1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,170 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,170
Reviews: 1,012
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 139
Gots: 158 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter.This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.

43 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose Robust Porter Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,170 | Reviews: 1,012 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Very interesting b&w label comprised of a strong man holding a keg in one and woman in the other. A little dog in a bag at their side. "Cirque du François Oeuf" reads the caption. Freshness cleary marked.

Appearance: Extreme dark. As dark as any Stout, but with deep brown pitches. A healthy, rich tan lace clinges from the dark abyss from which it reaches.

Smell: A grand dose of soft dark malts, caramel, faint dark fruitiness, subdued floral hop aroma and notes of coffee.

Taste: Mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Upfront citrus rind hop flavour that dominates the entire palate. It sharpens with a grapfruit juice quality, then dissapates. The black malts are the main culprits which lend to the acrid taste. Soon after, some lightly burnt malt/chocolate/coffee ground flavours poke through to score the palate. Finishes a bit dry with more of that lightly burnt medly.

Notes: One of Smuttynose's most complex and tasty brews to date. Haven't had many Robust Porters, but this is indeed true to the modern day interpretation of a Porter, and it is indeed robust in flavour.

Todd, Oct 18, 2000
Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky light brown head that holds up very well and seems to stick everywhere it can. It literally is one of the best heads I have seen in a long time. Big aroma of highly roasted malt, a pinch of sweetness in there also. Very smooth with a creamy backbone. Robust they say and robust it is with a sturdy full body. Roasted malt is very prevalent and gives a quick snappish twang then a blanketing of softer roasted malt flavour slowly cover the mouth again with suggestions of French roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Tight berry like fruitiness within and a mild warming alcohol slowly warms the mouth and body. Damn good drinking.

Jason, Apr 15, 2002
Photo of Burkbom23
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Burkbom23, Monday at 12:22 PM
Photo of Martyrob
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Martyrob, Monday at 02:15 AM
Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thin caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with lots of slightly spiced cocoa, coffee and muffled dark fruits.
Nice flavor with notes of chocolate, some espresso, licorice, earthy and piney hops, charred wood and grapefruits. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and a long lasting roasted note.
Medium body with mild but vivid carbonation.
Flavorful and superbly balanced Porter. Bold mocha roasted notes and a good complexity and hop profile: earthy, citrusy and piney. Huge drinkability, a truly American Porter, not radical.

FLima, Sunday at 08:13 PM
Photo of labdaddy
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%

labdaddy, Sunday at 02:55 AM
Photo of mschipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into a glass pint. Very dark beer with a thick brown head, moderate amount of lacing that sticks for the duration of the drink. Smell is raisin and coffee with hint of piney hops. Taste, absolutely delicious. Raisin, toasted caramel, dark burnt coffee, piney hops, and perhaps date or plum. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, very smooth. Overall, an outstanding porter. Well done by Smuttynose especially as I'm not a fan of most of their brew.

mschipper, Saturday at 02:50 AM
Photo of Goatdavemac
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

Goatdavemac, Saturday at 02:34 AM
Photo of Mikeypnh
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mikeypnh, Saturday at 02:00 AM
Photo of Cadbury
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Cadbury, Friday at 01:13 AM
Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

jrenihan, Friday at 12:38 AM
Photo of kettle
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

kettle, Friday at 12:06 AM
Photo of Luis_Gomez
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

Luis_Gomez, Thursday at 08:59 PM
Photo of jbfarris
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jbfarris, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of reaganrvltn
4/5  rDev -3.1%

reaganrvltn, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev -3.1%

AugustusRex, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Hendry
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hendry, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of SteelCurtainUSNA
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

SteelCurtainUSNA, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of DamoTO700
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DamoTO700, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of mcrawford
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

mcrawford, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

olradetbalder, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

sd123, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%

OhioLimoncello, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

RedAleMan, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of AirBob
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

AirBob, Nov 16, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,170 ratings.