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RATINGS: 1817   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.


2.9
   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.

1.2
   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!

3.5
   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.

3.7
   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.

4.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2003
A very drinkable porter. Relatively cheap and always leaving me wanting a second, and third, and... Nice roasted taste, but a void where smokiness should be. Feels a bit watery, texture doesn't keep up with the expectation--but that's probably why I always want more than one. Oddly, this bitter(-ish) beer often strikes me a bit too sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Nothing very special here, very straight forward porter. It had a decent sweet roasted flavor that I liked, but some smokiness would have been welcome. The mouthfeel was slightly slimey too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Bottle. Beautifully opaque black. Spongy/generous head. Could be thicker, but the roastiness of the dark malts are nice. I thought it was a pretty average porter, not sure how it's a 3.88.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Dark brown to black body, medium light tan head, coffee and chocolate nose. Body is slightly thin, but the flavor is good, with coffee and chocolate and a light finishing bitterness. 7 3 7 3 15 RERATE 4/08: Not as impressed as before. Slight sourness, watery.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6544) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Bottle (BB Jan/09). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), with notes of celery and bile. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Tainted aroma (bought from a dark cooler and still three months before the BB date, so not likely a retailer issue), grainy finish. Poor other than the appearance and mouthfeel.


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