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Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2003

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 212
Photo of dhannes
4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a standard pint glass at about 40┬║.

A=Frothy foam and rich dark brown color...very inviting.

S=Faint but sweet...maybe some leather or tobacco.

T=Sweet and creamy...just the right amount of carbonation...just a tad lighter roast than I like.

M=Good...not quite as thick as I'd like, but...

D=Unlike most porters, I think I could drink 3-4 of these at a sitting due to the low carbonation and the thinner body.

Again, a favorite from my favorite category, but not brewed in Wisconsin...starting to think Wisconsin brewers can't brew porters as well as those from other states....

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thoroughly impressed with the superb porter flavor of this ale, all aspects of which make an uncommonly forward presentation. It is brown in appearance with a blush of purple and a camelhair head. An aroma of toffee and roasted grains wafts upwards enticingly. The flavor has roasted goodness integrated into strong malt sweetness with a brown malt finish. It is potent in its focused design, yet not intimidating.

Formidable and proud. Alongside Harmon's and Flyers' porter, Scuttlebutt's ranks as among the best in the Puget Sound region.

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Photo of Diagoras
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable porter with strong coffee and chocolate flavours. Good head of about 2cm from a 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Smells dark and wet, like a good porter should. Mouthfeel is average... not too chewy and not too light.

My new favourite porter!

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Photo of wattoclone
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

I have to drive to New Jersey to get this at a Total Wine. Of the 23 US porters I have tried this one is the most sessionable and is therefore my favorite.

The all important aroma and taste is all rich dark chocolate with coffee accents. A medium body porter that drinks smooth without any harshness. As the chocolate flavor diminishes the roasted malt and coffee linger to leave your palate wanting to take another gulp. This is a year round porter for dark beer lovers.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Pours a light chestnut color out of the bottle which develops into a shade of chocolate brown in the glass. The head is 2 fingers and stable, fluffy, leaving webby lace as it recedes.

Smell : Cocoa powder, roast malts, coffee, Krackle bar. Very inviting.

Taste : More coffee and roast malts than chocolate, which is okay. This is a very smooth porter. A little earth and nice hop bite but not too much. Fairly balanced, if a little staggered.

Feel : Roasted, smooth, lightly creamy, ending with a polite dryness.

Overall : This is a solid porter. I still don't know why this brewery doesn't get the ratings it deserves!

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Photo of biglite351
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - considerable red around the edges, very short off-white head.

S - solid roasted mails with maybe a touch of coffee and dark chocolate

T - roasted malts, touch of dried fruit, coffee and cocoa.

M - think feel but a good amount of tingle all over the tongue and top of throat.

O - tasty while light, a good combo for cinsistant drinking.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation with a tannish head

S: Roasted notes, coffee and chcolate

T: Toasted grains, chocolate, light coffee. Finbishes with a nice hearty, roasty note for a simple porter

M: Finish is roasted, medium bodied, sordove creamy and very tasty

D: Yes! Very good take on the style

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Photo of beertaster13
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a liquid black. The head is a decent sized mocha latte brown. The smell blasts you with roasted chocolates and buttery caramels. A slight floral hop is present. The taste is roasted chocolate coffee beans, nice toasty yeast. This is perfect with a nice steak and potatoe dinner, also great with a cheescake. Very nice.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks exactly like you would expect, it's a dark beer...how 'bout that?
With a little bit of foam, no less...
Smells like toasted malt, will wonders never cease?
I love the rich, sweet, slightly burnt, malty flavor. I feel a little guilty drinking these calorie bombs, but this one is a nice treat.
Best thing about it is that it's a local brewery whose other offerings are a little bit mediocre, so this beer redeems their stature in my mind's eye.
This beer would be a fine choice for any locals who are interested in trying some craft beer.
I see nothing but GOOD here.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, opaque sable with a thick, frothy, light tan head. Smoky, malty aroma has a firm overtone of molasses and hints of miso and coffee. Flavor has smoky, malty and nutty tones with hints of molasses and coffee and a bit of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a teensy on the thin side but still good. Overall, not excellent but worth at least trying.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black, with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruit and caramel malt with a bit of a roasted character to it.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong hop bitterness. Dark fruit and malt at first, then the bitterness immediately takes over. After the bitterness subsides, a very nice roasted coffee and chocolate character emerges.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

O: Better than I was expecting. Pretty solid American porter. Fantastic head, good nose, well balanced flavor, and a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of tbeck
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, black and very thick. Has a thin brown head that dissipates into a nice colar. No laciness. Aroma was a mixture of nuts, coffee and malts. Slight hint of sugar. Taste was good, balanced with coffee and nuts and a slight sweetness. Light texture for a porter, not very chewy. Excellent to have one or two, but a bit heavy to cram a six pack into a sitting.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance a deep dark brown with a dark brown half finger of foam on top that doesnt linger.

Aroma- chocolate roast grain I get cinnamon and nutmeg. A feint whiff of coffee

Taste- soem coffee even a little bit of smoke on the front end. some cocoa and even a touch of sweetness, the hops more or less balance out of this one. Not piney so much as earthy and herbal.

Mouthfeel- drier than I expected for a porter, medium/full bodied not so heavy in the mouth you couldnt have another.

Overall- not a flashy porter but not bad, I could have a few of them with this light dry finish. I think this would taste really good with baked goods. I dunno why but a cinnamon roll would compliment this very nicely.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, some flecks of brown. Very little foam. Nose is strong coffee, strong and pronounced. Taste is a flavorful, bitter, coffee throughout. Smooth, some carbonation. Mellow.

Reviews of this are down, I thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
The pour is very dark reddish-brown and clear but looking black in the glass, with a small light brown head. The head is mostly short-lived and produces little lacing.

Aroma: markedly appealing mix of medium and dark roasted malts and dark fruits, with hints of chocolate, sherry and coffee. Nice impression of sweet, dark baked bread.

Taste: Mildly sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, spicy hops, chocolate and caramel at the start. Gets progressively less sweet and more malty, with the dark roast and some smoke coming forward. Mildly bitter/sweet with a clear note of coffee and a touch of smoke at the end, and lingering for a good while afterwards in an aftertaste that ultimately turns mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; creamy in texture with a medium-low carbonation, but a light finishing bite.

Overall: a very good Porter that smells and drinks like a 'bigger', more expensive porter.

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Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter glass

A - pours up the expected obsidian opaque black with a big two finger caramel colored head. retention is fair. Lacing is good.

S - sweet molasses and chocolate, very rich and aromatic

T - This is the definite weakness. It has a typical porter flavor profile but there are two elements that just don't work here for me. The first is a cola like flavor. I'm good with that, but in this case it is too strong. The second is a big sour note which is more of a deal breaker for me. There is a mild earthy hop taste at the finish, but it is a little too understated for me.

M - decent carbonation, no real aftertaste.

O - drinkable but unbalanced. As a big porter fan, this one falls short of what I want my porters to be. (Smuttynose Robust, Bells, Founders, Sierra Nevada, and Old Leghumper are better examples.)

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a light tan head, average retention, no lace.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, hint of roast.

T: Nice dark chocolate flavour, smooth malt character. Light hopping in the finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied, a little to much fizz in the carbonation, it doesn't have the creaminess I like in porters.

O: It has its faults, but it tastes pretty darn good, sub-$4 bombers are hard to find especially with beer that's this good.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours pretty much black with a thin light brown head.

S: Light roasted malt and coffee with some chocolate covered banana and some powdery cocoa.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Light roasted malt. Traces of coffee, some light char and smoke and hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty good but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of gautch726
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a lavish red-white head. This beer falls within all of my visual hopes. Underneath the generous head lies a reddish-brown brew that promises a wonderful taste. Strawberries run strong with this one, dominating the taste and making a sweet and easy beer to drink. Not bitter at all. This beer is enjoyable, yet ultimately forgettable.

Thanks for the times, Scuttlebutt.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of a handful of Washington state breweries relatively new to the triad area.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with a well defined sticky light tannish colored head,a broken ring of lace was left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Caramel malt aromas dominated for me,a bit of dark fruit as well,very light earth from the hops.Flavors start out sweeter with caramel again dominant,a tinge of molasses and vanilla as well, a little rawness in the finish.Its a decent porter, not anything major going on here,but decent.

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Photo of masikon
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a fairly black color, however when held to the light some reddish amber hues shine through. The head i thought was very impressive, thick and lush and sandy brown...in a good way. It hung around fairly well until finally dissipating with some nice lacing. I was not impressed with the nose on this, slight coffee tones but fairly neutral and mild in scent. Taste was fair with coffee notes really dominating the palate. The real downfall for me was the mouthfeel...quite watery and thin, doesn't really stick around on the toungue. Drinkability I rated high because of the thin body and limited taste this ber goes down fast for a porter and doesn't leave you feeling as full as most others.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, strong on the burnt part. It's bold and I like it.
The taste has a good burnt malt to it with a touch of cream to balance it out. One sided but pretty good.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable if you like a bold porter.

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Photo of beer-fan-1
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Something has changed as ABV now 5.5% as has the bottle label. Color is dark. Really dark. Black enough light will not pass through. What light does go around the edge of the glass is a dark red hue. Head was tan, did not last, and left no lace. This can be poured to the top. Smell is chocolate. To me taste is chocolate with hint of coffee (expected) on the palate and hops on the tongue. Aftertaste is faint coffee and hops. Interesting combination but lingers well. Feel is smooth (again, expected). Similar to a cream ale.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Seattle. Black pour with a bit of lighter brown on the edges and a small cream head. Aroma of sweet coffee, toasty hard candy, and only a bit of roast. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly, with a nicely robust mouthfeel. Solid porter but on the sweet side. A little more roast would have really made this a great beer. I'll stick with Black Butte when I'm out west.

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Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Dark brown pour, almost black. Cream colored head, about a finger and quite frothy.

Aroma is a bit muted, malt, caramel, light earth.

Taste is much better. Roasted malt, toffee, ashy peat and some nice chocolates. Finishes with a little bit of that dry roast. Not a powerhouse here, but it is a good tasting lower abv porter.

Thinner bodied and mouthfeel, if there was just a bit more to it it would be creamy feeling. Obviously it goes down very easy.

If this were available and reasonable, I could see this on the daily drinker list.

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