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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 1833
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%

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

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Photo of HopHog87


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving- bottle into a pint glass. "Pop-a-top Again!"

Appearance- Wonderful. Rich, thick ebony color with very abundant lacing.

Nose- Yum! Roast and Chololate.

Taste- Chocolate and toffee dominate this brew. Wow, is it good! My mouth is watering thinking about this one as I write! There is some caramel maltiness in the mix but not a standout in this beer which, in my opinion, makes it a winner. Too much carmel malt never was a good thing. Hints of smokiness but not so prominent that you'd classify it as a smoked porter. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker for a porter and oh so smooth.

Overall- This could easily be a stout. We all know the distinction is blurred anyway and, with this ABV and the amazing, robust taste (as the name suggest), it could be a stout. I'd probably not really be able to distinguish in a blind test. What I especially like about this one is that it was like a roasty/chocolatey beershake! Sweet but balanced. Awesome. My favorite porter to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 18:56:54 | More by HopHog87
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black as the night, with a medium heavy tan head
Malt, coffee beans, toffee, lots of roast character
WOW! Huge burst of flavor, coffee beans, espresso, chocolate, heavily roasted malt, large mouthfeel yet drinkable
Get one!! One of my favorite porters ever.


Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 14:04:11 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
Photo of cambabeer


4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, thick and creamy looking with a nice brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly but has a lace that just doesn't give up on the side of the glass.

Nose is of straight up cocoa powder, with some nice alcoholic notes coming through with the burnt maltiness. Fruity as well, like banana bread with some raisins.

I was expecting a sweeter middle like the nose, but not such. Nice bitterness with the malt and warming alcohol. Surprisingly light bodied with the mouthfeel. The coffee notes are only there in the very end, I think I've probably got coffee breath after this one, not beer breath. There is some fruity sweetness, a little plum like, but really the malt is what comes through big here.

I'd come back to this one. Delicious. I don't know, "robust" just that word put ideas in my head that I was expecting sweet and heavy bodied. While definitely robust, it's not exactly fitting that bill. Compared to others in the style, I feel Smuttynose has done something more drinkable and more bitter, I can get the hops in there at the end as well. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:42:15 | More by cambabeer
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Best By 07/24/14.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown color that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a broken ring behind.

S- Dark roasted malt brings notes of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Slightly sweet with some hazelnut notes.

T- Roast is medium-plus and lingers a bit. Mild caramel sweetness plays off the dark malts. The bitterness from both the roast and hops keeps the sweetness at bay and suppresses whatever chocolate notes that would otherwise be there.

M- Soft but tight from the medium carbonation. Full body.

O- Bold but manageable. Teeters on the border between porter and stout. Good stuff all the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:24:42 | More by Immortale25
Photo of fscottkey

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black in color with a two finger tan head. The head receded slowly.

S: Malted smells. Like Whoppers candy. Nice roasted smells.some marshmallow and hints f caramel.

T: Smoked flavor is strong up front. No lingering aftertaste.

M: Very smooth. Great drinkability. Perfect carbonation and no sapping late dry feeling that comes with a lot of beers

O: This is a great surprise find. Really flavorful and robust (good naming choice). Well balanced taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:33:15 | More by fscottkey
Photo of Gk187


3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black appearance with a Carmel head that coats the side of the glass and lasts thru the entire beer

There is a strong burnt coffee / bitter taste reminds me more of a stout then a porter.

A heavier mouthfeel then one would expect from a porter is its finest characteristic.

Overall this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:27:26 | More by Gk187
Photo of RCLOHR267


3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer. Very dark in color. Has a slight kick to it, that I like. My first Smuttynose beer of a variety pack of 4 that I got from Jungle Jim's in Ohio, since it isn't available where I live. Has a slight coffee taste, but not too overpowering. Almost like a stout. Definitely worth trying for anyone who likes Porters.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 04:31:26 | More by RCLOHR267
Photo of Bone53


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 50°F

Appearance: Thick pour; Black, no light coming through, with a thick two finger root beer float-like head that sticks around. It sure does look the part!

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of smoke; The aromas are extremely clean and satisfying.

Taste: Rich chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Great smoky and burnt espresso-like aftertaste. Huge flavors for 6.0% abv.

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium; Very full-bodied and chewy for a regular porter.

Overall: This may very well be my favorite porter that I've personally tried and one of my favorite beers in general. It gives Founders a serious run for its money. Right when you think the flavors have subsided, they keep coming with a fulfilling, lingering aftertaste. It demands your attention at relatively low abv. Considering that this is practically the cheapest craft beer by the case in my area (yes, even more so than Sierra Nevada), it has been my go to beer this winter as I've bought a few cases. Porters are often too thin and lack flavor, but this, Founders, and Edmund Fitzgerald keep me coming back to the style, especially on a chilly night. Robust and world class indeed!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:43:25 | More by Bone53
Photo of Realbeer1542

New York

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - perfect porter dark and smoky with a nice creamy head

Smell - Coffee, toffee, smoke and malt

Taste - follows smell - excellent and exactly what you would expect with a bit a sweetness

Mouthfeel - smooth and rich. medium carbonation. Nice aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

Overall - great beer. Enjoyed with a Turkey Rueben and some pub fries. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 00:49:29 | More by Realbeer1542
Photo of illpass78


4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a two-inch tan head that dissipates after about five minutes. Looks like a typical porter or stout - very thick and coffee-like.

Aroma: Drinkin' black coffee, starin' at the walls ... because this really smells like black coffee. It has some roasty, bitter, burned-chocolate notes in the nose, but black coffee dominates. Alcohol isn't really noticeable, despite the ABV, which is a tick above standard.

Taste: Follows the nose, and is mighty good. Tastes like bitter, black coffee. More of a sipper than most porters. Hops are present but alcohol isn't. Carbonation doesn't play a factor, either. "Robust" is a fair adjective, because this beer is full of flavor. Porters like this make me wonder why the style isn't more popular. I'd take this over any weird-flavored beer or uber-hopped or mondo-boozy beer any day.

Mouthfeel: It's reasonably thick-bodied. Not watery.

Overall: I've been to Smuttynose, the island off the coast of New Hampshire that serves as the brewer's namesake. It's a pleasant place to spend a quiet summer day; you can reach it by rowboat and watch what passes for civilization in New Hampshire's coastal islands fade into the distance. But I'd rather just have one of these beers. A terrific porter - I imagine one of the best domestic porters on the market. I paired it with a Field Roast sausage, spinach-and-potato pierogies and roasted broccoli. It was the star of the meal and imagine it would be the star of most meals.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:13:46 | More by illpass78
Photo of tkelley


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from my beer of the every other month club poured into a tulip. Ive had this before. I know its awesome.

A - dark chocolate body with tan head. Good lacing and decent retention.

N - smells like dark berries... blueberries, blackberries, etc. Roasty too.

T - oh so hearty. Roasted malts. Very portery. No hop presence to speak of. There's something on the back end that I cant place but its very pleasant.

M - robust. Hearty. Earthy.

O - rivals Mayflower as best porter on the market around here.


Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:18:12 | More by tkelley
Photo of BryanCarey


4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Robust Porter is black in color and emits a nose of earthy malts, a touch of coffee, and some dark fruit. The tan- colored head of foam is substantial, recedes slowly, and coats your glass with lacing as you consume.

This porter is full- bodied and rich, featuring flavors like chocolate, coffee, toffee, roasted malt, and caramel. Searching a little further, I picked up on flavors like molasses, nuts, and an earthy, woody character. The beer is well- balanced between sweet and bitter and is remarkably smooth for its style.

A beer that easily lives up to its name, Smuttynose Robust Porter is a beer that keeps on giving. With each sip, I continue to discover more taste sensations and more reasons to rank this beer among my favorite examples of the style. Many brewers make their porters a little on the thin side, but there is no skimping on body with this beer. It is full, rich, complex and delicious.

This porter isn’t easy to find outside of New Hampshire, but I recommend picking up a bottle or six if you can find them. It’s an amazing, full- bodied brew with complexity that doesn’t quit, balance that doesn’t deviate, and smoothness that doesn’t let you down. It’s a delicious beer that everyone should seek out and try.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:10:58 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of KnNashua

New Hampshire

4.98/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best Porter I've found, enjoyed this time on tap, but love from a bottle poured.

If you like porter, and you want one that is robust then this Robust Porter is it.

Dark brown, substantial in taste and body yet not overly heavy or unbalanced, it has no offputting aromas or tastes yet is a powerful beer that makes no excuses for its vigorously brawny qualities.

Not only Smuttynose's best, its the finest porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 23:25:48 | More by KnNashua
Photo of ZachKelly


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard American pint glass. Bottle had a best by date in November 2014.

A: Pours an opaque chocolatey brown, almost black. My pour was not meant to be extremely careful, and provided a large light brown head. The head slowly dissipated to a 2 finger size, as the beer continued to settle it was no more than an inconsistent cover on top. Tremendous lacing on the glass.

S: Dark chocolate and earthy malt on the nose immediately. A second whiff reveals more malt and coffee.

T: Chocolate and roasted malt. A bready taste accompanies the rest with a nice espresso finish.

M: not the most impressive mouth, very easy to drink and smooth. The espresso flavor lingers.

Strongly recommend this as one of the best readily available Porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 03:02:38 | More by ZachKelly
Photo of Stevedore


4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 03/16/2014, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/23/2013. Continuing as part of my latest push to try more shelf porters.

Pours an absolutely beautiful, dark black body with a ginormous 2 finger mocha head with good retention. Eventually falls into the beer leaving a thick brown collar, brown film and some bubbly lacing. Looks great.

Smells interesting- some dark fruits, a bit of roast, molasses and bitter black coffee. Not insanely strong, but quite complex and interesting. I'm enjoying the nose and spending time trying to decipher what is going on here, especially as it warms.

Flavourwise, its not quite as interesting as the nose but its quite good. Up front, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, with a fairly nutty flavour in the middle and some sweet milk chocolate and molasses on the back end which eventually gets overcome by an earthy bitterness. It's complex and interesting like the nose is, and balanced to boot.

Medium bodied porter, great carbonation for the style. Slight sipping qualities due to its interesting flavour and smell profile. Quite doggone bitter for the style- aftertaste is an earthy bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

Very interesting and complex porter. It's a great bit of fun to review this as there seems to be a good amount of things going on. It's not intense but it'll make you think about your palate a bit. The bitterness is the only thing that keeps it from disappearing as fast as it should, but it brings a new dimension to porters for me. Its certainly not the best robust porter in the New England area (Everett taking that spot) but there's no shame in that. I will definitely choose to buy this again when I want to mix it up from Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:38:08 | More by Stevedore
Photo of ONUMello


4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black with a one-finger tan head
S: Rich with roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and a touch of hops
T: Bold, nutty, cocoa, coffee, a bit of molasses and just a slight hop bitterness
M: Fairly full-bodied, smooth with a hint of carbonation
O: Tasty, well made, a nice beer for a cold day

Serving type: growler

12-07-2013 23:28:24 | More by ONUMello
Photo of dwren89


4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown/black, opaque, and tan fizzy head

Aroma: bold and roasty, molasses, figs, nutty, and very aromatic

Taste: bold with roasty, nutty, and molasses flavors. Fairly balanced but with a sweet finish. Very tasty

Mouthfeel: medium full body, great texture, somewhat silky but also medium carbonation and a nice bite on the end

Overall: A great porter, embodying the robust style by bringing in the more developed malt character with figs, nuts, and molasses to complement the roastiness. Overall a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:36:47 | More by dwren89
Photo of davednyc

New York

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely loved this beer. I think a few others referred to it as a 'Stout', and I have to agree (although my only method of comparing a porter is mouthfeel and overall heartiness).

I get a lot of smokiness from this brew.

My wife got one of these in a sampler. I immediately returned to the distributor and bought a six.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:47:27 | More by davednyc
Photo of karengarys


3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

served cold, boring pint glass, poured slow. November 11, 2013, bottle stamped drink before February 2014.... okay, I'll take care of that!

It's dark dark brownish-black. Leaves a beautiful fluffy head that just stays there for a much longer time than most.

Smell is nice and roasty malt... Is that cocoa, vanilla, molassis, brown sugar and cinammon? maybe I'm going crazy, I didn't read other reviews as to avoid bias, but they may nail the scents better...

Taste is good but with a problem. It is very nice and rich, cocoaey, but there is a hoppiness that I don't quite understand - it's like it is clashing with the malt, not working with it. This gives it a hairspray alcohol tinge that is making me switch the rating from a 4 to a 3.25. If it weren't for that edge, oh me oh my... but that edge...

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Porters are generally thinner, but this one is more... ...um... robust? I *love* the robustness.

Finish is dry, probably from that hop tinge that got in the way with the flavor.

Well, this is a good beer. If you see it, it is definitely worth trying. If you are looking for a more chewy than typical porter with a bit of a hop snap, you will love this. Otherwise, just try it for yourself anyway because it is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:22:52 | More by karengarys
Photo of delta490


3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a deep deep brown. Bug fizzy tan head has nice retention and leaves big lacing throughout the beer. Aroma is malty but not too heavy. Seems to be missing some oomf. Taste is pretty good. Nice roasted malt but not much complexity. Some alcohol sweetness is present. A little fizzy in the mouth. Overall it's a good but not great porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 22:46:24 | More by delta490
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lovin' Cup in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with fluffy, airy foam in the head. Foam sticks the glass all on the way down.

Smell is of dark roasted malts, with some slight coffee.

This is one of the creamiest tasting stouts I've had. Manages to be both creamy and airy and dark and crushing at the same time. Tastes like it's on nitro, even though it was poured normally. Some caramel and vanilla here as well.

Insanely drinkable, this was gone way faster than I wanted it to be. Creamy and delicious. Low carbonation.

A truly robust ale, with lots of interesting twists.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 01:54:48 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of tronester


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a big creamy tan head. Abundant lacing as it travels down the glass. Aromas of light coffee. Taste begins with a bit of bittersweet chocolate, then some dark bread, then some earthy, woodiness in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 15:17:10 | More by tronester
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Brewing Company - Smuttynose Robust Porter, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours an oily brown-black and settles black in the glass. Good sized mocha head. Retains a good amount. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is decidedly espresso and chocolate with roasted malts on top. Great aroma.

Taste - Taste is creamy espresso with a chocolate backbone, followed by burnt malts and bitterness that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Sits bitter roasted and espresso bean. Moderately carbonated. Great drinkability. Not at all boozy.

Overall - A malt centerpiece porter, very well done at that. Beautiful in its simplicity. Simple recipe with great results. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 17:06:20 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Givemebeer


3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep black with a nice creamy tan head and good lacing.

S: coffee roasted malts

T: nice roasted coffee flavor dominates the palate

M: dry finish and medium bodied

O: nice representation of the style, but not as complex as I'd like. Definitely worth trying

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:16:19 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of micromaniac129


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really dark brown. The head though small is dense and long lasting.. There wassome lacing around the glass.
Aroma is robust and rich malts. Some coffee and chocoalte but really light and sutle.
The taste is bold and malty with roasted malts. Maybe some dark stewed fruits, coffee and chocolate. Drink almost like a stout.
Flows smooth over the palate but there is a tad bit of grittiness.
Easy drinking and flavorfull.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 12:05:39 | More by micromaniac129
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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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