Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,226
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 140
Gots: 179 | 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 PSUBeerman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

Pours very rich and dark. Head is light tan and thick. Lots of retention and sticks to the sides of the glass. Very nice.

Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

Bold flavor of roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate with a coffee background (just like the aroma). Picked up a decent hop bitterness. Some nutty notes. Very well balanced, yet complex.

This was a pleasure to drink....creamy yet light enough to drink a few. Excellent example of a porter, appropriately named "Robust"

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

served it in a pint glass from a bottle with an interesting picture on the label .

it's deep brown/black not clear at all with a fluffy tan foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

dark roasted malty aroma with hints of coffee beans,dark bitter chocolate and brown sugar, grains along with slight citrus hops, tops this sweet smelling brew .

the taste is like an enhanced porter, black coffee,bitter chocolate cooked dark malty flavor,grains and hops are all's not flat,it's a very lively brew.

the medium body and creamy full flavor coats the palete pleasingly and leaves a malty slight bitter after taste.

its a remarkablely easy porter to drink ,rich and ROBUST flavor . i would get this again.cheers.


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic goblet. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this extra in our latest trade!

A: Pours a pure, pitch black with a creamy mocha-colored head up top. Creamy foam left a bit of lace in the glass.

S: Excellent aromas of dark chocolate and roasted grains. Hints of cherry, molassas, cocoa, and brown sugar, as well.

T: Nearly as good as the smell. Chocolate covered espresso beans, chocolate dipped cherries, blackened malt, molassas, seared caramel, and chocolate milk. Bits of lemon in the finish.

M: Peppery and sticky with snatches of bitter hops, sweet and bitter chocolate, and sweet and tangy fruit.

D: What a killer porter. I wish we had more because this would have a pretty regular spot in the fridge!

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass (all my smaller glasses are in the dishwasher).

A: Opaque black beer except for translucent brown corners. Creamy beige head of one finger width recedes after about two minutes to cling to the surface and stick to the sides of the glass. This bodes well.

S: Sweet chocolate, almost like brownies! Quick swirl brings out faint and fleeting smell of... hop aroma? Hard to tell because chocolate still predominates. This is a tasty smelling beer.

T: Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate followed immediately by some astringency, giving way to medium-high hop bitterness. As it warms the flavors shift balance, with sweetness becoming more prominent, but always the roasted character. This beer tastes as good as it looks and smells.

M: Full-bodied. Fine carbonation feels great with the creamy mouthfeel.

D: Packed with flavor, this one would be a challenge to session. Nevertheless, I'll be glad to try! And for that reason and many other(see above), this beer qualifies as drinkable. This beer is an experience in itself. Must try. And then must buy more and frequently.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep, dark black/brown that let very little light pass through. The tan head rose a full 1.5" and then slowly settled to a thin cap, leaving big rings of sticky lace behind.

S= The aroma was dominated by deeply roasted malts, with some softer, sweeter malty notes underneath that. A bit of fruitiness and some faint earthy hops rounded out the smell.

T= Much like it smelled, the flavor train started off with a huge roasty (burnt?) malt character layered over a smooth malt sweetness. Adding to the perception of background sweetness was a rich ripe fruitiness reminiscent of dark cherries. The hops were more earthy than bitter, which only highlighted the roasted malt bitterness even more. Coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate notes danced all around in this beer. The finish was very dry (almost acrid) and left a lingering aftertaste of roasted malt. Robust indeed!!!

MF= Medium bodied with a very snappy but not overdone carbonation feel.

D= I liked this beer a lot, but if I could change anything, I would dial back the roasted malt bitterness by about 10%. Still, it is tasty and full of flavor as a robust porter should be, and it would be easy enough to session a few.

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

Pours extremely dark brown, with some definite black in the middle. Rich tan head dissipates to a thin, bubbly layer. Nose is of faint mocha chocolate, with a clean, tangy background.

Flavor is quite simply excellent: rich, full, and, as the name implies, robust. Lots of coffee and rich, malty goodness. There's a dose of tang and a subtle hoppy aftertaste, but overall bitterness is low. Medium roastiness. Sweet in the middle of the palate. Slightly milky, buttery texture. Medium-heavy mouthfeel.

This porter compares favorably to most any I've had before. I'll be making this one a regular. Top-notch stuff here, keep it up Smuttynose.

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

Brown head with a big black body. Excellent lacing but head dissipated rather quickly.
Coffee, dark roasted with some dark berries and a hint of anise in the finish.
Very flavorful, black licorice, roasted coffee, a hint of hops and a lingering burnt bitterness.
Full body right where a porter should be.
A fantastic beer by a fantastic brewery.

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

A-Almost pitch black. Nice two finger head that disappears quickly but leaves nice lacing. This is still a good looking beer.

S-Malt, caramel, chocolate, faint coffee notes. Smells great.

T-Very nice blend that verifies the nose but in an even more pronounced manner: malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Delicious.

M-Deliciously creamy, full bodied, a tinge of carb bite, but its a good level, not overdone. I wanna chew this beer.

D-This is a heavy, rich, big (ok, Robust) beer, but I could easily drink many of these in a sitting.

I love porters and this is one of the better ones. Great job by Smuttynose.

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

A: Pitch black with light brown rocky head, that leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted malt and coffee dominate. Hints of carmel, toffee and chocolate, that add a level of sweetness to the aroma.

T: Sweet upfront wth toasted malt, carmel and chocolate. Some expresso, then finishes with a sharp hop bite. For a big malty porter, this has a great hop presence.

M: Medium modied, almost creamy.

D: This is another great offering from Smuttynose. A nice porter that can satify both your malt and your hop fixes at once. Robust, indeed.

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

A. So dark I couldn't see my finger in the beer through the glass. One finger creamy brown head that faded. Nice lacing on the glass.

S. Roasted coffee, alcohal, dark chocolate

T. Nicely bitter, coffee, caramel,dark chocolate,pleasant hoppieness.

M. Creamy, fullbodied, rich, moderatly carbonated

D. Rich could only drink a few of these because of the heavyness of this brew

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. This is a very dark porter, just a hair shy of pure black. The good sized head is full of brown bubbles. It doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma is full of coffee and chocolate scents, but I can also detect some malt. The robustness of that is this porter's namesake come from the strong coffee bitterness in the flavor. It is immediately detectable and lingers after you swallow. There is another flavor behind the coffee that my drinking partner and I are trying to identify. There may be a trace of vanilla, and perhaps cocoa/dark chocolate. The beer is medium bodied; it doesn't coat your mouth nor is it light and watery. I think this beer is very drinkable, but personally it may be too bitter for me to drink a number in a row; I'd need to have a lighter beer every third or fourth round. Still, this is an excellent porter, and worth seeking out.

Photo of jwheeler85
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with no head

S- I was getting some slight smoked ham notes from the yeast. Also smelled a bit smoky (smoked malt smoky), and syrupy.

T- Had a well balanced sweetness and dryness with some burnt dark malts and a bitter dry finish.

M- Medium bodied, not really syrupy, and had a certain clean feeling after each sip.

D- Very high drinkability for a porter. This one has enough complexity to make it stand out a bit more than other porters.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle onto my tulip glass.

A- Dark black with a nice tan head. The head did not last very long but the lacing was nice and sticky.

S- Coffee, roasted malt, and bittersweet chcocolate. I also got a faint whiff of Formula-44 cough medicine.

T- The roasted malt comes through immediately, then coffee and the dark chocolate flavor rounds it all out. Absolutely love the bitternes of this porter.

M- Full flavor porter with a nice smooth feel in the throat and palate.

D- Really easy drinking porter and at 5.7ABV, you can definitely have a couple of these and not feel woozy.


Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Best before Sept 09 notched on the label. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head that has very nice retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate and coffee. The aroma is just exploding with flavors, very nice!

T- The taste starts out smooth with some roasted malts. The finish becomes increasingly bitter with bitter coffee flavors and some hops as well creating a nice lingering bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is jam packed with flavor for a 5.7% beer, very tasty stuff! Recommended!

Photo of esv
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A) Deepest dark brown, black at first glance. Muddy brown head, 1/4" - 1/2". Thin head sticks around and keeps the top covered.

S) Candyish malts and mild chocolate sweetness, medium roasted malts. No hops in the nose. Nice balance, so enticing. I want to gulp it and leave residual on my chin.

T) Roasted grains, roasted grains, roasted grains. Bitter, burnt malts. Sweet, a little like candy and then the robust, roasted grains. So nice, so balanced.

M) Medium mouthfeel. Slightly rich. Med-low carbonation. Slightly sticky lips.

D) So drinkable. Man I love it.

It's American, it's a porter.

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

Thanks to jdmek9 for this one.

A: This beer looks so great in my nonic. A perfect three fingers of tan head exploded out of the pour and it all fits just right. Black with mahogany edges. Good retention and plenty of webbing.
S: Big roasted malts, some espresso and dark chocolate. A bit of sweet molasses on the nose, too.
T: Tons of roasted and smoked malts. Bitter coffee and chocolate. Dark berry esters add an additional layer of complexity in the flavor. A citrus tang comes in just enough to balance and leave bitter residuals behind.
M: Big body, very smooth and a clean finish.
D: This is a great porter. I look forward to having more!

Photo of natasharai
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a thick creamy light tan head that dissipated very very slowly leaving some lacking down my glass. The beer is black and lets no light through around the edges.

Smell: Very strong roasted malt, sweet molasses.

Taste: Strong roasted malt, a smokey flavor, bitter dark chocolate, the flavors lighten up at the end and become more sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy body, light carbonation, leaves mouth slightly dry.

Overall: Good drinkability, great roasted smell and flavor. Not a whole lot going on in the flavor, but what is there is very good. Thick and creamy in mouthfeel and appearance, very appealing.

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

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a foamy 1 1/2 finger tan head that settles into a thick collar. Who can see any bubbles in that void of blackness? Aroma is of smoky roasted malt. taste is of black coffee ( no cream or sugar), light smoke, & dark unsweetened chocolate. Medium mouthfeel, not heavy or watery. Good drinkability!! Outstanding porter!!!

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

This beer has always been one of my favorites, so I may be a bit biased in my review. Came across this brew on tap at Audubon Circle on Beacon Street. Served in their normal tall, thin beer glasses. Dark brown color. Large fluffy tan head. Huge smell of coffee. I think this beer tastes amazing. Coffee and dark chocolate play off each other perfectly. Deliciously malty and smooth. Since it's a porter, it's a bit on the heavy side, so it's not a session beer. Also, the abv borders on 6%. Robust Porter is a great beer to just sit with, sip, and relax.

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

Another great one, thanks to BeerLovinGrl.

This one is about as dark as dark can be. Even the highlights aren't more than dark brown when I hold it up to a lamp. A fat tan head dissipates to a compact one or two fingers and leaves lacing clinging mercilessly all the way down the glass.
The aroma is big on malt up front, and robust is what it is. There's a very subtle underlying sweetness, but not heavily. Otherwise it's earthy and dark with notes of some dark fruits, roasted coffee and a smoky back. There's a great underlying hops aroma backing it up.
This one is fantastically balanced for its complexity. Malt is very heavy without diminishing from a firm hops taste in the back. Most prominent to me are flavors of a great woody smokiness and ground coffee. There's not as much of the caramel, molasses, or toffee notes that are present in some highly malty brews, but they linger underneath. I understand exactly the interpretation of robust as opposed to a typical porter; dark and heady with a sweetness inherent in the malt that is underneath rather than up front. Great stuff.
The body is moderate to full and the mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy with an interesting balancing sharpness I can't quite describe.
This is my first offering from Smuttynose, and I was far from disappointed. This is a great brew.

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out deep dark mahogany brown and it would be clear if not so dark. The ¾" light brown head is soft and creamy and begins to soon recede leaving a ring and speckled form on the side. Sipping leaves behind both patches of foam and some nicely streaked lacing.

Smell: The aroma contains plenty of roasted malt with some coffee and some chocolate notes, but not too much in the way of hops.

Taste: The flavor has sweetness that is in balance with the bitter dark chocolate and moderately strong and bitter coffee flavor. In addition, the flavor on the whole seems quite well balanced between the roasted malt character and subtle citric hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and very smooth and soft feel from the carbonation. The finish is long and seems bitter from both roasted malt and hops. Although there is an initial sweetness the finish quicly turns dry and fades out on a nice dry note.

Drinkability: This one of those beers where the word "balance" comes immediately to mind. It is also highly drinkable in the sense that I'm loving each sip. Even though I'd probably not drink more than one a night because of the robustness of flavors I'll be returning to this beer again.

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown or black color with a nice tan head. Head forms into a ring of bubbles around the glass and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and dark fruits.

T- Tons of flavour bitter coffee, chocolate, touch of smoke and a bit of hops at the end.

M- Medium in body, maybe a touch lighter than I'd prefer and nice carbonation.

D- Very good beer and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cakanator for sending this bottle to me, which may break a land-speed record for being out of the box for less than six hours before being consumed. Down the hatch!

Black. Smell is largely coffee, which surprised me, as I hadn't read any reviews & was expecting a standard porter. No descriptive scribbling on the bottle label, either.

Pretty good porter. The underlying base is solid, & the coffee is understated rather than dominating, which I prefer. The ingredients play well together, making what could be a pretty ho-hum experience very pleasant. Mouthfeel is spot-on for what's gettin' done & this is much easier to quaff than your standard coffee beer.

Very good beer. Smuttynose is climbing the charts in my book.

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215, thanks Joe!

Pours a chestnut-hued mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Good head retention 7 lacing

S: Baker's choclate, dark fruit & roasty malt, fades a bit as this warms

T: Roasty malt, by the bushel, dryness, leafy hops & cocoa up front. Dryness & a slight smokeyness as this warms, plus some nice wet charred grain, plus coffee. finishes dry roasty & moreish

MF: Smooth, medium bodied with superb balance & nice warming sensation

Drinks so easy, eventually the dryness would get to me, after say 3 or 4 pints, great porter!!!

Photo of hardy008
2/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours a dark black color which allows some ruby light to pass through. Has a foamy, tan, one finger head.

Smell - Hops, coffee, malt, and some chocolate.

Taste - The hops and the coffee comes forward more than the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery with high carbonation. Light bodied and dry. Seems wrong for the style.

Drinkability - Very disappointing. To thin and watery for my taste. Too hoppy, and too dry. This Porter is anything but robust.

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