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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 157
Gots: 238 | 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 robwestcott
3.97/5  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 -15.3%
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 -1.9%
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
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -3.6%
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
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -4.4%
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 -1.2%
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
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.32/5  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 -3.1%
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 +9%
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 +8.2%
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
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of beerhan
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randomly given a free bottle of this while catching the end of a tasting.

Pours jet black with a lovely tan head. Very dark and thick appearance with some legs. The head stays which is nice.

Smells very roasty, the usual dark chocolate and a little vanilla. Not that special.

Tastes incredibly roasted. Almost like lightly smoked wood. Chalky smore taste with an emphasis on the chocolate

Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable. Very thick but goes down smooth. I could drink a lot of these probably for the price but they are very rich and a little thick. Overall a quality porter that is easily accessible.

Photo of kevinv
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by June '11

A - Pours an opaque black with a 1 finger mocha colored head. Quick dissipation and decent lacing.

S - Big roasted grains and bready malts. Dark cocoa and a medium roast coffee largely make up the aromas. Hints of dark, burnt, sugars and caramel. Wonderful scents.

T - The taste isn't nearly as impressive as the smell. A moderate roasty coffee and a dark chocolate up front. "Robust" and slightly smoky. The hops used seem to give the finish a bit of an unpleasant acidic/sour taste. Mild bitterness.

M - Low-medium mouthfeel. A little thin and watery. Medium level of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, but it's a bit thin.

Photo of ddanania
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very interesting and delicious Porter

Presentation: Dark brown 12oz bottle with a orange pictographic label.

Appearance: Pours thick and very dark...almost black. The head is a dark tan that disappates slowly. Distinct lacing are apparent as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Very chocolaty bread malts and an earthiness dominate the smell. Currant and dark berry undertones give a fruity spiciness.

Taste: Initial taste is of thick chocolate mixed with bisquick. Very hearty with a crispness of malts. Lingering aftertaste of the roasted malts and a slight bitterness.

Notes: Definitely better served on draught but not bad out of the bottle. A rarity, for sure.

Photo of ramseye4
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a thick black color with a small brown head that disappears pretty quickly. Good lacing though
S=Lots of chocolate and toasted malt in the nose, almost more like a stout than a typical porter.
T=Lots of roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso, with a nice smokey aftertaste. Very well meshed and well done.
M=Light in the body and carbonation, a little bit sticky
D=Easily downed, light body and good taste

Photo of beergod1
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent light-brown head. Nice smoky aroma. Flavor is Smoky Roasted Malt! Appearance is nice with a lot of lacing. While not as thick & heavy as a Stout, it is closer to a stout than a porter. It seems a little hop on the finish, nice balance. Very good Porter. Smuttynose is really starting to impress me.

Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... coffee and cocoa, light butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 5.7% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A very well balanced porter... definitely recommended...

Photo of ChugginOil
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a few inches of tan bubbly head. As it dissipates, very little lacing is left behind. The nose offers less than I had expected but shows signs of coffee and bitter cocoa. The taste offers much more. Roasty malts with plenty of robust coffee and bitter cocoa nibs. The mouthfeel is creamy wiyh a good amount of carbination. This one could be drank all day. Pretty delishious.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of bishopdc0
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.