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: 73 | Ratings: 214
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 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 rtig
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like a diverse selection of beers and rarely have the same one twice.

Porter was a poured from a 1 pt 6oz bottle which yielded a very appealing deep dark brown chocolate color.

Aroma of malty coffee and chocolate

Taste was similar but with a hint of smoke

This porter was a little more carbonated which I liked and added to the mouthfeel

Overall a pretty good porter which I would drink two in a row.

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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 KajII
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a very dark brown, almost black with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that was mostly lasting, but retreated finally to a thin foamy layer of residue producing some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a hint of ash.

The taste was mildly sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit and chocolate from the onset but got progressively mildly bitter with a good note of coffee and a touch of smoke at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with the smoky coffee flavor left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body and a bit watery yet still quite creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a good and solid Porter with a light fruitiness and a nice mild smoke presence at the end.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle, poured in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin half finger tan head. Black in color.

S- Chocolate and toasted malts, caramel notes as well.

T- Chocolate and toast malts, just like the smell foretold.

M- Heavy body and well carbonated.

O- Yummy porter. Too carbonated for me though.

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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 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 Jayli
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 1/6
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy, deep brown with a 1/2 inch of light brown, fizzy head that recedes immediately. Minor wisps of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose is toffee, caramel, and chocolate.

T: Taste is toffee at the for front, followed by a healthy dose of dark fruit mingled with a ... grapefruit hops? Bitter bakers chocolate comes through and mingles with a bready flavoring to fill out the middle. Finish is roast and a touch of coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, prickly prickly body that is very distracting.

O: Goes down somewhat difficult, alright tasting, not too filling, moderate kick, not a great representation of style. The flavors are off balanced and the carbonation on this is so over the top that I would never seek this beer out again.

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Photo of Beejay
1.64/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Very deep black, there is a good amount of caramel head on top, with quite a few larger bubbles interlaced in the foam.

S: Some roasted grain notes, as well as a bit of tartness. There is almost a dairy type smell in there somewhere.

T: Tart, sour, acidic, but the finish is roasted grains, and a dry tannic grain flavor.

M: Fairly thin, the carbonation is somewhat fine in size, and fairly low.

O: Overall, I think something bad has happened to this beer. Tart, sour, and sharp. Not at all what a porter should taste like. This is my first beer from this company, not sure if it is infected, or just plain bad. Drain Pour

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
1.74/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not even worth reviewing, this beer missed the style mark big time. After one sip it tastes sour and metallic, assuming it was infected? Either way it was a drain pour for sure. After reading some other reviews it seems I'm not the only one who found a bottle with this problem. AVOID!

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Photo of Kromes
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Black with ruby highlights and a thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malts, Sweet dark fruit, and stale coffee.

T: Initially there is a chocolately flavor that is quickly overcome by a very sour and acerbic flavor. The finish is all citrus rind bitter and it lingers.

M: I wasn't anticipating a sour beer, so the mouthfeel on this is pretty bad. Mouth Puckering sour.

O: I'm a big fan of porters and this one is definitely not good. Based on other reviews, I'm pretty sure that something went horribly wrong with this particular batch.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an opaque black with a full inch of dark tan head accompanied by bits of lacing. Retention time is lengthy as the head finally resides at a 1/8 inch ring around the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam.

S- Sort of an odd chemical-like aroma with faint malt and spice in the background. Barely any hops detected.

T- Totally different from anything I've ever tasted. At first there's a spicy/sweet smoothness but it abruptly collapses into a malty mess. Sort of tastes like what the inside of a Prius smells like...only burnt. Hey, I'm tasting a weird beer, so you're getting a weird description. Rubber aftertaste.

M- Creamy mouthfeel, I'll give it that. If only it could actually save this beer. Medium carbonation.

O- I wish I could understand what they were going for with this one, but I just can't. Strange brew indeed.

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Photo of azorie
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown/black in color, hard pour got 3/4 inch head. some lacing.

S: Burnt coffee and chocolate malt. very bread like yeast nose. Bitter smell comes off it as it warms more.

T: a Tart bittersweet chocolate and coffee Taste dominates. Fairly bitter hop wise for porter, was a tad overpowering at first. Citrus like hops flavor overpowers this porter and make it not to style IMHO. Its not undrinkable.

M: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. thick and a tad mineral like bitterness on after taste.

O: well on 3rd of a six pack, not all at once. its not a bad beer after having others, but today it was the first and it did not do it for me. I feel like its too hoppy for style. But its a west coast beer, so you know....

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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 jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, no date.

black, with garnett colored highlights when held to the light. 1/2" khaki head that fades fairly quickly. aroma of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, and some acidity. taste is very similar. medium body, moderate carbonation. fairly smooth.

overall, about an average porter. I'd recommend.

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Photo of rel
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my second Scuttlebutt. The first I had was an amber and I enjoyed it. I ate this along with a heavy chocolate cake, and this definitely effected my tasting of the brew. I strongly believe in pairing food with beer, and this should have been a good choice, but the cake was delicious, and the beer was overpowered.

Appearance, black like crude oil.

Smell was nice. Heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee. Porter, check.

The taste was off for me. I expected something sweet, deep chocolates, malts. I got the roasted malts, but they were accompanied by heavy smokey and acidic notes. The aftertaste had some spice I could not place.

Mouthfeel was watery, a little bitter.

This isn't a strong review. This is a Scuttlebutt Porter next to some crazy good chocolate cake review. That's a big part of my beer adventure though, and it will definitely continue to accompany my tastings.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

One of the better selections I sampled at Scuttlebutt. Basic porter all around, pretty much. Brown-black color with a light tan head. Aromas of dark malts, roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. More of the same in the taste: roasty malts, coffee bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate smoothness. Some light herbal notes noticeable. An average, medium-bodied porter, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of doughanson78
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark. Slight blood red tinge. No head what-so-ever (got one with a very aggressive pour). Went away quick. Was kinda tan. Lots of carbonation. Hardly any lacing.

S: Chocolate malts. Little espresso. Maybe a little pine. Faint alcohol. Burnt caramel.

T: Burnt coffee or stale coffee. Little burnt chocolate aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied. Metallic.

O: Not great. Again from Scuttlebutt. Strike 2. Come on hometown hero's! Hopefully the Gale Force IPA can make a come back.

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Photo of beagle75
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color surrounding an opaque core with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and a few specks of yeast sediment gather at the bottom.

S: Prominent roasted malt imparts a whiff of nutty coffee. Carbon dioxide is noted for its conspicuous absence from the smell, adding to the appeal by making the dark flavors deeper and heavier.

T: Begins off-dry, with moderate roasted malt that loses intensity as acidity surges toward the middle. Thin dark fruit is left in the middle as acidity recedes, making flavors seem confused--but not urgently so. The finish features charcoal and mild earthy bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an ordinary porter that makes few mis-steps, but doesn't do much to wow, either. Flavors come across a bit limp, as is the appearance, but they would not qualify as off-putting. This beer could easily blend in amidst a field of other American-brewed porters.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, didn't really see much develop in terms of head or retention, not a big deal. Aroma was chocolate malt.

Taste was heavy, if not exclusively chocolate malt, didn't taste any added choclate, just lots of chocolate malt. Decently bitter. Slightly hoppy. Maybe some syrup or molasses to keep the beer on the thicker side. The tiniest amount of dark fruit possible. Licorice.

Carbonation in the mouthfeel was a little on the low side. More of a sipper than I would have expected, but not because its hot or anything. A solid beer, seems to be a decent price, widely available at Total Wine it seems.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Some new bomber selections strolling down the aisle at TW, this one caught my eye, let's give it a whirl.. Popping the top I get a nice waft of roasted malts and light coffee and chocolate. Pours into a chalice a very deep opaque brown with a nice thin tan head. On the taste there is a super roasted malt flavor that hits you right off the bat, more than one would expect, but this is a good thing. The taste then transitions into a milder slightly hoppy middle. The end finishes sweet with a bitterness in the background that then takes over and controls the aftertaste. A very transitional brew with good complex flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit more biting than silky smooth than one would expect for a porter. The taste however compensates for the poor mouthfeel. A good drinker, not a great porter but quaffable.

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Photo of imagese
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased last month in Vegas. No bottling date

A- dark brown with a two finger fluffy head that faded slow and left nice lacing

S- bittersweet chocolate, grassy malt, and a slight earthy/metallic hop

T- standard chocolate malt taste for a porter, nice bitterness from the hops, and a slightly bitter coffee finish

M- More like an English brown body. Light and crisp with a little too much carbonation

D- Overall, it's a good drink if you want something that's not going to challenge your palate, but not really going to insult it either.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of off white, foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of malt and a little coffee. Not very powerful.

T: Tasted of malt and coffee, but little else. A very thin and unimaginative flavor. Not a lot going on here.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is just one of those bland, forgettable beers. Not undrinkable, but not very good either.

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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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