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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 125
Gots: 74 | 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 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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 23, 2008
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.

itcomesnpints, Aug 21, 2008
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.

Reanimator, Aug 19, 2008
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.

mentor, Aug 14, 2008
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.

JDV, Aug 03, 2008
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.

swizzlenuts, Aug 01, 2008
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.

CaptainIPA, Aug 01, 2008
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.

TATTORSO, Jul 27, 2008
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

DefenCorps, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very deep brown nearly black with a nice creamy head that leaves a thick sticky lace down the glass.

S-Deep rosted coffee, malt with hints of chocolate and vinilla

T-Same as the nose very rosted flavor in all aspects lve the flavor this beer bring from front to back, nice full body with a little low level of carbonation but still very good.

D-One of my regulars i reach for this quite often when i want a porter, affordable per sixso i love keeping it around

SpecialK088, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of grub
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one from bort11 as part of Brews N Tunes 3. thanks tim!

12oz bottle, dated 07 09 07. sampled may 21/08.

pours deep brown, showing some red highlights when held to the light. big dense tan head that drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace. looks a lot like the bully porter i had before it.

aroma is nice. milk chocolate. crackers. touch of grain. toasted white bread. touch of cardboard? bit of alcohol. vanilla.

taste is nice. milk chocolate. almond. touch of vanilla. bit of coffee. bit of dark chocolate. toasted whole wheat bread. there's that touch of cardboard again, coming out around the edges - not enough to make me dislike it, but enough that i'm guessing this one is past its prime.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance, interesting malt profile. i like the lighter chocolate/nut/vanilla thing that's going on, but the cardboard sneaking around the edges takes away a little. i can see the potential though, so i'll be looking for another of these to re-evaluate.

grub, May 22, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice and drinkable porter. One of their better rews in my opinion. Rich dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Lots of roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate as well. Mild hops round it out nicely. The flavor is again very roasty with a nicely blended hop variety. Medium body with a dry finish. Crisp and refreshing. This is my idea of a perfect session brew. Goes well most anytime.

rye726, May 12, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark brown with a thick tan head. The head was at least an inch thick when first poured. Good head retention and lacing down the glass.

Smells like coffee and maybe a hint of chocolate. Sweet malts too.

Mostly coffee in the taste. Can't get much of the chocolate to come out.

Nice medium-bodied porter; not overwhelming, not watery.

Great session beer. May fill you up quickly but good to drink.

toolbrew, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger width head quickly giving way to decent lacing down the glass. Dark brown purple color.

S: Smells like being in an aspen forest very weird but very cool. I also got plenty of coffee smells and sweet malts. Once the beer warmed up more I really got the coffee smells.

T: It had a very sweet mocha latte flavoring but has a weird latex finish. I decided to let this one sit after my first taste to see if the aftertaste would subside and instead I got a really bland beer so don't let it get warm.

M/D: Grainy feel but not heavy, sweet but not bitter at all. Very drinkable for the masses not the best though.

Kemmerlin, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a nice half inch foamy tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring with nice lacing. The chocolate malts hit you first with a nice roasted scent. The dark chocolate comes first in the taste followed by some roasted malts and some nuttiness. There is a slight bitterness in the finish but still smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Not to thick or chunky which makes the drinkability very nice. It was a little thin and I would have liked a little more body for the style but still an amazing porter.

CrazyMacHarris99, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of TYE
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty much black with a dense tan foam head that has decent retention, but gradually fades to a covering producing some lace.
S - Dark chocolate malt is the primary scent backed by a mild arom of hopps and roasted grain. The overall aroma is medium in strength and inviting.
T - Dark chocolate backed by a roasted to slightly burnt malt and nut. Medium flavor and a lower level of hop bitterness for the style, could be a bit stronger. Overall good balance.
M - Medium body, but fades fast when swallowed almost giving the impression it's lighter. Light hop bite, medium to just higher carbonation (maybe a bit too high), and finishes clean with little aftertaste.
D - Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable Porter. It would be very good if the flavor was punched up a bit. It could definitely be stronger on all characteristics. Very drinkable, though. I wouldn't pass up if offered, and would buy again.

TYE, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oxymoron sent this in a recent trade. Thanks Aaron!
Poured a dark brown, pretty much opaque, with red-brown edges. Sticky yellow-brown foam, good head retention with plenty of lacing. Roasty aroma, lots of phenolics, nuts, cocoa, quite malty. Bittersweet chocolate and roast up front, malty mid with balanced bitterness. Finishes with lingering dark malts, toffee/caramel. Medium bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Just a bit of tannin dryness. Now this is a solid american porter. Great stuff!

DrJay, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice local Porter.

A: Dark Walnut color. Almost black. Average cream colored head. The head dissolves quickly to about 1/8", but stays with the beer the whole way down. Leaves a nice lace.

S: Chocolate, coffee, cherry and oak aromas are well balanced. Slightly sweet.

T: Tart but balanced. Coffee dominates. Subtle chocolate, cherry and burnt malt flavors accompany. Hops add a hint of pine. Burnt bitterness lingers through finish. Overall flavor subtle, not overpowering.

M: Medium body with a little bit too much carbonation.

D: Perfect Porter for a heavy meal. Nice session beer too. I will be revisiting this one.

Rayek, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is roasted coffee and dark malts, intense but straight-forward and very pleasant.

T: The taste is creamy and malty with flavors of black coffee and vanilla. There's a very mild but quite complimentary hops presence that helps give a nice balance. There's not much else going on here but I like it for its simplicity. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for a style that is usually a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this one is definitely up there among my favorite porters, it's one that I could drink quite a few of over the course of an evening.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is plenty dark with good carbonation. It has a great looking dark tan head that fades fast leaving a bit of nice lace.

The smell is very good the dark roasted malt carries the aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste is excellent, this is the real deal. Man do I love this type of Porter, Lots of coffee, dark roasted espresso beans, some dark chocolate notes and a hint of top grade molasses. Yep this is quite a fine brew to be sure.

The mouthfeel is very good, better then medium body and a real nice fine bobble carbonation that dances on your tung.

The drinkability is excellent as I can not put down my glass.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rsyberg01 for the bottle.
Pours a dark, dark, brown thick foam forms on the top. A head doesn't really develope but the thick foam forms and stays. Lacing forms in sheets and then cascades down to the beer.
Coffee aroma. More sweet than strong. Kind of like a mocha. Maybe a chocolate mocha.
Rich roasted flavors accentuated by chocolate and coffee. Hops mingle with the mouth but more or less stay in the background. Very smooth in the flavor and the mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability as it's a tasty brew and would be easy to session.

wcudwight, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark brown with a creamy tan head that settles into a thin film with a thicker collar. Lacing is moderate.

Initial aroma is of roasted malts and coffee with cream. A swirl of my snifter reveals a hint of spice and earth.

Flavor is creamy and toasty with a light, coffee-like astringency. Bitterness is subdued but noticed. Finish is smooth and creamy with a rich mouth feel. Carbonation is near perfect for the style.

Overall, another good porter. It could possibly be a little bolder, but I like its smoothness and easy drinkability. I wouldn't change a thing.

SafeAtFirst, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this beer for christmas along with a bunch of other "American micro brews".

A- Awesome very little head, very dark, and looked to be a great brew!

S- The smell was fine, but "thin" I feel I have a sensative nose, and this just wasn't telling me much.

T- Once again, not a lot to it. More carbonation than I was expecting, and the taste was very subtle. Coffee is definately there!

M- Feels like what was once a really good beer that's been watered down with seltzer water.

D- I thought this was going to be a great hearty cold weather beer, but actually with all those bubbles, and very light taste it is more suited for the 4th of July.
This beer is good, but I just can't get past the feeling that it tastes like a diluted really good beer.

bigdonniebrasco, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 4/15/08. Nice dark color with a solid, dense, creamy head that is quick to settle to a fine ring. Smells of dark roasted chocolate. Taste is similar to nose but transitions to lovely coffee flavors as it travels to the back of my mouth. Aftertaste doesn't linger too long but is silky and pleasant. An enjoyable porter and great session beer.

timbro81, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a thin, tan colored head that never reaches great heights. It fades quickly to a thin layer, while the lacing is nice when tipped.

S - Smell reminds of roasted espresso with a hint of chocolate. Lots of sweet malt with not much hop action.

T - Much like the smell, with strong malt presence and espresso and chocolate contributions. Raisins appear briefly. LIttle hop activity, except in a slightly drying aftertaste.

M - Mildly carbonated and smooth from the beginning. A touch watery right before the finish, especially when the beer is colder. Ever so slightly drying in the finish.

D - A nice, easy drinking porter. I'd prefer the Deschutes Black Butte if both are available, but you can't really go wrong with an Odell choice.

gmcfarre, Dec 28, 2007
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.