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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,092
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 Borgs
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Almost black in appearance, completely opaque. Well carbonated with about a 1-finger head that sticks around leaving a filmy presence on the top.

Smell: Vague, roasty malt smell with spicy notes.

Taste: The roasted specialty grains really stand out, suitable for the name. The sweetness slightly overpowers the bitterness, causing somewhat of an out-of-whack, yet desirable, balance.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, on the light side of heavy-bodied. Smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink & would be willing to drink more. I'm relatively new to the porter scene, but think this would be a tough one to beat.

Borgs, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass
Pours like a cup of cofee but with a head which dissapates quickly, leaving a trail of thick lacing. Smell is of dark-roasted coffee and molasses. Taste follows perfectly but with more, adding notes of dark chocolate, nuts with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side but pleasant.
This is a delicious porter and has moved among my favorites

regspeir, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Deep and dark, with a big, pillowy tan head of foam
Aroma-Subtle coffee and chocolate notes
Taste-Yum! Roasted coffee, dark baker's chocolate, subtle smokiness and a bittering hop backbone. Very well-balanced and drinkable. Reminiscient of a Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, which I consider to be a top-notch American porter. This beer can hold its own.
Tasty. Robust. Excellent!

hosehead83, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle, Smutty's Robust Porter pours a dark, unfiltered coffee brown, but in the glass it sits as a foreboding black cup o' darkness, with no highlights even when held up to the light in my room. The beer pushes up a finger of solid, tan-colored head that held up for a modest amount of time and left some thick, heavy lacing down the side of the glass as you drink.

The nose consists predominantly of fresh coffee beans and roasted dark malts, with maybe a bit of chocolate lingering in the background. Not too much past this, but the aroma is fairly assertive and the ingredients blend together nicely.

Yes. This is Robust. And that's just how I like my beers. Beatiful rich coffee notes up front, slightly bitter and roasty, accented with a bit of light, nutty sweetness that fades into a long-lived roasted malt background that cradles the other flavors the whole time but still lets you know it's there. A slightly earthy, bitter finish wraps up the flavor profile of what is certainly one of the best porters I've had to date.

The mouthfeel is nearly perfect; the body is on the heavier side of medium and works really well with the reserved amounts of carbonation to create a smooth mouthfeel without ruining the dry finish provided by the medley of flavors.

Smuttynose did it right, this is definitely a robust version of the style and is now one of my favorites of the style. Relatively low ABV and lots of highlights (including the amusing labels typical of Smuttynose) make this an extremely drinkable porter and one that I will be revisiting over and over again in the future. Definitely pick this up if you see it around.

feelmefoam, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Make mine a smutty. This porter is deep dark brown like shoe polish with a semi thick looking body from the pour. The pour was very tilted leaving for more than an inch of mocha dark tan colored foam, leaving rings down the glass. Smell is robust like the name suggests with big roasted malts and some creamy coffee. In taste some more coffee and some hops coming through from a fresh bottle. Some nuttiness and a splash of vanilla and even less chocolate. An above medium feel is bordering on full. The feel is a bit fuller than the appearance would allude to. Carb is where it needs to be, not to big. I will drink this again and get a sixer of it, when the weather gets cold enough for it.

BARFLYB, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with friends.

A- pours with a good finger of khaki head. Very dark brown bordering on black.

S- bold roasted malts and dark chocolate. A mild port touch.

T- robust is right. tons of coffee and cocoa. Mild back round sweetness that does wonders to balance the roast. Hints of chared wood and molasses.

M- mid to low card with a full mouth feel. A bit dry with a light linger.

D- this is robust for sure. The flavor really makes me think its of a larger abv. I would have no problem having a whole pint but probably only one.

oglmcdgl, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of DousedInStout
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with creamy tan head. The aroma is nice and roasted - coffee rinds, dark chocolate, and a little earthy hop shining through. The taste is perfectly balanced, a marriage of dark chocolate and hops. A little communal bite of bitterness from both the roasted malt and bittering hops. The body is medium, and carbonation spot on. One of the best American porters in the country, and one I crave when not on the east coast.

DousedInStout, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a deep, dark brown body that showed some nice ruby highlights...a creamy, light brown head formed and retained nicely leaving some good lacing

S - Robust aromas...coffee and chocolate dominate...as they should...there is a roasted malt characteristic that fades into a hop bite

T - The flavors all come together at the first sip...even while this one is a little chilled you can pick out certain highlights...the chocolate flavor from the malts is dark and roasted...a little bit of cream adds some sweetness to the middle of the beer...that leads right into the roasted coffee flavor that lingers...the hops are pushed to the back in the finish but they are able to poke through a little bit

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy...really robust

D - This would be a nice session porter...the flavors work well together and it could be enjoyed chilled...definitely robust

thain709, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, moderate carbonation, clear, 1/4 inch head

Smell: big chocolate and more moderate toasted malt

Taste: very chocolaty, some peanut, coffee, and roasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with a harsh burnt end, medium-heavy body and carbonation

Drinkability: I love the start and body of this beer, but the end is a bit too long and harsh. Take away the the ending for me and you have a near perfect porter. I would still do a couple with the finish, but could see myself drinking a lot more with a smoother ending.

tigg924, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of wgkealey
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, almost black. Doesn't pour with much head

S - Decent smell, not too strong. Doesn't give a strong indication of the flavor of the beer

T - Excellent taste. Full, "robust" dark porter flavor, hints of chocolate

M - Great mouthfeel except at the very end, not as smooth as it should be

D - Very drinkable beer, espeically in the right weather.

wgkealey, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. 5.7% ABV, Best By J 10 notched.

A - The moderately tall pour creates a short-lived cascading resulting in a near-three-finger head. Medium tan with superb retention and plump, patchy lace, the tight pile rests on the fully black beer.

S - Chocolaty deep roasted malts, a bit of French roast coffee, and lingering stale cigarette smoke are the first evident smell. Mocha and a really timid hop scent fall into the background of the nose.

T - Chocolate and black patent roasted malts provide a large punch of coffee, a wisp of smoke, and a lingering mocha and bittersweet chocolate. No hop flavor.

M - This Robust Porter is full-bodied and very dry from the roasted malts. The finish is moderately bitter but creamy and smooth.

D - Almost like a Dry Irish Stout, this Porter is very dry and bitter on the finish. Smooth and round is what makes it so drinkable though. A good Porter that is "robust" to the point of a stout.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of tblfan04
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

G: Had this on Tap in a pint Glass at a local

A: It has a nice dark color with light tan head that is about an Inch thick

S: has a nice mocha coffee smell to it that comes through more with the taste

T: Has a great coffee taste to it with a hint of chocolate very robust and delicous

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation to it

D: I can knock back a few of these with the great taste that comes through, well balanced

tblfan04, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark black to very dark brown, it pours a short lived tan foam head that leaves a lacing up top, low amount of carbonation

Smell- tons of espresso and coffee really dominate the nose, very slight dark chocolate and plenty roasted malts,

Taste- very strong powerful flavor, strong bitter espresso and coffee flavor,they dont lie this is one robust porter, slight very dark chocolate and boat load roasted malts, long lingering bitter finish that seems to carry long on,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and very smooth with firm drying finish

Drinkability- highly drinkable wit nice long bitter finish, the flavor is complex and multilayered that it leaves you craving you next sip, a fine example of an american porter showcase power and complexity and finesse, a nice find

Stunner97, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Sam21
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Thick and dark dark brown with a tightly clinging light brown head. Lacing is relentless. The Smuttynose website says this is dark brown, but it almost looks black it's so dark.

Smell - Dark fruits, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and sweetness.

Taste - A mixture of coffee, bitter chocolate, raisins, vanilla, and some hops to finish it off. Big bold flavor with a bitter finish. Fantastic!

Mouth Feel - Full bodied and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation allowing the flavors to assault the palate.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The full-body and powerful flavor do not detract from this beers drinkability for my tastes. It just makes me want another. Delicious and drinkable.

Sam21, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Urbancaver
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour... little head

S: smells like a strong cup of coffee with hints of chocolate, dark fruity

T: Roasted malty coffee with hints of chocolate on the finish. A little hoppiness coming through as well.

M: Bitter and well carbonated. Feels "rough" on the tongue.

D: Not too strongly alcoholic but certainly not something I can suck down...

Urbancaver, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brownish black with a solid brown head. Okay retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and mild dark fruits.

T: Roasty for sure. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Not much sweetness going on here. Light floral hops in the finish.

M: Medium, solid carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Solid beer.

tpd975, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of jt31914
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Dark brown with 3/4 inch of head. Moderately dark porter.

S: Smokiness with a creamy scent. The smell is very faint but really good. It is very complete and cohesive.

T: The taste is a bit watery on the palate, but the creamy smoke flavor on the finish is fantastic; the flavors of the beer are faint and subtle, but once again it is a very well put together beer.

M/D: Pretty drinkable and tame; smooth and easy to drink. I could definitely session this.

jt31914, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a pub glass at Bar Americain in NYC.

The taste is quite nice, definitely on the sweet side with lots of chocolate and coffee notes. I felt it was a little to syrupy and sticky on the palate to rank with the great porters from Sam Smith but definitely worth a try.

LucienDeRubempre, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of josefnewsong
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black with some creamy tan head that leaves a ton of lacing
S - roasted malts and espresso
T - espresso and maybe some chocolate and vanilla flavors, roasted burnt coffee flavors (not overbearing at all).
M - Full-bodied and creeeamy
D - definitely drinkable...slides down easy and has a decent amount of alcohol but not too much, really well balanced in that respect.

If you like Porters, this is a must have.

josefnewsong, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with red streaks going through. Frothy tan head on top that turns into a small pool. Very nice lacing.

S: Big notes of coffee up front, with roasted malts, obviously.

T: As the nose would lead on, a lot of coffee up front, but quite bitter. A chocolate backing with roasted malts. Tastes kind of burnt, or should I say "robust?"

M: Medium body with tingly carbonation bubbles. Sort of dry finish, nice.

D: Could see myself having a couple of these. Low ABV, nice taste.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Robust Porter ABV: 5.7%

A: first off, I love a good super dark beer. Looks like black coffee, with minimal head... decent lacing.

S: The smell is of raisens and a sweet and tart smell that just lingers in the nose making you want to figure out how it correlates with the beer.

T: The taste is of vanilla, coffee, raisens, malts and a little bit of hops. Very distinctive and definitely can tell that this is a dark beer.

M: Very smooth and a very balanced taste. Makes me want to take another sip.

D: This is very drinkable. Of course I enjoy dark beers. Therefore, I will be having this beer again!

chasebrownyeah1, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours nearly pitch black with some auburn hues. It has a nice thick mocha colored head.

S-Espresso, dark chocolate, some hops, and roasted malt.

T-Similar to the nose with espresso dominating, but as it warms some chocolate comes through. It has somewhat of a charcoal note to the flavor as well. It is very robust and almost drinks like a stout.

M-Nicely carbonated with some creaminess.

D-Due to the espresso and charcoal flavors being so prominent this is not the most drinkable beer for me.

Overall, this is a decent porter. It is very, very robust and lives up to its name but its not a porter I care to drink again.

thegodfather2701, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - dark with a nice lasting foam. Slight red-brown threw the bottom.

S - there was something about the smell that I didn't like, but I can't put my finger on it.

T - full flavor but not great. There is a noticeable alcohol after taste.

M - mild tingle on the front sides of the tongue and top back of the palette.

D - pass. The smell issue and alcohol after taste put it off my future list.

biglite351, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I bought for $1.50 as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago. "best before" July, 2010 indicated on left side of label. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Awesome chocolate brown, creamy 4 inch head that leave significant lacing over a jet black body that lets no light through. I really like the look of the head and the lacing that it leaves behind. 4.5

S Dark roast malt and a distinct chocolate aroma that is interesting, inticing and very good. 4.5

T/M Dark roast malt tastes burnt unfortunately and there is more of that taste than the nice chocolate aroma suggested that there might be. I understand that this is the "robust" porter but it is a bit harsher than I care for, even for being "robust." Repeated sips may have resulted in a softening of this effect, or, I became more accustomed to it but the chocolate aroma never showed up significantly in the taste for me. This is a porter with balls for sure but a little too harsh for my tastes. 3.5

D Driven down by the harshness but I finished the pint without much delay. 3.0

adamette, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Smuttynose offering that always shows an excellent presentation to the style unsurpassed as the term "you get what you pay for" expression explains. Robust Porter.

A- Pours a pitch black fluid with retaining half inch head that leaves excellent sticky spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is of fresh dark fruit... Dates, figs and plums. Brown sugar with hints of alcohol esters present.

T-M-D- First is a mocha like coffee taste followed by a fruity burst of sweeted dates, prunes and raisins. Has some hoppy charactor in the ways mild bitterness and floral flavors. Full bodied and mild carbonation make this beer an easy drinker.
I could easily put down a dozen of these in a night loving every sip.

wesbrownyeah, Feb 01, 2010
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.