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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle thanks to bitbucket. Aroma is very light. Toasted bread, malt and bittersweet chocolate are dominant. Taste is similar with more emphasis on the roasted side of the malts. Very smooth. The head on the beer is small but lasts down to the last sip. Little to no lacing left on the glass. Sticky aftertaste with just a touch of hop bitterness, both lingering for a while on the palate. As the deScription states; very approachable. Nothing terribly complex or mind-blowing. A decent porter with no offensive qualities and goes down smooth with plenty of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Dark beer with a small head. Very sweet smell. Goes down light for a porter. Would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (594) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Smells like molasses and sour malt. Pours black with a small foamy brown head. malts and hops dominate the flavor, with hints of coffee. And when I say coffee, I mean sour old coffee that has been burning on the bottom of the pot for at least an hour. By the time I got to the bottom of my glass, the sourness got the best of me. Dry but oily finish. This one goes well with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Re-rated 5/10/2008: I tried this again, and liked it better this time. It didnít have that sour, old coffee taste that I described above. It had a nice robust chocolate flavor with some fruit. Increased my rating from 3.1 to 3.9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stonebrook (25) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
when poured, not much of a head. Strong aroma of chocolate and tofee. Has a very nutty flavor that is quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2007
Black/brown with a light brown, creamy head. The aroma has notes of chocolate and roasted malt, and the flavour is light with notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a descent bitterness. The overall impression is on the light side - but nice! Thank you Tom/After4ever for this beer from my wishlist! 1925

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - MAR 7, 2007
On tap. Smells roasty, nothing outstanding. Tastes nutty with chocolate. Thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle. A nice beer. I used to love this one, but I think my tastes have changed. A little too light and watered-down for my current taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rm0312 (36) - Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2007
From the bottle - dark with tiny bubbles. Chocolate malt flavors, dry finish and nicely bitter. I expected a bit more malt, however, judging from the appearance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
imbiberAZ (21) - USA - MAR 3, 2007
This is the reason microbreweries suck these days, and I run back to macros. Itís a nice package: taste, flavor, dark, malty etc. The 5.2% is a lie. Iím drinking this for the second time as a gift for dog-sitting this weekend. Porter? Iíve had macro lagers darker and better. There is truly no/minimal alcohol in this beer. Packs no punch. A big tease. This is trophy/impress-your-friends beer. You wonít get a buzz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle. It pours clear, dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is roasted, with chocolate and cocoa. Roasted flavor with chocolate and cocoa. Medium-bodied beer that is quite weak and thin, except for the aroma, which is very nice. (070216)

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