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RATINGS: 1924   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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with jake65. Pours a very, very dark brown that allows just a glimmer of light to pass when held against the sun. Moderate tan head that lasted to the end and left sheets of lace all the way down. Very pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and just a bit of raisins. The flavor is nice with the same lightly roasted malt and chocolate along with a bit of tobacco in the aftertaste. Mildly bitter at the finish. Medium-light bodied and quite smooth. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours in dark, nearly black with a thin beige head. The aroma was malty, earthy with some burnt aroma and some nuttiness. The flavor is malty with notes of chocolate and dark vinous fruits the most pronounced. Slightly sweet with an earthy malty finish which is slightly bitter. Mouth feel is light to medium. Pleasant not outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2008
1/1/08 with Bikesanbeer, and Deschutes was open even though we thought we it wouldn’t be open till the next day, 6th brewery of the trip. Pours black with a half finger brown head. Nose is sweet and amazingly nice. Taste is nice and sweet, great porter, nice to have it at the source.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Trade thanks to bockyhorsey. Pours a dark chestnut color with minimal head. Dark roasted grain is the most obvious aroma but there is an interesting twist to that actually makes to smell like the brew will be “quenching” if you get my meaning. The flavor is not quenching. You get lots of ash, tar, burnt caramel, woodish hints and big burnt grain. Surprisingly there is a touch of apple to this one. Wet mouth feel with a dryish touch of ash at the finish. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2008
It poured brown, not black. Fairly thin seeming, and a decent. Active medium off-white head. Malty and light sweet coffee aroma. Nice carbonation and fairly roasty dark flavors to follow the nose. Not huge, but quaffable. Will enjoy a couple more from the rather inexpensive six-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubelknv3 (1076) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Black with thin creamy head. Roast, chocolate, and sweet malt aroma notes. Roast, chocolate, and hops balancing finish. Mild hop bitter finish that off-set the sweet malt notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
I thought it was a very solid porter overall. Light black/dark brown and a thin head. Nice cocoa flavor and nice bit of malt flavor. I thought it was a good porter, but nothing really stood out that much. I thought it was a little thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Strong, yet smooth porter. Tastes of chocolate and toasted malt. A little fizzy for a porter. Light chocolate aroma. Not a particularly complex flavor, but very smooth and substantial porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrStitch (138) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown with a creamy head. Aroma is that of cocoa and malt. Tastes very smooth with light cocoa flavors and roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbeerWolf (27) - USA - JAN 30, 2008
A very smooth and substantial porter. Solid pour with a beautiful creamy head. Robust hints of dark-chocolate and rosty malts. A great warm you up porter. Well done!

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