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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 134
Gots: 104 | 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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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Heading up to New England in a few weeks, so I need to brush up on my NE offerings. Smuttynose is a new addition to the Columbia, SC market and I've heard good things about the Robust Porter.

We will see.

Poured into a pilsner glass, refrigerated overnight and allowed to warm a bit before pouring.

Appearance - Dark brown and opaque. An ample tan head formed at pour that resolved into a ring with slight lacing.

Smell - "Roast coffee" aroma with a mild chocolate nose. A bit of sweetness which is well covered with the pronounced "coffee" aroma.

Taste - Starts with a smokey opening of malt with a twang of hops, a dense body of malt filling out the middle and a slight hop bite finish. Leaves it's mark on the tongue with a lasting roasted malt flavor. Even when warming the "robust" (i.e. coffee) smoked malt is pronounced.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation provides a good transport. A dense offering with a fine body.

Drinkability - In summary: A "warming" beer with a slight bitter finish. Had vague association with a Russian Imperial Stout more than a porter. Overall, I look forward to the remaing five (5) from this six-pack.

09-08-2008 00:35:55 | More by Nesued
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

One of the best Porter's I have ever had. Great appearance and taste. I had heard great things and read great reviews on Smuttynose brews, and definitely will be trying others they have to offer.

I had this porter at Mahar's public bar in Albany, New York

09-07-2008 16:35:03 | More by markboarder
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4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Pint glass:

A: Pours black with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing left throughout.

S: Scents of dark chocolate, roast, caramel and subtle hop aroma when roused.

T: Tastes as it smells - dark chocolate, roasty, coffee and cocoa like flavors. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

M: Medium-Full body with good carbonation.

D: Robust but very drinkable. Leans toward Malt but hops come through in flavor just enough to balance well. I could have a few more if I had them. This is a very good porter in my opinion and I would recommend highly.

09-07-2008 00:17:43 | More by joeyspit
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a deep black color with a nice brown, foamy, 1 finger head. Some lacing.

Aroma is of sweet toasted malts, caramel. Smell is little like flat cola.

Taste is very nice. A sweet caramel taste up front followed by coffee flavors. There is a hint of mocha there too. There's a dry bitterness at the end but it's not overpowering. This is my favorite Porter just finally got around to reviewing it.

Smooth finish. Very drinkable and highly recommended.

09-05-2008 01:25:37 | More by Matty1918
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a pint glass. Color was a dark coffee brown. The head was mocha colored and about 1 inch. Aroma was sweet and coffe like. Taste is like an earthy dark chocolate. This is very easy to drink. I have recently gotten back into trying Porter's again as my palate for different beers has expanded. I picked a really good one. Smuttynose continues to impress me even with their "regular" beers.

09-01-2008 22:45:14 | More by SUjunkie
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Served in a tulip. Poured a deep, opaque brown with a quarter inch off-white cap that quickly dissipated into a broken slick of foam that coalesced into a frothy band around the edges. Some spotty strands of lacing present during the tasting. Pleasant roasted coffee character dominates the nose. Taste follows nose with a touch of char and an earthy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation present. This, in my opinion, is the perfect porter. Incredibly well-balanced, excellent drinkability and lots of character for the abv.

08-30-2008 17:13:33 | More by Jwale73
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured out of the bottle and opaque, onyx black with a brown head that faded very quickly to a thin ring. Laced pretty well though. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavors were similar, coffee dominates with some roasted and caramel malts and bit of sweetness of rich fruit. It is indeed robust for a porter and similar to a stout. Long finish. Medium to high carbonation is unusual however and takes a bit away from the otherwise smooth mouthfeel. One of the better Smutty brews available.

08-29-2008 13:48:50 | More by thekevlarkid
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/26/08. Best by date of April 08, hopefully it held up well.

Pours very dark brownish-black with a thin finger of tan head. The head didn't stay around long and didn't leave any lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and sweet milk chocolate with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is lots of sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. Lots of roasted malt flavor as well. A bit of vanilla and some roasted coffee, with bits of cherry and darker fruits.

Feel is medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Drinkability is pretty good. A bit on the heavy side for a porter but I like it. The ABV is also very reasonable.

A very nice robust porter. I wish it were available in my area.

08-27-2008 02:11:32 | More by bkilpatr
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

A: Very, very dark brown brew, little light passes through this one. A hint of red can be seen if held to the light. A light brown head billows up then dies back after a bit but holds a steady layer.

S: Robust combination of bittersweet cocoa, coffee, roast grain, and caramel sweetness.

T: Flavor just as big as the aroma let's on. Everything in the nose comes true on the palate. The roast grain is nice and smoky without being harsh like licking a bowling alley ash tray. This roast bitterness ends the tasting so well. Overall dry not sweet.

M: Feels full bodied but also quenches your thirst and passes into the throat as if it were a thinner beer. No stickiness. Head retention could be better.

D: This is how to use a porter as a vehicle for roast and caramel malts

08-25-2008 11:14:11 | More by BWH3
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale glass.

A: Poured a dark, midnight color with some ruby highlights noted. A tight tan head of foam rushes to the surface and retains fairly well.

S: Smells of bittersweet malts, cocoa and coffee with a bit of floral, spicy hops.

T: There's a coating level of sweet, deep roasted caramel and toffee malts up front, leading into a bittersweet coffee and chocolate flavor around mid palate, and washing away with a slightly bitter hop flavor. Very complex and robust indeed.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, but finishes and feels thinner than one would expect from the flavors.

D: A fantastic porter which is both well balanced and complex. The robust flavors and mouthfeel would make it a great session porter and one to keep in mind as autumn rolls around.

Another Smuttynose award winner and another fine brew. I can't wait to make a pilgrimage to this brewery or visit at the next beer fest just to see what they might be cooking up next. In the meantime, enjoy this outstanding porter.

08-24-2008 19:44:32 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.13/5  rDev -24.4%

Black in color with a nice tan head and an okay amount of lace left behind. The aroma is pretty nice, they've got a coffee, chocolate thing going on which is pretty much follows suit in the taste as well. Somewhat dry with the addition of some malt and bitterness. Not one I'll get too often though as this isn't my favorite style.

08-23-2008 19:55:19 | More by changeup45
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark, dark brown with only the slightest hint of light penetrating around the edges. The tan head is dense and shows very good retention and lacing. Aroma has big roasted malts with significant chocolate and coffee whiffs as well. There is also a little bit of hops in the nose as well. The taste is mostly roasted malts and coffee with some dark fruits and a bit of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy with tons of carbonation that accentuates the coffee bitterness a little bit. This is a great porter and yet another solid brew from Smuttynose.

08-23-2008 03:29:04 | More by gford217
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Best before right now, glad not to leave this in the cellar any longer! Poured black with a solid, half-finger mocha head, wispy lacing covered the whole glass really. Beneath all the blackness was very small bubble carbonation. I found a nutty presence starting with the smell, also a caramel and chocolate latte bouquet, quite intense. The taste was very rich, more choco-nut, astringent dry hazelnut/walnut finish that was almost too dry. Lingering walnut finish with more chocolate latte presence, this is one of the richer porters that I've enjoyed with a really frothy yet nutty- chocolate mouthfeel, quite interesting.

08-18-2008 03:59:52 | More by ThatWineGuy
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4.43/5  rDev +7%

Received in early June as part of the MicroBeerClub May shipment. I was thrilled to see Smuttynose was part of the month's shipment!

Beer pours black with a well sustained tan head. Nose is toasted grains, coffee and cream, and dark chocolate. Taste is roasted coffee with a hint of cream, dark chocolates blending nicely into a mild hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but is not as thick as the taste, but satisfying nonetheless. Drinkability is near perfect as the abv is in the sessionable range. This is a porter that should be sought after by anyone that is a fan of the style!

08-16-2008 23:05:17 | More by arizcards
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - deep, dark amber color only noticed when held to a bright light for all intents though it is jet black; thick tan, chunky head that is well retained; leaves a beautiful lace as it drains

S - roasted grainy malt and strong hop aroma

T - wonderful chocolate and coffee like malt flavor from the toasted/burnt grains; strong hop flavor with a decent hop finish

M - smooth medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is truly a wonderful robust porter - one of the best I've tried. It's too bad I can't get this in my neck of the woods - it would probably be a frequent fall favorite. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

08-14-2008 00:55:27 | More by scoobybrew
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Drank from a 12 FLUID OUNCE bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Best by November 2008

Poured a near black with brown edges when held to the light. The creamy, bubbly, cocoa-colored head quickly faded to a thin, wispy film with a thick ring of froth.

The aroma was amazing, especially for a beer of such humble stature. Chocolatey rich to the extreme. Steaming hot fudge instantly came to mind. Sweet and creamy with strong notes of vanilla and a touch of oak.

The taste was deeper and roastier than the aroma. Dark chocolate came through strong up front. Black coffee was noticeable in the center. A touch oaky and smoky. The bitter, deep roast, espresso-like finish lingered on and on. Initially, I detected some metallic notes in the finish, but these died down as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, somewhat lively carbonation. A touch thinner than expected. Frothy and slightly creamy on the palate.

This was a smooth and tasty beer with an aroma that was to die for. At 5.7% ABV, this porter was surprisingly drinkable. Definitely one of the more impressive examples of the style I have tried in a while.

08-12-2008 22:54:36 | More by Damian
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

After trying the Farmhouse offering from Smutty I picked up a mixed 12 from Pearl St. Beverages in Burlington, VT. Poured into a standard pint.

A: Poured a semi-thick dark black with a very large, active mocha head. This beer is very dark for what I am used to from porters, this looks more like an RIS than porter IMO. The head has some good retention and leaves some light brown lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smell is of rich cream, dark, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and just slight hint of hops in the nose. Very nice.

T: The flavors are big on coffee. Tastes at first like a dark coffee with a touch of cream added. As this warms up, it really comes forth with some chocolate notes and some a nice touch of hops to cut the sweetness just a bit.

M: Medium in body, it could absolutely be heavier but then again it is a porter. Coffee after taste lingers in the aftertaste. Sticks a touch to the palate but nothing too crazy.

D: Very drinkable. I had to catch myself when reviewing this brew because I kept comparing it to a RIS. It really has some serious richness to the flavor, nose and appearance that make this easily mistaken for a RIS. Still it stands tall as a porter due to its slightly thinner mouthfeel and is great for a night cap beverage. An almost nonexistant ABV presence doesn't hurt either. Really liked this beer. Amazing.

08-10-2008 20:28:19 | More by everetends
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New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Pours the darkest of browns, nearly black, with a one-finger tan head that recedes slowly to a skim coat and sticky ring. Decent lacing.

Smell is dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste starts off with some bittersweet chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. Dark roasted coffee, vanilla and cocoa powder lead into some acrid espresso flavors, before the hops kick in for a dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium, but it's not really creamy. I think the hop bitterness keeps the creaminess subdued.

Another great beer from Smutty! This actually pairs well with grilled steaks, and is also great for/with dessert. A very enjoyable brew.

08-04-2008 21:56:05 | More by MrMonkey
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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

12 oz. bottle > SA Lager glass
(This smutty favorite is becoming increasingly hard to track down here in southern New Hampshire)

This is a very dark brown color, nearly black and a full two-finger's deep mocha-brown colored head that's really dense and thick. Retention is great and slow as molasses. nicely sticly lacing.

The aroma is that of roastie chocolate mocha coffee with vanilla and a slightly bitter scented hop and mild cardboared scent way down deep.

My first impression of this can be summed up in one word: Balance. I noticed the big earthy, bitter hop flavor really pops out right off, usually I like the hop to hit my tongue right at the end, but this one is forceful. A very roastie chocolate flavored malt rides right along side, it's robust with black coffee and chocolate notes with a subtle but effective vanilla current. The taste of the hops is very much like Smutty's RIS, big and bitter. This is a rather hoppy porter for my taste.

Medium bodied, crisp and livley but smooth around the edges which makes this one really drinkable for those of us that don't love overlly thick porter's.

08-04-2008 19:15:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.47/5  rDev +8%

love the Smuttynose labels

a: pours a moderate mocha coloured head that recedes quickly, good retention with some scant lacing, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color

s: impressive at first whiff...soft, creamy notes of melted dark chocolate compliment a lightly charred barley roast with hints of smoke and molasses, hops are generally earthy but do carry some minty evergreen notes

m: soft low-medium carbonation, body on the full side of medium, creamy

t: starts roasty and moderately sweet, developing a deep flavor of freshly dark chocolate shavings with roasted barley throughout, long bittersweet finish with just a touch of smoke, wonderful

d: certainly one of the better porters to be had, and one I could surely 6-pack...it could easily pass for a high quality stout, but has the drinkability of a porter

part of a Smutty mixed-pack from Whole Foods Reston, notched as best by November 2008

07-30-2008 03:31:36 | More by blackie
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A thick, dark brown bodied beer - almost black really - with a great, thick, billowy tan head with average retention but gorgeous lacing. Thick solid sheets of it all over the place.

Aroma: Sweet, milky chocolate and full-city roast coffee. Some dark, malty fruit esters and some other earthy toasted/hop notes. Very inviting!

Taste: Faint earthy and citrus hops up front, followed by a fistful of sweet, roasted malts - biscuit, caramel, molasses - which gradually evolve into darker and more highly toasted malts - toast, chocolate, coffee. Slight bitter burnt-malt astringencies which don't detract but instead add a balancing complexity to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with an even but thick-feeling head. Body itself is medium. Leaves a bit of a coating on the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability: Great complexities in this one, reasonable abv%, and surprisingly refreshing for a beer of its maltiness. Definitely recommended.

07-30-2008 01:43:27 | More by CrellMoset
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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

This sample is courtesy MrRetardedMonkey. Thanks Scottie!

12 oz bottle, best by Oct 08, poured into a imperial pint glass. Solid two finger light tan head and slow to recede. Does not leave much lacing at all. Color is a deep dark black with just a hint of dark mahogany brown highlights around the edges.

Smell is a fantastic blend of dark malts, burnt raisins, bitter coffee, and a hint of floral chocolate. Taste is rightfully dark. A bit of charred wood, more dark chocolate, and dark fruits.

Creamy medium body. Very nice texture, smooth and enjoyable. One of the best porters I've had in a while.

07-28-2008 03:00:01 | More by bort11
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4.18/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle best by Aug 2008, poured into my Russian River pint glass

A: Pretty much black with reddish-dark brown highlights. A nice light brown head fills up the rest of the glass and slowly recedes, leaving a nice lace.

S: Roasty and creamy with a mild coffee note. Fairly heavy on the roast with some dark chocolate.

T: Lovely big roasted barley flavor with some hop bitterness present. Chocolate and coffee round out the flavors with a long, bitter finish. Pretty intense flavors for such a small beer.

M: Well carbonated with a great finish.

D: Definitely grabbing another!

07-14-2008 02:40:00 | More by DefenCorps
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz Bottle

Best Before 8/08

I received this in a recent trade with israel, thanks again! Smuttynose Robust Porter pours the darkest of browns that border on black. When the body is directly backlit there are very faint garnet hues throughout. A soft pour produced a swirling two fingers worth of khaki colored head. As it fell to the thick cap it settled at it became creamy and left some really nice sheet lacing down the glass.

This porter has a really great nose. It's all at once roasty, nutty, and chocolaty. The roastiness leads the way and is accompanied by a nice mellow dark chocolaty goodness. Something along the lines of hazelnut comes through faintly here and there along with ghost like notes of maple syrup. The nuttiness seems to show up at different times. Each swirl of the glass brings a quick whiff of coffee grounds.

The flavor falls just short of the stellar aroma but is very good none the less. The roastiness still has the spotlight and all the other aromas are there in the flavor although not quite as bright and vibrant. The coffee grounds and roastiness leaves a slightly bitter finish that makes this an all around solid porter. The nuttiness plays in the flavor too flashing here and there.

Robust porter sports a medium body with enough carbonation to keep things moving quickly. The roasty bitterness keeps growing as I drink.

The drinkability is enhanced by the lighter body and solid carbonation. This is a porter than can be easily enjoyed a few at a time.

This is one of my favorite sessionable porters and I tend to pick up a sixer whenever I'm in an area that carries Smuttynose. Robust Porter is incredibly easy to drink and very flavorful.

07-11-2008 01:32:32 | More by joe1510
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

It's time to work my way through the "everyday" Smuttynose beers, some of my favorites for quite some time....

Pours nearly black, some faint reddish highlights, big foamy tan head fades to a thin film on top of the beer, tons and tons of lacing. Smell is dark roasted coffee, some milk chocolate, and maybe just a touch of soft floral hoppiness. Taste is just huge on the coffee, with some great burnt edges, some bittersweet chocolate, slight plum flavor. Perfectly carbonated for an American Porter, great mouthfeel, and endlessly lingering coffee aftertaste. Really just a great porter, one of my favorites, and with the relatively low ABV, you could definitely have a few.

07-01-2008 01:40:55 | More by corey0212
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