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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,942 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,942
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 126
Gots: 92 | 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:
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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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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01-02-2013 21:28:38 | More by
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chippo33

Vermont

1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

03-13-2013 23:04:35 | More by chippo33
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mjc410

Vermont

1.95/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The pour raises a one finger dark tan head, with quick sudsy lacing slowly falling into an opaque black body. The nose is immensely roasty, and filled with coffee, chocolate, and a bit of sweet caramel. Now, with these two areas rated, I'm definitely not prepared for the horror of the rest of the beer. Taste is like a sugared espresso, with a licorice note. Very bitter throughout, mildly acidic dry finish. The bitterness builds to extreme levels, and the licorice flavor becomes unbearable over time. The mouthfeel is far too thin for the intense flavors, I feel. This was a horrible beer, perhaps a bad bottle, but certainly a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 14:43:16 | More by mjc410
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -51.7%

11-28-2012 17:47:57 | More by mfgreene
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bram325

Texas

2/5  rDev -51.7%

06-27-2014 15:42:17 | More by bram325
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Bluesman2383

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.7%

01-02-2014 04:29:41 | More by Bluesman2383
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -51.7%

04-20-2013 03:09:59 | More by Rekrule
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hardy008

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours a dark black color which allows some ruby light to pass through. Has a foamy, tan, one finger head.

Smell - Hops, coffee, malt, and some chocolate.

Taste - The hops and the coffee comes forward more than the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery with high carbonation. Light bodied and dry. Seems wrong for the style.

Drinkability - Very disappointing. To thin and watery for my taste. Too hoppy, and too dry. This Porter is anything but robust.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 21:07:31 | More by hardy008
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phishbone23

New York

2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

01-23-2013 14:55:20 | More by phishbone23
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Pillowburn

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

07-08-2013 13:16:52 | More by Pillowburn
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Brew33

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Grabbed a Smuttynose mixed 12 pack to give them a shot. This wasn't great.

It looks like a Porter. Very dark brown, bordering on black. Crystal clear. Nice tan head. The aroma is rough. Slight malt, metallic, some burned paper aromas. Faint chemical smell. Heavily metallic. The taste is burnt. Lots of charred malt. Boring malt bill. Little complexity. Thin. The apperance wrote a check the body can't cash. The charred flavors dominate. Lots of grain bitterness. One dimensional. Dry finish which is nice. Drinkability isn't very high because of the staunch graininess and boring flavor profile.

Pass on this one. Especially when there are so many good Porters readily available.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 14:42:31 | More by Brew33
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

02-01-2014 21:48:44 | More by Furley80
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nicholas527

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

03-04-2012 20:09:00 | More by nicholas527
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mterrence5

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Holy crap! this is pure darkeness. Pours like motor oil with a brown creamy head. High marks for appearance. Very strong tasting porter. Dark Chocolate and coffee with unfortunate acidic aftertaste. Altough it has a light feel to it this porter is very hard to drink. The flavors are very very rich.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 23:46:43 | More by mterrence5
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wac9

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

the darkness has consume me , as i journey down this road frist taste and the way it goes down wonderful always wanted to taste this and glad i did too bad snow coming and i gotta drive to work tommorow but its about i found a porter worth drinking been in a slump,too bad afterfrist night this is pretty bad

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:09:47 | More by wac9
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

04-16-2014 04:47:04 | More by ohiobeer29
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BGsWo22

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

03-20-2013 23:49:43 | More by BGsWo22
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Brutus627

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

06-24-2014 01:34:22 | More by Brutus627
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Aisha

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

06-05-2013 20:40:00 | More by Aisha
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toetag39

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Upon pouring, I was excited about this one. A very dark, smooth pour, but was left with little to no head. The smell was above average with hints of malts chocolate and some type of floral hopps.

Upon first tasting, I was rather disappointed with the bitterness. It over powers the palate. My mouth becomes very dry as I continue to drink this beer. I rather not drink a glass of water with my beer.

Mouthfeel was ok, but again with the dryness. I can't get over it.

Overall, this beer was average or below average. I found myself drinking these sparingly and feeling the same way every time. I will venture off to another brewery for my porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 06:38:42 | More by toetag39
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured up from a 12oz bottle very average for the style; a black body with a loosely knit, sand coloured head which faded away in the time it took to type this first sentence.
Smell was good. Better than I expected, actually. Mostly used coffee grounds, but a bit of roasted malts in there, as well. Very nice.
After such a lovely smell, I was disappointed in the taste. It consisted of a bit of a coffee-esque flavour with some dark roasted flavours as well, which certainly sounds good, but there was just something peculiar about this one that I didn't care for. Also, the Cascade hop bitterness on the finish doesn't seem to fit this beer, or the style, for that matter. It just wasn't for me. Mouthfeel was very thin and left a bit to be desired, too, IMO. Not a bad beer, simply one I do not care for.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 22:30:54 | More by SilentSabre
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - dark with a nice lasting foam. Slight red-brown threw the bottom.

S - there was something about the smell that I didn't like, but I can't put my finger on it.

T - full flavor but not great. There is a noticeable alcohol after taste.

M - mild tingle on the front sides of the tongue and top back of the palette.

D - pass. The smell issue and alcohol after taste put it off my future list.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 01:10:45 | More by biglite351
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Now I can't say that I'm the world's biggest fan of porters to begin with, but this was just downright awful. The first few sips leave you marveling about all the flavors you are experiencing. The next few sips leave you cringing at how disgustingly sweet it is. The sickening sweetness of its chocolate tones overpower anything else in the beer and leave you looking for a Victory Hopdevil to assuage your taste buds. If you don't like sweet beers, beware.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2003 18:31:53 | More by ChrisBowers
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TheDM

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a small head of large brown mostly lasting bubbles and an opaque black colored body. It has a mild malt coffee aroma. Initially it is smooth and mild but comes through in the end with a tingly coffee flavored mouthfeel. It is a decent brew, but far from being a best example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 22:57:27 | More by TheDM
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This arrived with a big, fluffy, deep-tan/light-brown head. The beer was really dark, with very little light able to pass through it. The nose was very roasty, like coffee, but with an underlying malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was thick and full, almost creamy. There was an immediate sensation of roasted coffee beans on the palate. The finish was also roasty, but with a lingering charcoal taste, which I dislike (sorry). This drank more like a stout than a porter. I'm down with it, but not as a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2006 21:52:05 | More by woodychandler
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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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