Black Butte Porter® Clone - Dark Hill Porter (All Grain)

Black Butte Porter® Clone - Dark Hill Porter (All Grain)

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Dark Hill Porter is a tribute to one of our favorite west coast porters.  This Black Butte Porter clone, commercially brewed by Deschutes Brewery in Oregon, is one of the most well-rounded porters out there.  Being bittered with Bravo hops helps to initially balance the malty backbone, but that bitterness fades quickly, providing a smooth transition into the complex flavors of four different character malts.  This combination of Wheat, Carapils, Crystal 120L, and Chocolate malts create a rounded mouthfeel and chocolate flavor.  

If you like dark beers, you're going to love our Dark Hill Porter.  If you don't like dark beers, this just might be the one to change your mind!

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.050-55
  • SRM (Color Range): 27
  • IBUs: 22-27 
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.3%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.


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Looks yummy
ricky a on Mar 5, 2023
i have been wanting to make a porter again and this one looks to fit the bill nicely
Matt S on Jan 20, 2023
Looks yummy
ricky a on Mar 5, 2023
Matthew V on Feb 21, 2023
i have been wanting to make a porter again and this one looks to fit the bill nicely
Matt S on Jan 20, 2023
Sounded yummy
David D on Jan 11, 2023
first time trying
Brian S on Dec 1, 2022
Forgiving for beginner
Erik V on Nov 16, 2022
Deschutes... Can't get there from here
David B on Nov 16, 2022
Long nights and cold temps need a good dark beer
Rich D on Oct 18, 2022
First Porter
Francis F on Oct 17, 2022
Awesome porter.
Ken F on Sep 21, 2022
Curious due to customer ratings and I have never brewed a porter
V A on Aug 17, 2022
Jeremiah David H on Jul 8, 2022
It's a Black Butte clone, what else is there to say?
Daniel H on Jul 6, 2022
Love this porter
David G on Jun 18, 2022
wanted something different than an IPA
Kevin G on Apr 17, 2022
Moore Beer make a good kit. This one sounds good.
Steve Denny on Mar 26, 2022
good brew
anthony D on Mar 24, 2022
i like porter thought id give this a try
Aaron N on Mar 24, 2022
I enjoy amber/dark beers and I also like porters
Henry F B on Mar 1, 2022
Tried once. Try again. Good taste
David D on Feb 28, 2022
brewed 2x before. Awesome
Andrew R on Feb 3, 2022
I have enjoyed Black Butte Porter since i came out.
Frank S on Feb 1, 2022
Great legged brew
Stephen Hirschmugl on Jan 31, 2022
Trying new ones & this sounded good. Trying to keep a variety of beers on tap...
JOHN S on Jan 31, 2022
I like dark beers
Curtis M on Jan 10, 2022
travis m on Dec 17, 2021
Great porter
Tyler M on Dec 13, 2021
On the strength of its grain bill
Anthony W on Nov 27, 2021
Good past results
jim werner on Nov 25, 2021
It makes an amazing porter! So delicious!!!
Evan S on Oct 26, 2021
Taste great
Randy Densmore J on Sep 4, 2021
Getting close to fall and dark beers!
Patrick C on Aug 20, 2021
Black Butte is my favorite, and so hard to find in NY!
Ryan B on Jul 29, 2021
Black Butte is my favorite beer
I like porter, the reviews were really good
Charles B on Jun 18, 2021
Love Black Butte porter. Will see how this works out.
Greg M on Apr 7, 2021
Made it before. Awesome.
Andrew R on Feb 28, 2021
Solid porter, try it on nitro!
Cindy C on Feb 15, 2021
Second time ordering, the first batch was excellent.
Beau J I on Jan 27, 2021
Second try, liked it the first time.
Michael W S on Jan 25, 2021
Wife likes Deschutes
Valued C on Jan 16, 2021
Like Deschutes Black Butte Porter
David W on Jan 13, 2021
Easy porter to brew
Joe S on Jan 12, 2021
Never have made a Porter
Jim G on Jan 5, 2021
it's wonderful
David G on Dec 31, 2020
Good reviews and Black Butte is a favorite
JEFF S on Dec 15, 2020
first stout. why not?
Mark S P on Dec 14, 2020
I like black butte porter
Charlie B on Dec 11, 2020
First batch was delicious.
Valued C on Dec 3, 2020
Love Porters in the cold weather
David G on Nov 19, 2020
Matthew V on Feb 21, 2023
Sounded yummy
David D on Jan 11, 2023
What is the estimated Final Gravity?
R David Williams on Jan 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I mashed at 152F and used Nottingham yeast. After 2 weeks it finished at 1.012
how long is the boil??? all it says it "boil last 15 mins"
Michael A Smither on Apr 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I did a standard 60’ boil.
This is by far one of my favorite Porters, and is a regular in my three tap rotation.
for the specialty grains, do you steep them first and then remove them for the mash?
Jason Levoy on Jan 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There are many techniques. Most homebrewers and commercial breweries add all their grains at the same time and the same temperature. Some brewers will add their darker grains at the end of the mash just before starting the sparge so that the dark grains don't get over extracted. There are brewers who have experimented with cold-steeping dark grains, like cold brewing a tea, and adding the strained wort into the boil.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Wicked good porter
I don't do many reviews but thought this beer deserved a review. I made this kit as required and added three vanilla beans to the secondary. Two weeks primary three weeks secondary and three weeks in the keg. I only make a couple of dark beers a year and this is the best one I've made in the five years I've been brewing.
December 10, 2022
12 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Dark Hill Porter
Nice miled smokey flavor...very drinkable. Good one!
June 1, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Dark Hill
Very nice porter. Came in higher than normal on ABV, but not boozy. Would make again.
September 10, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great value for an all grain kit
Your shippers included instructions for the extract version when I ordered the all grain kit. Also I had to call after 5 days since I did not receive an mail confirming my order. The customer service rep was quite helpful and my order was picked and shipped the next day.
May 9, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good clone of Black Butte Porter
Turned out great, will definitely give it another shot.
March 8, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Simple and Tasty
This was my first time brewing a porter. I've tasted a few other home brewer's porters that went wrong, so I was a bit apprehensive. This one turned out fantastic! My OG was a little low, and my FG put me at a low 4.1%. I pitched a single pack of S-04 and fermed at 62F. Fermentation was steady but not crazy. The chocolate flavors are subtle but there and there's no sweetness or any of that lingering sourness that porters and stouts can have. Had friends and other home brewers try it out and it was a hit all around. I'll definitely be brewing this again for the next cold weather.
March 5, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Superb Porter!
Used WLP002 yeast and added a vanilla bean & vodka to the secondary, and this is quite honestly one of the very best Porter examples I have ever had. Almost tastes like it was carbonated with Nitrogen it is so smooth. It's an eyebrow raising beer by all who taste it. I will brew this many times more!
July 14, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
One of the first beers to brew for a beginner
This beer came out amazing, it was great having this on draft and it was a great beer for a beginner, will definitely do this batch again
June 22, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great kit. Used US-04 yeast. After 2 weeks it’s excellent
May 10, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Order this kit! You won't be disappointed
I'd recommend this kit and will be ordering this one again...for the price, you have to try this if you like Porters...
Came out at 5.5%, and taste good.I'll be ordering again and adding some cocoa nibs
Came out at 5.5%, and taste good.I'll be ordering again and adding some cocoa nibs
October 31, 2019
over 3 years ago