Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 126
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
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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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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a thoughtful extra from Vasdef42...
Best by date of August '08.

Beautiful, 12 oz. brown glass bottle embossed with Odell's trademark Aspen leaf.
Really nice, eye catching linoleum block print label. Attractive package...
Bottle produced a nice hiss on opening.

A standard pour into a 16 oz. goblet presented a 1/4" coffee colored head that quickly reduced to a broken skim coat. Cola colored with a deep garnet glow when back lit. Any lacing was short lived & insignificant.

The smell is predominantly fresh coffee with hints of chocolate & roasted malts.

The mouth is rich & smooth with ample body.
Nicely carbonated with a beautiful, crisp easy finish.

The taste is remarkably rich & appealing. A seamless blend of morning coffee, caramel malts & smoooth milk chocolate. Clean.

One isn't going to be enough...the lower ABV paired with all the appealing qualities mentioned above make this a very desirable & approachable American Porter.
Highly recommended...I wish it was available locally. This could be a go to beer.

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

12oz bottle received from cjsell. Thanks! Best before 2nd July

A: Black with dark brown highlights. Light brown head that recedes not in a terrible hurry, leaving a ring.

S: Heavily roasted malt with some nuts, cream a hint of chocolate and coffee

T: Starts off with equal parts bitter-burnt malts and milky sweetness. Hints of coffee and chocolate appear before a mildly bitter finish takes over. Not as assertive as some of the better porters i've had but still good

M: Very well carbonated and a pleasant finish on this one

D: Not the best porter out there but i'll drink this again

Photo of SpecialK088
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very deep brown nearly black with a nice creamy head that leaves a thick sticky lace down the glass.

S-Deep rosted coffee, malt with hints of chocolate and vinilla

T-Same as the nose very rosted flavor in all aspects lve the flavor this beer bring from front to back, nice full body with a little low level of carbonation but still very good.

D-One of my regulars i reach for this quite often when i want a porter, affordable per sixso i love keeping it around

Photo of grub
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one from bort11 as part of Brews N Tunes 3. thanks tim!

12oz bottle, dated 07 09 07. sampled may 21/08.

pours deep brown, showing some red highlights when held to the light. big dense tan head that drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace. looks a lot like the bully porter i had before it.

aroma is nice. milk chocolate. crackers. touch of grain. toasted white bread. touch of cardboard? bit of alcohol. vanilla.

taste is nice. milk chocolate. almond. touch of vanilla. bit of coffee. bit of dark chocolate. toasted whole wheat bread. there's that touch of cardboard again, coming out around the edges - not enough to make me dislike it, but enough that i'm guessing this one is past its prime.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance, interesting malt profile. i like the lighter chocolate/nut/vanilla thing that's going on, but the cardboard sneaking around the edges takes away a little. i can see the potential though, so i'll be looking for another of these to re-evaluate.

Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice and drinkable porter. One of their better rews in my opinion. Rich dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Lots of roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate as well. Mild hops round it out nicely. The flavor is again very roasty with a nicely blended hop variety. Medium body with a dry finish. Crisp and refreshing. This is my idea of a perfect session brew. Goes well most anytime.

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

Poured an opaque dark brown with a thick tan head. The head was at least an inch thick when first poured. Good head retention and lacing down the glass.

Smells like coffee and maybe a hint of chocolate. Sweet malts too.

Mostly coffee in the taste. Can't get much of the chocolate to come out.

Nice medium-bodied porter; not overwhelming, not watery.

Great session beer. May fill you up quickly but good to drink.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger width head quickly giving way to decent lacing down the glass. Dark brown purple color.

S: Smells like being in an aspen forest very weird but very cool. I also got plenty of coffee smells and sweet malts. Once the beer warmed up more I really got the coffee smells.

T: It had a very sweet mocha latte flavoring but has a weird latex finish. I decided to let this one sit after my first taste to see if the aftertaste would subside and instead I got a really bland beer so don't let it get warm.

M/D: Grainy feel but not heavy, sweet but not bitter at all. Very drinkable for the masses not the best though.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a nice half inch foamy tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring with nice lacing. The chocolate malts hit you first with a nice roasted scent. The dark chocolate comes first in the taste followed by some roasted malts and some nuttiness. There is a slight bitterness in the finish but still smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Not to thick or chunky which makes the drinkability very nice. It was a little thin and I would have liked a little more body for the style but still an amazing porter.

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

A - Pours pretty much black with a dense tan foam head that has decent retention, but gradually fades to a covering producing some lace.
S - Dark chocolate malt is the primary scent backed by a mild arom of hopps and roasted grain. The overall aroma is medium in strength and inviting.
T - Dark chocolate backed by a roasted to slightly burnt malt and nut. Medium flavor and a lower level of hop bitterness for the style, could be a bit stronger. Overall good balance.
M - Medium body, but fades fast when swallowed almost giving the impression it's lighter. Light hop bite, medium to just higher carbonation (maybe a bit too high), and finishes clean with little aftertaste.
D - Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable Porter. It would be very good if the flavor was punched up a bit. It could definitely be stronger on all characteristics. Very drinkable, though. I wouldn't pass up if offered, and would buy again.

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

Oxymoron sent this in a recent trade. Thanks Aaron!
Poured a dark brown, pretty much opaque, with red-brown edges. Sticky yellow-brown foam, good head retention with plenty of lacing. Roasty aroma, lots of phenolics, nuts, cocoa, quite malty. Bittersweet chocolate and roast up front, malty mid with balanced bitterness. Finishes with lingering dark malts, toffee/caramel. Medium bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Just a bit of tannin dryness. Now this is a solid american porter. Great stuff!

Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice local Porter.

A: Dark Walnut color. Almost black. Average cream colored head. The head dissolves quickly to about 1/8", but stays with the beer the whole way down. Leaves a nice lace.

S: Chocolate, coffee, cherry and oak aromas are well balanced. Slightly sweet.

T: Tart but balanced. Coffee dominates. Subtle chocolate, cherry and burnt malt flavors accompany. Hops add a hint of pine. Burnt bitterness lingers through finish. Overall flavor subtle, not overpowering.

M: Medium body with a little bit too much carbonation.

D: Perfect Porter for a heavy meal. Nice session beer too. I will be revisiting this one.

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4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is roasted coffee and dark malts, intense but straight-forward and very pleasant.

T: The taste is creamy and malty with flavors of black coffee and vanilla. There's a very mild but quite complimentary hops presence that helps give a nice balance. There's not much else going on here but I like it for its simplicity. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for a style that is usually a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this one is definitely up there among my favorite porters, it's one that I could drink quite a few of over the course of an evening.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is plenty dark with good carbonation. It has a great looking dark tan head that fades fast leaving a bit of nice lace.

The smell is very good the dark roasted malt carries the aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste is excellent, this is the real deal. Man do I love this type of Porter, Lots of coffee, dark roasted espresso beans, some dark chocolate notes and a hint of top grade molasses. Yep this is quite a fine brew to be sure.

The mouthfeel is very good, better then medium body and a real nice fine bobble carbonation that dances on your tung.

The drinkability is excellent as I can not put down my glass.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

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

Thanks to rsyberg01 for the bottle.
Pours a dark, dark, brown thick foam forms on the top. A head doesn't really develope but the thick foam forms and stays. Lacing forms in sheets and then cascades down to the beer.
Coffee aroma. More sweet than strong. Kind of like a mocha. Maybe a chocolate mocha.
Rich roasted flavors accentuated by chocolate and coffee. Hops mingle with the mouth but more or less stay in the background. Very smooth in the flavor and the mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability as it's a tasty brew and would be easy to session.

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark brown with a creamy tan head that settles into a thin film with a thicker collar. Lacing is moderate.

Initial aroma is of roasted malts and coffee with cream. A swirl of my snifter reveals a hint of spice and earth.

Flavor is creamy and toasty with a light, coffee-like astringency. Bitterness is subdued but noticed. Finish is smooth and creamy with a rich mouth feel. Carbonation is near perfect for the style.

Overall, another good porter. It could possibly be a little bolder, but I like its smoothness and easy drinkability. I wouldn't change a thing.

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

I recieved this beer for christmas along with a bunch of other "American micro brews".

A- Awesome very little head, very dark, and looked to be a great brew!

S- The smell was fine, but "thin" I feel I have a sensative nose, and this just wasn't telling me much.

T- Once again, not a lot to it. More carbonation than I was expecting, and the taste was very subtle. Coffee is definately there!

M- Feels like what was once a really good beer that's been watered down with seltzer water.

D- I thought this was going to be a great hearty cold weather beer, but actually with all those bubbles, and very light taste it is more suited for the 4th of July.
This beer is good, but I just can't get past the feeling that it tastes like a diluted really good beer.

Photo of timbro81
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 4/15/08. Nice dark color with a solid, dense, creamy head that is quick to settle to a fine ring. Smells of dark roasted chocolate. Taste is similar to nose but transitions to lovely coffee flavors as it travels to the back of my mouth. Aftertaste doesn't linger too long but is silky and pleasant. An enjoyable porter and great session beer.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a thin, tan colored head that never reaches great heights. It fades quickly to a thin layer, while the lacing is nice when tipped.

S - Smell reminds of roasted espresso with a hint of chocolate. Lots of sweet malt with not much hop action.

T - Much like the smell, with strong malt presence and espresso and chocolate contributions. Raisins appear briefly. LIttle hop activity, except in a slightly drying aftertaste.

M - Mildly carbonated and smooth from the beginning. A touch watery right before the finish, especially when the beer is colder. Ever so slightly drying in the finish.

D - A nice, easy drinking porter. I'd prefer the Deschutes Black Butte if both are available, but you can't really go wrong with an Odell choice.

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

A - A really fat and solid two finger head looks light brown and sits atop a pitch black brew that lets no light through. Lots of really nice lace is left on the sides of my snifter, and the head sticks around forever. This is a really pretty brew.

S - Dark chocolate, wet tree bark, Count Chocula marshmallows, super-dark roast espresso. This could pass for a stout as far as the aroma goes. I also smell a really hearty grainy note that reminds me of Kashi brand health cereal, Grapenuts cereal, and Quaker Oat Squares. Smells more like bran than any other brew I've tried.

T - Again, lots of bran and healthy whole grain flavors. Roasted grains, pumpernickel bread, mild dark chocolate, and some nice little hop flourishes at the end. This is an extremely well put-together and balanced flavor. Pretty amazing really!

M - Gritty, full bodied, mildly carbonated, and hearty. The finish is a little hoppy and very dry. The aftertaste is beautiful and lingers on for several minutes.

D - I'm very, very impressed with this one! I like all of the roasty hearty bran and whole grain flavors, and the gritty fullbodied and dry finish complements those flavors perfectly. Nice!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Label states 4.8% abv. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with a tight bubbly light tan cap on top. Aromas begin with roasted, lightly smoky malts. A touch of cocoa and some black coffee are in there along with a little dark fruit and a slight caramel.

First sip brings a roasted dark malt upfront with a touch of burnt smokiness. Cocoa and coffee flavors intermingle with some dark fruits as well. A light citrus hop is there on the finish as well as enough bitterness to cut through the semi sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking with a nice punch of carbonation. Not an extremely robust porter, but a tasty one all the same that goes down easy. Yet another solid brew from Odell. Too bad this isn't available around me, but if it is around you grab some when you're in the mood for a porter!

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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 08-06-07

a: dark black with a creamy head that subsides quickly leaving nice lacing as I consume.

s: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

t: The bottle says it, "...hints at chocolate and coffee," but that is pretty much all I taste. The roasted malts impart an excellent chocolate/coffee flavor, sweet malt, very slight hop bitterness.

m: rich but smooth, leaves a layer of sweet maltiness on your tongue. medium  bodied.

d: despite its appearance and smell, it sure goes down easy. Very smooth, average alcohol, very drinkable.

Photo of jar2574
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown / black. No light gets through. Little head, but not sure that there's supposed to be much. Not much carbonation.

Coffee, coffee, coffee in the scent, with hints of maltiness and chocolatey sweetness.

Tastes malty, a bit chalky with coffee and bitter chocolate undertones. Very smooth and enjoyable. Not chunky like other porters that I've had.

Very impressed. Not usually a fan of porters -- this is the best one I've had. A great fall & wintertime beer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, this is an awfully dark porter, black but for a dark ruby hue, a tan head exploding from the bottle, a fully two inches of bubbly, frothy fluff, leaving behind chunks behind on the glass. The aroma is pretty good, chocolate notes and roasted malts evident but nothing much else. Dark malts of roasty goodness in the taste, chocolate and coffee notes, lots of bitterness here, and dry, a bit astringent to a degree, fairly smooth and full bodied but could be more so for both. In sum, a pretty good porter and quite drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Any friend who brings a good beer back from an out of town visit, suddenly becomes a good friend -- thanks Brad. After sampling many Porters on this particular night, this one takes a back seat compared to other American Porters we had. The malts take a chocolate-heavy malt character, with undertones of Columbian coffee, buttery pecans, and milk sugars. The hops certainly balance the sweetness, but do little to bring flavors and nearly no aromatics. The beer is lighter in body and color; reminescent of Engish-type Porters. The roastiness is very smooth, allowing the beer's body to become more apparent. The beer is thin, but malty; making it very easily drinkable. Nice beer, just on the lighter scale of most Porters; especially American varieties.

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

Wrote this one a long time ago, around Christmas. Just dug up an old note on it .. believe this was courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks!

Pitch black bottom with sparkling, light tan head that emanates pockets of air. Completely opaque, impenetrable base. Foam head sustains well.

Deep, roasted malt with a pleasant lingering sweetness on the nose. Soapy, diacetyl notes, traces of yeast, dry aroma. Hints of chocolate. Bready.

Rich, roasted malt profile with clean, spring water. Smooth, with a luscious creaminess that washes over the tongue. Rush of carbonation leaves the mouth tingling. Dark chocolate notes near the end, with a bit of anise/black liqorice.

Pleasant and very drinkable, despite a bit heavy carbonation. Wonderful session brew and a delightful porter. Would definitely trade for more.

I haven't wrote a review in ages, but rest assured I have not given up good brews. Cheers!

Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.