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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

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385 Reviews

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Reviews: 385
Hads: 1,105
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 144
Gots: 157 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 385 | Hads: 1,105
Photo of Taybeh
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a single into an Odell snifter (tasted side-by-side with Deschutes', GL's, and Founders' porters)

a: big 2 finger tight bubbly off-white head, dark brown with some reddish tints in the light
s: a little milk chocolate and caramel sweetness, bready and roasty malts, faint minty hoppy edge that's hard to discern
t: follows the nose...nicely integrated flavors, nice balance between warm breadiness, slightly charred roasted chocolatey coffee, and some faint citrus hoppiness.
m: very nice and fairly substantial, medium carbonation, not quite as smooth as the best but a pleasure to drink

overall, great stuff and like 80 shilling, a wonderfully balanced beer. In comparison with the other great widely distributed porters, it wasn't quite as rich and smooth and chocolatey as Founders, but it gave GL's a run for second even though it balanced flavors in a really different way. Impressive.

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Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Odell made a great drinking porter here. I have to remind myself not everything is a double stout and that there are other options. Flavor is wonderful. I love the hints of coffee and chocolate, there's nothing overpowered about it. Nice hops at the end, great finish.

Great drinking porter, nothing overcomplicated, just a nice beer to have.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sometimes you don't want to mess around with flavored porters. Sometimes you want a smooth and somewhat robust Porter that's traditional and satisfying. Look no further because this is the Porter for you. As the description says, it's definitely not a stout and is a straight shooting Porter that will satisfy any beer snobs palette. Smooth mouthfeel, dark and robust flavor, I want one now that I'm writing this review. Go out and get yourself one.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled February 18, 2015) to a snifter.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces a tall head of more than two fingers. The foam is light mocha in color and it leaves a wisp of lace. Pretty good retention. The beer is a good looking, dark-brown color (nearly black) with red-ruby highlights on the edges.

S-The aroma is nice and chocoately -- both milk and dark chocolate (and cocoa powder) come to mind. There is a little hint of citrus hop in there and a twang of cold coffee bitterness.

T-The taste is smooth with more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. It almost has some stout-like cream flavor in there. I also taste some caramelized barley malt, and that light citrusy twang on the finish from the hops.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-Despite living in Colorado for nearly all of the my legal-drinking-age-life, I don't think I have ever tried Cutthroat until now and I'm sorry that I haven't. It is a nice drinking porter that provides a solid, if somewhat simple, flavor and nice drinkability.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby and brown pop out in this dark brew. Head is a light khaki, fluffy and laces nicely.

Fairly roasted and sweet with chocolate, caramel, and a slight marshmallow, cream, and hop.
Nose is a little more nuanced and enjoyable for me.

Fairly light which is expected at 5% with some crisp carbonation and a slight bitterness.

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Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a ruby red hue through out. A two finger, rocky beige head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace left all the way down the glass.
S: Light roast and coffee. Just a bit acrid in the nose. Baked bread and chocolate. Very nice.
T: Some roast up front, but the coffee beans take over. Bakers chocolate that is slightly bitter, toasted malts and bready. Really enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, but ultra smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

I am glad bottles finally made it to Texas. I can never have enough good porters in the fridge. I will certainly have to make room for this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, a rich dark brown color with a light tan head (about 1/4 inch) dissolving to a lacy foam in about a minute. Light malty slightly sweet aroma with a hint of something maybe earthy or charcoal. Toasty malt flavor with notes of coffee and molasses. Very lightly hopped. Pretty mild overall with only a slight bitterness. Very drinkable, not sure about the 99 from Bros.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: black as the night, at some moments you can see through the dark carmel hue, marvelous..

S: typical sweet porter smell, to me that earns a 4.5! I love it dark :)

T: Its a porter, but on top of that, dark, sweet, smokey, ooowee. what is this? 4.75

M: Thick and smooth, reminiscent of summer BBQs. Wow, I can't fathom the idea of a brew with all these attributes but damn, here it is.

O: yuuuup

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from Blackfriars, Glasgow (£4.50):
Quite a nice and definitely an enjoyable beer, one that went down quite easily despite not being just as good as I had been hoping going in. The taste was a little basic perhaps with the roasted malts and cocoa seemingly dominating without overpowering. A solid effort but I'm not confident it's a beer that I'm likely to pick up again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%

Odell, Odell. Let's see if you put too many hops in this beer as well.

Appearance (4) : This beer pours a foamy beige head about three fingers tall. The body is chocolate brown/roast coffee black in appearance, sitting at about 90% opacity. The foam head leaves rings of lace as it descends into a 2 finger stationary.

Aroma (3.75) : Some roast chocolate coffee bean, a little gunpowder, actually a lot of gunpowder...and some charred wood notes in there too. Bouquet is weak, it takes a lot to snort this one into my brain's signal pathway.

Taste (3.25) : A little malt but as usual these guys f**k it up by putting too many hops in their vat. Hop bomb with roasted bean.

Yeah...let's try to be constructive. Beyond the grassy wall of hop there's some light roasted coffee flavors and light licks of roasted malt on the finish. The hop dryness comes back with authority and lays itself on your tongue after the swallow. Belches come up tasting like a Pale Ale. Not cool, guys.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : About average for a porter, it's within spec. Light-to-medium bodied, mildly creamy, with a touch of zing for carbonation. Buzzing underneath the tongue.

Overall (3.42) : I've gone from being really optimistic with whatever Odell has to offer, to pretty much hating them. No, I gave them a fair shake. Just read my reviews. I've tried half a dozen, if not more, of their beers, and only one (Comes and Gose) have I really honestly enjoyed. All of their beers are hoppy beyond the style, and ruin it for me. My philosophy is that hops are great for balance, except in pale ales where they SHOULD override the malt. Odell just applies that pale ale method to every beer they brew. So a porter? Imagine a porter with pale hops. A stout? Imagine a stout with pale hops. Just imagine any beer, and add a dump truck of hops to it. It's really frustrating unless you are a hop head.

For me? A sucky porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby highlighted, brown to black coloring, with a foamy, fluffy, clingy, tan head. Nose of bitter coffee forward, with a cream and cocoa highlight, and hints of roasted notes. Flavors of bitter roast coffee, chocolate highlights, roasted notes, and hints of char. Dry, smooth bodied, with a roasted and bittersweet aftertaste. Dry, smooth finish. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Cocoa, toasted, nutty malt, and a touch of roast form the aroma. Nutty malt dominates. Flavor reveals a base of lightly roasted malt and coffee, with toasted nuts hitting mid palate, and a lightly bitter finish. Dark cocoa hints weave throughout, but aren't as evident as I'd hoped. There's a light acrid bite.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

This is probably my favorite porter. Rich, smoky, roasty and very drinkable thanks to the low alcohol content. Goes great with beef dishes and is one of my go-to beers in the winter. Definitely give this beer a try, you will become a fan very quickly.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee malts. A little bit of alcohol. Surprisingly sweet. Hint of bready malts. Appearance is a dark brown with a big light brown head. Literally one of the most impressive head retentions I’ve ever seen. Lots of lacing. Taste is the same as the aroma. Creamy, roasted coffee and chocolate. A little bit of smokiness as well. Despite the creaminess, it remains a little thin for my taste. Overall, a solid porter. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a dark brown. smallish had but great aroma. Nice roasty notes with some coffee. Taste has great roastiness and smooth dark chocolate hints. Smooth, drinkable. Mouthful is slightly creamy yet crisp. Some hop bite at the back end. Well done porter Odell!

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Photo of stallion_air21
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Smell wasn't anything exciting. A normal porter smell but with a deep smell a great coffee smoky flavor fills the nose, which really bring excitement for the first taste.

The first taste is good nothing special just a good porter taste. But the smoothness really helps the overall experience. The full tongue flavor/tingle is good but there is a lack of head that fills the rest of the mouth.

Overall this is a good beer to drink and relax with. With a low ABV of 5% it's a good drink to eat with and talk with friends.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smokin' good looking on the nitro pour. Tons of off white to light brown foamy had and gobs of sticky sheeted lace. Beer itself is a deep amber and is actually mostly clear.

Flavor is pretty roasty, especially for a nitro pour, which often mutes some flavors. Tinges of brown malt, dark coffee and chocolate, and burnt. Very tasty!

Great body on the nitro, smooth as a baby's head.

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Photo of nreed
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm new to craft beer so please excuse excuse me if I don't seem to know what I'm talking about.

When pouring the beer I could smell the chocolate and coffee flavors and got excited. I have had stouts that I absolutely hated, so I've stayed away from stouts and porters. However this and Sam Adams Cream Stout is making me reconsider. When tasting it, I got the same chocolate and coffee tastes that I got in the smell. It drinks fantastically smooth and made me want another, so I drank another.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Odell Brewery - Ft. Collins, CO - June 17, 2013 (Review from my Notes)

A - Dark brown, with 1 finger of head and lots of sticky lace left on the glass. Perfect looking Porter
A- Smoked dark brown malts. Oaky notes
T - Tasty! Chocolate notes, smoked oaky flavor. Well balanced porter. And at less than 5%, this has alot going on
M - Medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.
O - A very enjoyable porter, easy to drink, tasty, low ABV. Perfect

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Photo of Foyle
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 2" fluffy beige head recedes slowly. Significant lacing. Dark red (nearly black) appearance with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry finish.
Flavor: Bold coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, some citrus rind hops in the finish.
Overall: Outstanding porter.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint. Best before 5/3/14

A - Decent clarity, dark brown. Great cap of tan head that holds strong. Tons of lacing.

S - Huge munich malts. Fainter chocolate. Clean.

T - Rich toasty malts that are bright. Roast malts dry up the flavor. Sweetness is minimal. Finish is crisp and aftertaste is short.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Malt pops in the taste and is never really sweet. Great look, very sessionable.

Recommendation - Easy to drink a six pack and well worth it.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into 3/4 glass.

Thick black with an off white head, good retention.

Smell - Caramel, Brown Sugar, Coffee

Taste - Caramel and Coffee all the way through, slight hop kick at the end

Mouthfeel - Smooth, goes down easy, so smooth you can't tell it's 5+%

Good for after a days work and even at a BBQ with a steak.

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Photo of GaBeerGarden
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth American Porter with a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. Pours smooth with a small white head that remains on the rim of the pour. Aroma of chocolate malt and nuts. Lighter than expected from the deep brown color. A nice finishing beer for the day.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter on a cold icy Sunday morning. Deep dark and thick with a chocolate brown color...almost black. Nice off white head, dissipated rather quickly. Sticky lacing throughout review.

Mostly bitter dark chocolate on the nose...maybe a hint of caramel coffee.

Nice carbonation on a medium balanced mouth feel...a semi sweet tootsie roll creaminess in the middle followed by a dry dark bitter chocolate finish. As with the beginning of the taste the finish is a hit of tiny bubbles popping in my mouth/throat.

A decent porter from Odell, I prefer mine a little more sweet, the bitter finish lingers a little long for my liking. Gets better as it warms, probably won't buy again but wouldn't turn a free one down...

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for bringing this beer up north last summer.

A: Pours a black-brown with 4 fingers of dense tan head which slowly dissipates to a 2 finger puffy layer with plenty of lacing.

S: Rich pudding cake, malty sweet with caramel sugars together roasted coffee. Slightly alcohol esters on the finish.

T: Dark cocoa powder, caramel and roasted coffee. Taste is similar to the smell but is more bitter and less sweet.

M: Smooth medium bodies with low carbonation.

O: One of the better porters I've had - the taste is a bold as many stouts and it is only the lower ABV that points to a porter - worth seeking out if you can find it in your area or can find someone to trade it with you.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.