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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 130
Gots: 102 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-19-2001

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.
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Ratings: 1,004 | Reviews: 380
Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Iasanlee. Thank you, Jason!

A: Very deep brown color. Medium head formation with ring lacing as you drink.

S: Chocolate and slightly sharp/metallic roast malt. Coffee is in there, too.

T: Roast malt and slight chocolate with coffee. Tastes nearly stout-like. Not a lot of aftertaste or bitterness.

M: Smooth and properly carbonated.

D: Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of zhanson88
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown with almost 2 fingers of tan head. When held up to light there is some nice deep ruby around the edges. The head reduces down to minimal lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, nuttiness, burned molasses and brown sugar are all prevalent. Also some chocolate and coffee in there too.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee blend together well to give this beer a great backbone and some nice bitterness. Some nuttiness and molasses follows, with the slightest amount of hops at the end. Classic, rich porter taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied, super smooth and creamy. This beer really had a great mouthfeel and it felt good going down. It doesn't seem too heavy which contributes a lot to the drinkability. Great example of a porter and one I would absolutely try again.

Photo of Soonami
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received Odell Cutthroat Porter in a blind trade and was very pleased to have received this based on its reputation.

Immediately while pouring, the beer struck me with a very weird earthy aroma. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it smelled liked of like damp forest humus and old coffee--not exactly appetizing. The color was very dark with brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer was carbonated appropriately low, with a smooth mouthfeel.

The beer had a roasted coffee flavor, with burnt caramel sweetness and bitter chocolate. At the finish, there was a dry minty astrigency that I didn't really like.

Maybe it was just my sample or palate, but I didn't think that this was a world-class American porter

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on a trip to Colorado.
Look: Deep brown/black with a medium tan head and decent lacing.
Smell: Roasted malts balanced by a nice earthy hop note.
Taste: Very balanced, smooth chocolate malts and grassy/earthy hops to follow. Smooth and complex. Little smoke in there too.
Drink: Very easy to drink, especially at only 4.8ABV. Wish I could get it in California.

Photo of alleykatking
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle...

A- Pours a deep dark brown color...almost black. Two finger tan head shows medium retention. Ring style lacing on the glass.

S- Light chocolate notes blends with a roasted malt body for the aroma. Some light metallic hints but those get covered with a light coffee aroma.

T- Big roasted malts come out first on this beer with a hint of the metallic aroma I got now in taste form. There is a light chocolate note in the middle of the beer but nothing that dominates like in the aroma. More coffee and roasted notes to the end of the beer. Overall the flavor was there but not very lasting at any point in time.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style and beer itself. Light roasted malts left on the palate with more roasted malts and light alcohol left long into the aftertaste. No real drying per say on the the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were blended well but lacked any body to them to make them last long other than the second they hit the palate.

D- This was a drinkable porter which I wish we carried in Indiana. There are more flavorful porters I've had but this one does it for me as a session porter.

Photo of Buebie
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black out conditions here, thin spotty lace trails, a good center cap of retention.
Roasty, almost wood like aroma, with a touch of chocolate grains.
Taste is dark as well, plenty of charred grain, a touch of wood and robust coffee chocolate. Mild sweet flavors lingering alongside the robust darker character, as well as a little vanilla and maple.

Mouthfeel is is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
Lingering caramel off the finish as well as roasted robust grains.

A great sessioner, perfect for the cold months.

Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head with good retention. The aroma has coffee, from dark roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is much like the aroma. Coffee and chocolate, and a light sweetness from the malt. Very good.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy. and nicely carbonated. A really nice Porter which I could drink over and over.

Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest of brown, tan head that is about a finger thick and is quite creamy looking. A little lace.

Some toasty malts with chocolate and coffee notes.

Pretty deeply roasted malts. Not much sweetness at all. Not getting a whole lot of chocolate, but am picking up more coffee. Pretty toasty aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Creamy texture due to the soft carbonation. The body is medium, but pretty beefy for a 5% beer.

A nice porter, but for my personal tastes, I would like a bit more sweetness. Still a good beer that goes down well.

Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Very dark black, unable to see through it against the light. Not much foam with this one, but may have been my pour.

Smell - Sweet smelling, like molasses and/or licorice. Maybe also a hint of a coffee flavor.

Taste - Dark, roasted taste of coffee beans and molasses. I can taste a little bit of the chocolate that they mention on the label, but not terribly prevalent to me. Not a terribly strong or lingering aftertaste either.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly lighter in texture. Not watery though, good balance.

Drinkability - I would say that this is quite drinkable all around. Not too strong, good complexity, and not too filling or lingering. Easy to come back to several times.

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with thin tan head and not very much lacing.

Smell: Mostly molasses and milk chocolate,with light roasted character and some spicy hops. Smells bitter and dry.

Taste: The taste follows the smell, with an emphasis on chocolate and molasses. The roasted malts and bitter hops build throughout and become more apparent at the finish.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, body is not very full but is extremely smooth and creamy. Actually, the smoothness is unheard of for an under 5% abv beer (my bottle says 4.8%). Dry finish.

Drinkability: Great example of an everyday, sessionable Porter that relies more on a smooth overall balance than going the overly roasted route. While not one of my absolute favorite Porters, this may be the most drinkable one I have ever had. Another winner from Odell.

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Great Lakes snifter.

Pours about 1/2 finger of beige head that fades to a ring fast. Pours a copper brown, but settles black in the glass.

Aroma: Very roasted here. Almost has some smoked flavors. The malts almost seem burnt. It also has some sharp rich cherry/raisin flavors. As it warms, notes of dark chocolate and coffee roast show.

Taste: Very big roasted flavor again. I think I taste some cherries in here as well. It has chocolate and coffee with some fresh earthy hops to add a touch of bitterness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, rich, and crisp(odd). Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted.

Overall, this beer is a ton of roasted malts. It has some decent flavors and I think it is fairly good. However, this is a porter you need to be in the right mood for. Relatively drinkable.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle shared by Halcyondays, many thanks. On to the beer:

It's black in color with good retention and spots of lacing sticking around. The nose takes the smoked road; smoked malt being dominant, then semi-sweet chocolate sweeping in. Yum....the smoked malt flavor is unique in this porter, there aren't a whole lot of smoked porters out there. It's also a little sweet like baker's chocolate, and smoke flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Light in the mouth, maybe a touch too light that prefered, but solid anyway.

Delightful, tasty, and easy to kick back. I'll take that.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown to black, good off-white head, some lace.

S: Dark chocolate, some dark fruit.

T: Great full dark chocolate flavour, a self described London style porter and it tastes like one. Dark malt, some brown sugar and a hint of graham cracker.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, thins out a bit towards the finish. Soft carbonation.

D: A wonderful porter beer. Low alcohol, tasty, what's not to like.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 8/24/10, thanks to my dad for bringing this back from KC. Pours a dark crimson color and shows just a few highlights throughout. Has a nice topping of dark beige foam that lasts a good while and drops some nice lacing.

Nose is a nice blend of mild chocolate, dark graininess and vanilla roastiness. Pretty clean without much yeast or hops showing.

Mmmm, porter delight! roast is there, sweet chocolate is there and smooth toast rounds out the malty trio. Mild bitterness is the perfect, dry ending to this well brewed nectar. Fruit is kept low and the beer has a crisp feel to it, I am glad they kept the ABV below 6% as it makes it extraordinarily drinkable. Body seems a little thin at times and gives off a slight astringency, but pretty minor complaints as this is a very nice porter. I would love to have this available locally, for sure.

Photo of Bizz88
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown to the point of being black with a creamy one fingered tan head with lots of sticky lacing the entire glass. Dark robust coffee, malt and coco aromas. Bitter sweet chocolate with smokey hints on the palette with a metallic bite finish. Lighter than most for a porter with decent carbonation. With winters snow just around the corner, would drink well after a day on the slopes.

Photo of mweso2000
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours with a beautiful head. The head lasts the entire beer and laces nicely on the glass. Beautiful black color.

S-Sweet coffee malt smell.

T-My first reaction after drinking a sip was This is the best damn beer ever. Sweet creamy chocolate taste with some coffee flavor.

M-Very smooth creamy feel in the mouth. Medium body.

D-You would think that a porter would be heavy but Cutthroat is a very drinkable beer. I could drink it all night.

Bonus-Had a chance to try the Nitro-Cutthroat on tap at the brewery. If I could give a beer an A++ this would be the one. Unfortunately I did not take any notes.

Photo of BeerBATvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice very dark brown/black, with a nice amount of head. Lacing is also quite nice. Head lingers a bit.

Aroma - Smells of Roasted malt, coffee, and some toffee in there as well.

Taste - Yummy. Tastes similar to aroma with a few differences. Tastes of roasty malt, little coffee, some hops in the back, and a tiny bit of toffee. Also highlights of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium low body. Seemingly perfect carbonation. Aftertaste lingers, which is nice. Sticks to tongue a bit, which is also good.

Drinkability - Very nice porter. Well deserving of the grade. To me, very sessionable porter. I could easily drink the whole pack in a night(maybe not for everyone though). Nice porter to kick back with, and enjoy the evening.

Photo of Fillpott
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this in a pint-style glass from the bottle w/ 9/28/10 as the date on the side. Pours w/ a 1 finger mocha-head that remains for awhile. The color is what is expected of a porter, dark w/ a hint of reddish-black on the edges. The head quickly reappears after a small swirl, also. Lacing is noticeable as the head recedes. The smell, again, is what is expected of a porter. It has chocolate, coffee, and a hint of licorice. Nothing is overwhelming about this beer, though. It isn't too much of anything, and I like that. The taste is black, chocolate, and possibly coffee malt. Again, it is just right. This beer might become one of my staples, if I can find it nearby in SoCal. In fact, I think that I will have another w/ some rosemary and garlic potatoes.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

n8dietz is da man once again!!!

Dark cola brown with ruby highlights. One finger tan head with a lasting foam and just a little lacing. Hard to see any bubbling.

The aroma has just a little bit of cream in the super roasted malts giving some almost charred coffee, chocolate, and bread scents.

Nice malty flavor upfront with the super roast for punch right in the middle of the palate. Black coffee, no cream or sugar with a little bakers' chocolate make up a robust middle. The finish is smooth yet still persistant with the roasted flavor profile.

Nice session porter with a consistant flavor profile through and through.

Photo of klikger
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black, with a hint of red when attempting to stare through it into light. A half-inch light brown head forms and deteriorates relatively slowly, leaving behind small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, and a faint whiff of caramel.

T - Earthy grains, bright coffee, and a touch of milk are detected in the front end. The latter half and finish taste slightly more roasted and there's a pleasant hoppiness. This bottle is roughly a year old, so I'm thinking the bitter is more distinctive with younger beer. None of these flavors are explosive, by any means, but this is truly enjoyable for what it is -- a very well-crafted, balanced American porter.

M & D - A substantial amount of carbonation and medium body. Coupled with the low ABV and the excellent balance at play, this makes for an eminently drinkable porter. Odell knocked this out of the park - I could drink a few of these and not feel overindulged.

I've been impressed with every Odell beer that I've tried. This is a great beer - fans of the style should certainly check it out. Nicely balanced taste and off-the-charts drinkability.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost black color; no light. Poured a 1 finger tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malts; bitter coffee, chocolate earthy woods.

T: Toasted malts with smoky, rich foiundation. Subtle hop characteristers. Flavors were muted and complex.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky. Even bitter to balance the big malts.

D: Very flavorful and balances. Smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears to be black in the glass, bar light is not helping to discern any highlights. Solid, tight, creamy cap is off-white and doing a great job of sticking around. So sticky. Lacing is doing a hell of a job. Nose is chocolate-y sweet with a hint of coffee and some maybe a nod towards fudge. More power please! The right notes are being struck, but the orchestra is playing far too softly.

The flavor is still in the realm of a chocolate dessert: bitter but sweet, there is a tiny movement towards roasted coffee, but otherwise plenty of subtle spicing, preserved fruits, and just enough "wateriness" to be super drinkable.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but hits a better note than most stouts. Perfectly attenuated without the gimmicky use of nitrogen. Smooth and silky, making it seem like a much lighter beer. Very well played by Odell in my opinion.

Photo of dbossman
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black; 1 finger head with great retention and lacing

S: Roasted malts; smoky and slightly woody; barbecued meat and semi-sweet chocolate undertones

T: Smoky aromas come through in the flavor--balanced well with the roasted malts; subtle chocolate and hop characteristics; good but rather muted flavors

F: Slightly thin but for the most part the mouth feel is good; I don't like how the dryness evaporates the beer from the back of the mouth

D: A bit rich at times for what it is but a pleasant, drinkable porter

Photo of Gyle41386
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is very dark brown, practically black, with some dark red highlights. About a finger of tan foam retains decently, and deposits some nice lacing on the glass.

Chocolate and coffee in the nose, and maybe a little bit of caramel. Sweet and roasty, this is a quality porter aroma.

Dark fruits show up in the flavor more so than in the nose. Rich flavor, not watery at all like a lot of porters I've tried. Love the balance between sweet chocolate and roasted barley. Tastes like a coffee stout, really.

Rich, thick texture, yet still incredibly drinkable. Hard to believe how quickly this beer disappears from my glass. Huge thanks to Wendall (wkcyr4) for sending this one my way.

Photo of jmbranum
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dry interpretation of a porter. Inky, inky black with a tan head. Slightly toasted aroma. Flavor is very, very dry. A little bit of hops, some toasty notes, but too me it is really too dry for my taste. (I could also be ruined by the Saint Bridget's Porter I just had that is more malty)

Mouthfeel is pretty prickly.

Interesting beer. I would like to try it again but maybe not after having a sweeter maltier beer.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
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