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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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Dark as night color. Has the typical chocolate, malty porter aroma. Smooth a little thin, yet highly drinkable. Sweet in the flavor, comes out dry in the aftertaste. A good effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (616) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2003
brown/black in color. creamy tanish head. Watered down coffee aroma. Kind of thin, but still some good bittersweet chocolate/coffee flavors. clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2003
12 oz. One of my favorites, always goes well with a meal in my opinion. Pours not quite opaque with a deep maroon tint and a bit of sediment. The head is small and dissapates quickly. I can smell a bit of coffee and chocolate. Taste is more of the same, with a roasted, smokey flavor to compliment it. Smooth taste and it leaves a hint of the chocolate and roasted flavor on my palette. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Starts off with a black as night pour with a creamy eggnog colored head to top it all off. Bits of sediment floating around for good measure - leaves the glass coated with lacing. Not much of an aroma - just a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor has bits of coffee and chocolate notes with some trailing hop bitterness. Good thick mouthfeel - just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2003
can't believe I haven't rated this yet. This is my staple beer whenever at a restaurant or a bar with only a few taps. This is my staple because it's pure solidity - this beer is a rock: unmoveable and completely reliable, even if a tad on the predictable side. It's human nature to crave security, and this beer is liquid insurance. Immaculately rounded flavor and mouthfeel, fairly prominent roastiness with a very solid grain influence, and frighteningly smooth every inch of the way. Like a rock.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Roasted grain and caramel aromas. Nice brown/black not quite opaque body. Malty flavors dominate. Sweet. Body quite watery. Ok porter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Thin, watery, too hoppy. I made the mistake of drinking this beer along with an Alaskan Smoked Porter, a Zywiec, and a Sinebrychoff. Needless to say it was way outclassed. To sum up: it is the old milwaukee light of porters. YUK!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Pours black with tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is roasty and malty, which maybe just a touch of hops. Sweet flavor, definite coffe taste. A little watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
A great porter. I not gonna say that it defines the northwest poter like the label claims. Sierra nevada holds that title.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chazmcpheeney (4) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2003 does not count
This is my NW standby beer. I know when I order I'm going to recieve a smooth dark porter. Aside from the color, it's best attribute is the color. It's what all porters are trying to be.

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