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Rarity: A "great" Porter... Deschutes Black Butte annual series

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Rarity: A "great" Porter... Deschutes Black Butte annual series

TombstoneShadow | Jan 23, 2014 09:12 PM

I've claimed to "like" porters for a long time. After all, that's what we beer connoisseurs are supposed to do right?

But I'll confess I can't drink glass-after-glass of the stuff, and for every one I like there's more than one that I don't like... AND, even those I like have that dicey "tar" back-note that is sometimes welcome / sometimes not... BUT, if I'm honest with myself I'd like something more creative.

WELL, here's one well worth a look.... "Black Butte" from Deschutes Brewing. I'm sipping the Black Butte XXV right now...

I wouldn't peg this as a porter if it wasn't on the label... much more in the style of a complex stout...

.... and that tar taste? VERY understated... yes it's there but only if you focus on it...

Is this the best beer I ever had?.... Well, no. The best Porter? ... it would be in my final blind taste-off no question...

Read up on this stuff: "flavored with dates, figs, cocoa nibs.... and aged in bouron barrels with black currants"... this is GREAT, and I note that release after release of this stuff scores in the 99% area on ratebeer...

Update: just had 2 glasses of this and could easily order a 3rd... how often does that happen with porters?? Texture is creamy and rich (not thin), nice espresso head, great nose with hints of the fruit, complex BALANCED flavors.... A very serendipitous discovery.

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