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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,926 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 124
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
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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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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with "Best Before" date notched on April 2011. Poured into a pint glass. Review taken from notes and memory, consumed on Jan. 6 2011.

Appearance: Admittedly, I could have poured this a little more aggressively... but the brew poured more or less a jet black with a thick, frothy 1-finger mocha-colored head which eventually dissipated to an outer ring of foam. There wasn't a lot of lacing at first, but the beer left some chunks dangling by the time I finished the glass. Very sexy looking, even for a porter. I didn't see any light penetrate through this bad boy.

Smell: This is promising. I got hit with a ton of hearty roasted malt out front, followed by some bittersweet dark chocolate, thick black coffee, and a final bite of very crisp and floral hops. This is what a good porter should smell like, and more. Lots of complexity and layers here; this made me want to dive right into the beer.

Taste: Wallops of roasted malt and barley come out front on the palate, very warming and hearty. The rest of the flavors follow the aroma: Rich and slightly bitter dark chocolate, strong tones of black coffee with hints of espresso, and a final layer of assertive but not overbearing floral/pine-flavored hops on the back of the palate which lingers into the finish with the coffee flavors. Fantastic stuff going on here. Layered and beautiful, a great balance between malty and hoppy for an American Porter.

Mouthfeel: The word "robust" basically covers it. This brew is thick and hearty, but not necessarily slimy or viscous. The flavors coat the tongue and linger long into the finish. Even for its thickness, it is a very smooth and velvety finish with a bit of carbonation at work. Unlike most porters I've had, this doesn't have a dry finish and is very satisfying.

Drinkability: Its alcohol content is very well-hidden by the complexity of the flavor, and this alone makes it a very drinkable beer. The alcohol kind of creeps up on you, but this is a beer that you could drink at least two of in the winter months with no problem. A fantastic beer, glad I grabbed it while I could.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 21:30:40 | More by Groomsy
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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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