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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2006
Draft - Poured nearly black with tan head. Roasted malt, coffee aroma. Flavors of coffee, caramel, and nuts. Sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lebeter (11) - West Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
Very strong chocolate, coffee taste, great with some pizza at Seatac in the Alaskan terminal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2846) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Dark brown pour with a small tanned head. Rich flavor present with distinct tastes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, maltiness, and roasty tones, and some hops present. A solid porter that is easy to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 25, 2006
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
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..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2006
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.

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