Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

2,722 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: 2,722 |  Reviews: 1,089
Photo of KYGunner
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%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of taulpepper
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured vigorously - huge rocky tan head fills the glass.

Aroma of dried fruit and sweet malt disspates quickly, leaving a slight malt/bread aroma.

Taste is aggressive, very roasty/burnt upfront, pretty dry with a bit of malt sweetness, leaving a good amount of bitterness and some chocolate on the end.

It's on the thin side for a dark beer, but not watery, carbonation on the high side, which is fine when paired with the agressive flavors.

Overall this is a great example of the style, no wonder it's listed in the BJCP as an exemplar robust porter. This is not a classic English porter, definitely a bigger, American version of the style, but not a crazy imperial/chocolate/coffee etc. porter. Just a great robust porter.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AmitC
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a snifter. 5.7% ABV.

A very thick and robust pour. Dark brown in color. Pitch black in color. Over a finger thick brown colored head with slight chocolate shine. Excellent head retention. Awesome lacing on the sides. A very solid look for such a low ABV porter. Opaque.

Aroma is of a strong stout. Thick roasted malts. A good amount of charred and burnt up malts. Some chocolate and very little dark coffee flavor.

Taste is even better. A lot of burnt up malts. Some chocolate and may be coffee. A very robust taste with dry finish.

Mouth feel is medium light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very silky and smooth touch. Easy drinking and sessionable.

For a porter, it is very good. Feels like a stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

12 oz bottle says 5.7%. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with good opacity for the style. The head is a two finger mocha shade. It takes a while for the head to recede away, and it leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.

S: This one is very forward in coffee, dry chocolate, roasted barley, and slight hop qualities. The hops come across in a faded manner - and honestly, that's a good thing.

T: The strongest note here is that of roasted barley, creating a coffee expression when mixed with the (faded) hops. The hops do come across a bit citrusy on the back end, but it's balanced with the rich unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavors. I'd say this is the perfect age for this one (two months before the best by date) - some hoppiness is there, just doing enough to balance any malty sweetness without providing an overbearing acidic nature.

M: I like how balanced the mouthfeel is: it's dry enough to be easy to drink, yet there's enough of a lingering flavor to interest the palate. It could use a bit more body, but that's just nitpicking, really.

O: Not much to say here, it's a great porter that I've been ignoring for far too long. As I said before, this bottle is at the perfect age for consumption.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out very dark with little light escaping. The beer sports a nice khaki head with really good retention. On the nose I get toasted malt, vanilla, some toffee-like notes, and something that reminds me of pancake batter.

The beer has a medium body and a rather complex flavor. Burnt toast flavors arrive first, followed at mid-palate by some bitter, roasty coffee flavors and some hops. The roastiness lingers nicely on the finish.

My favorite beers of this style are more stout-like. I find this one to be black IPA-like. There's lots of roastiness and hoppiness (as opposed to roastiness and sweetness) and I'm sure this will appeal to many others, but it's a bit overdone for my palate. It's a very nice beer, but I doubt I'll buy it again when Great Lakes and Founders offer porters that suit my palate much better.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

Photo of Waypoint
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A poured from a 12 oz bottle. three finger foamy head, light tan color

S aroma was light malty,

T Lots of flavor from this beer, some roasted , woody but smooth and well balanced no notable hop flavors.

M Full bodied and smooth. It goes down fast and leaves me wanting more.

O A great porter, easy drinking . i really enjoyed having this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,722 ratings.
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