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RATINGS: 1925   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle at Stockholm beer festival ... Deep black ... sweet ovaltine malt ... sweet roast malts little chocolate ... good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
9-26-07 bottle. Black amber color with thick foamy head. Roasted coffee aroma with hints of caramel. A little flat and unmoving on the tongue. WIsh it was more creamy and not so light on the tongue. Too bouncy for what I was expecting. Beautiful flavor and aroma and even appearance but a let-down on the palate. It isn’t very rich or creamy - just smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottled. Pours an opaque black with a thin, tan head that disolves quickly. Aroma is of dry, ground coffee. Taste was roasted malt and slight unsweet chocolate. Short, finish. Solid porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Big thanks to franknbeans for this bottle.
Dark ruby brown/almost black colored pour with a nice tan head. Smell was mild but nice and of dark roast malt. Taste was dark and roasty bordering burnt. Mouthfeel was a bit too light, but was nicely carbonated. Could stand to be a touch thicker, and bolder, but still a nice roasty taste and a decent easy drinking porter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin dense dark tan head. Mild sweet roast aroma - light-bodied, lightly carbonated. Moderate bitter roast flavor with a mild finish. Not overwhelming on any sensory level, but a decent porter. Still, this was disappointing coming from Deschutes. Want to try on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Pours a very dark coffee-brown color with an off-white head. Nice rich coffee-like, chocolatey, smokey, woody aroma. Really nice full range of flavors including lots of coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts, burnt toast, some bitterness, and a bit of a sugary fruitiness. Great stuff. Nicely full-bodied with a bit of a syrupy texture. I bought this randomly, just saw it in a store... glad I took the chance on this one, I’ll definitely look for it again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
This is a great porter I think that everyone who likes porter likes black butte. Sh’e a bit smoky. Not in a liquid smoke way though. Not at all artificial tasting. Good dark chocolate bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
I tried this brew from a bottle that I purchased from a 6 pack. I always just buy one...then if I don’t like it, I didn’t buy a whole pack. Here is my review of this American Porter: Aroma: The aroma was a hard one to nail down because so many notes stood out for me; chocolate, coffee and nuttiness all were components in this brew. Very high Malt smell. Appearance: When I poured this porter into my glass is was a very dark brown and when I held it up to the light the edges where a dark ruby, according to BJCP style guidelines is a must. The head was a two finger widith tan color and it sustained all the way through. Flavor: The flavor is quite mellow w/o a tinge of hops. Rosted malt, chocolate and coffee stand out as the foremost tastes that hit my pallette. The brew is absent to fruity or bitterness. Mouthfeel: Very deep and pillowy. Low carbonation. I noticed that the carbonation from the head laced down the glass quite nicely. Drinkability: This brew is definately drinkable. It is a nighttime drink in my opinion and would go well with a dark chocolate desert as a food pairing. Excellent example of an American Porter, I would have another. Drink more beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AskForJenny (1062) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 Draft At long Beach Yard House - Started nice, but lacked any depth or flavor layers found in other Porters. It was my first contact with Deschutes, and I was disappointed. Good but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2007
9/5/07 From bottle. Aroma is roasty, with toffee, low earthy/citrus hops and light alcohol note. Appearance is very dark brown with a good tan head. Flavor is sweet grainy malt forward with some light non-objectionable black patent and low bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carb feel. Overall, a sweet easy drinking robust porter.

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