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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 125
Gots: 91 | 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 dfried


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

Pretty dark in color, but there is a fair amount of brown and some ruby highlights at the bottom, large pillowy tan head that bubbled apart in chunks. Chocolaty and sherry like in aroma, a lot of coco powder, and some tangy hops. The taste was quite chocolaty as well, more so than many porters I have tried. Sharp dark chocolates but also some more creamy, mild chocolates. Some sherry notes and hints of espresso too. Tangy hops are not strong, but show up to do enough balancing and provide almost a minty bite. Medium bodied, milky and not too heavy, quite drinkable.

Overall: a damn chocolaty and damn good porter. I think I would have to put it up with my favorites. I love when they can get that almost minty tang in chocolaty beers. A session porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 18:23:50 | More by dfried
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with some lighter shades throughout. No head to speak of. Smell is roasted malts with some hoppyness coming through. Taste is really good, if it wasn’t for the hops. The underlying porter has a very roasty, smooth, coffee and chocolate thing going on with an incredible mouthfeel. The flavor from the hops is taking away from that. A very good beer that I wish I could sample without the hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 15:26:02 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of aaronh


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown color is only noticeable at the edges of the glass; otherwise it looks black. Topped by a moderate light brown head that fades to a small ring of foam. Aroma is fairly clean, with a hint of molasses and malt. Flavor is strong on black malt flavors, and has a great espresso note. Slight hints of dark chocolate covered raisins also peek through. Bitterness shows in the finish, but grudgingly gives way to the strong espresso flavors once again. Mouthfeel is solid, but not special in any way. Drinkability is pretty good - overall balance works well. A nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 22:33:45 | More by aaronh
Photo of stereosforgeeks


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

Appearance - Wonderful black color with a rich tan head. Moderate lacing is present.

Smell - A nice smell of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee beans. Hits your nostrils full force.

Taste- Am I drinking coffee? Wait this a beer? I'm assuming you get my point. The chocolate coffee and roasted malts explode on the tongue and give you a real full flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and but carbonated and perfectly balanced. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Keep them coming!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 05:00:54 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of pavandal


3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my pint glass a dark, stout like brown with a small amount of head which turned to a thin oily layer on top.

I smell chocolate malts, a slight berry hint, and warming alchohol. Smells mouth-watering good.

Taste was a little thin, given the smells that I detected. slight dark chocolate and a carbonated burn in the tast. Not much here, it had a watery feel to it.

All in all, this porter has a great smell, but not much else IMO. Sad, I was looking forward to this one after picking it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 00:18:35 | More by pavandal
Photo of msubulldog25


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz. bottle sent by Metalmonk in a recent swap. Poured to a pint after warming on the counter for almost an hour after a stay in the fridge. Love the label...Bottle is notched twice, both in Aug & Dec - so when WAS it brewed?

A: Impenetrably dark and viscous, a brown oily sheen trailing down the side of the glass as it fills. Tall 2-finger creamy & spongy-looking tan head, never fades completely away. Gorgeous sticky lace. A gem, appearance-wise... really could not ask for anything nicer.

S: Dark chocolate malts, smoky wood, freshly-roasted coffee and a slight molasses sweetness. Assertive to the point of bursting from the glass and detectable from a foot away...

T: Huge wallop of the bitterest cacao, espresso beans, charred malts. "Robust" is a fine way to describe this rich flavor. Finishes with a great deal of acerbic bitterness with lactic sour undertones. Just a little more sweetness and this had a '5' written all over it.

M: Thick, rich, slightly oily. Develops into a luscious velvety creaminess with mild carbonation. Clinging bitterness stays on the back of the tongue for several minutes.

D: Whew...quite enjoyable! Aggressive flavors, a bold porter in most every way. This one I enjoyed sipping on for the better part of an hour, just savoring that dark chocolate flavor - who needs dessert when you could have this? Thankfully, I have one more bottle to enjoy, but big thanks to Jeff for this one. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 06:37:27 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of granite

New Hampshire

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

12oz bottle into an English pint glass.

A---It poured a dark brown/black with a thick tan head.

S---Coffee, burnt sugar and chocolate malt. What a great aroma.

T---French roasted coffee, nutty, charred and a little astringent.

M---Medium-full bodied. Good carbonation.

D---A great winter warmer. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes a dark porter or stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 13:54:52 | More by granite
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into pint glass served at just below room temperature.

A less than delicate pour raises a voluminous brown fluffy head atop the pitch black brew, threatening to escape the glass.

Coffee, caramel, and chocolate or toffee scents are evident.

The flavor is coffee and roasted malt with sweet cream and a delicious lingering bitter dark chocolate finish. Perhaps a bit of nuttiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy with low carbonation but could be a bit thicker.

There isn't a single thing I don't like about this. One of my favorite porters and I really should stock up on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 04:38:53 | More by sethmeister
Photo of strattor


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

Poured a gorgeous chocolate brown with a thick, creamy tan head.

Great coffee and malty aromas coming off the head.

Holy crap, this beer is everything you've always wanted from a porter. Forget those wishy-washy, not-sure-what-to-do porters. This has a rich coffee flavor, backed up by dark chocolate. Man, I just can't get over the incredible fullness (otherwise known as robust) of flavor.

A pretty creamy mouthfeel for a porter, but by no means does it compare to an oatmeal stout or anything.

I love it. This is my first time with this beer, but I'm head-over-heels.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 05:58:41 | More by strattor
Photo of objectivemonkey


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

Into a pint glass, pours about as black as a beer can get, a big huge light tan head with a bubbly middle, good staying power, about as long as the drinkin goes, and lovely lacing. Aroma is a study in fundamental beauty, roasted malts, chocolates, coffee. Its simple, its a little light, but how lovely it is.

Taste is much bigger, good roasted malts, lots of espresso and coffee grounds, the chocolate is subtle but delicious, a great composition. The mouth is smooth, carbonations is slightly up, a little thinnish but still plenty full. The finish is long lasting and dry. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, the best offering by Smutty as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:18:42 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Hibernator


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

Smuttynose Robust Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Best before June 2007 clearly notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an opaque black with a fluffy khaki colored head. Nice trails of sticky lacings leave trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of espresso, imported chocolates and roased malt goodness.

Dark chocolate, heavly roasted malts and powdery cocoa. Major espresso bitterness and flair. A hint of sweet dairy cream. Respectable hop snap finish.

An awesome porter that is rich and smooth. True to style and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 22:20:40 | More by Hibernator
Photo of klewis


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this one.

A; Pours dark brown with a small foamy head that quickly dissipates. Specks of lacing.

S: Light aromas of mocha and cocoa.

T: Malty with flavors of chocolate and coffee. A light hop presence in the finish. One of the best tasting porters out there.

M: Creamy, chewy, and quite thick for a 5.7%. Moderate carbonation.

D: Solid all-around. This one's a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 05:08:25 | More by klewis
Photo of sraimondi


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review 12/16.2007

Completely opaque color with some spot lacing. Small initial head, quickly collapses to a surface head.

Smell is of chocolate malt with a little caramel tone and roasty for sure.

Taste is on style with a roasty/chocolate dominating. Nice even bitter taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel excels for the style. Nice and rounded with a definite roast kick.

I like this one as a session porter. One of the better offerings from a solid brewery. If you like porters, you will like this one, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 21:27:00 | More by sraimondi
Photo of BlindPig


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/4" mocha head on a black body.
S- Coffee, roasted, and chocolate malts. Grass hops added in there to help balance it out too.
T- Coffee and roasted malts come through first then a nice grass hop shows through to leave a nice dry bitterness. The malt also leaves your mouth really dry.
M- Full body and low carbonation.
D- It is decent. Nothing amazing but it is a nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 06:19:39 | More by BlindPig
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out an oily black color with a toasty tan head sitting on top. The head bubbles and sizzles a while before dying. Looks great, but had I not known it was a porter, I would've guessed some kind of high-gravity stout. It's blacker than black.

Coffee and toffee prevail in the nose. Timid concord grape and plum in the background. Hearty and sweet smelling, but the aroma disappears with the head.

This is one of those porters that blurs the line between porter and stout. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, so that says porter. It feels excellent, with a consistency that's just perfect for the flavors it carries. The flavor, which is utterly delicious, is caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. The finish is quite bitter, bringing back the dark chocolate and burnt sugar, also reminding you that hops factored in here generously.

Smuttynose comes up with another winner. A very likeable, drinkable porter. Its bigness of flavor makes it drink like a big beer even though the ABV is modest. Mmm mmm good.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 23:49:44 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malt is quite powerful and interesting. Taste of rich bitter roasted malt is domination and enjoyable. Creamy texture with some medium carbonation and good full body provide even further enjoyment of this fine beer. I would have like a bit more chocolate malt to offset some of the bitterness but apart from that this is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 17:21:04 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Vancer


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

Many thanks to SkinnyElvis
for this brew, sent for my BA annv. Whata fine BA !

Nice label. Nothing on the bottom of the bottle which i'm now expecting, just a bit of a bummer. Solid black pour, tan heading – com’on head! Last longer than that! Sheet lacing makes good marks.

Nothing like the ol’ sour ale aroma of a robust porter, and this one was not a disappointment. The blackish pour was good, the tan head died just a bit too quick. And man, the coffee, chocolate and pop of anise really hit the spot. Smacking good sweetish and hop balance.

Very sharp and crisp brew. Dry, a proper powdery feel to it. A very robust porter indeed.

I feel this is one top of the line brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 03:04:12 | More by Vancer
Photo of tattooedtolley


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

Appearance - Black in color with a big tan head that fades and leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Big, sweet roasted malt aroma, a hint of chocolate and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste - Huge roasted malt taste with a bit of chocolate on the finish. This is the roastiest porter I believe I have ever had.

Mouthfeel - medium body, borderlining to think. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, I could easily session this during colder days. This is probably my favorite porter, I really wish it was around all year.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 17:42:11 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friday night at home, Netflix movie (Miami Vice. Don't bother). Had some porters in the fridge, and really liked this one. A dark brown color with a coffee-colored head that dissipated quickly. Rich chocolate aroma. A chocolate, espresso flavor. I thought it was quite rich, and fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 20:21:17 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Gatch


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome Porter. Great color, smell, and taste. A great combination of coffee and light chocolate flavors with a really smooth feel throughout. The drinkability is really high for a Porter. I wanted to order another, but there were so many taps at The Horseshoe Pub, I had to try something different. Gotta love Smuttynose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 20:52:20 | More by Gatch
Photo of mpyle


3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large creamy tan head calmed to a think tight head fairly quickly. Very dark brown with red highlights. Clarity looks good.

Chocolate and some citrusy American hops apparent, but the chocolate notes certainly dominate.

Big chocolate flavor with dark malt up front. Hops are trying, but not quite balance it out. Result is a slightly chocolate milk like sweetness. Finishes malty sweet - not enough dark roasted malt to dry the finish.

Body is medium to full. Very creamy and smooth. No astringecy, and minimal alcohol warming. A big, well-behaved beer on the palate.

Big and tasty, but flavor zeroes in on chocolate a little too dramatically. But if I were in the mood for a sweeter beer, I could definitely down a few of these as the flavor is nice if a bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 00:02:21 | More by mpyle
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

Viggo was nice enough to hook me up with this one. thanks eric!

pours very dark, nearly opaque brown. quarter inch of deep tan head that drops quickly and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. lots of roast. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of caramel. maybe just a hint of sourness.

taste is great. roasty. rich bready malt. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of nuttyness, maybe almond. hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel is great. fairly thick mouthfeel. good body. great moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is great too. excellent balance between the bitterness, malt, and alcohol. the alcohol is almost completely hidden. a very tasty and drinkable porter. definitely will pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 23:45:22 | More by grub
Photo of peterittenhouse


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with thick light brown head.


T-Big,hoppy porter with a great balance. Lives up to the robust billing! Snappy hot bite up front with big,big,big malt on back end. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

M-Creamy mouthfeel.Full body. Sticky.

D- Big beer that doesn't dissapoint. This is an excellent nightcap to wrap up a very festive Christmas Day 2006. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 04:24:47 | More by peterittenhouse
Photo of pvsob


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nearly pitch black with some ruby highlights. A two finger head (tan) that slowly fades, leaving a thin film and excellent lacing.
Smell - Big-time roasted malts with some fruitiness, as well as some hints of coffee at the end.
Taste - Starts off with smoky/roasted malt flavor that moves into a bitter coffee and ends with just a tiny bit of dark chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation. It has a nice finish. Not completely dry, but close.
Drinkability - This is just another great beer from Smuttynose. Like the name implies, this porter's flavors are indeed robust. Definitely pay this porter a visit if you haven't yet; I plan on revisiting it many times myself. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:00:24 | More by pvsob
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New York

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

This beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Admittedly, the beer was slightly colder than I would have liked. The beer is very dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a 1/4 inch dark tan head. It has a very strong roasted aroma that I'm sure would be even stronger if the beer was served at the proper temperature. The taste is heavily roasted with a very clean finish. There is low carbonation and the beer is very heavy as it should be for a robust porter. The drinkibility is very high for this beer and I drink it often. This is a beer that I search for at the beverage center.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 02:50:54 | More by drseamus
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