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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 149
Gots: 207 | FT: 2
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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 yesyouam
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Robust Porter is black as the Ace of Spades with a creamy, frothy, light sandy brown head that is mostly diminishing. It leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate and dark coffee. There are light notes of resin and possibly vanilla and smoke. It is medium to full bodied and dry. The carbonation is soft and it's slightly astringent at the finish. The primary flavor is deep dark malt with dark chocolate and coffee and a good dose of resiny hops. There are perhaps elements that lean toward nuts and cola. It is well rounded and not extreme in any way. This is a mature and refined porter. It's pretty much what I think a porter should taste like. Bravo!
(rated Jul 9, 2007)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, deep brown with ruby edges and a creamy mocha head.

S - Dark chocolate, toffee, chocolate milk with a hint of lactic sweetness and medium roast coffee.

T - Quite a bit of dark chocolate, followed by chocolate milk, heavily roasted grains, slightly astringent but I and not sure if it is the roasty grains or the combo with the hops. Coffee and a slight smokiness round this one out.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body.

D - Heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt but still easy drinking.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a thick tan head that dissipated to a ring of light foam. Some lacing, but minimal.

Nice earthy coffee/mocha aromas and a little hop.

Dark toasted bread and grain with coffee, some chocolate sweetness. Flavors are a perfect intenseness, with great balance and good lingering finish.

Very smooth and appropriately carbonated.

Overall, just killer porter. This was from a mixed 12 pack, and 3 is just not enough (all three of us dipped in an come out with the same brew). I could easily drink this all night. No off flavors, and nothing overpowering or cloying. Thin enough but rich enough for you to finish the glass fast. Wonderful beer.

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

This was on special at MacGregors, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I was in the mood for something that didn't let light pass through it.

A: came my way deep, deep, deep, deep brown, with that beautiful brown/mocha colored head providing a good finger's worth of topping to the brew.

S: Smelled the way you would expect a porter to smell. Nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but pleasant.

T: Chocolaty. Maybe it was just me, but I felt a very heavy chocolate presence in this brew, which I absolutely loved.

M: Fairly high carbonation. Not thick like an imperial stout, but thicker than your average lager or a weaker porter.

D: If I'd been in the money spendin' mood, I would have definitely bought another round. As it is, I may head out to Hegedorns and see if they have it on the shelf. It was hard not to drink it too quickly!

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown at the edges with black in the center. Head is a mocha brown color.

I'm picking up all the great roasted aromas. Slight coffee smell and the rest is a mix of roasted malts.

This is one of the most flavorful beers I know of that fit into the session category. Reminds me of coffee ice cream, it has a pretty big coffee flavor that compares to something that uses coffee, and it is incredibly creamy. Some bitterness is in there too, completely complementing the beer and not standing out too much.

Lightly carbonated with an incredible creaminess that I mentioned before. This is one of the top beers from the bottle in terms of mouthfeel. Drinkability is high. Sips are small because of how dark the flavors are, but the intermissions between sips are very short.

This beer is very enjoyable and at a good price. I'll be getting a lot more of these, and then missing them when the season is over. I have to give a strong recommendation on this one.

Photo of Vendetta
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
August 17, 2008

Toasted, coffee aroma. Pleasant on the nose. Thick, bubbly, brown head, lots of lacing. Incredibly fine looking beverage. Woody, toasted, coffee taste. Enjoyable, different. Palate resembles drinking warm whipped cream, fantastic, but purely a winter beer.

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

This beer pours very dark brown in color with a creamy tan colored head that fades into a thick and sticky lace. Scent is of is dark roasted malts and sweet chocolaty cocoa--very inviting. Medium to full-bodied with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste starts off sweet and malty with notes of milk chocolate and a bit of dark fruit followed by some bitter and acidic flavors of dark (almost burnt) coffee. This is a highly enjoyable beer that I will be sure to pick up again.

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

Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves lace on the way down. Smells of chocolate and licorice. Tastes of chocolate, malty, roasty in the finish. Great roasty chocolaty flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth. moderate carbonation. Medium body. This is a fantastic porter, one of my favorites. At 5 % its easy to have a couple.

Photo of BeerSox
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

A thick two finger brown head slowly settles to a thin bubbly rim. The head has large bubbles in it. After the head finishes deflating, it leaves behind a solid webbed ring of lacing.

The aroma is loaded with roasted malts and coffee. A little bit of chocolate is in there as well. A light creaminess rolls in at the middle.

Gobs of bitter roasty malts are in the flavor, contributing to most of the bitterness in the beer. The hops are minimal, maybe adding a little bit of grassy flavor to the background. There is a bit of molasses here and there, and becomes more present as the beer warms. Full bodied with good carbonation. The malts linger for a while after each sip.

This one is all-malt and loads of it. I guess you can say the name describes this beer perfectly. It even has a bit of complexity with some coffee and chocolate notes. One of my favorite porters ever. Highly recommended.

Edit: After trying many porters, and many other beers, I can say that this is my all-time favorite. I wish a "5.5" was reserved for a one-time use for each BA. This beer would receive it from me.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle, best before 2/09, purchased from Capone's for $11/6pack. Poured into a dimple mug.

Color is black. This one is very dark. Only lets through the slightest bit of light around the edges when held to the light. Modest khaki head that settles to a collar and sparse film, leaves some lacing.

Smell is robust indeed. Lots of roasted malts crammed into this, coffee and chocolate are also evident. I have a hard time picking out hoppiness in dark beers, but this one does seem to have some floral/citrus qualities of american hops.

Taste follows the smell nicely. Full, rich, dark roasted malts, not really any noticeable alcohol which is no suprise but I would almost welcome some booze to compliment the malt.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, the carbonation and lower ABV keep it from being heavy. The bitter dryness from the roasted malts (or maybe the hops) seems to linger a bit too long.

Drinkability is high considering the flavor crammed into this. I could easily drink several of these over the course of a night. A great dark beer.

Photo of Amsterdam
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: black bodied with an aura of rusted copper and a short bronzed head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lacing.

aroma: the floral is malty, coffee, very nice and potent, but the lingering aroma is lighter and more crisp.

taste: full bodied taste of burnt coffee and dark chocolate barley. Flavor expands in the mouth. Reminiscent of the Twisted Pine's Espresso Stout and Mountain Sun's Java Porter. As the beer sits and my taste buds recoil slightly the beer takes on hints of sweetness that hit the sides of the tongue. Otherwise, it's a beer with only a few dimensions.

finish: lingering hint of bitter chocolate.

I tend to love overly dark and burned-tasting beer so this was very nice for me. The bitterness could be tamed down a notch to make this an exceptional drink comparable to a walk alone down a dark alleyway leading to a friend's house.

P.S. I tried this beer again on 21/1/09 and found the immediate smell and flavor of chlorine to be unsettling. A change in the water perhaps? While the flavors settled down eventually and were robust, the underlying chlorine remained. I asked a friend what she thought of the beer I was drinking. She smelled it and without any prompting at all told me, "It smells like a swimming pool." I'm guessing there was a change in the water quality.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a rocky one-finger light brown head. Reduces fast, but leaves nice patches of lace behind.
First thing you notice in the smell is chocolate, with some roasted black coffee. Discernible piney hops.
Flavor starts roasty/malty, very chocolatey with a moderate sweetness, then transitions to roasted coffee in the middle. Quick flash of spicy hops in the finish, which mellows and fades into a fantastic balance. Hop flavor compounds and becomes more prominent throughout the session (which is preferable to an increasing sweetness).
Feel is creamy and full.
A flavorful, complex, and enjoyable porter. My only experience with this brewery to date, but I definitely plan to sample their other beers soon.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 04/06/2008. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a pretty small dark tan head. Pretty much a huge coffee/roast bomb! Very good though, especially when paired with chocolate.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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

12 oz bottle poured into Pint glass

A: Dark brown with a red hue... very little head and little lacing..

S: Smell wonderful... Dark Chocolate, Caramel and Coffee.

T: Coffee right up front, followed by a nice splash of bitter dark chocolate and a hint of caramel malt... The aftertaste is a tad bitter and sits at the back of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is light, the finish is very smooth.... very enjoyable.

D: I love dark beer, and this one is very nice.... not as full bodied or as creamy as most I've found. But is very smooth and clean... I would look for this one again...

Bought Kroger Daleville VA. Make your own 6 pack... Nice selection...

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

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet. Think I've bought this a couple times but have never drank one.

Pours a deep dark ruby red in the edges, but black everywhere else, very opaque, huge and thick chocolate milk head forms, drops a ton of lacing, insane retention, retains a solid layer for the whole bottle. Smell is very rich and roasty, tons of dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, bit of smoke, raisins, more chocolate, vanilla, some piny hops, just great. Taste is similar, milk chocolate and toffee, coffee roast, vanilla, ash, figs, bread, nuts, very dry roasty finish, tons of chocolate, light pine and solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very rich porter, almost perfect. Would like a little more flavour, but the appearance and aroma are pretty great. Thicker body would be a plus as well.

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

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

Appears black in color, though some reddish highlights do manage to show themselves. One inch thick creamy tan head settles to a thin skim and leaves some nice looking lacing.

Aroma is of dark chocolate, charred wood, some medium roast coffee, and a bit of sweet caramel.

Taste is quite chocolatey initially with a mild caramel sweetness but it is taken over by the charred woodiness and a coffee finish. A very slight vanilla in there as well. Hops aren't too present in the flavor but they do contribute a nice earthiness and bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good and chewy, with creamy carbonation.

This was an excellent American Porter, easily one of the best that I've had. I wish Smuttynose distributed out here as I've enjoyed everything I've had from them so far.

Photo of CountLupulus
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours to a lovely licorice near-opacity. Earthy brown head flexes and then tumbles, lengthening sticky fingers and tracking ivy lacing that keeps its hold.

Smell: Gorgeous: chock with malts, and a fiesty roasted crackle. Pour this one into a glass: the scent needs room to roam, and the bottle keeps it a caged beast.

Taste: Early flick of bittering hops yield to a brilliant blush of malts, densely integrated, with a long roasted aroma that rolls in slow, and hangs about the cave at the back of the mouth so that it finishes a ghostly aroma, wrapped almost to the nose. A nip of bitterness anchors the breadth of the tongue throughout, giving that burgeoning bouquet of malts plenty of arc before they fold and recede.

Drinkability: Each gulp is like a shooting star: there is a distinctive fluid sequence that is seamless and brief, so there is sure relish in paying attention to what's making you happy. The promise of a deeper glow drains one's glass with steady meter. As mine just has!

Photo of Biscuit033
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black with a two+ finger caramel color headwith very nice retention and lacing.

S: Very strong dark roasty malts and espresso notes.

T: Roaty, campdire like smokiness, dark very bitter chocolate and espresso with a hint of oatmeal or cream.

M: Full, smooth, and creamy.

D: There is so much going on here that I want to keep going back for more. The low ABV makes it easy to have a few of these.

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

Notes from Sept. '08:

Pours a very dark brown into a pint glass with a dense half inch tan head. Retention is shorter than expected given the pour yet yields spotty sticky lacing throughout.

Caramel, chocolate and fig dominate the nose, led by a blast of roasted malts.

Tastes of chocolate and light coffee with a good hop presence. Chewy and spicy black licorice flavors arrive a bit later and finishing with a lingering ever-so-bitter chocolate close. A nice medium body matches the style and the carbonation rather well. I'm slowly becoming a fan of Porters, guess it's time to settle into 'winter' mode.

Photo of Douglas88
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours a black color with a medium light-brown head. The aroma is very nice; roasted malts, some coffee, light dark fruits and smoke. The flavor is excellent; lots of rich roasted malts and some chocolates. A strong hop mix balances the beer out somewhat. Lots of smoke and a nice dark fruit aspect too. Very nice.

Photo of sliverX
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poored a very dark brown almost black with a 1 finger head that was a light coffee color which dissipated to a film built mostly around the rim of the glass
smelled malty with a hint of peanut butter
tastes of bitter chocolate with a peanut butter finish somewhat bitter
thick but a good think in the mouth
very drinkable but not something you'd sit around and cut the grass with

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark, brown...bordering on black because barely any light gets through. Held up to light though, you can see a slight reddish hue. Initial aggressive pour yields about half a cm of head that dissipates into a thin film of suds. Leaves some lacing and rings down the side as you drink it.

S: Smell is lighter than the taste here. Dominated by a roasted caramel scent coupled with a coffee-like taste. I don't drink any coffee, so I can't tell you what kind of coffee it would be, but there is a definite coffee smell here.

T: Roasted malts up front, followed by the caramel malts and the coffee flavor. It hits you harder than it does in the scent. I almost wasn't expecting such a rich flavor. The aftertaste is a toasty mix of barley and caramel malts. And BOY does it linger! The aftertaste has a little bitter note to it.

M: Starts you off with a little twang from the light carbonation and finished with an extremely smooth. As I roll it around my palate, i can feel the carbonation disappearing.

D: For such a dark beer, I found the texture pretty light. I would say this is a medium-bodied brew. I couldn't quite see sessioning this, but there is definitely potential for you to enjoy more than one of these in a sitting.

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

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields an inky ebony body capped with two very fine fingers of milk chocolatey foam. The head recedes very slowly, resting at a thick sheet that leaves thin, webby bands of lacing at the sip lines to mark the passing of the drink.

The smell is of the drink is darkly roasty, with dark, fudgy chocolate, sweet caramel syrup and a solid, hefty note of fresh-brewed espresso with a twist of lime.

The taste is rich, bold, and indeed robust, with an intense flavor of big, black, bitter black coffee softened with a spritz of chocolate milk, then dusted with fine-grated baker's chocolate. Smutty's Robus Porter is more chocolatey and sweeter as the drink warms and the coffee bitterness subsequently fades a bit.

The drink is silky-smooth and medium-bodied

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a solid black with just a bit of deep amber at the bottom of the glass. A nice brown head and some good lacing.

S-Caramel and roasted coffee.

T-Bittersweet chocolate in the front, finishing with a roasted coffee malt.

M-Rather light and clean with medium carbonation.

D-A very good porter. Roasty, sweet, enjoyable to drink.


Photo of deanhead
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich chocolaty, cola colored beer, with absolutely no head to speak of.
Aroma comes with strong notes of cacao and roasted coffee.
Rich tasting, lot's and lots going on here. Toffee, Coffee, Chocolate, French roasted coffee beans, with a hint of smoke.

Medium bodied, velvety beer that just coats the tongue and linger momentarily before finishing somewhat dry.

Highly drinkable porter. In fact this is one of the best beers that I have from smuttynose yet. Excellent job. Get some.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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