Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

2,720 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,720 |  Reviews: 1,088
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. Not sure how old this bottle is, but the best by date was 1/16/13

A: Pours an opaque pitch black with two fingers of dense tan head. Retention is very good and lacing is superb.

S: Roasted malts mix with malted milk balls and dark chocolate to create a very nice aroma. The aromas mix extremely well together.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor. The beer stays quite dry throughout. A milk chocolate flavor also comes out, adding to the complexity.

M: Medium thickness with adequate carbonation. Very good for the style.

O: Not the most complex beer I've ever tasted, but the flavors work very well for the style and is quite tasty. Impressive.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Poured into a Smuttynose pint glass. This beer is aggressively dark, yet it still has a slight brownish hue to it if you look close enough and hold it up to the light. The tan head hangs on and never leaves.

The aroma is all about roasted malt, very very expensive espresso, and rich, dark chocolate.

The taste is everything the nose alerted you to but times ten. Think of a hunk of dark bread, smothered in chocolate syrup, and washed down with very good coffee. This brew also contains a decent hop bite that kind of snaps in your mouth.

The mouthfeel is thick, with a viscosity close to something you would pour over pancakes. Perfect carbonation here as well.

Overall a great porter from an impressive brewery.

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Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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2/5  rDev -51.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark as any Stout. Rocky, thick head when poured aggressively. Rich lacing. As nice a porter as any I've seen and I am a fan of the style. (porter, pale ale, ipa fan)

Smell: A mysterious pillow of dark malts, want to dive in, caramel, dark fruitiness, slight floral hop aroma and roasty notes of coffee. 19th century factory floors, old wood, machine oil, attic.

Taste: Upfront citrus combined with bread. hoppy grapefruit more than other porters. (good). black malts lead to factory, heavy weight, coffee machine tingle. a lot going on with burnt chocolate/coffee ground/ malt / hay flavors. Finishes tingly dry, burnt mix, not sweet. This is a winner of a porter!

Feel: Medium, smooth, nice tingle. Interesting, stays interesting. Not cloying. sippable. Great after dinner porter.

Robust Porter - apt name. As good as any I have tried. complex. save for your last beer of the evening, or with a cheese dessert course.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours almost black, small head that lasted only briefly.

The smell has elements of coffee, smoke, malt and a bit of chocolate.

The taste follows the smell...and it Is a pleasant experience.

This porter reminds me of time spent with my favorite uncle. It is a beautiful example of the type and it keeps me wanting more.

This was only my second beer from Smuttynose, but given the quality of this porter, I can't wait to try more.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ksimons
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a very dark brown, almost black, with no highlights seen and a fingers worth of tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the edge

S-the smell is very nice, roasted malt, dark coffee, light chocolate, and a little bit of smoke

T-taste is also nicely roasted with a nutty quality, roasted coffee, and as the beer warms the chocolate comes out a bit more

M-just makes the medium body mark, good carbonation, dry roasted taste is left in the mouth

Overall this is a very easy, tasty beer. I could definitely have more than one of these at a time.

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

This is a delicious porter that makes the style so appealing. So easy to drink and leaves you desiring for more. Nice, slightly burnt, roasted flavors, and a nice hardy mouthfeel. The type of beer that you could drink year 'round. If you're in the mood for a imperial stout but don't want the abv, this is a nice alternative. Smuttynose knows porters. (I should be paid for that. :))

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, almost black with over a finger of fluffy tan head. There is some retention of the head, particularly on the edges of the glass where it leaves nice lacing behind. The nose is roasty; also hints of sherry are present. The body is "robust," if you will, but the flavor is a touch flat. Roasted malt flavors are certainly present, but I would call the roast profile a touch short of bold.

A great porter - close to the best of its style.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark and opaque for a porter the coloring is nicely black but the head was thin and had little retention.

Dry chocolate and burnt malt aromas are softly present. Not a weak scent at all its just not Robust.

Great burnt maltiness there's a lot of roasted breadiness. Again, not as Robust as I had hoped, this brew is still delicious and smooth. Touches of chocolate mix with a bit of cracker in a dry feel.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,720 ratings.
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