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RATINGS: 1948   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. Its prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Second rating: When you get a good bottle of this, its almost all the way lovely. Fabulous head, very smokey character as a porter should have, it is actually mild aside from that, and medium-bodied.

Original rating (3.3/5): Medium-intensity aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours very dark opaque brown with nice head that diminishes over time. Flavor is quite mild, and palate even milder, which probably affects my perception of the flavor. I could get more from my porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - MAY 26, 2005
Bayside Cafe - Bellingham, Wa Deep black fine brown bubblew with deep roasted malt flavor. Creamy and smooth, no acidity or bitterness, just smooth and sweet

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cansdap (17) - Madisonville, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Another beer that Id MUCH prefer on draft than in a bottle. On draught, it has a nice roasted flavor with a well balanced low hop presence. In the bottle, it is a little above average for what Id call a porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2968) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Opaque ruby-jet with nice beige foam top that looks like uneven pond ice. The flavour is a tangy roast with some toast in there. Sourish toasted coffee flavour with significant residual sweetness. Notes of vanilla and no real bitterness. Light to medium body with mild carbonation. Nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2005
From notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona: Draft. Dark and cloudy brown with diminishing beige head. Light malt aroma. Flavor is malt with some herbal hops. A bit thin, but has a nice dry finish. Sorry but those are the notes...........the conditions were harsh to take notes in. The ratings stand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Black with a Cedar tint, 1/4 inch dirty head fell fast, dark sweet aroma, smooth and well balanced, rather pleased with this wallmart purchase, Ill have another

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
What else is there to say but, EXCELLENT, GREAT, AWESOME in all catagories for beer ratings, these guys have is ALL together.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle. Head retention wasnt there but the aroma was. Busting out with sweet cocoa, malt and caramel. Taste is subtle and balanced, with just the right combination of malt and hop. Some vanilla was detected as well as roasted malts and chocolate. Id love to try this on cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34355) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 A black beer wih a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of roasted malt, but also hints of chocolate. The flavor is sweet and again with roasted malts being most dominant and leading to a dry roasted end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonsk45 (17) - Santa Fe, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
great beer, one of my favorites. very nice appearance. great chocolately flavor with a nice smooth finish. definitely worth trying

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