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RATINGS: 1948   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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3.6
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 2, 2008
12 oz bottle at New Otani Hotel, watching sunset on Waikiki beach. Pours a very dark mahogany with a think, sandy brown head. Aroma is all chocolate and pacific northwest hops. Taste is same, really good and full-bodied. The malts are really roasted dark giving caramel, dark roasted coffee and other burnt grain flavors. Really glad to find this beer as I’ve never seen it on the east coast before.

3.7
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a dark brown with slight tan head. Has aroma of roasted malts. Tastes of chocolate, burnt grain, licorice, and earth. Palate is a medium consistency with a thin clean finish.

3.5
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottled. BB 04/26/08 1200K. Beer is very dark ash brown, nearly opaque. Head is large, off-white, frothy. Quickly diminishing but mostly lasting. EKG of lacing hovering above the watermark.<P>Malt quality is rich. Moderate notes of roasted grain, chocolate, lighter notes of toasted bread crust, cafe au lait; Hoppy with light/moderate notes of resin/pine, savory herb; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Light woody/cedar note, <P>The flavor is moderately/heavily bitter, moderately acidic, lightly sweet with a long, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Slightly smoky woody finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average/lively.<P>Safe and solid.

3.4
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle as part of the homebrew trade. Black, nice very light tan head. Nose is somewhat acidic cocoa, toffee, some coffee, sweet malt. Flavor is acidic coffee, milk, roasty malt. Bittersweet finish lingers & a hint of dark fruit comes through.

3.9
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
pours gray black with a sandstone pillowy head. sweat overtones in the nose. rich and creamy with great malt and a slightly caramel finish.

3.4
asedzie (831) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep, nearly opaque brown with wispy beige head. Aroma is roasted grain, dark chocolate and nuttiness. Flavor is toastiness with a light touch of smoke, spice, hints of bitterness and sour cherry fruitiness. Palate is lively, creamy, a bit on the the thin side - but I actually thought this made it nice for a session. Really good.

3.8
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Pours a dark brown with thin tan creamy head. Wonderful sweet malty aroma. Malty roasty taste with a little bit of caramel and chocolate, slightly bitter finish. A little thin bodied, very drinkable. An everyday winter drinker for me.

4
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with jake65. Pours a very, very dark brown that allows just a glimmer of light to pass when held against the sun. Moderate tan head that lasted to the end and left sheets of lace all the way down. Very pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and just a bit of raisins. The flavor is nice with the same lightly roasted malt and chocolate along with a bit of tobacco in the aftertaste. Mildly bitter at the finish. Medium-light bodied and quite smooth. Very enjoyable.

3.3
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours in dark, nearly black with a thin beige head. The aroma was malty, earthy with some burnt aroma and some nuttiness. The flavor is malty with notes of chocolate and dark vinous fruits the most pronounced. Slightly sweet with an earthy malty finish which is slightly bitter. Mouth feel is light to medium. Pleasant not outstanding.

3.8
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2008
1/1/08 with Bikesanbeer, and Deschutes was open even though we thought we it wouldn’t be open till the next day, 6th brewery of the trip. Pours black with a half finger brown head. Nose is sweet and amazingly nice. Taste is nice and sweet, great porter, nice to have it at the source.


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