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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,334 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 157
Gots: 236 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 2,334 | Reviews: 1,045 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SweetChicken
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattSharpless
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: deep brown; 1 finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate, roasted grains, and a hint of coffee;

T: for a moment, roasted grain; milk chocolate comes in quickly and stays through the finish; moderate bitterness and a bit of coffee at the end;

M: medium bodied; a little sticky; moderate carbonation; slightly dry finish;

O:not special, but very nice:

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

Delicious. Well paired with desserts specifically chocolate

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmace929
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of rjp217
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marieli
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Appearance is close to black. Not sure where the company or others get "amber" from as a descriptor. A very thin and unimpressive head that left quickly. I smelled malt as the predominant aroma. Was not very sweet in smell or taste, although I would have preferred a touch more sweetness. Some coffee showed up as it warmed, but never chocolate. Flavor was sort of neutral, something for everybody. Feel was close but not truly creamy.

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

Appearance: Massive, dense, and robust tan head graces a dark amber body, which verges on obsidian. Intricate lacing on the glass walls relates an epic in hieroglyphics whose meaning is lost to the world.

Aroma: Deep aromas of dark roasted coffee dominate the aroma, there are as well, notes of bitter cocoa, and dark roasted, almost charred malt.

Taste: The taste begins with deep, dark roasted malt, as the taste progresses, bitter coffee utterly dominates the taste, although charred malt and prominent grapefruit rind hops make their presence felt. Late in the taste, charred malt is notable. The relatively high ABV (6.2%) is artfully concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth, and very full, with only mere hints of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful beer, which seems apropos for the winter months, simply excellent

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, sealed with a pop-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of CraigS119
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Porters aren't really my cup of tea, but here we go... got it as a gift in a beer-of-the-month package. Apparently it's actually 6.6% abv and 33 ibu.

Malts: North American 2-Row, Carastan, C-120, Special B, Chocolate, Carafa II DH

Hops: Bittering: Magnum, Flavoring: Cascade

Pours like soy sauce with a thin ring of khaki head. Smells of delicate sweet cream, vanilla, and cocoa. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate malt and smokey oak. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but there is some carbonation and a thickness in the finish. Overall, I've never liked porters. I'm not sure why, I think it's a combination the sweetness with acerbity, lingering smokey and bitter notes and a watery body. Either way though, this beer isn't bad. I may not like them, but after tasting this one, I do respect them.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose's Robust Porter a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at Holiday Market. I've been wanting to try this beer for a little while now and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. Best by 6/8/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, I like the design of it and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and a half of creamy dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a really nice looking Porter, It's just what I expect from the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice dark roasted malt, slightly grainy, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas. Up next comes fruity yeast which imparts a noticeable dark fruit and cherry like aroma with a slight bit of earthy hops showing up at the end. This beer has a good aroma and it's pretty much what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the dark roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with the dark chocolate seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes that same fruity yeast, but it's just a little lighter this time and it's followed by an even lighter amount of earthy hops. On the finish there's a very light amount of medium bitterness with a bitter coffee, lightly charred and light dark fruit aftertaste. This is a good tasting Porter, it's got nice balance and it's true to style.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel and I think it works very well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of an American Porter, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and it didn't seem to have weak points. This beer has good drinkability, it's smooth, fairly crisp, slightly sticky, not too filling and the taste does a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these especially during the colder weather. What I like the most about this beer was just how true to style it is, it reminds me of a couple local Porters that I first tried when I got into craft beer. What i like the least about this beer was nothing, I don't think it has any off flavors or any weak points. I would buy this beer again when In the mood and I might even have to put it against some of my favorites of the style. I would recommend this beer, especially if your a big fan of Porters. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it was just what I wanted out of the style and I'm glad to have this an option now. It's my new favorite Smuttynose beer and it's one of the better example of the style that I've had. Good job guys, this was a really tasty Porter, keep it up.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown hues at the bottom curve of the glass but otherwise black. Big fluffy light brown head.

Really nice chocolate and roast notes. Medium bodied and carbonated.

Photo of Mikestaf
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Teafirst
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tugdriver7
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The second entry in my six bottle American Porter taste test. Deep black color in the glass, nearly opaque with a dark tan to leather brown colored head that lasted awhile, lacing the glass nicely. Rich (like a black coffee milkshake) mouthfeel, with roasted chocolate/coffee in the nose. A hint of malt sweetness (dark roasted) on the tongue and then a rich roasted smoke with a bit of residual sweetness, ending with a quick hint of bitterness. I understand the attraction and the beer was good, but the flavors came and went without really combining or balancing each other, as if it wasn't sure what it wanted to be. As the glass warmed, there was also a hint of astringent alcohol in the nose that was warming, yes, but detracted from the overall flavor. Again, I agree with the high ratings, but I was disappointed a bit in the way the flavors joined overall.

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

Photo of sdotpooh
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect balance between malt and hops. Thought the smell was great. The taste was exactly for me. I'll definitely search this one out and try to find it. Great Beer.

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

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

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sdeese21
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcall384
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hallertau
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very plain, don't understand the praise here at all. No nose, thin too.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.