RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Butte Creek Organic Porter pours into the pint dark brown, almost black in color. Porters are honest ales, they taste like they look - Rich, dark and chocolaty, with not so subtle undertones of caramel and coffee. But unlike its dour dusky look, it flows through the mouth with a velvety smooth texture, and finishes with just a hint of hop crispness derived from traditional aroma hops. This is a powerful porter that can be enjoyed with bangers and mash, a hearty meal or even paired with a fine desert. 6.0% ABV, OG 14.5, IBU 18.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Just snagged this single at Whole Foods while I was grabbing my sandwich. Nothing too exciting here, but it must be healthy because it’s organic.

DrNosha (2572) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2017
12oz Flasche. Dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier, beiger flacher Schaum. Es duftet und schmeckt nach Röstmalz, dunkler Schokolade und etwas Kaffee. Recht süffig.

RobertDale (6755) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate, and coffee. Thin body. Decent.

beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Dark brown with almost no lacing. Very weak nose of light malt, some toffee and grains. And you really have to sniff hard for it. Taste is more noticeable; consisting of roasted barley, some coffee and chocolate. Very thin,watery body. The flavor is there, but could use a little more character.

obxdude10 (2366) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2016
Very dark brown pour with a very small brown head. There wasn’t a whole lot of lacing left in the glass. The body was extremely light and very bland on the flavors. I got a small hint of cream and chocolate with some really light and grassy hops, but that was about it. This beer was very short on flavor.

shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate barley malt and hay aroma. Very dark brown with moderate tan head. Moderately sweet coffee, chocolate malt, and very light bitter hay flavor. Nice body. Kind of light but pleasant.

beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Pours a deep caramel brown color with an off white head. Toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee and earthy aroma. Toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, nut and light coffee flavors. Medium thin body and average carbonation with a light chocolate and toast finish.

Fwamps (14) - - JUN 1, 2015
Nice nutty aroma and nice malty flavor with a hint of smoky. A little light (color) for a porter but tasty and slightly refreshing- surprising for a porter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

floydslip (417) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Dark cola-colored beer with a rich light beige root beer head. Rather weak nose of cocoa, nuts, and dark grain, but you need to search for it. Flavor is thankfully stronger with chocolate, almond, and toffee giving way quickly to a light roasted bitterness, but nothing lingers particularly long. The mouth feel is a bit thin for a porter too. Ok I guess, but so many better options for this style.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2015
I bought three bottles of Butte Creek beers when I was at Mendocino’s taproom in Ukiah and all but one seem to be old. That’s a really terrible way to run a taproom (but that’s the subject for another sermon). Of the three that were old, Butte Creek Organic Porter has at least held up fairly well. Tangy to be sure, but the base brew is still detectable. I’m sure this would be more than simply an above-average beer when it’s fresh.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 8/31/14 and cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark brown hue, though more of a dark burgundy when held up to the light. Pours to a small layer of tan foam which never completely dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark malts with slight fruity character. Mild though.

Taste: What separates porters from stouts is that they rely on their sweetness rather than intensely roasted and bitter malts. That’s evident here as there’s no roasty sensation at all, though it’s certainly nothing in the amber malt range. Mild notes of dark fruit or dried fruit with a hint of milk chocolate and perhaps some iced coffee undertones. I do get some slight metallic or astringent tanginess on the finish, but it’s fairly minor. What’s here is at least enjoyable, but not amazing.

Drinkability: For an old bottle, Butte Creek Organic Porter still drinks surprisingly easy. The mouthfeel is a little tepid, but in no way flat or watery. Soft and smooth in texture with a finish to match; it leaves virtually no aftertaste. At 6% ABV it should have more body and complexity than this, though. Perhaps it does when it’s fresh but it’s unlikely I’ll ever know.

Score: 6/10

retinadoc (240) - - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle. Average, hoppy nose. Dark brown color. Very smooth, medium sweet porter. No knockout flavors, but very well finished. Very smooth, in contrast to other porters with much higher ABV’s and stronger chocolate/malt flavors. Delightful!

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