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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,325
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 155
Gots: 230 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000

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

Pours almost jet black with about a half inch of coffee colored head. It quickly thins ouit leaving a thin film. Looks pretty damn good.

Smells like dark roasted coffee beans, brown sugar/caramel, chocolate malt and cocoa.

Taste is full of delicious roasty/toasty malt flavor. Absolutely spot on! Along with the dark malt goodness is a delicious helping of sweet cocoa and a bit of a gently hop bite in the finish.

This is probably my favorite porter here in New England, its extemely drinkable and in my opinion its the best example of an American Porter I've had from these parts.

Photo of krisandajt
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a split a couple of months ago, haven't had a chance to review it yet...

Appearance: Pours a deep deep brown with a small amount of head that fades very quickly. Mild lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hints of chocolate with a slight sweet, coffee smell.

Taste: A nice, mild chocolatey sweetness up front, smooth coffee in the middle. Finishes with just a bit of bite to it.

Mouthfeel: I felt this department was a little bit lacking. Tasted a little thin and watery, I was hoping for a bit more of a mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice tasting brew. It's a shame I only got one of these left.

Photo of Richardberg
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown with a small, quickly disappearing tan head.

S: dark malts and mocha predominate. lots of fruity aromas too: kiwi, fig, grape

T: dark malts and bitter chocolate. no hint of alky. less complex than the smell but utterly tasty

M: smooth, coats well, not dry, but not ultra creamy either.

D: excellent all around and very drinkable to boot.

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

Purchased at Chevy Chase Liquors, DC

Poured dark brown into a tumbler glass with a beautiful brownish head.

Smells of dark malt and chocolate-infused barley.

Taste is full and smoky. Heavy malt taste. Delicious, robust porter with a well-balanced structure.

Mouthfeel is bitter and a bit smoky. A bit of cinnamon in the aftertaste confuses the palate.

Delicious, well-executed, and smooth. Goes down well.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a nice 2 finger creamy tan head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee & malts

Tastes bitter chocolate, coffee and malts.

Very smooth and very drinkable.

This is my first Smuttnose beer & I'm not disappointed. This is a very tasty porter. Don't pass up an opportunity to try this one if you can.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, super dark with a dark, thick head that wont go away. Smelled of roasted barley with some chocolatey sweetness and biter like coffee. Taste was similar to smell, very thick, roasty and malty taste, then turning to bitter and with a coffee like aftertaste. Great porter, goes great with a steak.

Photo of chilly460
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Dark brown with cream head. No real head to speak of, but little there was hung on well.

S - Roasted malt with a little coffee.

T - Excellent roasted malt flavor with some coffee, and dark chocolate at the end. No real hops to speak of for me, perhaps a little kick at the end.

M - Very smooth, decent "thickness".

D - Nice and even, just enough roasted "warmth" to keep it going down. Very nice for this style.

Photo of farrago
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown head, consistent one finger depth, randomly mixed bubble sizes, super sticky lacing. Even through the close to jet black color you can see the bubbles cling to the inside glass walls, no variation nor lightening anywhere. Gets right up in there with roasty, smoky malts, grilled nuts, dark chocolate powder, cappuccino, raisin and lighter prune fruit scents, oatmeal, for all of this a narrow, consistent burst of hoppy bitterness punctures your nostrils, for the better you can never shut off the brain and relax as you sniff. Medium-bodied in terms of sheer palate weight but it is so firm and taut that you'd need a sandblaster to wash it out of your mouth. The carbonation continuously resparks the coffee bean, dark chocolate, butterscotch flavors, much more verve than sweetness. Green grape, fig, golden raisin, red cherry flavors give the fruit profile a dancing lightness. The hops engage, disengage and reengage just to prod things forward. Has you sucking the flavor out of your tongue after you swallow.

Photo of mjaskula
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours black as night with just a hint of brown at the edges. The head was almost non-existent and very disappointing (may be a bad pour, i seem to remember this having a decent head last time I drank it). Smells and tastes as dark as it looks. Odors and tastes of smoke, coffee and chocolate. Delicious, but very thick and strong. A little too strong to drink more than one in a sitting. I had this bottle in my fridge for a while, waiting to get reviewed. It took a long time before i was in the mood for it again. I guess it's just not my style.

Photo of solargoat
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my ween coat of arms pint glass. Very Nearly black, almost no light gets through.
Smelled great, roasted malts + Coffee.
Tastes great, creamy mouthfeel, not too heavy not too light, very drinkable.
My First smuttynose experience and I will definately have another one soon...

Photo of irishtjb11
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this at the bar another night, while my friend opted for a guinness. what a choice i made. i've had alot of smuttys, growing up around the area; but since getting turned on this site have yet to really delve into them too deeply. with my newly found analytical mind in place, i went at it.
the appearance, is great. the bar was dark, but the head seemed to be super powerful. stuck and spider webbed all over the glass. really was a stand out aspect of the beer's looks. the smell was great, like i'm sure ill say throughout this post a few times; robust. full of notes and scents to be picked up on, some growing stronger as it warmed up. the beers were served a bit cold. along with the smell, the taste was very robust. tons of malts and barleys, sweet and bitter. mixing in with that tons of coffee hues along with chocolates in there as well. lots of those standard elements one looks for in a porter, all combined into a great beer. one of my favorite porters i've tried. lots of sweet and bitter tones opposed to sometimes metallic and bland notes. another great smutty.

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

A very satisfying porter, excellent for the style. Pours very fark brown with a somewhat slight head that fades to a thin ring. Smells roasty and a bit malty, but on the dry side. There are also some citrusy hops in the aroma mix. Tasty, tasty. Nice balance between thoroughly roasted grain, some slightly sweet malt, and some nice citrus peel bitterness. Smooth and not nearly so thick as a stout, and the malt and hops bring everything to a perfect balance of light roast and bitterness. Quite sry and with just the right body. A real pleasure to drink.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a beige head that dies but laces. Nose is nothing but roast. More roast on the tongue, with definite coffee overtones. Chocolate malts, too. Roast turns smoky before sharp hops dry out to end. Medium to full bodied with a bit of oil.

Strong flavors, if not very subtle. Not lying about the robust part. With roast character and only moderate hops, this is pushing towards being an Irish stout and not a porter.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, slightly reddish opaque sable with a dark tan, almost brown, head. Rich aroma makes me think of fine roast coffee and has hints of molasses and unsweetened chocolate. Thick, heavy, mocha flavor has a smoky overtone and hints of molasses, honey and hops. Texture is thick and smooth, leaving behind a delightful tingle.

Smuttynose, welcome to Atlanta!

Photo of SilentSabre
2.84/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured up from a 12oz bottle very average for the style; a black body with a loosely knit, sand coloured head which faded away in the time it took to type this first sentence.
Smell was good. Better than I expected, actually. Mostly used coffee grounds, but a bit of roasted malts in there, as well. Very nice.
After such a lovely smell, I was disappointed in the taste. It consisted of a bit of a coffee-esque flavour with some dark roasted flavours as well, which certainly sounds good, but there was just something peculiar about this one that I didn't care for. Also, the Cascade hop bitterness on the finish doesn't seem to fit this beer, or the style, for that matter. It just wasn't for me. Mouthfeel was very thin and left a bit to be desired, too, IMO. Not a bad beer, simply one I do not care for.

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost black with light mocha, thick head. As it reduces, thick sticky lacing. Nice

S - Predominately coffee, roasted malt, maybe some cocoa.

T - Taste follows smell. A bitter, stronger chocolate milk. Make you want another sip.

M - Medium, a little thin, but very creamy, coating and good carb.

T - Would tire after awhile, but nice.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle. pours thick black with little head that dissipates quickly. light roasted malt scent. taste is very smokey with hints of coffee. slightly dry and bitter as compared to most porters i try. almost reminds me of a mix between a porter and a stout. slightly above medium carbonation. this overall it is very drinkable and a great late night treat. This is my 2nd smuttynose beer, as i slowly try this brewery out.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Old Milton Taco Mac poured into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours a deep dark brown that appears almost black. It has a 1/4" head that fades pretty quickly. The small head does leave decent lacing.

S: Coffee aroma dominates the nose. A mix of roasted malts mix in with it nicely.

T: Coffee flavor dominates here as well. Very dry and tasty for a porter.

M: Creamy smooth feel. A bit thinner than I would have expected, but still a very solid medium thickness.

D: Goes down pretty easy. The dryness makes you slow down a little.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a thick foamy coffee head. Some clear dark brown around the edges. Thick sticky lacing down the sides. Very nice.

S - Big nose. Very heavy roasted malt scent accented by some smokiness sweet fruity and cocoa notes. Smells delicious.

T/M - Tastes delicious too. Very strong smoky roasted malts. Very light hops and a coffee flavor give a clean finish and a pleasant mild bitterness overall. Sweet fruity flavors in the middle of it all round out the rest of the flavor. Feels very heavy and thick in the mouth without being sticky and overbearing.

D - I would definately have more than one of these. The thickness isn't overbearing and the alcohol is relatively light.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Sonnen becker. Small tight foamy brown head. Opaque very dark brown, almost black. Lots of roasty malt and ethanol in the aroma, some chocolate. Starts malty and chocolatey, giving way to more roasty coffee and caramel in the middle. Finish is roasty sweet. Medium body, a bit lighter than expected. Ethanol seems warmer than 5.7%.

Lolts of roastiness in this, a slightly heavier body would improve it.

Photo of ajr24
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local pub (Bishop's Collar)
A- It pours an opaque chocolate brown with a milky head that runs away into some velvety lacing.
S- Smells like a fine coffee chocolate. The chocolate is most noticeable at first, followed by a distinct coffee blend scent.
T- A mocha type flavor pours in to be followed by the roasted malt bill. Very tasty!
M- Pretty rich and creamy. You definitely feel the substance of this brew as it leaves the pint glass into your mouth.
D- It's a relatively filling beer; a robust liquid meal of sorts.

Photo of tlinner
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very chocolatey beer. The smell leaves something to be desired, but the taste is very strong. Chocolate dominates, but the hops also come through in a good way, mixing with the smokiness of the roasted malt. Only real negatives here are the poor presentation. Weak head, flat appearance, and little lacing. But, a great porter overall.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is mostly dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste is more of the same with the dominant flavor going toward the dark roasted coffee. The flavors meld into a pleasant bittersweet finish.

The carbonation is very well done and allows all of the flavors to jump out on the tongue. This brew goes down incredibly smooth.

A huge and flavorful brew all around. The flavors and aromas truly are robust and will come to form what is one of my favorite porters to date.

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

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. tumbler. Rich dark color emerged with sensational head that made me hold back just an half ounce to let settle. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses embrace the senses. Little bitter on retrieval, tastes of the coffee and the sting of the hops are the star with no contest. Nicely hoped indeed. Medium bodied with a slight thickness in toe. The bite is spectacular, this feature makes for the perfect closer on any session. Will try again and recommend to those who never had. Stellar in all aspects!

Photo of WalrusJockey
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulips.

Appearance- dark, dark brown, maybe opaque, with a smaller, light brown head. The head falls quickly to nearly nothing.

Smell- lots of roast aromas, very chocolaty and rich, with a strong, bitter underpinning. Coffee and sweet malt aromas are also very strong and rich. Molasses comes to mind.

Taste- surprisingly dry, especially compared to the nose. The flavor is reminiscent of black coffee, without actually being flavored quite as such. The swallow is strong roasted malt flavors, into a slightly astringent, burnt aftertaste. The dominant flavor here is "heavily roasted," and it risks being over-done. French roast is a very apt description.

Mouthfeel- a bit lighter than the heavy roast profile suggests, but not too light. No creamy texture to speak of, especially.

Drinkability- I'll finish off the sixer, but I don't know if I'll hurry to pick up another. Taste is a whole lot like a French Roast coffee, but personally, I prefer more of a Full City Roast.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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