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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 150
Gots: 209 | 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 joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Best Before 8/08

I received this in a recent trade with israel, thanks again! Smuttynose Robust Porter pours the darkest of browns that border on black. When the body is directly backlit there are very faint garnet hues throughout. A soft pour produced a swirling two fingers worth of khaki colored head. As it fell to the thick cap it settled at it became creamy and left some really nice sheet lacing down the glass.

This porter has a really great nose. It's all at once roasty, nutty, and chocolaty. The roastiness leads the way and is accompanied by a nice mellow dark chocolaty goodness. Something along the lines of hazelnut comes through faintly here and there along with ghost like notes of maple syrup. The nuttiness seems to show up at different times. Each swirl of the glass brings a quick whiff of coffee grounds.

The flavor falls just short of the stellar aroma but is very good none the less. The roastiness still has the spotlight and all the other aromas are there in the flavor although not quite as bright and vibrant. The coffee grounds and roastiness leaves a slightly bitter finish that makes this an all around solid porter. The nuttiness plays in the flavor too flashing here and there.

Robust porter sports a medium body with enough carbonation to keep things moving quickly. The roasty bitterness keeps growing as I drink.

The drinkability is enhanced by the lighter body and solid carbonation. This is a porter than can be easily enjoyed a few at a time.

This is one of my favorite sessionable porters and I tend to pick up a sixer whenever I'm in an area that carries Smuttynose. Robust Porter is incredibly easy to drink and very flavorful.

Photo of corey0212
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's time to work my way through the "everyday" Smuttynose beers, some of my favorites for quite some time....

Pours nearly black, some faint reddish highlights, big foamy tan head fades to a thin film on top of the beer, tons and tons of lacing. Smell is dark roasted coffee, some milk chocolate, and maybe just a touch of soft floral hoppiness. Taste is just huge on the coffee, with some great burnt edges, some bittersweet chocolate, slight plum flavor. Perfectly carbonated for an American Porter, great mouthfeel, and endlessly lingering coffee aftertaste. Really just a great porter, one of my favorites, and with the relatively low ABV, you could definitely have a few.

Photo of tmitch75
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Monthly club selection for May. Dark brown color, opaque, with 1-finger creamy tan head. Some chunks in the bottom despite being fresh (labeled as best by 10/08). Maybe something happened in shipping, but I can't know for sure.

Roasty malt smell with a light chocolate sweetness.

Strong coffee flavor with roasty bitter chocolate. Bitterness is almost all from burnt malt, no discernable hop flavor.

Medium body, nothing special.

Just average to me. I expected better and will try again, but I am not overly impressed. That said, it wasn't terrible either.

Tested on 6/11/08.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams *ultimate* beer glass at 40 degrees.

This was the third of six of these thanks to a NE BA trade.

Pours with a thick, tan head that maintains an 1/8 inch the entire session. Black is black with a light tan head.

Robust aroma. Is that being lazy on my part? Hard to pinpoint any distinct aroma...chocolate seems to certainly be there.

Very nice, robust, flavor. I'm really on to this whole robust classification. I suggest Smuttynose consider an aggresive, multi-million dollar marketing campaing for the "Great American Robust Porter."

Photo of mountdew1
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark coffee brown with a touch of transparency. Head was mocha colored, disappeared very quickly, but left a retaining ring around the top. Aroma was sweet, but also had tinges of burnt coffee. Taste reminded me of burnt wheat bread with a bit of bitter dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor lingered after drinking. Felt a little bitter and slightly acidic in the mouth, but coated well and not overly carbonated. Easy to drink but the limited alcohol content seemed to hit harder than I would expect for a similar ABV.

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

Pours a white lingering lace evolving to a lasting thin coverage.
Smell reminds me of my first Porter I loved from Catamount. Sorry they are gone. Deep malted chocolate taste that lingers on.
Smooth on the tongue.
I could drink this til the cows come home Smutty.

Photo of Pleepleus
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Had a black color with tan hues and a minimal cream colored head with sketchy lacing. Smelled like burnt malts, nuts and coffee. The coffee taste is big up front with bittersweet chocolate. Nice mild carbonation but thin enough to stay true to style. Sticky mouthfeel and long aftertaste of coffee. This was good but would I say
"Robust"? Is that the right word for this? I think not.

Photo of mhewes
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a nice black with a tan head.

S : Lots of coffee, hints of chocolate. Some roasted malt also

T : Strong bitter coffee flavor. Roasted malt flavor also but the coffee tends to overshadow everything else

M : Medium bodied, good carbonation

D : It's a pretty good porter, one I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields a creamy, dark tan head that sits nicely atop this opaque black brew.

Smell is sweet milk chocolate with a hint of bitter hops & yeastiness.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, slightly toasted malts. Finishes with a dry nuttiness.

There is a nice amount of carbonation to keep this beer from becoming syrupy sweet. Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable porter. I will keep coming back to this one.

Photo of nsmartell
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the micro of the month club bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thin stream of deep black colored beer with a small tan head.

Smell: Hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Slightly smoky, toasted malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Dry light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty brew. I would seek this out again.

Photo of nasty15108
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one from my Hyland24. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Black, with an ever so small tan head that disappeared into a thin spotty film. Good lace work throughout.

S - Slightly smokey aroma. Lots of coffee and hints of chocolate.

T - Smokey with hints of dark roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Finishes off with a slightly bitter hop flavor.

MF&D - Medium bodied porter with pleanty of flavor. Definitely worth checking out.

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

Had a bottle of this from zdester.

Poured a dark brown, little bit of light coming though the side of my tumbler. About a finger of head.

Smells like hop, very earthy with a very mild malt.

Taste is bitter, alot of hop, molasses and coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium, very nice for a porter, and not to much carbonation.

Drinkability here is a bit above average. I'm not a huge fan of porter but I do like the style, and in the event that I can get this again I'd take it over some others that I've had. Good call here.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Near opaque black with a solid finger head.

S- Roasted malts intermingled with a strong earthy hopp presense.

T- An assertive roasted malt taste with hints of coffee lends way ever so slightly toward the middle to allow for a little bit of sweetness. The sweetness doesn't stick around long as it gets out of the way for an equally assertive hop finish.

M- Pretty spot on.

D- For a porter this is quite drinkable.

Even though I'm not a huge porter fan, this is one terrific beer.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into nonic glass

A - Jet black pour, tantalizing! 1/2 finger caramel head. Good.

S - Initial coffee hit, good mix of malty sweet aroma.

T - Ooh, powerful coffee bite on first taste. I like my porters a little more smoky, a tough more roasty, and mild, but to get that taste appropriately into a beer takes talent. Rapidly improves after a few sips, losing a bit of complexity but hitting the right notes for a porter.

M/D - Moderate to above average carbonation which lingers a while, interesting. Medium viscosity, more or less where a Porter tends to/should be. Has that sticky thing going on, and if anything could use a little more of that.

I have a feeling this is a few hairs short of fantastic on tap but loses a little something off its fastball in a bottle.

Photo of deepsouth
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a jet black color with a cascading creamy tan head. excellent lacing.

the smell is of chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee and hops are detectable in the nose.

the taste is consistent with the smell. nice balance. slight alcohol warming.

the mouthfeel is thicker than expected. it is very robust! it is slightly chewy and slightly oily.

this is a wonderful session porter that i wish i could get in my area. it is very inviting and begs to be drank.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep brown almost black, with ruby edges shining through reluctantly. Good sized tan headthat fades quickly but leaves evidence behind in the form of a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of roasted and dark malted grains. Some dark fruit aroma as well. Tastes of dark malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. Finishes dry and bitter and that is a good thing.

Nice big-bodied and pleasantly drinkable robust porter.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was quite good; it was the name says, a quite robust porter. Lots of very dry roastiness with some bitterness and some nice accompanying flavors. Very good.

It pours black with a tall root beer-like head which was tan in color and demonstrated some durability. Aroma was lots of dry roastiness with some measure of toffee, coffee, and chocolate smells. The first flavor that hits you is a big amount of bitterness brought on by just how much dry roastiness there is in the flavor which is accompanied by some chalky mouthfeel, followed with a sweeter and smoother finish. About half-way down the glass, the mouthfeel seem smoother and slicker as well.

I thought this beer was quite good, and i would recommend it as a very fine (dry) porter. I bought this bottle at Woodman's in Oak Creek.

Photo of pwoods
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cburian for adding this in the amazing Secret Bunny package that he sent me.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before July 08 clearly notched.

A: Pours a deep black with no visible light. 1 1/2 fingers of mocha colored head, tight, with good retention. Good lacing throughout.

S: 'Robust' :) The balance is very good. Coffee, chocolate, cola, nutmeg, molasses, old coffee grounds, cinnamon(?).

T/M: Nearly strong enough to be a stout. Plenty of dryness. More from the scent, the coffee, chocolate, cola, etc. etc. Everything seems to be done to the extreme, but a nice balance between everything. Body is quite a bit above medium but not full or heavy. Carbonation is controlled but lends a nice velvety texture.

D: Even with the balance, I think I'd be done after one of these. Tasty but probably a night cap or desert brew. 5.7% is actually surprising. Alcohol isn't really present in the nose or taste but the the intensity and... well, the robustness(lol) of this brew would make you think much higher than 5.7%.

Photo of dmamiano
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown,,almost black. Ruby edges show through when held to the light.

Decent tan head after a hard pour.Quickly fades to a lace.
Smell is very roasty. Of roasted malts, chocolate also very evident.
Taste is very full. Strong roastiness and very, very heavy undertones of chocolate.
Finishes on the bitter side and leaves an "ashy" taste in the mouth.
On of the best porters I have had in a while!

Photo of Tilley4
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to joeybeerbelly for sending this one my way!

Pours out midnight black with this remarkable head... What a beautiful porter...

Aroma is more the same... Beautiful roasted chocolate malts with the faintest of hop aromas that sets this one off... So far tgis looks and smells unbelievable...

Pretty good taste of cocoa and chocolate malts... Little bit watery mouthfeel... Strange aftertaste.. Bitter but not in a good way...still pretty good though..

Overall, a really good porter.. Maybe not world class but it is still drinkable as hell and went great with my grilled cheese and tomato soup combo...

Photo of praufs01
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black in color with a thick creamy tan head.

Aroma - Hay and chocolate aromas.

Palate - Smooth and creamy.

Flavor - Earthy, dusty taste with a lingering dark chocolate flavor.

Final thoughts - Very smooth and rich. I really enjoyed this one and I like the bottle label.

Photo of animal69
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another from my smutty sampler ; pours a deep, almost lightless cherry-cola black w/ a small light-brown head which dissipates a bit quick leaving a fat ring of decent lacing all the way down my nonic ; a piney citrus hop mixed with dark roasted malts, some dark fruits present as well, reminds me of an RIS ; a rich, toasty flavor, almost tart w/ roasted nuts and a touch of citrus hop about midway, finishes well, dry w/ a slightly bitter coffee/toffee note ; a surprisingly light body, though quite creamy feeling, decent co2 prob. contributes to that ; an excellent beer, i'll def. enjoy this one again...

Photo of Kallessin
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a deep mahogany color, very dark with some slight reddish highlights. It has a very small tan head. Holds to the glass nicely. Wish it has more of head, but it may have been my pour.

Very strong smell of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt.

It's absolutely delicious. A strong roasted flavor, and again with hints off coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. It's slightly bitter towards the finish, but very well balanced.

It's fairly dry and thin with a moderate amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth very well and goes down easy.

This beer is outstanding. No other way to put it. I could drink it all day.

Photo of JDV
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles from kmweaver and ahatcher78, thanks!!
Pours dark black with a rich short lived brown head. Smell is roasty chocolately malt. Nice and rich. Taste is equally if not more rich, dark and roasty and lightly bittered to perfectly balance. Full bodied and just the perfect palate for a porter with light to moderate carbonation. Light burnt roasty notes and some coffee flavors appear without it being a coffee beer. Some light hops and dusty chocolate in the finish. What an incredible and drinkable porter this is. Up there with Troegs Dead Reckoning, and Nogne O Porter for my absolute favorites in the style, and otherwise.

Photo of MiScusi
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle notched with best by date of July '08. Thank you to Imstillthegman for this offering from Secret Bunny BIF.

A- Dark dark brown, almost black in the glass. Frothy light tan head.

S- Roasted barley smell with a touch of burnt malt. A little sweet chocolate in there as well.

T- Lots of bitter roasted barley finishing with some sweet caramel. Bitter highly roasted malts stay in the back of the throat for a while.

M- Thicker than most porters. About medium overall I'd say, and nice for a richer robust porter.

Overall not my favorite tastes in a porter. I would have liked a little more caramel or chocolate sweetness in here to balance out the sometimes acrid roastiness.

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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