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Smuttynose Robust Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,842 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1842
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%


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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Ilovelampandbeer

New York

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

my favorite porter to date

lovely brown head after poured into a glass, the color of coffee ice cream...very sticky lace

very flavorful nose...smells of toasted malts, coffee, chocolate and i picked up a cinnamon note as well

taste matches the nose perfectly....so much flavor suggests it will be heavy but far from it, actually has some drinkability to it IMO

mouthfeel leaves a tiny bit more carbonation to be desired but doesnt take away from the taste in any way

overall the best take ive had of a porter thus far...so much flavor that you want more and in this drinkable porter's case, u actually can

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 17:46:55 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
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utopiajane

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours pitch black with a slight hue to it. A scant tan head of creamy foam that fell fast to a film and a ring and left sticky lace. Looks deep and like it never ends.

Nose is big and bright. There is a nice fruity scent of berries on top of a dark roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate and a light sweetness. There is no alcohol on the nose. It even has a faint touch of lemon rind that adds even more brightness. Caramel as the malt warms and some nutty qualities too. It's complex on the nose and as it unfolds it gets deeper and more vivid.

Taste is so wonderful. It's the deft combination of dark roasted malt and those bright sweet fruits that greet the palate. Then you notice the chocolate and are delighted. The coffee is blended with it perfectly and they are inseparable. The malt is soft and it 's caramel sweetness is full and with the nutty flavors it tastes sticky and sweet. It has a grainy edge to it and that is carried in the mouthfeel. The hop floral is faint but it's there to add lightness to the body. It's hearty and creamy at the same time. The dark malt even imparts a bitter that keeps everything rolling across the tongue for a complex and rich drink without heaviness.

Smuttynose has really done a terrific porter here. My favorite of it's aspects is the light berry-like fruit. So many times dark fruits impart a heavier quality to a beer like this one but this is just buoyant on the palate. Balanced perfectly and drinks with a delightfully long aftertaste. Tremendous!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 14:09:16 | More by utopiajane
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle - best by 10/30/13

A: deep, dark reddish-brown.... 3/4" tan head on pour, very thin cap remained... somehow, beauteous, lacy lace

S: a lil choco-roasty.... hops immediately, bright orange/lemon.... fresh baked sugar cookie.... vague herbal notes (i hesitate to say Amaro-)... aromas sure poke but don't quite penetrate

T: citrus-bitter hoppy.... tart fruit, not grassy.... this citrus-bitter element is way up front, but somehow falls short of overbearing.... the roasty flavors serve as a background compliment, livens up the palate.... residual burnt-sweet in the finish.... definitely coffee and dark-golden, dry bread crust in the aftertaste

M: a tight crystal malt (w/ complexity contributions from roasted and base) composition up front - not oily-slick, but hinting - this is quick and it fans and fades behind the electric bitterness.... enough body, but not thick.... smooth and very dry-clean in the finish

O: a lot more (hoppy-)bitter than I prefer, however, this may be the quintessential American porter - hop forward, aggressive, yet really clean, dry and super drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 05:02:33 | More by Bouleboubier
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Mcneilly 6 pack in Pittsburgh

A- coffee black with a tan head that is about 3 fingers at first. Nice lacing.

S- dark roasted malts with hints of floral aromas that come through on the backend. almost get a nutty nose as well.

F- wow when I say roasted the flavor packs a punch of dark roast coffee malts. its like eating the coffee bean literally. some floral citrus hints as well in the hop taste.

M- robust is what it says. a great porter even though I don't like porter. medium to thick bodied.

O- I am not a fan or porters and I don't like this one so that means it is great! Love smuttynose

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:03:16 | More by Dodo2step
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown(almost black). 2 fingers of dark tan foam cling to the sides of the glass and retains well creating a frothy cap.

S - Sweet roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, raw malts mix with roasted to create a complex aroma. Dark yeast, undercooked brown bread. Awesome!

T - Intense bitter dark chocolate overwhelms the senses. Full bodied coffee, acidic, roasted malt, hints of lactic and acidic berry fruit. Hops seem to bounce between pine and citrus at different times. Lightly sweet against the powerful coffee flavors. Bitterness goes from from to back transforming into a cocoa bitter finish.

M - Heavy body upfront but a thin liquidy feel towards the finish, light to medium drying carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.

A dense and well....robust porter that will grab your attention for sure. The coffee and roast character is bold and very fresh. Dense and intense keep coming to mind. The mouthfeel starts full and creamy then quickly trasnitions into a thin dry finish. This is what I was hoping Founders Breakfast stout would taste like. My first Smuttynose and it will not be the last.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:21:49 | More by StaveHooks
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matjack85

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz bottle at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL for $1.67.
Forgot to check for a freshness date and now wondering if I got an expired beer as I am not rating this beer as high as most reviewers.

The beer poured a really dark brown color - almost black, but only made a ½-finger of light brown head. Retention was good as was the lacing, but I was a bit disappointed at the head size.

Everyone seems to have found malty aromas, coffee, and chocolate in here. I found none of that. In fact I smelled nothing at all. I swirled the glass, inhaled deep - and still nothing. There's nothing bad in here, there's just nothing at all. All I get is the room air. No porter smell at all.

Ahh, finally comes the good part - the taste. Really rich and malty flavor with coffee and dark chocolate right behind. A health dose of hop bitterness (43 IBU's) is used for balance and is a welcome addition. I also get a subtle twang from the yeast. Very tasty.

This is a bit heavier in body than most porters, but then they made the carbonation on the high side too, so it doesn't feel all that heavy with the carbonation making it spritzy.

Good tasting. Just wonder why I couldn't get a head or smell.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:25:36 | More by matjack85
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craftbrewdoctor

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ahhh....the American craft porter that I've been looking for!

Great taste. Chocolate, light coffee, light licorice hit the taste buds. Very smooth porter. If you like Guinness you will love this porter. Very dark in color, almost black.

Great job Smuttynose! Keep it up!

PS. Smuttynose, you need to put this beer in stronger case boxes.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:57:06 | More by craftbrewdoctor
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch-black with ruby highlights. Thick, foamy head of tan carbonation leads into a thick, erratic lace blanket on the glass sides.

Nose is chocolate. Rich chocolate malts. Highly appealing!

Taste is a perfect balance of roasty chocolate malts. I get a touch of burnt malts at the finish, but it's subtle. A top-tier porter!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 20:32:16 | More by secondtooth
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TheShat

Texas

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A deep, stout black, motor oil appearance. Head is a milk chocolate color which sticks around in the glass for a good while at a quarter finger height.

Smell: A very faint malt aroma is noticeable right after the pour. As the beer warms up a milky cocoa subtly touches the nose.

Taste: Complex. In the mouth it brings a smooth creaminess. Right after the swallow you get a sudden pop of hops, which is then finished with a classic coffee and cocoa.

Mouthfeel: You don't get much of the carbonation in the mouth. There's a very slight tingle that comes with the hops, but other than that this beer brings a thick, syrupy mouthfeel throughout most of the drink.

Overall: A very interesting and exciting porter that gets better and better as it warms up. Pour it cold and take your time. Have something on the side to cleanse your palate every few sips. Watching this beer open up as you drink brings quite a show.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 19:37:21 | More by TheShat
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky black with crimson highlights and a creamy tan head that takes quite some time to settle, but leaves only a modest amount of lacing.

S: Aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate, heavy cream, coffee, vanilla bean, roasted chestnuts, hazelnuts, and leather are present on the nose.

T: Notes of black cherry, raisin, prune, dark chocolate, roasted chestnut, hazelnut, black walnut, leather, coffee, heavy cream, vanilla bean, and earthy hops assault the palate. The finish is dry and roasty with nut, chocolate, dried fruit, and coffee notes in abundance.

M: Medium in body and very dry. Carbonation is quite crisp and powerful, but not particularly forceful. Easy to drink for the style. I normally cannot drink more than or two porters at a time, but I could easily knock back several of these in one sitting.

O: A very nice robust porter. I'm thankful that the fellas at Smuttynose didn't go crazy on the hops in this beer, as that would have ruined the wonderful malty aromas and flavors it presents so well. Highly recommended for fans of the style or for fans of traditional dark ales in general.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 15:31:45 | More by mrfrancis
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark brown or black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles slowly leaving a foam ring around the rim. Not much in terms of lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate, period.

T: Light roasted coffee, chocolate, and oak. Nice little slight hop bite.

M: Hearty body, lightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is great. Foamy head, yet no lacing. Nose, however, is characteristic of the style but so well done. Flavor, again, is basic yet pristine. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 05:30:59 | More by bmwats
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle stamped Best by 10/30/13. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

The pour is a dark as a night after the sun has just gone over the horizon with that hint of brown around the edges. A big, foamy tan head.

The aroma is full of Porter characteristics such as coffee, smoke, a faint dark fruitiness, and only the slightest hint of hops.

The body is medium to bold.

The taste is full of dark malts, more coffee grinds, and slight sweetness with a low to moderate bitterness at the end. This is how a Porter should be. I am glad Smuttynose is from my home state of New Hampshire.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 20:13:30 | More by puboflyons
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

WHAT? SMUTTYNOSE IN INDIANA?! When did this happen? Can’t say I’m not happy…just surprised.

Best by December of this year, months after the date of this tasting.

A: An aggressive pour lends a nearly opaque chestnut body and a shiny brown head. The creamy, frothy texture of the head suggests that this will indeed be a rich beer.

S: Robust is right – a wall of coffee scents erupts from the glass, giving center stage to a dark, smoky roast character. Char, peat, and mocha are the main aromas evident amongst the burnt barrage, though some mocha is noticeable toward the end.

T: Bitter, bitter, bitter: a roast lover’s dream. Burnt biscuit, campfire smoke, and a strong hop bitterness rise to a crisp snap of dryness, dominating the palate. Some traditional porter flavors are evident, too, with melted dark chocolate and a metallic flint note accompanying the bitter display. Bone dry finish; a dark taste of espresso lingers for a few moments.

M: This is not a heavy beer; in fact, it has a cool crispness to it that goes perfectly with the brief, dry character of the palate. As such, it’s quite sessionable.

O: I truly enjoy roast flavors in my beer, so this one was perfectly in line with my tastes. It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite porters, Fuller’s London Porter, but with a more abrupt bitterness – needless to say, I loved it. Thank you Smuttynose for coming to Indiana!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 19:38:43 | More by BarryMFBurton
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a snifter. Some months past the indicated best by date, but carefully cellared.

Very dark reddish-brown in color. Nearly black in the snifter. Light brown head soon reduces to a robust ring and some islands, but leaves lacing on the sides.

Aroma: a fine, rich and complex aroma of dried fruit, fine alcohol esters, coffee, dark roasted grains and more than a hint of dark chocolate. Faint trace of charred malts. (False) hints of barrel aging.

Taste: A load of dark roasted malts, with some dark coffee, and a hint of dried plums. Mild-moderate bitterness in the coffee-tinged aftertaste. (near 4)

Feel: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nicely smooth but slightly astringent.

Overall: a great and robust example of the style and a very big beer for such a low ABV.

(revisited and confirmed in Nov. 2013)

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 00:30:15 | More by chinchill
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hopsputin

California

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a: pitch black. 2 finger tan head. looks real nice

s: sweet dark chocolate, raisins, toasted malt, lactose, mocha, raisins

t: milk chocolate, toasted malt, coffee beans, sweet toffee. this is full-flavored and well rounded, yet not overly heavy. there are also some sweet dark fruits...raisins, figs, plums. real nice taste, creamy as well

m: medium mouthfeel and very silky, not much carbonation

o: this is really nice. smooth and robust (see what i did there). lots of well balanced flavor but not too huge. thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 22:59:08 | More by hopsputin
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RickS95

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, dark, dark brown, almost black with some light from the red hues thrown in. Only the faintest of light around the edges can be seen. The head is a lovely shade of dark tan, very creamy, mild retention, and a fine lace.

A great scent comes wafting up from the glass. Malty with toffee, sweet with cocoa, and roasty with coffee.

I expected more of the sweeter flavors, instead got more of the bitter flavors. Mostly a collection of roasty grains and and bittering agents like the coffee and hops.

The mouthfeel is roasty, bitter and dry. It's very creamy at start before the graininess evolves and the bitterness gradually builds. Medium body. The dry and bitter linger.

It's a good beer, I just hoped for the sweetness rather than bitterness. Has more of a stout feel. Mild alcohol is never really noticed. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 03:09:56 | More by RickS95
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak tulip (best by 10/15/13)

A: Thick black with a light mocha head that was small and disappeared quickly.

S: Sweet malt with a nice roasted character to it. Not much here that I am picking up. All roasted out.

T: Very roasty and almost reminds me of a lager (at least in the mouthfeel and taste). I get very little hops here. Just tastes odd to me. Roasted malt is all I get, with a bad mixture of pine to finish off the bland and miniscule aftertaste.

M: Even and thorough crispness throughout, quite coarse.

O: It might just be that I don't like American Porters (judging by my extreme dislike of Sweet Baby Jesus), but I like Baltic Porters (Sixpoint's 3beans). It is just roasted malts with no complexity. Not a big fan I guess.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:23:53 | More by gillagorilla
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown, with garnet highlights. When poured, the carbonation put on a frantic show--tiny bubbles flew upwards like caviar escaping from prison, then settled into a thick and creamy tan head.

Smell: Dark malt and milk chocolate upfront. Less roasty than I expected from this style, but quite delicious, especially as a more complex bouquet began to form--spicy and floral notes gave way to the scent of raisin bread toast as the head began to clear.

Taste: Here's where the roastiness I was looking for certainly made itself known. Dark malt through and through. Bitter and burnt to the point of being slightly astringent, although a faint sprinkling of brown sugar seemed to settle on my lips after each sip. The high carbonation lent some balance by bringing refreshing light into the dark, but the taste still took "robustness" to the extreme. Other than the brown sugar smack, all I tasted was that dark, bitter malt, and after having witnessed such a complicated bouquet, I was somewhat disappointed by the one-to-two-note taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, nice and dry. True to style, with the celebratory spritzy carbonation as a major bonus. As mentioned above, there was a lip-smacking stickiness that settled over my mouth. This made the beer more interesting, but didn't seem to match the taste.

Overall: Some fun and interesting stuff going on here--the bubbles, the stickiness, the raisin toast, the spicy florals...but taste is what matters most, and while dark malts should be prominent in a robust porter, I was expecting a little something else...something other than the astringency, that is. The puckering quality that came with the bitterness actually prevented me from appreciating the roasted grain, and may have masked some hidden flavors, the ones that seemed to settle on my lips, for example.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 15:23:44 | More by BethanyB
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint glass. Jet black with a thick brown head that fades after a bit, leaving tons of lacing. Smells dark and roasted, coffee and baking chocolate. Taste is nice smooth malt, a delicious roasted character with lots of coffee, and slight chocolate and caramel notes hiding in the finish. The finish is balanced with just a perfect hop presence to balance the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium-full, wet and slick with a perfect amount of creaminess. All alliterations aside, this is a perfect porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:05:38 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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dar482

New York

4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a rich dark color, with a slight bit of brown in its head, like what a porter should have.

The aroma has huge chocolate, roast, and some coffee.

It has a complex round flavor of chocolate, coffee, and malt. It rolls off the tongue nicely with a clean wonderful finish. The body is so creamy. The beer is almost like a mocha coffee cappuccino.

I find that some porters lack that characteristic and this is what makes this beer so good is because of its body and mouth feel. I had this beer next to Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, a highly rated porter, and preferred this beer.

Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:11:17 | More by dar482
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. No lace. Nose is roasted with whisps of chocolate powder and slight vanilla. Moderate body. A little high on the carbonation for my liking on this style, but it's not overbearing. Big roasted flavors, some charred toast, heavy on the dark malt, sweet finish of dark chocolate and almond. This beer lives up to its name as quite a robust beer. Big on flavor. One I will have again, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 18:58:14 | More by Onenote81
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer poured a very dark chocolate-coffee color with a 3F head in a stein.

Aroma: very strong vanilla-chocolate.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated.

The taste is complex-especially for a 5.7%ABV beer. Chocolate, lemon.

Hoppy, and pungent in the finish.

Overall a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:28:56 | More by brureview
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Big chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso notes up front. Clean fermentation character. Roasted malt profile is big and bad.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a khaki sticky head that laces and retains well.

Flavor: Big roasted profile continues. Lots of cocoa, espresso, powdered chocolate notes, and hot chocolate flavors. Malt profile is balanced by earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even with the roasted malts and hop character playing off each other. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slight roasted malt astringency. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Wow. Really impressive. Loved the roasted profile. I think this is the best Smuttynose beer. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:42:39 | More by mattcrill
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creal92

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a tan brown head. Very silky.

S - Chocolatey and fruity malt that makes a great smelling beer.

T - Chocolate, coffee and raisin.

M - Texture is extremely creamy and silky. Very pleasant.

Overall - This is an extraordinary porter. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 04:11:32 | More by creal92
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. Not sure how old this bottle is, but the best by date was 1/16/13

A: Pours an opaque pitch black with two fingers of dense tan head. Retention is very good and lacing is superb.

S: Roasted malts mix with malted milk balls and dark chocolate to create a very nice aroma. The aromas mix extremely well together.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor. The beer stays quite dry throughout. A milk chocolate flavor also comes out, adding to the complexity.

M: Medium thickness with adequate carbonation. Very good for the style.

O: Not the most complex beer I've ever tasted, but the flavors work very well for the style and is quite tasty. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 01:23:01 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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