Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Beer of the Month: Deschutes Brewery - Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Black Butte Porter
We always have a few bottles of Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte Porter tucked away in our pantry. I love to use it when cooking all kinds of cuts of meat in my slow cooker. One of my favourite applications of this porter is for Pulled Pork...yum!

Every once and awhile I'll reach for a bottle of it on the top shelf and find that there are none left. This is because Black Butte Porter is not only lovely for cooking with, its also one of Shawn's fav beers to drink.

This will be the pick for May's Beer of the Month. Its basically been a horrible spring here in the northwest so I think I can getaway with a porter for a spring pick ;-)

I'm not a fan of rich dark beers so Shawn helped me out with some of the tasting notes...

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Brewery - Black Butte Porter
-Tasting Notes-

Aroma: Coffee, hint of dark chocolate, malt.

First sip: Crisp beer with earthy tones. The texture is thicker than expected.

2nd-3rd sip: Taste is bitter with a slight metallic tang and heavy roasted malt undertones.

Aftertaste: There is a bite at the back of your tongue. There is a lingering flavour of slightly over-baked crusty bread or even slightly burned chocolate cake. The malt flavor is also present.

Comments: After awhile the flavours mellow out and the carbon becomes more pronounced. Shawn thinks this beer would be better on nitrous as opposed to its natural carbonation. For a rich heavy beer this is easy drinking, allowing you to have several of them. Overall, it's good for drinking and cooking :)