Deschutes Black Butte Porter
Black Butte Porter. Deschutes Brewery. Bend, Oregon.
I love porter!
I’ve previously enjoyed this brewery’s Obsidian Stout.
Slightly tan head fades fast.
Sometimes hard to rate these black beers as having a good appearance, especially when the have no head, but this one has a head.
It looks like a beer.
And that’s usually what I want out of beer.
I must have coronavirus. For real this time? Another false alarm? What is wrong with my nose? I don’t have the nose for beer tasting. Am I a beer-tasting failure?
Aimee objects: “No! It smells like caramel and banana”.
Clearly, she does not have the coronavirus.
Aimee unpeels a banana and makes me smell it. That does indeed smell like a banana.
I smell the beer.
Aimee is now eating the banana. I am disappointed in her beer-tasting discipline. She has banana-palate now.
I smell the beer again.
I am obligated to rate this lowly, though it does not smell offensive.
More bitter than some porters, which I appreciate. I don’t love beers that are just malt, though I do love malty beers.
I wish this were hoppier still though.
It tastes like malt. I have no other description. Just simple and malty.
The Ayinger Celebrator dopplebock was another beer I recently had that I could only describe as malty, just super prominent malt and nothing else.
This is darker and roastier and not as sweet.
That one I didn’t like much at all.
This is a decent drinking beer.
This is not a heavily carbonated beer, and porters without a lot of carbonation really hit you with the syrupy mouthfeel.
This is surprising and disappointing.
I thought their Obsidian Stout was excellent, a beer I could drink all the time, and I expected this to be comparable.
Now I want to go back and review a case of those again. Have my tastes changed? They constantly do.
And thankfully so; life is so interesting when things are changing.
Anyway, this is fine, but boring.
I wish it had more character, more hops, more carbonation. Just something to help it stand out.