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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
calivania (62) - USA - OCT 22, 2006
Smells like baking chocolate, tastes like Cola and chopped nuts. Nice color, and suitably dry. I love this style in the fall in California -- light enough to fit the sunshine, dark enough to remind you what your family back east is looking up at when they stari out the the window. And so I like this too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
An easy drinkiní porter. Not the greatest, but it does represent the form.. providing the form is an easy drinkiní light porter. Not too much going on, but not too little to sway me away from it. Itís here, itís in my reach so I am going to enjoy it fully.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle. Forms a nice brown head that sticks around for awhile on top of a clear copper-brown color. Aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, and coffee. Not much hop aroma I could detect. Flavor was a light sweet and bitterness. The body was light to medium with an almost thin feel. A good beer to keep around, but gets a little boring after two or three.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13897) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle on Amtrak Cascades train, Vancouver to Seattle. Very dark brown, tan head. Lots of coffee/choc on aroma. Choc/milk dominate throuhout. Powdery on end. Nice malty mouthfeel. Moderately rich. Lots of powdery milk choc, bit of black bitterness. Good, drinkable chocolatey porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
12 oz bottle: Pours a lovely dark brown/amber color. Virtually no aroma. Taste is a mellow and somewhat dry. Some chocolate and coffee going on, but fairly faint. Thin and watery. Seriously lacks the "oompf" I like in a porter. Rather dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is very smoky and metallic, a bit unbalanced. Flavor is smoky sweet with a smooth bitter finish. Palate is nice, a little thin, but good mouthfeel with very good, fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with biegaman, my bottle via trade with blankboy. Poured clear very deep ruby-brown, average tan fizzy diminishing head. Nice roasty aroma, dry, coffee and mild chocolate, soft hops, maybe some fruit sweetness. Taste - roasty, sweet dark malt, grapeseed, leather and dark chocolate, balanced finish, no alcohol burn at all. Medium to light porter body, very astringent, quite well carbonated, nice bitter finish, left me with a I-just-bit-into-a-non-seedless-grape aftertaste - nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2006
An excellent darker beer. not as charming as the classic dark from weinhardís, but damn near. itís not as malty. shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5294) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Draft at Falling Rock. Pure blackness envelops the glass. Moderate ruby around the edges allows minimal light penetration. Nose is coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate notes. Taste is chocolate cake, coffee, and sweet roasty malts. Soft burnt chocolate cookies as well. Creamy bitterness and a medium overall feel. Moderate carbonation as well. Ends with more roasted malts, coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty standard porter but it hit the spot this night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (21120) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Black coloured with a beige head. Aroma of malts and caramel with roasted notes. Roasted flavour of malts and caramel.

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