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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,089
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this paired with some homemade dumplings

Pours with a hugh head. The head laces large curtains on the glaces edge.

The nose is malt filled sweet chocolate and slight coffee but it is lite

The taste is robust, it starts with a frothy carbonation. The roasted barley/coffee taste is very smooth and velvety. It has a slight almost alcohol finish. Very nice the name fit it

bishopdc0, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, Best By June, 2011, poured into DFH Snifter

A - Motor oil black pour with about half an inch of light brown head. It dissipates quickly, but a skim remains and laces nicely.

S - Big waft of chocolate malt with a bit of an earthy, ashy edge to it

T&M - This one has a nice, heavy feel to it; not overpowering, but certainly "robust". Chocolate malt is abundant. Carries an earthy, ashy, slightly bitter edge that provides some balance. Coffee tones are found behind the chocolate, and just a hint of sweetness in otherwise clean finish

D - A ton of flavor for a lower ABV beer; thoroughly enjoyable. I'll be adding this one to my list of beers to keep around in the fridge

ZeroSignal, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with 'best-by' date on the label, into a pint glass.
Almost pitch black, with some red hues visible along the edges when held against light.
Massive three finger tan head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving behind some very nice lacing.
Aroma is a very nice blend of chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts and some bitter coffee. Hints of smoke coming through intermittently.
Taste is near perfect. The mild sweetness from the chocolate upfront coats the palate beautifully, finishing with hints of bitter cocoa and coffee.
Medium to full-bodied porter with a nice creamy, near silky mouthfeel.
This is a delicious porter, and the near-perfect taste profile makes it a highly drinkable beer. Perfect session beer in my opinion. A solid offering from Smuttynose. This is a 'must-try' for every porter lover. Highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of johnqdiablo
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time I've tried this beer, as the first time I tried it was with a sinus infection.

Poured 45 degrees into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours very dark, a very opaque black/brown. The head is tan/khaki.

Smell: Incredible. As someone just learning to expand and understand his palate, this beer definitely demonstrated the enriching effect aroma can have on the overall taste. Strong, pleasant smells of roasted coffee, and chocolate, among others.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee are the obvious flavors at the start. Nutty at times. Might just be me, but I get a raisin (or something similar) kind of aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not unpleasantly heavy. Lingers afterwards on the tongue and throat.

Drinkability: Not too filling. Very smooth, for a porter. This is the first porter/stout style beer that I've really enjoyed, and I see it helping me expand my interests in those styles.

johnqdiablo, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass. Best before: Feb 2011.

A: It pours an opaque black color with a finger of khaki head that recedes slowly and forms a thin layer of film, while lacing very well for having such a relatively low alcohol content.

S: Milk chocolate, mild roastiness, and some dark fruits. It has a pretty mild nose overall.

T: Chocolate and coffee up front with nuttiness and a complex, beautiful, dark fruity edge late.

M: It has a medium body with some creaminess and a somewhat sticky finish.

D: This is one of the more complex-yet-subtle porters I've tried. It is right up there with Founders Porter.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy one and a half finger milk chocolate head. Black body no light getting through. Smells of sweet malts, Carmel, bubble gum, breach yeast. Tastes sweet and malty, coffee, milk chocolate, some roasty notes as well. Full bodied, light carbing. quite drinkable. $1.75 a single.

Homebrew35, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust porter has a dark brown body with a light brown head. Fairly good retention, light lacing.

The aroma is packed with roasted malts and coffee.

Robust is a good way to describe the flavor of this porter, there is a ton of flavor packed into this one. Loads of roasted malt and a good bit of black, slightly bitter coffee. The finish has a hint of hops to it if you really search. Not complex, but pretty good.

Full body for a porter, with a silky smoothness to it.

Robust Porter is a good beer, definitely worth a try.

Hojaminbag, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of lstokes
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, opaque porter with a nice tan head and lacing, this smells like hopped-up-coffee (mmm, just the idea is nice) and has the taste to back it up. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and very fine carbonation, but I'm marking it a bit down on taste because overall I didn't find it as complex as I was hoping--the bitter, coffee-like element is so strong that it crowds out other flavors, which include a touch of cocoa, a sniff of sour fruitiness, and a bit of pine/grapefruit hop.

lstokes, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It was a very dark brown, almost black. There was a thin, filmy, off-white head.

The beer smells amazing, there are strong aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

It tastes almost as good as it smells, there's some chocolate, coffee that is slightly bitter and a hint of molasses.

This beer has a medium body, the carbonation is sharp and it has a dry finish.

This is a full flavored, easy drinking porter, it is well balanced between sweet and bitter.

JMad, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Jaycase
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark black color

s: chocolate, roasted malts

t: Roasted malts with a trail of dark chocolate toward the end.

m: decent amount of carbonation. Not too thick.

D: Very drinkable. For 5.7%, nicely rich and complex.

Solid beer. I look forward to trying more from Smuttynose.

Jaycase, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Mancer
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a dark brown body with a one finger high light brown head. The head dissipated to a lace that lightly coated the top of the beer. The initial aromas were of roasted barley, chocolate and coffee bean notes. The initial flavors are of full blown roast. There's a bitter unsweetened chocolate flavor with coffee beans, hints of dark fruits and finished with a roasty finish. The lingering roast was nice on the palate. The brew had a light to medium body with medium carbonation.

I've waited to review this beer as it as one of the original porters had ever tried. So a year later comes this review and I have to say this porter is still one of the best that I've had. The roast flavors are fantastic and the backing malt flavors round out the beer nicely. Can't go wrong with a Smuttyy.

Mancer, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark chocolate body with a coffee colored head, great lacing stick to the glass all the way around.

S- Lots of smokey light coffee and chocolate.

T- Rich coffee and chocolate, slight acidity from the coffee flavors, lots of roast and smoke.

M- Full silkiness and foaminess.

D- Sessionable porter thats full of taste a solid porter and another all around solid offering from Smuttynose.

foogerd, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass; nice creamy tan head, that dissipates but clings a little. COlor is dark brown, with brown/amber accents.

Smell is earthy lightly sweet malt, a touch of roasted barley. Hints of chocolate come through as well.

Taste is smoooth, slightly sweet malt, with earthy, chocalatey and roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is just right, a good amount of carbonation with flavors hitting well throughout.

Very drinkable, love the flavors and mouthfeel is well done.

mvanaskie13, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of PBoegel
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a Sierra 30 bulb snifter. Freshness best by May 2011 notched on label. Not my first time with this beer, first time reviewing it.

Watching the pour a really nice dark brown to just shy of coffee black as it gathers in the glass it becomes dense and stout looking with a tremendously solid inch and a half thick foam stand that is very mocha brown and rich looking.

Aromas are blend of roasted grain, charred steak, cocoa, darkly toasted bread, homemade waffles and a kick of earthy herbal hops. Inviting and rich, the aroma remains consistent and fluid throughout drinking.

Flavor is a perfect blend to the nose, the hops appear first as grassy herbal tones and then are met with toasted breads and roastiness, potatoes char roasted on the grill with herbs and a touch of bittersweet chocolate before a snap of bitterness drives the finish.

The body is medium, with a moderate carbonation and a slight slight touch of grainy astringency. The beer finishes moderately dry with a good melding of roasty grains, carbonation and bitterness balancing the sweet malt tones.

One of my favorite standard beers from any brewery in America. And one of the few where the bottle version is nearly as perfect as the draft.

PBoegel, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours just about two and a half fingers of a nice light brown head. Body is a dark walnut pouring a standard brown out of the bottle. Looks just right. Also upon drinking leaves a solid collar on the glass and a patch of bubbles in the middle all the time. You can see some carbonation coming up from the bottom also.

Bouquet is a dry grain quality and cream chocolate, with some malt overtones coming through. Feels like a little bit of heat also.

Taste is a bitter tobacco at first, sweetness of chocolate is not apparent compared to what is on the nose. It's also feels VERY hoppy and has that lime astringency thing going on upon the swallow. Body is very good also and not too wet.

This is a very surprising beer for me to drink but very different from most porters I've had due to what appears to be a big hop rush going into IPA territory. Very similar but not as bold as the Smuttynose IPA as well. Interesting...

smakawhat, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of U2FAN
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Never been a big fan of Smuttynose beers, this one is very good.

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours almost black, with a dark brown half inch head.

Very malty, almost over roasted with super clean, slightly bitter finish.

Nice full mouth feel without being overkill on any particular flavor. Alcohol at 5.7 makes this an easy drinking beer.

Light carbonation makes it very drinkable.

U2FAN, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown/black with small head that didn't stay too long.

S- roasty and malty. Nutty and a touch of coffee

T- coffee beans and a minor bitterness that lingers. Pretty tasty

M- good ammount of carbonation. Pretty smooth too. Great taste and feel. Very drinkable

D- very drinkable. Tasty and easy to drink

Gushue3, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smuttynose's Baltic Porter is a great take on a classic beer.

Pours a dark black color with a crisp white top.

Smells of chocolate and coffee with a subtle ale scent.

Taste is rich and smooth, creamy a bit. Consistency is smooth as well.

A nice one beer drink.

devinoconnor, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Brew33
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
Photo of AwYeh
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint... thanks John! (JM03)

A: Pours a dark brown/black with one finger tan head; a nice layer of foam stays on top of the beer throughout its duration with great lacing.

S: Roasted malts absolutely dominate the smell of this beer, and it is quite enjoyable. Accents of sweetness really drew me in- chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. A light charred, smoky overtone.

T: Does not disappoint on the "robust" claim; this is as rich of a 5.7% ABV beer you'll ever drink. Charred and roasted malts are upfront here much like in the smell, with the same notes of sweetness. A pleasant, very bittersweet, dark chocolate (think at least ~70% cocoa content) finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation which adds to the beer's creaminess. Slightly sticky. I wish it was just a bit thicker, but that's just being picky.

D: Would love another of these; a few would go great with a meal, so long as the meal could stand up to it.

AwYeh, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of achek74
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served (as I'm sure the brewers intended) in a schlitz goblet.

Nice head (ok lacing). Slight bitterness on the nose. Deep, rich, slightly sweet, more dark chocolate than coffee flavors. Crisp on the front end, slight sweet fruitiness (berries?), but lingering richness. My new favorite porter (don't tell Glenn).

achek74, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown with one finger dense light brown head, settles to a thin cap leaving rings of fine lace. Smell: leafy, earthy hops, big roasted grain with a whiff of 'dark' toast, lots of sweet caramel and a little chocolate beneath. Taste: citric and earthy hopping upfront, unsweet chocolate bookends around an astringent roasted character. Lightish medium body with a dry finish, fleeting experience as the carbonation comes in late and leaves early. Good, not great. Best by 4/11.

babaracas, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a few of these as leftovers from the West Lakeview Smuttynose tasting event. Served in my Half Acre pint glass. Best before May 2011.

A - Pours with two fingers of chocolate mocha foam that settle to a chunky cap, leaving behind intricate lace patterns. The body is a nearly black color that's totally opaque. Very good-looking porter.

S - Big toasted bread and grains, slightly burnt toast, cocoa, earthy hops, coffee, and maybe a hint of caramel. This is surprisingly excellent.

T - Taste is unfortunately not quite as good. Bitter dark chocolate, burnt espresso, some acidic astringency, and perhaps a touch of dirt. Could use more sweet notes, and finishes very heavy on roast bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, sticky finish. Perhaps a bit too fizzy for me, but otherwise not bad.

D - It's a solid session porter that unfortunately can't back up the promising look and aroma. If there were few options I'd certainly have this one again, but I prefer Edmund Fitzgerald and it's about the same price.

MasterSki, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Pours an almost inky dark brown with a cap of milk chocolate head that soon becomes wispy with a dirty ring. A surprising amount of lace.

Smell -- Robust! Chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla beans, dark toast, brown sugar, and a dash of earthy hops. Some sweetness, some acrid roast. Quite inviting.

Taste -- The core malt base is nicely roasted, just barely on the right side of burnt. Additional flavors of cafe mocha, brown sugar, vanilla, and earthy hops. The taste is incredibly balanced and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with somewhat gentler carbonation; not under-carbonated, but with bubbles that are less biting on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Truth in advertising. I've really been enjoying Smuttynose since it came into the Chicago area a few months ago. This has been the best of all. Rich and roasty, and pretty damn complex for a beer with an abv south of 6%. Can't believe this isn't in the top 5 of the style. Keep the hits coming, Smutty!

yeahnatenelson, Jan 24, 2011
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,089 ratings.