1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

831 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 831
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 113
Gots: 54 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Odell Cutthroat Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 831 | Reviews: 357 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jongillin
jongillin

Colorado

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

This beer has a great dark color nearly black with some red hues. Everyone else here has said mahogany and that hits the nail on the head. Speaking of head: this one has a nice tan colored head that laces the glass beautifully.
It has a great roasted malt smell with strong coffee and chocolate overtones.
As always with a good beer the best part is the taste and this one does not disappoint. It has well balanced flavor that finishes with a hoppy taste. One of the first things I notice is the coffee flavor but it is rounded out with the chocolate.
Mouthfeel is smooth but not thick. Light carbonation but just right. That is to say there is not too little nor too much. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 03:24:17 | More by jongillin
Photo of timtheenchanta
timtheenchanta

South Carolina

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

Good looking very dark brown beer. This one is very close to being black. Decent sized head with thin webby lacing. Not a ton of stick.

Sweet coffee smell and dark chocolate smell and taste. Good hoppy balance in the finish.

This is a highly drinkable porter. Many thanks to bditty187 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 04:34:35 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of dreadnatty08
dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No best buy date.
Pours a seemingly black but with some dark mahogany overtones. Head poured is about an inch and sinks slowly, nice.
Aromas a litte pale for a porter, a little hops, coffee, sweet roastiness, and a little chocolate. Wow, flavors explode however. A bit slick on the tongue giving the sense of coffee and chocolate. Mild hops balance out in the end, this is very well done. Haven't had a porter in a couple months and this one reminds me why I love the style so. Carbonation is straight on, just enough to give a slight crispness to the brew, but nothing overly filling. This is my first try from Odell, and I will definitely give the rest a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 20:02:53 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of mntlover
mntlover

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown maghogany when held to the light but looks black a glave nice brown head falls to a foam cap and laces well.

Aroma is nice malty mixed with good fruit plums, dates hell even cantalope strange but nice. Some roasted notes light chocolate hints some week stale old coffee but fruits stand out first.

Taste is light roasted malts mixed with dark fruits and chocolate hints nice carbonated feel at the start that fades with the chocolate into light coffee flavors with some earthy hops for the finish some almost minty pepper shows up for a sec in the finish also.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium but also lighter seems like has more body but a light feel to it also nice level of carbonation pep at the start that mellows thru out.

Drinkability is good a very solid porter from a solid brewery. Want to thank BGC BIF and babydoc for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 19:30:27 | More by mntlover
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears dark chocolate caramel cocoa with ruby highlights forms a tan head leaves even streaks of full lacing. Aroma has herbal hops and a bit of some grassiness dark chocolate creamy tones with a touch of coffee soft layers of dark roasted malts slight acidic tart character to it. Taste has doughy chocolate flavor with creamy malt ball highlights light cappuccino character herbal grassy hops seems fluffy like an oatmeal stout great session porter. Mouthfeel has a creamy texture even carbonation extremely smooth medium bodied porter. Drinkability, Odell has become one of the prime prospects from Colorado a defintie must stop if ever driving through like I have in the past, sessionable...the definitive version.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 19:09:33 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ppoitras
ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from I don't know where. Really have to do a better job of keeping track. Oh well, thanks anyways, someone...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear dark burgundy brown brew. Head hangs on well, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is sweet, yet exhibits plenty of coffee as well. Taste follows the nose, with sweet malts upfront, overpowered eventually by dark coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth over the tongue, although perhaps a tad thin, and drinkability is very nice. Good one here...

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 00:40:13 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Had this for New Year's Eve.
Poured into pint glass.
Good smell. Roasted malt with a hint of flower/hops. Head is tiny but full, could be due to pour.
Tastes like a classic porter, perhaps a bit more stout. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts. I thought I tasted some sweetness although I did have champagne and other, um, drinks as well. A good beer to start a night as it awakens the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 20:50:11 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Mitchster
Mitchster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4.8% ABV per this label.

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, near black, forming a poofy and soapy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice, but the flavor is better. The nose is permeated with green oily hops kept in check with roasted malts and chocolate, black walnut and vanilla. The mouthfeel is a little sharp and a touch sour with a medium body and moderate astringency in the finish. The taste begins with green hops, crisp clean water, a clean ferment...middle is chocolate, cocoa, black walnut. The finish has notes of green saplings and an aftertaste of grain husk.

So, this one is a little wierd. At first I liked it, but as it went along, it tasted too much like I was chewing on a tree. The hop choice doesn't do this beer justice as it's got a nice backbone ot chocolate, roast grains, coffee, and black walnut. Could have been a contender...as it is, I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 22:22:26 | More by Mitchster
Photo of whynot44
whynot44

Missouri

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

Medium bodied, dark reddish brown with a tan head.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, dark coffee, smoke and hops.

Taste is rich strong coffee, a bit of chocolate, slightly smoky. Starts slightly sweet, then the dark roasted coffee and hops bitterness kicks in. A little "burnt malt " aftertaste, but still very creamy, smooth and drinkable.

A very nice porter, almost a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 05:57:22 | More by whynot44
Photo of Vancer
Vancer

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this was a good port! Starts on the right foot with a deep burgangy pour with a foamy, sticky tan head. Enticing malty chocolates for the nose, then a very drinkable sour ale quaff. Good and malty, just the right lite hop kick to finish off.

Smooth and creamy, this would make for a good session brew, for just a couple with a steak dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 16:20:51 | More by Vancer
Photo of mynie
mynie

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dertbert for the trade.

Completely opaque black with a nice little off brown head. Can't ask for much better from a porter.

Deep roasted malt and coffee mixed with what smells like adjunct rice.

Very warm flavor is harmed by a weak mouthfeel. Strong porter malt with warm chocolate moves into a dreamy smooth middle that ends on a very weak node of mashed grain. The flavor is varied and runs the gamut from excellent to mediocre.

A nice if unbalanced porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 04:01:44 | More by mynie
Photo of Oxymoron
Oxymoron

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Do you think Cutthroat Trouts would like Cutthroat Stouts? The pour for Odells stout is a dark opaque color with definite red and copper tones that become more obvious when held to the light. A darker shade of white head that pours nicely to start but doesn’t last with the drink. Limited lacing as well.

The overall smell is nothing really dominant but still detectable. The smell is stronger in roasted qualities then any other. Some touches of coffee and chocolate are presents as well as some earthy tones.

The taste is light and creamy. Taste is good but light overall. The creaminess is not really a milky taste but smooth. To start off there is a big malt presence with big roasted and more noticeable coffee and chocolate tones then the smell would indicate. The malt is the stronger piece but the aftertaste provides some light more English style hopping.

There is a slight watered down that kind of makes the beer easier to drink. But also limits a greater taste. Overall this is a good section beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 01:19:48 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of hoffman
hoffman

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up very nice deep brown with reddish undertones. Full frothy head about 2 fingers that sticks for a long time. Smell is vibrant, mocha and toasted malts with some hops. This one has a full taste mirroring the smell of toasted malts and mocha very nice. Creamy feel adds to the robust body of this porter. I really liked this one, one of the better porters I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 23:34:10 | More by hoffman
Photo of sevineyes
sevineyes

Arkansas

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle. Label has a recycled paper feel depicting what looks like a linoleum cut of a trout. The dominant ink color is purple.

A: Very dark and coffee-like. Not much light penetration. Frothy, light colored head with lacing.

S: Coffee with some smoky elements.

T: Definite coffee flavor with some nice roastiness. Finishes with a bit of chocolate. Bitterness is almost unnoticed. Seems to be some smokiness to the flavor as well.

M: A little on the thin side.

D: Goes down very quick.

Overall: Man, this is a good drinking porter. Well balanced with good flavor and a nice progression of flavors and smells throughout each glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 02:10:18 | More by sevineyes
Photo of loren01
loren01

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice black color, much like dark espresso. Coffee is also what the smell reminded me of, burnt coffee to be more exact, also some chocolate flavor. Taste was very good nice smoky roasted coffee flavor with a nice dry finish. This is an awesome porter in my opinion and could drink quite a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2005 20:32:41 | More by loren01
Photo of gbontrag
gbontrag

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

color of a charred log with ruby embers. Shiny dark froth walks out like a bride trailing cascades of lace. This porter foams at the lip, a gentle swirl releases tense carbonation.
Smells like a beer porter carrying a burning cask of pale ale and a covered barrel of ripe apples.
This has a nice chalky chocolate taste; charcoal dusted fruits with bitter stems and sour skins. It's alive with carbonation. Easy drinkin' porter that rolls around the palate like bouncy, smokey cherry bombs.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 16:43:55 | More by gbontrag
Photo of walleye
walleye

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle, poured a ruby brown with a light tan head. aroma, some chocolate, malts, coffee, and some hops. flavor, roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of dark fruitts like plums. not to bad of a beer, I just might buy some more of this

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 02:47:52 | More by walleye
Photo of Fugazme
Fugazme

Nebraska

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

Pours a nice dark, opaque glass with a good, off-white head and good lacing. The smell was near non-existent for me. I've been fighting allergies, so I'm going to have to come back and re-review to be perfectly fair, I think. I did detect some coffee-like aromas and malt.

Flavor was good but not robust or huge. I like huge.

I was more excited to try this beer before I tried it than after. It isn't bad... just not as good as I hoped.

RE-REVIEW:

Much nicer aromas of coffee... no allergy problems this time!
Wow... I didn't know what I was missing. Tastes much better with the ability to smell. ha!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 17:02:57 | More by Fugazme
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a frothy light beige head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and some burnt coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and some burnt roastiness with a touch of fruitiness and a little lactose. It has a lightly bitter coffee finish. It's medium bodied with a good amount of velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is a well balanced porter - maybe a tad on the sweet side. This is a great fall back beer that I find myself drinking often.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 06:03:56 | More by Beaver13
Photo of tjthresh
tjthresh

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Barley’s. Some floral and citrus hops with roasted malts. Vary dark brown to black. Full, lasting, tan head, with good lace. Light roast flavor. Little bitterness. Fruity. Pretty thin. I think this is supposed to be a robust porter. Somthing is wrong. I may re-rate some day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2005 17:24:20 | More by tjthresh
Photo of fretlessman71
fretlessman71

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: I can almost hit the Odell brewery with a rock from my patio door. Pretty cool, eh? Yeah, I figured you wouldn't care a bit. Ah well... here goes...

APPEARANCE: Ruby/mahogany translucence, somewhere between root beer and raspberry Kool-Aid. Off white head, good lace.

AROMA: Fresh-roasted dark malt, charcola, pencil shavings. Getting just a touch of diacetyl; could be imagining things. Doesn't really bother me much.

TASTE: ROBUST. A perfect example of the word. Roasty-toasty malt dominates; dark chocolate and strong coffee come through.. Slight acrid finish. Dry but inviting aftertaste nonetheless. Hops present and accounted for; good balance.

MOUTHFEEL: Very smooth for such a robust porter. Medium weight.

DRINKABILITY: Must be pretty good - this beer didn't last long.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Just what I’d expect from Odell – a good, solid, slightly hopped-out porter that I can get locally fresh. This beer, however, can be hit and miss; two batches can taste like two different beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 06:17:34 | More by fretlessman71
Photo of palliko
palliko

California

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I toured the Odell Brewery with brewmaster/owner Doug Odell personally doing the honors. If you get to Fort Collins, it is worth your time. A beautifully set up, organized and well-run first class operation! Bins full of imported English malts, a huge variety of hops and all the bells and whistles. They make wonderful beers, ales, stouts and this Porter: In appearance it is an almost black brown, with a mass of coffee au lait foam that is sticky and long lived. It has the aroma of roasted Arabica coffee with rich cream, and dark malts. Body is medium, carbonation perfect for the style. Initial taste is of black coffee, slightly bitter, but balanced with enough malt to keep it in line. There are enough hops, and hints of toffee, basil/mint and burnt sugar. Finish is pleasant enough to cause one to want more. Would go well with a strong, spicy cuisine. Excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 17:24:20 | More by palliko
Photo of BigRedN
BigRedN

Nebraska

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

Appearance: Pours into a pint glass black. When held to the light it is a little brown at the edges. No light comes through. Good tan head, about 1/4-1/2 inch (depending upon the pour. Lingered then fell toa solid covering on the liquid. Plenty of lacing down the glass to the finish.

Smell: Predominant scent is malt, burnt malt. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, does smell a little bitter.

Taste: Malty at the start, taste of burnt chocolate and coffee. A hop bitterness arives at the finish providing good balance. Outstanding, I wouldn't change a thing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, full bodied, easy drinker.

Drinkability: Very high. Low alcohol content makes this a good choice for a session beer IMO, although one might get filled up. A recommended try if it is available. Purchased 6-pack on 4/5/05, bottled on date 12/10/04 (hard to read). Still plenty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 04:18:58 | More by BigRedN
Photo of karst
karst

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the same 6 pack as Shultzerdugen's metalics.

the only good bottle of the 6 pack. Huge head for a porter. Lots of rosted malts and chocolate and coffe flavors.Sweet but finishes dry and weak hops. This single bottle was very drinkable.

The presence of a metallic taste in 4 of the 6 pack is an indication of a problem in the production of this beer IMHO

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 10:06:33 | More by karst
Photo of Shultzerdugen
Shultzerdugen

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with bottling date of 10-27-04.

Poured almost black, with a tan head that quickly left, leaving only a thin layer of foam.

Roasted malts in the nose, although if I'm not mistaken this beer style calls for black malts rather than roasted malts like a stout. Coffee, cocoa powder, syrupy sweetness. Also an off metallic smell.

Flavor was dark roasted malts with a nice bitterness from hops lasting into the finish. Also got a wet cardboard taste, and I have to wonder if the distributor has let this beer get hot or freeze.

Had a second bottle with a pizza and all of the bad characteristics disappeared.
Good carbonation, nice texture.

I've had Cutthroat Porter on more than an occassion, and have been impressed. The last batch I bought was kind of off too, so I think it's where I'm getting it, not the brewer's fault.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 01:30:03 | More by Shultzerdugen
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.