Sorry for the crappy photo. It’s hard to take good photos in dimly lit bars.
Black Butte Porter was a dark black color with hints of red and gold when held to the light. The beer may have been somewhat lighter in color as suggested by the colors that presented when back lit, but in the low lighting it was decidedly dark black. It had a thin head that persistently clung to the sides of the glass. The aroma was of chocolate and sweet fruit, perhaps figs. I didn’t find the aroma to be as toasty or burned as I expected. The chocolate aroma was rather smooth and blended nicely and easily with the sweet fruity aroma.
The drink opened with a light bodied chocolate flavor, lighter even than the aroma suggested. Chocolate was quickly followed by carbonation as the associated bitterness, complemented by hops. This sensation quickly passed and was again followed by more chocolate. I found the chocolate flavor to be a decidedly light, milky chocolate rather than dark or heavily roasted chocolate. The body remained light and drinkable despite the creamy chocolate flavor. The flavor had final hints of roasted malt and roasted chocolate while the sweet chocolate remained; the flavors lingered. A very drinkable porter I’d like to have again.