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RATINGS: 1968   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAY 6, 2007
12oz bottle.
Courtesy of Degarth via trade. Pours a nice soothing dark brown-black. Thin head quicky disappears. Aroma is chocolate, roasted grain and a touch of earthy hops and yeast. Flavor is roasty, earthy grains, chocolate, a small hint of caramel, gentle hop bitterness and a surprising does of dark fruit tones -- dried dark cherries perhaps. Finishes with a medium to slightly thin mouthfeel. Not bad, but I waited a year to drink this and probably should have drank it sooner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5663) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2016 Bottle. Grassy/hoppy rush of hops upon opening, followed by faint roast and medium milk chocolate. Deep ruby with a deeply tanned head, creamy and luscious. Roast chocolate taste with a little pleasant ash, tingly carbonated mf. Plums in the bg. Dry, faintly salty aftertaste. Medium body (could use more). Has some common qualities with coffee stouts. Definitely could be improved, but the product is pretty darn good as is! Thanks, Jake! [2007.04.29: 3.4]

Bottle from VE in Boardman, best by 11/27/16. Crazy-good roasty nose, fruity-malty explosion as well. Pour is not even brown, just a dark ruby, rocky tan head with some legs and lace. Taste is sweet and somewhat saccharine to me, fits nicely (traditionally) with the deep roast and earth, somewhat like lactose here, fruit is backed off by half and allows chocolate and that great roast to shine. Smooth, slightly-too sweet medium body looses some of the malt luster and sticks with me around the teeth. Still a great beer and one that artfully blends different (potentially clashing) flavor components. [2016.08.07: 3.7]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6231) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2007
Aroma of chocolate malt as well as some hoppiness. The beer is pretty black with a rapidly diminishing head. Flavor is a nice blend of chocolatey roastiness and crisp hoppiness. Actually for the style it is very crisp and goes down smooth as can be. Very easy to drink. I expected more body from the style, but I cant complain, as this was a fantastic beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
Has a slight chocolate arome with some hops in there as well.Pours black with a light tan head.Nice chocolate flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a chocolate finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
757HopHead (12) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 24, 2007
Eh, it was alright. I cant quite put my finger on what wasnt that great about it other than, 80% of the other porters I have had were better. Have been working on this 6 pack for a couple of weeks with other beers going in and out of the fridge. Wouldnt try again unless it were free or nothing else around.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
pours very dark brown wih a fairly small tan head. mostly roasted malt aroma with a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is mostly roasted malt. somewhat thin mouthfeel. good flavor overall just expected a little more out of it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and a little chocolate. Flavor is raosted malts, dark chocolate. Somewhat sweet. Medium carbonation. A little thin, but very drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
I thought this tasted a lot like the obsidian stout, as I had them one after the other--except that this would have to be considered slightly better since it is a porter. The mouthfeel is the same as well as the flavor of roasted malt and light chocolate. Not impressed.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Very dark color, very full, heavy taste. Porters always taste sweet to me, in contrast to stouts which taste dry to me. On that criteria, I could definitely indentify this as a porter. Its rich, full, sweet, an heavy. The color is absolutely impenetrable. A fair amount of head when pouring. Tastes like prune and coffee. Really nice porter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
12oz Best by 04/28/07. Pours a deep mahogany with a one finger brown head with decent retention. Aroma of roasted malt, char, brown sugar, and some bakers chocolate. Unfortunately, the aroma is kind of mild. Flavor is again char and roasted malts, some chocolate, light spicy alcohol (wtf? @5.2%?), mild fruitiness, and dry char finish. This is a bit thin on the palate with moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice.


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