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RATINGS: 1851   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quillaraymi (89) - USA - SEP 3, 2005
MMMMM....buen sabor, aroma y deja una rica sensacion. El sabor sutilmente dulce pero con un amargor despues depasar un trago. MUY agradable...aunque no se porque no es my favorita :S

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts with hints of licorice and smoke. This poured black with thin slightly tan head that quickly disappeared, but left a rim of lacing on the edges. Roasted flavor was dominant with a slight bitter hop finish and a lingering taste of licorice. This could have stood a tad more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2005
More appreciation to rather wohlfs for the Deschuts beers!

Rating # 805
Pours a charcoal black body and a fluffy tan head. The aroma is filled with cold pressed coffee, coco, and a hoppy pine like bitterness. The flavor is rather earthy and raw. More coffee, chocolate, toffee, a spot of smoke…. very chary and dry in the finish…the palate seems middle-of-the-road but more towards the thin side… I must admit that I am a bit surprised to see such high scores here… a nice beer but seems a rather basic porter to me… but what do I really know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Indiana_Red via trade. Very roasty with lots coffee and grain. Dark chocolate is there but really dominated by the roastiness. Pours a dark brown with red hilights and a small tan head that quickly fades to a ring. Roasted malt and hints of chocolate up front with a real nice balanced roasted grain, coffee, and very light pine hop finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with Indiana_Red - Thanks Ken! - Poured black with a short offwhite head that quickly dissipates to a film but hangs steady for some lacing around the edges.. Aroma is thick chocolate like opening a bag of chocolate chips. Also some good roasted malt aroma as well. The flavor is chocolate and some toasted roasted malts. Sweet, yet a nice dry finish. A great creamy mouthfeel yet watery enough to know that it is a porter and not a stout. Good carbonation. This is a very good porter!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
A chocolatey flavor, semisweet, smoothly carbonated, decently thick mouthfeel, not overpowering. A very drinkable beer, but with lots of character. I am a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
On tap at Portland City Grill. Pours dark brown (almost black) with a medium beige head. Roasty, mocha aroma. Flavor has plenty of caramel, then roasted malt with a bit of coffee and mocha at the end. Pleasantly sweet. Roasty, but not burnt finish. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Great Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
idahocoastie (1) - ferndale, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005 does not count
Wonderful beer. Full hop/malt flavors, sweet finish. Very drinkable. Good with venison, or ribs. Enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Deschutes’s porter is very sweet and fruity, which isn’t my style. The mouthfeel is thin and fleeting, and the flavor is somewhat watery. Though Deschutes’s stout is pretty decent, this porter is disappointing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PaulGator22 (9) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2005 does not count
I’ve had this beer on trips out to Oregon. Nice dark color and aroma, hints of chocolate. Very smooth beer.

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