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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 118
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 hwwty4
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium Globe.

This is a long time coming. As a former resident of Fort Collins, I've been drinking Odell's brews for quite some time but this classic I've just been drinking and enjoying but have never reviewed. Here it is. This beer pours a Cuban Coffee brown with a rich dark toffee head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing for a Porter. The aroma can only be described as decadent. Dark chocolate, mildly astringent espresso, heavy cream, hot chocolate and whipped cream. In most beers, when I say that the flavor is exactly the same as the aroma, it's almost a negative thing. Like they show all their cards before the hand is played, but with Odell Cutthroat Porter it exactly the opposite. This beer is beautiful. Its like a DDR party in my mouth. Milk chocolate, espresso, sweet cream, a hint of baker's chocolate and heaven. The mouthfeel is just a wee bit light for me. I wish there would be just a bit more body to it but honestly this is really just nit picking the beer. Odell's brewery has made, in my opinion, the best American Porter and possibly one of the best Porters produced in the world.

hwwty4, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.43/5  rDev +8%

Bottle brought back from Colorado by misterdmac... thanks, Dustin!

A: Stark black, with a very light sandy coloured head that forms quite nicely, perhaps with a little delay in leaving lace behind (it seemed to begin about a quarter of the way down the glass)

S + T: Both the aroma and the flavour are a straight-up roasted malt dominating, and it's smooth and pleasant. Both chocolate and coffee flavours are noted (though it's mostly just the coffee of the two on the nose), and each is subtle and mild, merely complementing the other flavours and aromas... very nice on both counts.

M + D: Smooth and somewhat creamy medium body, with a nice sparkling carbonation to go with it. The mild alcohol content makes it a great session choice, and I'd gladly accept it as one - I only wish it were available in these parts!

Proteus93, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Had on nitro-tap at Vine Street Pub in Denver. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark cola brown. Solid two fingers width of silky, creamy mocha head. Lacing just cakes the glass as it's consumed. Brilliant.

S- Lots of roasted coffee bean flavors with a nice amount of smokiness. Also getting come chocolate and toffee.

T- Like the smell, the roasted coffee beans really come into play. Also detectable are a slight traces of bitter chocolates accompanied by a light smoke sensation.

M- Oh my god! So silky and velvety. Nitro-tap really did wonders in this department.

D- Very drinkable porter. I could drink this one over and over and never get tired.

Overall, very happy to see this as on nitro-tap. Porters aren't my absolute favorite style, but this one was pretty flavorful and had a spectacular mouthfeel. About as sessionable as you can get.

rhinos00, May 29, 2009
Photo of thryn
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Very nice looking. A dark brown, nearly black beer with a good finger of tan head that has some staying power.

Hugely roasty aroma. I'm in love! I'm getting some smoky peat, coffee, faint chocolate, and even maybe a hint of toffee out of this. Major roasty malt character.

A litle less comes out on the palate, but it's still a damn fine beer. All that roasty character is there, and the coffee notes are present. The chocolate is more subdued and there is some smoke. A nice bitter finish ends this one nicely.

Great in the mouth. A medium to full body, a bit chalky with ample carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Drinkability= OH HELL YES. This would be a candidate for the "you can only ever have one beer again, pick one" scenario.

thryn, May 28, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Props to Domingo for this one!

A: Very dark for a porter, not a lot of light going through at all, slight red tinge. Nice creamy looking tan head, that dissipates as quickly as it formed.

S: Barley, smokey, a bit of chocolate, and roasted... A little bit of a bread type of a smell. You can really smell the dark roast..

T: A little tart, malty and bitter like dark chocolate. This one leans a little more towards bitter, when I had assumed it would be a little creamier. Still very good over all, and the bite from the bitter subsides as you drink it.

M: Lots of carbonation, the texture (not flavor) is a little watery, but overall pleasant.

D: A solid Porter, dark and delicious. Not my "go to" porter, but a big flavor for only 5%alc. One I will drink again for sure. (I have another 4 in the fridge!!)

Beejay, May 07, 2009
Photo of JMBSH
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Hello head! Got half a glass of it before I had even poured half the bottle. The light brown head shrank down after about ten minutes in order for me to finish it off. The head shrinks and holds at a nice coating on top. Very little lacing. The liquid appeads black but when held to a bright light it reveals itself as a dark ruby-like color.

S - Faintly of coffee and bread.

T - Surprisingly smooth and light. I get the roasted malts but not any coffee flavors even though I did smell them. Finishes with just a little bit of hop bitterness.

M - Coats the mouth and tongue nicely. No alcohol burn due to the low ABV. Very smooth.

D - You can have more then one with no problem. Great taste and great tasting.

JMBSH, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

12 ouncer allowed to warm up for about 30 minutes, "070209" etched by a computer on the label. Best before dating? Pours dark dark brown, near black with some dark ruby highlight shining through the gloom. Dark tan head, creamy, frothy and then down to a tiny bubble film and leaving splattered strands and fine spots of lace after a bit more then a gentle swirl. The nose is the first highlight for me. Rich notes of dark chocolate are noted in prominence. Full flavor porter, more chocolate noted on the tongue, along with dark malts, and then a moderate drying hop presence late. Smooth on the tongue. Very enjoyable brew. Nice job here by Odell.

Billolick, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a very nice opaque black with an inch of very thick white head. Very appealing!

Smell is strong, sweet malt, brown sugar, roasty, toasty stuff, sweet coffee and bitter chocolates.

Wow, absolutely delicious. Very flavorful and balanced Roast malty combine with the sweetness that makes Cutthroat pretty amazing stuff.

Very creamy mouthfeel and ridiculously drinkable. This is would be my go to session beer if I could get it out here in New England!

The label on this one is also absolutely amazing, a really nice looking woodcut. I wish I could get a poster of that.

indiapaleale, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, an anise-like earthiness and a hint of coffee with slight fruitiness and some dark bread.

The taste is of chocolate/toffee with nuts and a hint of coffee. An earthy, roasty background balances out the malty sweetness wonderfully. A robust porter that has a deep maltiness that stops short of a stout - great for the style. "Traditional", but with a certain "flair". It has a sweetish, roasty finish.

It is full-bodied for the style with a smooth creaminess. The carbonation gives a silky tone.

Very drinkable - chocolatey but not overly so. This one "disappears" too quickly if not "careful". A delicious, well-crafted, well-balanced brew that I probably like more than the individual parts show. A great example of an American Porter. If it were available in my area, I would grab a six-pack for a "sessionable" brew with character and great taste!

jwc215, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of BigBry
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

On tap at The Palm Restaurant in Denver. Enjoyed a pint with my tiramisu dessert after a big steak dinner.
The beer is deep black, with a thick hot-chocolate brown colored head. Thick, chunky lace, foam lasts right to the end. The aroma has lots of roasted malt, some cocoa, and coffee. The taste is great, just as expected. Roasted coffee, with chocolate malt - perfectly matched the coffee/chocolate/cream in my dessert.. Full body, but not too thick or heavy, clean dry finish. Smooth and filling mouthfeel, good carbonation. This is a good porter, but the setting, mood, and food pairing made it great.

BigBry, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Deep and dark black, letting little to no light through its opaqueness, with only a small sliver of ruby red sitting at the bottom of the glass.

Cold coffee and sweet malts on the nose, filling the head like the smell of a local diner on Saturday morning, sitting too near the burnt coffee pot - it wakes you up in that sense.

Bitterness comes through with esperesso and a bit of smoke, closing faint carbonation and a little slickness in the mouth.

The only thing that separates this from a stout is that it's a little thinner and not as creamy.

Nevertheless, one of the more enjoyable porters I've had.

mdcrouser, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Rchap1
4.43/5  rDev +8%

Have been drinking this for awhile, had the opportunity to try it on nitro at the brewery. Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about a finger of chocolate colored head. The nose is a bit smoky, with a slight oak smell along with burnt sugar and and a hint of dark chocolate. On the first sip, taste is quite similar to the nose, with the oak being the most prevalent flavor. Suitably bitter, a good taste for a typical American porter. Mouthfeel is full and bright, which makes this a surprisingly refreshing beer. I'd say the overall drinkability is pretty good, and this is one that I'll continue to buy.

Rchap1, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%

Sampled from 12 oz. bottle.

Large light brown head, well carbonated. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is chocolatey sweet and roasty. Flavor is coffee and chocolate throughout. Like a bitter vanilla latte (says A). Medium body. Aftertaste is sweet, chocolatey. Alcohol slightly noticeable towards finish as it warms.

htomsirveaux, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Picked up a 12oz single directly from Odell, about $1.50? This is a beer I've had many times before, but have never reviewed.

A: Nice dark brown, with khaki colored head, aggressive pour yielded an inch and a half of thick rocky head, that reduced to a film, leaving huge chunks of lacing. Nice tan/brown accents when held to the light.

S: Initially a big burst of coffee in the nose, underneath it are some milk chocolate, toffee and somewhat of a caramel tone as well, slight hint of vanilla too, coffee is somewhat burnt. Great smelling porter.

T: Excellent balance of coffee and chocolate flavors, a faint hint of hops, a little piney, but nothing overpowering, a very malty porter, milk chocolate is really pressing and strong, nice coffee bitterness lingers around. Not extremely complex, a good mild porter.

M: Slightly thick, lightly carbonated, and somewhat sticky, a very very faint hint of warmth, really a smooth, clean finishing beer, ranks with the best of them.

D: I've drank many six packs of this, some entirely in one night. This is a great session porter. Excellent beer.

Note: Recently this beer has been featured on nitro in a lot of places. The nitro really masks a lot of the flavors, I highly recommend drinking this one from a bottle before trying it on nitro.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of ghebel
4.1/5  rDev 0%

A - What initially looks black, is not. It is actually very dark brown with some translucentcy. The head is light brown and moderate.

S - Chocolate is dominate. But also has coffee-like aroma.

T - Burnt coffee and chocolate with a black patent malt type bitterness. Hop character is hard to discern. Sweet.

M - Smells and tastes like a stout, but is much less viscous and not as creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D - I like this porter. It is very drinkable and I could have a few without feeling too full. ABV is average.

Overall a good beer that I find myself buying over and over.

ghebel, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%

This beer pours a dark brown color, with a thick, fluffy, brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a nice sweet malty aroma. I detect some coffee, and chocolate. Caramel mixes in. It has a pleasent nutty aroma as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Coffee and chocolate. It has a nutty flavor as well. The roasted malt is also present in the flavor.

This beer is very smooth. Carbonation is low. It leaves a nutty coffee aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It tastes good, and is not aggressive. Also, the alcohol content is pretty low.

Overall: Thanks to mentor for this beer. I really liked it. Lately I have been hard pressed to find a porter that was great. This one was.

OStrungT, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of BCK
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint.

Dark Black beer that shows a bit of red if held up to a bright light, really a nice color. Thin head, maybe 1/2 inch.

Smelled beautifully of chocolate and maybe a hint of caramel(?).

Smooth, smooth to drink, a bit of the hop bite to it with the chocolate but it goes down as smooth as silk.

Absolutely the Porter that has gotten me started looking for a better beer.

Thank you again Odell!

BCK, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
4.88/5  rDev +19%

poured a black that no light can get through with a three finger tan head that rises and runs away scared. the smell is burnt malt, coffiee and hops. the taste is smooth and creamy, the flavors that jump out first are bitter choclate, expresso and wood smoke, the middle is chared malt and the after taste is smoke and a light piney hops kiss. this is a world class porter that i long to have access to all the time. thanks to coldmeat23 for sending me this in a bif

orcasteve, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of stcules
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Black. Half finger of foam, beige. Classic porter appearance.
Full, intense smell, with chocolate, toasted malts. Well done, and plesant. Well balanced.
Maybe even a hint of carob.
A good taste, too, full and round, with strong notes of malt, chocolate.
Right bitterness, not too much, but just for balance.
Light aftertaste, plesant bitterness, again chocolate.
Very good.

stcules, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Pours a dark brown, about an inch and a half of creamy head. Lacing stayed throughout.

S - Strong but not overpowering caramel smell.

T - Definitely a strong malt taste with a hint of cocoa and caramel.

M - Medium body, surprisingly light mouthfeel for a porter.

D - Very drinkable, and unlike other porters I've had, I can see this as a session beer. ABV is under 5 which helps.

A very good beer that I will be seeking out again.

mphopkins99, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
4.47/5  rDev +9%

Another one from the jtrockchalk collection. Thanks Joel! Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque brown with quickly diminishing creamy, tan head. Minimal lacing.
S - Sweet and roasted hops with a bit of chocolate and hops.
T - Milky chocolate, coffee and a touch of floral hops.
M - A tad light on the mouthfeel for a porter. Somewhat creamy with nice carbonation. Rather clean finish.
D - This is probably the best 'American' porter that I've tried. Very drinkable, yet complex enough for the jaded porter enthusiast. Balance of malt and hops with clean finish make this a winner.

mcsquint, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

A - very dark with a chocolaty one-finger head.
S - smells of very sweet and burnt malts, some chocolate tones, and a splash of hops
T - burnt malts with a subtle bit of chocolate as well. Very faint hops and bitterness are detected on the finish, and there is also a burnt / roasty aftertaste that lingers.
M - I don't know if it could go down any more smoothly.
D - this is a perfect session beer, especially since it is under 5% ABV. This is a very easy-drinking porter and is enjoyable throughout its consumption.

birchstick, Nov 09, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

Appearance - Pours black with the slightest hint of brown at the edges. Solid rocky tan head, laces well.

Smell - This is a rather complex smell. Chocolate (cocoa,) heavily roasted malt, and vanilla jump out at first, but you can also smell a touch of hops as well as a couple other faint smells like coffee.

Taste - The roasted (almost burnt) malt jumps out immediately, right along with the chocolate. Other tastes are subdued, such as caramel, hops, ginger, coffee, even a touch of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel - Mildly heavy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - This is my go-to beer. Fantastic, one of the reasons I love Odell's so much.

sevopie, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks to howl1309 for the opportunity to try this one. Poured a deep brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Off-white head with some sticky strands of lacing present during the session. Nose is cocoa and roasted coffee; not bold, but even. Taste follows nose with the addition of a smoky character. Flavor profile was somewhat flat. Mouthfeel is between light and medium. Fairly easy drinking and flavorful for a % abv.

Jwale73, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +11%

Served from the nitro tap at Odell.

Color is a very dark brown with good clarity and a creamy white head. Good retention on the head and it leaves a nice smooth coating down the side of the glass.

Aroma is excellent with very pleasant roasted coffee and dark chocolate coming through.

Taste is outstanding as well. It's rich and malty with creamy dark robust roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee bitterness with a great sweet finish. Great balance all around and one of the best porters I've had.

Mouthfeel is certainly enhanced by having this on nitro. While I can say that I enjoyed this from the bottle in the past, this nitro experience has really opened my eyes. It's so creamy and smooth, I almost wish I had just ordered a pint of this instead of the pilot sampler tray.

So it goes without saying that drinkability is high with this one only being 4.8% according to the info card.

Great beer!

GilGarp, Oct 07, 2008
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
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