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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 129
Gots: 85 | 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:
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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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with best-by date and a really attrictive label

Appearance: This beer looks dark brown, almost black in the glass, but when held up to the light this beer turns a slightly hazy dark walnut/garnet beer...it's capped by a dark tan large head which fades to a thick film with great retention

Smell: Really nice burnt grains up front, backed by black fruit esters and some mild yeastiness...not tons of depth, but quite pleasant

Taste: Really nice bittersweet burnt malts with just a touch of balancing earthy/herbal hops...slightly fruity through the middle, but ends dry roasted, and mildly bitter, almost dry-stout-ish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a really well crafted American Porter...straightforward and delicious...not tons of depth but it's a great example of the style and is super-drinkable and full of flavor. Paired this with some nice Mimolette and some buttery crackers...the fruitiness and richness of the cheese went perfectly with this beer.

Photo of webbcreative
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, with dark red highlights when held up to the light, with 2 finger light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, with a heavier chocolate smell. Taste, roasted coffee flavor, with a bit of chocolate in there, also some nuttiness.. Missing some of the sweetness I like in a porter, and is a bit bitter in the end, more like bitter chocolate then hops though. Feels like the mouthfeel is going to be medium at first, but it really ends up being more thinner than I prefer, but not by much. Pretty dang good porter though I will give it that.

Overall this is a top porter for me. Pretty similar to Boulevard's Bully! Porter [my fav].

Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Mocha tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at only 5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced porter... definitely recommended...

Photo of mulder1010
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A-- Poured black, not as dark as the doubles or RIS's I have had. A dark brown head with an inch of head leaving a good lacing on the glass. Good carbonation but this is also a lighter porter. My bottle is 4.8 ABV.

S-- Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and sugar to this. Great smell to this. Already has my mouth watering to this.

T-- Roasted malts and chocolate. Some coffee taste but does not dominate like the bigger versions are doing. A bit thin but have been drinking a lot of RIS and doubles of later so that will hurt a bit. Like a thin chocolate milkshake.

M-- more carbonation so it is more lively, also not as creamy but it has character in the finish as the chocolate and coffee become more apparent. The malts are more forward in this and the coffee and chocolate secondary.

D-- A session porter. Plain and simple. Great flavor and can drink anytime of year. A great beer that is not in the ABV cat of over 7%. The strength in this is how drinkable it is.

Over time this has replaced 90 shilling as my favorite beer. It does not leave you full and can drink several and not get tired of this. If this was an RIS it would be too big I think. It is perfect the way it is. this was the beer that got me into the bigger stuff because of the body and weight of the beer. This still has it but it is toned down but it has all the ingredients that makes it stand out. Why I like Odell beers so much. Very simple and good beers.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight flush into an imperial pint glass. Two plus inches of fluffy oatmeal head. Surprisingly sticky, uniform spiderweb lace over a ruby-edged black on brown body.

Smell is sharp chocolate coffee roast, straight white sugar, a touch of lactose, & prickly/citric hops.

First sip is like watered down, low calorie, 1% chocolate milk. Light-stepping grain. Weak tar fumes maybe? Earthy. Gentle roast, a soy newspaper twang, & a very casual, cherry pit-like twangy bitterness to close it out.

Near stoutly roasted, but with some decent body & mouthfeel filled in. Carbonation is right on for me. Milky, but still a bit light for the style.

Thanks to russpowell for padding my Odell resume with a good one. :)

Photo of oldfashioned
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Odell Cutthroat Porter pours from the bottle into a room-temperature glass a rich dark brown color with a huge, foamy tan head, looking like a shot of espresso or even root beer.

The smell is a mellow roasted malt with just a hint of alcohol and hops - if I could design a Porter aroma from the ground up, it would be very much like this.

Like the smell, the taste is exceptional and exudes classic Porter. The balance is nearly perfect: bitter and sweet hit the sides of the tongue briefly but give way to a subtle roasted coffee flavor that lingers pleasantly for long after each sip.

This is an excellent Porter from Odell (whose offerings I always enjoy very much) and an excellent beer in general. For what it's worth, I used two bottles in a big pot of chili over the weekend and it turned out great. I had a bottle with the chili and I'm enjoying one by itself now, and both times Cutthroat Porter was a standout.

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

What a solid porter from Odell. I've been very impressed with their offerings.
Dark brown with ruby hints of light on the outskirts of the drink. Tons of foam with nice lacing. Roasty, bready, malty, chocolately.
Just what a good porter should look, smell, and taste like.
I'm bummed that Odell beers are not readily available in my area.

Photo of Domingo
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been drinking this for years but have just been too lazy to review it.
Pours a brown that's so dark it's close to black. On a normal pour a tannish head forms and sticks around/laces about as well as a porter can.
The primary flavor components are roasted malts, cocoa, and a little coffee. It's got a pretty bold nose, but no booziness like bigger beers might have. Finish is dry and leaves you wanting more.
This drinks like a beer under 5% abv. and the texture is amazing. Just the right combination of thick and creamy, but not overdone. Of note, the nitro tap version at the Odell brewhouse is a must-try as well.

This is a great example of a dry American porter.

Photo of wkcyr4
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dark Horse pint glass.

A: Caramel brown 1 finger head hangs around seemingly forever. Deep brown body lets very little light through.

S: Chocolatey burnt malts dominate the nose, very pleasing, to say the least.

T: The nose does not lie on this one. Nice chocolate flavor all the way through. Maybe a little mollasses on the back to balance things out. Sweet and rich.

M: Full bodied mouthfeel. Tastebuds tingle all the way, front to back. I am really liking this beer!

D: It goes without saying the drinkability is VERY high and you could find yourself easily drinking 2 or 3 of these. Alas, let it warm up and savor all this Porter has to offer.

Overall, this is a wonderful example of the style, I only wish I had mor than a 6 pack to enjoy. Highly recommended and I will be seeking out more!

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap in a 12oz pint glass (Denver, CO):

Appeared a very nice rich looking black with a tan head that was very thick and creamy. The head was retained nicely with a small thin cap settling in over the entire beer. The beer also had a nice lacing effect.

The aroma was roasted malt with a hint of hop. There is also very subtle notes of coffee and chocolate, but very subtle and the roasted malt really dominates. Very well done.

The taste is excellent, a nice big malt flavor with again only a hint of hops. This one follows the nose exactly; but is a bit stronger than the nose lets on.

The beer had a medium body with good carbonation. The beer was extremely drinkable, smooth, and creamy. Overall a top notch beer and possibly one of the best porters that I have had to date.

Photo of hwwty4
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium Globe.

This is a long time coming. As a former resident of Fort Collins, I've been drinking Odell's brews for quite some time but this classic I've just been drinking and enjoying but have never reviewed. Here it is. This beer pours a Cuban Coffee brown with a rich dark toffee head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing for a Porter. The aroma can only be described as decadent. Dark chocolate, mildly astringent espresso, heavy cream, hot chocolate and whipped cream. In most beers, when I say that the flavor is exactly the same as the aroma, it's almost a negative thing. Like they show all their cards before the hand is played, but with Odell Cutthroat Porter it exactly the opposite. This beer is beautiful. Its like a DDR party in my mouth. Milk chocolate, espresso, sweet cream, a hint of baker's chocolate and heaven. The mouthfeel is just a wee bit light for me. I wish there would be just a bit more body to it but honestly this is really just nit picking the beer. Odell's brewery has made, in my opinion, the best American Porter and possibly one of the best Porters produced in the world.

Photo of Proteus93
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back from Colorado by misterdmac... thanks, Dustin!

A: Stark black, with a very light sandy coloured head that forms quite nicely, perhaps with a little delay in leaving lace behind (it seemed to begin about a quarter of the way down the glass)

S + T: Both the aroma and the flavour are a straight-up roasted malt dominating, and it's smooth and pleasant. Both chocolate and coffee flavours are noted (though it's mostly just the coffee of the two on the nose), and each is subtle and mild, merely complementing the other flavours and aromas... very nice on both counts.

M + D: Smooth and somewhat creamy medium body, with a nice sparkling carbonation to go with it. The mild alcohol content makes it a great session choice, and I'd gladly accept it as one - I only wish it were available in these parts!

Photo of rhinos00
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro-tap at Vine Street Pub in Denver. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark cola brown. Solid two fingers width of silky, creamy mocha head. Lacing just cakes the glass as it's consumed. Brilliant.

S- Lots of roasted coffee bean flavors with a nice amount of smokiness. Also getting come chocolate and toffee.

T- Like the smell, the roasted coffee beans really come into play. Also detectable are a slight traces of bitter chocolates accompanied by a light smoke sensation.

M- Oh my god! So silky and velvety. Nitro-tap really did wonders in this department.

D- Very drinkable porter. I could drink this one over and over and never get tired.

Overall, very happy to see this as on nitro-tap. Porters aren't my absolute favorite style, but this one was pretty flavorful and had a spectacular mouthfeel. About as sessionable as you can get.

Photo of thryn
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice looking. A dark brown, nearly black beer with a good finger of tan head that has some staying power.

Hugely roasty aroma. I'm in love! I'm getting some smoky peat, coffee, faint chocolate, and even maybe a hint of toffee out of this. Major roasty malt character.

A litle less comes out on the palate, but it's still a damn fine beer. All that roasty character is there, and the coffee notes are present. The chocolate is more subdued and there is some smoke. A nice bitter finish ends this one nicely.

Great in the mouth. A medium to full body, a bit chalky with ample carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Drinkability= OH HELL YES. This would be a candidate for the "you can only ever have one beer again, pick one" scenario.

Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to Domingo for this one!

A: Very dark for a porter, not a lot of light going through at all, slight red tinge. Nice creamy looking tan head, that dissipates as quickly as it formed.

S: Barley, smokey, a bit of chocolate, and roasted... A little bit of a bread type of a smell. You can really smell the dark roast..

T: A little tart, malty and bitter like dark chocolate. This one leans a little more towards bitter, when I had assumed it would be a little creamier. Still very good over all, and the bite from the bitter subsides as you drink it.

M: Lots of carbonation, the texture (not flavor) is a little watery, but overall pleasant.

D: A solid Porter, dark and delicious. Not my "go to" porter, but a big flavor for only 5%alc. One I will drink again for sure. (I have another 4 in the fridge!!)

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

A - Hello head! Got half a glass of it before I had even poured half the bottle. The light brown head shrank down after about ten minutes in order for me to finish it off. The head shrinks and holds at a nice coating on top. Very little lacing. The liquid appeads black but when held to a bright light it reveals itself as a dark ruby-like color.

S - Faintly of coffee and bread.

T - Surprisingly smooth and light. I get the roasted malts but not any coffee flavors even though I did smell them. Finishes with just a little bit of hop bitterness.

M - Coats the mouth and tongue nicely. No alcohol burn due to the low ABV. Very smooth.

D - You can have more then one with no problem. Great taste and great tasting.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer allowed to warm up for about 30 minutes, "070209" etched by a computer on the label. Best before dating? Pours dark dark brown, near black with some dark ruby highlight shining through the gloom. Dark tan head, creamy, frothy and then down to a tiny bubble film and leaving splattered strands and fine spots of lace after a bit more then a gentle swirl. The nose is the first highlight for me. Rich notes of dark chocolate are noted in prominence. Full flavor porter, more chocolate noted on the tongue, along with dark malts, and then a moderate drying hop presence late. Smooth on the tongue. Very enjoyable brew. Nice job here by Odell.

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

Pours a very nice opaque black with an inch of very thick white head. Very appealing!

Smell is strong, sweet malt, brown sugar, roasty, toasty stuff, sweet coffee and bitter chocolates.

Wow, absolutely delicious. Very flavorful and balanced Roast malty combine with the sweetness that makes Cutthroat pretty amazing stuff.

Very creamy mouthfeel and ridiculously drinkable. This is would be my go to session beer if I could get it out here in New England!

The label on this one is also absolutely amazing, a really nice looking woodcut. I wish I could get a poster of that.

Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, an anise-like earthiness and a hint of coffee with slight fruitiness and some dark bread.

The taste is of chocolate/toffee with nuts and a hint of coffee. An earthy, roasty background balances out the malty sweetness wonderfully. A robust porter that has a deep maltiness that stops short of a stout - great for the style. "Traditional", but with a certain "flair". It has a sweetish, roasty finish.

It is full-bodied for the style with a smooth creaminess. The carbonation gives a silky tone.

Very drinkable - chocolatey but not overly so. This one "disappears" too quickly if not "careful". A delicious, well-crafted, well-balanced brew that I probably like more than the individual parts show. A great example of an American Porter. If it were available in my area, I would grab a six-pack for a "sessionable" brew with character and great taste!

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

On tap at The Palm Restaurant in Denver. Enjoyed a pint with my tiramisu dessert after a big steak dinner.
The beer is deep black, with a thick hot-chocolate brown colored head. Thick, chunky lace, foam lasts right to the end. The aroma has lots of roasted malt, some cocoa, and coffee. The taste is great, just as expected. Roasted coffee, with chocolate malt - perfectly matched the coffee/chocolate/cream in my dessert.. Full body, but not too thick or heavy, clean dry finish. Smooth and filling mouthfeel, good carbonation. This is a good porter, but the setting, mood, and food pairing made it great.

Photo of mdcrouser
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and dark black, letting little to no light through its opaqueness, with only a small sliver of ruby red sitting at the bottom of the glass.

Cold coffee and sweet malts on the nose, filling the head like the smell of a local diner on Saturday morning, sitting too near the burnt coffee pot - it wakes you up in that sense.

Bitterness comes through with esperesso and a bit of smoke, closing faint carbonation and a little slickness in the mouth.

The only thing that separates this from a stout is that it's a little thinner and not as creamy.

Nevertheless, one of the more enjoyable porters I've had.

Photo of Rchap1
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have been drinking this for awhile, had the opportunity to try it on nitro at the brewery. Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about a finger of chocolate colored head. The nose is a bit smoky, with a slight oak smell along with burnt sugar and and a hint of dark chocolate. On the first sip, taste is quite similar to the nose, with the oak being the most prevalent flavor. Suitably bitter, a good taste for a typical American porter. Mouthfeel is full and bright, which makes this a surprisingly refreshing beer. I'd say the overall drinkability is pretty good, and this is one that I'll continue to buy.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from 12 oz. bottle.

Large light brown head, well carbonated. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is chocolatey sweet and roasty. Flavor is coffee and chocolate throughout. Like a bitter vanilla latte (says A). Medium body. Aftertaste is sweet, chocolatey. Alcohol slightly noticeable towards finish as it warms.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz single directly from Odell, about $1.50? This is a beer I've had many times before, but have never reviewed.

A: Nice dark brown, with khaki colored head, aggressive pour yielded an inch and a half of thick rocky head, that reduced to a film, leaving huge chunks of lacing. Nice tan/brown accents when held to the light.

S: Initially a big burst of coffee in the nose, underneath it are some milk chocolate, toffee and somewhat of a caramel tone as well, slight hint of vanilla too, coffee is somewhat burnt. Great smelling porter.

T: Excellent balance of coffee and chocolate flavors, a faint hint of hops, a little piney, but nothing overpowering, a very malty porter, milk chocolate is really pressing and strong, nice coffee bitterness lingers around. Not extremely complex, a good mild porter.

M: Slightly thick, lightly carbonated, and somewhat sticky, a very very faint hint of warmth, really a smooth, clean finishing beer, ranks with the best of them.

D: I've drank many six packs of this, some entirely in one night. This is a great session porter. Excellent beer.

Note: Recently this beer has been featured on nitro in a lot of places. The nitro really masks a lot of the flavors, I highly recommend drinking this one from a bottle before trying it on nitro.

Photo of ghebel
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - What initially looks black, is not. It is actually very dark brown with some translucentcy. The head is light brown and moderate.

S - Chocolate is dominate. But also has coffee-like aroma.

T - Burnt coffee and chocolate with a black patent malt type bitterness. Hop character is hard to discern. Sweet.

M - Smells and tastes like a stout, but is much less viscous and not as creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D - I like this porter. It is very drinkable and I could have a few without feeling too full. ABV is average.

Overall a good beer that I find myself buying over and over.

Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.