Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,436
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 292 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000

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
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of good 'ol Steve Twigg, thanks dad! Pours a nice, thick, near-black color with a few brown highlights permeating the edges. Head shows some decent retention and lace.

Nose has sweet licorice, sharp fruit and heavily roasted malt. Interesting and complex smelling brew.

Taste simplifies things a little bit, although it is by no means a one-dimensional beer. Sweet, roasty malt has a touch of caramel and a nice hop backing that compliments, rather than opposing the roasted malt. The line that this beer walks between sweet bitterness is truly amazing and an incredible brewing feat. This is a quintessential American porter and is one of the best of the style I have had in at least a couple years. I love it when a beer under 6% gives you that 'WOW' feeling. This one did it for me. Hats off to you Smutty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Very interesting b&w label comprised of a strong man holding a keg in one and woman in the other. A little dog in a bag at their side. "Cirque du François Oeuf" reads the caption. Freshness cleary marked.

Appearance: Extreme dark. As dark as any Stout, but with deep brown pitches. A healthy, rich tan lace clinges from the dark abyss from which it reaches.

Smell: A grand dose of soft dark malts, caramel, faint dark fruitiness, subdued floral hop aroma and notes of coffee.

Taste: Mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Upfront citrus rind hop flavour that dominates the entire palate. It sharpens with a grapfruit juice quality, then dissapates. The black malts are the main culprits which lend to the acrid taste. Soon after, some lightly burnt malt/chocolate/coffee ground flavours poke through to score the palate. Finishes a bit dry with more of that lightly burnt medly.

Notes: One of Smuttynose's most complex and tasty brews to date. Haven't had many Robust Porters, but this is indeed true to the modern day interpretation of a Porter, and it is indeed robust in flavour.

Photo of Jason
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky light brown head that holds up very well and seems to stick everywhere it can. It literally is one of the best heads I have seen in a long time. Big aroma of highly roasted malt, a pinch of sweetness in there also. Very smooth with a creamy backbone. Robust they say and robust it is with a sturdy full body. Roasted malt is very prevalent and gives a quick snappish twang then a blanketing of softer roasted malt flavour slowly cover the mouth again with suggestions of French roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Tight berry like fruitiness within and a mild warming alcohol slowly warms the mouth and body. Damn good drinking.

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown with a wispy almond colored head,aroma is chocolaty and deeply roasted with an almost lactic quality to it.Taste is pretty robust like it says,I get a big earthiness along with some bitter unsweetened chocolate with some dry hoppy notes that eek through near the finish.A real nice cold weather brew nice to sip on a rainy damp day like today.

Photo of Popsinc
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, thick, bronze coloured head. Roasted nose with a light sweetness. Vety rich and smooth going down but yet not too heavy. Wonderful roasted malt flavours with a slightly sweet finish. Reminded me of the great St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout. I would definitely buy this porter again.

Photo of Marty
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aptly named brew from a Brewery that I don't pay enough attention to. Pours a deep brown without heaps of carbonation, even when poured from a decent height. Bouquet is dominated by hops and malty sweetness. Tastes, well, great... complex, well rounded, roasted malty sweetness with enough hops to keep you on your toes. Would like to do a blind taste test with this and a few of my other favorite porters. This could very well become a staple fridge beer.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque with a huge imperial like tan-brown head. Aroma is strong and full with wonderful wisps of chocolate, French roast coffee, peanuts, and hex. Taste lets down jut a notch from the huge aroma but it’s still quite enjoyable. Aggressive coffee and hex nut are the dominant flavors. Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth, drying in the finish, and mildly astringent. Very drinkable.

Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Smuttynose's Robust Porter is almost opaque black garnet highlights on the edges. The creamy mouse-like head is an expresso creme shade of light brown with almost the same texture; it also leaves lacing on the glass.

S: This beer has a thick roasted malt nose with low notes of plums and raisins. There is a moderate chocolate aroma and a touch of coffee. Pretty much nothing for hops and a light alcohol note.

T: The roast malt flavor is as big as the nose with a medium amount of chocolate and light expresso notes. There is a moderate to moderate-low hop bitterness and no hop flavor. The roast and bitterness continue past the dry finish.

M: Medium-heavy in body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a a light chalkiness and a light alcohol warmth.

O: This is a robust porter that's packed with a lot of roast and far amount of chocolate.

Photo of kaimcm
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque body with a velvety smooth head. Nice ring stick on the glass and agitation easily brings back froth.

S: Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, grain husk, roasted malt, herbal hops

T: The first sip of this beer is the best, before your palate gets aclimated to the brew. That first sip is so rich and so damn chocolately its amazing. Even by the second sip its less intense. Rich body, up front with coffee, chocolate, followed by a balancing hop bitterness. A touch of caramel, plenty of oil, finish is dry and refreshing. As the beer warms the chocolate opens up with some lactic overtones and becomes more reminiscent of milke chocolate than the dark chocolate in the nose. Roasty.

M&D: Very nice, the accessible weight makes it very drinkable. An easy drinking but still very interesting beer. Well made.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Smuttynose offering that always shows an excellent presentation to the style unsurpassed as the term "you get what you pay for" expression explains. Robust Porter.

A- Pours a pitch black fluid with retaining half inch head that leaves excellent sticky spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is of fresh dark fruit... Dates, figs and plums. Brown sugar with hints of alcohol esters present.

T-M-D- First is a mocha like coffee taste followed by a fruity burst of sweeted dates, prunes and raisins. Has some hoppy charactor in the ways mild bitterness and floral flavors. Full bodied and mild carbonation make this beer an easy drinker.
I could easily put down a dozen of these in a night loving every sip.

Photo of blitz134
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. I recently brewed a Robust Porter and wanted to have a high ranking version to sample.

Pitch black body, big tan head that was slow to fall. Slight lacing.

Smells strongly of chocolate and some hints of toffee. Slight sweetness is aparent in the nose. Some hop aroma peaks through...possibly American derived.

Flavor comes across with a lot of roast, a bit of charcoal after the swallow. Has a touch of sweetness too and some very subtle hints of dark fruit. Still has some chocolately and coffee characters througout.

Nice medium body. Coats well and the roasted flavors linger for a while. Overall, this is a really nice beer. Nice big body and simple but robust flavors. Pretty easy to drink. Just a lot of flavor for a 5.7% beer.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely thick for a porter, extremely dark and with a monster head on top. Basically drinks like a weaker stout, but it can go down quickly. At 5.7 abv, it better be delicious and indeed it does work.

The creamy feel and malty smell are especially notable, and Smuttynose manages to impress again despite the setback of the all-too-goofy label.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friday night at home, Netflix movie (Miami Vice. Don't bother). Had some porters in the fridge, and really liked this one. A dark brown color with a coffee-colored head that dissipated quickly. Rich chocolate aroma. A chocolate, espresso flavor. I thought it was quite rich, and fun to drink.

Photo of Walker8810
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours great w/ just the right amount of head.
nose is of sweet roasted malts. not too hoppy not too burnt. same w/ the taste. this one is well balanced. a lot of porters are too agressive, this one is just right. great balance of the roasted malt character, sweetness and hops. all in all a very well rounded porter. velvety mouthfeel. goes down very easily.

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dark tan head. Great retention. Lots of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - First aroma is intense dark chocolate, followed by some earthy roasted malts and coffee, but the chocolate dominates.

T - Coffee more present in the taste, though chocolate and roasted malt really shine through. A nice subtle hop bite and some sweetness round out the flavor nicely.

M - Nice medium, coating mouthfeel. Earthiness lingers on the palate.

O - Very well made porter that I would put up with my favorites. Nice I had easier access to this one.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this paired with some homemade dumplings

Pours with a hugh head. The head laces large curtains on the glaces edge.

The nose is malt filled sweet chocolate and slight coffee but it is lite

The taste is robust, it starts with a frothy carbonation. The roasted barley/coffee taste is very smooth and velvety. It has a slight almost alcohol finish. Very nice the name fit it

Photo of Doomcifer
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

mmm, Smuttynose! Probably my favorite East Coast Brewery. I have been hooked on this Robust Porter for the past couple weeks since Autumn has crept in and the weather has cooled down a tad.

This baby pours almost pitch black with a nice, frothy, brown head that slowly simmers down leaving a ring of brown froth floating on top. Great lacing to boot. The smell, oh the heavenly nose. Smells of dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, raw chocolate, coffee, etc. Absolutely wonderful.

The taste is even better than the nose. The flavor is HUGE and roasty. Tons of roasted coffee beans and roasted malty goodness. A lot of dark bitter/sweet chocolate as well with a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The roastiness clings on for dear life on your palette. This beer blows me away.

Mouthfeel is heavy and silky smooth. Perfect carbonation of tiny bubbles.

By far, THE best porter I have ever had. Smuttynose has absolutely NAILED it with this one here. A Masterpiece. Obviously, I cannot say enough about this brew. Robust Porter...what a perfectly apt name.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Beautiful 2-finger head of cocoa brown very dense foam that dissipates slowly, leaving broad lace rings around the glass. When the surface finally appears, a thin layer of lace remains. Deep, dark chocolate brown - in fact, essentially black - and opaque.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and fresh well-done toast with pine/floral hops pushing through. Hints of dried cherries, too, as it warms in the glass.

T - Burnt and lightly buttered toast, 50% dark chocolate that almost perfectly balances the sweetness and bitterness, and a cup of espresso on the side. Flavoring hops show up in a long-lasting finish where all the flavors remain and dance with each other.

M - Somewhat creamy. Good carbonation. Excellent structure that shows off the body without being thick. Finish lingers and is clean from the hops.

D - Delicious porter. Exceptionally well made, especially in how all the various flavors present themselves individually and then meld together in a long, lingering finish. I'd prefer slightly less roasting in the malt and a bit of caramel and/or toffee to sand down a bit of the bitterness, but if this had that, it would be fiver. I can see an evening of alternating between this and Anchor Porter to get the best of both. I might even try blending them. In any case, I'm going to need a couple of six-paks to thoroughly investigate this beer.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive, opaque, deep brown body with a substantial, tan head that retains well. Considerable patches of lace adorn the glass.

Aroma is stout-like, with burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich and coating.

Roasted dark malts dominate the taste, with chewy coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a chicory nuttiness. Finishes with a hazelnut coffee note, and aftertaste.

Definitely, one of the better American porters. I could have several of these without tiring of the robust flavors.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the ginger man in NYC Pours black, dark tan head. Bready/malty nose. Outstanding lacing. Roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee grounds, licorish notes. Chalky dryness, hoppy dark chocolate. Medium bodied, nice stuff, fine brew, greatly enjoyed. Seek and quaff!

Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny to see this brew in a search...put in "Robust Porter" and at least 5 beers are called Robust Porter...but not Smutty''s "Smuttynose Robust Porter"...there is a difference.
Pours a pitch black w/ no light passing through...full two fingers of cocoa head, leaving a thick lacing to the side of my pint glass.
Nice aromas...cappucino, chocolate, and vanilla...what I would expect from a "robust" porter.
The taste is fantastic! A thick, yet smooth blast of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, butterscotch, and more. A nice touch of hops to add and a nice subtle sweetness from the malt.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth as silk.
Drinkability is high if you like this style...if you dig dark beers, you must try this offering from Smuttynose.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy one and a half finger milk chocolate head. Black body no light getting through. Smells of sweet malts, Carmel, bubble gum, breach yeast. Tastes sweet and malty, coffee, milk chocolate, some roasty notes as well. Full bodied, light carbing. quite drinkable. $1.75 a single.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, moderate carbonation, clear, 1/4 inch head

Smell: big chocolate and more moderate toasted malt

Taste: very chocolaty, some peanut, coffee, and roasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with a harsh burnt end, medium-heavy body and carbonation

Drinkability: I love the start and body of this beer, but the end is a bit too long and harsh. Take away the the ending for me and you have a near perfect porter. I would still do a couple with the finish, but could see myself drinking a lot more with a smoother ending.

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is strong on the coffee and roasted malt. I didn't get much if any chocolate in the flavor. The beer has a creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is exactly what I am looking for in a beer of this style.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from a Smuttynose mixed pack, along with the Shoals, IPA and Old Brown Dog. Packed in May 2012, purchased from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park NY.

Poured into a short nonic. Simply put, this is one of the finest-looking bottled porters I've come across. Very dark, almost black with only a hint of chestnut when held to the light. Looks fairly thick. Sturdy inch of tan foam that maintains its shape brilliantly. Lots of lacing to boot. Great stuff.

Nose is also quite nice. Dark chocolate, coffee, big roasted malt, nuts, caramel, grape, astringent hops.

Big roasted malt flavor, with coffee, chocolate, nuts and an astringent hop bitterness that lingers for quite some time after each sip. "Robust" is certainly apt for this beer. Stunning stuff. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, long bitter finish.

One of the better porters I've come across. I am consistently impressed with this brewery, and this brew is one of their best.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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