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RATINGS: 1931   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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   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 America’s 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 there’s plenty enough flavor and decent malt depth here that I don’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Has a black color with a quickly fading tan head. Slight aroma of chocolate malts. Light to medium bodied and softly carbonated. Taste is nutty with roasted malts. Finishes mildly bitter. Mildly flavored, this would be a good brew to introduce someone to the porter and stout styles.2005

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Great roasted nut aroma. Smooth drinkable flavor, but a wee bit more body wouldn’t hurt it. Nice roasted malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours a deep black into the glass with a tan head. Really rich aroma of sweetness and burnt grain. The flavor was really wonderful as well with lots of chocolaty/coffee undertones. A nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours deep dark opaque brown with a little ruby when held to a strong light. Nice chocolate milk head that dies down and laces. Smells a mild sweet malt with toasted nuts and a hint of hops. Tastes of malt, mild coffee and a slight bitterness of hops. Mouth feel is smoooth. Zero alcohol. Almost a brown ale smooth with lively carbonation. This is an awesome session beer, especially for a porter.

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