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RATINGS: 1932   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.2
daleharshman (1065) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar (Escondido, CA). Pours black with some brownish highlights. Large carbonation bubbles stick to the side of the glass for a while, making this look remarkably like Coke or Pepsi in the glass. The one-finger off-white head quickly dissipates. Moderate aroma of roasted malts with bits of chocolate. Flavor is the same, though the chocolate comes out a bit more and lends some sweetness. The flavor altogether is somewhat on the weak side as is the palate. Finish is dry and leaves a cola-like carbonation impression on the tongue.

4.1
Kenbeer30 (44) - Texas, USA - APR 9, 2009
12 oz bottle. I DON’T GIVE ’4’ SCORES. The Deschutes Brewery overwhelmed me with this one. Poured into my shaker. Poured a 2 finger puffy head that persisted. Was thick, like cream, not bubbly like sea foam. Pours the richest of dark chocolate, while not quite black. Nose is sweet malts with smoked notes of mocha espresso. Flavor is rich, complex everything you would expect - Choc, coffee, toffee. But also has a smoked banana (Bananas Foster???) Best Porter I have tasted.

3.9
Dastrn (115) - Warsaw, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours dark brown with a little red in the light. Almost no head. The nose is dark chocolate, cherry, and bready malt. Tastes of chocolate malt, a little burnt cherry, and a nice bitter backend. All around a nice tasty porter! Very drinkable. Good as a desert beer.

3.8
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Reviewed 3/22/2009 (bottle BB 04/17/09): Pours a very dark brown black colored body, with a big frothy tan color head, decent sized bubbles. Roasted coffee aroma, but very light. Some effervescence and clean aromas. An odd kind of fruity scent, not sure what it is. Some smokiness too. Roasted light sweet coffee taste, not too heavy. Some creaminess and a somewhat watery body. Smokey flavor. Satisfying.

3.5
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2009
12 oz. bottle, courtesy of MaltOMeal. Dark black pour with a medium sized, light tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some cocoa. Flavor is a bit muted, with notes of chocolate, licorice, and some hops. Finish is a bit creamy and bitter. Good beer.

4
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2009 One of my favorite go-to beers. Pours a deep brown with a light cream head. Intense aroma with hints of chocolate. A little too carbonated and weak on the palate for a porter, in my opinion the weakest part of the beer. Wonderful taste though, strong malt with chocolate and a lingering coffee finish.

3.4
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2009
12 oz bottle: Smells of coffee and roasted malt. Very good pour and medium head. Good flavor of expresso and chocolate, but rather thin. Over all enjoyable.

4.1
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
malt,coffee,floral..pours black with nice amber tone.. easy to drink like most of there products.. best porters around

4.5
Nebulor (109) - , California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Roasted malt aroma with coffee and florals. Pours a black color with a hint of an amber hue and a minimal tan head. Dark roasted malt taste with coffee and a hint of chocolate, butter background, and has multi hop flavors of pine and some lime/grapefruit. Full bodied, resinous, bready, buttery, with soft crisp carbonation. One of the better session Porters available in the bottle.

4.2
beerbeaaach42 (3) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2009 does not count
Have not had the opportunity to have this on tap, but out of the bottle is just great! Chocolate and coffee flavors! Dark brown pour with a tannish head.


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