Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 1,021
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 141
Gots: 181 | 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 silentjay
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pretty standard robust porter pour. semi-viscous black with a one fingered khaki head, but with pretty decent lacing.

aroma is of cocoa powder, charcoal, roasted malts, smoked wood and piney hops.

taste is very roasty as well with some milk chocolate and cocoa powder to sweeten things up. some citrus, dark fruits, dark roasted coffee, wood and smoke as well. finishes dry and chalky.

wants to be full-bodied but seems watery at times. not too far off in the realm of porters, though.

goes down well. tasty and little to no harshness. can't complain, though it doesn't overwhelm either. which isn't always a bad thing.

Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a thick, inscrutable black with three thick fingers of creamy tan foam. Head retention is phenomenal; just an all around great looking and super appetizing beer.

Smell: roasty -- not notably coffee or chocolate, just a general rostiness -- and even a little woody flavor with some unidentifiable, mild fruitiness. Overall, the smell is a little mild, but the composition is just great.

Taste: mild roast flavor, a good woodiness; if this is not wood-aged, I'm surprised. It's a great flavor combination. This leads to a bit of astringency, but a little tartness is appropriate for a porter. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation for the style. I rather like it.

Drinkability: I'm going to rate the drinkability even higher than the flavor or aroma: I can't precisely put my finger on it, but I am really enjoying this beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass at Smuttynose brewery.

Pours a dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is coffee And dark malts.

Taste Is malty rich, and lotsa coffee. It's bitter and sharp but quite drinkable. It's got a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of BB1313
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best Before: July, 2010. 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful vicious black w/ decent tan head and lacing. There are faint scents of roasted chocolate. The roasted characteristics are even stonger in the taste. Light hints of smoke are present along w/ a little coffee. The mouthfeel is good, carbonated, but smooth w/ a slight creaminess. Finishes very bitter. Not a sweet porter, very robust, hence the name.

Nice effort, it's a good porter, but couldn't get over the odd bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Tomdee74
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow i've been drinking this for a while and can't believe i never reviewed.. i've been on this stout/porter kick so i had to grab a six of this as it truly is one of my favorite porters. just had the edmund fitzgerald porter from great lakes and that was also great and reminded me of this..

A - Poured into a smuttynose big beer series tulip glass.. pours a nice thick black color with a huge head that hangs around for a while and leaves behind good lacing..

S - smells nice and robust.. what a great porter this is.. don't smell any alcohol but just some robust flavors.. some hoppiness in this.. it feels like a hopped up a bit porter.. this is why i love smuttynose is because i love hops.. and they seem to throw a ton of hops into everything.. their imperial stout is fantastic!

T - a hoppy porter.. i enjoy this.. the flavor is "robust" as the name says.. not watery at all.. but it's not a stout.. i have a hard time comparing porters to this.. this almost seems very close to a gold standard (as far as porters are concerned) in my opinion

M - great carbonation. nice and slick with some hop bite..

D - pretty low abv means i could get through a few of these things no problem.. i remember when i was a rookie this wasn't so "drinkable" because it was robust, but that then and this is now and right now i'm loving it (like mcdonalds)...

Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown, letting some light through, nice cap of khaki head. Scent is of roasted malts, roasted nuts, roasted coffee beans, roasted cocoa beans... ya get the picture... but without too much char or earthyness. The first sip brings all of the wonderful roasted notes from the scent and blends them to make a big bold taste that is almost stout like. Nice earthyness to it as well. The body remains on the heavy side of medium, just a touch higher than most porters but with all that flavor its expected. A slightly earthy and chalky finnish is very nice. I am fully impressed with this porter, one of the best around.

Photo of m1ked
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having a pint glass of this poolside on a beautiful dog day of summer. Not a typical summer brew, but when in Long Island...

A- looks almost identical to pouring a cola with it deep dark brown body and rush of large craggy bubbles that almost seem to canibalize themselves in a flurry of activity. The head is more of an espresso brown tan though. After the pour some micro streamers can be seen if you look closely.

S- the obvious roasted coffee is unmistakeable to be sure. But it has some bittersweet chocolate and some earthy notes too. The sweetness reminds me of a fig or plum sauce reduction... dark and concentrated but not overpowering here.

T- Starts with a combo of bitter notes, I get the bitter acidic coffee and bittersweet chocolate noted right out of the gates. Then it quickly segues into a hoppy earthy bitterness. After that I get some chocolate sweetness with some ashy earthiness. The thread of earthy hoppy bitterness can be appreciated throughout the taste here.

M- Evertime I am tasting a porter I have to remind myself "this is not a stout, this is not a stout". So this is light to medium feel that seems light for a stout but definetly has a little chewiness at the end. The carbonation almost seems to prevent any one flavor (mostly th earthy bitter) from completely dominating the taste profile.

D- I feel like there are some caveats I have to keep in mind. As mentioned above...this is not a stout, and not your typical poolside summer brew. With that being said, I think this is a great example of this style that is flavorful and would pair great with food, something grilled or some deeper rich meats, hearty stew. For now, I will continue to drink it poolside.

Photo of ujsplace
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a oversized pint glass.

Big, chunky tan colored head that is about two fingers thick, which leaves clingy lace on the sides of the glass. The brew itself is nearly black with only the faintest hint of brown along the bottom edge of the glass.

Tastes of big robust, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and espresso-like bitters with dark, earthy fruits, which balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth. Nice carbonation.

This is a great tasting porter. Highly drinkable and caseworthy. One of the better porters for sure.

Photo of jkrich
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with freshness date on label. Poured an opaque dark brown to black with a foamy beige head that slowly receded. If you enjoy lace, this one has plenty of tan lace.

The aromas was very inviting with spicy malt and faint smoky odors. You can also detect some citrus as well as licorice.

The initial flavor is bittersweet chocolate, faint licorice and ends with a nice citrusy hop flavor. The smoke like flavor only adds to the complexity. The roasted malty coffee taste is excellent.

This has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel that alway remains refreshing even as the porter warms in the glass.

Another excellent porter from an outstanding brewery. I am enjoying this in the air conditioning while it roasts outside.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, dank. Beautiful. Mocha head adorns.

Roasted malts, lots of coffeee and chocolate. simple but pleasurable.
Rich chocolate and slight bitter coffee. Roasted malts a plenty as well. YUM

Pretty full in the mouth, and very velvety.

Got this in florida, only 1 mind you, and I'm very sad I did not get more!!! :(

Photo of Soonami
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer.

The roasted, chocolate flavors of this beer are fantastic, it's like drinking a creamy mocha--there is enough clean hop bitterness and roast astringency to balance the sweetness of the beer. This beer has a great thick texture, that is chewy and full. Smuttynose Robust Porter is my go-to porter on the east coast when I want a flavorful, yet balanced dark beer to fulfill a chocolate craving or to pair with grilled or roasted meats. Superb!

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Ping glass. Beer comes out Jet black, easily the darkest porter I've had. Dark like a Russian Imperial Stout. It has a chocolate milk colored head that sticks around and some lacing, nothing to really write home about, but pretty good. It smells really good. Chocolate malts and roasted ground coffee, a dark roasted coffee type smell followed by a slight hop aroma. Taste is good, much like the aroma. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Again its a dark coffee flavor and a rich chocolate. Tough to tell, but when it the chocolate seems to go away a little as it warms up and the coffee takes over. The hops combine with the coffee and give it a little bitter after taste, it's good. Its a very tasty porter, "Robust" is an extremely accurate description on what's going on in both the smell and taste. Mouthfeel is full and heavy, bitter finish. Very drinkable, more of a fall/winter beverage, but I enjoyed it in July. I was on a Porter kick about 2 months ago, I think I might have rated it much higher than, but I still enjoyed this and I'd get it again.

Photo of rwf08
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard American pint glass.

A: Super black, opaque. Some lacing and a faint whisper of head.

S: Coffee, roasted grain, slight fruity twang.

T: Same as smell but the fruity twang comes out a little more in the taste. Some bitterness on the backend.

M: Good body, nice carbonation. Silky in the mouth.

D: Great, one of the best porters I have ever had.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is typed up from notes in my notebook.

A - Dark brown almost black. Small tan head that quickly ran away.

S - Dark malt, caramel, vanilla not too strong though

T - Dark chocolate with hints of coffee. Bit of a lingering bitterness

M - Slightly watery, fair carbonation

D - Not the best but a decent porter. Won't seek out but would drink again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Leffe tulip glass

A - Dark brown in colour with a finger of thick espresso coloured head.

S - Chocolate and bitter roasted malts. Some coffee too; a very strong nose.

T - Dark roasted coffee and bitter dark chocoalte dominate the palate. Hops aren't very noticeable. Very smooth.

M - Medium body, slightly sikly, lightly carbonated.

D - an excellent porter. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Not sure why they call this a robust porter at 5.7%. Will definitely seek this one out in the future.

Photo of uustal
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impressive deep black. Smells of chocolate syrup, coffee beans and a hint of alcohol. Faint aroma overall however. Tastes of bitter unsweetened chocolate, roasted black coffee and has a stronger hop backbone than most porters. Finishes with a mild dryness. The bitterness stands out in this beer, both in the malts and hops.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful pour. Oily black beer with an inch of rocky khaki head that leaves sheets of clingy lacing. Perhaps looks a bit more like a stout than a porter, I guess...

S - Initially strong roasted aromas waft from the glass; hefty doses of burnt coffee, tobacco, cocoa and wood char are immediately available. As soon as you sip the brew, however, these impressions shift from the olfactory to the gustatory. In other words, once you drink it, you can no longer smell it because all you can do is taste it.

T - Smooth charred flavors as well as rich chocolate and coffee taste combine with an earthy, woody hop that increases in bitterness towards the finish. Slight sweetness and an oat-y flavor are underlying. The bitter hop becomes more pronounced as the drinking carries on, and the hop also fuses quite nicely with the coffee flavor. Overall this is a phenomenal straight-up American Porter, worthy of any and all acclaim.

M - The feel is fairly full, and quite creamy.

D - This is a very good beer, and one of my favorite straight-up representations of the style.

Photo of bgildea
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice black color with a slightly tan/brownish head that sticks around for a little and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Slight smell of roasted malts and coffee, but no really strong aroma.

T: Good overall flavor. Slight sweet flavor at first, maybe some bittersweet chocolate. The flavor then rolls into the roasted malts and finishes slightly with hops and coffee.

M: Decently thick. For such a small ABV it has a real good amount of chew.

D: Very drinkable. My brother bought me a sixer of this, and it is a great beer to buy by the six pack. I'm not sure how expensive it is, but I think this is a beer that you can buy a lot of and not be disappointed.

Overall: Overall the beer had a very good flavor. It's a porter that has a real coffee kick finish. I'd recommend this to any porter drinker and if it's cheap, this is an easy everyday beer.

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep chestnut brown color with a small, dense brown colored head that disipated into a light ring. The aroma has some nice milk chocolate notes, brown sugar, and a touch of wet wood. The taste has the milk chocolate characteristics as well but there is also some bitter chocolate flavors. I pick up some wood, smoke, coffee grounds, and some brown sugar. The feel is quite thick and chewy, definitely thicker than most traditional porters. On par with a baltic porter. The porter has soft carbonation which leads to a creamy texture. The beer starts off sweet but ends with a roasted malt bitterness. A robust porter indeed. It has some nice earthy characteristics between the chocolate and smoke. Not enough smoke to get confused with a smoked porter but enough to add some complexity. The 5.7% abv lets you drink several of these without much affect. Very recommended, good example of the style. My only knock is that it is a bit thick for my liking in a porter.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. best before aug 2010.

pours imperial stout like black. rich deep expresso brown colored head that retains very well. nice sticky lace. it looks official.

the aroma is lots of bitter roasted malt, some cooking chocolate, coffee, a little metallic, but that disappaits as it warms.

wow, great taste, similar to an imperial stout in the bitter chocolate roasted malt. lots of cooking chocolate and bitter expresso flavors. finishs with a nice lingering hop bitterness and sweet roasted malt.

mouthfeel is a touch watery at times, but there is way more flavor than you would expect out of a 5% beer. theres a chalky aspect too, but its definatly welcomed. medium to light body.

pretty sessionable beer, more towards the colder months though, it seems a little bigger than it is at times.

this is a great porter, up there with the best. i highly recommend this. kind of like a "light" imperial stout if you can imagine that. for the $8, it was a bargain, get it!

Photo of aepb1
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown and a tan head

S- Caramel roasted malts, a very full nose!

T- Roasted malts show up here as a porter should have. Very good example of a porter, one of the best I've had! Right down to the slightly bitter finish

M- Full-bodied but not as full as I'd want for the full taste

D- Any time I'd want a porter and this was around, I'd opt for it

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First of all I'm a porter fan. Before I ever heard the term craft beer, Samuel Smith Taddy Porter was my go to beer. Second, I have yet to try a Smuttynose I didn't like. I should like this beer and I do.

A: Burnt brown to black with a small head that looks like espresso crema. Very nice lacing. A beautiful beer!

S: Unsweetened chocolate, perhaps some malts. I don't pick up any citrus or piny notes which defy its bitter flavor. I'm right at the best served date; I don't know if that could have affected the smell.

T: The taste makes up for just about any faults this beer might have with smell. The bitterness is perfect for my taste buds. The finish is slightly bitter in the roof of my mouth; I wish it would never go away. Flavors are espresso, unsweetened chocolate, and burnt malt with very little sweetness. Fantastic!

M: Mouthfeel is not too thick for such a dark looking beer and not the slightest hint of wateriness. Just right, imo. Perfect!

D: Outstanding drinkability. I wish I had another right now. In fact I may go to the beer store right now even though I have about 7 or 8 other beer types ready to drink. Drinking anything else after this is not fair to that beer.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better readily available porters in the northeast, evidenced partially by the fact that it's almost always either sold out or close to sold out every time I stop by Total Wine to pick up a six pack of it.

A: As dark as an imperial stout, with a light brown head that sticks to the side of the glass almost obnoxiously (this thing's going to take some extra rinsing after I finish), it's gorgeous all the way, for a porter with less than 6% alcohol, this one has quite the threatening pour and presence.

S: The smell is rather muted (especially when eventually compared to the taste) but there is definite chocolate and coffee on the nose, and some burnt malts are undeniably present.

T: The taste is really what sets this porter apart. Where Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald succeeds in being smooth and easy-drinking, this porter succeeds in being in-your-face and, well... robust. There's a lot of roasty, nearly burnt-to-a-crisp malt flavor (that is downright acrid if this isn't your cup of tea) and black coffee, and dark chocolate. There's definitely hoppiness to start things out, but this is quickly forgotten when you're socked by the malts. This is a low ABV beer that drinks like an imperial coffee stout.

M/D: The mouthfeel is far from smooth, and the drinkability is taken down by the astringent quality of the burnt malt, but it's still a tasty, chocolaty beer that can't exactly be bashed because it's not easy to guzzle like a light beer.

Bravo to the inconsistent Smuttynose for this beer. Between this and their annual Pumpkin Ale, they're capable of some really fantastic work.

Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If one were looking for a good porter it would be easy to recomend this one. While I think the smutty's baltic porter is a bit better. I really like this a lot as well.

A - Dark brown with about 1 finger of head lots of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - roasted malts and chocolate not overpowering though.

T - is good again you get a nice malty chocolate taste a little coffe as well.

M - Feels creamy and rich in the feal just nice.

D - Would have and recommend again in the future.

Photo of johnwarne
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"A yummy porter
Sit and have another one!
My wife says: indeed!"

After a big disappointment with Smuttynose's "star", I viewed [skeptically at first]and sampled my bride's SRP. Here is a good representative of the art: you won't be sorry to sample a couple of these. Nice chocolate/coffee blending.


Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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