Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,226
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 140
Gots: 179 | 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 Zephenbrewid
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into 16 oz nonic pint glass

A - Creamy beige head, opaque black, only a slight hint of red hues when held under bright light
S - Very chocolately smell, though not entirely strong, with a bit of alcohol scent shining through
T - Bitter taste all over, roasted malts are, as expected, the dominant force, and as a note, the bitterness tends to linger around throughout
M - good tingle from carbonation, with a thick creamy body

In other words, pretty much everything I was expecting it would be. A solid porter

Photo of kimcgolf
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a very dark brown/almost black color with a thick dark brown head thatr lingered thru mid-glass and left very good lacing on the glass. Smooth malty aroma of chocolate, coffee and a hint of caramel. The taste emphasized the sweet chocolate as well, but with enough hops to provide enough offset to keep from being too sweet. Full bodied with a somewhat warming finish, makes this a darn good beer.

Nice, nostalgic label too.

Photo of AltBock
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a kick ass label. It's a kick ass label if you love the circus. This label depicts a recent black and white picture of a circus strong man with a female trapeze artist in one hand and a full sized beer barrel in the other. To the right of the couple is an old dog wearing some kind of costume. At the bottom of the portrait is some wording written in French. It looks like it's the name of the circus this couple and dog works for, but hell if I know what that means. To the right of the picture is the US Government warning and to the left is a clearly notched best before date of June 2007. OOPS!

Appearance: When poured into a plain and simple mug, Robust Porter is the same color as straight up black coffee. It was so black that an all black cat walked up and said "Damn, that's a black beer!" Not only was the color of the beer great, but the head of foam was just as nice. It had a half an inch head of tan colored foam that seemed to take forever to dissipate. After some time had passed, the head of foam finally dissipated into a small tan skim, tan rings, and quite a few beautiful tan colored streaks of lace around the glass.

Smell: It had an aroma that was just filled to the brim with bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, espresso, a dab of sweet caramel, a pinch of roasted hops, and the sweat of a hard working circus strong man. Well, maybe the sweat smell doesn't exist, but it's true that this aroma contained a high amount of dark roasted flavors. Like it was supposed to.

Taste: This Porter put the robust into "Robust Porter." Not only was it robust, but the taste was definitely dry and bitter with plenty of roasted hops. After the roasted hops had passed, bitter dark chocolate, a pinch of sweet caramel, dark roasted malt, and a pound of roasted coffee beans had emerged from the background and into the spotlight. If that wasn't enough, more bitter roasted hops came out after all those flavors had passed. They weren't down for the count just yet. When you come down to it, it's just a great tasting beer filled with nothing but dark roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: It was medium to full bodied, robust (of course), and had a nice bitter aftertaste of roasted hops, roasted coffee beans, and a splash of bitter dark chocolate. Just like everything else in this beer, nothing was done until it said it was done. This aftertaste seemed to linger on my taste buds for quite a long time. Basically, the aftertaste lasted until you drank some water or another nonalcoholic beverage.

Drinkability: For a beer that reportedly "expired" in June of 2007, it was excellent. It this is what it's like when it's 7 months old, I would love to try this beer fresh. This is one beer that I'm sure I will enjoy again in the near future. As a matter of fact, I wish I had another one right now.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porter? This pours a stoutish black with a slight hint of ruby redness about its edges. Nice espresso creamy head sitting atop as well, which leaves behind some good sticky lacing.

I already smelled the coffee and chocolate before this one was poured out into my imperial pint glass. Roasted acidic flavors linger in the background as well.

Tastes of bitter baking cocoa and roasted coffee. Acidic roasted flavors are little bit much for me to handle and I'm a coffee fiend. Fairly straightforward and holds up to the robust name.

Mouthfeel is lacking some of the creamy consistencies I expected. The carbonation comes off as what I can only describe as prickly and enhances the acidic flavors. Close to what I would describe as sessionable, but the acidic flavors (as I've frequently mentioned) come off as overbearing and I would have difficulty trying to finish a second bottle.

Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Kudashov. Thanks again!

Pours a deep dark brown color, with a small tan head.

Aromas are rich and malty. Dark roasted malts, toast, and dark chocolate. Very nice nose.

Flavors follow the aromas nicely. Rich, malty, crisp, with some dark roasted malts and dark chocolate notes. Finish is a bit bitter, crisp, and with a slight bite to it.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Feels a touch light to me, but not bad at all.

Drinkability is very good. A very rich and flavorful porter, that is easy to drink. Good stuff!

Photo of wiseguy142
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I initially opened the bottle of this the aroma of this beer seemed to right at my face. It's dark.. very dark with a reddish tinge to it. A really enjoyable dark beer where the hop bitterness doesn't deter you from taking another gulp right after the previous one. Great for winter. I'd say it could be a little more alcoholic to complement the rest of the flavors, but I don't think that's what they were going for. Overall very good, I'm going to buy more.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle

Appearance: Opaque black, rich red around the bottom of the pint glass when held up to the light. Head pours a good 2 fingers thick, deep brownish color that collapsed by the second sip. Very little retention.

Smell: Big roasted coffee and bitter belgian chocolate nose hits you right away. Very sweet.

Taste: Sweet dark chocolate and coffee dominate in every sip. The flavor lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Below average.

Overall: A very delicious porter. Darker than most I have seen, and very similar to a stout. Very similar to the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, just not quite as bitter and thick. A very good winter release.

Photo of iceball585
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black color, non-transparent, thin tan lacy cover that stayed throughout

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, sweet smelling

T- Strong roasted malts, milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hint of smokeyness and hops near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, starts sweet then turns to a fairly dry bitter finish

D- Great session beer

This is one great porter in my opinion. Not a lot of complexity to the taste or the auroma but still very good none the less.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from lefthandedrighty. Poured a super black with 2 fingeres of foamy latte head. Aroma of espresso, chicory. Nice porter taste- espresso, bitter coffee bean. Milk chocolate on the nose with somewhat of a thin mouthfeel. Touch of caramel in the body with a nice warming hop finish. I liked this one a lot.

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted this cool into my caracole tulip, purchased at Thirsty's in York, Pa.
A - A deep walnut brown w/a smooth head of khaki that measures about 2.5 fingers. The laces stickage is thick and held well.

S - Like fine but subtly roasted coffee w/ a raspberry fruity ester and a citrusy lemony hop note.

M - Rich, thick and creamy w/ a nice spicy bitterness w/a full effervessence and a dry finish.

T - A roasty chocolate w/ honeyish smooth malt and a fruity dry taste w/ plenty of citrus/pine tinged hop flavor that matches the malt intensity. Nutty w/ plenty of spice that increases as it warms. Dry sugar notes linger in the background as the last sip is consumed.

D - Very rich, flavorful, roasty, dry and spicy w/ a hop zest. A very drinkable and robust porter. The quaffability of this ale is high, a nice robust offering from Smuttynose.

Photo of BBM
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a silky, deep brown color with a smooth coffee-colored head and nice residual lacing around the glass. The aroma is roasty and sweet, with hints of chocolate and espresso beans.

I have found the consummate American porter. Smuttynose gave an apt description by calling it robust, because that is exactly what it is. The heavy roasted malts, burnt dark chocolate flavor, lots of coffee bean flavor, and just the right amount of hops create a wonderfully complex and satisfying drinking experience. The mouthfeel is medium-thick and creamy. You don't have to sip it, but you'll want to savor it for as long as possible. Excellent job, and another real gem by Smuttynose.

Photo of Folderol
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, I don't get the fuss about this beer. It poured black into my glass with a short head that receded to a very thin film. The smell was a sweet sort of dark malt that's pretty much par for a modern porter. The taste is a pretty simple deep roast, and it turns bitter very quickly. Not very complex or "robust". I'm not impressed with this beer or others of its style (Mocha Porter, Anchor Porter) - they're just too bitter and not very drinkable for me.

Photo of bassmantin
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good porter.

Pours a beautiful medium brown with nice dark tan head that absolutely clings to the glass. Smell is fairly powerful with notes of chocolate and hints of coffee. Taste starts sweet and subtle and builds slowly to a nice strong finish with a good hoppy balance. The taste lasts so long! This is one to savor and does not disappoint like some porters. I could drink this all night!

Thanks to citrusjim for this one.

Photo of erosier
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first thing to say about this beer is that it is most definately robust. Extremely dark pour with a thick caramel colored head. The aroma is strong smelling of sweet malt and hints of coffee and a little caramel. Very roasted nutty flavor with a very bitter but refreshing finish. Aftertaste is very good. The roasted flavor really comes out wiht a very coffee-like flavor. The finish is very clean and very bitter. If I were an alcoholic, I would heat this up and drink it for breakfast. Definately very drinkable if you like this type of beer.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. Dark brown color with a medium light tan head and streaks of lacing. Coffee, hops and a touch of chocolate in the nose. Rich body with a well-balanced array of flavors from bitter coffee and hops to roasted malt and chocolate. The finish is dry with a roasted coffee flavor and lingering hops. Pretty good all around.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark almost black brown, with a medium tan head; mild ruby hints if you hold it up to the light.
The aroma was excellent, with deep coffe roast, burnt chocolate and caramel and toffee.
The taste was an excellent balance of sweet chocolate and fruits, playing against bitter burnt coffee and rasted malt.
The feel was a bittersweet experience the whole way through, but balanced well. The bitter acid of coffee hits you first but fades slowly into the semi-sweet finish.
Overall an excellent porter and a great brew for SN.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Smuttynose Porter poured dark brown topped by a medium sized tan head with limited retention. It has a rich roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee notes that blend well with a mild hop background. The taste is certainly robust with strong dark malt flavors that are only mildly tempered by hops and followed by a moderately bitter and semi-dry finish. Overall, I found the Smuttynose Robust Porter to be a bit of a dissapointment. It looks good and smells great, but the mouthfeel was thinned by a prickly carbonation and the taste seemed a bit too acrid and burnt for my taste.

Photo of mnj21655
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle best by Dec 07.

Pours a deep brown mahogany with a minimal dark tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smells of roasted coffee, lightly malty and wonderfully chocolately. Taste is much like the smell, which was, of course, excellent. Roastyness its dominant, but also present are a bitterness derived from the roast and a pleasant malty and chocolate flavors. In my opinion the roastyness is a bit too intense and somewhat overpowers the other flavors but this is still great. Mouthfeel is good, medium body, and low-moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, as mentioned before the only problem that I perceive is the overwhelming roasty character but then again thats just my opinion. I'd certainly recommend this beer and will definitely have this again.

Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep back with a two finger tan head that fades very slowly to a thick cap. The lacing is very sticky, leaving behind a several layers of rings.

Smell; dark roasted coffee beans, chocolate and molasses dominate, but there's also an undercurrent of some dark fruits and bitter, citric hops.

Taste; lots of roasted malts and coffee beans. Chocolate and molasses fade into dark cherries and mildly citrus hops. The chocolate, molasses and fruits do a good job of providing a counter to the roasted coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a quite a bit of a creamy carbonation that never becomes biting, and the drinkability is good, but with the big coffee flavors might be a bit hard to drink more than a couple.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan colored head. The aroma is intense, with a huge roastiness, along with some belgian chocolate, some toasted bread, slightly fruity esters, and a touch of resiny hops. The flavor is equally impressive, with notes of espresso, gourmet dark chocolate, burnt bread, dark fruits (plum and date), some mild resiny hops and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy without being overbearing, and the drinkability is exceptional. A great porter from Smuttynose, one of the best for sure.

Photo of Marty
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aptly named brew from a Brewery that I don't pay enough attention to. Pours a deep brown without heaps of carbonation, even when poured from a decent height. Bouquet is dominated by hops and malty sweetness. Tastes, well, great... complex, well rounded, roasted malty sweetness with enough hops to keep you on your toes. Would like to do a blind taste test with this and a few of my other favorite porters. This could very well become a staple fridge beer.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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