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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,218 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 141
Gots: 170 | 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 treyrab
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to NittanyBeerFan for this one! Poured this into a pint glass...

A: The pour is a work of art. Pours very fast out of the bottle and creates a dark brown brew. Dark brown means almost black. The faintest of red hues coming through when held up to a light. Also creates a dark mocha head that leaves me in awe.

S: The smell is very light. Actually I have to stick my nose nearly into the beer before I can get the scents. But alas...there are minor scents of roast and coffee along with a metallic scent.

T: I am grateful the taste is better than the smell. Far better. It is very light but has nice roast, chocolate malt, and dark roast malt characteristics. The mouthfeel is a bit light for my liking, but the flavors don't lack, so I can't really complain.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter. There are a few I would put above this, but it is good nonetheless.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/2008 -into Alpine mug. Courtesy of Paul G. returning our cooler!

Deep and dark with a thin root beer, bready head with muffin tunnels. Very solid-looking.

Nice roasted chocolate malt with sarsparilla on top and mile, piney hop presence. Subtle yet strong.

Smoky "bottom of the grill" char off the top with very austere grassy hoppiness. Sweetness of malt emerges with a little warmth. Alcohol makes a presence with the ties that bind.

Full palate profile with smokiness, slight alcohol and faint grassy hops. Finish is a little alcoholic but blends well with dark chocolate malt texture.

Decent session brew-full-flavored yet by no means filling. Well done!

Photo of magnj
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Very dark brown, no light shines through. Poured very nicely, 1 finger head, which subsides to a thin ring on the edge of my pint glass.

s - Malty, Sweet, Wood

t - Sweet, Smokey, Smooth...mild hoppy bite shows itself as it gets warmer, tasty and not overwhelming as many porters have been to me

m - Not like some others of this style I have tried, it feels lighter but not watery. Feels like beer and not motor oil.

d - Very drinkable at 5.7%, very tasty...try this for sure

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lrrr for this one.

Best before date is notched as Oct 08. Pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pitch black with the slightest, coca cola colored highlights at the very edges of the glass. One finger sized, tan head. Copious lacing.

Decent aroma. Dark fruit mixed with smoky and roasty. I definitely get the full roasted malts in the initial waft, but the roastiness is followed by a taught fruitiness. Coffee and slight chocolate round out the nose. Some sweet, alkalitnity is present as well as some acidic battery aromas, neither of which detract or harm the overall impression.

The slightest bit of fruitiness hits the front of my tongue but is followed by the more tradtional, big, burnt, roasted grains. Very nice. Bitter chocolate, mild roast coffee, dark chocolate. Really nice. I am so close to giving a 5 in this department. A 4.75 would be more accurate. However, as I sit here, I cannot recall a better tasting porter that have met these lips. Five it is!

Full to medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation which cleans the palate. Not overly dry; crisp. A very nice, bitter finish stays on the palate quite a while.

A very nice porter. Possiby the best I have had. Thanks a ton for this one Lrrr. I believe it is now available in NC so I may have to seek this one out again. Thanks!

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Big two and a half finger foamy nestle quik head with lots of big active bubbles. Great head retention, especially for an American porter, and considerable. Body is the color of stout: opaque black.

S--Lots of coffee, minimal malt. Mild sweetness from the roast malt that hints at toffee.

T--Holy God does this impress. This is built for comfort, not for speed, as it is PACKED with not just deep Vienna or French roasted coffee flavors but on the finish there's a solid sock of dark chocolate. The bitterness on this gladdens me tremendously, although there's a solid roasty malt backbone to keep it from being puckery.

M--Don't drink this cold! This beer bites you when it's too chilled. As it warms the mouthfeel rounds out considerably to full if not chewy.

D--Decent. With so much going on in the flavor profile it's tough to throw back too many of these. But at nearly 60 degrees both outside and in the glass, you can't go wrong.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was about a half inch of creamy, brown, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled mostly of coffee, with hints of malt and some hops.

T: A nicely balanced flavor. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of hops.

M: A high rate of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is one of the better examples of a porter I've had in awhile. Very easy to drink and suprisingly not too heavy.

Photo of dino213aa
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich dark color. Almost black in appearance and similar to espresso. Maybe it was the way I poured it, but there was only a slight head. Lots of lacing that appears in parallel tiers down the glass.

S: Distinct elements of dark chocolate, cane sugar and orange rind.

T&M: Tart chocolate balanced against smooth roasted malts. There is just a twinge of bitterness smoothed out by malty goodness.

D: Overall I found this beer highly drinkable. I'm a big malts fan and this beer delivers. Creamy and rich, this beer has made me a Smuttynose fan.

Photo of evanackerman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark brown-black with a healthy tan head, nice lacing in rings as the beer is consumed.

aroma is deep toasted malt with a somewhat sour aroma, very nice.

taste is dominated by roasted, deep malt flavor, nice hop bitterness to balance, very good porter flavor profile.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and just right for the style.

very high drinkability on an autumn day.

overall, a very good porter, this is my first beer from Smuttynose and now I'm excited to try more!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious porter. Smuttynose's Robust Porter has a huge light brown head, great lacing and retention. Almost black in color.

Smells of roasted malts, dark coffee that has been sitting in the pot for a long time and some earthiness.

Tastes of chocolate, a mix of hop and dark coffee bitterness, fruits and roasted/burnt malts.

Photo of csmiley
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to matty1918 for sending this bottle.

A - Pours very dark brown in color with some light that is able to make it through around the edges revealing some ruby highlights. The tan head was quite minimal showing very little retention and leaving very little lace.

S - Aromas of chocolate and weak coffee quickly hit the nose. Some roastiness and smoke comes in next followed by a hint of alcohol. Aroma is straight forward and pleasant.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate really stand out in the flavor. Coffee is next followed by smoke and charcoal. Has a little bit of bitter sweetness that come close to candy (licorice). Alcohol is hidden very well in the flavor.

M - On the plus side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Carbonation is a little bright and zesty but it works with this brew. Finish is bittersweet with some dryness.

D - Drinkability is good. It goes down quite easy and lends itself well to consuming a few at a time. If Smuttynose distributed to Ohio I would revisit this one at a later date. But alas... Good solid porter from Smuttynose that I could easily recommend to any dark beer fans.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with notched freshness dating: D/08. Labels depicts a strongman carrying a barrel in one arm and an equestrian showgirl in the other. A circus pup with hat and cape sits in the foreground. Caption under photograph reads: Cirque du Francois Oeuf

A: Pours a rich mahogany with a thin rim of khaki-colored lacing.

S: Aromas of chocolate, molasses, honey, coffee, vanilla and earthy peat.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with rich roasted malt upfront, followed by notes of chocolate, honey, coffee and vanilla. Finishes with a strong and lingering tang of licorice.

M: Smooth and creamy.

D: Robust, but certainly worthy of a couple.

Photo of hops4me
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a beer! Dark dark and more dark. No light what so ever getting through that body. Head was light brown and frothy. Heavy lace all the way down the glass. Chocolate in the nose with slight fruitiness. Taste is roasted and mocha like. Sweetness clings to the mouth after the swallow. On the big side of medium in the body. Almost too big for a porter. It is a very good beer but I think it is a tad too big. Definitely earns it robust title. But I like it alot. Lots of flavor and complexities in there.

Photo of Nesued
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heading up to New England in a few weeks, so I need to brush up on my NE offerings. Smuttynose is a new addition to the Columbia, SC market and I've heard good things about the Robust Porter.

We will see.

Poured into a pilsner glass, refrigerated overnight and allowed to warm a bit before pouring.

Appearance - Dark brown and opaque. An ample tan head formed at pour that resolved into a ring with slight lacing.

Smell - "Roast coffee" aroma with a mild chocolate nose. A bit of sweetness which is well covered with the pronounced "coffee" aroma.

Taste - Starts with a smokey opening of malt with a twang of hops, a dense body of malt filling out the middle and a slight hop bite finish. Leaves it's mark on the tongue with a lasting roasted malt flavor. Even when warming the "robust" (i.e. coffee) smoked malt is pronounced.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation provides a good transport. A dense offering with a fine body.

Drinkability - In summary: A "warming" beer with a slight bitter finish. Had vague association with a Russian Imperial Stout more than a porter. Overall, I look forward to the remaing five (5) from this six-pack.

Photo of markboarder
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best Porter's I have ever had. Great appearance and taste. I had heard great things and read great reviews on Smuttynose brews, and definitely will be trying others they have to offer.

I had this porter at Mahar's public bar in Albany, New York

Photo of joeyspit
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass:

A: Pours black with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing left throughout.

S: Scents of dark chocolate, roast, caramel and subtle hop aroma when roused.

T: Tastes as it smells - dark chocolate, roasty, coffee and cocoa like flavors. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

M: Medium-Full body with good carbonation.

D: Robust but very drinkable. Leans toward Malt but hops come through in flavor just enough to balance well. I could have a few more if I had them. This is a very good porter in my opinion and I would recommend highly.

Photo of Matty1918
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with a nice brown, foamy, 1 finger head. Some lacing.

Aroma is of sweet toasted malts, caramel. Smell is little like flat cola.

Taste is very nice. A sweet caramel taste up front followed by coffee flavors. There is a hint of mocha there too. There's a dry bitterness at the end but it's not overpowering. This is my favorite Porter just finally got around to reviewing it.

Smooth finish. Very drinkable and highly recommended.

Photo of SUjunkie
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color was a dark coffee brown. The head was mocha colored and about 1 inch. Aroma was sweet and coffe like. Taste is like an earthy dark chocolate. This is very easy to drink. I have recently gotten back into trying Porter's again as my palate for different beers has expanded. I picked a really good one. Smuttynose continues to impress me even with their "regular" beers.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a deep, opaque brown with a quarter inch off-white cap that quickly dissipated into a broken slick of foam that coalesced into a frothy band around the edges. Some spotty strands of lacing present during the tasting. Pleasant roasted coffee character dominates the nose. Taste follows nose with a touch of char and an earthy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation present. This, in my opinion, is the perfect porter. Incredibly well-balanced, excellent drinkability and lots of character for the abv.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle and opaque, onyx black with a brown head that faded very quickly to a thin ring. Laced pretty well though. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavors were similar, coffee dominates with some roasted and caramel malts and bit of sweetness of rich fruit. It is indeed robust for a porter and similar to a stout. Long finish. Medium to high carbonation is unusual however and takes a bit away from the otherwise smooth mouthfeel. One of the better Smutty brews available.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/26/08. Best by date of April 08, hopefully it held up well.

Pours very dark brownish-black with a thin finger of tan head. The head didn't stay around long and didn't leave any lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and sweet milk chocolate with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is lots of sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. Lots of roasted malt flavor as well. A bit of vanilla and some roasted coffee, with bits of cherry and darker fruits.

Feel is medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Drinkability is pretty good. A bit on the heavy side for a porter but I like it. The ABV is also very reasonable.

A very nice robust porter. I wish it were available in my area.

Photo of BWH3
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very, very dark brown brew, little light passes through this one. A hint of red can be seen if held to the light. A light brown head billows up then dies back after a bit but holds a steady layer.

S: Robust combination of bittersweet cocoa, coffee, roast grain, and caramel sweetness.

T: Flavor just as big as the aroma let's on. Everything in the nose comes true on the palate. The roast grain is nice and smoky without being harsh like licking a bowling alley ash tray. This roast bitterness ends the tasting so well. Overall dry not sweet.

M: Feels full bodied but also quenches your thirst and passes into the throat as if it were a thinner beer. No stickiness. Head retention could be better.

D: This is how to use a porter as a vehicle for roast and caramel malts

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale glass.

A: Poured a dark, midnight color with some ruby highlights noted. A tight tan head of foam rushes to the surface and retains fairly well.

S: Smells of bittersweet malts, cocoa and coffee with a bit of floral, spicy hops.

T: There's a coating level of sweet, deep roasted caramel and toffee malts up front, leading into a bittersweet coffee and chocolate flavor around mid palate, and washing away with a slightly bitter hop flavor. Very complex and robust indeed.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, but finishes and feels thinner than one would expect from the flavors.

D: A fantastic porter which is both well balanced and complex. The robust flavors and mouthfeel would make it a great session porter and one to keep in mind as autumn rolls around.

Another Smuttynose award winner and another fine brew. I can't wait to make a pilgrimage to this brewery or visit at the next beer fest just to see what they might be cooking up next. In the meantime, enjoy this outstanding porter.

Photo of changeup45
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black in color with a nice tan head and an okay amount of lace left behind. The aroma is pretty nice, they've got a coffee, chocolate thing going on which is pretty much follows suit in the taste as well. Somewhat dry with the addition of some malt and bitterness. Not one I'll get too often though as this isn't my favorite style.

Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark, dark brown with only the slightest hint of light penetrating around the edges. The tan head is dense and shows very good retention and lacing. Aroma has big roasted malts with significant chocolate and coffee whiffs as well. There is also a little bit of hops in the nose as well. The taste is mostly roasted malts and coffee with some dark fruits and a bit of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy with tons of carbonation that accentuates the coffee bitterness a little bit. This is a great porter and yet another solid brew from Smuttynose.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before right now, glad not to leave this in the cellar any longer! Poured black with a solid, half-finger mocha head, wispy lacing covered the whole glass really. Beneath all the blackness was very small bubble carbonation. I found a nutty presence starting with the smell, also a caramel and chocolate latte bouquet, quite intense. The taste was very rich, more choco-nut, astringent dry hazelnut/walnut finish that was almost too dry. Lingering walnut finish with more chocolate latte presence, this is one of the richer porters that I've enjoyed with a really frothy yet nutty- chocolate mouthfeel, quite interesting.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,218 ratings.