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Deschutes Black Butte Porter 
Posted: 6 November 2015  Beer Republic 7.0 
Deschutes Black Butte Porter from USA 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  Type: Porter   
       


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 barley.          

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.   

Deschutes has nothing to apologize for.      

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