Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter
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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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Ratings: 2,729 |  Reviews: 1,090
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with tan head. Unclear.

Big nose of roasted grains up front. Smaller aroma of sweet malty grain underneath. Nice layering between the roast up front with the malty base supporting it.

Roast vs Sweet Malt continues its interplay in the flavor. At first I'm thinking this is too roasty for a Porter, it should be a stout. But the thick body and smooth flavor of the malt quickly mellow out that roastiness. There is a lot of bold flavor in this dark beer. No hint of coffee or chocolate just a nice big body of malty roasted tastiness.

Really good mouthfeel, perfect level of carbonation. Not cloying sweet but no detectable hop flavor above the roasted grains so the balance of hop bitterness is spot on. Only detraction is a slightly flat aftertaste, almost like cardboard from the roast.

Really great example of a porter, brings the big bold roasted flavors without hitting you over the head with imbalanced roasted malt or pushing it too far into the coffee/chocolate arena. Still shows love for its malt body, excellent brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ebony with three fingers of dense tan head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves nice lacing around the glass. This is one of the darkest porters i've seen; virtually no light gets through it.

Smells of dark roast coffee, chocolate, perhaps some toffee and vanilla.

Roasted malt is in abundance in the flavor; coffee, chocolate dominate w some astringency towards the end. Bitter finish.

Feels medium bodied, quite smooth but a bit watery.

Overall: A damn good porter, one of the best i've ever had.

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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 01/16/13.

Very dark inky brown body. Viscous. Small finger of creamy, light khaki head. Good lacing. Lots of charred, roasted malts on the nose. Good blend of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso, and peat. Accents of vanilla, nougat, and dark fruits.

Bitterish roasted malts and coffee up front. Tannic and peaty. Smoky, charred roasted barley, cocoa nibs, and semi-sweet chocolate mix on the palate. Peaty, smoky, charred character increases into the finish that is dominated by coffee bitterness and dark chocolate. Medium body with a smooth, oily feel. Delicious and perfect for the coming cold.

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3.07/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured deep brown with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap, loads of bubbles and great lacing

S: Faint and grainy

T: Immedite roasted malt, bitterness with a intial rush of bakers powder cocoa, a little gfreen funkiy sourness underlying, tastes artificial and cheap. The finish is dry and bitter.

M: Medium bodied yet thin and watery.

O: Slightly above average. The taste was cheap, the body was thin. Not exactly sure whats A worthy about this beer.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88.9% out of 100 with 2,729 ratings
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