As I write this Thanksgiving weekend, we're still expecting 80 degrees today and tomorrow. Sigh. Not much in the way of fall weather to be had in central Texas, and fall weather is tailor-made for dark beers. Still, I have all these porters aging gracefully in my pub, so I'd best get off my keister and sample them before they get too long in the tooth. It's been some years since I had Black Butte, and I remember it fondly. It still doesn't disappoint. This poured a rich ebony with ruby tones held up to the light. Tan head. Delicious malty and smoky aroma, and it tastes as a good porter should: roasted malts with a hint of sweetness. Smoky and hoppy. A very solid representative of the style. Give it a try. And send me some cool weather.
Reviewed: May 06, 2006