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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,052
Hads: 2,507
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 177
Gots: 337 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,052 | Hads: 2,507
Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers worth of tightly packed crisp medium to dark khaki colored froth with a bit of a batter like top... Turns a bit creamier as it settles a bit... Really nice retention... The color is a deep dark brown... There was a slight reddish hue noticed during the pour... Mostly still with just a few micro carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass... Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt in near equal proportions... Everything a porter should display on the nose... The flavor profile tilts towards to a lot more of the roasted malt and slightly less of the coffee and chocolate notes... There is also a subtle but complimentary hop presence... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Slightly dense... Moderate to sharp carbonation... There is a slight grittiness and chalkiness about this one... Finishes with just a touch of dryness... An outstanding American Porter... When combining that with the modest price point, this could prove to be a go to brew...

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with lots of caramel tinged foam that dissipates quickly.

Cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts and some earthiness.

Toasted malts, rich dark chocolate, coffee, and some toffee notes to boot.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, like coffee with cream.

Overall a damn fine porter and something to try once or dozens of times.

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Photo of ttroha
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle at the Rookery. Dark black with frothy white head. Aroma of roasted coffe and chocolate. Taste of roasted coffee with a bit of sweetness at the backend. Medium bodied with a mild bitter aftertaste

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stout glass. Looks black and slick-bodied, visible carbonation with a finger-width of tan head.
Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. Mostly coffee. Nice.
This has flavors of coffee and chocolate notes, and despite the hops lending an additional tobacco/ char flavor to me, it seems nicely balanced.
Smooth, medium to light mouthfeel. Seems earthy and quite dry.
This was enjoyable even though porters aren't my go-to preference. I haven't tried too many, in fact I recall only Black Butte, and that was excellent. This one seems solid too.

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Photo of mpbenr
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A Nice head atop deep brown body. Noticeable coffee notes with enough sweet/bitter interplay to keep me interested. More fizz than other porters, but balanced by a slightly sweet back. Mild aroma and a good foamy-cling to my glass. Not the best but another good example of the style.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%

One of the best beers made in America, bar none. Within the style, this is honestly the best I've ever had. It is amazingly smooth, and big for its's abv %, with the smell of a chicory/mocha latte and the taste of earthy hop-infused milk chocolate. It's dark, it's smooth, and it's textured, but the flavor is pure comfort food (drink). It can be a little hard to find sometimes (not because of distro, either, just because a lot of places choose not to pick it up), but do yourself a favor - if you like porters and you see this one PICK IT UP.

It's a sin, I know, but one of my favorite guilty pleasures is to go pick up some cheap chocolate ice cream and go to town on it alongside one or two of these guys. A match made in heaven.

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Photo of JasW
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a beautiful light mocha colored head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves only moderate lacing. Coffee notes predominate, and roasted black malts give a pleasant bite to this full bodied yet smooth brew.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle while camping.
Smells really roasty and hints of coffee and molasses.
Tastes fantastic, maybe the best Smuttynose Ive had, lots of roasted malt, coffee and molasses.
Mouthfeel was silky and inviting.
Overall, this was a surprising beer to me. I loved it!

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass

A - Rick dark cocoa-colored body with a foamy latte head.

S - Ridiculously roasty - tobacco, molasses, and espresso. Just a hint of ripe fruit esters.

T - The roasted malt notes are immediate and enveloping - think a decadent dark double chocolate chip cookie. A touch of dark roast coffee in there, too. The finish has a dash of piney bitterness from the hops and some fruity esters.

M - Velvety and creamy, cut a bit thin feeling on the finish. The carbonation is lively but not overwhelming.

O - A fantastic porter. The best New England example of an American-style porter I have had to date. Founders Porter and Deschutes Black Butte probably are a hair better, but damn, if this isn't a great beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/01/14 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head large (5.5cm), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing 3 mm ring
Lacing excellent - thick layer covering inside of glass
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some coffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends rapidly leaving a slight bitterness behind.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

A decent porter lacking the fruity esters and hop bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of roast and hop aspects.

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Photo of dredz_126
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

popped this top and poured into my favorite Cape May Brewing Co. glass. Appearance was spot on, with a creamy head and a beautiful dark body. The smell was warm and nutty, with hints of toffee. Taste was a great standard for porter, hints of chocolate and coffee, small note of caramel. This brew is hearty and satisfying. The best part is that it is readily available in almost all beer stores!

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Photo of scotorum
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a sixpack of this over a year ago and let four of them age. Did not realize until now that I had not reviewed it.

Poured from the 12 oz., bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick

a: Black with an inch and a half tan head which receded to thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild dark chocolate.

t; Dark chocolate and black coffee. Some hop bite for balance. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: A tasty and easy drinking porter, great with my steak dinner.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 9, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: NFL draft, day two--and the Manziel rush dissipates with Gordon's suspension... APPEARANCE: thick two-finger brown head sits atop a jet black body--yup, it's a porter! thick, smeared lacing... AROMA: rich, toasted malty tone; toffee is present; hops are punchy but brief... PALATE: creamy, vibrantly active at the throat; a softened, stout-like profile that endears and demands another sip...TASTE: sweetly puckering malts, pleasant and easy drinking; toffee and lactic flavors predominate; robust, yes--but I do not detect the chocolate or coffee promised by the brewer's profile...OVERALLL: surprisingly distinctive in the genre--a truly worthwhile experience from a beer whose label suggests otherwise...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear very very very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation percolating at the surface of the beer and traces of mahogany + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled surface of very thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted dark malts with lighter notes of coffee beans. The smell of this brew intensifies as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted dark malts with light amounts of bittersweet chocolate and freshly brewed coffee. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: What a great beer - lots of complexity in the flavors and aromas of this beer which is quite flavorful but light enough in body/mouthfeel to make it very easy to drink. The lower ABV makes this one that I could enjoy a couple of pints in a single session.

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Photo of u2carew
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head settles slowly. Tight, creamy, tan in color. Opaque body.
S) Coffee. Chocolate. Bready. Roasted grains.
T) Roasty and smoky notes. Chocolate. Hints of coffee. Subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Full body. Dry finish.
O) A delicious porter. Great taste profile. I will definitely have another!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with little to no light coming through. Creamy, khaki head of 2 fingers. Terrific lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and earthy hops.

T- Tons of roasted notes and coffee bitterness. Not the depth I prefer, but nice rich, unsweetened chocolate.

M- Mid body, charred, and dry

O- Solid. Not spectacular IMO, but not bad.

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Photo of HopHog87
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving- bottle into a pint glass. "Pop-a-top Again!"

Appearance- Wonderful. Rich, thick ebony color with very abundant lacing.

Nose- Yum! Roast and Chololate.

Taste- Chocolate and toffee dominate this brew. Wow, is it good! My mouth is watering thinking about this one as I write! There is some caramel maltiness in the mix but not a standout in this beer which, in my opinion, makes it a winner. Too much carmel malt never was a good thing. Hints of smokiness but not so prominent that you'd classify it as a smoked porter. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker for a porter and oh so smooth.

Overall- This could easily be a stout. We all know the distinction is blurred anyway and, with this ABV and the amazing, robust taste (as the name suggest), it could be a stout. I'd probably not really be able to distinguish in a blind test. What I especially like about this one is that it was like a roasty/chocolatey beershake! Sweet but balanced. Awesome. My favorite porter to date.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black as the night, with a medium heavy tan head
Malt, coffee beans, toffee, lots of roast character
WOW! Huge burst of flavor, coffee beans, espresso, chocolate, heavily roasted malt, large mouthfeel yet drinkable
Get one!! One of my favorite porters ever.


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Photo of cambabeer
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, thick and creamy looking with a nice brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly but has a lace that just doesn't give up on the side of the glass.

Nose is of straight up cocoa powder, with some nice alcoholic notes coming through with the burnt maltiness. Fruity as well, like banana bread with some raisins.

I was expecting a sweeter middle like the nose, but not such. Nice bitterness with the malt and warming alcohol. Surprisingly light bodied with the mouthfeel. The coffee notes are only there in the very end, I think I've probably got coffee breath after this one, not beer breath. There is some fruity sweetness, a little plum like, but really the malt is what comes through big here.

I'd come back to this one. Delicious. I don't know, "robust" just that word put ideas in my head that I was expecting sweet and heavy bodied. While definitely robust, it's not exactly fitting that bill. Compared to others in the style, I feel Smuttynose has done something more drinkable and more bitter, I can get the hops in there at the end as well. Good beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Best By 07/24/14.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown color that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a broken ring behind.

S- Dark roasted malt brings notes of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Slightly sweet with some hazelnut notes.

T- Roast is medium-plus and lingers a bit. Mild caramel sweetness plays off the dark malts. The bitterness from both the roast and hops keeps the sweetness at bay and suppresses whatever chocolate notes that would otherwise be there.

M- Soft but tight from the medium carbonation. Full body.

O- Bold but manageable. Teeters on the border between porter and stout. Good stuff all the same.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black in color with a two finger tan head. The head receded slowly.

S: Malted smells. Like Whoppers candy. Nice roasted smells.some marshmallow and hints f caramel.

T: Smoked flavor is strong up front. No lingering aftertaste.

M: Very smooth. Great drinkability. Perfect carbonation and no sapping late dry feeling that comes with a lot of beers

O: This is a great surprise find. Really flavorful and robust (good naming choice). Well balanced taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gk187
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black appearance with a Carmel head that coats the side of the glass and lasts thru the entire beer

There is a strong burnt coffee / bitter taste reminds me more of a stout then a porter.

A heavier mouthfeel then one would expect from a porter is its finest characteristic.

Overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of RCLOHR267
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer. Very dark in color. Has a slight kick to it, that I like. My first Smuttynose beer of a variety pack of 4 that I got from Jungle Jim's in Ohio, since it isn't available where I live. Has a slight coffee taste, but not too overpowering. Almost like a stout. Definitely worth trying for anyone who likes Porters.

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Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 50°F

Appearance: Thick pour; Black, no light coming through, with a thick two finger root beer float-like head that sticks around. Tremendous lacing. One of the nicest looking beers I've ever seen

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of smoke; The aromas are extremely clean and satisfying.

Taste: Rich chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Great smoky and burnt espresso-like aftertaste. Huge flavors for 6.0% abv.

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium; Very full-bodied and chewy for a regular porter.

Overall: This may very well be my favorite porter that I've personally tried and one of my favorite beers in general. Even better than Founders Porter in my opinion. Right when you think the flavors have subsided, they keep coming with a fulfilling, lingering aftertaste. It demands your attention at relatively low abv. Considering that this is practically the cheapest craft beer by the case in my area (yes, even more so than Sierra Nevada or even Samuel Adams), it has been my go to beer this winter as I've bought a few cases. Porters are often too thin and lack flavor, but this, Founders, and Edmund Fitzgerald keep me coming back to the style, especially on a chilly night. Robust and world class indeed!

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.