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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 136
Gots: 121 | 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 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!

peterittenhouse, Dec 26, 2006
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!

pvsob, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of drseamus
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.

drseamus, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really fantastic porter, it’s a brew that is complex in it’s taste and at the same time easy to drink.

Excellent smell of malt, caramel and chocolate.

Nice smooth finish and a wonderful beer to drink, no matter if it's cold outside or not. A great beer that lives up to its name.

Dubbercody, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: It has a creamy espresso aroma with rich smoky roasted malt background.

T: Taste is rich and creamy, full of roasted coffee along with flavors of caramelized malt, dark chocolate. After-taste has that black coffee flavor to it.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish without the stickiness that you can get from this style.

D: Very tasty, not as filling as most porters, goes down very easily, this beer is an excellent representation of style and one of my favorite porters. I haven’t had a bad beer from Smuttynose yet.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of gpcollen1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foaming evil-black monster into my Damnation Glass. The head rises about 3/4" hanging over the rim and then settles back down to a thin skim on top. Aromas are strong, like that of coffee liquor without much alcohol - if that makes sense.

Tastes of nice dark roasty malt - caramel and coffee. Just a bit of carbonation to add to the overall strong flavors. This brew is quite enjoyable. I could drink a few of these in a sitting - one of my favorite porters that comes in a sixer.

gpcollen1, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of MattBrooks
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing aromas of caramel and coffee translate perfectly into flavors of the same with a long, smooth, finish. The cascade is mezmerizing when poured, with a nice contrast of burnt orange to the body's deep umber hue. It goes down easy, I could certainly see downing four or five in a sitting.

I wish this beer was available year round, if it was-I may have found a new Porter. For now, anyway-I'll get my hands on all that I can.

MattBrooks, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer. Thin creamy brown head. It recedes quickly but the bubbly collar left behind leaves some spotty lace as I drink. Thick nose of coffee bean, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and crystal malts. This is a real Meat and Potatos beer. Thick flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Dry cocoa aftertaste lingers long. Mouthfeel could use a little boost. But it's not bad overall. This beer has a lot of flavor. It's one I'd drink quite a bit more of in the future.

Bighuge, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a brass crown cap which had the Smuttynose logo on it. Main label is a little skewed but looks just like the one pictured here in the BA Database. Listed at 5.7% ABV, with a nicked Best Before April 2007.

Appearance: Sits neatly in the glass, below a very light lace smattering. Dark black body has a ½” thick head which in turn has a very creamy consistency. Smooth and unfettered it produces an almost perfectly uniform cap. The carbonation is barely visible as anything more than a tanned cyclone, it is that finely dissolved.

Nose: Basically comprised of three simple components; lots of espresso coffee and dark chocolate fill the majority of the nose whilst roasted malts work out as it warms. Stark, simple but solid nose.

Taste: Like the aromas, the flavors draw on some simple elements but make good use of them. Lots of cocoa, bitter dark chocolate (the used for cooking), espresso coffee with some acidic roasted malts. Bitter and smooth it resonates with a swinging profile. Dark chocolate lingers long into the bittersweet ending. I admire the effectiveness of the simplicity of this brew. Quality stuff.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation is medium in strength, but despite its smoothness, it cannot cut against the harsher dark chocolate bitterness which lends a rougher than expected feel when you see just how fine the conditioning is.

Drinkability: I like this type of Porter, one that makes use of just a few simplistic flavors but to great effect. Heavy on the coffee and roasted bitterness but an evening beer to be honest.

Overall: Lots of coffee makes this one easy to imbibe, heck this would make a great Breakfast Beer with some scrambled eggs!!

A Robust Thanks to Sir BigHuge for this one.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of December notched on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep opaque black color with a thick light brown head that maintains quite nicely.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malts.

Taste: Very complex, roasted and chocolate malts along with some coffee flavors at first. Next I notice a floral hoppiness to the beer. The flavors really come out as the beer warms up to room temp. The finish is mainly chocolate malts and slightly bitter.

Moutfeel: Exxtremely smooth, almost creamy. Despite the head the carbonation is subdued, which is perfect for the flavors.

Overall: One of the best porter's I've ever tasted. Smuttynose makes some great stuff, and this is one of their finest offerings.

FenwaySquid, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of RunawayJim
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a thick opaque black with a moderate head, tan in color.

Light roasted smell, barely noticeable.

Many flavors coming through: roasted/burnt malt, coffee, slight caramel and a slight bitter chocolate flavor. Very complex flavors, excellent nonetheless.

It has a thick, but very smooth, mouthfeel, but goes down easy. It's a very drinkable beer, one of the best porter's I've had.

RunawayJim, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask this week at Andy's, poured out a super dark brown with a creamy tan head. The nose offerers pollen, honey suckle, citronella, coffee, floral hops, ember, and chalk. The taste goes in a completely different direction, I get tabasco and jalepeno notes, supported by chocolate, malt, and smoke. Has a very heavy mouthfeel.

dherling, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Black with dark tan head that's fluffy and long-lasting. Leaves sticky trails as it recedes. This is darker than a lot of stouts, and it only barely gives off a dark amber hue when held up to the light.

S: Roasted grain, caramel, vanilla, orange zest and chocolate.

T/M: Chocolate and coffee up front with some caramel malt. There's an aromatic bit to the middle, with some hoppyness that comes across as citrusy and floral. Finish is all dark, bitter cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Usually only oatmeal stouts are this creamy.

D: Hell yes. This is a great beer. Really flavorful, really big flavors, and really, really enjoyable. A beer I would buy by the case. Well done.

rarevos, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an impressive porter...reminds me of Summit's great Northern Porter but bigger...

Appearance: Blackish brown color...nice creamy 1/4 tan head....this baby looks the part for sure.

Smell: Rich roasted malts...some cocoa...a decent dose of hops are evident as well adding a "fresh floral "smell.

Taste: Starts with a bit of a burnt malt flavor which turns into more a dark bittersweet cocoa taste... More hops in this than most...gives it a tight bitter pine like finish....IBU's are listed as relatively low on their website but this feels pretty hopped up to me.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied....bitterness from the dark bittersweet cocoa and hops lingers long on the finish.

Drinkability: Robust is right...a complex and big American Porter. Definitely one of the big hitters for this style in my opinion.

ZAP, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a very dark brown almost black, light carbonation through the dark fog. The head is a dark tan, a surprising 2 fingers thick strong and rocky.

The smell is fresh, slightly fruity and very roasty.

The taste is of burnt toast. Very powerful burnt taste. not in line with the nose.

The mouthfeel is full and coating quite chewy and bread like.

The drinkability is good but the strong burnt taste holds it back some. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a few fingers of billowing, chocolate milky foam. Body is nearly jet-black. Roasty, earthy coffee & chocolate in the nose. Head is pillowy, and falls a bit around the edges like a soufflé. Thick lacing rings the glass in dense webs.

One sip, and the taste smacks down the palate. Roasty coffee, and bitter chocolate are the main components. Hops may be present, lending a little bitterness. The high degree of roastiness reminds me of GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald. More chocolate here though. Mouthfeel is velvety and fairly light, despite the rich flavors. The earthiness has a clove-like quality as well.

A few of these would serve well as a fall/winter session beer...
Pairs well with Gorgonzola, the earth and smoke character stands up well to the earthy richness of the cheese.

emerge077, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle. Pours an opaque black. Huge chocolate and roasted barley aroma. Hints of caramel and coffee. Nice tan head the retains well, leaves some fizzy lacing. Sweet caramel taste with plenty of chocolate, very nice roasted flavor in the back end. A dry smokey bitterness in the finish. Went well with a hearty pile of Sheppard's pie. Big chocolate character almost makes this one a dessert beer. I liked this one alot.


SteveO1231, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm, Smuttynose! Probably my favorite East Coast Brewery. I have been hooked on this Robust Porter for the past couple weeks since Autumn has crept in and the weather has cooled down a tad.

This baby pours almost pitch black with a nice, frothy, brown head that slowly simmers down leaving a ring of brown froth floating on top. Great lacing to boot. The smell, oh the heavenly nose. Smells of dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, raw chocolate, coffee, etc. Absolutely wonderful.

The taste is even better than the nose. The flavor is HUGE and roasty. Tons of roasted coffee beans and roasted malty goodness. A lot of dark bitter/sweet chocolate as well with a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The roastiness clings on for dear life on your palette. This beer blows me away.

Mouthfeel is heavy and silky smooth. Perfect carbonation of tiny bubbles.

By far, THE best porter I have ever had. Smuttynose has absolutely NAILED it with this one here. A Masterpiece. Obviously, I cannot say enough about this brew. Robust Porter...what a perfectly apt name.

Doomcifer, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into Victory pint glass (don't have a Smutty pint glass yet)

Pours one shade away from pitch black with a small head, which quickly goes away to let you know it wants to get right to the point.

Smell is of espresso, malt, and something sweet I can't put my finger on.

Taste is WHAM!! What a flavor, I can see it deserves it's name as a Robust Porter. Strong and hearty coffee and sweet syrupy tastes dominate for sure.

If you like your Porter's to have an attitude like they could kick your Dad's ass, then this is the Porter for you. Do seek it out, this is the most unique Porter I've had so far.

leftmindedrighty, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle - the seasonal in a variety pack. Poured into a chalice. Medium sized tawny lacing atop a dark black/brown body.

To the nose, fantastic molasses like sweetness sparked with roasted coffee and subtle floralness.

In the mouth, this stuff excels. Huge roasted malt sweetness is used as a base for a clean hop character that makes this a flavor bomb. Very complex and startling taste spectrum. It remains however, highly friendly in the mouth - creamy and smooth with a slight bubble that makes for a dry enjoyable drink. It finishes clean and organically dry.

Musings: First time for this one and I wasn't disappointed. Borders on a good oatmeal stout.

ChuckD, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opaque brown, impossible to see through. tan head bordering on light brown. lacing is really nonexistent, probably due to the lower gravity of this brew. it still looks hearty, more like a stout than a porter.

grassy hop nose with a bit of fresh molasses. like a junior version of their big beer imperial stout. roasty coffee hints as well as something akin to the first whiff of an ignited cigarette.. do i mean smoky? not sure. smells packed full of stimulation for a 5+% beer, thats for sure.

excellent flavors. very hoppy, but whats new for SN. finishes a bit chalky and dry, and that might be my only real criticism here. there are some nice burnt dark chocolate cake flavors mingling with the traditional hoppy stout metallic twang. this is really drinkable as well for something bursting like a supernova with such powerful flavor. when i want to drink a few flavorful, dark beers but don't want the kick of an RIS.. i will certainly turn to this. kinda bummed that i didn't pick up a sixer. will have to remedy that.

goodbyeohio, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smutty Robust Porter pours a deep inky black, even holding it up to a light, scarcely a bit of light shines through. A half inch of dark brown head sits on top. Smell is roasted malts as well as a sweet caramel aroma. Taste is a nice bitter roasted punch up front with a nice sweet caramel malt flavor balancing it out. There is a nice fresh roasted malt taste in the finishand aftertaste, an almost coffee like flavor. The hops are hidden, beaten back by all the malty flavor. Another great offering from Smutty, robust is a the best word I can think of for it.

ericj551, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip for maximum sniffage. 12 oz. bottle, with the first "J" of the calendar year notched.

Appearance- Pours a rich, chocolate brown with a nice deep tan head, evolving to about an inch. The lacing is firm, gripping the inside of my glass. After two minutes, just a film is left of the head... but the color is spectacular.

Smell- Wow... this is like delving your head into a ton of bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts, while picking up just a suggestion of burnt coffeebeans. Easily the most "robust" aroma on a porter I've yet to sample...

Taste- Dark chocolate covered espresso beans, in beer form. Roasty and big flavored, the coffee flavors explode on the tongue and explore every inch of its surface... sweet out front, and impeccably bitter in the back. The aftertaste and lasting environment in the mouth after the swallow is enormous... it's easy to forget I'm drinking beer here! If there was half & half in front of me right now I might try pouring an ounce in just to see what would happen. Wonderfully encompassing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I love the unique "coffee soda" qualities, including the sublime mouthfeel... it's smooth yet well carbonated, but really tame. From beginning to end, it livens up and quiets down in perfect succession, feeling just right for this beer. This is boldly flavored and is drinking mighty well on its own, but next time you can bet there'll be a piece of tiramisu right by its side.

yelterdow, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The other beer I bought in Conway today, good stuff. Pours pitch black with a frothy foamy head. Smells like charred malt. Tastes the same with some nice bitterness to it, a very faint lingering sweetness to it. Good mouthfeel. A real treat from Smuttynose, love these guys, maybe I should plant me and the family to New Hampshire.

Manosbeeroffate, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black opaque body, creamy undulating brown head. Great lace and retention.
Burnt coffee hoppyness. Sweet bittersweet chocolate.
Great robust roasted coffee taste. Very well balanced but still hoppy and toasty. Aftertaste is a strong chocolate and coffee blend.
Full body and almost chewable. Good coating.
Highly drinkable, very enjoyable. I look forward to having this when it gets really cold outside.


oelergud, Oct 02, 2006
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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