet finish lingers & a hint of dark fruit comes through.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
pours gray black with a sandstone pillowy head. sweat overtones in the nose. rich and creamy with great malt and a slightly caramel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (784) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep, nearly opaque brown with wispy beige head. Aroma is roasted grain, dark chocolate and nuttiness. Flavor is toastiness with a light touch of smoke, spice, hints of bitterness and sour cherry fruitiness. Palate is lively, creamy, a bit on the the thin side - but I actually thought this made it nice for a session. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Pours a dark brown with thin tan creamy head. Wonderful sweet malty aroma. Malty roasty taste with a little bit of caramel and chocolate, slightly bitter finish. A little thin bodied, very drinkable. An everyday winter drinker for me.


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