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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 117
Gots: 62 | 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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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.45/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured into Great Lakes snifter.

Pours about 1/2 finger of beige head that fades to a ring fast. Pours a copper brown, but settles black in the glass.

Aroma: Very roasted here. Almost has some smoked flavors. The malts almost seem burnt. It also has some sharp rich cherry/raisin flavors. As it warms, notes of dark chocolate and coffee roast show.

Taste: Very big roasted flavor again. I think I taste some cherries in here as well. It has chocolate and coffee with some fresh earthy hops to add a touch of bitterness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, rich, and crisp(odd). Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted.

Overall, this beer is a ton of roasted malts. It has some decent flavors and I think it is fairly good. However, this is a porter you need to be in the right mood for. Relatively drinkable.

09-02-2010 23:18:55 | More by mothman
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

From a 12 ounce bottle shared by Halcyondays, many thanks. On to the beer:

It's black in color with good retention and spots of lacing sticking around. The nose takes the smoked road; smoked malt being dominant, then semi-sweet chocolate sweeping in. Yum....the smoked malt flavor is unique in this porter, there aren't a whole lot of smoked porters out there. It's also a little sweet like baker's chocolate, and smoke flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Light in the mouth, maybe a touch too light that prefered, but solid anyway.

Delightful, tasty, and easy to kick back. I'll take that.

08-05-2010 05:26:54 | More by DoubleJ
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown to black, good off-white head, some lace.

S: Dark chocolate, some dark fruit.

T: Great full dark chocolate flavour, a self described London style porter and it tastes like one. Dark malt, some brown sugar and a hint of graham cracker.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, thins out a bit towards the finish. Soft carbonation.

D: A wonderful porter beer. Low alcohol, tasty, what's not to like.

08-05-2010 02:19:35 | More by Halcyondays
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4.43/5  rDev +8%

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 8/24/10, thanks to my dad for bringing this back from KC. Pours a dark crimson color and shows just a few highlights throughout. Has a nice topping of dark beige foam that lasts a good while and drops some nice lacing.

Nose is a nice blend of mild chocolate, dark graininess and vanilla roastiness. Pretty clean without much yeast or hops showing.

Mmmm, porter delight! roast is there, sweet chocolate is there and smooth toast rounds out the malty trio. Mild bitterness is the perfect, dry ending to this well brewed nectar. Fruit is kept low and the beer has a crisp feel to it, I am glad they kept the ABV below 6% as it makes it extraordinarily drinkable. Body seems a little thin at times and gives off a slight astringency, but pretty minor complaints as this is a very nice porter. I would love to have this available locally, for sure.

08-02-2010 01:26:51 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured a very dark brown to the point of being black with a creamy one fingered tan head with lots of sticky lacing the entire glass. Dark robust coffee, malt and coco aromas. Bitter sweet chocolate with smokey hints on the palette with a metallic bite finish. Lighter than most for a porter with decent carbonation. With winters snow just around the corner, would drink well after a day on the slopes.

07-30-2010 19:39:35 | More by Bizz88
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4.06/5  rDev -1%

A-Pours with a beautiful head. The head lasts the entire beer and laces nicely on the glass. Beautiful black color.

S-Sweet coffee malt smell.

T-My first reaction after drinking a sip was This is the best damn beer ever. Sweet creamy chocolate taste with some coffee flavor.

M-Very smooth creamy feel in the mouth. Medium body.

D-You would think that a porter would be heavy but Cutthroat is a very drinkable beer. I could drink it all night.

Bonus-Had a chance to try the Nitro-Cutthroat on tap at the brewery. If I could give a beer an A++ this would be the one. Unfortunately I did not take any notes.

07-30-2010 00:31:02 | More by mweso2000
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a nice very dark brown/black, with a nice amount of head. Lacing is also quite nice. Head lingers a bit.

Aroma - Smells of Roasted malt, coffee, and some toffee in there as well.

Taste - Yummy. Tastes similar to aroma with a few differences. Tastes of roasty malt, little coffee, some hops in the back, and a tiny bit of toffee. Also highlights of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium low body. Seemingly perfect carbonation. Aftertaste lingers, which is nice. Sticks to tongue a bit, which is also good.

Drinkability - Very nice porter. Well deserving of the grade. To me, very sessionable porter. I could easily drink the whole pack in a night(maybe not for everyone though). Nice porter to kick back with, and enjoy the evening.

07-24-2010 06:52:18 | More by BeerBATvocate
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Drank this in a pint-style glass from the bottle w/ 9/28/10 as the date on the side. Pours w/ a 1 finger mocha-head that remains for awhile. The color is what is expected of a porter, dark w/ a hint of reddish-black on the edges. The head quickly reappears after a small swirl, also. Lacing is noticeable as the head recedes. The smell, again, is what is expected of a porter. It has chocolate, coffee, and a hint of licorice. Nothing is overwhelming about this beer, though. It isn't too much of anything, and I like that. The taste is black, chocolate, and possibly coffee malt. Again, it is just right. This beer might become one of my staples, if I can find it nearby in SoCal. In fact, I think that I will have another w/ some rosemary and garlic potatoes.

07-22-2010 23:09:43 | More by Fillpott
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

n8dietz is da man once again!!!

Dark cola brown with ruby highlights. One finger tan head with a lasting foam and just a little lacing. Hard to see any bubbling.

The aroma has just a little bit of cream in the super roasted malts giving some almost charred coffee, chocolate, and bread scents.

Nice malty flavor upfront with the super roast for punch right in the middle of the palate. Black coffee, no cream or sugar with a little bakers' chocolate make up a robust middle. The finish is smooth yet still persistant with the roasted flavor profile.

Nice session porter with a consistant flavor profile through and through.

06-21-2010 02:12:33 | More by scruffwhor
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black, with a hint of red when attempting to stare through it into light. A half-inch light brown head forms and deteriorates relatively slowly, leaving behind small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, and a faint whiff of caramel.

T - Earthy grains, bright coffee, and a touch of milk are detected in the front end. The latter half and finish taste slightly more roasted and there's a pleasant hoppiness. This bottle is roughly a year old, so I'm thinking the bitter is more distinctive with younger beer. None of these flavors are explosive, by any means, but this is truly enjoyable for what it is -- a very well-crafted, balanced American porter.

M & D - A substantial amount of carbonation and medium body. Coupled with the low ABV and the excellent balance at play, this makes for an eminently drinkable porter. Odell knocked this out of the park - I could drink a few of these and not feel overindulged.

I've been impressed with every Odell beer that I've tried. This is a great beer - fans of the style should certainly check it out. Nicely balanced taste and off-the-charts drinkability.

06-01-2010 22:01:25 | More by klikger
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Almost black color; no light. Poured a 1 finger tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malts; bitter coffee, chocolate earthy woods.

T: Toasted malts with smoky, rich foiundation. Subtle hop characteristers. Flavors were muted and complex.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky. Even bitter to balance the big malts.

D: Very flavorful and balances. Smooth and easy to drink.

05-08-2010 02:16:55 | More by Haybeerman
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Appears to be black in the glass, bar light is not helping to discern any highlights. Solid, tight, creamy cap is off-white and doing a great job of sticking around. So sticky. Lacing is doing a hell of a job. Nose is chocolate-y sweet with a hint of coffee and some maybe a nod towards fudge. More power please! The right notes are being struck, but the orchestra is playing far too softly.

The flavor is still in the realm of a chocolate dessert: bitter but sweet, there is a tiny movement towards roasted coffee, but otherwise plenty of subtle spicing, preserved fruits, and just enough "wateriness" to be super drinkable.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but hits a better note than most stouts. Perfectly attenuated without the gimmicky use of nitrogen. Smooth and silky, making it seem like a much lighter beer. Very well played by Odell in my opinion.

04-17-2010 01:13:22 | More by BretSikkink
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Near black; 1 finger head with great retention and lacing

S: Roasted malts; smoky and slightly woody; barbecued meat and semi-sweet chocolate undertones

T: Smoky aromas come through in the flavor--balanced well with the roasted malts; subtle chocolate and hop characteristics; good but rather muted flavors

F: Slightly thin but for the most part the mouth feel is good; I don't like how the dryness evaporates the beer from the back of the mouth

D: A bit rich at times for what it is but a pleasant, drinkable porter

04-08-2010 02:06:59 | More by dbossman
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is very dark brown, practically black, with some dark red highlights. About a finger of tan foam retains decently, and deposits some nice lacing on the glass.

Chocolate and coffee in the nose, and maybe a little bit of caramel. Sweet and roasty, this is a quality porter aroma.

Dark fruits show up in the flavor more so than in the nose. Rich flavor, not watery at all like a lot of porters I've tried. Love the balance between sweet chocolate and roasted barley. Tastes like a coffee stout, really.

Rich, thick texture, yet still incredibly drinkable. Hard to believe how quickly this beer disappears from my glass. Huge thanks to Wendall (wkcyr4) for sending this one my way.

04-03-2010 23:28:03 | More by Gyle41386
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

A very dry interpretation of a porter. Inky, inky black with a tan head. Slightly toasted aroma. Flavor is very, very dry. A little bit of hops, some toasty notes, but too me it is really too dry for my taste. (I could also be ruined by the Saint Bridget's Porter I just had that is more malty)

Mouthfeel is pretty prickly.

Interesting beer. I would like to try it again but maybe not after having a sweeter maltier beer.

04-03-2010 05:11:03 | More by jmbranum
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Great porter. A little thin, was a little leary at first, kind of a weak brown. But the aroma jumps out, good hops and coffee.

More hops and coffee in the taste.
Mouthfeel clings. Good bitterness, great roast feel to the malt bill. Drinkable, a little pricey, but a great label.

03-23-2010 21:14:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.47/5  rDev +9%

Nitro tap at the Crown Pub in Fort Collins, from jotted notes

A- Solid foam head, fine tiny nitro bubbles. Almost totally opaque. Black in the center, dark dark brown at edges. Head is thin, looks like A Guinness. Great lacing on the way down.

S- Roast grains, breads, some fragrant hops. Earthern roasted smells. Clean and sort of crisp.

T- Complex interplay between the malt and the hops. Crackling herbals over rock solid malts. Finishes roasty and bittersweet. World class porter taste, could be a smidge maltier, but that's just me.

M- Incredible nitro smoothness with a sliky texture, feels wonderful swirling in my mouth. Could be a little thicker, feels somewhat hollow. Chewy goodness.

D- So good, so smooth, so malty. Excellent session beer at only 5%. It's so damn good, I had another one with a corned beef Reuben and onion rings. Cutthroat on nitro may be the absolute best beer to have with bar food.

03-23-2010 20:49:28 | More by SamN
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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Black as night, nice huge off white head, reduces to ring fast. Lots of cling lace.

S - First off the bat - coffee. Also, maybe a little smoke?

T - Coffee is there. But where it the malt? Very, very dry. Too dry for me.

M - Creamy, balanced for what it is. Good carb.

D - Not hard to drink. Just seems it could be more.

03-01-2010 05:14:55 | More by srandycarter
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours near black with very little light passing through. Enormous off-tan head retains well and is still creamy, almost like espresso crema. Nose has a lot of roasty malt and smoke aromas, perhaps like a smoked meat of sorts or a faint reminder of rauchbiers. Some chocolate too. On the palate there's a good roasty malt flavor with enough hops for some balance, fudge/chocolate, a medium to light body, and a smokey sweet finish.

02-18-2010 04:09:06 | More by yemenmocha
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle, poured into a DFH signature glass...

A - pours about half an inch of loose but bubbly, strong khaki colored foam. sits on top of a beer that is quite dark, almost black...deep brown hues come out when held up to light. minimal rings of lace as the drink goes down.

S - strong whiffs of coffee (grounds, italian roast and some cappuccino), dark roasted malts, some very bitter chocolate. joined in with notes of roasted nuts, bread, and earthy hops. very inviting.

T - starts off a little sweet, some sugared coffee and chocolate...big bitterness kicks in next, roasted malts and grains and then coffee/chocolate bitterness. nuts come into play the second half, along with some mild vanilla oakyness. lots going on here but most flavors struggle to really take hold and get past the bitterness.

M - medium bodied and a bit oily, but the carbonation is a touch high and kind of distracting. a bit prickly and leaves the mouth a touch dry.

D - a damn fine porter. one of my favorites. got a bit better after it sat out for about 10-15 minutes and the carbonation settled down. nice and warming after a night of snow shoveling, could have another 2 or 3 of these (if i had them).

02-17-2010 04:58:44 | More by Stigs
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

No freshness or "brewed on" date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Nearly black and cloudy with some brown/red around the edges when held up to the light. Thick creamy head that recedes to a thin layer crowns the top of this beer. Good lacing.

S: Creamy chocolate paired with a little mocha, burnt malted barley and something "foamy".

T: Deeply roasted barley and maltyness, and some bitter chocolate are the first tastes to greet the palate. Some crackly hops dance around in the middle flavor and are eventually quenched by dry burnt coffee and some more chocolate. At the farthest reaches of the aftertaste an interesting (and pleasing) un-roasted barley flavor shows up... maybe this is due to the yeast in the bottle? The overall flavor almost seems like it is going in the direction of a stout but instead of the stout-like sweet finish, a more porter-like dryness ends this taste experience.

M: A bit more carbonated that I was expecting from how smooth it poured, but it is still good for the style. Rich enough to be satisfying but still palatable.

D: Very drinkable porter. High marks here!

Overall: A great session porter, worth a try if you have any interest in this style at all.

01-29-2010 21:05:47 | More by allforbetterbeer
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks to BigDank for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour into my Stone nonic pint glass is nearly black in color with a thin off-white foam which sticks around through most of the beer.

S: The nose has some very pleasant chocolate and coffee notes, just what I like in a porter. The roasted malt adds a nice balance to the sweet chocolate aromas.

T: The flavor starts out with a smooth, velvety, milk chocolate flavor followed by coffee and roasted malt. There is hint of vanilla on the back end as well. A slight bit of smokiness lingers after the sip is over.

M: The body is medium, but maybe a bit on the light side, unfortunately. The carbonation is moderate, and overall, the beer is quite creamy on the tongue.

D: One of the better porters I have come across. Great chocolate, coffee, and malt flavors and at a low ABV, a great beer to drink a few of in a night.

01-28-2010 05:55:11 | More by womencantsail
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Trade extra from BigDank. Thanks!! My first Odell.

A- Dark, dark, dark brown, really thick, tan head... very nice. 2 finger head, great staying power, a great pour.

S- Roasted coffee, a bit of smoke, some deep, dark malts. Smells like a solar eclipse.

T- Follows the nose. Great malt flavors, smoky coffee, really tasty. A dash of espresso, bitter baking chocolate, a bit of dark fruit.

M- Lighter than expected but damn near perfect. Moves over the tongue with ease. Healthy carbonation really helps this one score high.

D- I wish I could get more of this, I'm not a huge porter fan, but I'm doing backflips for this beer. Very awesome!

12-16-2009 22:52:01 | More by ShogoKawada
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New Mexico

4.88/5  rDev +19%

The beer is a pitch black, thick brew. As it poured, it really stuck to the side of the glass, sorta like oil. You'll pick up a lot of coffee, roasted malt, some alcohol and dark chocolate in the nose. The brew has a really tasty, rich malt flavor with a robust coffee taste. I thought it was well blended and smooth, with a strong flavor through the entire taste. Definitely will be picking this one up again, and I'd recommend you give it a try if you happen to see it in the store!

Appearance - 4.5/5.0- pours thick, really dark, sticks to side of glass
Smell - 4.5/5.0 - coffee, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt
Taste - 5.0/5.0 - rich malt flavor, with robust coffee taste, well blended
Feel - 5.0/5.0 - smooth, well blended, flavors strong throughout each taste
Drinkability - 5.0/5.0 - excellent beer if you just want to have a beer and not get lit after it.

12-10-2009 22:10:28 | More by taxguyjase
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Beautiful black brew with amber undertones. Lovely off-white head that sticks around. Quite appealing on this winter evening.

S: Roasted malt, followed by chocolate and some caramel. Hops are very faint and add some earthiness.

T: Roasted malts are nice, but not overpowering. Beautiful chocolate and caramel flavors. A hint of smokiness and breadiness. Hops are very mild and provide a nice, balancing bitterness.

M: light bodied and crisp with a soft touch to the tongue initially. Maybe a little too light bodied, but is ok in the end.

D: A damn fine porter. Good flavors all around. A winter session beer, for sure, but would be nice all year. Odells continues to amaze me with the quality of their beers.

12-04-2009 02:37:23 | More by brewdoc75
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
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