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 BeerSox
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

A thick two finger brown head slowly settles to a thin bubbly rim. The head has large bubbles in it. After the head finishes deflating, it leaves behind a solid webbed ring of lacing.

The aroma is loaded with roasted malts and coffee. A little bit of chocolate is in there as well. A light creaminess rolls in at the middle.

Gobs of bitter roasty malts are in the flavor, contributing to most of the bitterness in the beer. The hops are minimal, maybe adding a little bit of grassy flavor to the background. There is a bit of molasses here and there, and becomes more present as the beer warms. Full bodied with good carbonation. The malts linger for a while after each sip.

This one is all-malt and loads of it. I guess you can say the name describes this beer perfectly. It even has a bit of complexity with some coffee and chocolate notes. One of my favorite porters ever. Highly recommended.

Edit: After trying many porters, and many other beers, I can say that this is my all-time favorite. I wish a "5.5" was reserved for a one-time use for each BA. This beer would receive it from me.

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Photo of beer456
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am on vacation in Vermont and I went into restaurant for dinner. Ordered a Smuttynose off tap and expected the regular Smuttynose I am used to off tap in my local New York watering hole. At first I had thought the waitress poured me the wrong drink but upon further enquiry I was delighted to be introduced to this fabulous Robust Porter. Simply amazing. The taste and smell is very comforting. I would love to drink this beer in the winter when I come back to Vermont to ski. I hope they keep it on tap.

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Photo of davednyc
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely loved this beer. I think a few others referred to it as a 'Stout', and I have to agree (although my only method of comparing a porter is mouthfeel and overall heartiness).

I get a lot of smokiness from this brew.

My wife got one of these in a sampler. I immediately returned to the distributor and bought a six.

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Photo of KnNashua
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best Porter I've found, enjoyed this time on tap, but love from a bottle poured.

If you like porter, and you want one that is robust then this Robust Porter is it.

Dark brown, substantial in taste and body yet not overly heavy or unbalanced, it has no offputting aromas or tastes yet is a powerful beer that makes no excuses for its vigorously brawny qualities.

Not only Smuttynose's best, its the finest porter.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with a full dark brown head, good carbonation, and nice lace. Nice chocolate, cappucino, roasty coffee aroma and flavor with a nice hoppy balance (almost a bit of citrus shining through). Medium-full bodied as a Robust Porter should be with a dry roasty character to finish.

Awesome must buy for style !! Best Smuttynose brew from an excellent brewery...

Per S.B.Co. website:
OG: 1064 TG: 1018
Grain Bill: pale 2-row, carastan, dark crystal, special "b," chocolate
Hops: Cascade
IBU's: 15, ABV: 5.7%
Color/Number: Dark chocolate brown


Bottled: Nov '04 (notched)
Tasted: 12/28/04

(K. Richmond)

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Photo of Kallessin
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a deep mahogany color, very dark with some slight reddish highlights. It has a very small tan head. Holds to the glass nicely. Wish it has more of head, but it may have been my pour.

Very strong smell of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt.

It's absolutely delicious. A strong roasted flavor, and again with hints off coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. It's slightly bitter towards the finish, but very well balanced.

It's fairly dry and thin with a moderate amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth very well and goes down easy.

This beer is outstanding. No other way to put it. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer I have ever had that truly earns a perfect score. Perfect coffee-milk colored head, with a dark, rich body that is very opaque. Only complaint is a simple aesthetic: I would love to see a little mahogany around the edges, but this is dark dark through and through. Smell is a perfect blend of chocolaty sweetness and freshly roasted espresso. Taste toes the same line. It is actually quite roasty, but the smooth chocolaty wash that moves from front to back of the mouth to keep it all together. Mouthfeel is not too heavy so that it doesn't become desert like, but full bodied indeed. It finishes almost dry, like a fresh shot of espresso.

Absolutely phenomenal. This is just an example of how to do something simple, but to perfection. This isn't high grav, this isn't aged in oak, this isn't brewed with coffee, this is just beer and it is every bit as exciting and flavorful as anything. Hats off to the Smutty Robust Porter.

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Photo of Naes
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahh, the robust porter, one of my favorite beers.

It has a bold black appearance, with a milk chocolate colored head which stays around and clings to the glass. So dark in color, that it is almost impenetrable to light.

This beer has a semi-sweet malt aroma, with hints of roastiness that lets you know that you are in for a treat.

The flavor is a roasty malt, with a nice balance of hops. The after taste includes hints of chocolate and coffee.

So creamy and rich, you could almost chew this brew. It has a thick mouth feel that lingers on the palate, yet drinkable enough to have a few more.

5.7% ABV and delicious.

After trying countless numbers of porters from around the world, I think that this is one of the best.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a near black with ruby edging. Thick rocky dark tan head that gives way to webby lace.

S - Deep chocolate and coffee malts. Hints of caramel malts and raisin.

T - Gorgeous. Deep and rich. Coffee and chocolate malts create a dense and yet dusty base. Hops appear slightly in the finish to create a dry end to a lushly sweet beer.

M - Rich.

O - Simply an outstanding porter.

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Photo of datalager
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In a word, "mind-blowing"! This beer is so smooth that even Lando Calrissian would be proud.

Pour is an opaque black, with just a hint of "root-beer" brown a the edges when held against bright light. The head is a warm tan, with stiff suds, leaving photogenic lacing as it slowly dissolves.

The nares are immediately confronted with a mix of baker's chocolate, molasses, earth, coffee and hops.

The flavor is undoubtedly dark chocolate and roasted malts, but the finish is blessed with a smooth and lingering light "hoppiness" that sits nicely until it fades a minute or two later.

It goes down smooth, but lets you know it's there.

It's simple, yet well executed. This is exactly what a porter should be. Drinking this ale straight from the refrigerator would be a sin. Rather it is served best just cooler than room temp, IMO, which allows the flavor and aroma to be best appreciated. I cannot recommend a better porter to anyone who enjoys the style.

A seasonal "elixir of the gods". Thank you, Smuttynose.

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Photo of CountLupulus
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours to a lovely licorice near-opacity. Earthy brown head flexes and then tumbles, lengthening sticky fingers and tracking ivy lacing that keeps its hold.

Smell: Gorgeous: chock with malts, and a fiesty roasted crackle. Pour this one into a glass: the scent needs room to roam, and the bottle keeps it a caged beast.

Taste: Early flick of bittering hops yield to a brilliant blush of malts, densely integrated, with a long roasted aroma that rolls in slow, and hangs about the cave at the back of the mouth so that it finishes a ghostly aroma, wrapped almost to the nose. A nip of bitterness anchors the breadth of the tongue throughout, giving that burgeoning bouquet of malts plenty of arc before they fold and recede.

Drinkability: Each gulp is like a shooting star: there is a distinctive fluid sequence that is seamless and brief, so there is sure relish in paying attention to what's making you happy. The promise of a deeper glow drains one's glass with steady meter. As mine just has!

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Photo of esv
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A) Deepest dark brown, black at first glance. Muddy brown head, 1/4" - 1/2". Thin head sticks around and keeps the top covered.

S) Candyish malts and mild chocolate sweetness, medium roasted malts. No hops in the nose. Nice balance, so enticing. I want to gulp it and leave residual on my chin.

T) Roasted grains, roasted grains, roasted grains. Bitter, burnt malts. Sweet, a little like candy and then the robust, roasted grains. So nice, so balanced.

M) Medium mouthfeel. Slightly rich. Med-low carbonation. Slightly sticky lips.

D) So drinkable. Man I love it.

It's American, it's a porter.

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Photo of Beerstorian
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in a traditional pint glass, poured from a bottle.

Aroma: A big dose of roasty malt, coffee, earth. and some chocolate. The nose is well-balanced, and might be one of the best I've sampled on a porter. No individual part of the aroma dominates--all the parts blend together.

Appearance: Coal black, as if it were swallowing the light. A sea foam head, with dimples and a bit of a meringue quality. Nice lacing as I drank the beer.

Taste: I don't usually give a "5" because there always seems to be room for improvement, but this one's it. Rich chocolate and coffee notes, with roasted malts mixed in. Big flavor. The aroma still came in with the flavor, which was nice.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and full, like a loaf of chocolate bread. Smooth at the same time. Wonderfully done.

Overall: An excellent beer, and a great example of the style. One of my favorites overall.

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Photo of Fyourface316
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, my favorite porter. Whether out of a bottle or poured into a glass, this beer is delicious, aromatic and wonderfully drinkable.

It has a great chocolatey, strong flavor and really fills your mouth with its good thick porter strength. Absolutely fantastic. I would recommend this beer to anyone who has either had a bad experience with porters or hasn't had one before.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark with slight foamy head that retreats quickly. Smells of roasted malts and some caramel. Taste is of caramel, toffee, slight coffee, hops, and some coffee. Quite thick and really smooth. Thoroughly enjoyed this porter and probably one of the best!

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Photo of Brad007
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark color with a brown head. Strong aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich and smooth with the hints of coffee and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel that leads to a dry finish. Very well balanced porter. Not too much of a stretch to say that it's one of the better porters I've had in a while.

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Photo of jellis00
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow is this a tasty beer.

A: Very dark with a smooth tan head.

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate. All the smells that you would want in an American porter.

T: Wow. Intense deep flavors of chocolate and coffee. Malty.

M: Nice and comfortable. Smooth with a nice carbonated kick when it goes down. Very thick. Feels like drinking a meal.

O: I plan on drinking this porter more often.

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Photo of kegerator
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent offering here.
Poured a deep brown almost black in color with a decent 1/2 inch head. There was some slight lacing left behind as well.
Smell was big chocolate, coffee with some sweetness in the background. As it warmed I caught wiffs of port as well
Taste was just about the same as the smell. Chocolate up front with a coffee bitterness blending in and hints of port and raisin in the background, especially after it had warmed up.
All in all a very nice brew

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Photo of SickPythons
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan '11 on the Best By label

Poured a bit warm at 60° into a stemmed tulip glass.

In through the nose are some great roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee aromas. I also get some citrus hop characteristics that seem to strengthen as the beer makes it way to my belly.
Smelling this beer makes me want to cuddle up with it for a while.

As for the taste, more greatness. Beautifully balanced roasted and smokey malts with the hop bitterness culminate into an aftertaste that playfully bounces from sweet to bitter and back again. The coffee and chocolate flavors make me want to have this beer for breakfast with my crossword puzzle.

As you can tell, this is one of my favorite porters. I also give it some props for having a cool label.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%

One of the best beers made in America, bar none. Within the style, this is honestly the best I've ever had. It is amazingly smooth, and big for its's abv %, with the smell of a chicory/mocha latte and the taste of earthy hop-infused milk chocolate. It's dark, it's smooth, and it's textured, but the flavor is pure comfort food (drink). It can be a little hard to find sometimes (not because of distro, either, just because a lot of places choose not to pick it up), but do yourself a favor - if you like porters and you see this one PICK IT UP.

It's a sin, I know, but one of my favorite guilty pleasures is to go pick up some cheap chocolate ice cream and go to town on it alongside one or two of these guys. A match made in heaven.

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Photo of ddean
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a cold pint on tap at The Mission Tapas Restaurant in Pittsfield, MA. Attractive dark brown color, nutty chocolate aroma. Taste was delicious, made me think of a cup of iced Columbian coffee with a healthy dose of chocolate--not overly sweet but more tart/lactic acid. Mouth feel very smooth with a nice linger to the taste. Interestingly, the taste stayed exactly the same for me as it lingered---no bitter after notes, for example. Truly outstanding porter, probably my favorite of the style.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Coffee, chocolate, and malt greet the nose. Elegant warmth adds to the taste. Beautiful coffee color in the glass. Smutty brown head disappears quickly. Fine Porter.

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Photo of Realbeer1542
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - perfect porter dark and smoky with a nice creamy head

Smell - Coffee, toffee, smoke and malt

Taste - follows smell - excellent and exactly what you would expect with a bit a sweetness

Mouthfeel - smooth and rich. medium carbonation. Nice aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

Overall - great beer. Enjoyed with a Turkey Rueben and some pub fries. Very nice.

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Photo of creal92
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a tan brown head. Very silky.

S - Chocolatey and fruity malt that makes a great smelling beer.

T - Chocolate, coffee and raisin.

M - Texture is extremely creamy and silky. Very pleasant.

Overall - This is an extraordinary porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Rutager
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a finger of thick, dark brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Dark chocolate and roasty coffee, toasty dark grains and a hint of vanilla.

Taste. Roasty malts, dark roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Flavours are rich and full. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Lighter than medium body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. The best porter I've had to date. Wish I could get this stuff around here. Will look forward to the next time I can get this.

Big thanks to Sammy for getting this one for me. Great stuff.

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