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RATINGS: 1861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 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 (7230) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdp (59) - Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle from Rayís in Redmond, OR. Pours a nice dark brown/black with a good beige head. Smells of faint black licorice and malt. Tastes caramel, malt, and a touch of black licorice. Slightly smoky aftertaste with a slight hop taste. Good and smooth. Nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haggis03a3 (174) - Orinda, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
On tap at their pub. Sweet coffee caramel malts with some bitterness. Black with a tan head. I liked the malts quite a bit and it reminded me of a slightly less complex fullerís.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Pours an opaque black with a medium-sized tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and lots of caramel. The flavor is much sweeter than I was expecting. It is heavy with sweet malts and caramel (lots of diacetyl) and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy and mildly carbonated, and it is full-bodied. Overall, not what I was hoping, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2007
On tap at McCormick and Schmickís; black beer with a fruity aroma and a malty, slightly chocolate flavor. It paired nicely with the halibut chop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Pours dark brown, rich mocha aroma, great taste, excellent beer from Deschutes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
12oz Bottle $1.35 single Liquid Solutions Black Butte Porter pours a deep brown with faint mahogany highlights when held to the light. A one finger creamy tan head forms on the pour and stays put. Leaves drink lines after each sip. A very classy looking beer. Toasted malts highlight the aroma. Hazelnut and cream layer nicely over the maltiness. Mild cocoa on the finish. Not much of a hop presence. Very nicely layered flavor for this porter. Toasted malt starts things off in the flavor department. Cream and mild chocolate come up mid palate and slowly fade to a pleasant coffee ground bitterness on hte swallow. Mild hop bitterness on the swallow as well. Nicely done. Mouthfeel is this beers weak point. The body is just a little too light. Itís not off by much and there is some creaminess on the swallow but itís just a little too thin. The thin mouthfeel actually helps the drinkability. Not as big and filling as some other porters. Easy drinker. A good solid porter from Deschutes that would be a common occurance in my fridge if it was available in this neck of the woods. 6/14/07

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5207) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 2, 2007
This draft brew from the Portland Airport poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a semi-opaque except around the edges no visible carbonation dark brown colored body. The mild aroma was brown malt. The thick mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish dark malt aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild hops dark malt and brown malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

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