805: Black Butte Porter

805 - Black Butte PorterName: Black Butte Porter
Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Bend, Oregon
Style: American Porter
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.20%
First Brewed: 1988
Price: $1.49

Tasting Notes
Pours a deep mahogany with a khaki-colored head; aromas of milk chocolate and roasted coffee dance from the glass. Expect flavors of chocolate and espresso with a creamy finish that would par well with many foods – from cheeses to grilled meats to desserts.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I have had this beer before, and have always been impressed with it. I actually tell people this is the only beer this brewing company should make. It is one of their flagship beers, and one of their best to date. Some of their limited releases are good, but nothing to write home about. This one is just a good daily drinking beer that I will/have ordered time and time again. Pretty sure Sheryl just ordered a bottle this weekend. I am having a really busy day, but found some time this evening to break and drink. So… let’s drink!

In the Glass: This beer is black as night, and has a nice thin tan head that just sits there for a few minutes. It’s not thick, even though I poured this cold, and it is just sitting there begging to be consumed. Oh, big news for me. Well, I think it is big news. A few days ago, last week actually, I took and passed the certified beer server test. So… I am now a certified beer server! That is the first level of to becoming a cicerone, and is something that I really want to accomplish in my life. Not sure master cicerone is in the cards… only six of those in the world. But I am pretty sure, with enough training, I can become a certified cicerone. Anyway, back to the beer.

Nose: There are a ton of malts up front, and then the finish is a burnt dark chocolate aroma that reminds me of dark candy bars I used to eat growing up. I never liked dark chocolate, but that has changed over the years. Of course, my dark chocolate wasn’t in a glass back then! I remember eating candy bars while playing golf. Now I eat energy bars, but still. That is what this beer makes me think of. This beer will also be the beer of the week at Total Wine & More. (Did I tell you guys about the beer of the week we are running at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale?)

Flavor: Those same malts I was smelling hit the front of the palate, and becomes nice and creamy as it slides across my palate. I am going to let this heat up a little bit, but I am impressed with how creamy it is. Not thick… just creamy. I like that word. Creamy. On my second sip, I swished the second sip around for a few seconds, and while it became overly carbonated, it did open up some more chocolate flavors. I bet this, barrel aged, would do well. Do they age this? Hmm… they should!

Mouthfeel: Creamy. I bet you knew that was coming! This beer is, at first, thin and cold (drinking it cold) and as I begin to swallow, the beer really opens up and offers a nice creamy flavor that I didn’t expect. The burp is nice, too. Do you like how, when I burp, I tell you what I am experiencing? Part of the package we offer here on 1001 Bottles!

Aftertaste: For a beer that is this affordable, I am impressed with the finish and the aftertaste. It doesn’t last a long time, but what sticks around are those soft drying malts that I could smell the second I poured this bottle. You can sometimes find this on sale, too. Like at Total Wine & More. (Consider that a plug for one of the blog sponsors. I wonder if anyone at Total Wine even reads this blog…)

This is a good beer from a consistently good brewing company that I wasn’t able to get back east. There are a few bottles from them on our list, including some BA beers and some that are not even ready to drink according to the label. Most beer isn’t intended to be consumed fresh. Hey, buy it now… drink it in a year! OK, sign me up. Black Butte Porter is great, and because of this beer, I am going to plan a long weekend to Bend so we can see/drink this stuff at the source. Cheers!

Black Butte Porter – The bottle says: “AN OPENING VOLLEY, THIS PIONEERING DARK ALE SIGNALED DESCHUTES’ RENEGADE INVENTIONS. ITS CREAMY MOUTHFEEL, COMPLEX LAYERS, HOP EDGE AND CHOCOLATE FINISH PERSONIFY PASSION-FORWARD BREWING.”

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Today we are reviewing Deschutes Black Butte Porter.  I’ve had this beer several times, so I know that it’s pretty good.  Deschutes is a pretty popular brewery here in the valley.  It’s not located here, but it is a west coast brewery located in Oregon.  The Black Butte Porter is very dark and thick.  The color is pretty much black, and you can’t see anything through the glass.  It had some foam at the top when it was poured, but not a lot now.  It smells a lot like dark chocolate, which I look.  This looks like a tasty beer, just my style.  Let’s try it!

This is honestly just a really good porter.  It has a lot of dark chocolate flavor, and a bit of coffee in there.  It’s very flavorful, just the kind of flavor I like in a beer (remember, porters and stouts are my favorite!) and it goes down smooth.  It’s a little thick and kind of frothy, but not overly so.  This beer is just well balanced, both in flavor and mouthfeel.  I’m very impressed.  I don’t have a lot to say about this beer other than if you are a fan of porters, I think this one is practically perfect.  It may not top my favorite Maui Coconut Porter, but it comes close.  This is one I would definitely buy again and again.

Rating: 4/5

804 bottles of beer on the wall…

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