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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
I first discovered this beer back in the early 90's in college and have always liked it. It might be a little on the thin side, but still a nice roasty malt balance with some american hops as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
This is beer for the masses. Thin, watery, grocery store beer. Where's the porter?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 A warm, smokey flavor. Traces of coffee and chocolate. One of my regulars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Dark brown almost black with creamy tan head. The head dwindled down to about an eighth of an inch and stayed there. Some lacing down the glass during enjoying this brew. Nice malt and coffee aromas that tell of what to come. This porter practically melts on the way down. It's nice and smooth with great roasted malt and coffee flavors that coat the tongue. Could be a little bit stronger, but it's still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Brown with reddish highlights, small tan head and good lace. The aroma hints of smoky burnt malts, mocha, molasses, hazelnut, coffee, aromatic hops and ripe plum. The taste starts sweet but then a good dose of bitterness follows. Undertones of smokey peat, coffee and fruity twang. The finish is mostly bittersweet. The mouthfeel is dry, lively and thin. Easier to drink than some porters, almost a session brew. Solid enough. Thanks loweredsixth for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Brown/black color,small tan head that faded quickly to leave little behind.The aroma was roasty malt and chocolate with maybe just a faint hint of smoke and coffee.The taste was lightly chocolate and a decent coffee taste with a nice amount of roasty malt flavor.The smoke is still kind of faint and the after taste is a medium bitter chocolate.This was a fairly decent brew with lots of nice flavors and a pretty decent balance that come out to make this a highly drinkable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2004
From bottle. Pours opaque with nice thick foamy tan head. Aroma is esters and coffee and some hops. Flavor is smoky, sweet, caramel -- nicely balanced with very little bitterness. Essentially has properties of a flavorful stout but with sweet hoppy tones that make for a very nice porter. Seems true to the style to me. Tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Typical porter characteristics with the exception that this had a lingeringly chalky taste that bugged me. Other than that it was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Dark reddish black, almost opaque actually, with adequate carbonation but very little head. Dense, full mouth feel, though not heavy as Porters go. Coffee and chocolate taste, good bitter finish. A really nice beer but not one that I got excited about. On the other hand, with only 5.5% alcohol it makes a better session beer than my favorite porters and stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (538) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This is one good porter! Plenty of of chocolate & coffee flavours in the mix. I'm pleased to enjoy this one in the bottle but..my favourite pub also has it on tap from time to time.

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