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RATINGS: 1861   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle. Almost black in colour with a small head. Mild and round. Roasted malt with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Palete a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2006
Roasty, toffee and sweet on the nose. No detectable hop aroma or esters. Dark brown with the characteristic ruby highlights. Good lacing in the glass. Grainy, slight fruity hop flavour coming through midway, roasty malts dominate - black malt with only a slight coffee coming through. Sweet malt and some warming alcohol opn the palate later on. A little thin in body. Pleasant bitterness to round out the malts. No astringency. Pleasantly surprised - except for the thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle as a bonus from kenb, thanks man! Aroma of yeasty minerals, nutty chocolate and a bit of soft coffee roastiness. Very dark brown in color with hints of light showing through when held up to a light. Head is light tan and fades from about an inch tall to a thin layer. Flavor reminds me of rusty, caramel covered burnt coffee beans with some chocolaty notes. Mid palate I notice a bit of fruitiness mixed with mint. Body is medium with an almost creamy texture and chalky finish from the roasted malt. Overall, it is pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2006
tap at falling rock. poured a see throu7gh black with a gray white head that didn’t linger. smelled of chocolate and marshmallow creme. flavor was sweet choclate with a watery body. nothing really out of the ordinary here. light floral bitter finish with too much lingering fruit flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2006
pours dark brown clear with a tan head. roasted nose of chocolate and toast. flavor is nutty with lightness of coffee in the backgound. full bodied and almost spritzy on the tongue. a less obtusive porter perhaps almost a brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle via trade with kenb. Aroma: Sweet aroma overall with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, anise, and slight pine and floral hops. Appearance: Dark brown with slight reddish-brown highlights. Head was tan, full, and frothy. Head quickly dissipated into a film. Flavor: Big roasted malt flavor, coffee, chocolate, molasses, slight smokiness, and a bit of piney hop flavor. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight astringency detected. Overall: A good, solid, well crafted porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2478) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Pours a one finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts with a bitter chocolate/roasted coffee flavor, very smooth, bakers chocolate finish. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2006
On tap in Seattle: Dark black pour with small tan head, nice lacing. Light to medium mouthfeel with lightly roasted and chocolate flavors. Bitter finish. Overall a pretty good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 On tap in Davis, CA. Several pints. Anise/choco aroma with some mild piney notes. Not overly aromatic, though. A bit transparent dark dark brown color with a small, listless head. Black malt/bitter flavors to start. Turns smooth and somewhat milky and creamy. Subtle bitter hop finish. Straight-forward and decent. Could use a bit more carbonation and aroma. These may be by-products to it being an old keg, etc. I will definitely have to rate a bottle of this sometime.
Re-rate. Bottled. This is much more aromatic, more flavorful, and has a nice, lasting head. The initial rating is from an old keg. Plenty of nutty, roasty, chocolate notes in the nose and in the flavor. Very well-balanced. I think Deschutes is one of the more unheralded brewers. Score reflects updated rating out of 12 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle from Ken (kenb) and Richard (irishboy), thanks guys! Was very cold at first, so I had to let it sit for a few minutes to get an accurate feel for it. Once that took place, the beer smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is coffee, chocolate, dark malts, sweet, and a nice roasted flavor. Very rich for a porter, and very thick. Interesting beer, certainly worth trying. Thanks!

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