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RATINGS: 1997   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFanDan17 (1101) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Very good porter on draft at Andrew’s in Vancouver, WA. Very good balance of malt, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Poured rich black with a creamy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours a dark brown, with a small creamy light tan cap. Pretty nice nose, lots of rich caramel and sweet dark malts just exploding in the air. Lots of toffee and dark fruits as well. The flavor was pretty thick and creamy as well. Really full on the palate. Lots of caramel and roasty malt mixed in there. Toffee and some molasses are noticeable, with some dark fruit character as well. Really nice, well done porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2008
One of the best porters I have ever had. Usually I think of Porters as beers that weren’t quite good enough to be a stout, but this one reminds me what a porter can be. There is cocoa and tobacco. Charcoal taste. Vey light bourbon, which means the bourbon hasn’t ruined a good beer, and instead compliments it. Some oak. Thick and heavy palate. Fairly bitter. Thanks Skyview.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1562) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Another one of the little bottles from Deschutes, this time a promising dark brew: the Black Butte Porter (no 2nd grade jokes please.) It looks as it sounds - very dark black body and a fuzzy darktan head, with an aroma in tribute to Guiness, alongside the smell of the non-sweet bits of raisins, hickory wood and a shot of Coca-Cola. Simple, yes, but straightforward and inviting. The taste has a comfortable mouth feel, both light and slaking, but doesn’t feel unnatural, even in the setting of a dark beer. The flavor is mild, with meaty smoke and raisin prominent again, and a little brown sugar, perhaps replacing the aroma’s Coca-Cola, as the sweeter half. Mostly I’m in awe at how "light" this beer feels, but how the flavors are typically associated with the deeper, darker end of the pool. This for me makes a good casual drink with dark flavors in a light container. A winner from Deschutes!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tuohyam (14) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
This beer is my standard for excellence. It’s not over priced and the taste is fantastic. This is the best porter I’ve had and a beer I always go back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in McKinney, TX. Pours a nice translucent dark brown with ruby hues. Aroma of obvious nice dark roast with some slight band-aid. Flavor has a nice dark roast with some almost off-flavor medicinal notes. Palate is medium body with medium carbonation....I was hoping this would be a better beer, butt none the less, it is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle from brewdad, thanks! Almost a black pour with a light tan head. tons of lacing. Smells of creamy matls, chocolate and maybe some caramel. Flavor is very creamy, toasty and some chocolate. Creamy as hell and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottled: Pours a dark brown that almost resembles Coca Cola with a tan lacing. Tastes of roasted malts and chocolate. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. Taste is also of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nuttiness. Finish is lightly bitter. Mouth is big and creamy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Sweet earthy aroma. Plum, cherry, mild chocolate, coffee, and toffee notes. Smoky roasted malts. Flavors of mocha, root vegetable, mild nutty + carmelly roasted malts. Gets slightly bitter in finish, hint of hops. Big Malty palate, dry finish. Creamy palate.

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