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RATINGS: 1955   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2558) - 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 (2110) - 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 (3637) - 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 (2146) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
12oz bottle. Nice dark color and light head. The aroma was weak but the taste was very good. Very nice malt and hops flavors mixed with a touch of chocolate. It went down very smooth and will drink and buy again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma is mainly chocolate malt and a hint of general roastiness. Flavor has the same main components but is roastier, and finishes with a bit of mild bitterness. Mildly but not overtly sweet. That description doesn’t really do it justice---this is a very well made and quite tasty porter. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Draft at McGrath’s. Pours big dark brownish black, with a little whiff of tan head. Gorgeous. Lots of roast and chocolate on the nose, more on the palate. Full bodied with a great balance of carb. Deep flavor, totally satisfying. Clean light hay-like hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured a very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma was not apparent but the taste was amazing--- i love the hop and malt flavors, definite sign of chocolate and it was very smooth for a porter. Great oregon beer and I will definately buy again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black. Thin light brown head. Weak aroma when compared with the taste, reminds me of cold chocolate milk. Theres some coffee and vanilla in there too. Good Porter taste, some more coffee, chocolate, slight smoke and pipe tabacco. Finishes smooth, definitely not harsh. A little bitterness lingers. I don’t drink many of this style, but I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 12 oz bottle. Dark brown, almost black. Huge head that leaves tons of lace. Nice aroma but not overpowering. Subtle notes of roasted cholcolate, licorice, coffee, caramel malts. Nice taste, well balanced between malts and hops with malts coming out on top. Medium body. Well carbonated. Not bitter aftertaste or sourness. Nice bittersweet finish. THis is one of my favorite session beers. Not too expensive, not too heavy, 5.2% abv is just right, and the taste is delightful. It is overcarbonated though. Nice job from Deschutes as usual.

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