Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Contra:
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The strongman on the label is holding a (beer?) barrel in one hand, and a woman in the other. I guess that's what beer advertising used to be. Things don't change - chicks & beer.
The look of this beer is fairly typical of Porters/Stouts - thick black viscous liquid with a light brown head. The aroma is faint, but gains strength as the beer warms. Same with the taste - the roast malt flavor is strong from the beginning, but as it warms, that classic chocolate-espresso flavor comes out. Unfortunately, I noticed a bit of an acrid-sour note to it, which didn't feel like it was a part of the beer, like an unintended change in the flavor. This took away from the taste/mouthfeel/drinkability ratings. I'll have to review it again at a later date to see if it's common or the result of something beyond the control of the brewmaster.
Overall, I like this beer as a lighter alternative when I want something dark, but not quite as heavy as, say, a Russian Imperial Stout. I'll certainly get it again, especially considering that it's less expensive than a lot of other American microbrews.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2007 02:23:38 | More by Contra
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3.99/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Best by 10/01/14 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head large (5.5cm), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing 3 mm ring
Lacing excellent - thick layer covering inside of glass
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some coffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends rapidly leaving a slight bitterness behind.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation
A decent porter lacking the fruity esters and hop bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 21:06:30 | More by Ozzylizard
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.