Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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2,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,434
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 165
Gots: 292 | FT: 6
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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 Oldejoe
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look. Beautiful dark brown caramel, lusty tan head.
Smell. Toasted stuff, leather, spicey twang.
Taste. Toasted stuff, balanced, slight malt in the front, slight hoppy and dry finish.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, slight crispiness, a bit chewy in the back.
Overall. For me, it's a bit thin and a bit too middle of the road. I prefer a stronger lean toward either the malt or the hop. Not nuts about dry finishes in a dark beer.

Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a huge foamy 2-3 finger dark tan colored head that had a ton of tiny bubbles and dissipated very slowly with craters forming as it dropped and foamy rings as it went down – a very impressive looking head.

Smells of roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel, molasses, coffee beans, dark chocolate bar, some fruity sweetness like a citrus hop, and then more roasted espresso or coffee notes. Very nice smelling beer that is indeed robust smelling.

Tastes picks up where the nose left off and is a mix of cocoa powder, molasses, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, coffee beans, dark chocolate bar, citrus hops like grapefruit or orange peel, charred wood and some smoked grains that have a coffee or hop bitterness yet sweeten up as it finishes. The flavor is less coffee and chocolate and a tad more citrus sweetness, which was very interesting as it added nice balance and changed what I thought was going to be a malt heavy brew with a lot of roast to it; I really enjoyed the sweetness which was whipped cream-like and had toffee and/or brown sugar trail to the slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was smooth and on the watery side with mild carbonation, a medium body that had some chewy consistency, and a nice slightly bitter finish that had sweet fruit and sweet chocolate notes help it ease down quite enjoyably. A damn good porter that always delivers.

Photo of Booty
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great Porter, one of my favorite. Pick up a Sixer, you'll love it. Perfect for the winter. Grab some before this Tues Blizzard. World Class for sure. Cheers.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/8/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around- the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome porter style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the abv. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of DaveBar
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $15.00 for a 6pk of 355ml bottles. Served at a chilly 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone pretty darn fast. Very dark.

S- Has some good malt and coco. Slight toffee

T- Lots of coco. Touch of chocolate. Some coffee. Very light all around. No detection of alcohol period. Not really a good thing at 6.6% so be careful.

M- Light but grainy. Typical porter dryness.

O- Rather nice porter. Porters are not my cup of tea but as far as porters go this one is pretty good.

Food Pairing

This pretty good porter went well with..... Fish and chips. Wasn't the best pairing but it was pretty good. Halibut in a beer batter- Porter beer!


Photo of BIll_Currie
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

first smuttynose beer i've had. very good

Photo of reelnittygritty
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Delicious porter. Fantastic beer. Paired with homemade charcoal grilled bacon cheeseburger.

Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Surprisingly heavily carbonated. Dark reddish-brown. Solid two-finger head; nice lacing.

This is not as sweet as a lot of the porters. There is malt, coffee, chocolate - but not overwhelming. It finishes on a nice dry, bitter note.

A really good porter. Right up there with Edmund Fitz.

(Where DOES Smuttynose find their pictures for the labels??)

Photo of Harleydls
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid porter with smoky full malt flavor and slight bitterness.

Photo of uvachief
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark mahogany red. One of the best looking beers I have seen. Full 3 fingers of head with abb aggressive pour. Nice lingering head with lacing. Smell the malt, coffee and chocolate. Not as full in the mouth as you would expect from the head and look but not light either. Carbonation is heavy. Chewy though. Taste the malts and hops but well balanced and smooth. Very subtle coffee and chocolate notes. Goes down easy without burn or boozy aftertaste. Less spice than expected. Good winter porter. I could drink several back to back. Halfway through a pint and head still lingers with nice lacing. Very impressive porter.

Photo of Bookaboom
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hop flavor with strong hints of coffee and cocoa. Really good porter.

Photo of mick303
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, good appearance with a dark brown colour and good film retention. Smell had coffee and some dark cocoa but also some fusual alcohol esters. Pleasant roasty and licorice herbalness. Taste is creamy with chocolate and toasty malt and a good dose of bitter earthy hop notes. Pleasant feel, dark licorice notes, dark malt, some orange spice. Good roastiness with a creamy satisfying mouthfeel. Enjoyable porter, some warmth and spice to it. Pretty good balance to make it a satisfying but quenching porter.

Photo of RogieRog
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad tasting beer dark,rich & robust flavor.

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

the platonic ideal of the type. in my considered opinion, this is the epitome of the style. when i want a porter, this is what i want.

Photo of kw_pip
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark flat not too sweet good winter flavors

Photo of Pete_IV
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I havnt had this beer in a while, but what a solid porter.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted malt nose, dark opaque black with brown head. Strong malt up front with lingering coffe and some hops to finish. Delightful stuff.

Photo of bmeehan
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Good flavor, but really strong. A little too strong.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally made it to my 500 the review. Purchased a six pack from the LCBO for just under $15 CDN. Wanted something pretty special for the review, and while this isn't uncommon for the neighbours to the south, this is pretty special to get up here in Canada. Advertised as 6.6% ABV. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - nearly black coloured beer and covered with a dense two fingers of tan head. Impossible to see inside this beauty and the head retention is pretty great. Very good looking beer.

Smell - plenty of dark roasty chocolate aromas and some coffee. Not much else, but comes through with a ice blend of those two big aromas.

Taste - coffee and dark chocolate, with each sip seeming to alternate between which of the two flavours is more dominant. Usually starts a bit sweet lending itself to the chocolate feel before the bitterness of the hops and the coffee flavours take over. Just a bit of sweet vanilla caramel mixture in thee too.

Mouthfeel - smooth, well carbonated, full bodied. Long lasting aftertaste and slightly dry finish.

Overall - a very well crafted American porter, not quite Edmund Fitzgerald in my mind but certainly a worthy offering for my 500th review. For my fellow Canadians, pick this up while you can.

Photo of Gperson
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Bottle. Drinkable, rich, smooth. Great coffee/chocolate flavor--a bit much carbonation at a finish when I expected nirvana. Such a good beer.

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

Pours out a deep brown with a thin, tan head. Smells of roast malts, brown sugar, mild fruity esters. I'm surprise there's no coffee in this. Big coffee and roasted malt flavor dominates. Solid bitterness in the finish, which feels like a mix of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight. Carbonation is relaxed. Overall, this is a very solid porter, leaning more towards stout territory IMO.

Photo of fank2788
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A shade lighter than black and semi opaque, the bubbles on top are thin and light khaki in color. The smell is coffee and roast malt, dark caramel maybe a hint of chocolate and a bit of floral hops. The taste is a wonderful balance of the roast malt character combined with bitter black coffee and a rather assertive hop bitterness that blends nicely with the bitter character of the malts. Medium in body with low to medium levels of carbonation, the finish is a little bit dry and definitely bitter I'd prefer it to be just a bit more smooth and have a sweeter finish. Overall this is quite good I cant believe I've overlooked it for as long as I have.

Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thin caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with lots of slightly spiced cocoa, coffee and muffled dark fruits.
Nice flavor with notes of chocolate, some espresso, licorice, earthy and piney hops, charred wood and grapefruits. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and a long lasting roasted note.
Medium body with mild but vivid carbonation.
Flavorful and superbly balanced Porter. Bold mocha roasted notes and a good complexity and hop profile: earthy, citrusy and piney. Huge drinkability, a truly American Porter, not radical.

Photo of mschipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into a glass pint. Very dark beer with a thick brown head, moderate amount of lacing that sticks for the duration of the drink. Smell is raisin and coffee with hint of piney hops. Taste, absolutely delicious. Raisin, toasted caramel, dark burnt coffee, piney hops, and perhaps date or plum. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, very smooth. Overall, an outstanding porter. Well done by Smuttynose especially as I'm not a fan of most of their brew.

Photo of kevinlater
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic pint. 6.6% abv. "BEST BY 03/11/15". enjoyed on november 14, 2014

a: quite dark but not pitch black. glowing cola-chestnut hues at the bottom of the glass. an aggressive pour yields three fingers of coffee-coloured head that leaves behind sub-par lacing

s: great balance between chocolaty malt scents and citrusy-piney hop qualities. under that are subtle notes of raisins, caramel, and coffee

t: big chocolate and bitter black coffee in the front, some slight woody tastes, and a noticeable grapefruity, piney hop presence. shy notes of caramel and dark fruits mid-palate. has a very dry finish that feels like biting into pure cocoa beans or having a really strong dark roast coffee. the wood taste lingers

m: medium-ish body and low carbonation. a bit thin

o: lots of good porter/stout flavours, with interesting hop touches. delicious

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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