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RATINGS: 1977   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
well water and bitter chocolate stood out the most; a bit thin; could use something to counter the bad watery taste... dont know why, but it wasnt happening for me; i prefer anchor porter...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 On tap, pours almost black with a medium dark head. Nice aroma, mostly malt and chocolate, with a touch of smoke. Clean taste, not overwhelming, same as the nose, with chocolate, some molasses, smoke, all well balanced. Good offering

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (22702) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle at Stockholm beer festival ... Deep black ... sweet ovaltine malt ... sweet roast malts little chocolate ... good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
9-26-07 bottle. Black amber color with thick foamy head. Roasted coffee aroma with hints of caramel. A little flat and unmoving on the tongue. WIsh it was more creamy and not so light on the tongue. Too bouncy for what I was expecting. Beautiful flavor and aroma and even appearance but a let-down on the palate. It isnt very rich or creamy - just smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3951) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottled. Pours an opaque black with a thin, tan head that disolves quickly. Aroma is of dry, ground coffee. Taste was roasted malt and slight unsweet chocolate. Short, finish. Solid porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Big thanks to franknbeans for this bottle.
Dark ruby brown/almost black colored pour with a nice tan head. Smell was mild but nice and of dark roast malt. Taste was dark and roasty bordering burnt. Mouthfeel was a bit too light, but was nicely carbonated. Could stand to be a touch thicker, and bolder, but still a nice roasty taste and a decent easy drinking porter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin dense dark tan head. Mild sweet roast aroma - light-bodied, lightly carbonated. Moderate bitter roast flavor with a mild finish. Not overwhelming on any sensory level, but a decent porter. Still, this was disappointing coming from Deschutes. Want to try on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (511) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Pours a very dark coffee-brown color with an off-white head. Nice rich coffee-like, chocolatey, smokey, woody aroma. Really nice full range of flavors including lots of coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts, burnt toast, some bitterness, and a bit of a sugary fruitiness. Great stuff. Nicely full-bodied with a bit of a syrupy texture. I bought this randomly, just saw it in a store... glad I took the chance on this one, Ill definitely look for it again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
This is a great porter I think that everyone who likes porter likes black butte. She a bit smoky. Not in a liquid smoke way though. Not at all artificial tasting. Good dark chocolate bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
I tried this brew from a bottle that I purchased from a 6 pack. I always just buy one...then if I dont like it, I didnt buy a whole pack. Here is my review of this American Porter: Aroma: The aroma was a hard one to nail down because so many notes stood out for me; chocolate, coffee and nuttiness all were components in this brew. Very high Malt smell. Appearance: When I poured this porter into my glass is was a very dark brown and when I held it up to the light the edges where a dark ruby, according to BJCP style guidelines is a must. The head was a two finger widith tan color and it sustained all the way through. Flavor: The flavor is quite mellow w/o a tinge of hops. Rosted malt, chocolate and coffee stand out as the foremost tastes that hit my pallette. The brew is absent to fruity or bitterness. Mouthfeel: Very deep and pillowy. Low carbonation. I noticed that the carbonation from the head laced down the glass quite nicely. Drinkability: This brew is definately drinkable. It is a nighttime drink in my opinion and would go well with a dark chocolate desert as a food pairing. Excellent example of an American Porter, I would have another. Drink more beer!!!

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