Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 1,021
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 141
Gots: 180 | 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 paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of TheTrevor
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Kolsch
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of KenC411
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of advill88
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a substantial dark tan head, which recedes fairly quickly into a thin lacing present thereafter.

Smells of dark malt, with overtones of chocolate and hints of coffee as well.

The taste is imbued with a distinct sour character that is layered with chocolaty and dark malt flavors, with just a hint of sweetness present for a little balance.

Mouthfeel is heavy with moderate carbonation, and a very creamy texture.

Another great beer from Smuttynose. This is perhaps a little more bitter than I'm used to for a dark beer, but I got used to it quickly. Definitely wouldn't mind having another.

Photo of gizman609
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black as night. Robust, yet easy drinking. Extremely balanced. Very pleasant on the palate. Malty, chocolate tones. I'll skip all of the alliteration...simply put, this is the best Porter I have ever ingested! I would recommend keeping a constant supply on hand.

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

Poured out into a pint glass. It is very dark, almost pitch with no highlights even when held to the light. There's a very thin, dark brown head that dissipates incredibly quickly (in one or two minutes) and leaves behind no lacing.

The aroma I am getting is fairly light. I'm mostly getting the roasted malts and a light coffee aroma. Its a very understated aroma and it made me think the taste might be a bit subdued.

The flavor is clearly robust without being difficult and is much more potent than the aroma. The flavor is roasted malts with a very potent mocha finish.

Its incredibly smooth and, despite the amount of flavor, there's not much bitterness to it so it is very quick to drink. I also found it to be very refreshing for a porter.

Overall, I'm very happy with this beer. I'm glad I have five more sitting in the fridge and will probably try this one again in the near future.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smuttynose Robust Porter pours a very dark brown with a light khaki head and some lace.

Aroma is of toasted malts, espresso and a touch of smoke.

Flavor - robust to say the least. Fully roasted almost to the point of being burnt to oblivion. Earthy hop tones are also in cahoots with the roasted malts, which soon distructs the palate.

Mouthfeel is about average, a little more dry than many examples leaving myself quite parched.

The intense robustness of this porter effects the drinkability a bit. A full flavored beer and on par with some of the greats of this style.

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

the color is very dark, no ray of light will ever penatrate it. But the head has a really awesome carmely color.

smell has a really nice roasted malty smell, kind of really hits ya hard.

taste i thought it was good, but it wasnt worth the hype i got from one of the workers in my local package store. but it has a good dark roasted flavor.

the mouthfell is realy soft and just very nicely done.

it's a little bit harsh to just drink due to his dark roast but if you dont mind it. its very good for what they say though a "Robust Porter".

Photo of mirish72
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with an impressive one finger head. Almost looks like a stout as it is impenetrablely dark.

Has an incredible malty aroma, hints of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, Really good stuff here.

Full bodied and with a great bitter aftertaste. Very balanced and drinkable, definitely one to have in the fridge in the regular rotation. right up there with their IPA as my favorite Smuttynose brew.

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and smooth dark chocolate with just a hint of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deeply roasted malt flavors up front are joined shortly by rich dark chocolate flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was much more impressed with this beer the second time around (first time on-tap). An excellently done porter and well worth a shot.

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

Wow this is one dark porter! Nearly completely black with a just hint of a deep ruby glow. The small tan head fades quickly and completely leaving just a thin collar and some nice but non-sticky lacing.

The nose is dark roasted coffee and chocolate and a fresh grassy hops, this nose is fainter than I hoped but I may just be a bit prejudiced by the RISs I've had recently. The nose also opens up a bit as it warms.

The taste is very good, nice dark malts redolent of deeply roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Bitterness is is equally balanced by sweet malts and the finish is clean and just a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium and oily and the carbonation is low and finely dispersed. The finish is smooth and dry.

I'm a bit new to porters but I really like this one. It is very drinkable and I can think of a number of meals I'd love to enjoy this with (burgers, steaks, stews, roast beef, etc..). Smuttynose continues to impress me. Highly recomended!

Photo of adamks
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours opaque near-black with big-bubbled tan head that quickly fades.

strong alcohol smell up front for only 5.7% ABV, powerful brown sugar feel

dark roast coffee hits first, then some sugary dark malt, hints of chocolate, finishes with a kick of alcohol not nearly as strong as the smell indicated.

medium viscosity with big bubbles, leaves a bit of a coating after it goes down.

drinkable beer despite the not-so-great smell. strong taste for 5.7 ABV, could be a bit smoother but definitely sessionable for a robust porter.

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

12oz bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with a substantial light brown head. Nice lacing. Dark roasted malt with some cocoa on the nose; some pretty clear coffee notes as well. Heavy roasted malt in the taste as well, to the point that some bitterness comes through. Light coffee sweetness before a dry finish. Medium-full body. A nice porter overall.

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

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee!

Bottle says best before July 2009. Should be okay... right?
Poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Foamy, light brown head atop a nearly opaque (caramel-colored around the edges) brown-black body. Not a whole lot of head retention. Light lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, sweet chocolate, and roasted malt are the three big aromas. They might be the only aromas. I thought I caught a whiff of rust earlier, but it definitely isn't there anymore. Never mind, there it is again! I'm actually getting some flowery hops now, too. Good balance. Pleasant.

Taste: Oooooh, I like this. Caramel and chocolate malt balls upfront, followed by roasted malt and piney hops. Big piney hops! For the most part, this porter is very smooth, but the piney hops add quite a bit of bitterness and spiciness in the aftertaste. Mmmm...

Mouthfeel: Robust? You bet. Nicely balanced though. Heavier than the average porter, but really not that large. Prickly, bitter, and dry in the finish. It's actually a bit harsh at times.

Drinkability: If it were just a little lighter or smoother, I'd drink it all the time. This is probably the second best American porter I've ever had, next to Black Butte.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some molasses. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt/smoke and roasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and silky with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. This porter lives up to its name, it is quite robust and enjoyable. I'd definitely buy this again the next time I get a chance to.

Photo of confer
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost completely opaque deep brown with a small brown head.
I smell coffee and molasses which is exactly like it looks.
The taste starts smooth and then a bitterness creeps up and lingers into the aftertaste.
There is a smooth creamy feel.
For me this is a good once and done cold weather beer.

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

12oz bottle purchased from Capital City Package in Atlanta, GA.

A- Pours a deep black with some nice ruby hues at the edges when held up to the light. Medium brown/tan head that tries to keep up as I'm drinking. Not a lot of lacing.
S- A bit of a smokey, roasty character to the nose. Some faint dark fruits.
T- Delicious. This is what a robust porter should taste like. Lots of roasted malts, with a touch of sweetness. Light coffee notes and an amost tangy edge to the finish.
M- Very smooth, almost creamy. A little bit of carbonation.
D- I killed my bottle fairly quickly and could easily polish off another. There are enough complexities to make you want to come back and have more.

Overall - This is one of my favorite porters, if not my favorite. Fantastic representation of what a porter should be, and almost flawlessly executed. Highly recommended.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

a: dark brown, almost black, with ruby edges. 1/4" off white head with excellent retention. light lacing

s: typical porter: coffee, chocolate

t: nice roasted/burnt malt. slightly smokey. Well balanced, no hop flavor noticable

m&d: light to medium bodied, silkey smooth mought, well carbonated.


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

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight toffee, and slight hops. Overall, a great aroma, great flavor, body, and blend.

Photo of kurp001
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about as close to black as brown gets with minimal ruby highlights. About one finger of rich tan head sticks around for a little bit before settling down. Generous lacing, too.

A rich burnt malt aroma is present upfront, along with coffee and chocolate notes.

Rich roasty coffee flavors dominate upfront, a bitter chocolate presence is notable midway and on the finish; very nice flavors here.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with ample carbonation.

A very nice, drinkable porter overall. The flavors are indeed robust, which tends to make me think twice before having another, but all things considered the drinkability on this one is good. This is one of my favorite porters, and a perfect beverage for chilly fall nights.

Photo of breyton490
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice black color, tan/foamy head, clear

Nice toasty/roasty aroma. Not overpowering. Malty. Not much hop aroma.

Roasty, chocolate, semi sweet. Very nice. Not overly bitter or roasty. Nice balance. Nice malt/roast balance. Hop bittering is there, but nicely balanced by malts

Full body, smooth, silky.

Very easy drinking. Does not feel very filling. Could easily have 3 or 4... or more on a nice fall night.

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

A: Nice thick pitch black color with a good amount of tan head and lacing.

S: Bittery, chewy, smoky, nutty, and slight sweet. Big espresso and chocolate brownie notes with caramel, toffee, and roasted malts in the background.

T: Strong roasted malts upfront with espresso, vanilla, molasses, some faint butter, and cacao notes. Like biting into a big chocolate brownie. Nutty and hop tastes are there but unassuming.

M: Medium body and a great chewiness to the mouthfeel.

D: This is one big, bad, bold porter. Great for sipping and admiring the strong taste. A nice example of the style without leaving a hole in your wallet.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes into a small cap of light tan lacing. The aroma is graham crackers, roasted malt, burnt malt, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is like the aroma, but with a significant bitterness through out the sip. The bitterness seems to hide the porter characteristics of the beer, and I'm rarely a fan of that. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter, but like I already mentioned I'm rarely a fan of hoppy porters. I could drink this beer again without any complaints, but with all kinds of great porters out there I won't be in a hurry to get back to this one.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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