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RATINGS: 1822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Aroma of toasted malt and coffee grounds - but no chocolate. Dark brown color with no head. Starts with a full mouthfeel, roasted malt and coffee. A sour note underlies the rest, and I still donít get chocolate. The carbonation makes things a bit confusing. Really fizzy aspect, but that seems to render this more rapidly drinkable. Happy feet in the mouth. Finishes with a level of bitterness that is reasonable. One can almost imagine some malty sweetness, but itís roast, coffee, and enough hop to round it out. It changes a bit as it warms. Really worth drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Very dark, almost black color. Dark roasted malt aroma, some coffee as well. Taste is of chocolate and coffee, quick dry slightly bitter finish with some carbonation and a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (3180) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
12 oz bottle (Best by 01/25/2007 1015K) from kenb. Thanks Ken! -- Color is dark brown with a hint of ruby. It has a thick, foamy mocha-colored head with decent retention and minimal lacing. There is some roasted malt in the aroma and flavor. This is a very mild, nearly non-existent level of bitterness as well as a hint of yeasty fruitiness. A bit of nuttiness and alcohol comes out in the finish. Deschutes Black Butte Porter has a medium body, but feels a bit thin on the palate at times. Good, but kind of disappointing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid layer of lace. Smell; lots of rich dark roasted malts, with a nice dark fruity presence. Thereís a bit of coffee, with a little bit of hops in there as well. Taste; roasted malts come out just as strongly in the flavor. The dark fruits and a nice touch of sweetness, with plums and prunes. The is chocolate and coffee, with a touch of hop bitterness thrown n there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth carbonation. A very good porter that Iím glad I picked up while in Spokane, WA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby with a nice tan head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Dry finish with a slight lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very drinkable porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elshunko (8) - USA - JAN 13, 2007 does not count
Fantastic beer on tap and out of the bottle! I enjoyed the mixture of malts, and my palate canít quite pick out all the different malts. There is also an enjoyable lingering smokey taste, no doubt from the chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Poured ruby black, thin head. Flavor is sweet with roasts, chocolate. There is a slight sour taste as well. Finished dry with more roasts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2007
TAP - Enjoyable porter. Very dark porter bordering on stout territory. Tan head almost no lacing. Not much aroma goin on (Its winter, Iím a bit stuffy up there) But a very solid porter nonetheless. The flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a good measure of hops to balance it out. I swear I was detecting undertones of cherries somewhere in there. Overall a very flavorful brew. Gotta love the North West these days!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2007
12 oz bottle. Ruby-black color with small long lasting head. Sweetish and pleasant aroma with coffee, chocolade and leather. Dryer flavor with charcoal roast, hint of sourness and moderate bitterness. Soft but dry and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2011 Bottle... Poured a dense black with a light brown at the very bottom of the glass, good size cardboard toned head. Cocoa and malty aromas. Tastes or strong roasted malts balance by chocolate and caramel characters. Slight metallic finish but not overpowering.

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