Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Robust PorterRobust Porter

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Robust 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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Ratings: 2,766 |  Reviews: 1,095
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

black as night. Roast coffee aroma and taste, with cookie chocolate smoothness. Good balanced stout, between malt, carbonation, not too bitter. Medium texture. Roast, sweet. Moderate alcohol is good. Possibly best of show at Modiale from what I was able to sample.
Draft 6 years later at Primus 16. Thick lace, sweetish, watery.Big coffee.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a very dark near jet black body. Very nice lacing. Aroma is nicely coffee filled though a touch mild with toasted malt. The flavor follows nicely with a more full coffee flavor with smokey undertones. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The flavor is very nice and full for a porter. The coffee stiffens this up and makes it more memorable.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite porters going these days. it flows out of the bottle dense and nearly black, creating one dark pint of beer with several permanent inches of mocha colored head. the nose is powerful and awesome. fresh ground coffee, dark roasty barley, and a peppery ale yeast all come together to suggest that a sip of this is going to far exceed my expectations of what a porter is capable of, and indeed it does. i taste a lot of coffee up front, save the acidity, with milk chocolate notes and black licorice in small proportions. the finish is bitter from the burnt malt, almost ashy, really big and bold. not sure how well this beer fits the style i have come to know as porter, this is a definite envelope pushed and one of the most flavorful porters ive sampled. massive body and the right abv for what it is. the bottle says 5.7% though, so i am wondering if the recipe has changed? .5% seems like a large variance from batch to batch, but what do i know. overall this beer rocks, and it may just be the best thing smuttynose does.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of roast and hop aspects.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a rich deep brown color, mostly black. The head was a light tan color. The smell of the beer had a very nice roasted aroma to it, and a touch of sweetness on the nose too. The taste had a burnt flavor to it, very enjoyable when mixed with the sweet malts. The mouthfeel os the beer isn't super heavy even though the color is dark. overall it's a pretty nice porter and worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, roasted malts stand out in the overall taste, which are accompanied by flavors of coffee and chocolate. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and packs in a big amount of flavor. The low alcohol content makes this beer sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, huge tan head to it. Smell is of chocolate and coffee. Taste is medium to full bodied, great complexity and flavors going on. Great coffee and chocolate tastes come through, with a nice backing of hops to make an overall smooth beer. Absolutely delicious and one of the better porters I've tried.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a tremendous display of American-ized porter that shies away from stout-like roast and char- Smuttynose continues to demonstrate not only their knowledge of porter, but their sheer craftsmanship with dark ale.

Dark "bark" brown in color, the robust porter casts a mild unfiltered haze only an otherwize mirror-like sheen. The beer releases a light tan head with lightly fluffed texture and tremendous staying power. The beer's foam laces with woven intricate patterns as the beer falls. No way around it, this is one handsome beer!

Malt dominant with toast, chocolate, and coffee aromas, the nose is backed by burnt caramels, malted milk candies, and light toffee for a full and rounded scent. Background hints of American hops peak through with a tinge of grapefruit and grass that set the aromas apart from British versions of porter.

Bittersweet chocolate, bold roast coffee, and toasted currants align with other firm flavors, perhaps of walnut and heavy whipping cream for rich variation- all malt-derived. Just as the toasty grains offer a semblance to balance, so do piney hops and citrus peels. Also clean of roast, the beer flirts with the line that link porter to stout, but the taste is careful to not cross the fence. It's a clean tasting porter, albeit a strong flavored one.

Rich and robust on the early palate, but thereafter an arid toast, assertive bitterness, and thinning alcoholic warmth rise in middle palate. Still malt-forward, the body gives way in deep in finish for malty-dry closure. Hops and seared grain linger a deeply and rewards the after-palate heading into the next sip.

Where fans of darer ale typically reach for stout, all should take notice to this formidable ale that belongs in the discussion with Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Founders Porter.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a few fingers of billowing, chocolate milky foam. Body is nearly jet-black. Roasty, earthy coffee & chocolate in the nose. Head is pillowy, and falls a bit around the edges like a soufflé. Thick lacing rings the glass in dense webs.

One sip, and the taste smacks down the palate. Roasty coffee, and bitter chocolate are the main components. Hops may be present, lending a little bitterness. The high degree of roastiness reminds me of GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald. More chocolate here though. Mouthfeel is velvety and fairly light, despite the rich flavors. The earthiness has a clove-like quality as well.

A few of these would serve well as a fall/winter session beer...
Pairs well with Gorgonzola, the earth and smoke character stands up well to the earthy richness of the cheese.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/8/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around- the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome porter style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the abv. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a huge (3-finger), mocha-colored head. It left big rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and caramel. There was also a candy-like smell.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and dark chocolate. There was a coffee taste that gave it a little bitterness.

M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good porter. A good blend of sweet malts and chocolate that is complimented by a coffee bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a solid, tan head that leaves waves of lacing around the glass

Smell: Roasted aroma of charcoal, espresso and flaked chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a coffee and burnt charcoal flavor; fruity hops add character by mid-palate; after the swallow, a variety of mellow chocolate flavors appear to blend with the fruit

Mouthfeel: Creamy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Flavorful and well-balanced; very nice

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