DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: John’s Marketplace in Portland, OR) As a porter, this is pretty mild mannered, but then again, Deschutes seems to specialize in brewing understated beers, and usually with great success. Black Butte doesn’t wow me though. It’s lightly roasty, somewhat chocolaty (in the finish), noticeably hoppy, and evenly balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Lightly roasty and hoppy nose mirrors the flavor. Carbonation is average and body is medium, which works fine for a light-flavored porter. Medium-dark brown is translucent through the center of the glass, transparent at the edges. The light-tan head rises to about half an inch on the pour before settling to a thin ring. A single partial ring of lace is stationed toward the top of the glass. I think this is a decent standby beer, one that is readily obtainable and not too expensive. But it’s not that great a porter, in fact, no better than average for me.
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Oasis, Menlo Park. Milk chocolate aroma. Dark reddish black body with a small, off-white head. Poured a little like engine oil. No lace. Tastes low in alcohol and I now see it is. Less alcohol I believe than Budweiser. Nice flavor but it lacks zest. Could use more alcohol. Nice, session porter.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was my first porter, artifitial looking lable, was hesitante to buy it because of it. It poured a dark brownish red with a light tan head, the nose was chocolate, roasted almonds ,vanilla and fruits (orange and bannana?) I felt it kind of light and watery, but then again its my first porter. Lots of bubbles and foam on top.. that didnt last long. It had an bittersweet creamy palate and a smokey hops kind of finish. Overall it was above average.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at an Applebee’s in the Portland, Oregon area. Rather thin for a porter, but I am not complaining. Went well with wings. Has a rostiness and bittersweet chocolate after-taste.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 1. On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 02/10/2005
Dark coloured with a fruity aroma and flavour. Smooth on the palate with a bitter roast finish.
2. On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 09/10/2007
Slightly fruity aroma. Dark red coloured strong in alcohol and a little rich on the palate. Some bitterness in a roasted lasting finish.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
A sweetish brew with surprisingly thin body. There were some light toffee notes and a hint of coffee. It leaves you with a mellow, short aftertaste with slightly hoppy burps..
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark brown with some red pour with a thin off white head.The aroma was full with nice chocolate and malt feel and a solid coffee in the backround.Started slightly bitter but really warmed up with chocolate and coffee. Seemed to have a little smoke to it as well and finished full. Overall a good porter but not quite life changing.
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Enniskillen. Thanks kid! Very dark amber brown with a ticj tan head. Chocolaty malt aroma and chocolate malt taste iwth a bit of bitter in the aftertaste.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Nearly opaque brown-red. Medium sized tan head. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, a mild roastiness, and caramel malt in the aroma. Roasty coffee nose, melds into bittersweet chocolate and rich caramel flavors. Tinges of milk chocolate sweetness and a slight astringency in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, rather smooth and slightly dry.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Dark brown color with red highlights and a small tan head. Mild roasted chocolate malt aroma with some cola notes as well. Flavor of the roasted malts was much stronger than the aroma, but still on the light side. Lightly bitter on the finish with a fairly aggressive carbonation.