Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
4.46/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
01-16-2014 05:10:58 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
10-18-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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.
04-15-2002 19:54:08 | More by Jason
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a deep deep brown with a wispy almond colored head,aroma is chocolaty and deeply roasted with an almost lactic quality to it.Taste is pretty robust like it says,I get a big earthiness along with some bitter unsweetened chocolate with some dry hoppy notes that eek through near the finish.A real nice cold weather brew nice to sip on a rainy damp day like today.
04-13-2004 18:35:24 | More by oberon
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Beautiful, thick, bronze coloured head. Roasted nose with a light sweetness. Vety rich and smooth going down but yet not too heavy. Wonderful roasted malt flavours with a slightly sweet finish. Reminded me of the great St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout. I would definitely buy this porter again.
01-12-2003 09:52:25 | More by Popsinc
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
An aptly named brew from a Brewery that I don't pay enough attention to. Pours a deep brown without heaps of carbonation, even when poured from a decent height. Bouquet is dominated by hops and malty sweetness. Tastes, well, great... complex, well rounded, roasted malty sweetness with enough hops to keep you on your toes. Would like to do a blind taste test with this and a few of my other favorite porters. This could very well become a staple fridge beer.
09-15-2007 01:50:34 | More by Marty
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Nearly opaque with a huge imperial like tan-brown head. Aroma is strong and full with wonderful wisps of chocolate, French roast coffee, peanuts, and hex. Taste lets down jut a notch from the huge aroma but its still quite enjoyable. Aggressive coffee and hex nut are the dominant flavors. Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth, drying in the finish, and mildly astringent. Very drinkable.
03-18-2006 05:37:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
4/5 rDev -3.4%
A: Smuttynose's Robust Porter is almost opaque black garnet highlights on the edges. The creamy mouse-like head is an expresso creme shade of light brown with almost the same texture; it also leaves lacing on the glass.
S: This beer has a thick roasted malt nose with low notes of plums and raisins. There is a moderate chocolate aroma and a touch of coffee. Pretty much nothing for hops and a light alcohol note.
T: The roast malt flavor is as big as the nose with a medium amount of chocolate and light expresso notes. There is a moderate to moderate-low hop bitterness and no hop flavor. The roast and bitterness continue past the dry finish.
M: Medium-heavy in body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a a light chalkiness and a light alcohol warmth.
O: This is a robust porter that's packed with a lot of roast and far amount of chocolate.
08-25-2012 01:12:41 | More by MadScientist
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Opaque body with a velvety smooth head. Nice ring stick on the glass and agitation easily brings back froth.
S: Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, grain husk, roasted malt, herbal hops
T: The first sip of this beer is the best, before your palate gets aclimated to the brew. That first sip is so rich and so damn chocolately its amazing. Even by the second sip its less intense. Rich body, up front with coffee, chocolate, followed by a balancing hop bitterness. A touch of caramel, plenty of oil, finish is dry and refreshing. As the beer warms the chocolate opens up with some lactic overtones and becomes more reminiscent of milke chocolate than the dark chocolate in the nose. Roasty.
M&D: Very nice, the accessible weight makes it very drinkable. An easy drinking but still very interesting beer. Well made.
02-03-2006 04:34:29 | More by kaimcm
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
Another Smuttynose offering that always shows an excellent presentation to the style unsurpassed as the term "you get what you pay for" expression explains. Robust Porter.
A- Pours a pitch black fluid with retaining half inch head that leaves excellent sticky spiderweb lacing on the glass.
S- Smell is of fresh dark fruit... Dates, figs and plums. Brown sugar with hints of alcohol esters present.
T-M-D- First is a mocha like coffee taste followed by a fruity burst of sweeted dates, prunes and raisins. Has some hoppy charactor in the ways mild bitterness and floral flavors. Full bodied and mild carbonation make this beer an easy drinker.
I could easily put down a dozen of these in a night loving every sip.
02-01-2010 01:36:24 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
Been wanting to try this one for a while. I recently brewed a Robust Porter and wanted to have a high ranking version to sample.
Pitch black body, big tan head that was slow to fall. Slight lacing.
Smells strongly of chocolate and some hints of toffee. Slight sweetness is aparent in the nose. Some hop aroma peaks through...possibly American derived.
Flavor comes across with a lot of roast, a bit of charcoal after the swallow. Has a touch of sweetness too and some very subtle hints of dark fruit. Still has some chocolately and coffee characters througout.
Nice medium body. Coats well and the roasted flavors linger for a while. Overall, this is a really nice beer. Nice big body and simple but robust flavors. Pretty easy to drink. Just a lot of flavor for a 5.7% beer.
03-13-2008 03:09:13 | More by blitz134
3.4/5 rDev -17.9%
Extremely thick for a porter, extremely dark and with a monster head on top. Basically drinks like a weaker stout, but it can go down quickly. At 5.7 abv, it better be delicious and indeed it does work.
The creamy feel and malty smell are especially notable, and Smuttynose manages to impress again despite the setback of the all-too-goofy label.
09-19-2010 21:24:22 | More by sellmeagod
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
Friday night at home, Netflix movie (Miami Vice. Don't bother). Had some porters in the fridge, and really liked this one. A dark brown color with a coffee-colored head that dissipated quickly. Rich chocolate aroma. A chocolate, espresso flavor. I thought it was quite rich, and fun to drink.
01-13-2007 20:21:17 | More by lordofthewiens
4.1/5 rDev -1%
pours great w/ just the right amount of head.
nose is of sweet roasted malts. not too hoppy not too burnt. same w/ the taste. this one is well balanced. a lot of porters are too agressive, this one is just right. great balance of the roasted malt character, sweetness and hops. all in all a very well rounded porter. velvety mouthfeel. goes down very easily.
01-10-2009 22:37:06 | More by Walker8810
4.48/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dark tan head. Great retention. Lots of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.
S - First aroma is intense dark chocolate, followed by some earthy roasted malts and coffee, but the chocolate dominates.
T - Coffee more present in the taste, though chocolate and roasted malt really shine through. A nice subtle hop bite and some sweetness round out the flavor nicely.
M - Nice medium, coating mouthfeel. Earthiness lingers on the palate.
O - Very well made porter that I would put up with my favorites. Nice I had easier access to this one.
02-16-2012 17:53:49 | More by warnerry
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Had this paired with some homemade dumplings
Pours with a hugh head. The head laces large curtains on the glaces edge.
The nose is malt filled sweet chocolate and slight coffee but it is lite
The taste is robust, it starts with a frothy carbonation. The roasted barley/coffee taste is very smooth and velvety. It has a slight almost alcohol finish. Very nice the name fit it
02-26-2011 01:15:20 | More by bishopdc0
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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