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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

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385 Reviews

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Reviews: 385
Hads: 1,105
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 144
Gots: 157 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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.
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Reviews: 385 | Hads: 1,105
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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smokin' good looking on the nitro pour. Tons of off white to light brown foamy had and gobs of sticky sheeted lace. Beer itself is a deep amber and is actually mostly clear.

Flavor is pretty roasty, especially for a nitro pour, which often mutes some flavors. Tinges of brown malt, dark coffee and chocolate, and burnt. Very tasty!

Great body on the nitro, smooth as a baby's head.

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Photo of nreed
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm new to craft beer so please excuse excuse me if I don't seem to know what I'm talking about.

When pouring the beer I could smell the chocolate and coffee flavors and got excited. I have had stouts that I absolutely hated, so I've stayed away from stouts and porters. However this and Sam Adams Cream Stout is making me reconsider. When tasting it, I got the same chocolate and coffee tastes that I got in the smell. It drinks fantastically smooth and made me want another, so I drank another.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Odell Brewery - Ft. Collins, CO - June 17, 2013 (Review from my Notes)

A - Dark brown, with 1 finger of head and lots of sticky lace left on the glass. Perfect looking Porter
A- Smoked dark brown malts. Oaky notes
T - Tasty! Chocolate notes, smoked oaky flavor. Well balanced porter. And at less than 5%, this has alot going on
M - Medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.
O - A very enjoyable porter, easy to drink, tasty, low ABV. Perfect

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Photo of Foyle
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 2" fluffy beige head recedes slowly. Significant lacing. Dark red (nearly black) appearance with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.
Flavor: Bold coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, some citrus rind hops in the finish.
Overall: Outstanding porter.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. Best before 5/3/14

A - Decent clarity, dark brown. Great cap of tan head that holds strong. Tons of lacing.

S - Huge munich malts. Fainter chocolate. Clean.

T - Rich toasty malts that are bright. Roast malts dry up the flavor. Sweetness is minimal. Finish is crisp and aftertaste is short.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Malt pops in the taste and is never really sweet. Great look, very sessionable.

Recommendation - Easy to drink a six pack and well worth it.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into 3/4 glass.

Thick black with an off white head, good retention.

Smell - Caramel, Brown Sugar, Coffee

Taste - Caramel and Coffee all the way through, slight hop kick at the end

Mouthfeel - Smooth, goes down easy, so smooth you can't tell it's 5+%

Good for after a days work and even at a BBQ with a steak.

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Photo of GaBeerGarden
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth American Porter with a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Pours smooth with a small white head that remains on the rim of the pour. Aroma of chocolate malt and nuts. Lighter than expected from the deep brown color. A nice finishing beer for the day.

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Photo of Boca-X
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 snifter on a cold icy Sunday morning. Deep dark and thick with a chocolate brown color...almost black. Nice off white head, dissipated rather quickly. Sticky lacing throughout review.

Mostly bitter dark chocolate on the nose...maybe a hint of caramel coffee.

Nice carbonation on a medium balanced mouth feel...a semi sweet tootsie roll creaminess in the middle followed by a dry dark bitter chocolate finish. As with the beginning of the taste the finish is a hit of tiny bubbles popping in my mouth/throat.

A decent porter from Odell, I prefer mine a little more sweet, the bitter finish lingers a little long for my liking. Gets better as it warms, probably won't buy again but wouldn't turn a free one down...

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

Huge thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for bringing this beer up north last summer.

A: Pours a black-brown with 4 fingers of dense tan head which slowly dissipates to a 2 finger puffy layer with plenty of lacing.

S: Rich pudding cake, malty sweet with caramel sugars together roasted coffee. Slightly alcohol esters on the finish.

T: Dark cocoa powder, caramel and roasted coffee. Taste is similar to the smell but is more bitter and less sweet.

M: Smooth medium bodies with low carbonation.

O: One of the better porters I've had - the taste is a bold as many stouts and it is only the lower ABV that points to a porter - worth seeking out if you can find it in your area or can find someone to trade it with you.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, amber-brown color topped with a chunky, light tan head. Coffee and chocolate scents; charred grain; faintly smokey smell. Deep malt flavor; semi-sweet with a tangy bitterness. Medium bodied; slightly coarse on the tongue.

A fine, flavorful porter that has some nice, deep and complex flavors. A little lighter in feel than some porters, but the taste and appearance really hits the mark. Smooth and alluring.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cutthroat Porter – American Porter (5.0%) - O'Dell Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Very dark in color totally opaque with a slight garnet hue right against the light. One finger dark brown head that fades quickly and leaves a high ring of sticky lace.

Smell: Deep roasted malts with hints of chocolate and the slightest smoke.

Taste: Slightly charred roasted taste, with a dry sweetness in the true taste that lingers slightly. Some sweetness around the edges. Darkly malty to the core with a slight bitterness only after swallowing.

Mouth: Plenty of body and edge, this is a well balanced beer that would be a good example for someone new to the style.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 12/23/13.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown color, one shade shy of black and practically impregnable by light. A thick, delicate head sits on top of this fantastic looking beer with authority and rides the glass to the last drop, leaving plenty of lacing to remind you of what once was.

The aroma is ripe with rich, bitter cocoa and fresh coffee grounds. It's simple but delightful and begging for another whiff.

Words describing the aroma can be said about the robust flavor. Rich, bitter chocolate reminiscent of a Lindt dark chocolate truffle. Roasted coffee and dark malt. The warmer this one gets, the more the bitterness shines through. For the style - it's perfection! A molasses sweetness is present but vague.

Silky-smooth medium body, more stout than porter though. Otherwise beautifully executed. Carbonation is light but spot on for the style and the finish is a bit on the dry side.

All in, this is a fantastic brew and lives up to the hype surrounding it. If you find it, I highly recommend grabbing it - I know I will be!

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Photo of minterro
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought Southmoor Liquor. Poured into a pint glass and paired with triscuits.

A&S: Creamy tan head that retains at a thin layer, some lacing. Jet black colored beer. Dark chocolate is the man component of the aroma, its complemented by smokiness,

T&M: Not a ton of flavor outside of the smokiness. The finish is smokey but not overwhelming. Kinda smooth, but not very smooth. Pretty clean finish.

Overall: I was recommended Deshutes Black Butte over this beer, and I have to say I defiantly prefer this beer. I haven't found a ton of great porter in the mountain west.

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Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very black color with a red tone against the light. It made a thin head with low retention and leaving laces.
Nice predominant aroma of dark chocolate.
Flavor of roasted malts with earthy notes and hints of molasses, spices and citrus hops.
Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting roasted and hop note.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation and a creamy texture.
A superbly balanced Porter and that does not mean it is hopless, even with just 17 IBUs. Perfect execution that is hard to beat.

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Photo of Pyrosixer9
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Thick, chunky off-white head. Pours black, with dark ruby highlights. Head sticks around right till the end. Little bit of lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Roast coffee, with a creamy kind of sweetness. Little bit of dark chocolate. A little too sharp for my liking, but still inviting.

T: Roasty and bitter. A bit of a smokey quality that lingers even after swallowing.

M: Much thinner than something like an Imperial Stout, but not quit aqueous. Moderate-high carbonation. Lots of bubbles. Really easy drinking.

O: A porter for the stout lover. This beer is perfect for those times that a stout might be a bit much, but you still want that roasty stout flavor. I love grabbing this one when I want a beer with dinner.

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Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle very dark brown with a slightly tan 1 finger head. Can pick up hints of good roast coffee smell. Head dissipates relatively quickly to a thin ring that has pretty good lacing in the glass. Medium carbonation. Has a medium-heavy mouthfeel, that sticks with you for a while like a good stout should. I get a slight bitter chocolate on the front with a nice semi-dry roasted coffee on the back. Very nice example of an American porter that most stout lovers will enjoy.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Odell Cutthroat Porter pours a pitch black color with a long lasting and lacing head. There is a nice roasted aroma, lots of coffee aromas as well. The taste is very robust, strong and creamy roasted malts, with good hints of coffee and chocolate. Full body, full flavors. Overall a world class porter, fantastic flavors, one of the best out there.

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

Gotta thank my cousin for sending me this from CO.

A- Out of the bottle this Porter fills my tulip with a black ale. You can tell while pouring it isn't motor oil thick like an RIS but black is accurate. A creamy tan head forms with decent retention. Frothy ring ends up leaving a super webbed drapery of lace all over the glass.

S- Deep dark roasted malts off the top reminiscent of Left Hand Milk Stout for me. Good notes of dark cocoa powder, black grains, coffee and toasted nutty malts. Nice and clean with strong roast aromatics.

T- The roasted malts from the aroma carry over here with a nice showcasing of cocoa powder, dark grain, nutty and coffee notes. Some dark fruit, toffee and molasses hints as well as slight hops, floral and citrus, in the finish.

MF- The aroma and taste reminded me of some good stouts but the body feels more like Porter. The carbonation is high with a creamy and foamy texture overall. Not light bodied but not of moderate thickness either, somewhere in between but no where near watery.

I would certainly have this again given the chance. The depth of the roast malt usage is quite nice but it is not super decadent like a lot of Stouts and dark beers nowadays. Drinks and refreshes while maintaining a dark roast flavor.

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

The beer is near black with a dense khaki head. Plenty of lacing coats the walls of the pint glass. The aroma brings chocolate, roast, hints of vanilla and perhaps a touch of coffee. Really smooth and easy drinking. Light chocolate and roast. It would be easy to go through a few of these in a session. A solid example of the style. Tasty.

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Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark brown edging toward and possibly into black, this porter also has a red hue to it. A soft-looking but clearly strong tan head easily reaches one finger tall and a but more. Retention is good and lacing is left in nicely thick patches.
On the nose, a nice strong roast leads into exactly what the label promises: hints of chocolate and coffee. There's something a little creamy in there, almost buttery, with a slightly nutty something. There's a good strength to it as well as balance, nothing overdone but with plenty of depth. A ghost of toasted barley sneaks in under the other notes here.
Not all of the complexity translates to the flavor, but this is a very good porter. There's just a bit of bitterness that speaks of floral hops along with the big, roasty malt. There's no acridity or harsh edge.
Crispness gives just enough without going overboard for the style, while moderate carbonation is consistent. It gets quite a nice smoothness to it overall.

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Photo of coldriver
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours opaque black with good tannish head and lacing. Good meaty and smokey porter aroma. Taste is dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of bacon. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a drying finish. I have a fondness for porters and this one is very well done.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/1/13B. This was my wedding day, and the beer was picked up on my honeymoon in Colorado... Better ask the wife i I have to keep this bottle.

I got a finger of tan head over a deep dark brown body. A thin froth stays up top, and lacing readily clings to the side.

I smell toffee, coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste is to the nose, with a hint of dark fruit up front, and a taste of roasted nuts near the end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It coats slightly and finishes slightly dry.

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Photo of PaleZombie
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep ruby color almost black. About 2 fingers of tan foamy head leaving excellent lacing.

S - Pretty much what you would expect in a porter, coffee, roasted chocolate malts.

T - Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate malts, maybe a tad bit of dark fruit. Extremely pleasant and very drinkable.

M - Extremely smooth and perfect carbonation.

O - This is a pretty awesome beer lots of taste however the smooth feel and drink-ability made me want another after I drank the first one so fast.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich cola brown and black body sits belowbig thick tan head of multisized but mainly tiny ickle bubbles

Not much of an aroma, but pleasant enough some coffee & chocolate but funnily enough of the milk variety and molasses but it was nose right up to the head.

Big coffee flavours that occupy the tongue, plenty of depth in there with a slight sweetness. Some dark fruit, not much in the way of bitterness.

Today apparently is the hottest day in 30 years and so the easy drinking nature,
which was hinted at on the bottle, has been most welcomed.

Great carbonation, just a gentle fizz to help it go down

a good sessionable dark beer that clearly knows which way the tide flows

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.