Black Butte by Deschutes

Tasting: August 19, 2014
Style: Porter
Beer #: 588

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Black Butte

My boys love potty humor and it shows no restraint or decorum. They snicker every time they notice the “Welcome to Butler” sign on the highway. One commented that you can’t spell Butler without butt. So, the mere sight of what looks like “butt” on this label sends them howling. I had to give up explaining the difference between a butte and a butt because the thought that I was drinking “butt” was way more entertaining.

Black Butte is a porter and if you’ve read my blog for any length of time – you know that I’m not the biggest fan of porter. While it has the same roasted characteristics as stout, it’s watery – like a stout light. I have a hard time critiquing porter – I guess it’s kind of like a serious movie critic doling out an opinion on a kid’s animated movie. They may not like the character development – when fart jokes sell tickets to people like — well my kids. Of course, the occasional porter fills a role. When a stout is too heavy or too boozy – a porter can deliver as a worthy alternative. Since we are between summer and fall weather – tonight feels like the night to crack open Black Butte.

Black Butte is from Deshutes Brewing out of Portland, Oregon and has availability in just three states east of the Mississippi River. This particular bottle comes by way of Ohio. Really nothing unexpected here and the flavors are pretty straightforward. I get a mild bitterness of coffee and cocoa mixed with some sweetness of toffee. As you’d expect, I’ll mention the watery flavor. All in all, Black Butte is a pretty fair example of porter and I’ll put it at 87 points.

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