Though ales and IPAs are dear to me, my favorite dark beer has to be a porter. I like stouts, but in my experience porters have less creamy, richness to them. My impulse beer cooler beer of the day is Black Butte Porter.
After taking off the bottle cap, you get a rich, malty smell. It’s not overpowering at all. Some porters beat you over the nose with the fact that they are a dark beer – not so when opening this one. Very inviting.
It pours well with a good head that lingers, and how can you argue with the nice dark color.
My first impression after taking a drink is the chocolate malts. But I have to say that this is actually a very crisp, refreshing beer. I’m not sure I have ever said this about a porter beer before. Some porter beers reflect the heavy hand of the brewer with spices, but this is very even-keeled.
Black Butte comes from the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. Someone needs to update their website, because it lists Missouri as a “coming soon” territory. I bought this bad boy a few days ago in suburban St. Louis.
However, they participated in a Missouri beer tour a few weeks ago. Dammit, how did I miss that one?
Anyway, this beer is delicious. I will be on the lookout for more from Deschutes as their distribution gets its act together here. In the meantime, my recommendation for Black Butte Porter: Drink This Beer