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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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92
outstanding

2,268 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,268
Reviews: 1,031
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 148
Gots: 206 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000

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
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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/8/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around- the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome porter style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the abv. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of DaveBar
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $15.00 for a 6pk of 355ml bottles. Served at a chilly 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone pretty darn fast. Very dark.

S- Has some good malt and coco. Slight toffee

T- Lots of coco. Touch of chocolate. Some coffee. Very light all around. No detection of alcohol period. Not really a good thing at 6.6% so be careful.

M- Light but grainy. Typical porter dryness.

O- Rather nice porter. Porters are not my cup of tea but as far as porters go this one is pretty good.

Food Pairing

This pretty good porter went well with..... Fish and chips. Wasn't the best pairing but it was pretty good. Halibut in a beer batter- Porter beer!

Enjoy

Photo of Jeremiah5_0
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

first smuttynose beer i've had. very good

Photo of reelnittygritty
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious porter. Fantastic beer. Paired with homemade charcoal grilled bacon cheeseburger.

Photo of rkf1976
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakea
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnroby
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JV-NH
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dumpman
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Surprisingly heavily carbonated. Dark reddish-brown. Solid two-finger head; nice lacing.

This is not as sweet as a lot of the porters. There is malt, coffee, chocolate - but not overwhelming. It finishes on a nice dry, bitter note.

A really good porter. Right up there with Edmund Fitz.

(Where DOES Smuttynose find their pictures for the labels??)

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ericfine50
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of mchengcit
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harleydls
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid porter with smoky full malt flavor and slight bitterness.

Photo of churchillps
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ksolekjr
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uvachief
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark mahogany red. One of the best looking beers I have seen. Full 3 fingers of head with abb aggressive pour. Nice lingering head with lacing. Smell the malt, coffee and chocolate. Not as full in the mouth as you would expect from the head and look but not light either. Carbonation is heavy. Chewy though. Taste the malts and hops but well balanced and smooth. Very subtle coffee and chocolate notes. Goes down easy without burn or boozy aftertaste. Less spice than expected. Good winter porter. I could drink several back to back. Halfway through a pint and head still lingers with nice lacing. Very impressive porter.

Photo of Randy22
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MiWolfman
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bookaboom
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hop flavor with strong hints of coffee and cocoa. Really good porter.

Photo of Halvey
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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