Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

2,710 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/9/12

Appearance: Deep, dark brown - nicely sized, creamy tan head - small, wispy cap - leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey - roasty malts, freshly brewed coffee, coffee beans - dark chocolate and some milk chocolate - nice level of sweetness, not too much - lightly creamy

Taste: A great combination of roast and lightly sweet chocolate - like a mocha bread - dark coffee, coffee beans - dry, roasty - dark chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of semisweet chocolate - lightly burnt grains, with some caramel as well - touch of hops in the back - mild bitterness - nicely balanced overall

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes very clean

Overall: A classic, in my book

I'm ashamed that I have never reviewed this on BA. I've had it both on-tap and in bottles multiple times. I've also used it in multiple batches of chili (it's a fantastic base). This is not the best American Porter I've ever had, but it is one of the best.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a shaker pint, BB 4/15/13

A: This puppy is inky black in color with some light ruby hues coming through the bottom of the glass. The head is a light brown, its creamy and retains nicely. Good chunky lace left.

S: Getting lots of roasted character, some black coffee, cocoa beans, some mild smokiness.

T: Blast of heavy roasted malt and slightly burnt coffee. There is some slight mocha/black chocolate sweetness and finishes dry with a lingering coffee and roasted flavor, a bit of burnt sugar and molasses, good stuff.

M: Lighter medium feel, soft and creamy, smooth carbonation.

O: Wow, this is excellent stuff. Probably my second favorite American porter behind Founders. Definitely worth seeking out.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-Serving Type- Bottle poured into Pint Glass Best By Date of 3/13/13

A- Deep, dark brown... very little light penetrating this. Quarter inch head that vanishes at a good clip.

S- A generous aroma of roasted malt... Hops are faint but distinct. A little bit of coffee sifts its way through.

T- More coffee on the palate than in the nose, and to me it's the perfect amount. The malt takes turns with the coffee, great balance going on here! So tasty. Finishes fairly dry.

M- Medium body, cabonation is exactly what i look for in an American Porter, creamy, not overwhelmingly so... Dead On!

O- The only thing i'm disappointed in right now is that i took so long to sample this beer. I never thought Edmund Fitz would be overtaken as my go to porter, but it just was. IMO this is as good as it gets as far as American Porters go!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brownish black with a generous tan head, good retention and lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a touch of hoppiness. Smells good.

T/M: Rich and layered. Starts out with a lot of sweet dark fruits and strong bold coffee. This quickly gives way to a bitter, charred flavor, somewhat burnt and roasty. Tobacco, chocolate, more coffee, some nice crisp piney hops, and a lingering aftertaste of smoke, coffee and licorice.

O: A great, very rich and complex porter. Lots of strong and bitter flavors. Delicious.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near-black brown. Dark tan head that dissolves completely. Legs are wrapped around the inside of the glass. Lactic feel. Full body. Heavy dark malts with to s of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavor reminds me of powdered mocha. Solar feel on the tongue as well.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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