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Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 05-19-2001

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, a rich dark brown color with a light tan head (about 1/4 inch) dissolving to a lacy foam in about a minute. Light malty slightly sweet aroma with a hint of something maybe earthy or charcoal. Toasty malt flavor with notes of coffee and molasses. Very lightly hopped. Pretty mild overall with only a slight bitterness. Very drinkable, not sure about the 99 from Bros.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: black as the night, at some moments you can see through the dark carmel hue, marvelous..

S: typical sweet porter smell, to me that earns a 4.5! I love it dark :)

T: Its a porter, but on top of that, dark, sweet, smokey, ooowee. what is this? 4.75

M: Thick and smooth, reminiscent of summer BBQs. Wow, I can't fathom the idea of a brew with all these attributes but damn, here it is.

O: yuuuup

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from Blackfriars, Glasgow (£4.50):
Quite a nice and definitely an enjoyable beer, one that went down quite easily despite not being just as good as I had been hoping going in. The taste was a little basic perhaps with the roasted malts and cocoa seemingly dominating without overpowering. A solid effort but I'm not confident it's a beer that I'm likely to pick up again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%

Odell, Odell. Let's see if you put too many hops in this beer as well.

Appearance (4) : This beer pours a foamy beige head about three fingers tall. The body is chocolate brown/roast coffee black in appearance, sitting at about 90% opacity. The foam head leaves rings of lace as it descends into a 2 finger stationary.

Aroma (3.75) : Some roast chocolate coffee bean, a little gunpowder, actually a lot of gunpowder...and some charred wood notes in there too. Bouquet is weak, it takes a lot to snort this one into my brain's signal pathway.

Taste (3.25) : A little malt but as usual these guys f**k it up by putting too many hops in their vat. Hop bomb with roasted bean.

Yeah...let's try to be constructive. Beyond the grassy wall of hop there's some light roasted coffee flavors and light licks of roasted malt on the finish. The hop dryness comes back with authority and lays itself on your tongue after the swallow. Belches come up tasting like a Pale Ale. Not cool, guys.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : About average for a porter, it's within spec. Light-to-medium bodied, mildly creamy, with a touch of zing for carbonation. Buzzing underneath the tongue.

Overall (3.42) : I've gone from being really optimistic with whatever Odell has to offer, to pretty much hating them. No, I gave them a fair shake. Just read my reviews. I've tried half a dozen, if not more, of their beers, and only one (Comes and Gose) have I really honestly enjoyed. All of their beers are hoppy beyond the style, and ruin it for me. My philosophy is that hops are great for balance, except in pale ales where they SHOULD override the malt. Odell just applies that pale ale method to every beer they brew. So a porter? Imagine a porter with pale hops. A stout? Imagine a stout with pale hops. Just imagine any beer, and add a dump truck of hops to it. It's really frustrating unless you are a hop head.

For me? A sucky porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby highlighted, brown to black coloring, with a foamy, fluffy, clingy, tan head. Nose of bitter coffee forward, with a cream and cocoa highlight, and hints of roasted notes. Flavors of bitter roast coffee, chocolate highlights, roasted notes, and hints of char. Dry, smooth bodied, with a roasted and bittersweet aftertaste. Dry, smooth finish. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Cocoa, toasted, nutty malt, and a touch of roast form the aroma. Nutty malt dominates. Flavor reveals a base of lightly roasted malt and coffee, with toasted nuts hitting mid palate, and a lightly bitter finish. Dark cocoa hints weave throughout, but aren't as evident as I'd hoped. There's a light acrid bite.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

This is probably my favorite porter. Rich, smoky, roasty and very drinkable thanks to the low alcohol content. Goes great with beef dishes and is one of my go-to beers in the winter. Definitely give this beer a try, you will become a fan very quickly.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee malts. A little bit of alcohol. Surprisingly sweet. Hint of bready malts. Appearance is a dark brown with a big light brown head. Literally one of the most impressive head retentions I’ve ever seen. Lots of lacing. Taste is the same as the aroma. Creamy, roasted coffee and chocolate. A little bit of smokiness as well. Despite the creaminess, it remains a little thin for my taste. Overall, a solid porter. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a dark brown. smallish had but great aroma. Nice roasty notes with some coffee. Taste has great roastiness and smooth dark chocolate hints. Smooth, drinkable. Mouthful is slightly creamy yet crisp. Some hop bite at the back end. Well done porter Odell!

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Photo of stallion_air21
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Smell wasn't anything exciting. A normal porter smell but with a deep smell a great coffee smoky flavor fills the nose, which really bring excitement for the first taste.

The first taste is good nothing special just a good porter taste. But the smoothness really helps the overall experience. The full tongue flavor/tingle is good but there is a lack of head that fills the rest of the mouth.

Overall this is a good beer to drink and relax with. With a low ABV of 5% it's a good drink to eat with and talk with friends.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.