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RATINGS: 1948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
ON tap at the Irvine YardHOuse. Poured a dark brown/black with smallish light brown head. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Had a subtle weirdness to it; almost sour. Solid hopping. Overall it was about average.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chwilliams (3) - Hood Rover, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007 does not count
Medium body with a balance of caramel and chocolate, then a lightly hopped roasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Black pour with a light tan head. Aroma of liquorice, dark chocolate, and light sour coffee. Flavors of light roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and liquorice. Medium body, roasty/sweet/dry with a roasty finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a small, rocky tan head. Crisp, dark malt based nose, some accents of chocolate and hazelnut. Medium-light body. Roasted chocolate malt flavor that is really clean and crisp. Mild hop notes in the finish round it out.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Had this on tap at PDX Stanfordís Grill. On tap, this is so much different than in the bottle. For a porter, itís really refreshing. Poured with minimal head, dark black. Flavor was dark roasted malts, but very smooth. One of Deschuteís strengths is in the water - you can really taste it in this beer and it adds so much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
This porter pours with limited head and boasts a smooth taste. Thereís just enough bitterness to make it an above average porter. Black Boss and Okacim are still superior.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alkisvt (10) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
a very well-rounded porter in all ways. the head pours thick but dissapates kinda fast. very good porter!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Drink this beer often. Itís great drinking it closer to the source, and on tap, vs bottle. Nice burnt flavors. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. A little thinner than some porters, but solid all around. A great Deschutes beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Thanks to kenb for the trade. Pours a deep brown with lots of ruby red highlights when held to the light. Head was medium foamy/bubbly that left some lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa powder and a touch of roast. Flavor of roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, hint of coffee a little thin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Crystal malts dominate the aroma. Considerable malt sweetness, but the burnt/roasted character makes it work well. The chocolate malts come through more in the flavor, but still not as much as the crystal malts. Do I detect a little bit of smokiness in there as well?


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