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RATINGS: 1964   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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3.1
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Pours a burnt color from the bottle with a faint tan head. You can smell the charcoal in this brew from across the room. Mild taste of dark cocoa, watery coffee, and roasted malts. Agree with xpimptastikx that this could be a session porter, but in my opinion that’s a bad thing.

4.6
RickS95 (36) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2008
This beer is exceptional...best I’ve had in a while. Thin, light brown head; beer is dark brown/black in color. Chocolate is slightly evident in the nose. Very smooth, almost buttery mouthfeel. Good lacing. Bitter finish is balanced by the sweet chocolate. Can’t wait to have another one.

3.6
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Pours a dark brown stream, with a small light brown head head, that has decent lacing. Smells smokey and roasted. Taste bittersweet, like smoke, chocolate, roasted malt. A slightly light feeling in the mouth, but very drinkable. Could be a session porter.

3.3
Skinnyviking (9767) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
Draught. High creamy and long lasting off-white head. Very dark brown almost black body. Wallnut hops aroma. Smoky creany roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee but not much hops bitterness. Low carbonation and a long smoky aftertaste.

3.5
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
I feel like this beer is slightly overrated. And is this really a porter or a stout. To me this has been confused with the Obsidian Stout (which is really a porter). Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Very creamy mouthfeel albeit a little watery. Great lacing as well. Lots of mocha in the aroma and taste but not much else. I prefer the Obsidian Stout to this by a long shot.

3.8
kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle, pours very dark brown and smells heavily of roasted malts and molasses. The flavor is heavily dominated by roasted malts, but the beer also offers some complexity with notes of chocolate, molasses, nuts, fruit (prune?) and nice balance of hops in the finish. This is actually a very nice beer; even though it’s dark, it’s fairly light bodied and very drinkable. A very nice example of a well-balanced porter, perhaps slightly on the malted side, but I enjoy that.

3.6
Berserkir (56) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma and flavor are both heavy on roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Not overly aggressive, however.

4.4
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Dark and roasty, but light bodied enough to be a session beer for those of us with cojones. Pours a beautiful, warm brown and carries you away with a well balanced array of coffee and chocolate flavors. My personal favorite beer of all time, and very affordable as well!

3.6
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 This is my light daily drinking beer. Great chilled in the summer and served warm in the winter. Dark amber. consistent thick head. Just a hint sweet malt, coffee, chocolate. well balanced, and slightly lacking a boldness of flavor that makes it an easy choice for almost any occasion. leaves no aggressive bitter aftertaste. I usually keep this on hand.

3.4
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
I thought this was just a little heavy on the black patent malt. A tad too roasty for me, but a good porter nonetheless.


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