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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 1,052
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 158
Gots: 261 | FT: 2
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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: 2,364 | Reviews: 1,052
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

black as night. Roast coffee aroma and taste, with cookie chocolate smoothness. Good balanced stout, between malt, carbonation, not too bitter. Medium texture. Roast, sweet. Moderate alcohol is good. Possibly best of show at Modiale from what I was able to sample.
Draft 6 years later at Primus 16. Thick lace, sweetish, watery.Big coffee.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of roast and hop aspects.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Vintage Estate in Ohio. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours nearly black with a thin light mocha head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves just a bit of a thin collar. There are a few bubbles on top as well. The nose brings some very nice dark chocolate along with a bit of roast. Chocolate is quite nice and hits well. The roast lingers in the background, but adds some complexity.

The flavor hits pretty hard and offers up quite a bit of goodness. The chocolate and roast blend beautifully along with some lingering dryness and bitterness. Light amounts of espresso and molasses in the finish. Quite nice and doesn't really present any alcohol. There is a lingering bit of strange dryness in the long finish; almost cardboard-like, but I wouldn't call it oxidized. Medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation. Really quite nice and one of the better porters that I've had in quite sometime.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, roasted malts stand out in the overall taste, which are accompanied by flavors of coffee and chocolate. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and packs in a big amount of flavor. The low alcohol content makes this beer sessionable.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a very dark near jet black body. Very nice lacing. Aroma is nicely coffee filled though a touch mild with toasted malt. The flavor follows nicely with a more full coffee flavor with smokey undertones. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The flavor is very nice and full for a porter. The coffee stiffens this up and makes it more memorable.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a solid, tan head that leaves waves of lacing around the glass

Smell: Roasted aroma of charcoal, espresso and flaked chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a coffee and burnt charcoal flavor; fruity hops add character by mid-palate; after the swallow, a variety of mellow chocolate flavors appear to blend with the fruit

Mouthfeel: Creamy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Flavorful and well-balanced; very nice

Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a tremendous display of American-ized porter that shies away from stout-like roast and char- Smuttynose continues to demonstrate not only their knowledge of porter, but their sheer craftsmanship with dark ale.

Dark "bark" brown in color, the robust porter casts a mild unfiltered haze only an otherwize mirror-like sheen. The beer releases a light tan head with lightly fluffed texture and tremendous staying power. The beer's foam laces with woven intricate patterns as the beer falls. No way around it, this is one handsome beer!

Malt dominant with toast, chocolate, and coffee aromas, the nose is backed by burnt caramels, malted milk candies, and light toffee for a full and rounded scent. Background hints of American hops peak through with a tinge of grapefruit and grass that set the aromas apart from British versions of porter.

Bittersweet chocolate, bold roast coffee, and toasted currants align with other firm flavors, perhaps of walnut and heavy whipping cream for rich variation- all malt-derived. Just as the toasty grains offer a semblance to balance, so do piney hops and citrus peels. Also clean of roast, the beer flirts with the line that link porter to stout, but the taste is careful to not cross the fence. It's a clean tasting porter, albeit a strong flavored one.

Rich and robust on the early palate, but thereafter an arid toast, assertive bitterness, and thinning alcoholic warmth rise in middle palate. Still malt-forward, the body gives way in deep in finish for malty-dry closure. Hops and seared grain linger a deeply and rewards the after-palate heading into the next sip.

Where fans of darer ale typically reach for stout, all should take notice to this formidable ale that belongs in the discussion with Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Founders Porter.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malt is quite powerful and interesting. Taste of rich bitter roasted malt is domination and enjoyable. Creamy texture with some medium carbonation and good full body provide even further enjoyment of this fine beer. I would have like a bit more chocolate malt to offset some of the bitterness but apart from that this is a fine beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a rich deep brown color, mostly black. The head was a light tan color. The smell of the beer had a very nice roasted aroma to it, and a touch of sweetness on the nose too. The taste had a burnt flavor to it, very enjoyable when mixed with the sweet malts. The mouthfeel os the beer isn't super heavy even though the color is dark. overall it's a pretty nice porter and worth a try.

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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be the darkest porter that I've seen yet. In fact, it's darker than many stouts. Impenetrable black with a slice of ruby at the bottom edge of the glass when backlit with bright sunlight. The head is light milk chocolate brown in color, and is large and rocky as it deflates. The crown takes forever to fall, eventually depositing a better than average amount of lace.

The nose is of heavily roasted malt and ground coffee beans. Robust is right! This baby is uber-flavorful and that's at my beer fridge temperature of 50 degrees. With any warming whatsoever, I expect an absolute flavor explosion. Unfortunately, the dominant flavor is bitter black coffee. Not being a coffee drinker (because I don't like the taste), I'm not a huge fan of Robust Porter.

This is the second porter that I've had in the past few days in which the initial coffee flavor faded with warming and chocolate became more prominent. That's a good thing. The finish is long, bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is just what one would expect for a 'robust' porter. It's full, almost heavy, and not quite creamy. A subdued amount of carbonation only helps.

Smuttynose Robust Porter comes close to being one of my favorites of the style. The only problem (and it's a huge one), is that I don't enjoy coffee-flavored porters and stouts. Cut the java way the hell back, replace it with chocolate and then I'd be in heaven. Thanks to Dantes for the bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark brown in color and nearly completely opaque. A huge brown head then rose up over the top of it and took forever to settle down, only actually fading depositing large amounts of side glass lacing.

Lots of wonderful coffee notes, fresh brewed coffee with that delicate sweetness added in that just made the whole thing really come together wonderfully. Smooth mellow taste here. Coffee right up in your face, smooth notes of sugar mixed in along with hints of light vanilla. Wonderful feel here with deleicate carbonation that avoided the too filling side of it. it was almost too good, and too easy to drink, this went down way too fast.

Overall a very solid coffee porter, this was a favorite of the night for me for sure, I would not mind having this one again any day!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite porters going these days. it flows out of the bottle dense and nearly black, creating one dark pint of beer with several permanent inches of mocha colored head. the nose is powerful and awesome. fresh ground coffee, dark roasty barley, and a peppery ale yeast all come together to suggest that a sip of this is going to far exceed my expectations of what a porter is capable of, and indeed it does. i taste a lot of coffee up front, save the acidity, with milk chocolate notes and black licorice in small proportions. the finish is bitter from the burnt malt, almost ashy, really big and bold. not sure how well this beer fits the style i have come to know as porter, this is a definite envelope pushed and one of the most flavorful porters ive sampled. massive body and the right abv for what it is. the bottle says 5.7% though, so i am wondering if the recipe has changed? .5% seems like a large variance from batch to batch, but what do i know. overall this beer rocks, and it may just be the best thing smuttynose does.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Drew.

A: The pour is a dark brown color, almost cola, with reddish highlights and a thin tan head.

S: A nice roasty nose with a slight creaminess. Some good coffee aromas along with bitter, dark chocolates. Really simple but it's quite pleasant.

T: There's a moderate bitterness to this beer that I wasn't fully expecting. Lots of roasted malts and bitter chocolate to go with a moderate coffee note. There's a bit of vanilla that creeps in and provides some creaminess and sweetness that I was surprised by.

M: The body is probably a bit thin, with a medium level of carbonation.

D: The beer is pretty good, but a little on the bitter and thin side. I can get past it though, and I liked this one a fair amount.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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