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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 157
Gots: 239 | 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:
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 JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of justinjj1280
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.77/5  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.

Photo of JamesRobbins
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of bpw28
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Thads324
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Photo of Dotcubed
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of jeremy2027
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Photo of dtivp
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of KajII
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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...


Photo of Azurescens
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Janderson91
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

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.

Photo of Tschnab
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my old reliables...

A- an ink like abyss, topped with a fluffy three inch tan crown, leaves notches of lace down the glass.

S- the smell is great; sweet and just a but hoppy, but mostly features a dark malt, bold and roast-like aroma.

T- waves of dark chocolate and coffee wash down the faint bit of grapefruit hoppiness residing in the background. The finish is bitter, probably from the dark malts, and leaves a bit of char. The mouthfeel is light to medium for a porter.

O- probably my favorite porter, just a really solid beer from a great brewery.

Photo of jgagne
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black as night body with creamy light brown head. Great lookin beer. Exciting

S-Nice hints of smokiness and espresso.

T-Great balance of chocalate, espresso and spiciness. Really balanced and flavorful.

M-Heavy dark body with medium carbonation

O-Really well balanced beer. Easy to drink and well made. Would drink again anytime.

Photo of Jeffo
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours out brown and makes a one finger, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a light wisp and ring, clinging to the sides. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Looks bigger than it should.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark malts, and some good chocolate notes. Dark, pure chocolate. Touches of coffee as well, but mostly about the roasted and chocolaty aromas. Bold enough as well. Good.

TASTE: Great flavors for a porter. Roasted and smoky malts, dark malts for sure, and some nice pure chocolate. More robust for the style, as the name would suggest. A roasted and smoky finish on this one, with roasted malts and bitter, dark chocolate driving the bold and lingering aftertaste. Big flavors for the style, and tastes bigger than the ABV would suggest.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Plenty of weight on the palate, creamy-smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Good stuff.

OVERALL: A great example of what a porter can be. This one came off way bigger than it is, and shows once again that you don’t need a big ABV to pack huge flavor into your beer. Definitely memorable for the style. Give it a chance if it’s available in your area. Recommended.

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

Review # 391

I have had this for a while and finally cracked it open tonight before heading to bed. A big thanks to ncmussell for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark black into my tulip. Just a hint of light barely shines through the edges of the glass when held up to a light. Over two fingers of great looking mocha head is achieved with an average pour that dissipates somewhat fast but leaves some fine looking lacing.

Smell – This smells amazing. As the name would apply, robust roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, slight smokiness, and a hint of nuttiness. Often (oddly) when I have porters like this I smell and taste a metallic flavor. This is absent from the nose, let’s hope it is also in the taste!

Taste – Hot damn. I love the first sip. A bitter roasted malt flavor is the initial hit, which subsides to bitter cocoa, coffee, and even more roasted malts and burnt grain. I love me a good porter and this one delivers. The flavors are just great, no metallic “twang” to it (again, maybe I get bad porters often, or I’m a snob, but I really do seem to taste metallic flavors in porters more often than not). Finishes with slight off-sweetness but overall more bitter than not (good!).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, carbonation on par for the style, creamy, nice dry finish.

Overall – As stated, I’m always on the lookout for a good porter, and I am going to be trading for some of this in the near future so I can have plenty during the winter months. This was just a great beer and a fantastic surprise. Glad I was able to try it.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,337 ratings.