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RATINGS: 1847   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanny22 (12) - Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2006
A very good Beer. A creamy and smokey flavor. A dark and rich appearance with a good head. Overall a very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2006
An excellent beer. Almost reminds me of a brown ale but definatley a porter after you;ve had a few sips. Very sweet tasting with an amazingly distinct aftertaste. I love this beer, an Oregonian classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2006
had during a trip to alaska. nice chocolate, would have enjoyed more depth and carbonation. still ranks up there for the porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
An easy to find porter that has a pretty good flavor. Pours a dark brown like any other porter. Tastes of chocolate and some hops with a smoky roastedflavor. Slight fruit flavors too. The flavors weren’t that strong though, but for its availibilty it is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2943) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Poured with a typical brown porter color and a decent initial head. Lacing was decent. The aroma was of nice chocolate, light roasted malts. The flavor was of sweet chocolate (but very nice, far from cloying) and cherries. This one really hit the spot on a cool evening in Phoenix. Mouthfeel was light-medium for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2006
A perfect Porter! Some brewers put too much into their Porters and they tend to morph into a Stout, but NOT this one. Great chocolate, and Carmel flavors are easy to detect but in just the right strength for a Porter. Long lasting head and long lasting flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 10, 2006
12oz bottle: aroma more of american hybrid hops than malt really, but still malty and spicy. More so than any other porter I’ve had. Good flavor but not really typical of most other porters I’ve had, probably from the hops. Very easy to drink for a darker beer, and still refreshing at that. Definitely worth trying. I’ve got to move to Oregon ;)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OldMrCrow (2160) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours dark with a long-lived light brown head. Some chocolate and mild vinous notes on the nose, along with a sort of metallic off-aroma. The flavor disappoints: slightly burnt (and watery) gas-station coffee vie with dish-soapy hops that come on unnaturally strong for the style; hints of hershey’s syrup mingle through with hints of cheap sweet red wine. The whole thing is amped up by a strongly overcarbonated fizz, leaving one with something which is neither recognizable as a proper porter nor enjoyable to drink.

I realize that I am way off the left-hand tail of the ratings distribution on this one, but I simply cannot understand the high scores that this beer gets. For me, it’s yet another disappointment from Deschutes’ regular line -- all the more disappointing given that they’ve proven with their Bond Street series that they are capable of far better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a well-proportioned tan head. The aroma isn’t all that strong, but is roasty with some chocolate and caramel notes. The flavor is roasty as well, and is very well balanced by some semi-sweet chocolate and faint earthy hops. The finish reminds me of fresh French-pressed coffee and leaves kind of a charred oak aftertaste. This is pretty tasty.

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