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RATINGS: 1965   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. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

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Beer5000 (6886) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2008
355 ml bottle. Dark mahogany red body, close to black with a medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorices and hint of chocolate. Flavor is smooth coffee, roasted malt and traces of vanilla. Almost extremely smooth and balanced, just delicious.

HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle. Black to brown pour with tan head. Good aroma, classic flavor, good body. An almost perfect imitation of the classic porter.

mmcallister (1) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2008 does not count
this is the best beer i have ever had! i’m not much of a beer snob (yet), so maybe my opinion won’t matter much. but there is nothing i dislike about this beer! makes me glad i moved to Oregon...

EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
12 oz bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin white head. Very milky aroma with some coffee and chocolate. Sweet slightly fruity with chocolate and coffee. Smooth creamy finish with bitter notes. Bit of a grainy aftertaste. Lots of malt. Good beer.

junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Severely disappointed. Looked and tasted like a cola. Too thin for my liking with no head. Chocolate was too lite in both aroma and taste. Deschutes is a great brewery so I hold their releases to a high standard. They can do better than this.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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