Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter.This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.

43 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000

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Photo of Holderness
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a dark amber with no haziness whatsoever. Big tan head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and moderate lacing.
S -- Mild roasted malts, baker's chocolate, cacao, and sour fruits
T -- Bittersweet chocolate upfront, followed by notes of dark fruit, coffee, and barley. Not particularly unusual flavors for a porter, but this one has a very good balance between them.
F -- Medium bodied with good carbonation and finish
O -- One of the more enjoyable Smuttynose offerings, although I still like their Finest Kind and Pumpkin ales more.

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Photo of matcris
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with a finger of tan head that sticks. A nice rich roasty malt in the aroma, with some coffee, molasses, and, plenty of milk and dark chocolate. Same for the flavor, exactly. The feel is medium full carbonation, and it feels like a porter instead of a stout. Bit of a creaminess to the beer, and the sweet is up front with a pleasant bitter note that lingers after the sip. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black with thin foamy tan head that leaves splotchy brown lacing.

S: Roasted barley, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toast, coffee, earth, plums and raisins.

T: A nice smooth layer of chocolate, complimented by dark roast coffee, that pushes its way through to the finish. A nice mixture of sweeter dark chocolate and bitter cocoa powder, with roasted grains and burnt toast in the middle, and a very subtle dark cherry and plum note that compliments the almost fruity dark coffee flavor. Finishes with a light coffee and cacao bitterness.

F: Medium, smooth and rich, with a nice pushing carbonation that makes you keep reaching for sip after sip.

O: Complex, flavorful, and infinitely drinkable. One of the better porters I've had thus far.

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Photo of stcules
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black, brown head, on finger, soft.
Toasted malt, a bit of coffee, light resinous, an interesting green flavour.
Full mouthfeel, chicory, coffee, the resinous and grassy, more in the aftertaste, along with bitter roots and a light chocolate.
Average body.
Good, satisfying beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There are several wonderful porters available in MA and this is one of my regular favorites. Rich dark and "robust". Has tremendous flavor, medium body , creamy, full flavor . The roasted malt and bold flavor are standouts, improves as it warms. I compare this with Mayflower and I continue to be torn with which is "better" , both are distinctively different and are both must haves. This is an excellent offering and overall a standout. Long term great brewery .

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Photo of CNoj012
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a completely opaque dark dark dark brown color with a creamy, 2 finger light mocha head. Retention is excellent and there is a shit ton of lacing. Hanging rings, sticky webs and big old chunks...the whole 9 yards.

Smell is very robust. Black french roast coffee, and bitter bakers chocolate are most prevalent with some roasted grains and a touch of dark fruit underneath.

Taste is the same, but even more robust and flavorful. Starts off a touch sweet and finishes bitter.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth. I dislike many porters because they feel like a watered down stout, but instead this beer has a wonderful creaminess making it lighter than a stout, but in no way thin and watery.

Overall wow! This is an excellent beer. My favorite porter is Founders because it is very thick and flavorful, but this one is just as good and (in my opinion) more true to style.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To start this review off, lets just say i am not a fan of smutty nose products. I went to a business meeting and this was the only "porter" available at the event. Off the pour, this bad boy was super dark, almost black. A very nice two finger foam head was ever present as well. The initial smell/aroma was a nice blend of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and burnt malts, so to say. Once again, a porter where the taste follows the nose. I was also very impressed with how creamy and balanced, this beer was. One thing I did notice was as the beer warms, stonger hints of chocolate are very present.
This is the best product coming from Smutty Nose. IMO

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours obsidian black with a small amber lining at the bottom of the glass. The big, rocky, espresso colored head lasts forever. Cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla and toffee pudding in the nose. Big roastyness and dark chocolate upfront in the taste. licorice and milk chocolate notes too. Piney, herbal hops are prominent and mingle with a jagged roasted malt bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Tobacco, roasty dark malts and hop bitterness linger in the long finish.

This is a complex and flavorful porter. Perhaps a bit too much malt roastyness. Still highly recommended.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This porter pours a pitch black color with a fairly thin tan head. The smell is really pleasant and somewhat robust as the name suggests. There are some pretty strong roasted grain notes as well as chocolate and coffee elements. The taste is also quite bold. It has dark chocolate, roasted grains, and a strong, bitter espresso finish. The body is heavy, but it is perhaps slightly lighter than some of the best porters. I am definitely a fan of the flavors going on here and the general boldness of them. My only minor negative comments would be that I think the body could be a little heavier and that the bitterness of the finish could be toned down a little bit, although this naturally happens a bit as the beer warms. This is definitely an excellent porter though, it’s thoroughly recommended.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
No date
Thanks Jerk_Store, this is a beer I've wanted for a long time!!

Jet black with a big three fingers of solid tan head that slowly settles to a complete cap, then a film/ring. Decent retention; little lacing. (4)

Rich layers of enticing malt. Molasses, licorice, brown sugar, bakers chocolate, coffee, black bread, woodsy hops in the background's general earthiness, charred nuts. (4.25)

Rich, earthy and somewhat sweet. coffee, bitter chocolate, toasty grains, bark, hard water. (4.25)

Fairly thin, but light carbonation makes it more supple. Suppler? Almost creamy, drinkable, lingering roast feel. (4.25)

Very good beer.
It is robust. Nice looking beer with the whole spectrum (or nearly) of sweet roast aromas and flavors. It is a little thinner than I like, but the carbonation is kind of creamy which makes it feel much better than some do (no pop feel). Smooth and rich; decadent but drinkable. Worth the wait.
Would have again. (4.25)

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a big "porter guy" but my o my, yum yum. Dark as night, smooth, and thin tasting but enjoyable. I wonder if this would be better at room temperature. Hmmmm...

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black with a tan one finger head that took its time. Light lacing.

S: Mostly dark chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate, lactose, semi-sweet, roasted malts, light coffee notes. A lightly harsh finish that might be characterized as robust. Pretty smooth overall.

M: Medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: Another winner from Smutty. Just a few points under the Baltic Porter. In drinking order: Old Brown Dog, Robust, and Baltic. A solid brown triple threat.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blackish brown with a massive, solidly thick tan head that lazily leaves behind creamy, thick mats of lace.

Aerated nutty malt is all I get off the nose.

Taste is roasty coffee, walnut, milk, with a slight, peppery tang.

Creamy and soft.

In each area, this is like a Guinness, but improved.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of a Smuttynose mixed 12-pack from the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The bottling freshness date is marked for 9/2/16, making this one good for a little over two months. Poured at a bit above fridge temperature into a porter pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee/cola brown, red-tinged at the edges where the light strikes through, with about three-quarters-of-an-inch of khaki head that sticks around for a good long while, settles on a very healthy film, and leaves great lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted and sweeter malts are the most prominent in the bouquet. There are more subtle notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee in the mix, as well. Just a touch of tartness or sharpness lets you know the hops are there. Pleasant, but not especially assertive.

T: Smooth malt flavor opens things up, with a very nice roasted quality, along with some sweetness. Following on its heals is some bright acidity that hits the tongue in the sides and back. It doesn't register at first as overt hop flavor, just astringency that livens the palate. Toward the middle, the flavors of coffee and dark chocolate begin to emerge--nothing overpowering, but enough to lend the flavor some nice complexity. Some licorice also registers on the palate. The back end continues the roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors, and there is also a pronounced hop flavor present--earthy a bit floral in quality. It provides a nice balance of flavor, and it also lends the taste a measure of bitter at the close and aftertaste. Quite a nice journey this one takes you on.

F: Firmly medium-bodied, with slightly less than mid-range carbonation. This one drinks a bit more like a pale ale than your average porter: it's bright to begin, then creamy and smooth, and finally bitter.

O: I enjoyed this porter a great deal. It supplies the kind of malt flavors you'd expect from the style, and it has deftly balanced hops that are unexpected but very welcome. It has a nice body and a high enough ABV that you feel the kick without making it an outright sipper. I would definitely put this one in the same realm as Founders Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald--it might not be as good as those brews, but it sure has a lot of personality. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank porters fairly regularly this winter, which was kind of new for me. Frankly, the bitter coffee/chocolate notes are almost over the top in this offering from a bottle. It was tasty once my tongue adapted.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown color with outstanding creamy dark tan head. Caramel malty nose with some spicy notes, but could be stronger. Taste starts with dark sharp edge that opens into an excellent slightly sweet, slightly hoppy, dark chocolate statement. Some toasty notes as well. Delicious. Once it had warmed a bit, the flavor seemed to develop more slowly, and still came across as quite rich and balanced. Mouthfeel both edgy and creamy, also well balanced.

12 oz brown bottle, poured into clear glass, bottle stamped with best by date "06/13/16"

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Photo of brblanch
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Pours a dark cola color with 1 finger of tan creamy head. Looks delicious. Head dissipates quickly with moderate lacing around edges of glass. Roasty malts, chocolate and bitter coffee on nose. Not picking up any hop aromas. The roasted malts and bitter coffee dominate the taste. Lingering bitterness which is a little harsh at first but mellows out as the beer warms and more sweet chocolate notes begin to breakthrough. The taste improved dramatically for me as the beer warmed. Good beer overall, I recommend letting it warm a little before diving in.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours virtually jet black with a rather thin, mocha-colored head and minimal lacing. At first, it didn't seem to have much of a smell but as it warmed I could discern burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted malt. The taste is better than the smell. Lots of burnt coffee grounds, chocolate, nuts, and a hint of caramel. There is also a faint hint of citrus which I thought was unusual. I don't taste much of the sweetness mentioned by others. This porter has a nice creamy feel. It's lightly carbonated and with an ABV of only 6.2% it is very easy to drink. Overall, I liked it but to me it's not as good as Founders Porter, VAS or Eddie Fitz.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying this on the coldest day so far this year. It went down quite nicely!
It poured a very dark brown and nearly jet black murky color. A tan head quickly dissipated into a thin ring like lace that bubbled with each sip and covers the surface when swirled.
The aroma was a nice blend of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and burnt malt.
This one really came into its own once it started warming. Initially, there is a medium coffee like and hops bitterness. Slowly but surely, a bittersweet chocolate malty backbone can be felt. What is also interesting about this one is that it has some grapefruit like and lemony qualities that are felt on the back of the tongue. I would describe the body as medium, softly carbonated, smooth and very drinkable. The finish is dry. Although the alcohol is not felt in the taste, the warmth is certainly felt by the end.
This was a really good one.

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Photo of sanha926
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Beautiful dark brown head, ideal carbonation, notes of caramel, molasses and faint hops with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste. Not my area of expertise, but seems like a top shelf porter.

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Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Black in color with a couple fingers of tan foam. Nice head retention. Roasted malt character dominates the aroma. A bit of char and smoke leads into plenty of dark chocolate. Some of the fragrant character of American hops is evident.

Malty, yet quite dry in terms of flavor. Noticeable hop bitterness, especially on the finish. Generally smooth texture/carbonation, with maybe just a bit of fizziness. Charred grain with hints of coffee and cocoa. One of the best rated widely-available porters, and it's deserving of those good ratings. Pretty much a textbook American porter.

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Photo of Flashy
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in a mixed 1/2 case for $12.99 in New Hampshire. This beer has it all. If it is not one of the finest porters in the world, I don't which ones are.
Look: Dark, creamy, healthy head with lacing.
Smell: Smells awesome, strong like it should.
Taste: Tastes like a porter, strong, coffee, with a almost red wine after bite.
Feel: Where this beer excels. Thick and creamy. Love it, love it, love it.

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Photo of cookedw
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bready, nutty aroma. Ultra-creamy mouthfeel and great retention. Has all the characteristics of a lovely porter, the cocoa is especially nice, but the bready and toasted malts just bring it all together. Lighter ABV but hearty enough. There's a little bit of some dark fruit in this one, but that and the aroma are the missing pieces for me that doesn't quite flip it to the next level of complexity for me...but such a solid and delightful beer, would easily get again.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a yellow note and a two finger high, brown-beige head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Coffee, roasted malt and nuts. Coffee beans, vanilla, dark bread, toffee and sweet licorice.
Taste: Dark roasted malt, coffee beans and dark chocolate. Molasses, brown sugar, dark bread, oak and ash.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and light carbonation. Rich structure. Dry and bitter ending.

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Photo of Nyg
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour very dark. Nice coffee colored head. Noticeably chocolate taste with a bit of a kick. Not too bitter with a medium feel to it. My only complaint was the after taste was of strong alcohol even though it wasn't that high of an alc%

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