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RATINGS: 1769   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2004
I havenít been privy to any recipe changes (by the way...another big thanks to BrooklynBoy for this one) but I love this. Pours dark brown with more creamy, tan head than a Georgetown fraternity party. Aroma of malt, chocoff, fruit, berries. Tastes malty, roasty, creamy, velvety, with some milk stoutiness, and a nice berry, fruit, super smooth finish. I could drink this stuff all night long. The finish also had a slight rauchy, chocolate syrupy element to it. If anyone has older bottles of this, please beer mail me. If indeed there was a recipe change, Iíd love to do a side-by-side. Regardless, I love this beer as it is, as such, and thatís the bottom line, because DocLock said so, punks!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Draft @ The Cannery, San Francisco, CA. Almost jet black with a little tan head. Aroma is quite roasty, some licorice, milk chocolate. Flavor is nice and fruity, again some licorice and even some smoky hints. Its a bit watery, but very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JUL 26, 2004
This was a very good porter. Very dark with a quickly diminishing cream colored head. It has a nice smooth taste with the typical roasty coffee porter aftertaste. This definitely not the best porter Iíve had but it is pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Decent porter but not up to the bar that has been set by some of my recent porter tastings. Mostly this seems due the thin mouthfeel for the style - a few people have mentioned that a change of recipe recently made it this way, ie thin and bright and carbonated. If this is the case, change it back, because the flavor seems very good and is being hampered by the body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Deep mahogany pour on this one. Average sized head that soon forms a light tan colored ring in the glass. The aroma is yeasty with a strong carmel malt note. The flavor is sweet finishing with a bitter tang. Somewhat thin body, but very drinkable all around.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MysticAmbrosia (6) - Carmichael, California, USA - JUL 14, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 This Excellent Porter pours a velvety very dark brown {almost black} with a nice caramel head. Smooth and not bitter which is a plus. There is a yummy banana aroma and taste dancing in the middle along with some coffee and a rich sweet dark roastiness. Chocolate and a sweet ripe fruitiness with toffee hints abounds. Could be even better with even More rich/thick dark roastiness, coffee, sweet aged fruitiness and caramel/maple syrup and a thicker/fuller mouth feel. But still this is a very excellent porter! ~~~ I have heard that an unfortuanate change in this porter has recently taken place just a few months ago... thinner and brighter in taste, less rich etc. {This is happening far too often nowdays.} Still, this rating is for the current style. ~~~ This Is Still A Very Wonderful And Rich, Satisfying And Delicious Porter To Savour ! Excellent !

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Dark ruby brown color. Roasted barley and chocolate aroma with a hint of hops. Roasty, fruity malt flavor. Some light hop flavor in the finish. Not a bad porter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Its fun to refer to this as "Black Butt". Go on try it. Youíll laugh yourself silly. Bark Brown, no head. Great Chocolate, coffee aroma. Slightly thinnish on the tongue. Nice coffe flavors up front, with some undertones of vegetable as well. Nice, could possibly stand to be a bit more assertive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
The pint of this beer had a nice dark black color and little head. The aroma was rich with chocolate. The taste was excellent. Very smooth and after some IPAs that is a welcomed and fresh taste. Even though I am not a huge fan of porters I can say this is a quality beer no doubt. I only knock it a little for not having a full taste or much aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cstuartj (1002) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2004
This was one of my favorite Porters of all time, but then they changed it serveral months ago and itís not nearly as good now. Itís a lot íbrighterí and a bit ítinyí. The carbination seems over done and it comes off thin (compaired to what it was before). It is still a good Porter when compaired to whatís out there, but itís not nearly as good as it was.


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