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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,101
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 137
Gots: 141 | 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)
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Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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%
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
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before 03/11/15.

Great looking pour from the bottle. Black with some brown/ruby highlights and a large tan head with great retention. Tons of roasted malts and chocolate in both the aroma and flavor. Full bodied and dry, yet so smooth and easy to drink.

This is one of my favorite porters. Hands down. So full of flavor with a big roasted quality but excellently balanced. I love that this beer is readily available to me all year round. It's something that is in my fridge more than other beers.

Jacobob10, Today at 02:46 AM
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers worth of tightly packed crisp medium to dark khaki colored froth with a bit of a batter like top... Turns a bit creamier as it settles a bit... Really nice retention... The color is a deep dark brown... There was a slight reddish hue noticed during the pour... Mostly still with just a few micro carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass... Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt in near equal proportions... Everything a porter should display on the nose... The flavor profile tilts towards to a lot more of the roasted malt and slightly less of the coffee and chocolate notes... There is also a subtle but complimentary hop presence... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Slightly dense... Moderate to sharp carbonation... There is a slight grittiness and chalkiness about this one... Finishes with just a touch of dryness... An outstanding American Porter... When combining that with the modest price point, this could prove to be a go to brew...

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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