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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: 1,107
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 144
Gots: 156 | 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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Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted malt, chocolate, some very mild burnt grain notes and an even milder smoked elelment. Dark brown body holds a mostly lasting thumb thick and creamy tan head. Fore is roast-bitter with an almost lactose/oatmeal creaminess, mild chocolate notes, faint coffee and some trace candy caramel notes. Pretty tasty and well done.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely bottle...the label is fabulous, and the relief detail on the shoulder is a very nice touch. Of course, it's what is inside that really matters here, so here we go..

Beautiful in the glass...very dark brown to black, with a light tan head that starts about two fingers, and slowly falls to one with some thick lace left behind. Held tot he light, it's a nice ruby/cola colour, and very clear.

The aroma is somewhat weak, but very good. Chocolate and smoke hit right up front, with some ancho chile and coffee following.

The flavour seems dominated by the smokiness. Coffee comes out aorund the edges, with a dry finish. There s bit of date-like flavour there just on the edges. The smokiness is just a bit too high for me- but only just a bit.

A little light on body for a porter, with just a bit too much carbonation.

Despite some shortcomings, I think this one is rather drinkable, and I wouldn't turn it down.

Be well

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Photo of bort11
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

To start off with, I really like Odell's label design. They've had these updated designs for about a year now and I think it really makes Odell stand out visually. On to the beer.

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Rich black color. When held up to the light only a single spot of ruby red shows through. Dark tan head, only about a finger width, and recededs quickly. Light lacing around the edge of the glass. Smell is a robust chocolate malt with a little bit of mocha coffee around the edges. Taste is very full, much like the smell. Finishes clean, very little after taste. Not too complex of a flavor, pretty strait forward. Mouthfeel was a little too light. I like my porters to have a bit more substance to it. Overall, this is a very tastey porter and very easy to drink. I think it can session pretty well.

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Photo of benito
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It had been a long time since I'd had a Cutthroat Porter, and as soon as I
had my first sip I got mad at myself. Once again, I'd fallen into the trap of underrating Odell's, ignoring their sixers every time I walked into the liquor store, in favor of higher ABV, flashier brews. Between Levity, Isolation, Cutthroat Porter and (the unfortunately retired Bobby), Odell makes some great brews.

Their porter is a deep mahogany with a thin, off-white head. The bouquet has hints of cocoa and toffee. It's the jam-packed flavor profile though that sets this apart as an exceptional American porter. The balance of creamy, nutty flavors (again, toffee, cocoa) and biting ones (coffee, tar, hops) is spot on. This bitterness really gets assertive toward the back of the tongue and leaves a graceful note of aftertaste.

What's more is that there's something surprisingly refreshing about Cutthroat, especially surprising given the complexity and diversity of its flavors. This has a great restorative quality along with a low enough ABV to make it an irresistable session brew.

Kudos to Odell--I shall never underestimate thee again. This is arguably the best traditional porter brewed in Colorado.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle compliments of jhammerly

Pours black with a small tan head that fades. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very roasty with some coffee and chocolate tones.

Deep roasted tasted upfront with some coffee and chocolate flavors in the background. Very robust.

Medium body, slick texture.

A very nice porter and quite easy to consume. Definitely a good example of the style.

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Photo of jongillin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great dark color nearly black with some red hues. Everyone else here has said mahogany and that hits the nail on the head. Speaking of head: this one has a nice tan colored head that laces the glass beautifully.
It has a great roasted malt smell with strong coffee and chocolate overtones.
As always with a good beer the best part is the taste and this one does not disappoint. It has well balanced flavor that finishes with a hoppy taste. One of the first things I notice is the coffee flavor but it is rounded out with the chocolate.
Mouthfeel is smooth but not thick. Light carbonation but just right. That is to say there is not too little nor too much. Great session beer.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good looking very dark brown beer. This one is very close to being black. Decent sized head with thin webby lacing. Not a ton of stick.

Sweet coffee smell and dark chocolate smell and taste. Good hoppy balance in the finish.

This is a highly drinkable porter. Many thanks to bditty187 for this one.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No best buy date.
Pours a seemingly black but with some dark mahogany overtones. Head poured is about an inch and sinks slowly, nice.
Aromas a litte pale for a porter, a little hops, coffee, sweet roastiness, and a little chocolate. Wow, flavors explode however. A bit slick on the tongue giving the sense of coffee and chocolate. Mild hops balance out in the end, this is very well done. Haven't had a porter in a couple months and this one reminds me why I love the style so. Carbonation is straight on, just enough to give a slight crispness to the brew, but nothing overly filling. This is my first try from Odell, and I will definitely give the rest a shot.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown maghogany when held to the light but looks black a glave nice brown head falls to a foam cap and laces well.

Aroma is nice malty mixed with good fruit plums, dates hell even cantalope strange but nice. Some roasted notes light chocolate hints some week stale old coffee but fruits stand out first.

Taste is light roasted malts mixed with dark fruits and chocolate hints nice carbonated feel at the start that fades with the chocolate into light coffee flavors with some earthy hops for the finish some almost minty pepper shows up for a sec in the finish also.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium but also lighter seems like has more body but a light feel to it also nice level of carbonation pep at the start that mellows thru out.

Drinkability is good a very solid porter from a solid brewery. Want to thank BGC BIF and babydoc for this bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears dark chocolate caramel cocoa with ruby highlights forms a tan head leaves even streaks of full lacing. Aroma has herbal hops and a bit of some grassiness dark chocolate creamy tones with a touch of coffee soft layers of dark roasted malts slight acidic tart character to it. Taste has doughy chocolate flavor with creamy malt ball highlights light cappuccino character herbal grassy hops seems fluffy like an oatmeal stout great session porter. Mouthfeel has a creamy texture even carbonation extremely smooth medium bodied porter. Drinkability, Odell has become one of the prime prospects from Colorado a defintie must stop if ever driving through like I have in the past, sessionable...the definitive version.

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

12oz bottle from I don't know where. Really have to do a better job of keeping track. Oh well, thanks anyways, someone...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear dark burgundy brown brew. Head hangs on well, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is sweet, yet exhibits plenty of coffee as well. Taste follows the nose, with sweet malts upfront, overpowered eventually by dark coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth over the tongue, although perhaps a tad thin, and drinkability is very nice. Good one here...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for New Year's Eve.
Poured into pint glass.
Good smell. Roasted malt with a hint of flower/hops. Head is tiny but full, could be due to pour.
Tastes like a classic porter, perhaps a bit more stout. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts. I thought I tasted some sweetness although I did have champagne and other, um, drinks as well. A good beer to start a night as it awakens the taste buds.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4.8% ABV per this label.

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, near black, forming a poofy and soapy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice, but the flavor is better. The nose is permeated with green oily hops kept in check with roasted malts and chocolate, black walnut and vanilla. The mouthfeel is a little sharp and a touch sour with a medium body and moderate astringency in the finish. The taste begins with green hops, crisp clean water, a clean ferment...middle is chocolate, cocoa, black walnut. The finish has notes of green saplings and an aftertaste of grain husk.

So, this one is a little wierd. At first I liked it, but as it went along, it tasted too much like I was chewing on a tree. The hop choice doesn't do this beer justice as it's got a nice backbone ot chocolate, roast grains, coffee, and black walnut. Could have been a contender...as it is, I'll pass.

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Photo of whynot44
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, dark reddish brown with a tan head.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, dark coffee, smoke and hops.

Taste is rich strong coffee, a bit of chocolate, slightly smoky. Starts slightly sweet, then the dark roasted coffee and hops bitterness kicks in. A little "burnt malt " aftertaste, but still very creamy, smooth and drinkable.

A very nice porter, almost a stout.

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Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this was a good port! Starts on the right foot with a deep burgangy pour with a foamy, sticky tan head. Enticing malty chocolates for the nose, then a very drinkable sour ale quaff. Good and malty, just the right lite hop kick to finish off.

Smooth and creamy, this would make for a good session brew, for just a couple with a steak dinner.

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Photo of mynie
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dertbert for the trade.

Completely opaque black with a nice little off brown head. Can't ask for much better from a porter.

Deep roasted malt and coffee mixed with what smells like adjunct rice.

Very warm flavor is harmed by a weak mouthfeel. Strong porter malt with warm chocolate moves into a dreamy smooth middle that ends on a very weak node of mashed grain. The flavor is varied and runs the gamut from excellent to mediocre.

A nice if unbalanced porter.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Do you think Cutthroat Trouts would like Cutthroat Stouts? The pour for Odells stout is a dark opaque color with definite red and copper tones that become more obvious when held to the light. A darker shade of white head that pours nicely to start but doesn’t last with the drink. Limited lacing as well.

The overall smell is nothing really dominant but still detectable. The smell is stronger in roasted qualities then any other. Some touches of coffee and chocolate are presents as well as some earthy tones.

The taste is light and creamy. Taste is good but light overall. The creaminess is not really a milky taste but smooth. To start off there is a big malt presence with big roasted and more noticeable coffee and chocolate tones then the smell would indicate. The malt is the stronger piece but the aftertaste provides some light more English style hopping.

There is a slight watered down that kind of makes the beer easier to drink. But also limits a greater taste. Overall this is a good section beer.

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Photo of hoffman
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up very nice deep brown with reddish undertones. Full frothy head about 2 fingers that sticks for a long time. Smell is vibrant, mocha and toasted malts with some hops. This one has a full taste mirroring the smell of toasted malts and mocha very nice. Creamy feel adds to the robust body of this porter. I really liked this one, one of the better porters I have had.

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Photo of sevineyes
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle. Label has a recycled paper feel depicting what looks like a linoleum cut of a trout. The dominant ink color is purple.

A: Very dark and coffee-like. Not much light penetration. Frothy, light colored head with lacing.

S: Coffee with some smoky elements.

T: Definite coffee flavor with some nice roastiness. Finishes with a bit of chocolate. Bitterness is almost unnoticed. Seems to be some smokiness to the flavor as well.

M: A little on the thin side.

D: Goes down very quick.

Overall: Man, this is a good drinking porter. Well balanced with good flavor and a nice progression of flavors and smells throughout each glass.

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Photo of loren01
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice black color, much like dark espresso. Coffee is also what the smell reminded me of, burnt coffee to be more exact, also some chocolate flavor. Taste was very good nice smoky roasted coffee flavor with a nice dry finish. This is an awesome porter in my opinion and could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

color of a charred log with ruby embers. Shiny dark froth walks out like a bride trailing cascades of lace. This porter foams at the lip, a gentle swirl releases tense carbonation.
Smells like a beer porter carrying a burning cask of pale ale and a covered barrel of ripe apples.
This has a nice chalky chocolate taste; charcoal dusted fruits with bitter stems and sour skins. It's alive with carbonation. Easy drinkin' porter that rolls around the palate like bouncy, smokey cherry bombs.

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Photo of walleye
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle, poured a ruby brown with a light tan head. aroma, some chocolate, malts, coffee, and some hops. flavor, roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of dark fruitts like plums. not to bad of a beer, I just might buy some more of this

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Photo of Fugazme
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, opaque glass with a good, off-white head and good lacing. The smell was near non-existent for me. I've been fighting allergies, so I'm going to have to come back and re-review to be perfectly fair, I think. I did detect some coffee-like aromas and malt.

Flavor was good but not robust or huge. I like huge.

I was more excited to try this beer before I tried it than after. It isn't bad... just not as good as I hoped.


Much nicer aromas of coffee... no allergy problems this time!
Wow... I didn't know what I was missing. Tastes much better with the ability to smell. ha!

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Photo of Beaver13
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a frothy light beige head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and some burnt coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and some burnt roastiness with a touch of fruitiness and a little lactose. It has a lightly bitter coffee finish. It's medium bodied with a good amount of velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is a well balanced porter - maybe a tad on the sweet side. This is a great fall back beer that I find myself drinking often.

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Photo of tjthresh
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Barley’s. Some floral and citrus hops with roasted malts. Vary dark brown to black. Full, lasting, tan head, with good lace. Light roast flavor. Little bitterness. Fruity. Pretty thin. I think this is supposed to be a robust porter. Somthing is wrong. I may re-rate some day.

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