Porter | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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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: 74 | Ratings: 215
Photo of Davd6310
1.86/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Just awful. Stouts and Porters are my favorite style. As others have said in their reviews there is a sharpness or bitterness to this. I cannot detect the hints of chocolate or coffee other reviewers mention. It is so bad I want some of my friends to try it simply for comparison sake...but I don't know if I want to subject them to this. I also tried their Amber Ale...which isn't bad.

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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 James954
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

Really a 1 dimensional brew in a decent way. All roasted malt and strong coffee finish. Not a beer that I would come back for a 2nd bottle.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown with head khaki / tan and a little durable. Nose: straightforward and promising of a balanced flavor profile. But that's not what I tasted. Before tasting things seemed promising if perhaps undistinguished. But on tasting the flavors seem unevenly distributed, with a mild opening, leading to a big "flat cola" aspect that hit mid-taste. After that a mild bitterness takes over, nothing extraordinary. But the flavor seemed to come in waves that weren't nicely integrated. Mouthfeel slightly creamy after holding it for a bit, but this fades fairly quickly. Overall, uneven.

Bottle stamp says LOT 1616 021

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour, 1/4" tan head. Aroma had some chocolate malt, nothing exceptional or shitty.

Taste was lots of chocolate malt, but not exactly chocolate. Some c hop bitterness. Above average chewiness and viscosity, some dark fruit bitterness and anise seeps into the mouthfeel. Chewiness enhanced by low carbonation.

Its ok to try, not good enough to repeat.

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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 pianoguy
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. no bottling info

The look is the definition of what a porter is supposed to look like. Deep black body with a tan head . Good retention, some lacing .

I noticed the the smell is really dependent on the serving temperature. Right out of the fridge it wasn't prominent at all, but as soon as it warmed up a bit it really took off. Smell is cocoa with roasted coffee beans.

Taste mainly follows the (warmed up ) smell but there is a slight hop presence too

Feel is a little thin for a porter

Overall a decent porter. Not the best, but not the worst, and a good value for the dollar.

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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 Jeffsta1
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine looking porter, but very average. Don't rebuy. OK if no other options.

Dark color.

Vaguely unwholesome smell.

Flavor of mild malt, and long dry, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ok.

Overall, meh.

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Photo of sa93
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Too dry for the style. Very light-bodied as well. Slightly weird, almost metallic taste at first, although it mellowed as it warmed up. Don't think I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Very bitter for a porter, roast grains bringing some stout like bitterness, almost black body supports a fluffy beige head. Burnt toast aroma leads into full on roast bitterness, overall body belies somewhat watery mouth feel

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful, dark, opaque brown with a creamy looking, though not long-lived, tan head.
Smell is roasted & toasted malts, some coffee, an astringent note with a touch of green wood. Well balanced.
Taste is coffee and burnt malts forward, a bit of the astringency and not a lot more.
Medium-ish body, lighter effervescence that tickles the whole surface of the tongue. Drying, fairly clean finish for the style. A little too burnt coffee for me, could definitely benefit with a bit of complexity.

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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 ramonjkk
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good smell and look. Very heady on the pour, a little too carbonated, a bit sour in the end. Still, it had some of the basic characteristics of most porters. Nothing to brag home about. Would not buy a six pack of it, but an ok beer if you want a porter and can't find a better one.

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Photo of delta490
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a deep inky black with no light getting through anywhere. There's a creamy tan head than lasts around the circumference and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is very mild, but does have some hints of chocolate amongst the roast malt. The taste is mostly very roasted malt (you could say burnt) with some light earthy hops on the finish. There's a nice silky feeling and solid weight to the body. A good porter.

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Photo of Auraan
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice deep, almost black/brown with a reddish tint and a half finger of off-white head. About right for a porter. It looks true to form and quite nice. Scents of roast malt, black coffee, dark cocoa, some creamy vanilla-like aromas and some soy sauce. A good, typical porter aroma. Nothing amazing, but pleasant. Taste begins with roast malt, some dark chocolate, black coffee notes, sweet caramel flavors, some slight fruity flavors, faint vanilla and some slight sour flavors. These flavors are sustained throughout the sip and into the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with roast malt and burnt vegetable matter notes. A bit sweeter than some other porters, but fairly true to style, nothing out of the ordinary, but that's good sometimes. Not too complex, pleasant and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, and a somewhat creamy feeling. Quite easy to drink, as a porter should be, though the carbonation may be just a touch too high. Overall this is a good porter. Its nothing out of the ordinary or amazing, but it is a good, down-to-earth session ale. If that's what you want this is a good bet.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours with a really large sea foam like head. light tan color. good lacing along the glass. decent head retention. nice dark porter with little light shining through. I would have to say so far so good.

S- a malty roast note. however, it has a syrupy kind of smell to it. almost like its going to be super sweet. the longer you smell it the more and more it seems to take on vanilla coffee aroma. Creamy.

T- Very sweet. Milky with a caramel vanilla flavor to it. The syrup factor is very prominent. It starts to mold into a coffee maple syrup kind of flavor.

M- Very slippery by porter standards. for such a huge head in the beginning I expected alot more of a creamy foamy texture. I was looking for full body and this came up way short.

O- As I am not a huge fan of porters as much as I am of stouts and such, I expect alot out of my porter when I do drink them. The appearance of this gives all the hope in the world for it to be a great beer. The syrup factor of the nose and taste were a disappointment. However it is a very drinkable beer. It doesn't overwhelm the palate nor leave a cloying aftertaste. I would drink again if offered but I would not go out of my way for this one. I would lable this a average middle of the road porter.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which displays more than adequate retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a slightly translucent, dull chocolate brown which shows hints of garnet and maroon when held up to the light. Lacing is bands of sheeting extending far above the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very subdued but still shows a bit of complexity. Roasted notes are most prominent but the background shows a sublime mix of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and toffee. Some milk and cream. Stronger caramel and coffee from the bottle. Swirling reinforces the milk aspects of the aroma.

Taste- Mild roasted notes after a thin sour/sweet front. Sweetness tries to grow in tandem with some coffee aspects but falls flat. Some generic raisin or even grape- something vinous and slightly cloying. Not even raisin- just a vague syrup that I do not enjoy. It would not be so problematic if it didn't flatten out the entire flavor profile. Still, some roasted notes with bits of chocolate and cocoa that manage to show through. It does settle down which renders it mostly boring. Just above average. This criticism results mostly from the lack of presence that this beer exhibits. It's soft and accessible but it does nothing for me. Slightly above average. But this beer is really bland- average is the best that it can do.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied which would seem full enough if this beer wasn't too carbonated. Too much zing. A porter should never border on carbonic.

Drinkability- It doesn't taste like much of anything so it's pretty easy to drink. In line with craft beer prices but nothing I would ever buy again.

Overall- The word I keep using for this beer is boring. Sure, try it. It doesn't offend in anyway but I don't think it ever will amaze. This is less expressive than the Session Black I was drinking before it.

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Photo of dwren89
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: black and opaque with thin brown head

Aroma: roasty with a subtle dark fruitiness, not overwhelmingly aromatic

Taste: roasty and well balanced with a little fruitiness, easy drinkability

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, easy drinkability

Overall: Not bad overall, nothing revolutionary but definitely a solid choice. Roasty and medium bodied.

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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 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 dtivp
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a one finger mocha head that fades quickly into a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of dark coffee, hints of dark chocolate and malt.

Taste is dominated by dark roasted bitter coffee with a slight chocolate sweetness.

Mouth Feel is light body and carbonation, a little watery and slightly dry.

Overall an okay porter, needs a little more body and a little more balance to offset the bitterness.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with 1/4 inch head and no lacing.

Smell is mostly coffee with some cocoa bringing up the rear.

Taste is equally coffee and chocolate and pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable with high carbonation.

This is somewhat lighter than most porters I've come across. A pretty solid effort.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with char and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the roasty bitterness borders on acrid in my opinion.

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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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