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Odell Cutthroat Porter - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

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387 Reviews

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 1,109
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 143
Gots: 156 | 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: 387 | Hads: 1,109
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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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 swizzlenuts
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is pretty much a deep brown colour and it has a nice big head, but a little bit of retention. A lot of carbonation. The nose is chocolaty and sweet. The beer has hints of chocolate and some sweetness, followed by a weird after taste that I'm not too fond of. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. Pretty drinkable though.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to the man known as Gillard for this one.

A: Pours a nice light blackish brown hue with an average sized head. Nice retention and no lace.

S: Hints of spicy rye, mild coffee, and dark chocolate on nose.

T: Lots of roasted malt up front with some faint chocolate in the middle. Light roasted coffee and lightly bitter finish

M: Fairly thin. Sort of soft yet creamy.

D: Good, not a bad porter at all.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4.8% ABV per this label.

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, near black, forming a poofy and soapy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice, but the flavor is better. The nose is permeated with green oily hops kept in check with roasted malts and chocolate, black walnut and vanilla. The mouthfeel is a little sharp and a touch sour with a medium body and moderate astringency in the finish. The taste begins with green hops, crisp clean water, a clean ferment...middle is chocolate, cocoa, black walnut. The finish has notes of green saplings and an aftertaste of grain husk.

So, this one is a little wierd. At first I liked it, but as it went along, it tasted too much like I was chewing on a tree. The hop choice doesn't do this beer justice as it's got a nice backbone ot chocolate, roast grains, coffee, and black walnut. Could have been a contender...as it is, I'll pass.

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Photo of mynie
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dertbert for the trade.

Completely opaque black with a nice little off brown head. Can't ask for much better from a porter.

Deep roasted malt and coffee mixed with what smells like adjunct rice.

Very warm flavor is harmed by a weak mouthfeel. Strong porter malt with warm chocolate moves into a dreamy smooth middle that ends on a very weak node of mashed grain. The flavor is varied and runs the gamut from excellent to mediocre.

A nice if unbalanced porter.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a short tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some roasted malt along with chocolate and coffee. The flavor isn't quite as integrated as the nose, with the coffee and chocolate not mixing all that well with the roasted character. Overall, however, the feel is quite good and this ends up drinking quite well, and I love how Odell has quite low ABVs on many of its regular offerings.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thank you kindly to pokesbeerdude for sending this generous extra my way! enjoyed from my hill farmstead tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured a pewter black with almost 3 fingers of foamy mocha cream colored head. as the head dissipated there was big chunks of lacing on the glass.

s - really nice blend of powdered chocolate and char that gives the beer a vanilla vibe too. robust roastiness too.

t - wow, that's huge...and robust. black malts. powder chocolate. char. roast. a bit intense.

m - char. burntness. fairly full bodied for a porter, but overall light to medium bodied. tingles in my mouth. fairly aggressive.

o - overall this is a big porter. extremely full robust flavor profile. i like my porters to be a bit more subdued.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice tan head...

This one is very true to the English Porter style...they definitely used European hops...

It's kinda like burnt toast with subtle chocolate undertones...

Mouthfeel is really light. It is balanced.

American clone of British classic style...Drink it fresh!

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Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 06/10/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting . The body is a deep, near black with just the slightest traces of mahogany when held to light. Lacing attaches itself to nearly every bit of glass available.

A delicious nose tempts me with dark, roasted malts carrying notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and mocha. A little molasses and roasted nut can also be found. This porter has a stronger aroma than many stouts.

Dark, roasted malts bring a dry, roasted coffee flavor with some sugary sweetness and notes of baker's chocolate and roasted nuts. The flavors are strong but not bold as they have an almost watery quality.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this is one very drinkable porter. The body is a little watery and has a very sessionable quality but still has a slight stickiness. The carbonation is not overly apparent which is very important in this beer, as more carbonation would really harm the flavors.

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Photo of walleye
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle, poured a ruby brown with a light tan head. aroma, some chocolate, malts, coffee, and some hops. flavor, roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of dark fruitts like plums. not to bad of a beer, I just might buy some more of this

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Photo of karengarys
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent black, leaving little head. After a few sips, it looks completely flat. Not even a ring of foam.

Smells pretty good, with bitter chocolate up front.

Taste consistent with the smell. it is refreshing, suprisingly so for a porter. Some sort of hop balance makes the whole drink remain clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy at first, and dissipates to thin oil.

The finish has a nice clean hoppy snap. chocolate remains after the drink, but the aftertaste is balanced with the hop cleanliness. a few sedonds later, there is no aftertaste.

It is somewhat thin bodied, but not bad.

this is an interesting brew worth trying. It's clean finish makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Pyrosixer9
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Thick, chunky off-white head. Pours black, with dark ruby highlights. Head sticks around right till the end. Little bit of lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Roast coffee, with a creamy kind of sweetness. Little bit of dark chocolate. A little too sharp for my liking, but still inviting.

T: Roasty and bitter. A bit of a smokey quality that lingers even after swallowing.

M: Much thinner than something like an Imperial Stout, but not quit aqueous. Moderate-high carbonation. Lots of bubbles. Really easy drinking.

O: A porter for the stout lover. This beer is perfect for those times that a stout might be a bit much, but you still want that roasty stout flavor. I love grabbing this one when I want a beer with dinner.

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Photo of Buebie
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black out conditions here, thin spotty lace trails, a good center cap of retention.
Roasty, almost wood like aroma, with a touch of chocolate grains.
Taste is dark as well, plenty of charred grain, a touch of wood and robust coffee chocolate. Mild sweet flavors lingering alongside the robust darker character, as well as a little vanilla and maple.

Mouthfeel is is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
Lingering caramel off the finish as well as roasted robust grains.

A great sessioner, perfect for the cold months.

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before June 5, 2012

A: nice head that fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Sweet, milk chocolatey roasted malt.

T: Same chocolate as the nose, but a tiny touch of char and some faint earthy hops on the finish.

M: Medium to full, but a bit fizzy.

O: A solid, somewhat non-robust porter that is remarkably drinkable. The reasonable abv helps.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass and Old Town Bistro

A - Pours a dark black with a one finger head. Head starts falling apart around halfway down the glass. Leaves behind decent lacing.

S - Chocolate malt and hints of coffee.

T - Chocolaty upfront. The body is pretty well balanced. Finnish chocolaty with a bitter-chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium-to-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. I would like to see a creamier texture.

I expected more out of this beer given how good their IPA was. To me it seemed to be good, but not great. Certainly something I wouldn't come back to here in Socorro with Black Butte so readily available.

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Photo of lynchmob9
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark syrupy brown. Head disappeared quick w/ no lace.
S - cocoa, brown sugar, milk chocolate, Nestlé quick.
T - espresso, dark chocolate, like 86% Trader Joe's cacao dark. Thin, mouthfeel disappears quickly but flavor lingers and grows.
O - like it. Couldn't have but one or two but was enjoyable.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one showed up in the January BOTM shipment. Pours a deep, dark black with an off-white, almost caramel colored creamy, frothy head. Lacing is thick and beautiful. Aroma almost strictly of rich roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark chocolate. Rich body holds a well-rounded flavor of coffee, anise, and very slight hop bitterness that becomes more pronounced on the finish. Overall a very good beer, but I'm not quite agreeing with the hype on this one. An excellent porter, yes, but I still prefer mine a little bit sweeter.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out more on the brown side of things than black. Aroma was hoppy, chocolate, coffee lesser in the background.

Taste is a robust mouthfeel of hops, malt, with the choco bitter coffee still playing a supporting role. Good stuff, great artwork.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as night, nice huge off white head, reduces to ring fast. Lots of cling lace.

S - First off the bat - coffee. Also, maybe a little smoke?

T - Coffee is there. But where it the malt? Very, very dry. Too dry for me.

M - Creamy, balanced for what it is. Good carb.

D - Not hard to drink. Just seems it could be more.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance and Pour - Love the nose on this one, dark and inviting. Hints of coffee and chocolate, folded into the roasted smell of malts. Pours into an English pint glass with a finger of lacluster foam, which dissipates to a spotty layer and doesnt linger down the glass. Burgundy-brown and clear body.

Taste- Lives up to the pour, tasting strong coffee and chocolate maybe even some berry tones. The malt is lost though, and the flavors quickly fade. A bit watery even...

Mouthfeel - Lackluster. Its wet, but after the flavors are gone there is no warming sensation, no dry or bitterness. Nothing remarkable at all really.

Overall - A decent try, but there are others in the style that pack the same flavor profile and have a way of making it linger. Value-wise, at the 9.99/6pk here in AZ I'll be moving on from this one...

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.