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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,092 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 137
Gots: 144 | 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 Jettanbass9
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh porter!!! I dont think I've had something this drinkable since Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald or Bell's Porter. Great smooth caramel malt flavor with a great roasty bite. If you dig a good roasty bite this beer is definitely for you. If i didnt just write up a recipe for a porter i'd probably buy a case of this stuff.

Jettanbass9, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Faro for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly roasted, nice dose of toffee and caramel. The taste is very delicious, malty, roasty, lots of toffee/caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty Porter. Smuttynose does it again. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a huge (3-finger), mocha-colored head. It left big rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and caramel. There was also a candy-like smell.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and dark chocolate. There was a coffee taste that gave it a little bitterness.

M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good porter. A good blend of sweet malts and chocolate that is complimented by a coffee bitterness.

zeff80, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seriously dark, black look. Has a thick and rocky cardboard-brown head. Completely opaque, with not a speck of light coming through. Spotty brownish lace.

Rich coffee flavor complemented by sweet notes of toffee as well. The scent is bitter but quite rich. It's strong!

Some bitter, sharp malt which is dulled by the rich coffee. Very delicious. Has a lot of burnt, roated, nutty malt which comes out in its warmth. A very bitter last swallow.

Nice thickness. Dry. Leaves a thick film. Still, underlying smoothness. Not too ashy. Overall it's a nice, dry, well-crafted porter. Flavorful and complex. Not to strong that repeats are unwelcome.

williamherbert, May 27, 2007
Photo of ski271
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zeno’s in State College.
A- Black with a small, tan, creamy slowly diminishing head
S- Roasted chocolate malts dominate. Tobacco, earth, light orange rind.
T- Zippy chocolate malts and coffee with a lightly bitter hop finish.
M- Medium-full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation.
D- Smooth and easy-drinking. A little too heavy on the chocolate for my tastes, but still quite good. Would definitely have again.

ski271, May 20, 2007
Photo of Illinick
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: DARK mahogony brown with a big, thick milk chocolate colored head. Great lacing as well.
S: Big roasted scents up front - mainly roasted coffee beans, followed by sweet malts/slight chocolate, and finishing with a bitter burnt smell.
T: Robust indeed! Big on the burnt and roasted flavors throughout, namely roasted/burnt strong coffee beans. Some slightly sweet, slightly bitter chocolate in their as well as some generic sweet malt flavors in the middle. Ends on an estringent / burnt note with some definate coffee bean in the aftertaste.
MF: Medium and slightly bitter.
Overall: Surely a solid porter that is definately Robust. Complex roasted flavor profile.

Illinick, May 15, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this sucker is robust all right. So much so it reminds me of stouts I've had more than porters. There's a big coffee and bitterness with a touch of grapefruit hops flavors. The main flavor is a sweet and smooth cocoa that's just as rich in my mind as Rogue's Chocoate Stout, but backed with a greater bitter punch.

tempest, May 14, 2007
Photo of medic25
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great label, served in a plain pint glass. Incredibly dark, ruby-black color with a milk chocolate head. Malty aroma. Flavor is a great, complex mix of malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Slightly bitter aftertaste, yet very smooth. This is a delicious porter, probably the best I've tried in the class.

medic25, May 09, 2007
Photo of adowney523
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a pint glass. Color is almost black with a thick tan head.

Smells very sweet, chocolate with some lighter fruit in the background.

Tastes are brown sugar, sweet chocolate vanilla, with some burnt notes.

Mouthfull is sweet and full-bodied. Very drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer.

adowney523, May 03, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass from a 12 brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap. Thanks to Sudsdog for the send. Smuttynose just became avilable in my area great news love their beers.

Chestnut brown,opaque color with a dense creamy mocha/tan head with good retention leaving a pillowy layer of dense foam.Rings of lace at the top of the glass leaving some spotty chunks down the glass.

Very roasty,chocolaty,nutty,coffee notes with burnt aromas.Citrusy/piney with some fruittyness in there.Nice inviting aroma,great malty nose

Intense complex malty taste very roasty and chocolaty coffee and burnt notes Citrus and pine hop flavors. Very balanced and complex taste very enjoyable. Finishes with a dry,sharp mouthwatering finish. Just a great tasting porter.

Velvety smooth has a creamy light mouthfeel with a slight bit of cloying. This beer deserves to be called robust porter a perfect description. About as drinkable as a porter could be.One of those beers that makes you want to keep saying give me another.
A must try porter. One of my favorites, love this beer!!

jcdiflorio, May 03, 2007
Photo of Beertron
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One more SmuttyNose from a mix-six. Thoroughly enjoyed the first, which was my first.

A - Small 1/4" cream-colored head which left on the sooner side of things, leaving a thin film on top. Some decent lacing. Dark, deep brown, noticeable only around the edges when held to light.

S - Dark-roasted acidic coffee right out of the gate. Pretty overpowering, but there's more to be had here. One can sense a dose of alcohol (acetone) along with the scent of caramelized sugars and smoky wood chips.

T - Malty and tangy grain/coffee. A pretty strong indication of buckwheat with a hint of a dark sweetness like Grade B maple syrup. This is followed by some hops which are slightly imbalanced to the strong side, making for a tangier porter than the norm.

M - Lightly sticky and pretty dang dry from the hops. Not quite as mouth-friendly as I expect a good porter to be and a bit on the watery side to boot, but this is still pretty close to style.

D - Other than being slightly tipped to the hop side of the balancing scale (at least for a porter) this is certainly a solid, drinkable beer. I can't say that I'm rushing to get a sixer of it, but I also wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating hop crackers.

F - This would match up nicely to some good smoked cheeses. It can also handle the deep spices inherent in wild game (namely venison, elk, duck or, to a lesser degree, pheasant) and would make a nice compliment to some deep, wild mushrooms too. This porter can stand-up alongside heavily-spiced foods (meaning loads of spices, not high on the heat level) -- I'm thinking chorizo or (hey, I'm from WI) bratwurst.

O - A bit hoppier and more acidic than this style often shows, I still like this take on it. Granted, I know of a few other porters that I would grab first, but I'd still say this is a good, sessionable beer.

Beertron, May 01, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before May 07, so I guess it 'expires' today?

A: Black with a tan head, good retention, excellent lace.

S: Dark chocolate, dark bready malt, some piney & slightly citrusy hops, with a mild dark fruityness.

T: Dark chocolate bitterness (not overly roasted, but there's a slight acidity); chewy, bready malt with underlying coffee notes; slight citrus (like a Terry's dark chocolate orange); hints of brown sugar, raisins & dark caramel, but certainly a bitter balance.

M: Fairly full body is smooth & creamy, slightly chalky, with a little acidity in the finish. Modest carbonation.

D: Very good.

Surprising body & flavour for its weight. A little age doesn't seem to have hurt this at all!

Derek, May 01, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BLACK inpenatrable body with a orangish head that is nice and thick.

Smoke,chocolate,coffee,berrys in the smell.

Dank ,smoke taste with a coffee taste and some hop bite towards the end of the taste.

Mouthful is creamy and little to no carbonation.

I love this offering from Smuttynose and it hits the style on the nose as a great porter.Taste great but more filling.I will have again

MmmIPA, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Poured an opaque black liquid, with a two finger light tan whipped head. It never completely subsided, even though it was only supported by a mild and finely bubbled carbonation. Fairly thick and clingly lacings left a clumpy weblike pattern inside the glass as it was drank.

Aroma
Nice nutty aromas of hazelnut and lesser amounts of treacle. Pleasant smoky roastiness also present and quite apparent. Some leafy, woodsy hops also present in the nose.

Taste
Yummy, creamy hazelnuts, a good drizzle of treacle, as well as a nice dollop of smoky, roasted grain, similar to a good espresso. Finishes in a mild leafy and woodsy hops as well as a mild citrus twang.

Mouthfeel
A solid american porter, with an almost creamy, medium body. Lots of roasty, smoky bitterness from the roasted grain to balance the rich, creamy, and nutty malts and their hint of treacle sweetness. The hops also contribute some bitterness to ensure a well balanced and nicely finishing porter.

Drinkability
Tasty and easy to drink and enjoy, a fine example of the style, and another fine Smuttynose offering. I have yet to be disappointed in their brews. It does have a pronounced roasted smokiness, and as such likely not the best choice for a gateway porter, but this is a very good choice that i would recommend to fans of the style.

demcorhip, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark in color, but there is a fair amount of brown and some ruby highlights at the bottom, large pillowy tan head that bubbled apart in chunks. Chocolaty and sherry like in aroma, a lot of coco powder, and some tangy hops. The taste was quite chocolaty as well, more so than many porters I have tried. Sharp dark chocolates but also some more creamy, mild chocolates. Some sherry notes and hints of espresso too. Tangy hops are not strong, but show up to do enough balancing and provide almost a minty bite. Medium bodied, milky and not too heavy, quite drinkable.

Overall: a damn chocolaty and damn good porter. I think I would have to put it up with my favorites. I love when they can get that almost minty tang in chocolaty beers. A session porter.

dfried, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with some lighter shades throughout. No head to speak of. Smell is roasted malts with some hoppyness coming through. Taste is really good, if it wasn’t for the hops. The underlying porter has a very roasty, smooth, coffee and chocolate thing going on with an incredible mouthfeel. The flavor from the hops is taking away from that. A very good beer that I wish I could sample without the hop profile.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of aaronh
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown color is only noticeable at the edges of the glass; otherwise it looks black. Topped by a moderate light brown head that fades to a small ring of foam. Aroma is fairly clean, with a hint of molasses and malt. Flavor is strong on black malt flavors, and has a great espresso note. Slight hints of dark chocolate covered raisins also peek through. Bitterness shows in the finish, but grudgingly gives way to the strong espresso flavors once again. Mouthfeel is solid, but not special in any way. Drinkability is pretty good - overall balance works well. A nice porter.

aaronh, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Wonderful black color with a rich tan head. Moderate lacing is present.

Smell - A nice smell of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee beans. Hits your nostrils full force.

Taste- Am I drinking coffee? Wait this a beer? I'm assuming you get my point. The chocolate coffee and roasted malts explode on the tongue and give you a real full flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and but carbonated and perfectly balanced. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Keep them coming!

stereosforgeeks, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of pavandal
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my pint glass a dark, stout like brown with a small amount of head which turned to a thin oily layer on top.

I smell chocolate malts, a slight berry hint, and warming alchohol. Smells mouth-watering good.

Taste was a little thin, given the smells that I detected. slight dark chocolate and a carbonated burn in the tast. Not much here, it had a watery feel to it.

All in all, this porter has a great smell, but not much else IMO. Sad, I was looking forward to this one after picking it up.

pavandal, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz. bottle sent by Metalmonk in a recent swap. Poured to a pint after warming on the counter for almost an hour after a stay in the fridge. Love the label...Bottle is notched twice, both in Aug & Dec - so when WAS it brewed?

A: Impenetrably dark and viscous, a brown oily sheen trailing down the side of the glass as it fills. Tall 2-finger creamy & spongy-looking tan head, never fades completely away. Gorgeous sticky lace. A gem, appearance-wise... really could not ask for anything nicer.

S: Dark chocolate malts, smoky wood, freshly-roasted coffee and a slight molasses sweetness. Assertive to the point of bursting from the glass and detectable from a foot away...

T: Huge wallop of the bitterest cacao, espresso beans, charred malts. "Robust" is a fine way to describe this rich flavor. Finishes with a great deal of acerbic bitterness with lactic sour undertones. Just a little more sweetness and this had a '5' written all over it.

M: Thick, rich, slightly oily. Develops into a luscious velvety creaminess with mild carbonation. Clinging bitterness stays on the back of the tongue for several minutes.

D: Whew...quite enjoyable! Aggressive flavors, a bold porter in most every way. This one I enjoyed sipping on for the better part of an hour, just savoring that dark chocolate flavor - who needs dessert when you could have this? Thankfully, I have one more bottle to enjoy, but big thanks to Jeff for this one. Highly recommended!

msubulldog25, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of granite
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an English pint glass.

A---It poured a dark brown/black with a thick tan head.

S---Coffee, burnt sugar and chocolate malt. What a great aroma.

T---French roasted coffee, nutty, charred and a little astringent.

M---Medium-full bodied. Good carbonation.

D---A great winter warmer. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes a dark porter or stout.

granite, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of sethmeister
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into pint glass served at just below room temperature.

A less than delicate pour raises a voluminous brown fluffy head atop the pitch black brew, threatening to escape the glass.

Coffee, caramel, and chocolate or toffee scents are evident.

The flavor is coffee and roasted malt with sweet cream and a delicious lingering bitter dark chocolate finish. Perhaps a bit of nuttiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy with low carbonation but could be a bit thicker.

There isn't a single thing I don't like about this. One of my favorite porters and I really should stock up on it.

sethmeister, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of strattor
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous chocolate brown with a thick, creamy tan head.

Great coffee and malty aromas coming off the head.

Holy crap, this beer is everything you've always wanted from a porter. Forget those wishy-washy, not-sure-what-to-do porters. This has a rich coffee flavor, backed up by dark chocolate. Man, I just can't get over the incredible fullness (otherwise known as robust) of flavor.

A pretty creamy mouthfeel for a porter, but by no means does it compare to an oatmeal stout or anything.

I love it. This is my first time with this beer, but I'm head-over-heels.

strattor, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours about as black as a beer can get, a big huge light tan head with a bubbly middle, good staying power, about as long as the drinkin goes, and lovely lacing. Aroma is a study in fundamental beauty, roasted malts, chocolates, coffee. Its simple, its a little light, but how lovely it is.

Taste is much bigger, good roasted malts, lots of espresso and coffee grounds, the chocolate is subtle but delicious, a great composition. The mouth is smooth, carbonations is slightly up, a little thinnish but still plenty full. The finish is long lasting and dry. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, the best offering by Smutty as far as I'm concerned.

objectivemonkey, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Robust Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Best before June 2007 clearly notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an opaque black with a fluffy khaki colored head. Nice trails of sticky lacings leave trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of espresso, imported chocolates and roased malt goodness.

Dark chocolate, heavly roasted malts and powdery cocoa. Major espresso bitterness and flair. A hint of sweet dairy cream. Respectable hop snap finish.

An awesome porter that is rich and smooth. True to style and well crafted.

Hibernator, Feb 18, 2007
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.