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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

2,090 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,090
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 137
Gots: 144 | 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%

Givensr2, Aug 26, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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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.

mjc410, Aug 28, 2006
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

mfgreene, Nov 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

bram325, Jun 27, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

Bluesman2383, Jan 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

Rekrule, Apr 20, 2013
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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.

hardy008, May 09, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

Pillowburn, Jul 08, 2013
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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.

Brew33, Jan 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Furley80, Feb 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
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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.

mterrence5, Oct 27, 2008
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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

wac9, Jan 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

sgttibbs, Sep 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

ohiobeer29, Apr 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Brutus627, Jun 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Aisha, Jun 05, 2013
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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.

toetag39, Dec 06, 2010
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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.

SilentSabre, Feb 21, 2009
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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.

biglite351, Feb 11, 2010
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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.

ChrisBowers, Apr 12, 2003
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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,090 ratings.