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RATINGS: 1846   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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 12 oz bottle. Dark brown, almost black. Huge head that leaves tons of lace. Nice aroma but not overpowering. Subtle notes of roasted cholcolate, licorice, coffee, caramel malts. Nice taste, well balanced between malts and hops with malts coming out on top. Medium body. Well carbonated. Not bitter aftertaste or sourness. Nice bittersweet finish. THis is one of my favorite session beers. Not too expensive, not too heavy, 5.2% abv is just right, and the taste is delightful. It is overcarbonated though. Nice job from Deschutes as usual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snookboy (9) - Cape Coral, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2006 does not count
A great beer, everythng you want in a porter, nice malty taste, not too heavy but not light at all. A great beer for your first porter or those new to experimentation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Absolutely the classic porter aroma, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and roastiness,almost smells like it was aged in oak. Taste and mouthfeel cannot back up that promising start,slight hint of chocolate,and later coffee,but the surprising thinness is disappointing,bump up the malt and you have a classic here

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OHJoel (9) - BG, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2006 does not count
hands down my favorite porter...nice and dark, with a chocolatey, almost sweet taste to it. try one if you get the chance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeaman (16) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2006
dark brown, very creamy, chocolate, 1/4" caramel head, good lacing, great natural bubbling, good malt, very smooth, a little buttery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Pours an excellent dark brown with a tiny head. Light aroma of chocolate. Smooth taste of bitter chocolate and crystal malt. The only complaint I had was that the flavors were very weak. Very light mouthfeel with no carbonation. A good beer, nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bland, lactic, celery aroma really holds back this beer. It could be great if the aroma were better defined. Taste is smooth and roasty with a touch of cinnamon and eggs, and is backed up by the most velvety, most pleasant mouthfeel I’ve ever encountered. Certainly an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Draft at TS McHughs in Seattle. Great darkish brown with slight lacy brownish head. Great chocolate, coffee and mocha taste. Not a heavy body, which means you can have a few. Slight coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottled. Pours a clear dark garnet/brown with a slightly lacy tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, light-roast coffee and cookie dough. Medium body with fairly agressive carbonation. Taste is a roasty combination of coffee, toffee and dried fruit. Mildy bitter dry coffee finish. A highly drinkable Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Deep, translucent burgundy-cherry-brown in color with a tightly packed fizzy head that recedes to a tan oxy pad formation. Aroma is deep and dark. Semi-sweet chocolate morsels, double fudge cake, iced turtle mochas, experimental Rolo bubblegum, lactic dark chocolate, chocolate wafers and mildly toasted s’mores. Flavor imparts the predictable porter feeling. Modest milk chocolate convenes with tamed tootsie rolls and milk sodden cocoa puffs cereal. Gentle and delicate. Gooey chocolate marshmallows with a sweetened honey graham base. Some instincts of melted iced chocolate mochas. Fairly lighter fairing, amply carbonation and a starchy scratch at the tongue’s sides. Chocolate wafers reintroduce themselves in the finish, leaving parting gifts of store brand chocolate ice cream and a glimpse of caramel swirled fudge. Thanks to tpkenned for the bottle.

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