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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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1,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 134
Gots: 104 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 akorsak


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Troegenator seidel.

Appearance: The porter is a deep black color. Nothing emerges when the beer is held to light, very dark.

Smell: Roasted malts and chocolate/caramel flavors emerge from the glass.

Taste: The beer has a solid roasted flavor that is highlighted by the occasional tinge of hop bitterness. That bitterness is fleeting, but when it pops up it adds a nice dimension.

Mouthfeel: The roasted malts and the hops compliment each other nicely.

Drinkability: The beer is another good creation from Smuttynose, one that you could easily consume without a second thought.

06-26-2006 02:26:06 | More by akorsak
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

I'm really cranking out the high reviews today, but I can't help it -- I've been drinking a lot of great beer lately!

This porter was poured and drunk close to room temperature (because I left it out of the fridge to warm up and then forgot about it for a while). Still worked out fine, though.

Poured a dark brown with reddish tints into a pint glass. Nice head, but it doesn't stick around. Aroma is strong, roasted malt, prominent espresso, and sweet toffee.

Taste is quite bitter and dry considering the smell. Powdered cocoa and strong black coffee, with sourish raspberry-like notes in the aftertaste. Pleasantly tart and bitter, even when warm. Mouthfeel is moderate, but OK for the style... perhaps a little more body would have been good.

A solid porter, for sure.

06-24-2006 19:58:12 | More by crwills
Photo of veggiemafia


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

12oz. bottle from the group from Bierkraft.

Very dark brown/black with only slight ruby highlights and a prodigious head. Frothy, dark tan, has hung around for the first 1/2 of the glass with great lace.

Smell is nice, but not excellent. I don't find it to be very complex, just roasted barley and an earthy hop thing. Some dark/baker's chocolate, not much coffee. Really nice though, dry, inviting.

Taste is better, actually. More of a coffee presence and more complexity in there. Still a really nice earthiness that allows this to finish dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very nice, crisp, medium to heavy bodied and very substantial.

This is definitely quite drinkable. More than anything though, it just makes me want an Edmund Fitz from the fridge. I like that beer too much, though.

06-24-2006 05:31:17 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours black,with a frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, carmel, roasted malt,and nut. Body is mediumn not much carbionation. Taste is smooth,but smokey up front, with a nice refreshing finish. This is great stuff! recommended!

06-22-2006 01:40:52 | More by riversider76
Photo of clabaugh


4.72/5  rDev +14%

Appearance: Pours a deep charcoal brown. The head, full of froth, presents itself in a heaping mound of tawny suds. Lacing sticks in off-white sheets all over the glass.

Smell: Milk chocolate aromas, accented with ripe pear and grape. Toasty maltiness takes precedence: cocoa, caramel, and some mocha. A tinge of hoppy spice infiltrates the scent.

Taste: Full of rich, dare I say "robust," coffee bean flavor. Creamy chocolate malts paired with a subtle piney hoppiness. Burnt oak attributes, and overripe grape or currants. Superbly done.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a carbonated prickle. Medium-bodied. Really pampers the tongue. Clean finish, with a mild lingering coffee flavor.

Drinkability: Top-notch flavor, and offers, quite simply, well-rounded excellence. Leaves me longing for more. Harmony of flavor, enticing aromas, and pleasing on the tongue. Extraordinary.

06-19-2006 03:24:27 | More by clabaugh
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -7%

from arrowine

it's a good enough looking brew. hard to rate dark & opaque beers. the head is nice: creamy, khaki colored

very fruity aromas mix in with the dark malts. the hop flavor is significant and melds very successfully with malt flavors, just like in the aroma. it's an eathy hop flavor, and the bitterness is moderate. mild black malt flavors, but i don't know that it's all that robust; i could drink plenty of these

06-17-2006 02:25:54 | More by bruachan
Photo of bennetj17


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Thin, tan head, dark black pour, very little light passes through the edges.

S: Solid smokey coffee aroma, hints of chocolate, not overly strong but wonderful.

T: Strong coffee-like malt flavor with chcolate background. More specifically its is like fresh coffee grounds. Finish is moderate in bitterness.

MF: Medium thick, nice carbonation. Very nice.

D: Nice moderate alcohol and excellent balanced flavors make this a great brew. I would drink several yet sadly I only have this one. Thanks to warriorsoul for letting me try this fine porter...

06-09-2006 06:23:47 | More by bennetj17
Photo of smcolw


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours near black where no light will shine through. Excellent beige head (three fingers) that leaves good lace on the glass side.

Nice cocoa aromas.

Heavy cocoa (as opposed to chocolate) flavors, almost bittersweet. Chewy in body with good carbonation. The aftertaste is similar to dark chocolate with a small bit of hop.

A very nice entry into the Porter category.

06-03-2006 22:10:36 | More by smcolw
Photo of CRJMellor


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Review #900 - Thanks to PPoitras for the serving.
Pours a dark brown and mahogany color with a very thick tan head with compact bubles that leaves a veneer of lace on the pint.
Aroma of hot chocoloate, some tobacco, chocolate and some roasted coffee.
Flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts and light coffee seep through. Some herbal hop notes poek their way onto the scene as it warms a bit.
Mouthfeel is perfectly moderate. Full on the palate yet enough variety of textures and flavors to keep the palate moving through the spectrum and not get stuck or tired anywhere.
Drinkability is absolutely first rate. Can think of no better standard American Porter, compares favorably to Fuller's Porter in my opinion. Great beer.

05-26-2006 19:10:10 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Rich ,tasty, roasty, smooth... just about everything one would expect from a well made porter. Nothing about this really stood out for me but then again the freshness dating showed this as teetering on the edge of freshness. Medium to thick on the palate; quite a bit like good quality, sweetened coffee in over all flavor.
Reminds me quite a bit of Anchor porter... or rather, the Anchor porter I had that wasn't the freshest. This is a fine choice for when in the mood for a deep flavored brew.

05-25-2006 07:24:30 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep black body with a cinnamon brown head that last and last and then some big bubbles start to push through the surface. No carbonation visible.

S- The smell of coffee beans and dark roasted malt are rich and fresh.

T- This beer has a dark coffee bean flavor with some notes of black roasted malt and dark roasted malts. There is a tart note that has a faint cream hint and then finishes with a tangy and green hop note. The taste of black malt hangs on the tongue nicely after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- The malt flavors are nice and robust but the tart notes are a little odd and with the hops at the finish they kind of class. Good malt profile and an interesting beer.

05-23-2006 22:48:13 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

1/2 gallon growler filled at Consumer's Beverage Center in Williamsville. Deep, black-coffee brown with an incredibly dense burnt sienna foam cap, just thick as all get out. Aromas of roasted malts abound: coffee, toasted cocoa powder, faint smoke scent, and an earthy compost hop presence. Taste is predominantly burnt toffee and black patent malts -- a smoky and earthy hop flavor emerges near the end right before a wonderfully smooth and bitter finish. Aftertaste of dark roasted espresso beans. Mouthfeel is quite silky, but not too thick. Medium-thin body. Stupidly drinkable. Can't say I'd ever pass this one up as an option for a growler to take to a party (which is exactly where I consumed this sucker -- yeah, I'm a dork, I took notes on a beer at a party...)

05-22-2006 21:13:51 | More by orfeu
Photo of clickpush


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Pours an opaque black with a very dark half inch head that survives for about a minute before deflating into some healthy looking lacings. Looks oily on top, iridescent... very interesting.

Nose: Smell is too faint - pick up notes of coffee and a tangy bitterness, which again is similar to coffee.

Mouth: Wow! The taste matches the nose (but way stronger) and look 100%. It's like drinking a chilled coffee with a beer's excellent carbonation and balance. Sweet, sour, bitter... nice finish in the swallow with some sugary toffee flavor in the malt that's a little faint but works to balance out the coffee bitterness. I love this beer!

05-22-2006 21:07:31 | More by clickpush
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

This beer looks pitch black at first, but on a closer inspection, it’s really an unbelievably dark brown. The head is a light coffee tan that fell to a thin film, but left a few spots of lace.

Smells strongly of dry coffee and dark chocolate with a sour smokiness. Sadly, there’s some sort of antiseptic smell that reminds me of hospitals.

Tastes of dark toasted bread with a few flashes of strawberry, but then finishes with an intense smoke character that tastes slightly metallic. Robust indeed! This finished much like I suppose sucking on a charcoal briquette would taste like.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with micro carbonation that delightfully thickens up the body. This is really top notch!

This one’s just way to smoky for me to really enjoy. If smoky is your thing, you’ll be in heaven.

05-19-2006 20:23:04 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Windowdog

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Served from a bottle I purchased as part of a sampler case.

Appearance: The beer happened to be perfectly backlit by a strong light during the pour and it was actually a nice very dark ruby/orange color. In the glass the porter is essentially black with an inch and a half of nice dark tan head. The head settled slowly but maintained complete coverage

Smell: As expected a strong roast malt aroma, with slight coffee and alcohol overtones.

Taste: Deeply roasted malt, with a defintie smoky finish but without the charred wood taste that I dislike in the some darker porters and stouts. Very smooth and even with the slightest hop taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: Thick and substantial, as I like beers of this type, nothing sadder than a watery porter. It was almost creamy it was so smooth. Really a great texture.

Drinkability:A nice dark roasted porter that starts strong and finishes smoky and smooth. Not my favorite type of beer but I'd definintely keep a couple in the frig for those occasions when I want a change for the typical stoudts.

05-18-2006 03:10:29 | More by Windowdog
Photo of benwiley

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%

wow, this is very nice. i mean, its very good for the category. good for what it is. that being said, its not going to winover any non-stout drinkers, but for us lovers out there, we'll all be happy. again, that being said, its not at all super, incrediblle sweet, super chocolate dude beer but, i mean it is what is. good stuff.

05-15-2006 03:33:41 | More by benwiley
Photo of pbr85

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
A: Jet black with a two inch, chocolatey head that just looks ridiculously delicious. Can't wait to drink it. Lacing is really good.
S: Chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee. Very strong and delicious smelling.
T: Mmm, robusty goodness. Espresso flavors are very strong and refreshing. Dark chocolate is strong on the pallate, slightly bitter like my roomate Justin (user:jslot38). Earthy hop presence makes itself known at the end of the sip.
M: Nice and smooth. Carbonation is good.
D: Oh yes, this is one of those beers that you need to try, asap. It deserves a place in every beer lover's fridge.

05-12-2006 01:34:05 | More by pbr85
Photo of tweeder263


3.28/5  rDev -20.8%

pours out a near black beer with slight ruby highlights.smell of licorice but not overbearing,,very nice smell.taste is pretty dry,,coffee and licorice,,not very complex.mouth feel is pretty bad,,very watery.not a bad beer pretty drinkable,,but nothing outstanding at all about it.

05-06-2006 02:13:22 | More by tweeder263
Photo of woodychandler


2.9/5  rDev -30%

This arrived with a big, fluffy, deep-tan/light-brown head. The beer was really dark, with very little light able to pass through it. The nose was very roasty, like coffee, but with an underlying malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was thick and full, almost creamy. There was an immediate sensation of roasted coffee beans on the palate. The finish was also roasty, but with a lingering charcoal taste, which I dislike (sorry). This drank more like a stout than a porter. I'm down with it, but not as a session beer.

04-19-2006 21:52:05 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jslot38


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Wow, I gave this one a perfect pour. Lovely frothy dark tan cappucino head over a pitch black body. Head disappears to a top covering, lacing is impressive.

Smell: Overwhelming presence of chocolate, ground coffee beans, a touch of toffee. The smell isn't too complex, its just, well, frankly, pbr85 can smell it from 4 feet away.

Taste: Very very dark chocolate, certainly more like baker's chocolate. Ground coffee beans, nuts, toffee, touch of caramel, some bittering hops present which round out a great tasting beer. Good malt presence, the bitterness of the hops is layered into the malts to near perfection. Robust is certainly a good word of description.

Mouthfeel: Great level of carbonation, heavy on the tongue, but its what one would expect from a beer of this complexity and level of taste.

Drinkability & Notes: I truly do wish that I had gotten more than one of these, as I could see drinking a few of these. However, a few is where I'd max it out. What a great beer, easily the best porter I've yet to have, and has certainly justified this as one of my favorite styles. Another spot on beer from Smuttynose.

04-13-2006 01:29:46 | More by jslot38
Photo of jwc215


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This is certainly one of the best porters I've had. It pours dark black with an inviting, solid, tan head that linger through the drink. The smell is rich. Its aroma is that of strong coffee and chocolate with a bitter touch. The taste is simply delicious, and reflects the smell nearly perfectly - coffee, chocolate and a nice citrus touch. It has a full body, but exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. I can drink plenty of this - disappears "too" quickly - in any time of the year!

04-11-2006 13:11:58 | More by jwc215
Photo of dbalsock


3.85/5  rDev -7%

Appearance: This may be the prettiest beer I have ever seen. At first glance I think it might be a rootbeer (pouring dark brown, almost black), but the beautiful dark tan head gives it away as a radiant porter.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, flowers and a lovely hint of brown sugar entice me to have a sip.

Taste: The roasted malts sure are robust, and it's wonderful. It is accompanied by a flowery hop presence that adds a nice balance, but not perfect. Upon further inspection a hint of chocolate is brought to my palate, and I am quite satisfied.

Mouthfeel: There is a great balance between the smoothness and the bitterness. My only complaint is that the consistency is a little lighter than I was looking for tonight.

Drinkability: Like i said above, the consistency is a little light, but that adds to it's drinkability. The major set back is the incredible robust nature of this porter, which I find to be a little over the top.

04-11-2006 00:48:29 | More by dbalsock
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A very dark brown,nearly black, beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy brown head with good lace. The aroma has a sweet nut like character at first. Then a roasted coffee note come thru with a hint of floral hops in the background. The nut like sweetness comes and goes lightly throughout the taste. The dominating character is however the roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate and a shot of esspresso snap. The finish is clean and sharp.

04-10-2006 22:16:07 | More by ybnorml
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Black with a touch of warm brown. Four finger explosive head in an imperial pint glass. Rocky tan colored head sticks nicely to my glass. Sweet and smokey, slight burnt coffee, and smooth sweet chocolate with a bit of cream and butter. Nice and malty. There's little berry tartness that smooths into the burnt smell, balancing the sweetness. Taste holds the same qualities but more 'robust'. Awesome finish + not real full mouth but nonetheless velvety smooth.

This beer makes me say 'mmm porter.'

03-25-2006 04:03:39 | More by tastybeer
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bottle with December freshness date. The color is a dark brown with hues of purple and red thrown in. The head was very generous after an aggressive pour. The light brown head towered at two fingers high, leaving nice, thick lacing.

The aroma is of bitter chocolate and creamy coffee too. I also detect some buttery honey overtones in the smell too.

The taste is a smooth roasted malt flavor, mixed in with some very nice hop bitterness in the back. The flavors definitely come out as the beer warms. I liked this porter very much. Very well done.

03-25-2006 02:29:36 | More by abcsofbeer
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