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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 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 weinhard’s, but damn near. it’s not as malty. shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - 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 (21072) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2006
black pour small dense tan head some lacing. Nice roast malt aromas fairly light some chocolates & a light grass note. avg palate. Very light porter, easy to drink roasts chocolate notes finishes in some dry grasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Pours dark brown/black with no head. Solid aroma of roasted grains and chocolate. Full bodied, smooth textured. Flavor is nice and round. Excellent brew. Not to sweet, not too acidic, a bit mild for a porter but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2006
Tasted 15/09/06 bottle from BrewNZ . Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights. Aroma carrys hints of coal smoke along with fruity american hop notes. Sweet malt and stone fruit on the pallet before drying to a gentle coal like smokyness. Very easy drinking for its 5.2% perhaps could do with just alittle more residual bodey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2006
Tasted 20/09/2006. 12oz bottle from BrewNZ. Deep chestnut brown with golden highlights. Tan head diminishes and dies. Toast, slightly burnt, dominates the nose with a little sweet malt and chocolate. there’s a little fermentation heat on the nose, which takes away some pleasantness. Quite sweet up front in the mouth, good crystal presence, followed by a strong toasty middle and a long, drying, roasty astringent finish. Warming notes linger but are never harsh. Hops hardly noticeable, just a mild bitterness. Good medium weight and med-low carbonation. Nice beer.

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