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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,929 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 124
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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:
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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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best before June 21, 2012

A: Dark brown with a thick tan head.

S: Chocolate and vanilla roasted malt, faint citric hops, and a whiff of booze when I really concentrate.

T: Dark, roasted, bitter chocolate maltiness and a faint fruitiness. Flashes of vanilla and citric hops, with smoke on the finish. This is a full, robust porter.

M: Pretty good, although it could be fuller.

O: One of my favorite porters. A staple.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 00:50:23 | More by greybeardloon
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Sconnie12


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-09-2012 23:43:32 | More by Sconnie12
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best before 5/28/12

A: Pours out a very dark brown,about as close to black as you can get without being so, with 1 fingers width of dark mocha colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly to only an outer ring.  Leaves some slight lacing.

S: Big chocolate aroma, mostly dark but some milk chocolate as well.  There is also a roasted character, some coffee aromas, a bit of vanilla and a subtle hint of booze.  Smells great.  

T: Wow is this good.  Rich milk chocolate flavors followed by roasted malt.  There are also flavors of milk and vanilla, and a biting bitter hop presence as well.  I'm also catching a hint of alcohol, which is surprising given the relatively low ABV, but it's just a touch so it doesn't detract from the great flavor profile.  There are also some citrusy hop characters noted towards the end of the drink. Very tasty.  

M/D: Very smooth, even though it is slightly over carbonated IMO, and coats the mouth wonderfully.  A solid medium body with a moistening mouthfeel that leaves you eager for the next sip.  

O: Overall, this is a really fantastic porter.  A great option if you want a sessionable beer but are craving the smoothness and flavor profile of an RIS.  Very well done beer, my favorite Smuttynose offering to date, and I would highly recommend.  

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 00:49:13 | More by zac16125
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-06-2012 17:51:48 | More by laymansbeerfan
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Rosco234

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-05-2012 14:38:23 | More by Rosco234
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nicholas527

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

03-04-2012 20:09:00 | More by nicholas527
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paintchip

New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-04-2012 17:36:56 | More by paintchip
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-02-2012 02:34:53 | More by Zachtheporter
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -27.5%

03-02-2012 01:12:13 | More by jk3
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ctobey

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-28-2012 19:21:09 | More by ctobey
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rbreaker

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-26-2012 06:01:49 | More by rbreaker
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Garlicjosh

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my February 18th 2012 notes

Appearcnce

Black with a tan, thick head. Looks perfect

Smell
a little malt, slight dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, something else that I never figured out

flavor: Grilled meat...or just smokey but reminds me of grilled meat, malts, sugar, dark chocolate comes in at full power at the end. I did pick up a good amount carbonation.

Overall

This is an interesting beer. the smokeynes was unexpected but I really enjoyed it and added an interesting layer to the pizza I ordered with it.
Once I had generally figured out the tasting profile I sat back and just drank the beer and found it to be something I really enjoy.
Not your every day porter but in a good way. Something I will drink again when I seek something I know.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 10:36:49 | More by Garlicjosh
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kb2250

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2012 03:36:44 | More by kb2250
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2012 02:28:44 | More by ScaryEd
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PIGuy9

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-22-2012 01:37:52 | More by PIGuy9
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Fubar1453

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep black with a thick khaki head.

S: Roastiness with chocolate and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Deep rich coffee flavor with roasted chocholate. Really drinkable, not to sweet or too bitter.

M: Creamy with a lot of carbonation, almost to much at times.

O: A really good and enjoyable porter, something I could drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:35:12 | More by Fubar1453
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bullywee

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -27.5%

02-21-2012 06:35:10 | More by bullywee
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -27.5%

02-20-2012 18:21:09 | More by chrispoint
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beerbarron18

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-20-2012 05:54:39 | More by beerbarron18
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fishkab

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-20-2012 03:22:08 | More by fishkab
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly pitch black color with a tan head. The head fades slowly and leaves a persistent foam on the top of the beer with some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Quite a nice look.

Smell – Sweeter chocolate aromas with a hint of vanilla and roasted notes are consistent throughout the entire aroma. Toward the end the sweetness lightens a little bit, and gives way to a slightly more bitter chocolate aroma.

Taste – The taste matches the aroma quite nice. The nose however leads you to believe it will be sweeter then it is. In the beginning it is a little bit of sweeter chocolate mixed with vanilla and a bit of roasted coffee. The “sweet chocolate” although, it is only sweet in comparison to where it goes, as over time it bitters more and more, to a bitter cocoa flavor with heavy roasted notes.

Mouthfeel – From the look I expected something a bit more heavy and syrupy in body, but instead was met with something lighter. While lighter, it did have a very creamy feel, closer to something you may expect with a dry nitrogen driven stout. The level of carbonation and body made it very easy to drink.

Overall – This was a very nice porter. Although I don’t think I would consider it “Robust” as the name implies, it is very drinkable and good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:58:07 | More by Darkmagus82
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-17-2012 04:13:25 | More by rusty3335
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warnerry

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dark tan head. Great retention. Lots of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - First aroma is intense dark chocolate, followed by some earthy roasted malts and coffee, but the chocolate dominates.

T - Coffee more present in the taste, though chocolate and roasted malt really shine through. A nice subtle hop bite and some sweetness round out the flavor nicely.

M - Nice medium, coating mouthfeel. Earthiness lingers on the palate.

O - Very well made porter that I would put up with my favorites. Nice I had easier access to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 17:53:49 | More by warnerry
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-16-2012 14:23:47 | More by RedneckBeerz
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joshtrich

New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-15-2012 01:02:19 | More by joshtrich
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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