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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 120
Gots: 66 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.10% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-19-2001)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with a nearly black look to it and a nice two inch head of tan. The aroma was loaded with chocolate and rich roasted malts. Big sweet profile here. As I go in for th first taste I am over whelmed with cocoa and rich dark tones. Nice touches of molasses and rich sweet flavors that carry over into a huge sweet finish. Big body on this and a great easy drinking feel.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

915th Review on BA
Bottle to Handle Less Mug
12 oz

Best by: 10/28/11
Purchased From: Mass Bev, Lawrence, KS

App- A very dark brown pour with two fingers of a medium receding head that falls to a sliding pond layer. A good amount of cling.

Smell- A full nose of roast and grain with some malt and a bit of dark chocolate.

Taste- A very good porter. It was roasty, malty and a bit thicker than most. As it warms it opened to more of dark chocolate flavor and a bit grainular.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Warm malts and some chocolate powder with a very good grain bill.

Drink- A very tasty porter. This was warm, malty, and roasty. Very smooth and easy to drink. Up there with Deschutes and Great Lakes.

FosterJM, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour, ruby red hue, finger of mocha head with solid retention and lacing.

S - Light mocha notes, dark cocoa, milk chocolate, and hints of espresso.

T - The milk chocolate and cocoa notes shine on this one, the espresso sneaks up on the finish and a touch of leafy green hops offset the sweet with just enough bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A fantastic porter that gives you a perfect bitter-sweet balance. Easy drinking and delicious. A sessionable porter for sure.

andrenaline, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Odell bottle and label. Best by date and ABV printed on the label.

Appearance: Very dark with just a hint of ruby when held to the light .. nice tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted aroma, with coffee and cocoa.

Taste: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Roasted flavor, quite a bit of bitterness.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable porter - medium mouthfeel isn't too heavy, so I could definitely drink several.

rowew, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a tan head that laces well.

Smells of roast, caramel, and sweet malts.

The up front taste is quite roasty but it quickly fades into a creamy, coffee flavor.

Medium body and carbonation...seems a bit lacking here.

This is a solid porter...it seems as though it will be more roasty and harsh than it actually is in the taste. The creamy, coffee finish is quite nice.

TenHornsProud, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint. My last experience with this beer was from the bottle and was so bad I felt it deserved a revisit.

Cutthroat Porter feigns opacity in low light, though a hold to a nearby candle (old school) reveals ruby highlights and surprising clarity. The head, frothy and the color of cocoa, looks as dense and solid as a 2x4.

Aromas of ground coffee beans mix with toasted sourdough, hints of earthy hops, peanut skins and tangy chocolate in the background.

The first taste declares that I was unfair in my previous judgment. A many-splendored array of flavors emerges at each stage of the process. In front, dark chocolate and earthy hops, which open up even more after the swallow. Waves of burnt bread, coffee beans and peanuts lap the tongue mid-palate, while sourdough tang and wood ash linger for a long, long while after the finish. Each sip reasserts its burly roast, yet the beer becomes light and sweet at the swallow.

This is one porter that really benefits from the nitrogen treatment. Incredibly silky and smooth as model-ass, the creamy body exhibits lightly tingly carbonation.

I made a mistake. Cutthroat is a good, drinkable porter. Just goes to show you not to judge a book by an off bottle.

Phelps, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown pour with an okay mocha colored head. Retention and lacing are decent too.

S: Lots of roasted malt. Hint of chocolate and a little molasses maybe?

T: Chocolate and roasted malt combination is excellent. Some molasses as in the nose and maybe a little bit of nuttiness?

M: Carbonation is pretty high, combined with the low ABV makes for a pretty light, watery feel.

O: Gave it extra points because it's right up my alley. Flavors are fairly mild but are well balanced and combine to make a great porter. This is more of a "real" porter in my opinion, unlike some other porters which are thinly veiled stouts.

Dope, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/10/11. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with very nice retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A nice amount of lacing clings to the side of the glass as well. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, nuttiness, molasses, and a bit of spice. Very nice aromas here with excellent strength as well. Taste of big toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses, spices, and nuttiness. A fair amount of bitterness on the finish, with a bit of lingering notes of chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, and spices. Very nice balance of flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body, with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed on the taste or finish as expected for 4.8%. Overall, definitely an excellent and well made porter that I wish I could get on a regular basis.

superspak, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of SMILLIE
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. One finger head with minimal lacing. Head reduces within 2-3 minutes.

Smell: Fair aroma of dark malts and coffee with a hint of chocolate. Not very aromatic at all.

Taste: Sweet dark roasted malts and nutty up front. Finishes with a hoppy taste, mild bitterness. Slightly smokey. Tastes much better / stronger than it smells.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate/high level of carbonation.

Overall: A good version of a porter. Not exactly what I was expecting, quite watery (not weak at all). Not too creamy, fairly smooth. Very drinkable as the drink progresses. High carbonation. I would drink again.

SMILLIE, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 06/10/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting . The body is a deep, near black with just the slightest traces of mahogany when held to light. Lacing attaches itself to nearly every bit of glass available.

A delicious nose tempts me with dark, roasted malts carrying notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and mocha. A little molasses and roasted nut can also be found. This porter has a stronger aroma than many stouts.

Dark, roasted malts bring a dry, roasted coffee flavor with some sugary sweetness and notes of baker's chocolate and roasted nuts. The flavors are strong but not bold as they have an almost watery quality.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this is one very drinkable porter. The body is a little watery and has a very sessionable quality but still has a slight stickiness. The carbonation is not overly apparent which is very important in this beer, as more carbonation would really harm the flavors.

output01x, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours super dark brown to black. Nice off white head but fades and leaves a little lacing.

The smell is where this beer wins. Bakers chocolate, slight coffee, and raisins.

The taste is more roasted/ burnt chocolate than the nose gives off. It leaves a burnt taste on the back for a minute or so.

I've been realizing there are a lot of Porters very similar to each other and this is just another one. Great beer none the less.

Eriktheipaman, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of bugaboo416
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark hue to black. The head dissipated rather quickly leaving some rather long lasting legs

S: Roasted malty goodness

T: slight caramel. Roasted malt. with and end note of nuttiness.

M: light body, crisp, dry at the end

O: From the bottle, give the glass a bit of a swirl to get rid of excess carbonation. All in all, a nice refreshing porter. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it.

bugaboo416, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Awesome Pour, one full swoop! Nice black body with thick foam tan head.

S - Rich dark marshmallow scent... Mild dirt funk too. some light coffee and chocolate are buried deep inside. very light, but yet still rich!

T - Awesome smooth coffee taste with great chocolate bitterness. Rich earthy flavors too. Lots of pine and resinous debris.

M - Very dry with perfect carbonation! Nailed the feel. smooth and delicious.

O - Great brew, but even better on Nitro.... Awesome brew Doug.

chugalug06, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of wschmit
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 6/10/11B into a New Glarus pint.

A: Deep, rich brown body supporting a tan-tinted, fine head that lingers pretty well. Looks just about perfect for a porter.

S: Nice darker notes, without being overbearing. Pretty prominent nutty scent--almost like cashew, with a bit of astringent walnut. Really good nose.

T: Pretty much spot-on. A bit toasty, and backing up the nutty flavors in the nose. Some coffee, but not at all over-bearing. Really well balanced, and almost exactly what I think of when porter comes to mind.

M: Again, spot-on. Not thin, carbonation just right, alcohol tuned in perfectly. Good full body.

O: Very well executed in every regard. Tempted to give it an A+ even.

wschmit, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Badbobx
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A dark brown color with a nice bubbly foam head was evident on the pour. The aroma was rich with nicely roasted malts.
The smell was of a classic porter. No doubt to what this beer is.
The taste is very similar to the aroma; rich roasted malts. The mouthfeel was rich and full.
I really enjoyed this beer and will drink it again when I can. I was able to get a few on a trip to Colorado, since we cannot get these in Indiana.

Badbobx, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jstilwell for this one.

Pours a fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with some lacing, over dark coke brown color with hints of light escaping around the edges.

Nose has a nice porter aroma, darker malts, dark crystal malts, caramel, toasty, light powdered chocolate, hint of coffee, a bit creamy and fluffy, and touch of vanilla. Not really any hops, but I bet the taste will bring some knowing Odell.

Taste starts fairly rich and creamy, a nice robust porter flavor. Light roast bringing a hint of coffee, and some light cocoa powder, light hot chocolate/cocoa, light creamy oats perhaps or a slight lactose sugar, and some dark crystal malts with a hint of caramel and some vanilla. I think I get the slightest hint of hops, light earthy hops, but barely. Some bitterness comes in at first, and then more on the finish, but more from the roasted malts than from hops I think. It also finishes a bit drier but slightly sticky and a long creamy dark malt finish, with some coffee and chocolate lingering.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, creamy and lush, decent carbonation.

Overall a great drinkable porter, nice dark malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, as well as creamy flavors, dark and robust, malty, yet very drinkable. I personally would have liked a touch more on the hops, but otherwise great.

jlindros, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Comes out dark brown, a little darker than a cola color, just obviously not the same carbonation look. After a rough pour, the head is crazy. A big frothy light brown/tannish color with incredible lacing to it. All the way around the glass and it sticks around for a bit.

Smell is incredible, sooo much going on here. Like many porters, it's very well malted. Chocolate and coffee notes with hints of vanilla butter. There's still some grain in the smell, an earthy hop aroma, like a sweet pine. I don't know if my description is really doing it justice, but it's really wonderful.

Taste is pretty close to on par with the smell. I read some reviews saying it tastes similar to a stout, I wouldn't agree or disagree, it's sort of in it's own class. Strong chocolate fudge and dark coffee flavors. Again there's also a vanilla taste in the middle there. Grain and earthy hops present, sort of a sweet pine flavor for some slight bitterness, exceptional tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is good, sort of a middle of the road, not to heavy and not to light, medium bodied. Perfect carbonation level, well balanced and perfectly smooth. Incredible drinkability, what a well done version of the American Porter.

Thank you chugalug06 for the bottle in a trade....there better be more of these in the future!!!

AndyAvalanche, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown in the glass, with some clear ruby edges, and topped with a couple fingers of light mocha colored head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a robust cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and soaps them with heavy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells of coffee, leafy citric hops, and sweet malts, which all combine to give off a green acrid twang in the nostrils.

The taste is made up of earthy green hops and an assertive roasted bitterness, which is soothed out on the edges by notes of caramel and cocoa, before heading into a finish of dry rind and lingering roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth prickly carbonation that is maybe a touch light across the back. I’m also picking up just a tad of warmth out of the body but it’s overall not too bad.

This was a pretty solid, but unspectacular, Porter from Odell, with a decent depth of flavor to it and an overall sturdy drinkability. This one would do right by you if you were in a dark beer pinch.

Kegatron, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Not much to distinguis this one from the regular tap version. Poured a nice dark brown/black color, with a creamy beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and light coffee. On the palate, medium bodied and hollow tasting, with flavor s of dark chocolate, roasted malt and cocoa.

emmasdad, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Victory snifter. Best before 8/24/11 on the bottle. Thanks to eclipse54!

A: pours a deep rich brown/black, faint light gets through at top, 1/4 finger head to none really, good carbonation, tiny bubbles

S: coffee and chocolate notes first, mild dark cherry may e, not really any hop character

T: not as much coffee or chocolate as the nose would allude, chocolate at the close is nice, middle of the tongue gets the flavors while the carbonation really helps to clear the palate

M: medium bodied brew, thicker than ales, but no where near the body of a stout

O: Odell knows how to make beers! Really really solid brew. I think the Deschutes Black Butte is better though.

inlimbo77, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass and Old Town Bistro

A - Pours a dark black with a one finger head. Head starts falling apart around halfway down the glass. Leaves behind decent lacing.

S - Chocolate malt and hints of coffee.

T - Chocolaty upfront. The body is pretty well balanced. Finnish chocolaty with a bitter-chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium-to-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. I would like to see a creamier texture.

I expected more out of this beer given how good their IPA was. To me it seemed to be good, but not great. Certainly something I wouldn't come back to here in Socorro with Black Butte so readily available.

Bockrules, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Bubba83
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at 45 degrees. I like how the bottle looks, nice art, bottle contours, and overall design. The beer is very dark. I can't see through it at all but I'd have to say it's actually a very dark brown, not really black. A light tan head, 1.5 finger widths tall after the pour. Quickly settles into a tidy circle of foam resting on top. Fair retention, great spiderweb lacing.

This beer really smells a lot like a freshly baked pan full of brownies that have just been retrieved from the oven. There is also a fair bit of roast to balance that out, almost akin to the great fragrance of a coffee shop. Cake batter and some vanilla round things out, very nice.

The taste is more of the same from the nose. Velvety chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, and melds into a deep roast that reminds me a bit of a black cup of coffee. The hops definitely play a bigger role in the flavor profile than the aroma, and they bring a bit of zingy spice to the finish. I couldn't really ask for much more.

The feel is almost perfect. Depth in the body is there with a nice consistency and chewyness. Carbonation may be a little spritzy at times, but that's splitting hairs. Really well done.

Overall I'd have to say that this is one of the best American Porter's out there today. It's got just about every flavor I love in a porter, yet it's not too sweet and is incredibly well balanced. I love this beer and wish with all my heart it was distributed here.

Bubba83, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Forb
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a pint glass...

Appearance: Deep, rich, pitch black body with minimal coffee colored head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt aromas, and a tinge of sweetness.

Taste: Roasted malt aroma profile with auras of earthy hops to carry on the sugary caramelized nature of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but smooth and creamy as it settles heavily.

Overall: A good solid porter.

Forb, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of isualum12
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They say "Not quite a stout but definitely no lightweight"...this is as close as it gets to a stout as it gets.

lots of chocolate and lots of burnt carmel. It taste really good. pours black with carmel head.

Taste is great but a strong beer.

isualum12, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BlastBeats
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interested in sampling more offerings from Odell, I grabbed this porter off the shelves of Liquor Mart in Boulder, Colorado where they have a vast selection of single beers for sale.

Appearance: a fusion between very dark brown and black with a nice khaki colored head.

Smell: mild scents of roasted malt

Taste: very balanced roasted flavors with a subdued hop character.

Mouthfeel: this porter has a crisp mouthfeel, with a slight snap in the finish. This can probably be attributed to the hops or medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A very pleasing beer. Odell writes that the Cutthroat Porter was inspired by the classic London porters; which is a very good thing in my opinion. Cheers!

BlastBeats, Jun 13, 2011
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.