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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 126
Gots: 77 | 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 Rchap1
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ghebel
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BCK
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of orcasteve
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Photo of stcules
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mphopkins99
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mcsquint
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sevopie
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a two finger pillowy head. The retention is good as the head settles in nicely to a half inch fluffy cap. Streky lace appears but is not particularly impressive.

S_Mildy roasted grains with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate and medium roast coffee beans.

T_A hint of malty sweetness greets the tongue upon first sip. This is follwed by a mildy roasted grain flavour that hints at coffee and chocolate. There is a slight cola effect as well. The aftertaste is fairly dry and gives off a generic hop bitterness. Very well balanced.

M_Medium body, lower end carbonation. Somewhere between the realm of porter and small stout.

D_Very well balanced and seriously quaffable. A standout porter from an impressive brewery. Definitely a sessionable offering.

Note label says 4.8%

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to the man known as Gillard for this one.

A: Pours a nice light blackish brown hue with an average sized head. Nice retention and no lace.

S: Hints of spicy rye, mild coffee, and dark chocolate on nose.

T: Lots of roasted malt up front with some faint chocolate in the middle. Light roasted coffee and lightly bitter finish

M: Fairly thin. Sort of soft yet creamy.

D: Good, not a bad porter at all.

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

Received this in a trade with Redhaze. Thanks! Pours dark chestnut with an okay head and some sloppy lacing. The head fades to a thin ring after a bit and sticks there. Smells roasty and creamy with a slight burnt sugar aroma. The taste is amazingly full flavored for 4.8%, with boldly flavored roasted grain, vanilla, cream, and sweet malt. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, this a delicious porter.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best looking porters out there. A masculine tan head that slowly strings its way down the glass as the blackness ebbs. Roasted dark chocolate characterizes the aroma as well as the taste, which also includes espresso. Palate is completely balanced and full-bodied. One of the best session porters you will find. Not only does this ale taste great, but you might just feel like more of a man for drinking it.

Photo of Reanimator
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate and espresso aromas upon opening, and a nice pour granted me 2 fingers of lingering froth atop the dark mocha colored beer with some characteristic ruby red hues around the edges.

Flavor is rich roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some yeasty flavors like a dark bread. Tasty stuff. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a full taste, but it doesn't detract much from the overall enjoyment.

A mighty fine porter in my opinion, and a surprising blind purchase.

Photo of mentor
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger caramel brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells flat roast with some grassy hop character. Some sour, some cream, and very dry overall.

Tastes potent and complex roast with soured character, likely from black patent. dry chocolate, not quite baking cocoa. Noticable earthy hop flavor with some grassiness. This intensity of these is nearly comparable and melded quite well. Beneath these is a sour from black patent that is tamed by a comparable cream character. This beer is quite nice. Md thick mouthfeel has some silky and some dextrinous qualities. Moderate carbonation is nice. Overall, I find the flavors in this beer work well together...well done.

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

Bottle in trade from oxymoron. Thanks!
Pours black with a nice smallish creamy beige head. Smell is roasty, coffee, cream and a bit cardboard like. Taste is smooth and roasty with a dull chocolate flavor along with a slight cardboard and metallic component. Faint hops in the end that linger a bit. Slightly full bodied with soft, yet crisp carbonation. Nice porter overall.

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

The beer is pretty much a deep brown colour and it has a nice big head, but a little bit of retention. A lot of carbonation. The nose is chocolaty and sweet. The beer has hints of chocolate and some sweetness, followed by a weird after taste that I'm not too fond of. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. Pretty drinkable though.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts a Cutthroat - the Colorado state fish. Apparently, this Porter is a tribute to the Cutthroat's unmistakably dark coloring. A note from Odell: "Although we're big fans of small batches, here's to the currently threatened Cutthroat population reaching mass quantities." Amen.

A: Pours an inky, dark brown with ruby highlights and a generous, khaki-colored head.

S: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toasted malts and vanilla.

T: Taste profile mirrors the nose with notes of freshly ground coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. One of the lighter American Porters I've yet to experience.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D: Smooth, yet robust. Exceptionally easy drinking.

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

This was a thoughtful extra from Vasdef42...
Best by date of August '08.

Beautiful, 12 oz. brown glass bottle embossed with Odell's trademark Aspen leaf.
Really nice, eye catching linoleum block print label. Attractive package...
Bottle produced a nice hiss on opening.

A standard pour into a 16 oz. goblet presented a 1/4" coffee colored head that quickly reduced to a broken skim coat. Cola colored with a deep garnet glow when back lit. Any lacing was short lived & insignificant.

The smell is predominantly fresh coffee with hints of chocolate & roasted malts.

The mouth is rich & smooth with ample body.
Nicely carbonated with a beautiful, crisp easy finish.

The taste is remarkably rich & appealing. A seamless blend of morning coffee, caramel malts & smoooth milk chocolate. Clean.

One isn't going to be enough...the lower ABV paired with all the appealing qualities mentioned above make this a very desirable & approachable American Porter.
Highly recommended...I wish it was available locally. This could be a go to beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from cjsell. Thanks! Best before 2nd July

A: Black with dark brown highlights. Light brown head that recedes not in a terrible hurry, leaving a ring.

S: Heavily roasted malt with some nuts, cream a hint of chocolate and coffee

T: Starts off with equal parts bitter-burnt malts and milky sweetness. Hints of coffee and chocolate appear before a mildly bitter finish takes over. Not as assertive as some of the better porters i've had but still good

M: Very well carbonated and a pleasant finish on this one

D: Not the best porter out there but i'll drink this again

Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
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