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RATINGS: 1894   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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Draught. Dark, dark brown color with thin tan head. Almond, chocolate nose with a hint of amaretto. Roasty chocolate and coffee flavors with a roasty, somewhat smoky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Indiana_Red. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a small and quickly fleeting head. Aroma of light roast and coffee with lighter notes of chocolate malt, yeast, and chalk. Grainy malt unfortunately overpowers the roasty and coffee aspects hinted at by the aroma. Finish is dry and yeasty with minimal bitterness. Very thin and watery mouthfeel with too much carbonation yielding a distracting fizziness. A below average Porter. This is weak in flavor and lacks any semblance of body. Too much crystal malt flavor drowning out the chocolate and roast flavor that should be center-stage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Chocolately aroma with coffee and toffee. Dark brown, but amber rather than opaque. Large bubbled, quickly disappearing head. Very light, more like a brown ale. Well balanced. feels crisp in the mouth, finishing with subtle hops flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 31, 2006
This is a good porter. Very smooth from start to finish. Very dark pour, with a tan head. Great Beer to look at, and taste. Great Chocolate and malt flavor. Try this one if you haven’t already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Pours dark brown w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth. Decent head retention revealing a full silky canopy and a stcky ring. Aromas of cocoa and dark malts. Medium nectar w/ mellow residual effers. First impression is pretty basic. It has a malty backbone that supports a rather mellow flavor profile. This is a lighter style Porter with exceptional ballance. A good introductory Porter for those just discovering the style. Flavors are mellow, slightly sweet, and show the style in a very enjoyable way. The finish kinda lingers w/ a slight souring.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Black Butte Porter pours to a beautiful deep brown to ebony color with a thick, creamy tan head, and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is just so inviting with big aromas of dark chocolate, sweet malt, coffee, roast, and citric/spicy aromas that fight for your attention. The palate on this beer is robust on the tongue, but very polished, with lots of big dark chocolate and coffee flavors, paired with light touches of estery black currant. Black Butte Porter finishes with more chocolate, coffee, a touch of fruit, and roasty flavors, then ends with a nice burst of citric/spicy hop bitterness and a touch more chocolate and roast, rounding this beer out to perfection. This beer is one of the most delicious porters you will ever taste, and it just screams to be matched with hearty dishes such as roasted lamb, or a grilled NY strip steak. It also cry out for a rich chocolate desert, or a thick and creamy slab of NY style cheese cake. For a beer with so much flavor, one would think it would be a bit too much for a session, but like Guinness Stout, this beer is very drinkable. Sampled this one on draught at the brewery in Bend, OR in October of 2007, and it was so fresh, flavorful, and delicious. An amazingly good pint of porter on draught at source.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hulagai (14) - Myrtle Creek, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2006
A good porter. Nice creamy head. Bark but clear consistancy. At 5.2% I would like them to crank up the ABV a bit. This one is definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 25, 2006
I have to start this by making a statement, Beer tastes better when you are getting paid to drink it. Right? Well that being said, I did try this one "on the clock" with my best friend during a lunch break. A nice dark pour, lite on the head, chocolatey aroma with some spiciness to it. Typical for a porter, but the one thing I noticed is that it was rather light, not much body to it. It was almost like a porter-light, if that makes any sense. Anyways, a solid beer that’s not a waste of money or time although there are better examples of a porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Some haze on a very dark brown pour. Loose brown head. Fruity chocolate aroma with some biscuit. Burnt malt flavor with some smoke. Lingering burnt malt flavor with some bitterness. Thin body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Dark crimson pour. The aroma is peppered with hints of cherry and cranberry with an undercurrent of stale malt. The spritzy mouthfeel helps distribute notes of sweet chocolate, light smoke and earth. Overly watery throughout - I don’t get the buzz about this one. Just an OK porter to me.

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