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 SolipsismalCat
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black, with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruit and caramel malt with a bit of a roasted character to it.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong hop bitterness. Dark fruit and malt at first, then the bitterness immediately takes over. After the bitterness subsides, a very nice roasted coffee and chocolate character emerges.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

O: Better than I was expecting. Pretty solid American porter. Fantastic head, good nose, well balanced flavor, and a smooth mouthfeel. (616 characters)

Photo of Jayli
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 1/6
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy, deep brown with a 1/2 inch of light brown, fizzy head that recedes immediately. Minor wisps of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose is toffee, caramel, and chocolate.

T: Taste is toffee at the for front, followed by a healthy dose of dark fruit mingled with a ... grapefruit hops? Bitter bakers chocolate comes through and mingles with a bready flavoring to fill out the middle. Finish is roast and a touch of coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, prickly prickly body that is very distracting.

O: Goes down somewhat difficult, alright tasting, not too filling, moderate kick, not a great representation of style. The flavors are off balanced and the carbonation on this is so over the top that I would never seek this beer out again. (841 characters)

Photo of Beejay
1.64/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Very deep black, there is a good amount of caramel head on top, with quite a few larger bubbles interlaced in the foam.

S: Some roasted grain notes, as well as a bit of tartness. There is almost a dairy type smell in there somewhere.

T: Tart, sour, acidic, but the finish is roasted grains, and a dry tannic grain flavor.

M: Fairly thin, the carbonation is somewhat fine in size, and fairly low.

O: Overall, I think something bad has happened to this beer. Tart, sour, and sharp. Not at all what a porter should taste like. This is my first beer from this company, not sure if it is infected, or just plain bad. Drain Pour (629 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
1.74/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not even worth reviewing, this beer missed the style mark big time. After one sip it tastes sour and metallic, assuming it was infected? Either way it was a drain pour for sure. After reading some other reviews it seems I'm not the only one who found a bottle with this problem. AVOID! (285 characters)

Photo of Kromes
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Black with ruby highlights and a thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malts, Sweet dark fruit, and stale coffee.

T: Initially there is a chocolately flavor that is quickly overcome by a very sour and acerbic flavor. The finish is all citrus rind bitter and it lingers.

M: I wasn't anticipating a sour beer, so the mouthfeel on this is pretty bad. Mouth Puckering sour.

O: I'm a big fan of porters and this one is definitely not good. Based on other reviews, I'm pretty sure that something went horribly wrong with this particular batch. (576 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an opaque black with a full inch of dark tan head accompanied by bits of lacing. Retention time is lengthy as the head finally resides at a 1/8 inch ring around the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam.

S- Sort of an odd chemical-like aroma with faint malt and spice in the background. Barely any hops detected.

T- Totally different from anything I've ever tasted. At first there's a spicy/sweet smoothness but it abruptly collapses into a malty mess. Sort of tastes like what the inside of a Prius smells like...only burnt. Hey, I'm tasting a weird beer, so you're getting a weird description. Rubber aftertaste.

M- Creamy mouthfeel, I'll give it that. If only it could actually save this beer. Medium carbonation.

O- I wish I could understand what they were going for with this one, but I just can't. Strange brew indeed. (906 characters)

Photo of azorie
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown/black in color, hard pour got 3/4 inch head. some lacing.

S: Burnt coffee and chocolate malt. very bread like yeast nose. Bitter smell comes off it as it warms more.

T: a Tart bittersweet chocolate and coffee Taste dominates. Fairly bitter hop wise for porter, was a tad overpowering at first. Citrus like hops flavor overpowers this porter and make it not to style IMHO. Its not undrinkable.

M: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. thick and a tad mineral like bitterness on after taste.

O: well on 3rd of a six pack, not all at once. its not a bad beer after having others, but today it was the first and it did not do it for me. I feel like its too hoppy for style. But its a west coast beer, so you know.... (727 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a light tan head, average retention, no lace.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, hint of roast.

T: Nice dark chocolate flavour, smooth malt character. Light hopping in the finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied, a little to much fizz in the carbonation, it doesn't have the creaminess I like in porters.

O: It has its faults, but it tastes pretty darn good, sub-$4 bombers are hard to find especially with beer that's this good. (454 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, no date.

black, with garnett colored highlights when held to the light. 1/2" khaki head that fades fairly quickly. aroma of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, and some acidity. taste is very similar. medium body, moderate carbonation. fairly smooth.

overall, about an average porter. I'd recommend. (302 characters)

Photo of rel
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my second Scuttlebutt. The first I had was an amber and I enjoyed it. I ate this along with a heavy chocolate cake, and this definitely effected my tasting of the brew. I strongly believe in pairing food with beer, and this should have been a good choice, but the cake was delicious, and the beer was overpowered.

Appearance, black like crude oil.

Smell was nice. Heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee. Porter, check.

The taste was off for me. I expected something sweet, deep chocolates, malts. I got the roasted malts, but they were accompanied by heavy smokey and acidic notes. The aftertaste had some spice I could not place.

Mouthfeel was watery, a little bitter.

This isn't a strong review. This is a Scuttlebutt Porter next to some crazy good chocolate cake review. That's a big part of my beer adventure though, and it will definitely continue to accompany my tastings. (896 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

One of the better selections I sampled at Scuttlebutt. Basic porter all around, pretty much. Brown-black color with a light tan head. Aromas of dark malts, roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. More of the same in the taste: roasty malts, coffee bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate smoothness. Some light herbal notes noticeable. An average, medium-bodied porter, and quite drinkable. (417 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark. Slight blood red tinge. No head what-so-ever (got one with a very aggressive pour). Went away quick. Was kinda tan. Lots of carbonation. Hardly any lacing.

S: Chocolate malts. Little espresso. Maybe a little pine. Faint alcohol. Burnt caramel.

T: Burnt coffee or stale coffee. Little burnt chocolate aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied. Metallic.

O: Not great. Again from Scuttlebutt. Strike 2. Come on hometown hero's! Hopefully the Gale Force IPA can make a come back. (480 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color surrounding an opaque core with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and a few specks of yeast sediment gather at the bottom.

S: Prominent roasted malt imparts a whiff of nutty coffee. Carbon dioxide is noted for its conspicuous absence from the smell, adding to the appeal by making the dark flavors deeper and heavier.

T: Begins off-dry, with moderate roasted malt that loses intensity as acidity surges toward the middle. Thin dark fruit is left in the middle as acidity recedes, making flavors seem confused--but not urgently so. The finish features charcoal and mild earthy bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an ordinary porter that makes few mis-steps, but doesn't do much to wow, either. Flavors come across a bit limp, as is the appearance, but they would not qualify as off-putting. This beer could easily blend in amidst a field of other American-brewed porters. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, didn't really see much develop in terms of head or retention, not a big deal. Aroma was chocolate malt.

Taste was heavy, if not exclusively chocolate malt, didn't taste any added choclate, just lots of chocolate malt. Decently bitter. Slightly hoppy. Maybe some syrup or molasses to keep the beer on the thicker side. The tiniest amount of dark fruit possible. Licorice.

Carbonation in the mouthfeel was a little on the low side. More of a sipper than I would have expected, but not because its hot or anything. A solid beer, seems to be a decent price, widely available at Total Wine it seems. (613 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Some new bomber selections strolling down the aisle at TW, this one caught my eye, let's give it a whirl.. Popping the top I get a nice waft of roasted malts and light coffee and chocolate. Pours into a chalice a very deep opaque brown with a nice thin tan head. On the taste there is a super roasted malt flavor that hits you right off the bat, more than one would expect, but this is a good thing. The taste then transitions into a milder slightly hoppy middle. The end finishes sweet with a bitterness in the background that then takes over and controls the aftertaste. A very transitional brew with good complex flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit more biting than silky smooth than one would expect for a porter. The taste however compensates for the poor mouthfeel. A good drinker, not a great porter but quaffable. (817 characters)

Photo of imagese
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased last month in Vegas. No bottling date

A- dark brown with a two finger fluffy head that faded slow and left nice lacing

S- bittersweet chocolate, grassy malt, and a slight earthy/metallic hop

T- standard chocolate malt taste for a porter, nice bitterness from the hops, and a slightly bitter coffee finish

M- More like an English brown body. Light and crisp with a little too much carbonation

D- Overall, it's a good drink if you want something that's not going to challenge your palate, but not really going to insult it either. (550 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of off white, foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of malt and a little coffee. Not very powerful.

T: Tasted of malt and coffee, but little else. A very thin and unimaginative flavor. Not a lot going on here.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is just one of those bland, forgettable beers. Not undrinkable, but not very good either. (518 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, opaque sable with a thick, frothy, light tan head. Smoky, malty aroma has a firm overtone of molasses and hints of miso and coffee. Flavor has smoky, malty and nutty tones with hints of molasses and coffee and a bit of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a teensy on the thin side but still good. Overall, not excellent but worth at least trying. (371 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottle lists ABV at 5.5%

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, foaming, light beige-hued head.

Smell: Roasty nose rounded out with notes of burnt grains, baker's chocolate, anise, ashen coffee, and zested lemons.

Taste: Well-roasted malts dusted with licorice powder and given average-strength tastes of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee. Faintly astringent. Lightly fruity, citrusy hops with a fine floral accent peering out from beneath the maltiness. Low bitterness. Hint of prune, then it transitions back to the roastiness until the dry, reasonably smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Scuttlebutt Porter comes just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A basic porter that is basically good, getting the job done without any inherent vim or vigor. (872 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.46/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a standard pint glass at about 40º.

A=Frothy foam and rich dark brown color...very inviting.

S=Faint but sweet...maybe some leather or tobacco.

T=Sweet and creamy...just the right amount of carbonation...just a tad lighter roast than I like.

M=Good...not quite as thick as I'd like, but...

D=Unlike most porters, I think I could drink 3-4 of these at a sitting due to the low carbonation and the thinner body.

Again, a favorite from my favorite category, but not brewed in Wisconsin...starting to think Wisconsin brewers can't brew porters as well as those from other states.... (595 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Dark brown pour, almost black. Cream colored head, about a finger and quite frothy.

Aroma is a bit muted, malt, caramel, light earth.

Taste is much better. Roasted malt, toffee, ashy peat and some nice chocolates. Finishes with a little bit of that dry roast. Not a powerhouse here, but it is a good tasting lower abv porter.

Thinner bodied and mouthfeel, if there was just a bit more to it it would be creamy feeling. Obviously it goes down very easy.

If this were available and reasonable, I could see this on the daily drinker list. (546 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of a handful of Washington state breweries relatively new to the triad area.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with a well defined sticky light tannish colored head,a broken ring of lace was left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Caramel malt aromas dominated for me,a bit of dark fruit as well,very light earth from the hops.Flavors start out sweeter with caramel again dominant,a tinge of molasses and vanilla as well, a little rawness in the finish.Its a decent porter, not anything major going on here,but decent. (540 characters)

Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks exactly like you would expect, it's a dark beer...how 'bout that?
With a little bit of foam, no less...
Smells like toasted malt, will wonders never cease?
I love the rich, sweet, slightly burnt, malty flavor. I feel a little guilty drinking these calorie bombs, but this one is a nice treat.
Best thing about it is that it's a local brewery whose other offerings are a little bit mediocre, so this beer redeems their stature in my mind's eye.
This beer would be a fine choice for any locals who are interested in trying some craft beer.
I see nothing but GOOD here. (572 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Porter pours a dark brown and has a deep red hue when held to the light. There is one half inch of tan head that quickly recedes to a thin layer on the surface.

Aromas are roasted and toasted malts with some chocolate. There is a hint of earthy hops.

Taste is a bit thin, there is caramel, some dark fig/raisin fruitiness, roasted flavors and a hint of chocolate. The more I drink, it tastes a bit less thin and more like a very quaffable beer. The finish is a bit brief and light with light roastiness, some chocolate and a bit of astringency.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and the carbonation is a bit high for my liking.

Overall I did enjoy drinking this beer but it has a bit of a thin finish and the high carbonation doesn't help. (741 characters)

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

I had this beer on-tap at the brewery in a six-ounce sample glass.

Appearance: rich, brown, slightly translucent body with one finger of creamy tan head with somewhat rapid dissipation. Pretty good, but not great.

Smell: rich chocolate roast with a hint of tartness. Not too bad but a tad light in intensity.

Taste: light roastiness and a bit of that tartness evident in the aroma. There is a nice finishing bitterness here, though. Alright -- a pretty solid, but basic, porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; the resulting mouthfeel is actually quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: not bad. Not my favorite porter, nor my favorite Scuttlebutt brew, but quite drinkable nonetheless. (690 characters)

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