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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 137
Gots: 141 | 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 cichief
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours a deep, dark, almost opaque brown with a dark brown head.

S- Very sweet molasses scent, with hints of espresso and chocolate.

T- A very powerful coffee, semi-sweet chocolate flavor, this beer has taste that envelopes the mouth.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, medium body, so well balanced.

D- A very drinkable brew. Much better than most American porters I've tried recently.

cichief, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with a medium tan head that leaves a touch of lace on the glass. The nose is predominantly coffee and chocolate, with lots of bitter-smelling roasted malt notes and a touch of fruity American hops lurking in the background. It definitely fits its billing -- classic porter, but more robust. On the palate, this pattern is repeated, with classic porter notes like burnt coffee bitterness and fragrant hops meshing into a package with a bit of a rough mouthfeel. Again, classic flavors and mouthfeel turned up to 10, if not 11. Well integrated and well executed.

geexploitation, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 2 finger light cocoa head that retains a laces sheets nicely. Smells of roasted malt, molassas and bit of hop. Taste is delicious. Big malt, molassas, a hint of coffee grounds and a little hop bite at the end. Medium in the mouth with a nice tickle from carbonation. Awesome drinkability. A nice robust porter full of great flavors. Try it and enjoy.

franksnbeans, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of beerNdarts
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A- Smuttynose-typical 12 oz. brown bottle. Orange/black&white label with pic of man holding keg in one hand and woman in the other. Poured a little into a glass: very dark and chocolatey

S- Bakers chocolate, malt are all that come to mind. Almost *almost* smell some hops, but really not sure.

T- Yummy. Very much has that bakers chocolate taste coupled with a bit of bitterness and a whole lot of maltiness. Tastes very good. Also a bit more carbonation than expected, but doesn't take away from the porter taste.

M- Medium/heavy body. Lets you know its there, for sure.

D- Not something I'm going to fill up a backpack with and go hit UNH with... but in the right crowd this could be a session beer, albeit a filling one.

Give it a shot!

beerNdarts, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice chocolate color that is very enjoyable. with a nice chocolate head this also has a nice solid though not pungent aroma, think beer coco. it tastes very similar. think a beer that is thick dark and chocolate/coffee tasting. this beer i s a solid porter that is very good., it isnt as heavy as you might think but that said it is still very good.
pick this beer up, enjoy it, review it. its a very solid beer

Redwood21, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What was once a random choice at the store has now become one of my favorites and a continuous repeat buy. Here's to porter!

APPEARANCE: Pours starkly black with a nicely sized latte tan head. It shrinks quickly, but stays on as a bubbly film across the surface of the beer with a thick, lacy collar. As I drink, the glass picks up a few curtains of spiderweb-style lace.

SMELL: The aromas jump out at you from across the room. Dark cocoa, scorched grains, and just a wee hint of diacetyl. Hoppiness is at a minimum with only a trace of a floral hop aroma coming through.

TASTE: Chocolate and caramel are featured up front, but it's the dark fruity, Baltic-style flavors that make this beer shine. The finish is dominated by black and roasted malts and shows a bit of bitterness that lingers on and on.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full bodied with a nicely sufficient level of carbonation. Not undercarbed like other bigger-bodied beers.

DRINKABILITY: One six pack plus a night at home equals an easy time. And at 5.7% ABV, you're not going to screw yourself up too badly. Drink up!

A fantastic porter in all facets and a true representative of the style. The boys up in New Hampshire sure got this one right.

jmalex, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a freshness date of July 07. Color is of the darkest brown and almost black. Very dark mahogany at the edges when held to light. Tan head with various sized bubbles looks creamy and appetizing. Aromas of lime and grapefruit citrus from the hops and fantastic dark chocolate, cocoa with milk, and mellow roast coffee aromas from the malt . A faint dried fig fruitiness rounds out the nose. Flavor is more of the same but with the alcohol note hitting a perfect chord with the other flavors. Smooth medium mouthfeel with C02 bubbles bursting on your tongue. Hands down my favorite porter. A real highlight of New England brewing prowess. Keep cold for a pronounced citrus flavor or let it warm to bring out more dark chocolate, dried fig and roasted malt. Very versatile with meals, it goes great with spicey foods when ice cold because it has a Negra Modelo with a lime wedge vibe. Let it warm up a bit to pair with chocolate desserts. A very easy beer to drink all night long and not get tired of. The list of exceptional beers from Smuttynose is long and Robust Porter is at the top.

mshallah, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark color with a brown head. Strong aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich and smooth with the hints of coffee and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel that leads to a dry finish. Very well balanced porter. Not too much of a stretch to say that it's one of the better porters I've had in a while.

Brad007, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Contra
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The strongman on the label is holding a (beer?) barrel in one hand, and a woman in the other. I guess that's what beer advertising used to be. Things don't change - chicks & beer.

The look of this beer is fairly typical of Porters/Stouts - thick black viscous liquid with a light brown head. The aroma is faint, but gains strength as the beer warms. Same with the taste - the roast malt flavor is strong from the beginning, but as it warms, that classic chocolate-espresso flavor comes out. Unfortunately, I noticed a bit of an acrid-sour note to it, which didn't feel like it was a part of the beer, like an unintended change in the flavor. This took away from the taste/mouthfeel/drinkability ratings. I'll have to review it again at a later date to see if it's common or the result of something beyond the control of the brewmaster.

Overall, I like this beer as a lighter alternative when I want something dark, but not quite as heavy as, say, a Russian Imperial Stout. I'll certainly get it again, especially considering that it's less expensive than a lot of other American microbrews.

Contra, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is very close to black with some brown/ruby highlights on the outside of the glass. Lower carbonation and big tan/orange head that slowly fades. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee being the most present along with some chocolate. Definitely a sweet side to it. Taste is very well balanced. I like coffee so I guess that doesn't hurt for me. It packs more flavor than the usual porter that I find somewhat watered down. This one doesn't lack in any department, so robust is a good word. Mouthfeel isn't as full as I'd expect based on flavor. A little light and clean are the first things that come to mind, though it's not bad at all. Overall good drinkability. I would consider this a fine porter, just below the best and above the average. I'd almost put it up there with the King Coconut but not quite.

ncvbc, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained by trading with warriorsoul.

Dark brown beer that is almost light proof. Head dissipates but is brown while it lasts.

The smell almost all patent malt. Big scent of char and a little chocolate. Coffee is present and a little bit of a hop aroma that smells mostly like carrots.

The taste begins a little sweet but not milk stout sweet and patent malt char taste. After the first shock of the char flavor chocolate shows up and a fairly strong bitterness in the aftertaste. Stout that is very heavy with the charred malt taste.

The mouthfeel is OK.

This one is just not to my taste. The main problem is that there is just too much patent malt flavor without anything to balance it.

Zorro, Jun 25, 2007
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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