A lovely October evening is winding down and I’m settling in to watch some playoff soccer. October means Fall, the season in which everyone’s stuffing their eatables and drinkables with pumpkin spice. Which means I’m recoiling in horror and looking for malty things.
Enter Deschutes Black Butte Porter, a fine offering of Cascadian bliss. What’s that you say? Yes, this is a beer brewed in the Pacific Northwest and Sporting KC’s opponent is the Seattle Sounders. But this beauty was brewed in Portland and by drinking it I’m waving a middle finger to those fish-hurling, Starbucks-chugging pine needles.
Deschutes doesn’t brew anything that disappoints and this offering is no exception. Like most porters it’s bursting with delicious, bready malt but without the burnt edge its lesser competition tends to yield. October can sometimes seem a little early for a full-bodied stout or porter but Black Butte won’t make you feel as though you just devoured five pumpkin spiced burritos. An individual can have more than one of these. The malty goodness will also hang around for a while. The finish is warm and clean.
It should be noted at this point in the review that the Sounders just scored a goal so your friendly reviewer is bummed. What makes a reviewer feel better about this stupid goal? A delicious Deschutes Black Butte Porter! This beer won’t outplay its opponent and fail to finish. In fact, if it’s nice and cold you get a nice nutty Fall aroma.
And at this point Sporting Kansas City have lost, knocking them out of the playoffs so your friendly reviewer is bummed. What makes a reviewer feel better about this stupid loss? A delicious Deschutes Black Butter Porter! This lovely bit of magic is available at a lot of locations in the Kansas City area so go get one for yourself.