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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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895 Ratings

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 123
Gots: 74 | 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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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.

BEERchitect, Sep 12, 2007
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!

nouseforotacon, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic, yet standard, porter form Odell brewing. Picked this sixer up in Fort Collins, Colorado and brought a couple bottles back to Minnesota as a stellar example of an American porter. Pours beautifully into a Odell Cutthroat Porter pint glass. Opaque black color with brown highlights and a cream colored, rocky, velvety head with good lacing. The smell is nutty, yeasty and full of coffee and chocolate. The taste is wonderful, with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, and nutty flavors with some dark fruits and a juicy hop bite. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, with velvety carbonation. What I particularly like is the absence of sourness present in so many more pedestrian porters. Fantastically drinkable, would be great cold on a summer day or cellar temperature any other time of year.

sacrelicio, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of kguyty
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice tan head pours and sticks around for a little while. Once the head disappears, a nice lace stays present. It is a nice dark brown color. The smell is of coffee and roasted malt. There is also a nice smell of chocolate present. This tastes like sweet coffee and dark chocolate mixed together. A nice combination that is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is a little bubbly for me, but not too bad. This is a very good beer.

kguyty, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

07/10/07- Purcahsed at "The Liquor Store", in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date imprinted on the lower side of the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown in color approaching black. One inch head upon the pour and leaves a nice ring of creamy foam on the finish. Off white in color with lace patches here and there.

Smell- Very deep roasted malt. Smells like a tad burnt as well. Maybe a whiff of bitterness from the hops to come.

Taste- Hopes vanished after the first sip of being a tasty beer. Very watery. Best way to describe this beer is carbonated water with a bit of super roasted malt and a dash of liquid smoke. Some bitter hops to back it up, but just not flavorful at all.

Mouthfeel- As stated above. Carbonated water carbonation and super thin.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this one if I ever see it again.

GClarkage, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle with a freshness date of 7/9/07. Served in my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a very dark brown/black color with about a finger of tan head that leaves minimal lacing on the inside of the glass. Smells of lightly roasted coffee and malts, as well as some bread and chocolate. Tastes of bitter roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Sort of like a chocolate malt. Rather smooth and creamy in the mouth with a surprising touch of alcohol considering the label states 4.8% ABV. Finish is dry and slightly bitter with medium carbonation. A really good porter that packs a lot of flavor. Definitely worth a try. Wish I had more.

ClockworkOrange, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with brown edges and a smell like coffee, very nice. The head was a like a creamy blanket lying on top of the beer. I was told that along with Easy Street Wheat, this is Odell’s only unfiltered beer. The taste was roasty and also a little smoky like grilled meat. Mouthfeel was very creamy due to the nitro and it was appreciated but I wonder what the beer was like naturally and why the need for nitro? I liked this beer mostly except for the smokiness. I am also not sure if I like “nitro”, what is the point, can’t they just cask it? The cask IPA I had at Odell’s was so creamy I can’t imagine a better mouthfeel.

ArrogantB, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in trade with Bort11 - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with a date on the label but don't know if bottling date or best by date (why have a date if you aren't gonna label it?) into a pint glass. It was pitch black even against a light. It had a two finger tan head that slowly settled into a thin film. Good lacing. The aroma was roasted and chocolate malts. The taste was excellent. It was well balanced and had a good bite without a too bitter finish. This is a style that has moved to my top 3-4 and this is a great example of that style. I've enjoyed all the Odell's I've had but this is tied with Easy Street as my favorite of theirs. Also had fresh at brewery during my last trip to Ft Collins and it was awesome! Not available here in Texas so will have to trade and ship more. Highly recommend (4.5, HR, ML, Y)

TexIndy, May 16, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Dated best by 070907. The body was dark brown/cola colored and free of sediment. The head lingered and was an off-white color.

Smell was cocoa powder and ground coffee. Pleasantly acidic aroma.

Taste was tart/tangy. Roasted malts, mildly burnt toast. Bittering aftertaste. Nicely balanced elements.

Mouthfeel was very carbonated and medium in body. A bit too much for my idea of a fine porter.

Cresant, May 15, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color. Rocky tan head pours two fingers thick with decent retention. Thin sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Roasted coffee. Wet earth.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter choclate are followed by Pacific Northwest hops add a nice bitterness that tickles the tongue. Rich roasted caramel malts with an astringent twnag are followed by the sweetness of molasses and a biscut presence. Soft ghost smoke and wet earth like flavors.

M: Silky smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Incredibly rich and thick for a porter. The mouthfeel of this beer makes it seem bigger than it actually is. Very tasty and satisfying indeed. A well carfted brew.

Tyrawlings, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured black as a Porter so it satisfied that one...it wasn't fizzy and yellow. There was a small 1/8" head of different sized tan bubbles that fell within about 30 seconds to end up as a small ring around the edge of the glass and a little bit of lace.

Aroma: Considerable dry roasted malt presence along with a mild toastiness and a little bit of sweet caramel. There are quite a bit of hops in this beer that contribute a mild floral note but a more defined grassy note. As it warms, the roastiness is coming out more assertive and is giving the aroma an acidic tinge.

Taste: The flavor is really malt driven with a defined dry roasty edge that comes at you head in the beginning. This doesn't run the show the entire time fortunately. It starts to mellow out about the midpoint of the sip and turn toward being balanced and somewhat watery. The finish is decidedly acidic with lots of roastiness to linger on the back of the throat. The bittering hops are pretty reserved as the acidity of the dark malts balance any sweetness from the malt in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and in all actuality it is a good example of one end of the Porter spectrum. I reviewed the Bells Porter before this one which was a lot more drinkable due to the malt balance. The roast is a bit harsh for my palate on this one, but it isn't out of style. I would drink this beer again as it is pretty decent.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of briman
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Huge, fluffy brown head. Excellent retention, tons of lace.

Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, & some coffee.

Flavor has roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate and moving towards a more dominant roasted coffee/black malt characteristic going into the dry finish. English hops couple with the black malt to provide a fairly moderate bitterness that lingers slightly into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Maybe a little thin, could have a bit more body for my taste. Balance seems good. As the label states, it's more like an English/London style porter than the American style it's listed as. Drinkability is good, I could see having a few of these in a sitting.

briman, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice medium foamy head with great retention. Aroma of chocolate malt with some nice roasted notes is really enjoyable. Taste is dominated by the chocolate malt with again some nice roasted malt to balance and light hops at the end. Body is quite full but could have been creamier IMO. I have to admit that this is very well done and would be nice as a session porter considering the low alcohol %.

Phyl21ca, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy tan head which hung around for awhile, some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, slight hops, mocha/toffee/caramel. The taste is very nice reminds me of a stout really, malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best by date March 2007, Sampled January 2007
This beer has an almost two-finger thick, brownish tinged, tan colored head that sits atop a black beer. The aroma has a large roast grain driven character; notes of espresso, toasted bread, burnt toast, and burnt caramel all have a presence. A nice, smooth, lightly sweet chocolate note is also quite prominent; in fact that has a concentrated, dark chocolate malt ball note to it. In the end this has a huge aroma to it, it is large and pronounced and quite enjoyable.

Nice and thick on the palate as well; chewy, chocolate-like, malt sugars stick a bit to the palate, though this beer is in no way heavy. This finishes with a mix of roast-grain driven acidity and a solid bitterness that is both hop and burnt grain derived. Chewy notes of burnt biscuits (along with a bit of astringency), toffee, dark chocolate, and a mix of light and dark roast coffee bean notes.

Wow, I just checked out the alcohol on this; this beer drinks way bigger than it is, not because of the alcohol (which is quite hidden), but because of the concentrated malt flavors. I could have easily been convinced this was 8% alcohol. This is my kind of beer, full of flavor, yet ideal for a long session of drinking. This had the telltale signs of being a great beer simply by the fact that before I knew it my beer was gone.

Gueuzedude, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a jet black color with a one-finger mocha head. Leaves small amounts of lace.

S - Smelled of caramel and chocolate.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and coffee notes. It has a sweet taste at the swallow.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This may be one of Odell's best beers. Great flavor.

zeff80, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black color, huge head, and huge lacing.

Beer smells vegetal, bright, and somewhat coffee like.

Flavor is very good. Toasted malts, a touch of bitterness, and a very coffee like quality throughout this one.

Mouthfeel is good, but I like a bit more from porters.

Overall.. a tasty porter that is quite drinkable. Certainly session worthy... hand me another...

This is a good effort from Odell.

flexabull, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of johnyeast
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish carmel brown, almost black in color with a one inch beige head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt. Sweet and rich in taste with notes of roasted grains. This beer goes down smooth. I prefer the nitro to the standard draft or bottle. I would put this one on my top tier of favorite beers. Other words that describe Cutthroat Porter on Nitro are creamy, frothy and yummy. A great beer that I got from the source at the tasting room of Odell's in FC.

johnyeast, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Realale
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with burgundy highlights when lifted to the light. Very fine mocha head settles to a complete cap and leaves nice lacing.

Rich brown bread and chocolate malt dominate the nose. There is a liquerish edge to the nose, and a touch of deep fruitiness. Very nice and quite complex.

Loses something in the mouth. Medium weight, but a real malt fest that is broken up only by a touch of the fruitiness. Good length, but a bit ponderous and flat.

Mouthfeel contributes to the imbalance, and leads me to tire of this after a bottle or two. Solid porter, but not my favorite.

Realale, Nov 30, 2006
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1 1/2" tan head that is dense and spongy. Good retention at around 1" for awhile. The porter is dark brown with some garnet at the edges. Great lacing.

S - Creamy coffee. Roasted malt. Chocolate undertones and just a touch of smokiness.

T - Cold coffee without the astringent bitterness. Molasses. Dark bitter chocolate. Smokiness carries through a little from the aroma. Low bitterness with a nice roasty finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch below medium. Low carbonation that fits the style. Smooth porter.

D - Very nice porter with excellent drinkability. I wish i could get it here.

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
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.