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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Dark brown ruby color, thick tan head, tons of lacing. Nose of maple syrup, light roast, light coffee, the flavor is light, not very pronounced with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Way too much carbonation and a very light watery body. Nothing negative per se, but itís a light, unquaffable but easy drinking porter. After lots of drinking this, the light sweetness and roast become more pronounced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This seems to be the popular porter to have on tap in Seattle, while not my favorite, Itís still great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 12, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2003 bottle-this is definately a great porter. nice licorice start on the palate fading into a nice coffee/roasted/slightly smokey middle. finish is long coffee notes. hops are very subued on this one. one of my fav porters

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 11, 2002
this is what a porter is suppposed to taste and smell like. defintely a great beer to enjoy..anytyme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Dark black color, medium head. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate. A medium to lighter bodied porter. Roasted malts are mild and slightly sweet. Mild hops. Good balance, smooth taste, milder flavor, a touch watery, but still a nice porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
My rating is based on a cask version. This beer doesnít seem suitable for cask, it is only a shadow of its normal self.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Drank this from draught in Portland. Excellent porter with very good aroma, taste and palate. Draught highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
This is of course a great porter and always a good choice. However it is pretty light, thin and a little watery. Very little lingering flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Average porter, dark brown black color, roasty chocolate flavor, creamy mouthfeel, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Looking at this beer in the light was like (1) looking at city lights on acid or (2) looking through stained glass windows at 4:00 in the morning after drinking 10 barleywines...the head had made its appearance but settled to nothingness...Strong coffee beans swimming in a sea of chocolate sorrow with creamy seagulls doing their business on the scattered lillypads...black coffee on a cold january morning at the local coffee shop in a depressed state pondering life's blunders...finish was like an endless pool in a mountain mansion...leaving only the morning coffee aftertaste like the day was completely incoherent...light, coffeeish, but simplistic

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