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RATINGS: 1868   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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. Its prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2007
This is definitely not the most "extreme" porter Ive 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 Im 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 youd find on a BMC beer and the head of tiny bubbles youd expect from a beer with secondary fermentation (appropriate, Id 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Malt aroma with rich caramel flavors, not over the top on the roastedness. Very passable. As noted below, a good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2007
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2007
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 youd like in a porter - roasty and smooth. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (819) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 One of my floverites. Its 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.,

   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.

   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 dont care much for the unchecked carbonation. Medium, cola and milk chocolate finish; some roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4457) - 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.

   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

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