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RATINGS: 2003   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2011
A lesson in the underestimation of beer dating. Gift from a friend in 2006. Bottle dated best by 02/20/07. Stored cold since. Drinks much the same as many of the past descriptions. Head fizzed audibly, almost seltzer-like, died to thin rim lacing in 20 seconds, yet zippy, fine bubble in each lovely sip. Coffee, cocoa, pipe tobacco on nose. Creamy and lively texture. "Sweet & dry" chocolate, root (sassafras et al), and black tea. A tribute to the integrity of this beer. Perfect on a raw October night in CT. Thanks Zep!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1415) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Pours dark brown with a thinner khaki head that leaves some spotty lace. Nose involves milk chocolate, nutty notes, toasted malt, a light hint of smoke, and cherry. Fairly sweet, decently bitter. Lighter to medium bodied, actively carbed, slick feel, with a toasty chocolaty finish. A decent dark session beer, but its missing something for me. Id love some rye-influenced spicy, maybe a more pronounced roasted note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (2056) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle - Shady Pines, Sydney. An opaque brown with a small but mostly lasting, somewhat lacing light tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, liquorice, roasted malt, dark and dried fruits, and smoke. The palate echoes the nose with an additional creamy vanilla characters. Medium to full in body, medium carbonation with an oily mouthfeel and a long finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sidnne (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Poured from a bottle. Pours deep brown with thick head, mild lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, toast. Delicious smooth flavor to match. Only downside is that its a bit too thin and watery. It would be better if it were a little more creamy. Would probably be amazing on Nitro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (1002) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/20/08. My least favorite thing about this was the smell, there wasnt much there to speak of. Other than that it was pretty decent, Flavor was of a strong dark chocolate, kinda dry and bitter, with coffee, and a slight nutty presence in the finish. Mouthfeel was a little on the light side, but it was o.k. Overall it was a pretty good porter, thats worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SloaneRanger (10) - - MAY 7, 2017
Nytt kunnon porterilta vaahtoineen. Tuoksu maltainen ja hieman kuiva. Maku ei niin vivahteikas, harmittavan kevyt runko. Paikoin mys vetinen. Sinns helposti juotava perus-porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CraftyHare (53) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2017
355ml pours cola brown with tiny off-white head. Subtle earthy aroma with a little cocoa and brown sugar. Flavours of roasted malt, cocoa, ash, espresso, and a little nuttiness. Overall a bit thin and watery. Flavour diminishes quickly at the finish leaving a slightly sour citrusy taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agent_persik (731) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 21, 2017
Black colour, medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruits, coffee. Dry sweet taste, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Very nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SONOFWODEN (54) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2017
Overall, this Porter was "ok" to good, but not great, and would not be a contender against Founders. It pours with a decent head. It has light chocolate and coffee aromas, a slight bitterness in the taste, but the body was too thin for me. It reminded me more of a Stout than a Porter. I was hoping for more body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (672) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - APR 15, 2017
Pours brown with a frothy off white head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, with dank notes, like old cheese. Taste is bittersweet, with notes of chocolate. Light fruity undertones, but the chocolate stays dominant. Body stays to the lighter side of medium. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Olo13 (200) - POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Aroma is even ok, some roastness, some coffee, some chocolate. But taste is very weak. No body, it is like water, so totally not creamy mouthfeel.

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