Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,228 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,228
Reviews: 1,021
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 141
Gots: 184 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

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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.

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2/5  rDev -51.7%

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2/5  rDev -51.7%

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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.

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2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

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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.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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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.

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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

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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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.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.