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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 149
Gots: 207 | 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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Photo of Agold
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter is very dark with a small head which recedes to a thin film which remains. Not much lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Really great bitter chocolate mocha coffee flavor. Good mouthfeel. Smooth, medium bodied, and very drinkable for such a robust (heh heh) beer.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Guinness pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a tan two-finger head -- nice retention and some good lacing as well.

S: Smells like barley with some more subtle coffee notes. Reminds me very much of the smell of Japanese roasted barley tea (mugicha).

T: Starts off surprisingly chocolaty, giving way to coffee notes and ending with a strong roasted barley flavor that lingers for quite a while. A much more balanced flavor than most porters I've tried before.

M: Very wet and creamy -- coats the mouth on its way down. I found the subtle level of carbonation just right for this beer.

D: Very smooth, pretty easy to come by and not overpowering in flavor -- really easy to drink.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It showed a black pour with a brown rim and gave a brown 1 inch head.

Nice complex nose of coca, coffee, sweat roasty malts, and a bit of licorice.

Flavor was smoky with a hop bitterness on the side of the tongue along with more roasted flavors of coffee and bittersweet cocoa.

Drinkable without a big hit of alcohol.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

Pours a very dark and opaque brown, basically black, with a thick ring of frothy mocha head and strands of spider web lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is floral and grassy hops, roasted malt, smokey ashtray, port, hint of molasses, cookie crumble, and baker's chocolate.

Taste is dark chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, burnt grains, vinous port wine flavours, slightly tart and acidic, hops add spice with a mild, lingering bitterness and some char on the cough.

Medium mouthfeel is silky-smooth, chocolatey in texture, at times slick, prickly spiciness on the palate with a bone dry, chalky finish.

Bang on for the style, this is a classic American Porter that I could easily drink on a nightly basis. A well-rounded brew.

Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours an imposing very deep brown color crested with a tiny head that laces and retains quite well. The smell is that of roasted malts, coffee, and a touch of sweeter chocolate. The taste is very nice, some roasted malts pair up with a nice hop element at first sip, but the hops quickly mellow out and smooth into some nice chocolate. Very well done.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thick though, I don't think the beer is strongly flavored enough for the thickness and fullness on the tongue. The drinkability is rather good. Overall, this is a solid porter that's quite enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of deadbody
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy head. Smell is almost non-existant. Really surprising. Taste is outstanding, dark and roasty. Mouthfeel is great. Thick and rich.

Overall, pretty darn good. THe lack of a smell confuses me, but I only have 1 bottle so I won't be able to compare, but it's pretty damn good.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, viscous brown black. Has a great mocha-colored head with sticky lacing.

S - An oakey/roasted smell, hints of dark chocolate, a little bit of coffee. Mostly just a general roasted smell.

T - A good burnt coffee taste, baker's chocolate, a tinge of dark fruits. Good robust taste.

M - Lots of thick viscosity, coats the mouth. Kind of produces a thick mucous in the throat.

Overall - A very fine porter. I think this one is just a step under Edmund Fitzgerald, especially on the nose and in the mouth, but a very, very good porter. Cheers!

Photo of greenmonstah
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Black with a nice half finger head. Good retention and good lacing.

S - Mocha. Coffee and lots of chocolate. Not hugely complex.

T - Little bit of charred malt character. Chocolate and coffee with a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Goes down easy and finishes clean with coffee bitterness. The fullish body is a great feel and brings this porter almost halfway to stout territory, as far as feel goes.

O - One of the best. I could drink it any day. Up there with Founders and Great Lakes, but in a different way.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown - near black but with an espresso appearance. A big brown head hangs around with flavor and aroma.

Smells of coffee, caramel malt, and some floral notes. Very full nose for a porter.

Taste bitter dark roast coffee, slight sweet caramel, then it unloads a citrus hop pow. Wow wasn't expecting that from a porter but it is very nice and full. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Stout in its fullness. An excellent beer.

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

Purchased as a bottle fresh - poured into tulip

This beer pours very very dark with a mocha head that leaves good trails down the side of the glass. No light peaks though.
Smells of roasty goodness and chocolate.
Tastes of spice and dark malts, perfect balance with hops.

This beer is up there with the Founders Porter. Very very good.

Photo of wcintula
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter is suitably named as it accurately describes how all five sense perceive it. Pours thick and black with a nice light brown head. Gives off aromas of roasted malts and subtle chocolate. The taste is a great balance of sweetness, roasted malt, light hop presence, all tied together with a creamy mouthfeel. Great beer, can't wait to find sixers.

Photo of robwestcott
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to straffordmilitia for the brew as well as the glass i'm pouring it into.

poured cold from the bottle to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass a deep dark cola black leaning toward brown with a 1/2 finger, short lasting mocha head that clings to the sides of the glass leaves spotty lace nearly to the rim after each sip.

aroma of dark chocolate and sweetened black coffee.

wow. really nice. super mellow coffee chocolate, smoky blend. this may well be my new favorite porter.

great big bodied, and indeed robust, smooth, creamy, subtle bitter followed quickly by semi sweet after.

drinkable - very.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to snifter.

I've debated on the color of pour. Black? Deep dark brown? Hard to tell really. Two finger mocha colored head. Lacing remains as head recedes. Bakers chocolate and bread in the nose. Fairly smooth on the sip. Mainly chocolate and malt for me. Not a sipper nor a guzzler. Just your every day mild mannered porter. Nothing fancy here Peter Parker.

Worth a shot? Eh. If somebody gives it to you (which in my case, is the case) sip away. Seen on the store shelf...Grab something else.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black - super, dark brown. I get anise at first with the nose, as well as medium-roasted coffee, and milk chocolate. Taste definitely repeats that, chocolatey and smooth, sorta sweet.. Feel is not as dry as expected, but there is some pepper and spice with the finish. For the alcohol %, this beer drinks way bigger, and that works in its favor. Very nice brew that I'd love to pair with a nice piece of meat.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with just a little ruby highlight at the bottom of this brew. OK head, and some residual foam that lasts throughout most of the 12 ounces of beer.

Rich roasted malt aroma adds teh right amount of chocolate, coffee, and Bailey's to entice you to drink all day and night.

Silky palate upfront with some dark coffee flavors from the heavily roasted malts starts the flavor profile out right. The middle is a more creamy palate with a more cappuccino coffee flavor. The finish is a bitter dark chocolate. This seems to be a gret interplay between the roasted malts, and hops.

Very sessionable, and full of flavor. I would love to have this beer on tap at my local haunt.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black with a beige head, significant lacing upon the cylinder. Looks swell. Bitter chocolate, coffee, roast, some vanilla all up on the nose. Pretty nice aroma. Flavor is solid, for some reason the first bottle I had seemed like it was too roasty and coffee but this one seems more well-balanced, playing off the sweeter malt backbone effortlessly. It's pretty good, something in the middle isn't quite doing it for me, seems like a roasty hop thing that's just slightly out of whack. Nonetheless, a very solid porter.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for this one! Best by May of 2011.

Appearance - A finger and a half of clumpy cola-chocolate head. An extraordanirly brown malty looking beer. It almost looks like root beer. Pretty decent lacing with slight hints of purple in the color as well.

Smell - A huge chocolate and dark fruit nose. Smells stronger than the ABV suggests to me. Slight alcohol, vanilla and malts.

Taste - Exceptionally well roasted malts overpower the taste buds here. Delicious chocolate trickles in with light hints of coffee beans as well. This sort of tastes as if rootbeer was mixed with chocolate and poured over coffee beans and strained into a glass. Perhaps I am just dreaming up the rootbeer taste due to the carbonation and foamy feel.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A very light bodied porter. There is almost a sort of crispness to it. The ethanol is very well hidden despite what the smell suggested to me. Absolutely delicious and addictive to either sip or gulp down. I could easily drink these one after another.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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 AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice stouty looking porter, black and thick, with just a touch of reddish brown tinge, a smooth, luxurious two finger head that lasted and lasted, and left very good lacing.

Smells nice and rich, roasty malts with coffee and chocolate, with just a touch of brown sugar and dark fruits.

Taste lives up to its name, it's certainly robust with dark roasty malts, great smooth cocoa and dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, and a lightly cappuccino coffee background.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied indeed, great thickness, smooth, silky carbonation, and a lovely roasty bitter aftertaste.

Drinks very well, a really nice porter.

Photo of n2185
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with two fingers of chocolate colored head that recedes into a brown cap which sticks around. Good lacing as well.

S: robust dark malts followed by a surprisingly sweet, creamy chocolate aroma. There are some piny hops in there as well.

T: dark, roasted malt up front with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate coming through as well. There is a good hop presence on the finish, adding a bitterness that goes well with the roasted malts.

M: medium thick body with medium carbonation, this beer manages to have a bite and be fairly creamy at the same time.

D: goes down easily even with the light bitterness. Overall one of the best porters out there.

Photo of patreely12
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - pours thick. completely pitch black. very tall, frothy mocha head. reminds me of the type of foam you get when you make a root beer float. beautiful.

S - smells amazing. strong chocolate and coffee in the nose. hints of toffee and caramel as well. common notes for porters, but there seems to be a level of complexity to the combination in this one.

T/M - slightly bitter, dry coffee and malts up front. smoothes into nice, rich chocolate. roasted notes, almost smokey on the back end. finishes with more bitterness and dryness. very creamy mouthfeel. more on the full side. great taste.

D - I could drink these all day. absolutely delicious. probably the best porter I've had in a long time, maybe ever.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, burnt/roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. There is also a burnt flavour that causes the beer to have a smokey taste and some light hops. The beer finishes with a chocolate and hop aftertaste.

Drink - Just a fantastic beer that would be ideal for a session. I'm really happy I tried it and would rank it up there with the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Worth seeking out.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown creamy head. Looks opaque but I'm in a bar. Looks awesome. Awesome lacing throughout the glass.

Chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits immediately with the aroma. Smells like it's going to taste great!

This is incredible! Sweet Coffee and chocolate mix very well. Some dark fruits as well. Mostly dark maltiness with this masterpiece ending in a nice hop bitterness.

Really smooth and creamy filling my mouth like whip cream. Wow is all I have to say!

I could have a lot of this! I would have more but this bar is amazing and must try more of their beer!

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown with a nice tan head.

S - Very strong smells of coffee, chocolate, and the roasted malts. Smells delicious.

T - Wow. Like it smells, delicious. A good combo of coffee and chocolate. Has a nice kick in the end.

M - Very smooth for such a flavorful porter. Has more carbonation than a typical porter as well.

D - Very high. Pour me another! I will be purchasing this excellent porter again.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a dark brown color as a porter should be, with a couple of fingers worth of tan head. Very typical look for a good porter.

The smell is as expected as well... notes of coffee, roasted malts, and a little dark chocolate come through.

The flavor is a little more substantial than the aroma... the coffee flavors come through the most to me, with a bitter roasted aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel, pretty easy to drink for a porter.

A good example of an above average porter in my opinion.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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