Porter - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 186
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2003

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine looking porter, but very average. Don't rebuy. OK if no other options.

Dark color.

Vaguely unwholesome smell.

Flavor of mild malt, and long dry, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ok.

Overall, meh. (203 characters)

Photo of sa93
2.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Too dry for the style. Very light-bodied as well. Slightly weird, almost metallic taste at first, although it mellowed as it warmed up. Don't think I'd drink this one again. (173 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Very bitter for a porter, roast grains bringing some stout like bitterness, almost black body supports a fluffy beige head. Burnt toast aroma leads into full on roast bitterness, overall body belies somewhat watery mouth feel (225 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful, dark, opaque brown with a creamy looking, though not long-lived, tan head.
Smell is roasted & toasted malts, some coffee, an astringent note with a touch of green wood. Well balanced.
Taste is coffee and burnt malts forward, a bit of the astringency and not a lot more.
Medium-ish body, lighter effervescence that tickles the whole surface of the tongue. Drying, fairly clean finish for the style. A little too burnt coffee for me, could definitely benefit with a bit of complexity. (501 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter glass

A - pours up the expected obsidian opaque black with a big two finger caramel colored head. retention is fair. Lacing is good.

S - sweet molasses and chocolate, very rich and aromatic

T - This is the definite weakness. It has a typical porter flavor profile but there are two elements that just don't work here for me. The first is a cola like flavor. I'm good with that, but in this case it is too strong. The second is a big sour note which is more of a deal breaker for me. There is a mild earthy hop taste at the finish, but it is a little too understated for me.

M - decent carbonation, no real aftertaste.

O - drinkable but unbalanced. As a big porter fan, this one falls short of what I want my porters to be. (Smuttynose Robust, Bells, Founders, Sierra Nevada, and Old Leghumper are better examples.) (849 characters)

Photo of ramonjkk
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good smell and look. Very heady on the pour, a little too carbonated, a bit sour in the end. Still, it had some of the basic characteristics of most porters. Nothing to brag home about. Would not buy a six pack of it, but an ok beer if you want a porter and can't find a better one. (282 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a deep inky black with no light getting through anywhere. There's a creamy tan head than lasts around the circumference and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is very mild, but does have some hints of chocolate amongst the roast malt. The taste is mostly very roasted malt (you could say burnt) with some light earthy hops on the finish. There's a nice silky feeling and solid weight to the body. A good porter. (419 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice deep, almost black/brown with a reddish tint and a half finger of off-white head. About right for a porter. It looks true to form and quite nice. Scents of roast malt, black coffee, dark cocoa, some creamy vanilla-like aromas and some soy sauce. A good, typical porter aroma. Nothing amazing, but pleasant. Taste begins with roast malt, some dark chocolate, black coffee notes, sweet caramel flavors, some slight fruity flavors, faint vanilla and some slight sour flavors. These flavors are sustained throughout the sip and into the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with roast malt and burnt vegetable matter notes. A bit sweeter than some other porters, but fairly true to style, nothing out of the ordinary, but that's good sometimes. Not too complex, pleasant and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, and a somewhat creamy feeling. Quite easy to drink, as a porter should be, though the carbonation may be just a touch too high. Overall this is a good porter. Its nothing out of the ordinary or amazing, but it is a good, down-to-earth session ale. If that's what you want this is a good bet. (1,151 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours with a really large sea foam like head. light tan color. good lacing along the glass. decent head retention. nice dark porter with little light shining through. I would have to say so far so good.

S- a malty roast note. however, it has a syrupy kind of smell to it. almost like its going to be super sweet. the longer you smell it the more and more it seems to take on vanilla coffee aroma. Creamy.

T- Very sweet. Milky with a caramel vanilla flavor to it. The syrup factor is very prominent. It starts to mold into a coffee maple syrup kind of flavor.

M- Very slippery by porter standards. for such a huge head in the beginning I expected alot more of a creamy foamy texture. I was looking for full body and this came up way short.

O- As I am not a huge fan of porters as much as I am of stouts and such, I expect alot out of my porter when I do drink them. The appearance of this gives all the hope in the world for it to be a great beer. The syrup factor of the nose and taste were a disappointment. However it is a very drinkable beer. It doesn't overwhelm the palate nor leave a cloying aftertaste. I would drink again if offered but I would not go out of my way for this one. I would lable this a average middle of the road porter. (1,252 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which displays more than adequate retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a slightly translucent, dull chocolate brown which shows hints of garnet and maroon when held up to the light. Lacing is bands of sheeting extending far above the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very subdued but still shows a bit of complexity. Roasted notes are most prominent but the background shows a sublime mix of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and toffee. Some milk and cream. Stronger caramel and coffee from the bottle. Swirling reinforces the milk aspects of the aroma.

Taste- Mild roasted notes after a thin sour/sweet front. Sweetness tries to grow in tandem with some coffee aspects but falls flat. Some generic raisin or even grape- something vinous and slightly cloying. Not even raisin- just a vague syrup that I do not enjoy. It would not be so problematic if it didn't flatten out the entire flavor profile. Still, some roasted notes with bits of chocolate and cocoa that manage to show through. It does settle down which renders it mostly boring. Just above average. This criticism results mostly from the lack of presence that this beer exhibits. It's soft and accessible but it does nothing for me. Slightly above average. But this beer is really bland- average is the best that it can do.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied which would seem full enough if this beer wasn't too carbonated. Too much zing. A porter should never border on carbonic.

Drinkability- It doesn't taste like much of anything so it's pretty easy to drink. In line with craft beer prices but nothing I would ever buy again.

Overall- The word I keep using for this beer is boring. Sure, try it. It doesn't offend in anyway but I don't think it ever will amaze. This is less expressive than the Session Black I was drinking before it. (1,862 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: black and opaque with thin brown head

Aroma: roasty with a subtle dark fruitiness, not overwhelmingly aromatic

Taste: roasty and well balanced with a little fruitiness, easy drinkability

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, easy drinkability

Overall: Not bad overall, nothing revolutionary but definitely a solid choice. Roasty and medium bodied. (368 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Seattle. Black pour with a bit of lighter brown on the edges and a small cream head. Aroma of sweet coffee, toasty hard candy, and only a bit of roast. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly, with a nicely robust mouthfeel. Solid porter but on the sweet side. A little more roast would have really made this a great beer. I'll stick with Black Butte when I'm out west. (374 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, some flecks of brown. Very little foam. Nose is strong coffee, strong and pronounced. Taste is a flavorful, bitter, coffee throughout. Smooth, some carbonation. Mellow.

Reviews of this are down, I thought it was pretty good. (280 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a one finger mocha head that fades quickly into a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of dark coffee, hints of dark chocolate and malt.

Taste is dominated by dark roasted bitter coffee with a slight chocolate sweetness.

Mouth Feel is light body and carbonation, a little watery and slightly dry.

Overall an okay porter, needs a little more body and a little more balance to offset the bitterness. (423 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with 1/4 inch head and no lacing.

Smell is mostly coffee with some cocoa bringing up the rear.

Taste is equally coffee and chocolate and pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable with high carbonation.

This is somewhat lighter than most porters I've come across. A pretty solid effort. (331 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with char and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the roasty bitterness borders on acrid in my opinion. (585 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
The pour is very dark reddish-brown and clear but looking black in the glass, with a small light brown head. The head is mostly short-lived and produces little lacing.

Aroma: markedly appealing mix of medium and dark roasted malts and dark fruits, with hints of chocolate, sherry and coffee. Nice impression of sweet, dark baked bread.

Taste: Mildly sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, spicy hops, chocolate and caramel at the start. Gets progressively less sweet and more malty, with the dark roast and some smoke coming forward. Mildly bitter/sweet with a clear note of coffee and a touch of smoke at the end, and lingering for a good while afterwards in an aftertaste that ultimately turns mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; creamy in texture with a medium-low carbonation, but a light finishing bite.

Overall: a very good Porter that smells and drinks like a 'bigger', more expensive porter. (956 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, strong on the burnt part. It's bold and I like it.
The taste has a good burnt malt to it with a touch of cream to balance it out. One sided but pretty good.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable if you like a bold porter. (315 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance a deep dark brown with a dark brown half finger of foam on top that doesnt linger.

Aroma- chocolate roast grain I get cinnamon and nutmeg. A feint whiff of coffee

Taste- soem coffee even a little bit of smoke on the front end. some cocoa and even a touch of sweetness, the hops more or less balance out of this one. Not piney so much as earthy and herbal.

Mouthfeel- drier than I expected for a porter, medium/full bodied not so heavy in the mouth you couldnt have another.

Overall- not a flashy porter but not bad, I could have a few of them with this light dry finish. I think this would taste really good with baked goods. I dunno why but a cinnamon roll would compliment this very nicely. (707 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours pretty much black with a thin light brown head.

S: Light roasted malt and coffee with some chocolate covered banana and some powdery cocoa.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Light roasted malt. Traces of coffee, some light char and smoke and hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty good but nothing remarkable. (343 characters)

Photo of rtig
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like a diverse selection of beers and rarely have the same one twice.

Porter was a poured from a 1 pt 6oz bottle which yielded a very appealing deep dark brown chocolate color.

Aroma of malty coffee and chocolate

Taste was similar but with a hint of smoke

This porter was a little more carbonated which I liked and added to the mouthfeel

Overall a pretty good porter which I would drink two in a row. (410 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

I have to drive to New Jersey to get this at a Total Wine. Of the 23 US porters I have tried this one is the most sessionable and is therefore my favorite.

The all important aroma and taste is all rich dark chocolate with coffee accents. A medium body porter that drinks smooth without any harshness. As the chocolate flavor diminishes the roasted malt and coffee linger to leave your palate wanting to take another gulp. This is a year round porter for dark beer lovers. (473 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a very dark brown, almost black with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that was mostly lasting, but retreated finally to a thin foamy layer of residue producing some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a hint of ash.

The taste was mildly sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit and chocolate from the onset but got progressively mildly bitter with a good note of coffee and a touch of smoke at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with the smoky coffee flavor left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body and a bit watery yet still quite creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a good and solid Porter with a light fruitiness and a nice mild smoke presence at the end. (911 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle, poured in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin half finger tan head. Black in color.

S- Chocolate and toasted malts, caramel notes as well.

T- Chocolate and toast malts, just like the smell foretold.

M- Heavy body and well carbonated.

O- Yummy porter. Too carbonated for me though. (310 characters)

Photo of biglite351
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - considerable red around the edges, very short off-white head.

S - solid roasted mails with maybe a touch of coffee and dark chocolate

T - roasted malts, touch of dried fruit, coffee and cocoa.

M - think feel but a good amount of tingle all over the tongue and top of throat.

O - tasty while light, a good combo for cinsistant drinking. (343 characters)

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Porter from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.