‘Black Butte Porter’ is good, even when it’s not in season


Black Butte Porter
Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR
5.2% ALC, 30 IBU

It’s a little out of season, but “Black Butte Porter” from Deschutes Brewery has been one of my favorite beers since I began to indulge. I thought it was time I slipped in a shout-out, though many of you might already be familiar with this ale’s solid qualities.

The first reason for forming and developing a lasting relationship with “Black Butte”: you can find it just about anywhere, even at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. I asked what dark beers they had and I was offered “Black Butte” or Guinness. Guess which one I picked.

“Black Butte” is a great spin on the porter style. It is very aromatic with sweet, coffee and chocolate notes. The coffee flavor strikes first in the sip and the chocolate follows up in the swallow. There is medium carbonation and the body is a little on the heavy side for a porter, but it retains the spiciness and slight sourness of a porter and the result is a successful melding of attributes.

Best yet, going along with “Black Butte” being so easily available, and despite the porter being typically a more wintery imbibe, I feel I could drink this beer, snow or shine; anytime, anywhere; ‘till the cows come home; or your personal idiom of choice.