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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. Itís prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
I tried this brew from a bottle that I purchased from a 6 pack. I always just buy one...then if I donít like it, I didnít buy a whole pack. Here is my review of this American Porter: Aroma: The aroma was a hard one to nail down because so many notes stood out for me; chocolate, coffee and nuttiness all were components in this brew. Very high Malt smell. Appearance: When I poured this porter into my glass is was a very dark brown and when I held it up to the light the edges where a dark ruby, according to BJCP style guidelines is a must. The head was a two finger widith tan color and it sustained all the way through. Flavor: The flavor is quite mellow w/o a tinge of hops. Rosted malt, chocolate and coffee stand out as the foremost tastes that hit my pallette. The brew is absent to fruity or bitterness. Mouthfeel: Very deep and pillowy. Low carbonation. I noticed that the carbonation from the head laced down the glass quite nicely. Drinkability: This brew is definately drinkable. It is a nighttime drink in my opinion and would go well with a dark chocolate desert as a food pairing. Excellent example of an American Porter, I would have another. Drink more beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AskForJenny (1051) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 Draft At long Beach Yard House - Started nice, but lacked any depth or flavor layers found in other Porters. It was my first contact with Deschutes, and I was disappointed. Good but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2007
9/5/07 From bottle. Aroma is roasty, with toffee, low earthy/citrus hops and light alcohol note. Appearance is very dark brown with a good tan head. Flavor is sweet grainy malt forward with some light non-objectionable black patent and low bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carb feel. Overall, a sweet easy drinking robust porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CasperQuaffer (142) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 8, 2007
@ Platte River Parkway Fall Festival. Good dark color. Aroma of honey and floral perfume. Flavor is hop, slight citrus/pine. Finishes well with good bitter hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/12/1996
Source: Brewfest, Newport, OR

dark brown, whispy head, slight chocolate aroma, lots of lasting chocolate flavor with just a touch of bitterness and sweetness
-------- /> Date: 11/02/2006
Source: aa

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Mode: bottle
Score: ii to ii+

picking more of a rich dry chocolate aroma, flavor is still mostly dry rich chocolate with just a bit of well balanced sweetness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle from KenB. Thanks! Pours a dark brown with no head. Nose and flavor of roasted malts, little bit of chocolate, slightly bitter finish. A little thin on the palate. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donovan1983 (62) - Hyattsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Iíve had this on tap a couple times at Old Chicago and just brought home a 6-pack of bottles. Has a nice nearly black colour with a quickly diminishing tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some hop notes. Has a dark roasted malt flavour with a good amount of dark chocolate hints, just a little bit sweet. Has just the right amount of hops to balance things out. The roast and chocolate flavours stay through the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, but perfectly mated to the flavour. A very pleasant, easy to drink porter that I keep reaching for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Gotta say I love this beer. Itís got those hickory notes when it approaches proper temperature and that chocolateyness that Icanít get enough of. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Draft at Taphouse Grill in downtown Seattle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark caramel, molasses, and hazlenut. Medium bodied but with a thin texture. Initial flavor of a bolder nut brown ale with moderate sweetnes. This transitions to to some tame roastiness and smoke mid palate. Just enough hops to keep it in balance. Finish is smooth.. Like a brown porter, this is not very aggressive. However, this is well made and would be a beer for those days where you want to give the palate a rest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (7435) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2007
12 oz. bottle courtesy of kenb. Thanks Ken! Pours a dark brown color with a medium mostly lasting beige head. There is visible carbonation. The aroma is sweet with roasted malt, some chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The flavor is very much the same as the aroma. There is a sweetness that underlies everything else. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. A hint of dark fruit. Medium bodied. Easy drinking beer.

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