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RATINGS: 2006   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. Its prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottled. Such a good baseline type Porter. Nice brown mocha color. Very balanced and malty like flavors. Not aggressively sweet nor chewy, but nicely balanced. I have had better, but I have also had far worse.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottled, consumed on 12/15/07. Clear, dark brown pour. Nice head that faded fast to thin skin. Aroma is deliciously fruity: wine-like, with mocha/chocolate undertones. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Slight astringency a plus. Flavors are subtle and well-balanced: hard to pin down exactly due to the astringency making my tongue pucker! Mainly a mild roasted chocolate flavor with not much sweetness and even less bitterness. Flavor a little disappointing after the awesome aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
12 oz bottle. Brew poured like black coffe. Deep brown with a light, tan head with little lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, caramel and crystal malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a deep amber brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is malt, cocoa, and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate, and a light bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (10151) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
Very dark brown, fading to burnt gold at the edges, thick almond head with decent retention. aroma is of rich roasted malt, cream, faint vegetal (reedy) note. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, rich heavy roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Very delicious.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Draft at the Marriott bar on the Big Island. Dark pour, more carbonation than expected. Not much aroma, flavors were not overpowering- some bitter chocolate, smoke, and coffee. Overall I felt this was nothing special- nothing stood out for me with this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pour: dark chocolate brown. Head: creamy, medium, beige. Aroma: some roast, coffee, chocolate. Flavor: some roast, sweet malty body, chocolate, coffee. Palate: lively. Finish: roasty.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20321) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2016
2016-05-26, bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver, 6-4-5-2-11=28
A bit dry, thin, and not much chocolate for a Porter, also quite watery and with a light hint of cream, but nothing exciting.

2007-09-22, bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007, 5-3-5-3-10=26
Black color. Simple Ale, some sweet caramel flavor and not much more. Tasted side-to-side to the Stout it doesnt have the same character

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
ON tap at the Irvine YardHOuse. Poured a dark brown/black with smallish light brown head. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Had a subtle weirdness to it; almost sour. Solid hopping. Overall it was about average.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chwilliams (3) - Hood Rover, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007 does not count
Medium body with a balance of caramel and chocolate, then a lightly hopped roasty finish.


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