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RATINGS: 1917   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewDad (5324) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 [Bottle]
This is the nectar of the gods. A great brew that just gets better every year. I love the use of the roasted malts. The chcolate flavors are also through out the beer and this is just a great beer for anyone to drink. One of the best beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Pours a dark nearly black with only the slightest tinge of ruby. The head is fairly large, fluffy, and off-white, and it has decent longevity. Nose is pleasent with hoclate, backed up by fig, vanilla, and slight roast. Flavor is started with a coffee roast flavor with the chocolate backing it up and the hop bitterness melding in to create a bitter sweet flavor. There really never is enough roast or hops to make it too interesting. Palate lively with a somewhat watery texture and a slightly less than medium body. Finish is short and chocolatey. Very easy drinking for a proter, but not really all that appealing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (1990) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2006
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan head. Light caramel and light roast aroma. Bocky flavor, very watery. Doesnít come close to the porters I know and love. Astringent finish shows some syrupy sweetness but this is too thin to be any good.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2006
Kind of thin, even for a mild porter. The aroma of this dark brown ale is mild, consisting of half coffee, half roasted barley. Pretty much the same in the flavor, the chocolate not showing up until the mildly sweet finish. Okay.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2006
Draft - Poured nearly black with tan head. Roasted malt, coffee aroma. Flavors of coffee, caramel, and nuts. Sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lebeter (11) - West Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
Very strong chocolate, coffee taste, great with some pizza at Seatac in the Alaskan terminal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3236) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Dark brown pour with a small tanned head. Rich flavor present with distinct tastes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, maltiness, and roasty tones, and some hops present. A solid porter that is easy to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Johnís Marketplace in Portland, OR) As a porter, this is pretty mild mannered, but then again, Deschutes seems to specialize in brewing understated beers, and usually with great success. Black Butte doesnít wow me though. Itís lightly roasty, somewhat chocolaty (in the finish), noticeably hoppy, and evenly balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Lightly roasty and hoppy nose mirrors the flavor. Carbonation is average and body is medium, which works fine for a light-flavored porter. Medium-dark brown is translucent through the center of the glass, transparent at the edges. The light-tan head rises to about half an inch on the pour before settling to a thin ring. A single partial ring of lace is stationed toward the top of the glass. I think this is a decent standby beer, one that is readily obtainable and not too expensive. But itís not that great a porter, in fact, no better than average for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle at the Oasis, Menlo Park. Milk chocolate aroma. Dark reddish black body with a small, off-white head. Poured a little like engine oil. No lace. Tastes low in alcohol and I now see it is. Less alcohol I believe than Budweiser. Nice flavor but it lacks zest. Could use more alcohol. Nice, session porter.

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