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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. Its prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Nice full porter. Plenty of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Body is a nice silky thickness, along with a frothy tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
Black with a very roasty flavour. Great Stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Sweet toasted malt mix with chocoate and coffe aroma. Creamy tan head that goes fairly quick with good lacing. Slightly sweet with light bittering. Sweet in the beginning and the end. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation in the mouth. I would have rated this beer a little higher if it had a little more bittering in the end. Very, very good beer. thanks Jay

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
tap. Black with hints of maple coloring. Thin frothy head with tiny bubbles. Hoppy, floral scent iwth some chocolate and roasted nuts. Very interesting aroma. Burnt caramel and malts on the palate with hints of chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Fine fine beer that lacks any real distinction. Has all the requisite roasted malt flavors though in small quantities, a decent aroma, and a fairly thin mouthfeel. Not bad at all--fairly light and easy going.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Draught. Dark, dark brown color with thin tan head. Almond, chocolate nose with a hint of amaretto. Roasty chocolate and coffee flavors with a roasty, somewhat smoky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Indiana_Red. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a small and quickly fleeting head. Aroma of light roast and coffee with lighter notes of chocolate malt, yeast, and chalk. Grainy malt unfortunately overpowers the roasty and coffee aspects hinted at by the aroma. Finish is dry and yeasty with minimal bitterness. Very thin and watery mouthfeel with too much carbonation yielding a distracting fizziness. A below average Porter. This is weak in flavor and lacks any semblance of body. Too much crystal malt flavor drowning out the chocolate and roast flavor that should be center-stage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Chocolately aroma with coffee and toffee. Dark brown, but amber rather than opaque. Large bubbled, quickly disappearing head. Very light, more like a brown ale. Well balanced. feels crisp in the mouth, finishing with subtle hops flavor.

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