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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,836 Ratings

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Ratings: 1836
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000)
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Reviews by Groomsy:
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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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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.

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WOW! Huge burst of flavor, coffee beans, espresso, chocolate, heavily roasted malt, large mouthfeel yet drinkable
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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.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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