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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 128
Gots: 94 | 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

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Photo of iceball585

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black color, non-transparent, thin tan lacy cover that stayed throughout

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, sweet smelling

T- Strong roasted malts, milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hint of smokeyness and hops near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, starts sweet then turns to a fairly dry bitter finish

D- Great session beer

This is one great porter in my opinion. Not a lot of complexity to the taste or the auroma but still very good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 20:30:48 | More by iceball585
Photo of RustyDiamond


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

Got this in a trade from lefthandedrighty. Poured a super black with 2 fingeres of foamy latte head. Aroma of espresso, chicory. Nice porter taste- espresso, bitter coffee bean. Milk chocolate on the nose with somewhat of a thin mouthfeel. Touch of caramel in the body with a nice warming hop finish. I liked this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 22:50:34 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of Slatetank


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

Decanted this cool into my caracole tulip, purchased at Thirsty's in York, Pa.
A - A deep walnut brown w/a smooth head of khaki that measures about 2.5 fingers. The laces stickage is thick and held well.

S - Like fine but subtly roasted coffee w/ a raspberry fruity ester and a citrusy lemony hop note.

M - Rich, thick and creamy w/ a nice spicy bitterness w/a full effervessence and a dry finish.

T - A roasty chocolate w/ honeyish smooth malt and a fruity dry taste w/ plenty of citrus/pine tinged hop flavor that matches the malt intensity. Nutty w/ plenty of spice that increases as it warms. Dry sugar notes linger in the background as the last sip is consumed.

D - Very rich, flavorful, roasty, dry and spicy w/ a hop zest. A very drinkable and robust porter. The quaffability of this ale is high, a nice robust offering from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 14:04:58 | More by Slatetank
Photo of BBM

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a silky, deep brown color with a smooth coffee-colored head and nice residual lacing around the glass. The aroma is roasty and sweet, with hints of chocolate and espresso beans.

I have found the consummate American porter. Smuttynose gave an apt description by calling it robust, because that is exactly what it is. The heavy roasted malts, burnt dark chocolate flavor, lots of coffee bean flavor, and just the right amount of hops create a wonderfully complex and satisfying drinking experience. The mouthfeel is medium-thick and creamy. You don't have to sip it, but you'll want to savor it for as long as possible. Excellent job, and another real gem by Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 19:35:40 | More by BBM
Photo of Folderol

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, I don't get the fuss about this beer. It poured black into my glass with a short head that receded to a very thin film. The smell was a sweet sort of dark malt that's pretty much par for a modern porter. The taste is a pretty simple deep roast, and it turns bitter very quickly. Not very complex or "robust". I'm not impressed with this beer or others of its style (Mocha Porter, Anchor Porter) - they're just too bitter and not very drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 16:46:06 | More by Folderol
Photo of bassmantin


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

This is a really good porter.

Pours a beautiful medium brown with nice dark tan head that absolutely clings to the glass. Smell is fairly powerful with notes of chocolate and hints of coffee. Taste starts sweet and subtle and builds slowly to a nice strong finish with a good hoppy balance. The taste lasts so long! This is one to savor and does not disappoint like some porters. I could drink this all night!

Thanks to citrusjim for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 01:13:07 | More by bassmantin
Photo of erosier


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first thing to say about this beer is that it is most definately robust. Extremely dark pour with a thick caramel colored head. The aroma is strong smelling of sweet malt and hints of coffee and a little caramel. Very roasted nutty flavor with a very bitter but refreshing finish. Aftertaste is very good. The roasted flavor really comes out wiht a very coffee-like flavor. The finish is very clean and very bitter. If I were an alcoholic, I would heat this up and drink it for breakfast. Definately very drinkable if you like this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 03:07:52 | More by erosier
Photo of Dogbrick


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

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. Dark brown color with a medium light tan head and streaks of lacing. Coffee, hops and a touch of chocolate in the nose. Rich body with a well-balanced array of flavors from bitter coffee and hops to roasted malt and chocolate. The finish is dry with a roasted coffee flavor and lingering hops. Pretty good all around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 19:57:41 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of sinistrsam


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark almost black brown, with a medium tan head; mild ruby hints if you hold it up to the light.
The aroma was excellent, with deep coffe roast, burnt chocolate and caramel and toffee.
The taste was an excellent balance of sweet chocolate and fruits, playing against bitter burnt coffee and rasted malt.
The feel was a bittersweet experience the whole way through, but balanced well. The bitter acid of coffee hits you first but fades slowly into the semi-sweet finish.
Overall an excellent porter and a great brew for SN.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 23:31:18 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Smuttynose Porter poured dark brown topped by a medium sized tan head with limited retention. It has a rich roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee notes that blend well with a mild hop background. The taste is certainly robust with strong dark malt flavors that are only mildly tempered by hops and followed by a moderately bitter and semi-dry finish. Overall, I found the Smuttynose Robust Porter to be a bit of a dissapointment. It looks good and smells great, but the mouthfeel was thinned by a prickly carbonation and the taste seemed a bit too acrid and burnt for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 02:27:05 | More by 86sportster883
Photo of mnj21655


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

12 oz. bottle best by Dec 07.

Pours a deep brown mahogany with a minimal dark tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smells of roasted coffee, lightly malty and wonderfully chocolately. Taste is much like the smell, which was, of course, excellent. Roastyness its dominant, but also present are a bitterness derived from the roast and a pleasant malty and chocolate flavors. In my opinion the roastyness is a bit too intense and somewhat overpowers the other flavors but this is still great. Mouthfeel is good, medium body, and low-moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, as mentioned before the only problem that I perceive is the overwhelming roasty character but then again thats just my opinion. I'd certainly recommend this beer and will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 00:19:17 | More by mnj21655
Photo of RedHaze


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep back with a two finger tan head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The lacing is very sticky, leaving behind a several layers of rings.

Smell; dark roasted coffee beans, chocolate and molasses dominate, but there's also an undercurrent of some dark fruits and bitter, citric hops.

Taste; lots of roasted malts and coffee beans. Chocolate and molasses fade into dark cherries and mildly citrus hops. The chocolate, molasses and fruits do a good job of providing a counter to the roasted coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a quite a bit of a creamy carbonation that never becomes biting, and the drinkability is good, but with the big coffee flavors might be a bit hard to drink more than a couple.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 01:29:42 | More by RedHaze
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan colored head. The aroma is intense, with a huge roastiness, along with some belgian chocolate, some toasted bread, slightly fruity esters, and a touch of resiny hops. The flavor is equally impressive, with notes of espresso, gourmet dark chocolate, burnt bread, dark fruits (plum and date), some mild resiny hops and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy without being overbearing, and the drinkability is exceptional. A great porter from Smuttynose, one of the best for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 03:29:36 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Marty


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aptly named brew from a Brewery that I don't pay enough attention to. Pours a deep brown without heaps of carbonation, even when poured from a decent height. Bouquet is dominated by hops and malty sweetness. Tastes, well, great... complex, well rounded, roasted malty sweetness with enough hops to keep you on your toes. Would like to do a blind taste test with this and a few of my other favorite porters. This could very well become a staple fridge beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 01:50:34 | More by Marty
Photo of cichief


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

Purchased a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours a deep, dark, almost opaque brown with a dark brown head.

S- Very sweet molasses scent, with hints of espresso and chocolate.

T- A very powerful coffee, semi-sweet chocolate flavor, this beer has taste that envelopes the mouth.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, medium body, so well balanced.

D- A very drinkable brew. Much better than most American porters I've tried recently.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 00:01:57 | More by cichief
Photo of geexploitation


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with a medium tan head that leaves a touch of lace on the glass. The nose is predominantly coffee and chocolate, with lots of bitter-smelling roasted malt notes and a touch of fruity American hops lurking in the background. It definitely fits its billing -- classic porter, but more robust. On the palate, this pattern is repeated, with classic porter notes like burnt coffee bitterness and fragrant hops meshing into a package with a bit of a rough mouthfeel. Again, classic flavors and mouthfeel turned up to 10, if not 11. Well integrated and well executed.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 03:15:39 | More by geexploitation
Photo of franksnbeans


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 2 finger light cocoa head that retains a laces sheets nicely. Smells of roasted malt, molassas and bit of hop. Taste is delicious. Big malt, molassas, a hint of coffee grounds and a little hop bite at the end. Medium in the mouth with a nice tickle from carbonation. Awesome drinkability. A nice robust porter full of great flavors. Try it and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 23:19:53 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of beerNdarts


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A- Smuttynose-typical 12 oz. brown bottle. Orange/black&white label with pic of man holding keg in one hand and woman in the other. Poured a little into a glass: very dark and chocolatey

S- Bakers chocolate, malt are all that come to mind. Almost *almost* smell some hops, but really not sure.

T- Yummy. Very much has that bakers chocolate taste coupled with a bit of bitterness and a whole lot of maltiness. Tastes very good. Also a bit more carbonation than expected, but doesn't take away from the porter taste.

M- Medium/heavy body. Lets you know its there, for sure.

D- Not something I'm going to fill up a backpack with and go hit UNH with... but in the right crowd this could be a session beer, albeit a filling one.

Give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:40:53 | More by beerNdarts
Photo of Redwood21


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice chocolate color that is very enjoyable. with a nice chocolate head this also has a nice solid though not pungent aroma, think beer coco. it tastes very similar. think a beer that is thick dark and chocolate/coffee tasting. this beer i s a solid porter that is very good., it isnt as heavy as you might think but that said it is still very good.
pick this beer up, enjoy it, review it. its a very solid beer

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 03:13:51 | More by Redwood21
Photo of jmalex


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What was once a random choice at the store has now become one of my favorites and a continuous repeat buy. Here's to porter!

APPEARANCE: Pours starkly black with a nicely sized latte tan head. It shrinks quickly, but stays on as a bubbly film across the surface of the beer with a thick, lacy collar. As I drink, the glass picks up a few curtains of spiderweb-style lace.

SMELL: The aromas jump out at you from across the room. Dark cocoa, scorched grains, and just a wee hint of diacetyl. Hoppiness is at a minimum with only a trace of a floral hop aroma coming through.

TASTE: Chocolate and caramel are featured up front, but it's the dark fruity, Baltic-style flavors that make this beer shine. The finish is dominated by black and roasted malts and shows a bit of bitterness that lingers on and on.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full bodied with a nicely sufficient level of carbonation. Not undercarbed like other bigger-bodied beers.

DRINKABILITY: One six pack plus a night at home equals an easy time. And at 5.7% ABV, you're not going to screw yourself up too badly. Drink up!

A fantastic porter in all facets and a true representative of the style. The boys up in New Hampshire sure got this one right.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 01:09:10 | More by jmalex
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a freshness date of July 07. Color is of the darkest brown and almost black. Very dark mahogany at the edges when held to light. Tan head with various sized bubbles looks creamy and appetizing. Aromas of lime and grapefruit citrus from the hops and fantastic dark chocolate, cocoa with milk, and mellow roast coffee aromas from the malt . A faint dried fig fruitiness rounds out the nose. Flavor is more of the same but with the alcohol note hitting a perfect chord with the other flavors. Smooth medium mouthfeel with C02 bubbles bursting on your tongue. Hands down my favorite porter. A real highlight of New England brewing prowess. Keep cold for a pronounced citrus flavor or let it warm to bring out more dark chocolate, dried fig and roasted malt. Very versatile with meals, it goes great with spicey foods when ice cold because it has a Negra Modelo with a lime wedge vibe. Let it warm up a bit to pair with chocolate desserts. A very easy beer to drink all night long and not get tired of. The list of exceptional beers from Smuttynose is long and Robust Porter is at the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 00:10:26 | More by mshallah
Photo of Brad007


4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark color with a brown head. Strong aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich and smooth with the hints of coffee and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel that leads to a dry finish. Very well balanced porter. Not too much of a stretch to say that it's one of the better porters I've had in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2007 00:15:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of Contra

New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The strongman on the label is holding a (beer?) barrel in one hand, and a woman in the other. I guess that's what beer advertising used to be. Things don't change - chicks & beer.

The look of this beer is fairly typical of Porters/Stouts - thick black viscous liquid with a light brown head. The aroma is faint, but gains strength as the beer warms. Same with the taste - the roast malt flavor is strong from the beginning, but as it warms, that classic chocolate-espresso flavor comes out. Unfortunately, I noticed a bit of an acrid-sour note to it, which didn't feel like it was a part of the beer, like an unintended change in the flavor. This took away from the taste/mouthfeel/drinkability ratings. I'll have to review it again at a later date to see if it's common or the result of something beyond the control of the brewmaster.

Overall, I like this beer as a lighter alternative when I want something dark, but not quite as heavy as, say, a Russian Imperial Stout. I'll certainly get it again, especially considering that it's less expensive than a lot of other American microbrews.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 02:23:38 | More by Contra
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

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

Pour is very close to black with some brown/ruby highlights on the outside of the glass. Lower carbonation and big tan/orange head that slowly fades. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee being the most present along with some chocolate. Definitely a sweet side to it. Taste is very well balanced. I like coffee so I guess that doesn't hurt for me. It packs more flavor than the usual porter that I find somewhat watered down. This one doesn't lack in any department, so robust is a good word. Mouthfeel isn't as full as I'd expect based on flavor. A little light and clean are the first things that come to mind, though it's not bad at all. Overall good drinkability. I would consider this a fine porter, just below the best and above the average. I'd almost put it up there with the King Coconut but not quite.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 18:44:51 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained by trading with warriorsoul.

Dark brown beer that is almost light proof. Head dissipates but is brown while it lasts.

The smell almost all patent malt. Big scent of char and a little chocolate. Coffee is present and a little bit of a hop aroma that smells mostly like carrots.

The taste begins a little sweet but not milk stout sweet and patent malt char taste. After the first shock of the char flavor chocolate shows up and a fairly strong bitterness in the aftertaste. Stout that is very heavy with the charred malt taste.

The mouthfeel is OK.

This one is just not to my taste. The main problem is that there is just too much patent malt flavor without anything to balance it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 02:55:56 | More by Zorro
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