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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and a little chocolate. Flavor is raosted malts, dark chocolate. Somewhat sweet. Medium carbonation. A little thin, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
I thought this tasted a lot like the obsidian stout, as I had them one after the other--except that this would have to be considered slightly better since it is a porter. The mouthfeel is the same as well as the flavor of roasted malt and light chocolate. Not impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Very dark color, very full, heavy taste. Porters always taste sweet to me, in contrast to stouts which taste dry to me. On that criteria, I could definitely indentify this as a porter. Itís rich, full, sweet, an heavy. The color is absolutely impenetrable. A fair amount of head when pouring. Tastes like prune and coffee. Really nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
12oz Best by 04/28/07. Pours a deep mahogany with a one finger brown head with decent retention. Aroma of roasted malt, char, brown sugar, and some bakerís chocolate. Unfortunately, the aroma is kind of mild. Flavor is again char and roasted malts, some chocolate, light spicy alcohol (wtf? @5.2%?), mild fruitiness, and dry char finish. This is a bit thin on the palate with moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2917) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2007
bottle split with Muenster. Pours a rich, dark ruby/black with a small tan head. The nose is very English with hints of toffee, smoke, cashews. The flavor is quite excellent, I was craving something like this. It has a pleasant ashy, smoky flavor with a fruity backdrop reminiscent of pears. Hints of toffee, caramel, tree bark, and soil are present as well. Very, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Bottle, split with NachlamSie. Pours dark chestnut brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is full of smooth English style chocolate malts, as well as some muted hops. Flavor is very lively, yet smooth, as the hops seem to tingle in the mouth while the rich malt coats the palate, finishes slightly dry and bitter like coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
Bottle. Roasted chocolate aroma. Flavor is also of roasted chocolate malt, but somewhat sweet. Good for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2007
On tap at SeaTac airport overlooking the Cascades. Opaque deep brown pour supporting a medium light khaki head with a thin curtain of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and nuts. Sweet but well balanced flavor with chocolate and coffee at the forefront followed by whispers of licorice and vanilla. Silky mouthfeel and a lasting clean finish with a nice kiss of bitter hops. Given the setting, almost any beer - aside from the industrial swill - would have been perfect. If youíre traveling through Seattle, donít pass up a fresh Deschutes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Very sweet initially, but nutty and savory toward mid-bottle. Very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours almost black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts. The flavor is sweet upfront, roasted chocolate malts, and finishes slightly dry. Decent.

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