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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 112
Gots: 55 | 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 mactrail


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable flavorful dark beer.

Plenty of roasted malt flavors. Light in body and easy on the tongue. On the acidic side without much malty base, but full of flavors. Watery and refreshing. Hops are just a sideshow, but give a zing to the aftertaste.

Current batch says 4.8% abv on the label. From a recent 5280 Magazine marketing idea of six different beers they claim are "Colorado's Best" in a six-pack, including a can of Dales Pale Ale along with the five bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:13:15 | More by mactrail
Photo of MADhombrewer


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. "Best by" date is 7/13/11.

Appearance- Dark brown with a good, tight, tan head. Good lacing. 4/5

Smell- Smoke and coffee. Some chocolate but not much. 4/5

Taste- Also smoke and coffee. The main flavor is smoke. There is a little bite to this as well. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Decent mouthfeel for the style. More on the thicker side than the thinner. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. I use to really like smoke in beers and have gotten out of that as of late. Still a good beer but I may stick with their IPA and Myrcenary. 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 16:55:58 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of pollox87


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I finally made it up to Ft. Collins and got to try some of this at the brewery.

On Nitro

A-Dark with copper hints
S- fairly muted thanks to the nitro, a bit of roasted malt
T-fairly good although I do think the nitro hurt this beer more than it helped it in taste. Roasted toffee, but smooth blending of the flavors
M- This is where the nitro shines, really nothing like a good porter or stout on nitro to go down smooth.
O- overall I think this beer is just above average for the style. I would prefer it to have a bit more bite on it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-12-2011 04:33:46 | More by pollox87
Photo of gregshead


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brownish black w/ a finger thick of head, light brown color.

S: Malt/cocoa smell/ Mostly sweetness on the nose.

T: Some subtle coffee flavors but mostly just the typical but solid porter tastes. Nothing makes this beer out of this world but its put together really well.

M: Nice carbonation and light feel on the tongue.

O: % alcohol this one is almost sessionable at 4.8%. The flavors don't disappoint. Another solid craft brew from Odells.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 06:47:55 | More by gregshead
Photo of azdback


3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark black, dark brown highlights. Small, one finger light brown colored head. Lace looks as if it's not gonna stay around for long.

Smell is of coffee and dark roasted malts. A bit sweet maybe caramel or molasses.

Taste is almost like the smell. Dark roasted flavors, a bit of smoke. A really good sweet, tart taste.

The mouth is a little watery and hollow but not unusual for the style. For a porter it's right as it should be. I always have to reel my tongue in on the smaller ones.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Could see this being a session beer, when quantity didn't mater.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 05:34:33 | More by azdback
Photo of potatohamster


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark. Creamy, light brown head that laces very thickly and nicely.

Smells like chocolate and coffee--more chocolate than coffee.

Feels rich but not too heavy.

Taste keeps up with the smell. Even amounts of spice, bitterness, chocolate, and coffee. Nice roasted quality. Hard to tell this is a porter and not a stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:38:12 | More by potatohamster
Photo of deebo


3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a pint on nitro-tap

A-Thick creamy tan head-black as midnight

S-Dark chocolate, coffee type toasted malt

T-Smoky dark toasted/burnt malts, no detection of hops

M-Average for the style, creamy

D-Easy to drink throughout a pint

Overall-average, a nice beer

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-03-2011 21:21:56 | More by deebo
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark tan head.... great cap.. okay lacing.. 1/2" head.. the brew is very dark brown.

Nose is fresh and roasty.. some lite French Roast and a lesser dark malt.. pretty good out of the gate.

Flavor has all the expected dark qualities and a hint of dark cherry essence... deep dark chocolate finishes things out.

Body is on the shy side of medium.. carbonation is medium and sorta creamy small bubble..

I normally don't really appreciate porters, but this one is damn fine in my minds palate.. Good stuff and a great value.


Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:28:14 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of biglite351


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - considerable red around the edges. Creamy pure white head.

S - smokey, meaty, roasted malts. Hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - Toasted nuts and malts. Hint of coffee and dried fruit.

M - mild coating with good tingle on sides of tongue.

O - I could have a couple, but not my first pick.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:52:39 | More by biglite351
Photo of Snow81


4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark brownish amber, looking rich

Head: Dark tan

Smell: Roosted malts and caramel

Taste: Subtle coco with big burnt roosted malts

Weight: Medium to heavy body with medium to low carbonation

Finish: Roosted malts and the little coco sticks around for a bit

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 05:52:45 | More by Snow81
Photo of Duff27


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pour creates a near inch inch mocha-colored head atop an extremely dark brown porter. Great drink-by-drink step lacing and better than average head retention. Truly remarkable looking.

S- Faintly sweet. "Nuttiness"

T- Roasted malts. Nothing over powering here, just a well made and balanced porter here.

M- Oh so smooth and creamy! Feels great mayyyne.

D/O- Flavorful and relatively low in ABV, Cutthroat screams "drinkability". No arguments from this kid. My first brew from Odell. Thanks kawilliams81!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:20:44 | More by Duff27
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black body, thick light brown head with medium retention.

Smell - Very malty. Toffee, caramel and coffee.

Taste - Coffee. With a sweetened, creamed coffee afteraste. Not particularly complex, but has no off flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body.

Overall - Very good drinkable beer, but lacks a little in complexity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 08:09:00 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy who brought it in from Colorado. Poured from 12oz bottle (no date stamp) into pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown, not quite black with a thin pale khaki head that fizzles away quickly and leaves drippy lacing. Aroma is subtle with a little wafting roast nuttiness and some sweet notes. Flavor packs three strong components: roast malts (more like burnt bread than coffee), powerful sweet flavors, all offset by some strong hoppy bitterness. This porter has normal porter body, but an odd twist...almost like a lactose smoothness that could explain the sweetness as well. Overall a good above average porter!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 21:29:42 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass
A - Tan head made it to a half finger and dissipated quickly to a thin covering, deep brown almost black 3.0
S - Toasted & sweet malts and coffee with a slight smokiness 4
T - Roasted malts dominate with coffee notes, nicely balanced bitterness with dark chocolate notes on finish 4
M - Full bodied but a light feeling beer, smooth, mild carbonation 4
D - Good flavor and drinkability, want and will have another 4
A solid beer all the way around which I will be drinking again. I think I'm more of a fan of my previous nitro-tap review/experience with this beer... it gave it such a big creamy mouth feel and head, while really adding to the already notable smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:07:08 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of ocelot2500


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a nice wall of lacing.

Smells of light roasted malts and some earthiness.

Tastes of delicious roasted notes and some sweetness. Malts have notes of coffee and chocolate. An earthy, roasted bitterness backs everything up and is cut by a small amount of sweetness. A bit of fruitiness also comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:22:27 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous trader for this bottle.

12oz bottle, best by: 5/21/11. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany cola color, with some ruby highlights. A thin beige head caps it off. Light lace left behind. The nose is rich with cocoa sweetness, dairy, and light roasted aromas. Smells inviting.

The mouth is firm, good heft. Smooths out in the end with a creamy finish. Dry cocoa powder, sweet gingersnaps, and mild lactose-like sweetness rounding it out. I dig this. Wish I had it locally. It's a different approach to the Porter, more of a sweet hybrid, but I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 19:18:36 | More by Onenote81
Photo of cyrock1


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby brown to deep brown with a tan head of about 1/2 inch.

Smell: Toasted malt with some cappucino notes.

Taste: Coffee, caramel and toffee, knid backwards from what I thought would be the prevolent flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very cola like in it feel. A plus in my book.

Drinkability: Because the body and taste aren't too heavy, I could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 06:03:27 | More by cyrock1
Photo of Retsinis


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

Picked up a six pack of this at a Whole Foods in Chandler AZ while there on vacation over the new year's holiday, as this beer is not distributed to Southern California.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a large brandy snifter.

The beer pours a soft, dark, hazy brownish black color, with about a half inch of beige head. Decent retention, but the head faded to a nice ring, with semi-sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma's are quite nice. Burnt brown sugar or toffee, followed with notes of warming dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, roasted malts, and some light hop notes.

The flavors in the taste were surprisingly more complex then you typically find in a porter, except for some of the best.
Upfront, and on the initial draw, I get mostly roasted flavors, filled with dark bitter chocolate. Also get some roasted coffee, fresh earthy hops that add a nice bitterness, as well as some caramel malts. There is a molasses sweetness towards the middle, and a toast or soft smoke flavors on the finish.

The mouth feel is medium to full, silky and even a bit crisp from either the rich roasted flavors, or it might be the hops.

Overall, this is a rich and thick porter, with lots of roasted malts. Good flavor profile, tasty and satisfying. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 21:36:25 | More by Retsinis
Photo of CPeterson


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A rich, murky brown brew that pours into a half finger head and settles to a thin skim with slight traces of lace.

S -- Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hints of toffee and caramel.

T -- Roasty caramel malts, bitter dark chocolate and coffee tones, lightly astringent from the bitterness, almost begging for another taste time and time again. Earthy and herbaceous on the finish.

M -- Lightly drying, medium bodied and well carbonated for the style.

D -- Solid offering, definitely worth the pickup.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:44:57 | More by CPeterson
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into a sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: black body that lets a little bit of light. Creamy brown head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, malty.

Taste: Sweet roasty grains and sweet malty flavors. Chocolate and coffee flavors mingle with the roast and malt. A hint of raisins. Big porter flavor!

Mouthfeel: moderate to full bodied beer. Creamy and delicious. Sticky and slick! This beer coats your mouth with some much flavor with over powering your palate.

Drinkability: Man! i could drink a 6 pack by myself in one sitting! This is a fantastic porter! I really enjoy this porter. It is almost a toss up between Black Butte Porter and this beer for my favorite porter!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 04:24:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of robwestcott


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to codewarrior for this one. bottle stamped best before 4/30/11.

poured cold and relatively aggressively from the bottle to a surly darkness goblet a dark cola black with a 1/2 finger short lasting tan head.

aroma of coffee brewing and dark fruits.

sweet upon the first sip. roasted malts, raisins, and coffee.

sweet, medium carbonation, a bit thin.

drinkable - very.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:16:35 | More by robwestcott
Photo of MOTrout89


4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great porter. Strong coffee scent and taste complimented by a light aroma of chocolate. Decent head and lacing, complex and robust flavor starts with bold coffee tones and ends on a pleasant bitter note. Very smooth; it almost feels light. The color is very dark and rich. Great after a cold day trout fishing.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 19:39:58 | More by MOTrout89
Photo of rawfish


3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a pitch black brew that shows clear and deep mahogany when placed up to the light. There is a thin ribbon of fine and sandy colored head that travels well down the glass and leaves an attractive lacing

S: The nose is of coffee grounds but not overpoweringly so and faintly of dark chocolate. The coffee aroma comes forth as the beer warms. Good backing of balancing herbaceous hops.

T: Taste primarily of coffee and there was more of a bitterness from earthy hops than I expected but it gets smoothed away by roasty malts and a creamy finish with smoke and brown sugar.

M: Very smooth carbonation, crisp clean finish not sticky at all. The mouthfeel was medium to thin bodied. One brewed for drinkability rather than boldness.

D: A porter that doesn't make a fuss about identity but is simple and tasty, very drinkable and just feels right. A winner in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 03:14:11 | More by rawfish
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another beer brought back to OH from my friend for a taste of CO and WY. Thanks Mooky!

Pours dark black in my pint glass, but when held to the light you can see that it is clear (filtered?) and allows a small amount of light to peak through, transforming the beer into a deep blood color. There's a small cap of head, less than a finger. The color is off white, and reminds me of the color of used cigarette paper. Decent retention, the bubbles are small but numerous and full of vigor. Lace struggles to cling to the glass, but I'm not left with too much to ponder as the beer goes down.

Smells slightly acidic and peaty, I must assume that there's some smoked barley at play here. Subtle undertones of coffee grounds and earthy hops are also at play.

The flavor is much the same - mild coffee and smoke. Some hop bitterness combines with the carbonation and alcohol to prickle the palate pleasingly. Roasted grains in the background pull forward as I give a mouthful a swish. This also excites the beer into producing a sweet chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lots of carbonation, almost too much. Drinkability is pretty good. Too bad this isn't available in OH. Good thing Edmund Fitzgerald is better and readily available.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:31:00 | More by Spider889
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for 24 months and pours black with a two fingers of ecru head. The aroma is rich with notes of coffee and sweet malt. There is a little astringency on the nose as the fizzy head reduces. The body is thin with and the flavors are A-typical. Great coffee notes and bittersweet chocolate. The flavors are great and the aromas are great teasers; the body is just a little shy of great. This is a good sessionish beer at 4.8%, I just can't get over the thin character.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 05:01:33 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.