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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,831 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1831
Reviews: 987
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000)
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Erish

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. I poured this bottle into a large wine glass.

A: clear dark raisin color, head retention is lacking somewhat, decent cap and lacing.

S: semi-sweet malt, subdued coffee note, molasses.

T: smokey, semi-sweet malt up front, the middle has espresso, more oak and smoke, and the finish is very dry, smokey, and roasted with a light hop presence.

M: medium-weight, somewhat watery, moderate carbonation.

D: this is a very dry and smoky porter, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:56:23 | More by Erish
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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.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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