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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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 214
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottle lists ABV at 5.5%

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, foaming, light beige-hued head.

Smell: Roasty nose rounded out with notes of burnt grains, baker's chocolate, anise, ashen coffee, and zested lemons.

Taste: Well-roasted malts dusted with licorice powder and given average-strength tastes of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee. Faintly astringent. Lightly fruity, citrusy hops with a fine floral accent peering out from beneath the maltiness. Low bitterness. Hint of prune, then it transitions back to the roastiness until the dry, reasonably smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Scuttlebutt Porter comes just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A basic porter that is basically good, getting the job done without any inherent vim or vigor.

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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 40º.

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 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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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 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 trevorjn06
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Porter pours a dark brown and has a deep red hue when held to the light. There is one half inch of tan head that quickly recedes to a thin layer on the surface.

Aromas are roasted and toasted malts with some chocolate. There is a hint of earthy hops.

Taste is a bit thin, there is caramel, some dark fig/raisin fruitiness, roasted flavors and a hint of chocolate. The more I drink, it tastes a bit less thin and more like a very quaffable beer. The finish is a bit brief and light with light roastiness, some chocolate and a bit of astringency.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and the carbonation is a bit high for my liking.

Overall I did enjoy drinking this beer but it has a bit of a thin finish and the high carbonation doesn't help.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap at the brewery in a six-ounce sample glass.

Appearance: rich, brown, slightly translucent body with one finger of creamy tan head with somewhat rapid dissipation. Pretty good, but not great.

Smell: rich chocolate roast with a hint of tartness. Not too bad but a tad light in intensity.

Taste: light roastiness and a bit of that tartness evident in the aroma. There is a nice finishing bitterness here, though. Alright -- a pretty solid, but basic, porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; the resulting mouthfeel is actually quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: not bad. Not my favorite porter, nor my favorite Scuttlebutt brew, but quite drinkable nonetheless.

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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 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 sensorglitch
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this at a bar in Silverdale. I liked the taste from the beginning, it had a nice coffee chocolate undertone, but it isn't so much that it is overwhelming. This is the issue that i normally have with Porters, I don't like the sort of burned coffee bean taste I sometimes get from them.

This was a little watery though.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark brown with a decent brown-laced head. Unfortunatley, this is abuot the only good thing about this beer.

it smelled fine, roast, but burnt, malts. Slightly acidic licorice smell in there too. some coffee but not much

taste that immediately hits is sour, bitter malt, which stays throughout the whole taste. There is a light flavour of malt and dark chocolate in there too.

very watery for a porter, mild bubbling, but light to mid mouthfeel.

Drinks fine, but after this 22oz bottle, i was expecting more

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Photo of froghop
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a deep black with a small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of licorice.

taste is watery, sour malt, dark fruit, some cocoa, some vanilla.

strange aftertaste, kinda chalky, tangy, bitter, and sourish.

overall it was a good beer, just didn't care for the 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 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 Dubbercody
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased on a trip to Seattle. Dark, head fell fast and furious back into the brew. Smells really nice, with a sweet chocolaty aroma that has some maybe hazelnut aromas as well. Appealing nose leads to a disappointing mouth...astringent and not really all that pleasant to drink. It’s drinkable, but yeah...I’m hoping this is a bad bottle as I only brought one back with a huge mix of brews I can’t re-taste. The nose shows so much promise that this was a really big let down and one I’ll have to try again....maybe on tap on the next Seattle trip.

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Photo of BillyB
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very dark brown with a thick, two fingered tan head and some nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of nice chocolatey malt. Strong winey, alcohol aromas as well. Some toasty burnt maltiness.

Strong chocolate taste with some roasty malt flavor. Also some lemony, citrusy hop tastes as well.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with some alcohol warmth.

Quite drinkable. A nice smooth porter.

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Photo of leedorham
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark with a 1 inch head that mostly dissipates. About 1mm hangs around for the duration.

Strong hop aroma. Not much in the way of malt character. Very dry to the nose.

The first sip struck me as very watery. Most of the body seems to come from a roasted/toasted character like burnt toast. Overall I can't call this a below-average brew but I am definitely dissapointed.

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Photo of woemad
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured a dark brown/mahogany color, with a one-inch tan head that took about 2 minutes to drop, though a foam collar endured throughout this beer's time in my glass. Sheets of tan lace quickly drip down the sides of the glass, leaving few spotty remnants to show they were there.

The nose on this beer is one of mildly dark roast coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Not a terribly dominant nose, but not bad either.

The most obvious flavor from this beer is a molasses type of sweetness, but it's not so sweet as to be cloying. There is also a coffee-ish roastiness in the background, along with a slightly prickly dryness at the swallow. Niot a huge flavor bomb, but it's alright.

Where this beer runs aground is in the mouthfeel. A porter should not be this watery.

All in all, a modestly tasty porter that would be fine for session drinking were it not so weak in the body. Should you happen to run into it, it's not a horrible beer, but there's no need to seek it out.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy brown head with some lace. The roasted malt aroma has a solid coffee character with some chocolate in the background and a hint of licorice. There is a small bit of prickley carbonation and then the mouthfeel gets very watery. The watery mouthfeel also seems to water don the flavor. All those coffee and chocolate promises in the aroma are hard to find in the tatste.

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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 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 zacharius
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a classic porter look: dark brown bodied with a light brown head. Aroma is of sweet malt with hints of burnt chocolate. Taste was mildly malty with the roasted chocolate taking a back seat to citusy malt. Very thin bodied beer, a little on the watery side. Taste is good but they need to work on the body with this beer. Drinkabiliy is good but would probably get boring atfer an all night session.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one came out a very dark brown in color with a nice, big, lacing brown head.

Smell – There is a huge grape and chocolate nose to this Porter. It’s covered in some “burnt toast” malt that has some roasty notes to it as well.

Taste – The nice roasty notes from the nose find their way nicely to the taste. The chocolate was there as well but a little more laid back. However, the inevitable PacNW hoppy lemony zesty zap is here in spades.

Mouthfeel – This one was a little too thin for the flavors. The taste and especially the nose screams, “medium to full-bodied,” but the mouthfeel isn’t even medium.

Drinkability – This one went down OK. If we could just get that tangy hoppy bite out of our PacNW porters though things would be a lot better.

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