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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,170
Reviews: 1,012
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 139
Gots: 158 | 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 biglite351
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
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 -11.6%
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 +6.5%
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
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a tremendous display of American-ized porter that shies away from stout-like roast and char- Smuttynose continues to demonstrate not only their knowledge of porter, but their sheer craftsmanship with dark ale.

Dark "bark" brown in color, the robust porter casts a mild unfiltered haze only an otherwize mirror-like sheen. The beer releases a light tan head with lightly fluffed texture and tremendous staying power. The beer's foam laces with woven intricate patterns as the beer falls. No way around it, this is one handsome beer!

Malt dominant with toast, chocolate, and coffee aromas, the nose is backed by burnt caramels, malted milk candies, and light toffee for a full and rounded scent. Background hints of American hops peak through with a tinge of grapefruit and grass that set the aromas apart from British versions of porter.

Bittersweet chocolate, bold roast coffee, and toasted currants align with other firm flavors, perhaps of walnut and heavy whipping cream for rich variation- all malt-derived. Just as the toasty grains offer a semblance to balance, so do piney hops and citrus peels. Also clean of roast, the beer flirts with the line that link porter to stout, but the taste is careful to not cross the fence. It's a clean tasting porter, albeit a strong flavored one.

Rich and robust on the early palate, but thereafter an arid toast, assertive bitterness, and thinning alcoholic warmth rise in middle palate. Still malt-forward, the body gives way in deep in finish for malty-dry closure. Hops and seared grain linger a deeply and rewards the after-palate heading into the next sip.

Where fans of darer ale typically reach for stout, all should take notice to this formidable ale that belongs in the discussion with Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Founders Porter.

BEERchitect, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of jbone78
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose. need I say more?

A- poured dark, nearly stout like. little tan head that is gone within a few minutes.
S- once again, this is a hard category for me because I don't really nose very well. but I can whiff some maltyness in there.
T- Nice malty taste. I taste some dry malt character, little nuttyness, and I dig it. I knew Smuttynose would do this one right. It seems to me they have an English flavor anyway, so this one seemed to be right on.
M- good carbonation, balanced well.
D- not a heavy beer. I could drink more!


jbone78, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 5.7% abv. Best before June 2010. Pours a very dark brown with some chestnut edges. Great looking rocky mocha head holds together very well, leaving some nice patches of lace at the end.

Roasty aroma, with a nice amount of dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of floral hops in the end with a hint of darker fruit.

Very dry and roasty to start. Nice bitter dark chocolate flavor. Floral and slightly herbal hop flavors. Hard to tell if the bitterness comes from hops, or the roasty character. Very sharp overall.

Medium body, with lower, soft carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. This beer is dry, sharp and roasty. So much so, that it may hinder the drinkability slightly. However, this is very well made, and a bit different than others.

Bierguy5, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of MPLS
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Make mine a Smutty!...man, that sounds dirty.

A: I find myself saying the same thing over and over with these porters/stouts that I'm drinking. Bordering on black, this darkest of brown porters offered a large bubbled 3 cm head upon the initial pour. Retention is there and lacing isn't bad.

S: Robust, like a robust coffee? Coffee grounds dominate the nose, but there is roasted malts and a tad of sweetness peeking through. Overly very coffee-centric.

T: The taste is very akin to coffee but with the sweetness of beer and the presence of roasted malts. Up front the beer has the most sweetness, slightly chocolate, but still very bijou. The finish is akin to some older coffee. A small fragment of spice is there but plays a small role in the long bitter finish. I like coffee, but something is a little off in this beer.

M: The head gave me the impression is was overly carbonation. This is not the case so much, a pretty decent feel, medium bodied, oily in fact.

D: Taste reigns supreme and this was certainly a good single bottle purchase. A coffee fanatic this didn't quite pull me in, but I can see the appeal. Certainly not a disgrace to all the porters out there.

MPLS, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a very dark mahogany with no trace of light coming through - thin, clinging head colored cinnamon.

S - Dark chocolate, expresso, raisin, toast.

T - Dark chocolate and espresso with a solid char of burnt toast. A hint of roasted nuts, along with some dark fruit esters. Earthy hoppiness with a deliberate hop bite that fades in and out.

M - Despite having a light-medium body, this doesn't feel too thin in the mouth. Actually, it's rather velvet-like.

D - Very well done and highly recommended. If this were easier to come by (read: if I didn't have to drive to Wisconsin) it would definitely be a regular in my fridge.

trbergman, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and indeed robust, but not overpowering robust, porter.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Design around and old fashion picture of a French circus strongman holding a barrel and a woman up. Shows a notched and just expired best before date (D 09). Notes Alc. by Vol. (5,7%) Served into a small conic glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, nice light brown head, medium retention and fair lacing.

S - Rich roasted malt nose with a nice coffee sense.

T - Roasted malty and coffee remain, with a broader malt spectrum and touches of chocolate, touch of bitterness to seal it.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation and a nice dry and creamy finish.

D - Nice and tasty pleasing off the bat. Nice offering at this eatery. Pity about the date...

Notes: Despite the just expired date this felt rather tasty and nicely brewed. I´ll sure make note of trying to try it next time within its recommended lifespan and see what it feels like. Solid and tasty porter in any case.

Daniellobo, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

quite outstanding. pours dark and impenetrable. massive head. delicate, rorschach-rococo lacing...

smell is the most understated item here...toasty coffee malt notes.

nearly perfect luscious mouthfeel allows the incredible balance of this porter (a hallmark of true porters) to come forth. toasty malts, burnt caramel...mmm. it's nearly perfect, all those elements aren't underdone or overdone. please don't change it.

so drinkable. really, a superb porter and better than most.

mempath, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is strong on the coffee and roasted malt. I didn't get much if any chocolate in the flavor. The beer has a creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is exactly what I am looking for in a beer of this style.

Mora2000, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 30, 2009

Very nice! Pours black with a decent light-brown head. Nice smoky aroma. Flavor is roasty, roasty, roasty! Appearance is beautiful with lotsa lacing, looks like tree rings on my glass. While not as thick & heavy as an Impy Stout, it is a bit heavy for a porter. Very glad to finally give this one a shot & will certainly buy again!

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Emarble17
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic -- honestly an excellent porter! Pours thick and black, the head is tan, one can instantly detect smells of coffee and chocolate. Every flavor is subtle and harmonizes nicely lending itself to be consumed one right after another -- doesn't have the high of an ABV either.

Emarble17, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with off-white/tan foam that drops down quickly. Good lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee - like espresso beans

Taste is a hoppy roasted malt. Milky mouthfeel. Bitter finishes linger. Smooth with higher carbonation than a typical porter.

The bitterness lingers a bit longer than I'd like. Personally, I am a biggher fan of English porters - this was a good brew, drinkable, but not my favorite style.

KTCamm, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of lionking
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle.

A nice thick and juicy two finger head. Nice lacing on the glass as i drink it down.

Smells of roasted chocolate and coffee. Taste is a spoonfull of the same. This beer finishes nicely, no aftertaste, very smooth. Drinkability is high. One of the best american porters i have had. I will definitely drink again.

lionking, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from the bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black and starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades immediately to a very thin and incomplete skim on the surface; body is entirely opaque, loose slippery lacing holds to the sides momentarily before sliding back into the drink.

Smell: Smell is pretty straightforward and pretty robust (as implied by the name) -- smooth chocolate, almost milky, and very nice burnt and roasty maltiness as well.

Taste: First and foremost is that strong burnt roastiness, almost like an espresso; there is a very slight hint of the chocolate that is in the nose; a charred woody smokiness is also present; the aftertaste finds the chocolate lingering around as well as an earthy, slightly metallic, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is stronger than I expected and even a tad sharp at first; after the initial surge of carbonation passes, I find the body to be of medium thickness and it's pretty creamy and smooth; leaves a decent coating on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Quite nice and probably more "stoutish" than some stouts I've had lately; looks and smells good, tastes great and the mouthfeel is quite nice and just heavy enough to sit in the stomach, but not weigh one down; I'd be happy to polish off a couple of these in a night, especially with a moderate ABV of 5.7.

bamadog, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a spare, tan-colored head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring. Body is dark black and completely opaque.

S: Very nice aroma with lots of dark chocolate and a slight roasted twinge as well.

T: Lots of dark chocolate in the flavor, and some coffee is detectable as well. The finish is actually quite bitter, and has a fairly long duration.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, very creamy, with soft-average carbonation.

D: A really nice porter, and definitely lives up to the 'robust' in its name. Another winner from Smuttynose.

berley31, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich deep brown, almost black color that is completely opaque. The head is pretty decent in size for the style and the color is tan/khaki

S: Deep aromas of burnt and toasted malts supplemented by caramel, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. A waft of alcohol is present when the temperature warms.

T: Very similar to the nose, the malts taste more toasted than burnt and all of the other notes are also present. I do get some hop bitterness but cannot necessarily taste the hops themselves, but I can tell that they are there.

MF/D: Very smooth, creamy, and pretty viscous. The aftertaste is one of lactose and toasty malts.

Very nicely done and pretty damn close to a session beer

scottyshades, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porter shared with ritkiss in Buffalo, in circumstances where I can only give a bare bones review

Nice dark appearance. Chocolate and coffee aroma is bursting with dark roasted malts, and indicates the goodness within. Indeed it does - again lots of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, some earth, wood and tobacco. A very well-rounded porter, and aided by an almost pitch-prefect body, that has a medium feel and a delicate carbonation.

A bargain at $1.69 for the bottle. I'll be buying some more of this in the future.

bobsy, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - two fingers of frothy and bubby, dark khaki colored foam, with the tiniest bit of reddish hue. already starting to lace all around the glass as it slowly bubble down. very dark brown/ruby hues just around the outside of the glass only noticeable when held up to a bright light.

S - lots of sweet milk chocolate, fresh coffee, toasty malts, touch of alcohol. the chocolate is dominant.

T - sweet roastyness hits first before flashes of chocolate and then to the coffee. touches of nuttyness, cream. the chocolate is more bitter than in the smell, but is balanced by some sweetness. wonderful.

M - big on the body, superbly creamy and just a touch of carbonation. flavors linger and develop long after the swallow. exactly how i like it.

D - been having a hard time finding a porter beyond "decent". the search ends. this is perfect to sip on this time of year. just had one bottle but might put more on my christmas list. well done!

Stigs, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to jlindros.

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly black, with a small tan head.

Scent of smoke, chocolate, sugars, oats, earth, and some dark fruit. A very robust scent considering the strength of the beer; balanced nicely too.

Taste of bitter chocolate and coffee start with a hint of sweet dark fruit and smoke coming in shortly after and finishing with a dry smoky flavor with a hint of chocolate. As the name lets off, this is definitely a robust Porter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and thin with a biting carbonation. Really the only disappointing aspect of this beer.

paco1029384756, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of BeefyMee
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Supremely dark with a beautiful tan head and some good lacing down the side of the glass. This is what all porters should look like.

D: Huge roasty smell with alcohol and sweet malt.

T: Roasted malt imparting a very strong coffee flavor. A little alcohol in the aftertaste.

M: Seems to be kind of thick and watery at the same time, which is not so bad just weird, but the slick soapiness brings it down a notch.

D: All around pretty drinkable but I don't think I'd make a session of it.

This seemed to be quite a superior porter at first, and then it actually became more unpleasant as it warmed. Still a good beer. It would be nice to have on hand just when you're in the mood for that rich, roasted flavor.

BeefyMee, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with a tan head, looking very much like a porter should. The smell is mostly toasted malts with a hint of hops in the background. The taste starts off with some sweet slightly-burnt malts that are followed by some coffee and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a decent amount creaminess. This is a great version of the style, one of the ones to point people towards if they're wondering what a porter should be.

TheTrevor, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap on home draft system. Kegged date Oct 23rd, 2009.

Appearance: Black with extremely frothy head. This looks more Stout like.

Smell: Roasty, dark malts. Detect some chocolate and cola beans.

Taste: Robust indeed. Very smooth, dark malts and bitter chocolate but not puckering bitter that leaves your mouth dry. Matter of fact, no aftertaste at all.

Overall: Glad to have this on my home system. Will have again and again.

Kolsch, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of KenC411
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a deep mahogany, almost black. Barely capped by a head, which quickly disappeared.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate

Taste: Mild roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, coats the tongue in its warmth.

Drinkability: Heavily flavored, always enjoyable. Could go for another one.

KenC411, Nov 24, 2009
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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