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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 123
Gots: 71 | 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 Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Stigs, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

allforbetterbeer, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

womencantsail, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

ShogoKawada, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of taxguyjase
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

taxguyjase, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

brewdoc75, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this after reading all the mostly outstanding reviews. Pours pretty black for a porter with a meium sized creamy head. Lasing is pretty minimal.
I'm not getting much with the smell, except a little cocoa.
Taste is mostly a subdued chocolate with a very slight hop bitterness. It also has a little vanilla oaky flavor that's very slight as well. This is a pretty complex beer here.
Mouthfeel is light but silky smooth. It has a velvety touch on the throat.
Drinkability-Cutthroat goes down pretty easy.

Overall it pretty much lived up to its reputation. It could do a few things better, but all around a solid brew.

johnnybgood1999, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter, the label reads 4.8% abv. This beer threw me for a loop at first as it's not your average porter. It's certainly an American porter, but instead of just throwing thick chocolate and coffee notes at you, it holds a lighter, more complex taste with smoke, maple syrup, cocoa powder, bitter espresso, and grilled meat standing out. I also detect sweet cherries, leather, and whole grain bread crust. The aroma also brings out dry leaves and molasses. This is one heck of a complex porter, and light enough to make a great session beer. Damn.

tempest, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a speckly white head. Kola and cinnamon nose. Cocoa malts with black cherry and molasses notes cut by spicy, leafy hops. Medium to light body with a dry, tight finish.

Solid presence of both malt and hops. A classic American porter.

StJamesGate, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In reading through the reviews, I have to wonder if this beer's recipe was altered at some point. It doesn't look, smell, or taste as described by many of the "high" reviews.

Pours a deep brownish black with a reddish tinge. Two inches or so of a tan head. It quickly died to a thin, light tan crust.

Smells like acrid, roasted malt, a tinge of coffee, and sweet chocolate. Smells pleasant enough, though it doesn't blow me away.

The taste is roasted, acrid malt forward (a bit too charred and bitter for the style, IMHO), with a nice counterbalance of sweet milk chocolate, and a nutty coffee flavor. Well, all those flavors except the roastiness could use a bump up. A bit too thin ... it's a good beer, but nothing superlative.

Thanks for the extra!

Overlord, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of rhollman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown

Smell - Roasted aroma

Taste - Roasty, chocolately, sweet, not dry or harsh

Mouth Feel - Smooth and robust

Drinkability - What an awesome porter. This is the beer that gives you a roasted flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not harsh, slightly sweet with a semi-dry finish - Extraordinary!

rhollman, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of skrib09
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a rich looking dark brown, almost black, with an impression brown head up top. reminiscent of a nice imperial stout.

smells of bitter chocolate with hints of coffee flavors. a definite eartiness is detectable as well.

strong coffee and chocolate flavors right off the bat. a dark sweetness comes through similar to what you get when you have a good piece of dark chocolate. an eartiness on the palate brings the flavor more depth.

a tad grainy on the palate but otherwise well-bodied. average drinkability.

skrib09, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had 2 pints last night at the Old Chicago.

Super dark brown colour with some red highlights peeking through when I held the glass up to the light, the head of foam was only about 1/2 an inch but maintained itself pretty well.

Huge roasted malts and some coffee and chocolate greeted my nosebuds. Man, the nose was delightful.

Roasted malt exploded in my mouth with some light chocolate and a noticeable taste of coffee. Lots of bitterish tones here with very little sweetness and a resulting very dry finish made me want to sip more and more.

Medium bodied as was the carbonation.

Drinkability? This has always been a favourite Porter of mine and to have it on tap was and is a real treat. Very quaffable!

Bitterbill, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with best-by date and a really attrictive label

Appearance: This beer looks dark brown, almost black in the glass, but when held up to the light this beer turns a slightly hazy dark walnut/garnet beer...it's capped by a dark tan large head which fades to a thick film with great retention

Smell: Really nice burnt grains up front, backed by black fruit esters and some mild yeastiness...not tons of depth, but quite pleasant

Taste: Really nice bittersweet burnt malts with just a touch of balancing earthy/herbal hops...slightly fruity through the middle, but ends dry roasted, and mildly bitter, almost dry-stout-ish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a really well crafted American Porter...straightforward and delicious...not tons of depth but it's a great example of the style and is super-drinkable and full of flavor. Paired this with some nice Mimolette and some buttery crackers...the fruitiness and richness of the cheese went perfectly with this beer.

BedetheVenerable, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, with dark red highlights when held up to the light, with 2 finger light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, with a heavier chocolate smell. Taste, roasted coffee flavor, with a bit of chocolate in there, also some nuttiness.. Missing some of the sweetness I like in a porter, and is a bit bitter in the end, more like bitter chocolate then hops though. Feels like the mouthfeel is going to be medium at first, but it really ends up being more thinner than I prefer, but not by much. Pretty dang good porter though I will give it that.

Overall this is a top porter for me. Pretty similar to Boulevard's Bully! Porter [my fav].

webbcreative, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Mocha tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at only 5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced porter... definitely recommended...

mdagnew, Oct 06, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A-- Poured black, not as dark as the doubles or RIS's I have had. A dark brown head with an inch of head leaving a good lacing on the glass. Good carbonation but this is also a lighter porter. My bottle is 4.8 ABV.

S-- Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and sugar to this. Great smell to this. Already has my mouth watering to this.

T-- Roasted malts and chocolate. Some coffee taste but does not dominate like the bigger versions are doing. A bit thin but have been drinking a lot of RIS and doubles of later so that will hurt a bit. Like a thin chocolate milkshake.

M-- more carbonation so it is more lively, also not as creamy but it has character in the finish as the chocolate and coffee become more apparent. The malts are more forward in this and the coffee and chocolate secondary.

D-- A session porter. Plain and simple. Great flavor and can drink anytime of year. A great beer that is not in the ABV cat of over 7%. The strength in this is how drinkable it is.

Over time this has replaced 90 shilling as my favorite beer. It does not leave you full and can drink several and not get tired of this. If this was an RIS it would be too big I think. It is perfect the way it is. this was the beer that got me into the bigger stuff because of the body and weight of the beer. This still has it but it is toned down but it has all the ingredients that makes it stand out. Why I like Odell beers so much. Very simple and good beers.

mulder1010, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight flush into an imperial pint glass. Two plus inches of fluffy oatmeal head. Surprisingly sticky, uniform spiderweb lace over a ruby-edged black on brown body.

Smell is sharp chocolate coffee roast, straight white sugar, a touch of lactose, & prickly/citric hops.

First sip is like watered down, low calorie, 1% chocolate milk. Light-stepping grain. Weak tar fumes maybe? Earthy. Gentle roast, a soy newspaper twang, & a very casual, cherry pit-like twangy bitterness to close it out.

Near stoutly roasted, but with some decent body & mouthfeel filled in. Carbonation is right on for me. Milky, but still a bit light for the style.

Thanks to russpowell for padding my Odell resume with a good one. :)

PEBKAC, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of oldfashioned
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Odell Cutthroat Porter pours from the bottle into a room-temperature glass a rich dark brown color with a huge, foamy tan head, looking like a shot of espresso or even root beer.

The smell is a mellow roasted malt with just a hint of alcohol and hops - if I could design a Porter aroma from the ground up, it would be very much like this.

Like the smell, the taste is exceptional and exudes classic Porter. The balance is nearly perfect: bitter and sweet hit the sides of the tongue briefly but give way to a subtle roasted coffee flavor that lingers pleasantly for long after each sip.

This is an excellent Porter from Odell (whose offerings I always enjoy very much) and an excellent beer in general. For what it's worth, I used two bottles in a big pot of chili over the weekend and it turned out great. I had a bottle with the chili and I'm enjoying one by itself now, and both times Cutthroat Porter was a standout.

oldfashioned, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a solid porter from Odell. I've been very impressed with their offerings.
Dark brown with ruby hints of light on the outskirts of the drink. Tons of foam with nice lacing. Roasty, bready, malty, chocolately.
Just what a good porter should look, smell, and taste like.
I'm bummed that Odell beers are not readily available in my area.

joshuadlight, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been drinking this for years but have just been too lazy to review it.
Pours a brown that's so dark it's close to black. On a normal pour a tannish head forms and sticks around/laces about as well as a porter can.
The primary flavor components are roasted malts, cocoa, and a little coffee. It's got a pretty bold nose, but no booziness like bigger beers might have. Finish is dry and leaves you wanting more.
This drinks like a beer under 5% abv. and the texture is amazing. Just the right combination of thick and creamy, but not overdone. Of note, the nitro tap version at the Odell brewhouse is a must-try as well.

This is a great example of a dry American porter.

Domingo, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of wkcyr4
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dark Horse pint glass.

A: Caramel brown 1 finger head hangs around seemingly forever. Deep brown body lets very little light through.

S: Chocolatey burnt malts dominate the nose, very pleasing, to say the least.

T: The nose does not lie on this one. Nice chocolate flavor all the way through. Maybe a little mollasses on the back to balance things out. Sweet and rich.

M: Full bodied mouthfeel. Tastebuds tingle all the way, front to back. I am really liking this beer!

D: It goes without saying the drinkability is VERY high and you could find yourself easily drinking 2 or 3 of these. Alas, let it warm up and savor all this Porter has to offer.

Overall, this is a wonderful example of the style, I only wish I had mor than a 6 pack to enjoy. Highly recommended and I will be seeking out more!

wkcyr4, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap in a 12oz pint glass (Denver, CO):

Appeared a very nice rich looking black with a tan head that was very thick and creamy. The head was retained nicely with a small thin cap settling in over the entire beer. The beer also had a nice lacing effect.

The aroma was roasted malt with a hint of hop. There is also very subtle notes of coffee and chocolate, but very subtle and the roasted malt really dominates. Very well done.

The taste is excellent, a nice big malt flavor with again only a hint of hops. This one follows the nose exactly; but is a bit stronger than the nose lets on.

The beer had a medium body with good carbonation. The beer was extremely drinkable, smooth, and creamy. Overall a top notch beer and possibly one of the best porters that I have had to date.

PhillyStyle, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.