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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,090 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,090
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 137
Gots: 144 | FT: 1
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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:
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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Photo of eclipse54
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77 (thanks!). Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Black with about a centimeter of beige head that dissipates quickly to patches of bubbles and a ring around the edge of the tulip glass. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, a touch of vanilla, and some dark fruits (raisin especially). Tastes of roasted, nearly charred malts caramel, coffee, a touch of chocolate, and perhaps some cane sugar; very nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with perfect carbonation. Overall, a very good porter that I am grateful to have had the opportunity to try.

eclipse54, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Keffa
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Best by marked October 2011.

Live review, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black, with a small tan head, the head settles quickly, and leave some decent lacing, although it's spotty. No light gets through it. Not bad for what it is.

S: Wow, holy hops! The single hoppiest porter I've had, very woody/earthy hop, along with a slight citrus note, and then the roast comes in. Very hop forward for a porter, almost Black IPA like at first impression.

T: Wow. Very deceptive. The hops are still quite forward, but the roast is the star here. Very slight sweetness creeps up, but gets squashed by the powerful roast and hop combo. This is FANTASTIC. Reminds me of Storm King a bit, but read on...

M: Man, this is a let down a bit. Thinner than it should be, IMO, and slightly oily. Coats the palate well, and finishes very dry and slightly astringent.

O: Pretty good. Some work on the body and retention would make this a killer, world class porter, IMO. As it sits, Edmund is still my favorite. This one is probably second, but it's still a good ways off.

Keffa, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a tan head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Roasted grains, chocolate, burnt sugar, and coffee are the predominate aromas.

Taste: Chocolate upfront with roasted malt and a slightly sweet sugary finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, not as thick as a big impy stout, but thicker than most porters, hence, the reason I like robust porters more. It has medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Probably my second favorite overall stout and I wish I could find it in Texas, I guess I’ll have to load up next trip to New Hampshire.

jamescain, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap recently at The Gutter in Brooklyn. This also happens to be my 1400th entered review, and I thought this was a more worthy recipient of that honour than the Davidson Brothers Ryely I actually had before this one.

This one pours a lovely, crisp brown colour—very opaque, only crinkling at the edges with a reddish hue. Head is very fine and mild, with an almost creamy mocha or espresso crema appearance. Minimal lacing, but the body is good for a relatively low ABV beer.

Nose is toasty with mild coffee dark raisin hints and high-cocoa chocolate. All extremely smooth and really well integrated, while having the clout to make it heady and potent. The darkness doesn't get to stout-level depths, and as a result it's an extremely smooth and very generous porter.

Taste continues the trend: delicious. Smooth, but light, with wonderfully dark, slightly charred, almost smoky characters pulled back rapidly by the creamy feel and the chocolate sweetness. Dark, but smooth and refined. It has the sophisticated smooth sweetness of dark chocolate or affogato. Just lovely.

It's a lovely brew, just gorgeous. Certainly one of the best porters I've had, and what's more, it's relatively light; almost sessionable. Just a brilliant brew. Certainly one of the most flavoursome beers I've had at this strength.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this while Beer Advocate was down for maintenance, so this review is taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a small 1-finger tan head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts up front. There are also some nice scents of chocolate and coffee. There is also a bit of hop presence as well.

T - The taste starts off with a nice roasted bitterness. There are some nice flavors of coffee and chocolate present. There is a nice mild bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It has a nice smooth creamy feel to it. There is a nice roasted bitterness that is present through out the beer and into the finish.

O - This has great drinkability. I could easily drink a few of these through out an evening. It has a nice roasted quality to it. Overall, I think this is a really good porter, and I would definitely buy it again.

JizackFH, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is nearly black with some reddish-brown around the edges. A light brown head fades quicker than expected, but leaves a good amount of lacing. Coffee scents are prominent, with a floral hint. The taste is mainly malts of coffee and caramel, with a piney hop bitterness trying to push through in the finish. Hops seem to come through more as it warms, but malts remain in the forefront. Really nice mouthfeel. A good and solid porter.

DeltaGolfSierra, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of justinjj1280
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a lighter brown head that retains well, good lacing.

Flavor is of toasty malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Good dose of sweetness up front, and some bitterness in the finish to balance, really delicious.

Smooth, medium bodied, a little bit creamy.

I really love this beer. Fantastic.

justinjj1280, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a finger of thick, dark brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Dark chocolate and roasty coffee, toasty dark grains and a hint of vanilla.

Taste. Roasty malts, dark roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Flavours are rich and full. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Lighter than medium body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. The best porter I've had to date. Wish I could get this stuff around here. Will look forward to the next time I can get this.

Big thanks to Sammy for getting this one for me. Great stuff.

Rutager, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of JamesRobbins
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Robust Porter pours a dark black abyss in your glass with amber highlights where it meets with the light brown head. One smells strongly roasted malt with subtle fruity undertones. The mouthfeel is thoroughly creamy with a dry finish. The taste follows a smoky path through dark malts and bitter chocolate.

JamesRobbins, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of bpw28
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very nice two finger shaving cream mocha head, deep deep brown (about a 38 SRM), very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet Chocolate, heavy cream, deep roasted malt, smoky, an after a campfire smell (charred warm wood; great smell), espresso, floral deep in there.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, espresso, a little floral, a pleasnet coffee/chocolate bitter back bone, very smooth, a little smoky, some darkfruit aftertaste, pipe tobacco.

Final Thoughts: A great example of the style, could be a top favorite of the style for me. Smuttynose seems to do a good job of making good examples of styles. It always seems like my glass is well laced after a Smutty as well.

bpw28, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany brown with red highlights in the Scotch Ale glass. Handsome brownish head. More bitter, more like a stout. Quite rich and flavorful. Nice rasp of burnt malt, though fairly mellow. Only a touch of sweetness among all the roasted malt. Nutty, like walnuts with the bitter skins. Serious hoppiness turns up the more you sip, and gives a long bitter aftertaste, probably enhanced by the black malt. More austere and less sweet than many porters.

mactrail, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours with a rim of creamy light khaki colored head. This bad boy sticks around, really nice retention and sticky lace.

Lots of bitter coffee in the aroma with some chocolate to add. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Lots of dark roasty coffee flavors and a little bit of bitter bakers chocolate to give it a bit of sweetness.

A little bit on the light side on the body. Real good carbonation.

I've never tried this beer before now (for whatever reason). I think I've found my go-to porter.

Bendurgin, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Thads324
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with caramel edges, thick and slow growing head. The head is tan and super sticky.

S : really fragrant. Chocolate, a bit of dried dates and some other sweet malts.

T ; starts smooth and a bit mild. Chocolate and pumpernickel flavors. A slight bitter hop and an astringent roasted flavor finishes the brew. There's a bit of a black pepper spice with the hop that is pleasant and unexpected.

M : super smooth and creamy. A very full finish and easy drinking. Pretty perfect.

A great brew for sure. Really really flavorful and easy to drink

Thads324, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Dotcubed
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmed up from the fridge, the gentle pour almost put beer foam out over my glass.

Coco powder color head. Sticky lace.

Dark brown, not quite black. Porter like.

A favorite style of mine. Thus, I like it.
Roasted coffee, smoke, chocolate nibs, some heft in it.

Sour finishing, medium body.
Quite good except for the intense sourness.

Dotcubed, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of jeremy2027
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into perfect pint glass

Dark chocolate opaque with two finger brown head. The head dissipates after a few sips leaving nice lacing.

Smells of coffee, roasted coco and maybe a slight hint of cinnamon.

Slight bitterness at the front and chocolate malt in the back.

Great mouth feel without being too think one of the best.

One of the best porters I have come across. Awesome balance of hops with the sweetness from the roasted malt. Not too much alcohol and very easy to drink. Great Beer!

jeremy2027, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of dtivp
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark jet black with a two finger mocha head with excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma of dark coffee, roasted malt and smoke.

Taste followed the nose with a nice dark coffee flavor, smoky roasted malt and a slight hint of toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium to to full body, light carbonation, very creamy and smooth with a nice dry finish.

Overall this is a very , very nice porter, enjoyed on a nice cool June evening. Great job.

dtivp, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Oily black. One finger mocha head with nic retention and great lacing.

Smell-Roasty and Smokey. Some spice. Dark Chocolate and Coffee.

Taste-Very dark bitter chocolate that becomes sweet in the middle then finishes slighty bitter. Citrus hops definitely present along with some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, moderate to medium carbonation

Overall-Porters aren't my favorite style but this one is very nice. I hate Stones Smoked Porter and had a feeling this would be similar but this is more balanced and drinkable. Good beer.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glasware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a deep dark brown, almost black with an average (1-2 finger) frothy light brown head that reduced down to a thin puddled film, which lasted throughout and had some really excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of burnt chocolate malts and a strong leathery yeast with notes of dark roasted coffee, molasses, dark bitter chocolate and a mild smokiness.

The taste was mildly bitter-sweet and very malty with a bold chocolate note in the beginning, and then became a little more on the bitter side with a strong dose of coffee towards the finish. The flavor lasted a good long while following the swallow with a nice roasty coffee taste settling in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body and rather creamy yet slightly dry in texture with an mild carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be very Robust just as the name insinuates, and rather flavorful with a nice roasty characteristic. The mocha espresso taste made it very drinkable and quite enjoyable to sip on. This is a beer that most definitely does justice to the style...


KajII, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with best by date July '11 on label, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/24/11.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with light brown head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Dark malts, some coffee and caramel as well.

T: Taste is primarily dark malt with some alcohol and hints of caramel and coffee. Some hop bitterness throughout to balance out the sweetness of the malts.

M: Interesting feel, smooth and creamy yet it is pretty light bodied. Low-moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Solid porter, quite drinkable and refreshing, even when its a week from July.

Azurescens, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black as you can get with a two finger thick, creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves solid mocha rings of lace.

The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Toasted nut notes, and earthy hops. Sweet caramel tones lace throughout.

The taste is bitter, robustly roasted coffee, burnt caramel and notes of caramel. Not sweet, very roasty and toasty. Toasted nut notes and earthy hops. hints of smoke.

medium bodied, enjoyable, roasty beer.

JayS2629, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black with a three fingered mocha head. Dies down to a finger or so. Retention and lacing are excellent.

Smells of dark chocolate, malted milk balls, fresh baked dark bread.

Taste follows smell. Chocolate, earth, smoke. Then some bread like yeast. A smokey and earthy bitter finish with some herbal hops thrown in.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Incredibly creamy with extra smooth carbonation.

I got this as an extra so long I go I can't remember who gae it to me, but it's quite nice.

billshmeinke, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Buggies
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night. Nice finger width head. Smells OK. The aromas seem a little subdued to me. Nice aromas of roasted grains, chocolate, and caramel. Nice fruity notes in the background.

Nice sticky sweet mouth feel. The roasted grains dominate. However, a nice presence of chocolate and fruity notes also. Also, a hint of citrus too? That citrusy note in the background is intering and adds another layer. Nice lingering bitterness from the toasted grains.

Overall, a nice brew.

Buggies, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade with McNuts so big thanks to him! Bottle says best before October 2011. Enjoyed on 06/19/11.

A - Poured into a snifter. Pretty aggressive pour yields a large tan head that recedes quickly. This thing is just this side of black, a little dark red/brown can be seen around the edges when held to the light. Leaves a nice wall of lacing down the side. Can't think of anything that could make it better, perfect score here.

S - Very nice smoky, roasted malt aroma. Balanced by a chocolatey sweetness. Also present is a faint hoppiness and some light coffee. The smoky character is the star of the show and it works well.

T - Bitter roasted malts up front and a nice dark chocolate. Quite bitter through the middle with smoke and some hops present. Finishes with a good sweet milk chocolate taste and just a hint of smoke. This is an excellent porter.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty much right on. I might like it to be a tad more full toward the end.

O - This is definitely the best porter I've had and another good beer from Smuttynose. Good beer from a good brewery.

Janderson91, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by June, 2011 poured into Imperial Pint glass...

A- Pours almost black with a one finger caramel head. The head turns to a film fairly fast but leaves a tiny bit of lacing where it once was.

S- Roast is obviously the forefront here with some slight coffee aromas to follow. It even has just a tiny bit of currant or other dark fruit that is barely noticeable. As the beer warms the sweetness starts to pop and reminds me of dark molasses.

T/M- Fairly hoppy which leads to a PERFECT balance between the earthy hops and roasted malt. The roast has a bit of a burnt tinge to it to add a bit of depth. The roast really lingers on the middle of the tongue for awhile. Not a whole lot of sweetness, even as this warms, but overall flavor is very well done for one of roastier options on the porter spectrum. Medium-ish body and moderate carbonation make it full per style, but not heavy. Very enjoyable.

O- Overall this is towards the top of my porter list. Not as good as Edmund Fitz but still very solid. Even better is how widely available this is just like Edmund- I always have 2 top notch porters at my local grocery store (well, when in Ohio now). I always enjoy this beer, and though it isn't as smooth as some porters, it can really hold its own against some great stouts out there as well with the more pronounced roast, so its the best of both worlds depending on mood sometimes...

TheGordianKnot, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 12, 2011
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,090 ratings.