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RATINGS: 1925   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Thanks to tayner for the bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium head. Somewhat opaque in the glass. Aroma of cocoa and dark malt. Sweet taste thats a bit too heavy handed with the chocolate. Medium body. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2008 Pours jet black with a touch of white head. Aroma of some fruit that I canít quite place (prunes, dried cherry?), along with dark chocolate. Its not entirely unpleasent, but unique. Flavor is sweet (chocolate) and malty, but not overly burnt like some Porters. Palate is thin, but according to style. Overall a very good Porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
I finally just had this, which turned out to be a surprisingly good porter.Itís almost black red brown with a smallish light broan head that steadily dissipates to a bubbly ring and it is fairly bubbly. The aroma is chocolate, toast, hints of earth, leaves, and coffee - a good porter smell. The taste is very nice and pretty much what Iíd expect from a good porter. It has good sweet-bitter balance, its fruity combined with toasted grain and toasted wheat bread, root beer, hints of chocolate and prunes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2008
My favorite beer...ever. This beer kept me warm and cozy many nights in Alaska. This beer is Americaís finest contribution to the Beer World.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Draft: Dark brown colored pour with medium sized head. Toasted malts and a little sweetnees to the aroma. Coffee, chocolatey and toasted malts flavor. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
12oz Bottle. Pours in the mid-ruby black, with copious soft tan head. Aroma presents crisp roast, with light cocoa powder, mild coffee and sea salt. Flavor runs similar, in real clean, bright aspects of the flavor. Sea beans, espresso, and sugared molasses cookies. There is a certain palpable filtered quality that I always draw from their beers, but thereís plenty enough flavor and decent malt depth here that I donít mind too much. A very decent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Pours a nicely darkened, mocha brown. Aroma is redolent of light roast coffee, sweet chocolate, hazelnuts and roasted malt. Flavor is oh so approachable, though there does seem to be a slight acidity that is destracting. Decent roasted note on the finish. All in all a pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 18, 2008
(Bottle (best by 3/7/08) via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>TheCheeseMan, thanks Daniel!) A nice quality porter...Pours very dark brown with some lighter brown and rubyish highlights. Three fingers of fairly soft, creamy tan head. Nose of milk chocolate, coffee and perhaps some dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is light-medium full, a touch on the thin side, fairly smooth with a light bit of oiliness. Broken, weepy thickish rings of lacing. Flavor is fairly rich and chocolatey - milk chocolate to be exact. More coffee emerges toward back end. Some noticeable grassiness in finish knocks the flavor experience down a bit. A light-medium bitter bite in finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 One of the very best products from Deschutes Brewery. Have had this on tap and from the bottle. My 3.6 is for the bottle, 3.9 for the draft version. Nice malty chocolate coffee flavor with sufficient hops to keep it from being overly sweet. Best served cool not cold and the flavors just get better as it warms. No better porter in my estimation.

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