Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.

394 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 394
Hads: 1,139
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 145
Gots: 171 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-19-2001

Not quite a stout but definitely no lightweight, Cutthroat Porter is smooth and robust. Inspired by the classic London porters, we use dark roasted malts to create a deep, rich color and flavor that hint at chocolate and coffee. We named it Cutthroat Porter as our tribute to the Colorado state fish – with its own rich heritage and unmistakable dark coloring. And while we’re big fans of small batches, here’s to the currently threatened Cutthroat population reaching mass quantities.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Odell Cutthroat Porter Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 394 | Hads: 1,139
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Randy

This beefy porter pours a deep dark brown with a moderate head of off white to tan foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, and subtle char. Flavors exceed the nose with cream and cocoa notes on the front and sides with a deeply roasted coffee note that comes through on the middle to back with a toffee flavor. Rich, substantial, medium carbonation, and highly drinkable with a moderate bitterness of malt on the aftertaste. Overall, what is there not to like?!?!


 621 characters

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a fluffy, light khaki colored finger width head. Displays good retention before breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Lacing comes through in thin, silky sheets along with a few steaks and spots.

Smell - Classic porter aroma hitting on dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and light coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Milk chocolate with an edge of coffee roast bitterness. Light touch of caramel. Finish is bittersweet with a trace of roast lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Silky, creamy texture that goes down with stupid ease.

Overall - This is a superb example of your classic American Porter. It won't wow you with uniqueness, but it might with it's flawless execution. Well done, Odell.

 814 characters

Photo of TH28
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 1/27/16 BB date. Appearance: Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thick creamy khaki head and nice lacing. Aroma: Roast and toasted malt, bready Taste: Moderate malt sweetness with toasted bread and light roast most prominent. Fairly strong bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, light creaminess, and moderate carbonation. Finish: Hop bitterness and roast are strong after the swallow. Overall: Very smooth, easy drinking Porter considering the strong roast and bitterness, which are more prominent on the finish. Not harsh or astringent. Flavor intensity lower than some of it’s counterparts like Deschutes BBP.

 631 characters

Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and foamy. Head doesn't hang around.

Not much to the nose here. Taste is dry, roasted, and mild.

Mouth is clean, with not much carbonation.

A really good porter.

 176 characters

Photo of torrenju
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark and delicious--the best porter I can remember drinking. It's flavorful and hefty but not overbearing, with a light initial taste and a lingering after.

 163 characters

Photo of colingaiser
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass...

L: Small and thin tan head that disappeared quickly ... color is a beautiful molasses brown

S: Aroma is pretty muted, but I'm getting a pleasant mix of milk and baking chocolate, toasted nut, and gingerbread spices

T: Big surprise (/sarcasm), an Odell beer that tastes fantastic ... get delicious notes of milk chocolate, a little deep molasses, coffee, burnt toast, some of those gingerbread spices, and a pleasantly dry finish ... a lot more flavor than the innocuous 5% ABV would suggest!

F: On the lighter side, but delightfully smooth with a perfect level of carbonation

O: An incredibly well-balanced, flavorful porter that makes a fantastic session beer for cold winter days

 750 characters

Photo of NickSMpls
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty addition to anyones rotation of porters. Dated best-by of 3/8/16. Pours a rich, deep brown with only a faint light passing through the glass. Solid head and nice retention. Like most porters, not a huge aroma but there's a hint of roasted coffee. Taste is clasic British pub porter, just what you need on a damp winter's day. Dry to the taste, the roasted malt is smooth with very low bitterness. Lingering after-notes of coffee and dark Belgian chocolate with light carbonation. Recommended.

 509 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out more on the brown side of things than black. Aroma was hoppy, chocolate, coffee lesser in the background.

Taste is a robust mouthfeel of hops, malt, with the choco bitter coffee still playing a supporting role. Good stuff, great artwork.

 250 characters

Photo of 911CROFT
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £2.65 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black body, that when held to the light displays dark plum tinges against the edges of the glass. A two-finger in height, light tan coloured frothy head dissipates quickly to a patchy film, leaving behind modest amounts of sticky lace.

The intense, roasty nose primarily consists of charred dark malts, along with noticeable aromas of roasted coffee beans and a touch of citrus hops. The taste follows suit, leading with rich, robust, slightly acidic, dark roasted malts and grains, burnt toast and tangy roasted coffee. Towards the mid-palate the roast profile lightens just a little, with the slightest suggestion of chocolate, before a mainly citric hop profile builds. In the mouth, a light to medium body and fine, soft carbonation expertly balance a smooth, creamy and satisfying feel with massive drinkability. On the end, lingering char and roasted malts combine with a small amount of citric hop bitterness and faint traces of residual sweetness to give an enjoyable, drying, bittersweet finish.

Overall this is a very good beer. It’s incredibly smooth and roasty, well-crafted and easy drinking, but lacking in the chocolate character I really enjoy in a good porter. I’d certainly try it again, but given the choice, prefer something with a little more sweetness in the middle. Recommended.

 1,387 characters

Photo of Kozza
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a US pint glass.

Opaque, very dark brown. Bubbly head, settles down to a persistent film of foam. Loads of lacing.

Prominent, slightly bitter, smoky smell of coffee and cocoa.

Light, refreshing flavour, very sessionable. A subtly sweet hint of coffee and finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness.

Light carbonation, feels very smooth and pleasant.

Overall, a very nicely balanced and versatile beer. Easy to drink, but has plenty to make it interesting.

 481 characters

Photo of Pete_2112
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Roasty, smokey, and delicious! This porter is low in alcohol making it a great session beer. The color is pretty much jet black. The head is tan and long lasting. Carbonation is moderately high. Mouthfeel is great. Dry finish. There is a decent bitterness that combats all that maltiness. It's perfect. Overall, this beer is one of the best porters made.

 354 characters

Photo of Erlkoenig
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours very dark brown with a finger of bubbly head, settles into a little island of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Cocoa/dark chocolate dominate. Candy-sweet scents.

T: Very much that dark chocolate, with hints of espresso. Sugary-sweet, but very well balanced by earthy hop bitterness. Both the sweet and the bitter linger on the palate pleasantly.

M: Very well-balanced mouthfeel, too. Medium body and creamy. Super drinkable.

O: Definitely satisfying in the encroaching cold weather. Drinkability and balance put this pretty high on my list of milder porters.

 562 characters

Photo of akolb
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fairly long lasting head. Aroma of subtle roasted barley. Lovely taste with light coffee and chocolate. Dry. A bit of bitterness to make it refreshing, but overall a very restrained beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Goes down beautifully. Odell proves that a beer doesn't need a ton of hops and a high ABV to be delicious. Odell Cutthroat Porter is a lovely, highly drinkable exercise in restraint.

 425 characters

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, not quite black, with 2 fingers of light brown head. A half centimeter head persists for a while.

S - Not much going on in terms of aroma. I get a hint of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - The flavor really shines in this. Dark roasted coffee, a rich smokiness, moderately bitter. This is balanced by sweet chocolate.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. It has a great mouthfeel for an every day type porter. Neither too thick nor thin, and perfectly drinkable with no booziness.

O - A great representation of the style by Odell. They achieved a great balance on this.

 665 characters

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at the brewery. To me, even after I let it warm, there just wasn't enough taste here. Maybe my palate was ruined, I can't say, but I was let down. The nitro added an awesome creamyness and I could see this as a session porter of sorts but ill have to revisit this one.

 286 characters

Photo of Pukstopper
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional Porter. Poured from
Tap at a corner bar in Greenville TX. Thick head great lacing and a very nice front end taste. Not a typical Porter. Almost stout like but not quite. Very drinkable

 197 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3” fluffy tan foam collar that slowly dissipates to 1” coating the glass with thick lacing.
S: Dark malts with traces of coffee and chocolate.
T: Mild light roast coffee flavors, chocolate. Nothing harsh or burnt.
F: Medium body and very soft medium carbonation.
O: A well balanced easy to drink porter.

 347 characters

Photo of Southside830
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A great balanced porter. Super drinkable and refreshing. Nice chocolate and coffee notes on the nose and the tongue. Not the best I've had but very good none the less.

 167 characters

Photo of maedhros09
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: dark barely transparent brown/black with 2 fingers fluffy head and lots of lacing.
Smell: roasty
Taste: Clean lightly malty roastiness with a dry moderate bitter herbal hops finish
Feel: Light to medium body, pretty carbonated

Overall: Fairly light but clean nicely crafted porter. Nothing terribly distinctive but hits the right notes.

 347 characters

Photo of Taybeh
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a single into an Odell snifter (tasted side-by-side with Deschutes', GL's, and Founders' porters)

a: big 2 finger tight bubbly off-white head, dark brown with some reddish tints in the light
s: a little milk chocolate and caramel sweetness, bready and roasty malts, faint minty hoppy edge that's hard to discern
t: follows the nose...nicely integrated flavors, nice balance between warm breadiness, slightly charred roasted chocolatey coffee, and some faint citrus hoppiness.
m: very nice and fairly substantial, medium carbonation, not quite as smooth as the best but a pleasure to drink

overall, great stuff and like 80 shilling, a wonderfully balanced beer. In comparison with the other great widely distributed porters, it wasn't quite as rich and smooth and chocolatey as Founders, but it gave GL's a run for second even though it balanced flavors in a really different way. Impressive.

 901 characters

Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Odell made a great drinking porter here. I have to remind myself not everything is a double stout and that there are other options. Flavor is wonderful. I love the hints of coffee and chocolate, there's nothing overpowered about it. Nice hops at the end, great finish.

Great drinking porter, nothing overcomplicated, just a nice beer to have.

 343 characters

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sometimes you don't want to mess around with flavored porters. Sometimes you want a smooth and somewhat robust Porter that's traditional and satisfying. Look no further because this is the Porter for you. As the description says, it's definitely not a stout and is a straight shooting Porter that will satisfy any beer snobs palette. Smooth mouthfeel, dark and robust flavor, I want one now that I'm writing this review. Go out and get yourself one.

 449 characters

Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled February 18, 2015) to a snifter.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces a tall head of more than two fingers. The foam is light mocha in color and it leaves a wisp of lace. Pretty good retention. The beer is a good looking, dark-brown color (nearly black) with red-ruby highlights on the edges.

S-The aroma is nice and chocoately -- both milk and dark chocolate (and cocoa powder) come to mind. There is a little hint of citrus hop in there and a twang of cold coffee bitterness.

T-The taste is smooth with more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. It almost has some stout-like cream flavor in there. I also taste some caramelized barley malt, and that light citrusy twang on the finish from the hops.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-Despite living in Colorado for nearly all of the my legal-drinking-age-life, I don't think I have ever tried Cutthroat until now and I'm sorry that I haven't. It is a nice drinking porter that provides a solid, if somewhat simple, flavor and nice drinkability.

 1,069 characters

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby and brown pop out in this dark brew. Head is a light khaki, fluffy and laces nicely.

Fairly roasted and sweet with chocolate, caramel, and a slight marshmallow, cream, and hop.
Nose is a little more nuanced and enjoyable for me.

Fairly light which is expected at 5% with some crisp carbonation and a slight bitterness.

 326 characters

Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a ruby red hue through out. A two finger, rocky beige head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace left all the way down the glass.
S: Light roast and coffee. Just a bit acrid in the nose. Baked bread and chocolate. Very nice.
T: Some roast up front, but the coffee beans take over. Bakers chocolate that is slightly bitter, toasted malts and bready. Really enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, but ultra smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

I am glad bottles finally made it to Texas. I can never have enough good porters in the fridge. I will certainly have to make room for this one. Highly recommended.

 717 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.