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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,842 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1842
Reviews: 989
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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barczar

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields an opaque deep brown brew with subtle garnet highlights and a frothy inch and a half tan head that lingers, eventually dissipating and leaving sheets of lacing all around.

Roast malt and coffee dominate the aroma initially, with hints of vanilla and chocolate lurking I'm the background. There's a burnt brown sugar sweetness present.

Flavor follows suit, with huge roast malt character giving way to chocolate mid palate, which lingers into the slightly bitter finish. There's an underpinning of slightly acrid coffee and char. Citrus hops are subtle, and blend well.

Body is a on the full side and fairly creamy, with fairly low carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth.

Great example of the style, with enough chocolate and coffee to accompany the roast malt character. A little heavy on the char, but very rich.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 19:21:01 | More by barczar
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with little to no light coming through. Creamy, khaki head of 2 fingers. Terrific lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and earthy hops.

T- Tons of roasted notes and coffee bitterness. Not the depth I prefer, but nice rich, unsweetened chocolate.

M- Mid body, charred, and dry

O- Solid. Not spectacular IMO, but not bad.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving- bottle into a pint glass. "Pop-a-top Again!"

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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Black as the night, with a medium heavy tan head
Nose:
Malt, coffee beans, toffee, lots of roast character
Palate:
WOW! Huge burst of flavor, coffee beans, espresso, chocolate, heavily roasted malt, large mouthfeel yet drinkable
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Get one!! One of my favorite porters ever.

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Serving type: on-tap

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,842 ratings.