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RATINGS: 1931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Deep black with a full caramelized head. The taste is smooth chocolate malts, caramelizeed sugars, and a rich smoky whisky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2008
On tap at New York Casino. First, they use plastic cups, but this beer was still damn good. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. The taste is mostly coffee and chocolate upfront, and some heavy roasted malts throughout. A really good beer, it excelled even though the cup sucked.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Aroma is light with a wine like roasted malt scent. Color is a deep dark amber/black with good carbonation and a tan head that is fairly tight. Taste is thin and tart. It starts with a light/medium body that goes down crisp. Finish is a thin roasted flavor with a bit of sweet that turns quickly to a tart feel. I just don’t like it, its weak for a Porter and the sour doesn’t fit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Thanks to Ginny for this one. Black body with a sand colored head. Bubbles coat the glass. Very sweet aroma with chocolate, light licorice in the background and a smoky roast quality. Subtle but full flavor. Delicate but not watery. Mostly chocolate, slight cola, and a bit of smoke in the finish. The texture is like silk. This is a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours dark brown with small foamy head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Nice aroma with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. Nice mouth feel...full body. Great taste with chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Overall a very nice porter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5814) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2008
355 ml bottle. Dark mahogany red body, close to black with a medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorices and hint of chocolate. Flavor is smooth coffee, roasted malt and traces of vanilla. Almost extremely smooth and balanced, just delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle. Black to brown pour with tan head. Good aroma, classic flavor, good body. An almost perfect imitation of the classic porter.

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! i’m not much of a beer snob (yet), so maybe my opinion won’t 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.


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