Deschutes brewery ‘black butte’ porter


image“This is the beer that started it all. A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Full of flavor, yet easy to drink.”

A really decent American brewery this one, they’re not actually pushing the envelope too far but really getting the core elements of craft brewing right. Served in a beer tulip the mat black pour produced a tight 1/2 inch head that slowly collapsed leaving a thin cap of foam on top. Laces well. As we mentioned before this brewery gets the core elements right and the dominant aromas we are getting here are creamy and roasted. Good depth on offer here with overtones of coffee, chocolate and molasses shadowing the sweet hints of berries, vanilla and caramel. Maybe a hint of licorice and spice in here too. An impressive aroma considering this is a stock standard porter. The mouth feel is definitely creamy with mild carbonation. Medium body. Slightly thin but still flavoursome. Chocolate, coffee and a subtle touch of cocoa makes for a beautiful entry on to the palate. This trio carries forward through the mid and finishes smooth and creamy with hints of roasted malt on the back end. 5.2% ABV is on the mark for this basic type of porter. Essentially, it’s a nice beer with the right flavours there’s just not enough pizzazz to make this stand out. Ok, but not great.