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RATINGS: 1955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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. Itís prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
Has a slight chocolate arome with some hops in there as well.Pours black with a light tan head.Nice chocolate flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
757HopHead (12) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 24, 2007
Eh, it was alright. I canít quite put my finger on what wasnít that great about it other than, 80% of the other porters I have had were better. Have been working on this 6 pack for a couple of weeks with other beers going in and out of the fridge. Wouldnít try again unless it were free or nothing else around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
pours very dark brown wih a fairly small tan head. mostly roasted malt aroma with a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is mostly roasted malt. somewhat thin mouthfeel. good flavor overall just expected a little more out of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and a little chocolate. Flavor is raosted malts, dark chocolate. Somewhat sweet. Medium carbonation. A little thin, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
I thought this tasted a lot like the obsidian stout, as I had them one after the other--except that this would have to be considered slightly better since it is a porter. The mouthfeel is the same as well as the flavor of roasted malt and light chocolate. Not impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Very dark color, very full, heavy taste. Porters always taste sweet to me, in contrast to stouts which taste dry to me. On that criteria, I could definitely indentify this as a porter. Itís rich, full, sweet, an heavy. The color is absolutely impenetrable. A fair amount of head when pouring. Tastes like prune and coffee. Really nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
12oz Best by 04/28/07. Pours a deep mahogany with a one finger brown head with decent retention. Aroma of roasted malt, char, brown sugar, and some bakerís chocolate. Unfortunately, the aroma is kind of mild. Flavor is again char and roasted malts, some chocolate, light spicy alcohol (wtf? @5.2%?), mild fruitiness, and dry char finish. This is a bit thin on the palate with moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2007
bottle split with Muenster. Pours a rich, dark ruby/black with a small tan head. The nose is very English with hints of toffee, smoke, cashews. The flavor is quite excellent, I was craving something like this. It has a pleasant ashy, smoky flavor with a fruity backdrop reminiscent of pears. Hints of toffee, caramel, tree bark, and soil are present as well. Very, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Bottle, split with NachlamSie. Pours dark chestnut brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is full of smooth English style chocolate malts, as well as some muted hops. Flavor is very lively, yet smooth, as the hops seem to tingle in the mouth while the rich malt coats the palate, finishes slightly dry and bitter like coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
Bottle. Roasted chocolate aroma. Flavor is also of roasted chocolate malt, but somewhat sweet. Good for the style.

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