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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 123
Gots: 71 | 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 blackie
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a 1/4" dark-khaki colored head. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

smell: Delicious smelling medium roast malt with a touch of dark chocolate and smoke. Moderate American hop aroma. Very nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium or just above, and the body a heavy medium.

taste: Roasted malts upfront at medium strength give notes of medium roast coffee and some distant cocoa. A light sweetness is present here with maybe a touch of lactose. The hop flavor is light. A light to moderate bitterness lingers with some dry roast notes into the finish. Tasty and very well-balanced.

drinkability: very easy

2 bottles acquired in a trade with jhammerly

blackie, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jhammerly for sending this to me!

Poured a deep brown into a pint glass with a minimum of head which resolved into a thin layer of foam.

Nice aromas of milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses.

Classic porter flavor. Cafe-au-lait with a slight dark chocolate. Slightly bitter finish from the hops to balance.

Mouthfeel was a little thin.

Overall a very drinkable, sessionable American Porter. Recommended.

doppelmeup, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of SuperSpy
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby appearance when held to the light with a 1 inch tan head that died a little fast but left some really great lacing.

S - Toast, coffee, a little weak but it's still cold. Same aroma but much more apparant as it warms.

T - Sweet coffee and chocolate up front with a bitter finish. A really great transition from sweet to bitter with lots of chocolate, coffee and other dark roast flavors all throughout. The flavor of this beer really transitions smoothly. This is one of the best tasting porters I have ever tried.

M - My only complaint with this beer is that it is a little thin. I don't know of temperatue affecting mouthfeel but it seems to get a bit better as it warms. I may be just really enjoying everything else about this beer which makes we want to forgive it for being thin.

D - I will drink this beer again, and again, and again. This is an excellent beer and something I will be picking up each time I'm in a town that has it.

SuperSpy, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of aquatonex
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Finally finished the ones they sent me. Not a porter fan, and they ALWAYS send a friggin porter. Anywayz, this one is a good quality porter. Pours dark translucent brown with a hint of mahogany, lightly carbonated. Head is creamy, thin, a little lacing. Nose is very toasty, coffee-like, alcohols are peaking through actually. Taste follows well, a lot of toasted maltiness, coffees, slight sweetness, but the alcohol is still there. Doh! Yeah, was pretty decent otherwise.

aquatonex, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours mahagany with 3 fingers of tan /sand colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Toasted malt, coffee, choclate & hints of iron

T: Choclate up front, then hints of iron. Slight hints of oak & dryness creeps in. Finishes dry with hints of molasess, brown sugar & choclate

MF: Smooth; almost silky with a medium body & perfect carbonation

Drinks very easy, I think I like this better in the bottle than draft, but will have to take some notes next time I have it on draft, classic american porter IMO

russpowell, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black with a smallish tan head that stays with sticky lacing forever throughout the drink.
Aromas are roasted malts giving the smell of coffee and chocolate.
Taste is roasted dark malt, sweet coffee, sweet chocolate, and an impressive push of astringent hops that wrestles with the flavors throught the drink.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style or maybe just thin for how much is going on there....like you are expecting more of a stout mouthfeel.
Aftertaste keeps going with coffee and just a hint of the hops keeping it clean.
Amazing porter. I love the sweet and bitter mix they achieve.

IntriqKen, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, part of my Beer of the Month offerings, dated 012007, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a few hints of ruby light coming from the bottom, about a ½ inch of fluffy tan head slowly fades away, laces in spots

S—chocolate and coffee are all I can smell in this one

T—chocolate and coffee as the smell indicated, some roasted malt flavors, some toasted bread hints, but overall the chocolate is dominate. It gets much better as it warms.

M—smooth, medium/full bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid porter, glad I was able to try it and I will enjoy the other two that I received.

hanco005, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the bottle

This beer is a dark brown with a thick tan head that recedes quickly. The smell is of toasted grain. The taste is of oatmeal. There is also a slight smokey character to this brew. The mouthfeel is good for the style. The drinkability is good. This is a top ten porter for me. Reccommended.

Enola, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to pitch black, but when held to the light shows through with some brown and garnet highlights. Thick tan head on top, reduced to a thin layer of tight foam. Nice lacing coats the glass.

Dark toasted malts dominate with plenty of dark coffee. A touch of bittersweet chocolate as well. Some fainting sweet malt hints come in as well.

Flavor is good, but lacks something. Chocolate and dark toasted malts again. Nothing is really in the finish though. A bit simple for me.

Mouthfeel is really good though, except for a bit too much carbonation. Makes this porter sharp tasting. Besides that this one has a nice creaminess to it.

Good drinkability, it has a lot of high points to it, but just lacks in the taste department. I'd gladly have a couple in a sitting though.

blitz134, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling the brew at room temp poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a soft fluffy beige head foaming up 2 cm and resting effortlessly on the surface. Aroma is dry chocolate powder and some roasted malt. I get a bit of brown sugar and just a bit of grassy hops in the background. The first sip reveals a soft yet slightly thin body with fine prickly carbonation.
The beer goes down very easy.
I get some light sweet chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. This passes quickly to more of a roasted malt character. This roasted quality does linger a bit even thought the body really thins out on the finish.
A decent enough porter with good flavor profile. I just wish it was a little more body.

sulldaddy, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, props to Odell for their stylish labeling of yet another 12 oz. bottle. Beer served in an American pint glass.

Color like a black hole in the process of swallowing a gigantic ruby ring. Yet despite the invocation of deep space phenomenon and the imagery of royal family jewelry within, there is little to no crowning head to speak of and minimal lacing in addition.

Aroma is that of strong black coffee and burnt toast.

A full roasty mouthfeel brings home a delightfully washed up dark-roasted coffee bean flavor and an intriguing under-the-tongue bitterness.

With trunkloads of coffee and a little bit chocolate, this porter proves brewed beneath a banner of stars and stripes as it boldly boasts its strong commitment to bitter hops.

The glass is drained and so too this review will end. Cutthroat Porter imported to PA via my traveling brother. Odell pleases the palate again.

froggyfrog, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, with a best before date of 08/09/06. 4.8% ABV

Thanks to jredner for the sample!

Pours a deep black color and makes a tall, creamy, light-tan colored head, leaves some sticky lacing on the glass and the head retention is quite good.

Aroma is very roasty, slight fig notes and lots of coffee and chocolate malts.

Roasty caramel, chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. Moderate hop bitterness, hop flavor is not present. No diacetyl. Nicely balanced and the finish is rather clean.

Medium light in the body, relatively high carbonation, very dry in the finish.

This is a good porter, tons of flavor for something so light. If it were available in Southern California and I was craving a porter, this would do just fine. Nice example of a brown porter.

kmcnair, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty damn fine to look at - Black with ruby hues; very low visibility. Thick body and thick suds, the latter fron a lingering 1/4 head.

AromaL Nice roasty aroma - espresso, chocolate and faint toffees. Not overwhelming. SLight lactose finish.

Taste: Wonderfully smooth, but the appearance and aroma set me up for a flavor that wasn't quite there. In a lot of ways, reminiscent of nitro-tap guinness. The flavor is mellow, not as rich as many American porters. Milk finish is again an unexpected development.

Mouthfeel: Great - smooth, mild bitters in the finish. Low carbonation is great in the mouth.

Drinkability: A session porter - nothing unique or complex going on; just good drinking beer. Like other Odell's offerings, the flavor seems a little underdeveloped when compared to the bigger offerings of other American craft porters. IBut the smoothness of delivery and the balance of the beer are definitely worthy of return trips.

expatsteve, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 4.8% abv.

Very dark mahogany color, thin tan head leaves a bit of oily lacing behind it.
The sweet, dark roasted malts dominate this one..with some bitter chocolate and coffee, and a little dark chocolate also. The body is simply too thin to carry the flavors effectively. It goes down alright, but the lack of anything unique and the weak body would probably discourage me from drinking this on any regular basis.

hero27, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted malt, chocolate, some very mild burnt grain notes and an even milder smoked elelment. Dark brown body holds a mostly lasting thumb thick and creamy tan head. Fore is roast-bitter with an almost lactose/oatmeal creaminess, mild chocolate notes, faint coffee and some trace candy caramel notes. Pretty tasty and well done.

Jredner, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely bottle...the label is fabulous, and the relief detail on the shoulder is a very nice touch. Of course, it's what is inside that really matters here, so here we go..

Beautiful in the glass...very dark brown to black, with a light tan head that starts about two fingers, and slowly falls to one with some thick lace left behind. Held tot he light, it's a nice ruby/cola colour, and very clear.

The aroma is somewhat weak, but very good. Chocolate and smoke hit right up front, with some ancho chile and coffee following.

The flavour seems dominated by the smokiness. Coffee comes out aorund the edges, with a dry finish. There s bit of date-like flavour there just on the edges. The smokiness is just a bit too high for me- but only just a bit.

A little light on body for a porter, with just a bit too much carbonation.

Despite some shortcomings, I think this one is rather drinkable, and I wouldn't turn it down.

Be well

UncleFlip, May 23, 2006
Photo of bort11
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

To start off with, I really like Odell's label design. They've had these updated designs for about a year now and I think it really makes Odell stand out visually. On to the beer.

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Rich black color. When held up to the light only a single spot of ruby red shows through. Dark tan head, only about a finger width, and recededs quickly. Light lacing around the edge of the glass. Smell is a robust chocolate malt with a little bit of mocha coffee around the edges. Taste is very full, much like the smell. Finishes clean, very little after taste. Not too complex of a flavor, pretty strait forward. Mouthfeel was a little too light. I like my porters to have a bit more substance to it. Overall, this is a very tastey porter and very easy to drink. I think it can session pretty well.

bort11, May 23, 2006
Photo of benito
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It had been a long time since I'd had a Cutthroat Porter, and as soon as I
had my first sip I got mad at myself. Once again, I'd fallen into the trap of underrating Odell's, ignoring their sixers every time I walked into the liquor store, in favor of higher ABV, flashier brews. Between Levity, Isolation, Cutthroat Porter and (the unfortunately retired Bobby), Odell makes some great brews.

Their porter is a deep mahogany with a thin, off-white head. The bouquet has hints of cocoa and toffee. It's the jam-packed flavor profile though that sets this apart as an exceptional American porter. The balance of creamy, nutty flavors (again, toffee, cocoa) and biting ones (coffee, tar, hops) is spot on. This bitterness really gets assertive toward the back of the tongue and leaves a graceful note of aftertaste.

What's more is that there's something surprisingly refreshing about Cutthroat, especially surprising given the complexity and diversity of its flavors. This has a great restorative quality along with a low enough ABV to make it an irresistable session brew.

Kudos to Odell--I shall never underestimate thee again. This is arguably the best traditional porter brewed in Colorado.

benito, May 13, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle compliments of jhammerly

Pours black with a small tan head that fades. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very roasty with some coffee and chocolate tones.

Deep roasted tasted upfront with some coffee and chocolate flavors in the background. Very robust.

Medium body, slick texture.

A very nice porter and quite easy to consume. Definitely a good example of the style.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of jongillin
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.

jongillin, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
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.

timtheenchanta, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
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.

dreadnatty08, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of mntlover
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.

mntlover, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
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...

ppoitras, Jan 24, 2006
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.