405. Deschutes – Black Butte Porter

Deschutes - Black Butte PorterAfter a very nice night out at Perennial Artisan Ales, where I had their Vermilion and Abraxas, we headed back to my friend Joe’s house. He dug into his beer stash and pulled this beer out. I checked my list and was amazed I had not yet tried this beer yet (despite my visit to the Oregon Brewers’ Festival, even having brunch at the Deschutes Public House before the festival).

Location:¬†Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, at my friend Joe’s house in St. Louis, MO.

Numbers: 5.2% ABV,  30 IBUs, 192 Calories

Ingredients: Malt: Pale, Carapils, Chocolate, Crystal, Wheat. Hops: Cascade, Bravo, Tettnang.

Appearance & Aroma: As you might expect, it was black in color and it had a pretty thick, foamy head that stuck around and left plenty of lacing on the glass.  There was a roasty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste & Feel: The body was medium, and thanks to the foamy head, it had a slightly creamy, smooth mouthfeel.  The flavors up front were semi-sweet with a roasty coffee-like malt flavor.  In the middle, the roastiness was accompanied by hints of chocolate with the coffee flavors staying prominent.  In the finish, there was very little hop bitterness, only a hint of bitterness from the roasted coffee flavors, and the coffee roastiness and dark chocolate flavors remained in the aftertaste for a bit.

Food Pairing:¬†This beer had a nice amount of roasty, coffee, and dark chocolate like flavors, and even while drinking it, I was almost craving a piece of chocolate cake. ¬†I’d pair it with a chocolate dessert – either cake, brownies, or even ice cream – as the beer would add a complex, additional mix of coffee and roasty flavors to the pairing.

Overall Impression:¬† ¬†With a slightly creamy, and smooth mouthfeel, it was pretty drinkable, and the roastiness of the beer, along with the coffee and dark chocolate flavors made it complex. ¬†These flavors were pretty balanced, as one did not overpower another. ¬†Overall, I thought it was a very good beer, a nice representation of the style, and one I’d probably recommend for someone who wanted to try a solid porter.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Author: kkozlen

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