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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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
Intensely smooth and rich taste. Anise and licorice and alcohol aroma. Black as molasses and some of its taste. Excellent with my meal. Toast, well balanced, without being very sweet nor coffee nor overly bitter. Well carbonated. Bit of sourness mid-sip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
This dark ale poured with a small tan head, eliciting a vanilla aroma. The flavor was full and balanced, with a slightly bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Had a good roasty sweet malty aroma but seened to go downhill from there. Dark body with small tan head. Thought I would get a good rich roasted flavor from aroma. But thought body was thin and somewhat watered down. Needed a palate cleaner after this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 4, 2005
Pours a deep brown. Decent aroma. Tastes chocolatey and sweet, sweeter than the stout. Very good for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quillaraymi (88) - USA - SEP 3, 2005
MMMMM....buen sabor, aroma y deja una rica sensacion. El sabor sutilmente dulce pero con un amargor despues depasar un trago. MUY agradable...aunque no se porque no es my favorita :S

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts with hints of licorice and smoke. This poured black with thin slightly tan head that quickly disappeared, but left a rim of lacing on the edges. Roasted flavor was dominant with a slight bitter hop finish and a lingering taste of licorice. This could have stood a tad more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2005
More appreciation to rather wohlfs for the Deschuts beers!

Rating # 805
Pours a charcoal black body and a fluffy tan head. The aroma is filled with cold pressed coffee, coco, and a hoppy pine like bitterness. The flavor is rather earthy and raw. More coffee, chocolate, toffee, a spot of smoke…. very chary and dry in the finish…the palate seems middle-of-the-road but more towards the thin side… I must admit that I am a bit surprised to see such high scores here… a nice beer but seems a rather basic porter to me… but what do I really know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4778) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Indiana_Red via trade. Very roasty with lots coffee and grain. Dark chocolate is there but really dominated by the roastiness. Pours a dark brown with red hilights and a small tan head that quickly fades to a ring. Roasted malt and hints of chocolate up front with a real nice balanced roasted grain, coffee, and very light pine hop finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with Indiana_Red - Thanks Ken! - Poured black with a short offwhite head that quickly dissipates to a film but hangs steady for some lacing around the edges.. Aroma is thick chocolate like opening a bag of chocolate chips. Also some good roasted malt aroma as well. The flavor is chocolate and some toasted roasted malts. Sweet, yet a nice dry finish. A great creamy mouthfeel yet watery enough to know that it is a porter and not a stout. Good carbonation. This is a very good porter!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
A chocolatey flavor, semisweet, smoothly carbonated, decently thick mouthfeel, not overpowering. A very drinkable beer, but with lots of character. I am a big fan.

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