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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

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850 Ratings

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 117
Gots: 65 | 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 Mebuzzard


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -8%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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

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


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

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.


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!

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


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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


2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +1%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

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


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%

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

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


3.05/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

02-17-2005 01:30:03 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of nogoodreason


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

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

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

03-15-2004 06:50:24 | More by HiroProtagonist
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.