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Deschutes Black Butte Porter
Posted: 6 November 2015
Black Butte Porter is popular. It's the United States'
best-selling craft porter, and it succeeds as a Pacific
Northwestern redefinition of an old style. Black Butte
Porter is the beer that put Deschutes on the map.
Avg price/liter: USD 5.30
ABV %: 5.2
If my memory serves me
correctly, I tried the Deschutes Black Butte Porter for the
first time at Deschutes brewpub in the Pearl District of
Portland in September 2012.
Or maybe my memory doesn't
serve me correctly. There is a chance I never
tried it. I tried a few craft breweries in the
Portland area. I didn't journal what I was drinking.
In retrospect, I hope I
didn't try the Black Butte Porter at Deschutes. I can
get it now in Thailand. I hope I took the time to
sample something I can't get here.
Black Butte Porter is
popular. It's the United States' best-selling craft
porter, and it succeeds as a Pacific Northwestern
redefinition of an old style. Five malts are used and
three types of hops, the signature Pacific Northwestern
Cascade being one among them. The brewer notes mention
rich chocolate and coffee tastes and a roasted finish.
All that would better describe a stout, which historically
used roasted unmalted barley whereas a stout utilized malted
Black Butte Porter is the
beer that put Deschutes on the map, and two decades on,
after other upstarts have begun saturating the market with
their own innovative porters, Deschutes Black Butte remains
one of the porters you just have to try.
Black Butte is a volcano in
the Deschutes National Forest located not so far from Black
Butte Ranch resort in Central Oregon. It's an
Oregon landmark and Deschutes wisely snapped it onto their
beer labels. Other breweries have since followed suit
with that naming convention, and all too often, they
embarrass the landmark they've named their beer after.