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

   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 you’re traveling through Seattle, don’t 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Red black colour with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, burned, malt. Flavour is chocolate, roasted, malt. Too thin, but quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle thanks to bitbucket. Aroma is very light. Toasted bread, malt and bittersweet chocolate are dominant. Taste is similar with more emphasis on the roasted side of the malts. Very smooth. The head on the beer is small but lasts down to the last sip. Little to no lacing left on the glass. Sticky aftertaste with just a touch of hop bitterness, both lingering for a while on the palate. As the description states; very approachable. Nothing terribly complex or mind-blowing. A decent porter with no offensive qualities and goes down smooth with plenty of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Dark beer with a small head. Very sweet smell. Goes down light for a porter. Would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (563) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Smells like molasses and sour malt. Pours black with a small foamy brown head. malts and hops dominate the flavor, with hints of coffee. And when I say coffee, I mean sour old coffee that has been burning on the bottom of the pot for at least an hour. By the time I got to the bottom of my glass, the sourness got the best of me. Dry but oily finish. This one goes well with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Re-rated 5/10/2008: I tried this again, and liked it better this time. It didn’t have that sour, old coffee taste that I described above. It had a nice robust chocolate flavor with some fruit. Increased my rating from 3.1 to 3.9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stonebrook (25) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
when poured, not much of a head. Strong aroma of chocolate and tofee. Has a very nutty flavor that is quite good.

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