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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,059 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,059
Hads: 2,533
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 183
Gots: 359 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Nyg
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour very dark. Nice coffee colored head. Noticeably chocolate taste with a bit of a kick. Not too bitter with a medium feel to it. My only complaint was the after taste was of strong alcohol even though it wasn't that high of an alc%

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Photo of royalenfield
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extremely pleasant porter that sticks to your ribs and grows hair on your chest. I can't find any fault with it. Leathery, chocolatey nose. Malty-sweet but not cloying; nice big unctuous mouthfeel with more chocolate and coffee on the finish. A terrific way to wash down my goat-cheese-and-short-rib shepherd's pie.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 8/26/12

L: Very dark brown (near black) with light tan head.

S: Rich and roasty. Reminiscent of bitter chocolate and freshly-ground espresso beans. Faint sweet malt in the background.

T: Onslaught of roasty, burnt bitterness (more so than most porters) with a dry, bitter finish. Tastes of cocoa and day-old coffee, with a slight tanginess. A robust porter for sure.

F: Medium body with slightly less than medium carbonation.

O: One of the best widely available American porters. The strongest aspect of this beer has got to be its ‘robust’ aroma.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a light khaki head. Smells of roasty chocolate malts. Tastes like a robust porter! Roasted coffee and smoky chocolate flavors flourish through this one. It has a smooth, light body with moderate carbonation. Overall a really good porter.

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Photo of Runrunreindeer
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It feels like I shouldn't give this a 5 overall because the aroma is pretty flat. But the taste and mouthfeel are off the hook. I would compare this favorably to any porter I've had. Get it NOW! I think the commercial tasting notes above are spot on, but it's more complex. Maybe also leather notes, for instance.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice and thick khaki head, very stout-like color a dark almost black brown
S- Hops and dark fruits, pleasantly robust
T- Hop forward, roasty malts, dark fruits, coffee and a bit of chocolate, perfect blend of hops, malt, and sweetness
M- Smooth, full-bodied, easy drinking
O- Wow, this beer is top notch. I was surprised by how different the smell and taste are. It seems as though I find something new in every sip. Overall this is a very well-crafted and complex beer. Easily the best I've had from Smuttynose and I'm putting this on my short-list for best porters. I would definitely buy this again and I highly recommend.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single (best by 10/27) into a nonic
a: 2 finger tan/khaki foamy head on top of a deep mahogany/black body. Very good retention, very good retention, very good lacing.
s: bittersweet chocolate, a little smoke, some toasty dark malts, some acidic coffee, some raisin...good
t: follows the nose...lots of layers, delicious, a little fruity sweetness tied into the chocolate but this is outweighed by the roasty notes...ends with some nice lingering charred/roasty bitterness.
m: almost chewy, lively with some faint smoke and some good light bitterness, low carbonation.

Really good stuff. Would drink this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of slusk
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a black with a dense, dark tan head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, brown bread and molasses with some dark fruit. A bit of an earthy hop in the background.

T: Black coffee, chocolate and a bit of raisin is in the forefront. The bitterness is balanced well with the malt. The sweetness is subdued and this finishes somewhat dry.

F: Medium full body, not quite chewy. low carbonation. Slick mouthfeel.

O: This is a great beer. not as heavy as a stout but is full flavored. It finishes quite dry and has multiple levels of character. A great porter.

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Photo of kculrich
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle best by 10/17/15. Deep mahogany with a modest tan head fading quickly leaving a fairish amount of soapy lace. Smells of ice coffee and dried fruit, clean and sharp. T: Coffee and cacao, raisins and rye bread, not sweet, espresso bitterness lingers. F: Medium-light body, gentle carbonation, smooth and exceptionally easy to drink. O: Beautifully made beer - hard to believe I can just walk right into the supermarket and get one whenever I want.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a Guinness pint glass. Best by 6/12/14, so we’re over a month after the best by date.
Look = 4.5 Poured a deep black with 2 fingers of thick frothy brown head. Great retention on that and a nice dense and sticky lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Sweet chocolate hits me first. Toasted malts through and through, maybe a hint of coffee. Overall pretty straight forward.
Taste = 4.0 Charred malts, sweet chocolate upfront. A nice bitter bite on the finish, more so than with other porters.
Feel = 4.5 Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice and creamy feel to it. Good feel for a porter.
Drinkability = 4.0 Smooth 6.2% ABV. Tasty.
Overall = 4.15 A really solid and robust porter. Being past the best by date didn’t seem to hurt this one much. Great look and feel to it and pretty solid nose and taste.

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Photo of ddean
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a cold pint on tap at The Mission Tapas Restaurant in Pittsfield, MA. Attractive dark brown color, nutty chocolate aroma. Taste was delicious, made me think of a cup of iced Columbian coffee with a healthy dose of chocolate--not overly sweet but more tart/lactic acid. Mouth feel very smooth with a nice linger to the taste. Interestingly, the taste stayed exactly the same for me as it lingered---no bitter after notes, for example. Truly outstanding porter, probably my favorite of the style.

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,beige head
coffee,chocolate,tobacco,faint dark fruits
-Follows the nose plus mocha
-medium carbonation
-medium body
Good, but couldve popped a bit more

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Photo of ASDFhydra
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L : Perfect. Very Dark Brown. Heavily-looking Head.
S : Chocolate smell than Coffee. Weak Alcohol smell.
T : Clean Porter. Chocolate taste than Coffee. Milk Chocolate.
Bitter.. Short Aftertaste. It was not satisfied.
F : Smooth. Easy to drink. Light.
O : nice beer. but, Light Porter is not interested. sorry Robust Porter T.T

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Photo of Evilyak
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

it's easy to forget about beers like this. it's not unique. it wasn't done in collaboration between new hampshire and copenhagen. no one needed a wristband to get it.

i don't really give a shit about those kinds of beers. there's too much hype around them and someone's always done something stupid or weird to make it different and everyone gets this collective beer snob boner about how great it is not because it's really good but because it's really hard to get.

no one gets a boner over this beer, but they should (proverbially speaking, of course). it's exactly what it claims to be - dark, roasty, and sweet with multiple layers to both the nose and the mouth. it washes down clean, with a little coffee bitterness hanging around afterwards.

i've had more of these than i can possibly count through the years. this is happy beer.

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Photo of Beric
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap at the brewhouse into a 4oz sampler
Served: 24 August 2015

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep reddish brown, with the ruby highlights only visible when held to the light. Crowned with a dirty, tan head that sticks around longer than I would have expected and leaves slight lacing in the small, plastic sampler glass.

Smell: Very dominant notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark roast, almost burnt espresso. A slight underlying sweetness, but really barely there.

Taste: Much like the nose, this beer is dominated by roasty flavors of baking cocoa and dark roast coffee. The flavors do not overpower the sweet malt base here though, like they did in the nose. When drinking, you get a nice, complex development from bittersweet chocolate, to acidy, dark roast coffee, to a pinch of sweet rye-bread maltiness leading to a dry finish. Really complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body and medium carbonation. Great.

Overall: A fantastic porter, and one with an immensely complex flavor profile given there are no added adjuncts to boost particular flavors. Top notch for sure.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A-Pours a very dark brown that is very nearly opaque. It is possible to see ruby highlights when held up to light. Gets about 2 fingers of head with a fairly aggressive pour, and the head is a khaki color. Head leaves a good bit of lacing as it dissipates. (4.25)

S-Coffee and chocolate dominate at first, but it gives way to a fig or plum-like aroma as well. Just a bit of caramel sweetness is evident too, and there is no hop aroma to speak of either. Smells malty-sweet, roasty, and a bit fruity, with no detectable yeast character evident. (4)

T-Big coffee and chocolate up front, a little caramel sweetness in the middle, and a strong, assertive hop bitterness in the finish. At least to me none of the fruity character is evident here, but there is a very nice astringency from the roasted malt. A little too much hop bite for my taste, but for those of you that like your porters and stouts to have more hop character this would probably be up your alley. (3.75)

M-Smooth and silky. Almost seems like they used oats but I don't believe that they did (but don't quote me on that). Not too much carbonation either, just enough is present. (4)

O-A very nice take on an American robust porter. The big roasted malt character that you would expect is here in spades, and there is a very assertive hop bitterness to balance out those big flavors. Certainly worthy of its status and at around 8-9 bucks a 6-pack, it's also a deal that is really hard to beat considering the quality. (3.92)

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours dark brown under a persistent clingy and rocky 3” light tan foam collar. S: Dark dried fruit, traces of chocolate and light roast. T: Starts with chocolate and light coffee notes, figs, F: Medium full body, soft palate, medium carbonation. O: This is an excellent porter that is easy to drink.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours.black with a mahogany hue, nice creamy tan head, about an inch and a half, eventually reducing to an eighth of an inch that sticks around, lacing stays around.
smell, chocolate, caramel, toasted malt, a little coffee, very rich smooth satisfying smell
taste like it smells, coffee a little more prevalent in the taste than the smell, nice balance of bitter and sweet in the dark roasted malt, finish leans towards bitter, which i like.
feels full, smooth, creamy with a little carbonation, nice
this is one delicious well built porter, it has a lot of what's good. what it doesn't have is an over-roasted taste and thin body, conversely, it doesn't taste like a sticky sweet malt bomb, this is a porter.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Coffee, chocolate, and malt greet the nose. Elegant warmth adds to the taste. Beautiful coffee color in the glass. Smutty brown head disappears quickly. Fine Porter.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A rich, bready, and roasty dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, yeast, and a slight hint of leather. Sweet hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Subtle earthy hops. Also some subtle dark fruit hints. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell gives off, a nicely bready, rich, and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, grains, dark bread, caramel, toffee, leather, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar along with some vanilla. Subtle dark fruit and some earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on an American Porter. Really nice creamy dark malt flavor with a smooth body.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Robust Porter pours a deep brown color with a voluminous tan head. If looks are any indication, this is going to be an exemplary Porter. The aroma is very sweet and fresh, with a touch of coffee. Strong and flavorful, unsweetened chocolate is dominant, with a little bit of sweet malt, a subtle hop appearance and a roasty, bitter finish. Very full mouthfeel but medium-bodied and fairly drinkable. This is quite robust indeed and is right up there with my favorites in the style. A great value too usually, compared to four-packs of other brands in this style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with two fingers of chocolate/caramel-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. As the beer drinks, it leaves behind a nice set of foam rings that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with tons of rich, earthy, bready, roasted malt up front, imparting notes of espresso, freshly toasted dark bread, dark chocolate, some subtle smoke, and quite a bit of brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Wow! A delicious beer! Strong flavors of bready, roasted malt up front, followed by some dark chocolate, some subtle smoke, and quite a bit of brown sugar and toffee-like sweetness. At the finish, there is some subtle dark chocolate and espresso-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and very smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very roasty, very delicious porter! Definitely work a drink and highly recommended to those who like a lot of espresso and dark chocolate in their porters.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice porter. Pours nice and dark.
Smells of chocolate and molasses.
Tastes rich, dark chocolate. Little bit of a sour aftertaste. Not a complex beer but delivers nicely with what it is.
Thick mouth feel. Very nice.
Overall, can't get a much better American style porter than this.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- Very dark for a porter. Almost no light coming through at all. Barely a hint of amber edging. Stiff 2 finger light brown head that took its time receding and laced beautifully.

S- A little bit of caramel hidden by dominate chocolate. Glad to smell some fantastic leathery porter tang that is sometimes lacking in American Porters. A little metallic from over cooling but that quickly disappeared as it warmed.

T- This could easily be called a Chocolate Porter. There is also some mild nuttiness as it warms. Again that fantastic leather tang that only authentic porters have. Despite the dryness it has a nice mild linger.

F- Carb is soft and creamy. Not too thin and not too heavy. Starts and ends pretty dry. One of the driest porters I've had... but I think dry beers are growing on me.

O- Thanks, and a shout out, to Mike for reintroducing me to a beer that in my memory was ordinary but upon reevaluation is pretty extraordinary. Despite the name being kinda gross I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to know a near perfect example of the style.


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Photo of Braz
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a superb porter. I wish it wasn't so rare that I bumped into one like this. Outstanding coffee and chocolate balance. Sweetness is just right. Nice smooth full body. If Smuttynose makes an imperial version of this, it'd be like Moby Dick for my Captain Ahab.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.