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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

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835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 113
Gots: 55 | 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 palliko


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


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


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


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
Photo of nogoodreason


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome porter.

Ebony with ruby highlights and an agressive, sticky tan head, laces beautifully down the side. Slight roasty aspects in the nose with chocolate and a clean, ever so slight citrusy hops presence.

Fairly fullbodied, with good balancing carbonatoin. Burnt sugar is a apparent, as is bitter chocolate and a smooth, clean caramel. Though I can smell citrusey hops in the nose, they're much less aparent here as most bitterness seems to come from the roasted and chocolate flavors. As it warms, the caramel and bready aspects arise and a bit of anise is added to the finish. It ends on a high note, with bitter chocolate, anise and a ever so slight touch of alcohol.

Really kick-ass porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 20:01:39 | More by nogoodreason
Photo of LarryKemp


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This porter poured a very deep dark brown with a reddish tint. The tan head stood thick and proud for several minutes. A slight lace is left on the glass as I drink the beer.

The aroma of roasted malt rushed from the bottle and filled my nose even before I had a chance to pour it into my glass. The hops did not have a chance to stand up to this strongly malty beer. That is JUST the way I like it too.

The roasted malt comes on strong in the taste as well. The taste of chocolate comes on mid sip and lingers into the finish. A slight burnt bite is felt on the side of the tongue. The finish tries to by dry but is overpowered by the semi sweetness and finishes more sweet than dry.

The mouthfeel is creamy but not as full bodied as I had expected. If there was one thing I would knock this porter is on its body.

Overall this is a damn fine beer. Too bad someone else drank the other two beers for my BOM box. Now I have to find a way to replace them.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 03:09:18 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of karengarys


3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent black, leaving little head. After a few sips, it looks completely flat. Not even a ring of foam.

Smells pretty good, with bitter chocolate up front.

Taste consistent with the smell. it is refreshing, suprisingly so for a porter. Some sort of hop balance makes the whole drink remain clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy at first, and dissipates to thin oil.

The finish has a nice clean hoppy snap. chocolate remains after the drink, but the aftertaste is balanced with the hop cleanliness. a few sedonds later, there is no aftertaste.

It is somewhat thin bodied, but not bad.

this is an interesting brew worth trying. It's clean finish makes it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 00:30:08 | More by karengarys
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Sepia with generous scarlet highlights, capped by an expansive hot chocolate-colored head. Cutthroat looks for all the world like a stout. The impressively firm head persists nicely and leaves more than a little lace in abstract patterns. Splendiferous nose of semi-sweet chocolate syrup laced with a half-shot of espresso. A freshly baked pan of chocolate fudge brownies perhaps?

Now this is a porter! Thick and rich, but not heavy, the mouthfeel is a pleasure as the beer glides down my gullet with the greatest of ease. It'd be a shame if the flavor couldn't keep pace, but it does. As it is in the nose, so it is on the palate: fudge brownies liberally spiced with cinnamon and studded with chunks of tangy, sweet, dried autumn fruits.

This beer, more than most, is a perfect example of why I prefer porters to stouts. What I actually prefer is a beer that lives in that netherworld between the two styles. In other words, a thick, rich, creamy, roasty, chocolatey, hoppy, drinkable beer that improves as the bottom of the bottle approaches. I just described Cutthroat Porter to a 'T'. Odell has reason to be proud.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 15:20:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of stegmakk

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark black with dark tan head and left a little lacing. Looks damn good.
Aroma was a little weak, but had nice roasted coffee malt (mostly roasted/burnt with a hint of coffee).
Taste was a great balance. Immediate roasted malt, coffee, hint of toffee actually too. Dry, slight bitter (I am guessing hops) taste at the finish. Nothing overpowering, like I said, great flavor mix.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, not too thin, but not heavy. Excellent
Drinkability is high. I could have many of these on a cold winter night...if only I lived in CO.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 23:29:31 | More by stegmakk
Photo of HiroProtagonist


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

Odell Cutthroat Porter was served from a 12oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer appeared nearly opaque, but on closer inspection with backlighting, it was a lovely ruby-brown hue. It was topped by an attractive fine light tan head that left very nice lacing. The nose consisted of luxurious creamy milk chocolate and creamed coffee notes. On the palate, this beer presented an excellent dry roasted coffee and cola malt base, accented with root beer sasparilla and nutty almond, and finished with a well-done bitter finish. Deftly crafted, this beer didn't rely on massive flavors to impress. I really enjoyed the dryness, flow, and balance of the flavors. As such, it drank quite well. The body was appropriately full and carbonated for the style and flavors. A solid and finely honed porter. Big 'ol thanks to prAna for making this review possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 06:50:24 | More by HiroProtagonist
Photo of alexgash


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a creamy tan head. Just like a cutthroat trout...errr, maybe not. Still very nice looking porter. Smells of sweet roasted cocoa beans, with lurking bitterness. Taste starts with roasted bittersweet cocoa/coffee malts. Nice wave of bitterness comes in and balances quite well. Finish is coffee bitter with lingering chocolate. Creamy, full mouthfeel makes for a smooth, satisfying, easy drinking porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 04:31:37 | More by alexgash
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It's full of black and roasted barley; very rich and dark. The taste is good. It is very dark. It has real black malt flavor. It is dry on the finish, but goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good porter. I prefer a larger, darker head, but this was fine; a good drinker. This beer had lots of blackness to it. You gotta love a brew that works a niche like this beer does.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 00:07:06 | More by WesWes
Photo of Running4beer


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

Pours out a jet black color with a medium tan head that reduces to a thin layer but stays throughout the whole sitting. Uh waiter I'll have a extra strong coffee black hold the cream and the sugar, and add a touch of chocolate and hops and you get this porter. Smell is straight up coffee and a little bit of chocolate. This is medium to full bodied brew, very smooth to drink and enjoyable. I'd like to thank Nick(ColoradoBeerman) for hooking me up with this and a whole array of Colorado brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 22:18:11 | More by Running4beer
Photo of GambrinousIan


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

One of Odells finest. I used to get it fresh in Fort Collins before golf at the "link n greens" course right across the street from the brewery. Dark in color. Not much head. Very sweet but balanced with other flavors. Smooth for a porter. Wish I had one now. One of the better porters I've sampled. One of the best beers from the best brewery in Fort Collins. Oh the other breweries....New Belgium...Anheiser Busch...HC Berger...BigHorn...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 10:26:47 | More by GambrinousIan
Photo of ElGordo


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one showed up in the January BOTM shipment. Pours a deep, dark black with an off-white, almost caramel colored creamy, frothy head. Lacing is thick and beautiful. Aroma almost strictly of rich roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark chocolate. Rich body holds a well-rounded flavor of coffee, anise, and very slight hop bitterness that becomes more pronounced on the finish. Overall a very good beer, but I'm not quite agreeing with the hype on this one. An excellent porter, yes, but I still prefer mine a little bit sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 06:13:26 | More by ElGordo
Photo of moulefrite


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

Awesome richness in color-damn near black with miniscule hints of amber if you look closely. Super fresh roasted coffee aromas-in fact, the aromas are like having the freshly roasted bean in hand. In the mouth you can almost get the oils from the roasted bean. Again more coffee, and a little sweet cream, with a near perfect dose of bitter-boy is this good! Bittersweet chocolate and sweet malt chime in as the beer warms. This is a highly drinkable, complex, and very delicious porter!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:47:03 | More by moulefrite
Photo of Crosling


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

Such a tasty porter! This beer pours nearly black with hints of ruby when held up to the light. A nice tan head that stays proudly throughout the entire session and sticks to the glass so well!

Earthy hops dominate the nose and is accompanied by dark chocolate, coffee and the faintest hint of tobacco.

The palate is attacked by dark chocolate and an impressive array of roasted malts. Coffee flavors are present along with caramel and toffee. A pretty aggressively hopped porter as well. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 06:03:57 | More by Crosling
Photo of maxpower


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

Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Roasted burnt chocolate coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet flavors, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full, soft and creamy mouthfeel, I am really impressed with this brewery so far, a great porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 13:40:48 | More by maxpower
Photo of ZAP


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

Jet black in color...small bubbly tan head...excellent sweeet chocolate nose...mouthfeel is like velvet...creamy, smooth, and medium bodied....very nice sweet chocolate flavor balanced with some well placed hopping...very balanced (as their web page brags about)...very easy drinking and tasty....

One of those beers that really pushes the right buttons for me...I would call it one of my favorite porters...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 04:29:57 | More by ZAP
Photo of tavernjef


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

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Loveland, CO

Wow, was this a nice surprise to catch, get it, Cutthroat is a trout.
Color was black with some deep ruby-like highlights just faintly around the edges of the glass. Head was about two fingers high and was very creamy looking like yogurt and was tan in color.
Smells of deeply roasted malts that are coffee-like and burnt chocolate, very sweet and rich, super mellow and soft on the nose. What a whiffer. Taste is roasted malt done in a burnt-like way or something, had a really nice coffee/chocolate flavoring that was deep and sweet with a good hold. Feel is pretty silky/ oily and heavy bodied with a overall sweet dryness that floats into the finish.
This went great after my campfire grilled chicken and seasoned waffle fries at the end of busy day of hiking.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 11:40:28 | More by tavernjef
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with a creamy, long-lasting khaki-colored head that settles on top of deep dark ruby liquid. Roasted malts and coffee in the nose. Semi-dry, oily mouthfeel with notes of coffee, some slight chocolate flavor, malt sweetness & hop bitterness come a callin'...it's all in here. Finishes on a smooth note, with a small amount of dryness. It would be very easy to drink lots of this Porter.

Thanks to jaybeerman for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 22:21:27 | More by beerluvr
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Completely black color, with a full and frothy cocoa-colored head. Aroma is sweet and chocolately, quite roasted, rich, deep, dark. Intense coffee flavoring! Full body, decent texture, a clinging finish. A dark character dominates the flavors, but it's never too better and entirely quaffable. Not a porter for the namby pambies, and a treat for this porter lover. Hats off to Marc77 for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 13:45:23 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Dogbrick


3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade. Pours a light mahogany color with a ruby-red halo. Thick foamy tan head that lasted pretty well, and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is sweet, mostly malt with some chocolate and cocoa lingering. I felt everything was a little on the thin side though. Mild hops in the finish, but overall the beer was a little too soft.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 07:45:01 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Bruiser81


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. The lacing formed perfect rings around the glass and there was good carbonation. Roasted malt dominates the smell with a hint of chocolate hidden deep. This beer is pretty tasty. A malty sweetness at first sip with a good full mouthfeel. The finish had more bitterness than other stouts I've tried, but is wasn't bad. This beer was balanced well. I would drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 16:16:10 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of Quaffer


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

Appearance: A dark beer that, when held up to the light, showed some deep amber and ruby hues. It had a tan, sticky head that stuck around for the whole drink and totally covered the sides of the glass with lace. Looked great.

Smell: Heavily roasted malt and a distinct smokey odor. A little bit of that crisp hoppiness aroma could also be detected. It smelled very good.

Mouthfeel: There was a full, smooth feel to this beer. It was good, but I would have expected a little better for a perfect porter.

Taste: A delicious brew. Full, deep flavors of heavily roasted malt. A smokey taste is also detectable. It is balanced well with a hops bitterness. There is a little bit of a "twang" left on the finish.

This is a very good porter, one of the best that I have had for quite awhile. I can't remember if I have tried this beer before, but I will certainly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 20:40:16 | More by Quaffer
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