Robust Porter
Smuttynose Brewing Company

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From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
Robust Porter
Ranked #7
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,928
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
1,111
Ratings:
1,698
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 06, 2023
Added:
Oct 18, 2000
Wants:
  208
Gots:
  486
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Robust PorterRobust Porter
Notes: 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
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Ratings by ericj551:
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Reviewed by ericj551 from Canada (AB)

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Smutty Robust Porter pours a deep inky black, even holding it up to a light, scarcely a bit of light shines through. A half inch of dark brown head sits on top. Smell is roasted malts as well as a sweet caramel aroma. Taste is a nice bitter roasted punch up front with a nice sweet caramel malt flavor balancing it out. There is a nice fresh roasted malt taste in the finishand aftertaste, an almost coffee like flavor. The hops are hidden, beaten back by all the malty flavor. Another great offering from Smutty, robust is a the best word I can think of for it.
Oct 08, 2006
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Rated: 4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This is a classic that I’ve yet to get around to. In fact I’m surprised it’s still brewed at all, who is actively drinking Robust Porters in 2022? Well I know I’m always down to try one when I see it, so I’m excited to try one of the OGs. Let’s crack it open and see what it’s all about

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose definitely has a light fruity sweetness as I’d expect, but the roast dominates more than I expected. I’m picking up aromas of brown sugar, dark roast coffee, char, earthy hops, milk chocolate, raisin, light toffee, and toasted nuts. There’s a very light salty/briny note that I get every now and then

It remains pretty similar in taste and a touch elevated without the hint of salinity from the nose. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting medium roast coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, charred toast, brown sugar, and light raisin. The swallow brings notes of raisin, milk chocolate, earthy hops, molasses, black pepper, medium roast coffee, smoked malt, and toffee

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick beer. Finishes dry and roasty

This is solid stuff. Very drinkable for the abv but nicely complex
Dec 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by zotzot from Vermont

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate and coffee with some light dark fruits.

Taste: It has roast and chocolate flavors with dark fruits. The most prominent dark fruit is plums. There are low levels of coffee in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body and has medium high bitterness in the finish.

Overall, well balanced and flavorful porter that is quick easy drinking in spite of the bit of a bitter bite.
Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by tscanlon51 from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I honestly dont know how I have never reviewed this beer on BA. Ive consumed this beer well over 100 times for sure.
Im pouring a cellar temp 12 oz can into my snifter. the beer pours a rich mahogany color but doesnt allow any light to pass through when I hold up the glass.
A dense creamy head of 3 cm foams up even with a gentle pour and this foam remains as a sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling. I also scattered lattice when I take a sip or swirl my glass.
The aroma on this beer is roasted malt, a bit of char, maybe tobacco too. This mixes some dark chocolate and just a hint of caramel. Spot on nose and appealing. Reminds me why I used to drink this beer so often.
The first sip reveals a medium body and medium tingly carbonation. The beer drinks really easy on the physical traits.
Flavor is roasted malt, some dark chocolate, hints of caramel and brown sugar too. This creates some balance and doenst make the beer sweet, just increases the complexity of flavors. There is also a bit of molasses on the finish and then the roast malt lingers long after each sip.
No hints of any booze and I dont get much hop profile. Very nice porter, that I will get back to buying more frequently again!
Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: The stoutest looking porter I've had. It pours a solid black with a tall, foamy dark tan head that slowly dissolves into a thick film, leaving some nice lacing along the way.
S: Coffee, cocoa, smoke from a good cigar
T: very complex flavors that meld well. Roasted malts, strong coffee with a little sugar, 90% cocoa dark chocolate, tobacco, caramel or molasses, the burnt crust of a roasted marshmallow, toasted Russian rye bread, all followed by some bittering hops
F: medium-full bodied and smooth, slight tingle from little carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.
O: This is damn good. Buy it.
Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by hopley from Massachusetts

Mar 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by DarrellK from Florida

Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L - dark brown with thick two-finger deep tan head. Good, sticky lacing.
S - roast malt. Oak?
T - follows the nose for sure. Nice.
F - thick mouthfeel with semi - dry finish.
O - really good beer! Really enjoyed it. One heck of a solid beer.
Feb 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Large but short lived dense mocha colored head leaves good lacing atop a black body. Roasted malt aroma with threads of chocolate, chicory and dried fruit. Earthy, smoky flavors of the roasted malts are reminiscent of hearty pumpernickel bread washed down with a strong cup of coffee. Aftertaste swings toward a bitter, modestly hopped, long lasting finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied and moderately carbonated.
Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Noelito76 from New York

Dec 07, 2020
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very delicious beer.

Nice dark color - deep, deep brown.

Some light pleasant smell.

Very nice taste. Full flavored. Very slight bitterness.

Excellent porter.
Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
look: black,

smell: burnt bread :D

taste: burnt, smoky, malty, roasty, coffee, complex

feel: creamy, thin, burnt/sweet finish, crushable

overall: I love it
Sep 11, 2020
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Reviewed by GC2020 from New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This beer has gone downhill, sadly, since my last taste in 2013. We got a growler fill at the brewery ($6/64oz) and poured some into a pint glass when we arrived home. The look was as inviting now as it was then - dark brown, almost shimmering. The smell was our first clue. It smelled - artificial. We don'r homebrew so we don't know what we were smelling, but it wasn't good. We took a sip, followed quickly by a healthy gulp. It tasted as if the malted grain had been scorched, like old coffee grounds. There was that artificial taste again. I was disappointed; this had been a great beer. For the first time ever, I drain poured the rest of the 64oz. Something not good's going on at Smuttynose.
May 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by drews240 from Rhode Island

Mar 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
I'm not a porter lover but this wasn't awful. This is the Tennessee Titans of porters. Average. Smooth and goes down easy but I just don't see the BA love for this. It's decidedly ok. Not great. Not Terrible, definitely not a 92 though. Like the Titian's they have promise with Derrick Henry, but they also have Ryan Tannehill.
Feb 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Jan 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jan 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours deep copper with a 1/4 inch tan head, which quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of molasses, chocolate, coffee.

Tastes of molasses, chocolate malt, coffee, cascade hops and possibly magnum hops?

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily, slightly bitter finish.

Pretty tasty. Lack of a lasting head is a bit of a bummer, but a darn good porter none-the-less. "Make mine a Smutty"!
Jan 22, 2020
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Reviewed by PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - very dark brown colored, frothy medium foam head lingers. Lots of lacing.
Smell - not super pungent but there is some roasted malt, some milk chocolate. Subtle earthiness.
Taste - crisp roasted malt almost burnt. Creamy dark roast coffee. Bitter hops in the finish. It has balance but the lingering aftertaste is bitter almost burnt marshmallow malt. Carbonation is medium and body is medium-heavy.

Overall, starts out pleasant on the palate but turns from sweet into quite bitter. One of the more charred porters out there. The name says it all, it is robust. Good but not something i would go for regularly. Grade is an A-
Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by neliam24 from New York

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark. Light head. Not much of an aroma. Clean smooth body followed by a heavy malt finish. Tastes burnt and smokey. Good balance. A very good porter.
Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Aug 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brandoneast from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
One of the better porters available. Great feel, foreshadowed by a delicious bouquet of coffee dark chocolate roastiness wafting up your olfactory nerve. Tasty porter flavors leaning slightly towards stout territory (for me means minus raisin notes etc...). Easy drinking and smooth.
Apr 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by user785335 from Florida

Feb 20, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 20A American porter
Thick tan creamy head, decent retention, good lacing, super dark brown basically black, opaque

Nose big dark malts, a little roasty almost char, plenty of chocolate, cocoa, little roasted coffee and slight Smokey burnt malts,

Taste rich dark malts, slight burnt smokey malt, with more dark chocolate and mild roasted coffee, despite heavy roasty it's smooth and not harsh or acrid, some mild earthy almost spicy hops kick in with medium to higher bitterness on combination with the malt, hint of sweetness, drier finish, lingering bitterness but smooth

Mouth is full bod, medium carb, smooth richness

Overall quite nice, not sure how I haven't reviewed this yet, great classic American robust porter
Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by generalraider from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by calebc10410 from Massachusetts

Jan 20, 2019
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Rated by southerner2 from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One of my all time favorites! I haven't seen this in a while, I'll find it and enjoy. Feliz Navidad'
Dec 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
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