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RATINGS: 1893   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Chocolate and faint floral hops are in the aroma and follow through in the taste. Taste is mildly roasty chocolate with a nice balance, light hopped bitter finish, and light body. Mouthfeel was a bit thin in my opinion, but the porter leaves a nice coffee finish behind afterward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep, dark brown color, showing crimson edges, with an active, fizzy tan head, though quick to settle. Aroma: smooth, creamy, with a whiff of bitter hops. Taste: nice, gritty texture, but smooth thereafter. Little hop presence on the palate, but full malt, full body, and rich in cocoa, coffee flavor. Very sweet and fruity in the end, with ultimately excellent balance, and thoroughly accomplished drinkability. Overall, an excellent, everyday, workhorse porter, with no overboard flavors, just smooth, tasty, thirst-quenching and solid. One I’ve enjoyed before and would happily employ again as a session ale, if I could.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Almost black. Malty aroma with fruity tones of pach. Flavor is malky and malty. Has a salty finish but I think this one is a little too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
I had this at the Great Arizona Beer Festival in Phoenix. Pretty decent malty flavor but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22306) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2004
Bottled. Near black. Dry and roasty. Soft, yet clean and lightly soapy. Salty licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Pours a dark brown with small light tan head. Aroma is choclate and moca coffe Flavor is somewhat thin and carbonated for a porter. Roasted choclate comes through. Very tasty beer. Thanks to Indiana Red for all these great beers and #98

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
(sampled bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Hazy dark brown with small thick beige head. Rich aroma of roasted, malt, cocoa with small hints of marschmallows and banana(???). Roasted flavour of cocoa, coffee and a whif of smoke. Small notes of lime in the rosted and slightly smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3352) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Very dark brown with a noisy khaki head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has strong notes of anise and chocolate with just a touch of smoke. The flavor is nicely roasty and slightly smokey (this would go great with grilled steaks or burgers). The body is a bit thin and soda bubbly, but not enough to be irritating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Dark brown color with a airy/fluffy light tan head. Lot of lace. Raw grain and celery aromas, with hints of herbal hops. Light feel with significant spritz. Mild sweetness, with a grainy taste. Light coffee and cocoa also come out but things do not seem to meld that well. Come to think of it this does remind me of a few german porters that I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2004
Deep dark brown body, smallish diminishing dark beige head. Hops are quite subdued in this one. Very malty aroma. Notes of vanilla, roasted barley. Coffee-chocolate flavors. Finish is light, roasty and sweet (lips sticking together after a minute or 2) It’s certainly well focused on malt, but remains a bit chocolatey sweet ultimately. Fairly mild from beginning to the end which is a nice change of pace at times rather than hop bombs, but its character suffers and just leaves the impression of a straightforward well made porter. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Not quite as great as expected, but of course highly drinkable etc.

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