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RATINGS: 1701   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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hilladen99 (25) - Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2001
A tasty porter. If someone says, ’i don’t like dark beer’ give them a black butte and they’ll change their mind.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2001
Very good and filling. I could drink this all day, and have.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WickerNipple99 (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2001 does not count
Probably the best American brewed porter in existence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2001
Good coffee flavour, not too bitter. Lingering roasted chocolate finish. Could use some more depth, but good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 3, 2001
Black Butte sets the standard for American porters with its malt-packed palate and rich coffee/chocolate flavor. This is a very balanced beer, one that goes down remarkably easy for a dark brew. Highly recommended.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skawave99 (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2001 does not count
This is some mighty fine porter. The Deschutes Brewery does a good job of making some of the finest beer in the US.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stove Top (43) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2001
A very good beer. Nice chocolate toasty aroma. Real smooth and drinkable. Many think of dark beers as heavy and chewy...this is not. One of my favorite dark beers.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2000
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Dark brown colour, not so much carbo or head. Cheap chocolate aroma with a bit of nuttiness. Bog standard porter flavours with toastiness, hints of coffee and vague nuts. Thin body, spritzy off-dry finish. I’ve never understood the popularity of this beer and a decade after I first tried it Black Butte still fails to impress me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2000
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2003 Draught @ Papago As it was “Deschutes Promo Night” at “Papago Brewery”, and even thought I had some foot surgery scheduled the next day, there was just “No Way” I would pass up this “Great” opportunity to sample some of the best beers available in these here United States, and trust me I was not disappointed by the fine turn out and the great beer rep from Deschutes, just another class act from a “Classic American Brewery”. Not your prototypical porter color, a beauteous blackberry color as it set in my “Papago Monk Club Goblet”, the head Bunyanesque in size, creamy in texture, the color a light tan and as the head ever so slowly dissipated, a thick and glutinous sheet of lace formed to meld with the goblet. Lots of malt and a fine hint of toasted grain in the crisp and fresh nose, a treat for this old schnozzle, start sweet, the top middling in its feel. Finish is benignly carbonated, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, and a real nice porter that is not overpowering, just plain “Good Drinking”!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2000
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 Nice and dark, with deep-red highlights. Rich mouthfeel. Roasty, toasty, chewy, and aromatic. Rather tasty porter. Curious fruitiness in the background. Wholesome and easy to drink.


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