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RATINGS: 2011   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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.

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3.4
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours black with a tan head. Very heavy carbonation. Aroma is of malt, caramel, and dark fruit. Creamy mouthfeel. Doesn’t taste much like a porter. It’s very sweet with hints of fruit and caramel malts. Lingering taste of weak coffee. Very drinkable, and worth drinking again.

3.8
stchloe (1017) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Great smoky and chocolate taste. By fare and away one of the best beers from Deshutes, and best porter for the price. Only a moderate ABV, but full bodied and substantial.

3.7
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Soft chocolate and rated malt nose. Molasses color with a slight orange hint when held up to a light, creamy tan head. honey roasted chocolate toast sweetness, balanced by some smoky bitterness. Full carbonation, medium body, with a slight smoky chocolate finish. Really fine Porter, rich and full of flavor, but has a real easy drinking quality to it.

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a rich light brown head and black color with red tint. Aroma is ashy, sharpness (acidic?), dark malt-chocolate/cocoa. Taste is rich/sweet dark malt-chocolate/cocoa, ashy/peat, some citrus in background which probably is part of what provides the hops bite. Nicely done northwest porter/black IPA. The aroma had me wondering but JWC215 helped me on that so… Thanks Russ Powell.

3.6
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Pours black with a white cream top. Smells of dark chocolate malt. Roasted coffee flavor that is followed by a nice light and sweet flavor. Smooth porter.

3.1
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Dark reddish brown with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt coffee and caramel notes. Flavour likewise with a sweet end.

3.5
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Dark black body with a fluffy head. Plum in the aroma with a lot of sweet malts. It’s a bit thin on the palate and lacking in flavor but coming in with what I felt was plum and chocolate with a hint of roasted woody nuttiness. Not bad by any means, but not very remarkable.

3.9
jonahkorbes (8) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 A very nice porter. Pours dark, dark brown with the slightest viscosity. Fair head with good lacing all the way down. Very pleasant complex aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel and a wee hint of wood. Good full flavor with the right amount of hops. Very drinkable; one of my favorites.

3.5
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2008
Bouteille brune de 12 oz. Arômes de chocolat et de grains rôtis, avec une légère touche houblonnée. Robe noire, laisse filtrer la lumière, peu de mousse. Goût chocolaté accompagné d’une légère touche de fumée. Arrière-goût peu amer de torréfaction. Une porter dans les règles de l’art.

3.4
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to MaltOMeal. Best by 10/17/08. Pours surprisingly light colored for a porter. Though it appears black in the glass, close inspection during the pour shows a brownish red, dark Brown Ale color more than what I would associate with the traditional porter color. Anyways, has a nice off-white head with very good lacing. Aroma is a nice creamy chocolate, classic porter aroma. Some maltiness and biscuit-type smells are present as well. Seems like a mix between a porter and a brown ale and I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Flavor is chalky, mild chocolate, mild in general. Medium to light bodied. This seems like a session beer. Very, very drinkable, could drink this endlessly. While this is a nice session porter I don’t think it can hold up to some of the bolder examples in the style (like Edmund Fitzgerald).


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