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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 134
Gots: 105 | 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 LOCAL

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

Apperance: Pours a murky dark dark brown/black with a thin cocoa colored head that doesn't last too long.

Smell: sweet malt, smoke/roastiness, coffee, chocolate, trace of dark fruit.

Taste: Malt and smoke/roastiness up front followed by coffee and chocolate. Leaves a dry, bitter taste, making you want another sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Over all: A very easy drinking porter. Not hard to enjoy several of these.

01-10-2009 19:39:40 | More by LOCAL
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7%

A: An opaque dark brown, nearly pitch black. A medium sized, creamy tan head slowly erupts and sticks awhile. Lacing is nice.

S: Sweet, roasted dark malts, some caramel, and dark fruitiness (plums/currants). Some lactic notes as well, with perhaps a touch of floral hops. Definite notes of creamed coffee and semisweet chocolate. Delicious...

T: Surprisingly citric and bitter considering the nose. Not a bad thing, though. Very complex. Big roasted, almost burnt malts and a strong dose of grapefruit and orange rind up front. Still an underlying lactic sweetness the whole time. Big black coffee and bitter cocoa flavors ride into the aftertaste. Possibly some dark fruit as well, but it's rather subdued in relation to everything else.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, with mild carbonation. A riding dry bite as an aftertaste.

D: Like I said, a surprisingly bitter and dense porter. But damn tasty. This is probably my favorite style, and this is near the top of my list from now on. Very complex and yes, robust. I'll be drinking this again in the future.

01-09-2009 21:44:49 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of LeftyBWS


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lovely dark chocolate color with a thick foamy brownish head. Some whispy lacing.
S: Full chocolate malts, roasted barley, and a hint of sugar. Yummy.
T: Chewy malts, then a nice smoky/roasted flavor. The finish borders on sweet but fades into a rich malt taste. There's a small leafy hop nip, but I can only find it on some sips. Overall, quite nice.
M: Great mix of smoky, roasted, and malty feelings.
D: Pretty good, but heavyish.

01-07-2009 05:41:11 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours very dark with a tan head which foams nicely then settles. It looks very stout-like.
The Aroma is very chocolatey, espresso-like, and again reminiscient of stout but a bit more subtle.
Taste is very roasted... Bitter in the mouth like dark chocolate or black coffee and the flavor quickly dissipates, leaving very little aftertaste, giving it a very clean Mouthfeel. Along with the light-to-moderate body and nice amount of carbonation it is very easy to drink.
Overall, it could use a little more balance between the bitterness with some sweetness, perhaps, but then thats what I always htink about eveything thats dark and bitter... So if dark and bitter is your thing then you'll probably be set.. Its definitely more subtle all around than say an imperial porter or such, though it claims to be "robust".
Definitely a good drink, though.

01-06-2009 06:48:36 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Large foamy dirt brown head. One of the better heads I've seen on a porter. Good retention and lots of muddy lace rings. SRB is black.

Smells like roast coffee, Sambuca, and dark chocolate. Oaky char at the beginning.

Smooth roast malt and coffee up front followed by a sour berry, ash taste that diminishes as the beer warms. Creamy but a litte airy mouthfeel.

01-06-2009 03:39:15 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of bum732


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours a dark black with a nice chocolately creamy head. Decent sporadic lacing down the glass. Smells of sweet roastness, tobacco, faint chocolate, some fruityness but not much. Roasted coffee beans really rounds out everything. Tastes up front with faint dark fruits and bold roastyness. Roasty sweetness till the end when tobacco flavors hit with a moderate smoky chalkiness. Finishes dry. Good carbonation and multitude of textures throughout the taste.

A great beer and one of my favorite porters. Lots of flavors going for it rounded out by lots of roastiness. I love this beer.

01-05-2009 02:33:42 | More by bum732
Photo of BitterLover

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

This bottle was from a 'sampler case' of Smuttynose beers that I bought while in Pennsylvania. Poured into a nondescript glass tumbler.

The modest sandy-colored head dissipated really rapidly, leaving an almost imperceptible lacing behind. The aroma is very sweet and toffee-like.

This is a very nice tasting porter, with coffee and burnt sugar flavors up front, followed by a subtle bitterness reminiscent of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice and velvety.

This is not a chugging beer, and really opens up when it warms a little. This is a great porter! Don't hesistate to get some.

01-04-2009 22:09:32 | More by BitterLover
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -1%

A- Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan foamy head.

S- a slightly sweet maltiness. Roasty/ smokey with a touch of alcohol.

T- The standard smokey/ burnt coffee taste but a bit towards the sweeter malty side. Balanced out with a grassy hoppiness. Some dark chocolate in there but overall very well balanced.

M- Good body, a little creamy and nearly flat.

D- This is a nice porter. I will drink more of these.

01-03-2009 21:13:38 | More by JayNH
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Head appears unimpressive at first then turning nice and frothy, finally thinning out. Black beer with no light coming through and awesome webbing throughout the drink.

S: Some slight sweetness from roasted malts, roasted coffee.

T: Taste more then makes up for lack of nose. Roasted coffee and then the sweetness from the malts dominate. Barely a hint of hops detected.

M: Creamy, righ, viscous. So much goodness here.

D: Awesomely drinkable beer, the only thing that would get in my way of drinking many of these is the sweetness.

Great value found on this one. Found it in a smuttynose sampler pack $11/12-pack. Can go toe-to-toe with my current stout favorites from Samuel Smith.

12-30-2008 02:28:57 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of ckeegan04


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Opaque dark brown in color with a creamy medium brown head. Head is about one finger thick with excellent retention. Solid sheet of lacing.

S - Rich aroma of roasted malts with lots of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Light sweetness and an earthiness linger underneath.

T - Rich malty sweetness initially with lots of chocolate and a little coffee. Mid drink an earthy bitterness comes in. Excellent balance to the rich malts initially. Finishes with a strong bittersweet chocolateiness.

M/D - Very creamy but a touch too high of carbonation level. Very easy drinking with a smooth finish.

12-26-2008 01:41:04 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Smuttynose Robust Porter is black as the Ace of Spades with a creamy, frothy, light sandy brown head that is mostly diminishing. It leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate and dark coffee. There are light notes of resin and possibly vanilla and smoke. It is medium to full bodied and dry. The carbonation is soft and it's slightly astringent at the finish. The primary flavor is deep dark malt with dark chocolate and coffee and a good dose of resiny hops. There are perhaps elements that lean toward nuts and cola. It is well rounded and not extreme in any way. This is a mature and refined porter. It's pretty much what I think a porter should taste like. Bravo!
(rated Jul 9, 2007)

12-20-2008 04:57:22 | More by yesyouam
Photo of brewcrew76


4.1/5  rDev -1%

A - Black, deep brown with ruby edges and a creamy mocha head.

S - Dark chocolate, toffee, chocolate milk with a hint of lactic sweetness and medium roast coffee.

T - Quite a bit of dark chocolate, followed by chocolate milk, heavily roasted grains, slightly astringent but I and not sure if it is the roasty grains or the combo with the hops. Coffee and a slight smokiness round this one out.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body.

D - Heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt but still easy drinking.

12-18-2008 04:12:49 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a deep brown with a thick tan head that dissipated to a ring of light foam. Some lacing, but minimal.

Nice earthy coffee/mocha aromas and a little hop.

Dark toasted bread and grain with coffee, some chocolate sweetness. Flavors are a perfect intenseness, with great balance and good lingering finish.

Very smooth and appropriately carbonated.

Overall, just killer porter. This was from a mixed 12 pack, and 3 is just not enough (all three of us dipped in an come out with the same brew). I could easily drink this all night. No off flavors, and nothing overpowering or cloying. Thin enough but rich enough for you to finish the glass fast. Wonderful beer.

12-15-2008 13:21:59 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of pitweasel

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

This was on special at MacGregors, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I was in the mood for something that didn't let light pass through it.

A: came my way deep, deep, deep, deep brown, with that beautiful brown/mocha colored head providing a good finger's worth of topping to the brew.

S: Smelled the way you would expect a porter to smell. Nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but pleasant.

T: Chocolaty. Maybe it was just me, but I felt a very heavy chocolate presence in this brew, which I absolutely loved.

M: Fairly high carbonation. Not thick like an imperial stout, but thicker than your average lager or a weaker porter.

D: If I'd been in the money spendin' mood, I would have definitely bought another round. As it is, I may head out to Hegedorns and see if they have it on the shelf. It was hard not to drink it too quickly!

12-10-2008 22:30:20 | More by pitweasel
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

Dark brown at the edges with black in the center. Head is a mocha brown color.

I'm picking up all the great roasted aromas. Slight coffee smell and the rest is a mix of roasted malts.

This is one of the most flavorful beers I know of that fit into the session category. Reminds me of coffee ice cream, it has a pretty big coffee flavor that compares to something that uses coffee, and it is incredibly creamy. Some bitterness is in there too, completely complementing the beer and not standing out too much.

Lightly carbonated with an incredible creaminess that I mentioned before. This is one of the top beers from the bottle in terms of mouthfeel. Drinkability is high. Sips are small because of how dark the flavors are, but the intermissions between sips are very short.

This beer is very enjoyable and at a good price. I'll be getting a lot more of these, and then missing them when the season is over. I have to give a strong recommendation on this one.

12-08-2008 02:00:14 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

Original Rating Date:
August 17, 2008

Toasted, coffee aroma. Pleasant on the nose. Thick, bubbly, brown head, lots of lacing. Incredibly fine looking beverage. Woody, toasted, coffee taste. Enjoyable, different. Palate resembles drinking warm whipped cream, fantastic, but purely a winter beer.

12-07-2008 23:24:19 | More by Vendetta
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev -3.4%

This beer pours very dark brown in color with a creamy tan colored head that fades into a thick and sticky lace. Scent is of is dark roasted malts and sweet chocolaty cocoa--very inviting. Medium to full-bodied with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste starts off sweet and malty with notes of milk chocolate and a bit of dark fruit followed by some bitter and acidic flavors of dark (almost burnt) coffee. This is a highly enjoyable beer that I will be sure to pick up again.

12-07-2008 19:55:43 | More by Jayli
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves lace on the way down. Smells of chocolate and licorice. Tastes of chocolate, malty, roasty in the finish. Great roasty chocolaty flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth. moderate carbonation. Medium body. This is a fantastic porter, one of my favorites. At 5 % its easy to have a couple.

12-07-2008 05:29:32 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of BeerSox


5/5  rDev +20.8%

12oz bottle into nonic.

A thick two finger brown head slowly settles to a thin bubbly rim. The head has large bubbles in it. After the head finishes deflating, it leaves behind a solid webbed ring of lacing.

The aroma is loaded with roasted malts and coffee. A little bit of chocolate is in there as well. A light creaminess rolls in at the middle.

Gobs of bitter roasty malts are in the flavor, contributing to most of the bitterness in the beer. The hops are minimal, maybe adding a little bit of grassy flavor to the background. There is a bit of molasses here and there, and becomes more present as the beer warms. Full bodied with good carbonation. The malts linger for a while after each sip.

This one is all-malt and loads of it. I guess you can say the name describes this beer perfectly. It even has a bit of complexity with some coffee and chocolate notes. One of my favorite porters ever. Highly recommended.

Edit: After trying many porters, and many other beers, I can say that this is my all-time favorite. I wish a "5.5" was reserved for a one-time use for each BA. This beer would receive it from me.

12-07-2008 01:14:10 | More by BeerSox
Photo of wheelinshirt


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

12 oz brown longneck bottle, best before 2/09, purchased from Capone's for $11/6pack. Poured into a dimple mug.

Color is black. This one is very dark. Only lets through the slightest bit of light around the edges when held to the light. Modest khaki head that settles to a collar and sparse film, leaves some lacing.

Smell is robust indeed. Lots of roasted malts crammed into this, coffee and chocolate are also evident. I have a hard time picking out hoppiness in dark beers, but this one does seem to have some floral/citrus qualities of american hops.

Taste follows the smell nicely. Full, rich, dark roasted malts, not really any noticeable alcohol which is no suprise but I would almost welcome some booze to compliment the malt.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, the carbonation and lower ABV keep it from being heavy. The bitter dryness from the roasted malts (or maybe the hops) seems to linger a bit too long.

Drinkability is high considering the flavor crammed into this. I could easily drink several of these over the course of a night. A great dark beer.

12-03-2008 02:25:43 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of Amsterdam


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

appearance: black bodied with an aura of rusted copper and a short bronzed head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lacing.

aroma: the floral is malty, coffee, very nice and potent, but the lingering aroma is lighter and more crisp.

taste: full bodied taste of burnt coffee and dark chocolate barley. Flavor expands in the mouth. Reminiscent of the Twisted Pine's Espresso Stout and Mountain Sun's Java Porter. As the beer sits and my taste buds recoil slightly the beer takes on hints of sweetness that hit the sides of the tongue. Otherwise, it's a beer with only a few dimensions.

finish: lingering hint of bitter chocolate.

I tend to love overly dark and burned-tasting beer so this was very nice for me. The bitterness could be tamed down a notch to make this an exceptional drink comparable to a walk alone down a dark alleyway leading to a friend's house.

P.S. I tried this beer again on 21/1/09 and found the immediate smell and flavor of chlorine to be unsettling. A change in the water perhaps? While the flavors settled down eventually and were robust, the underlying chlorine remained. I asked a friend what she thought of the beer I was drinking. She smelled it and without any prompting at all told me, "It smells like a swimming pool." I'm guessing there was a change in the water quality.

12-03-2008 01:15:27 | More by Amsterdam
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Black with a rocky one-finger light brown head. Reduces fast, but leaves nice patches of lace behind.
First thing you notice in the smell is chocolate, with some roasted black coffee. Discernible piney hops.
Flavor starts roasty/malty, very chocolatey with a moderate sweetness, then transitions to roasted coffee in the middle. Quick flash of spicy hops in the finish, which mellows and fades into a fantastic balance. Hop flavor compounds and becomes more prominent throughout the session (which is preferable to an increasing sweetness).
Feel is creamy and full.
A flavorful, complex, and enjoyable porter. My only experience with this brewery to date, but I definitely plan to sample their other beers soon.

12-02-2008 18:34:42 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Reviewed 04/06/2008. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a pretty small dark tan head. Pretty much a huge coffee/roast bomb! Very good though, especially when paired with chocolate.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

12-02-2008 03:51:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of mralphabet


4.43/5  rDev +7%

12 oz bottle poured into Pint glass

A: Dark brown with a red hue... very little head and little lacing..

S: Smell wonderful... Dark Chocolate, Caramel and Coffee.

T: Coffee right up front, followed by a nice splash of bitter dark chocolate and a hint of caramel malt... The aftertaste is a tad bitter and sits at the back of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is light, the finish is very smooth.... very enjoyable.

D: I love dark beer, and this one is very nice.... not as full bodied or as creamy as most I've found. But is very smooth and clean... I would look for this one again...

Bought Kroger Daleville VA. Make your own 6 pack... Nice selection...

11-25-2008 04:55:19 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet. Think I've bought this a couple times but have never drank one.

Pours a deep dark ruby red in the edges, but black everywhere else, very opaque, huge and thick chocolate milk head forms, drops a ton of lacing, insane retention, retains a solid layer for the whole bottle. Smell is very rich and roasty, tons of dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, bit of smoke, raisins, more chocolate, vanilla, some piny hops, just great. Taste is similar, milk chocolate and toffee, coffee roast, vanilla, ash, figs, bread, nuts, very dry roasty finish, tons of chocolate, light pine and solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very rich porter, almost perfect. Would like a little more flavour, but the appearance and aroma are pretty great. Thicker body would be a plus as well.

11-24-2008 03:25:31 | More by Viggo
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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