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Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Smuttynose's Robust Porter is almost opaque black garnet highlights on the edges. The creamy mouse-like head is an expresso creme shade of light brown with almost the same texture; it also leaves lacing on the glass.

S: This beer has a thick roasted malt nose with low notes of plums and raisins. There is a moderate chocolate aroma and a touch of coffee. Pretty much nothing for hops and a light alcohol note.

T: The roast malt flavor is as big as the nose with a medium amount of chocolate and light expresso notes. There is a moderate to moderate-low hop bitterness and no hop flavor. The roast and bitterness continue past the dry finish.

M: Medium-heavy in body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a a light chalkiness and a light alcohol warmth.

O: This is a robust porter that's packed with a lot of roast and far amount of chocolate.

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

Single bottle from a Smuttynose mixed pack, along with the Shoals, IPA and Old Brown Dog. Packed in May 2012, purchased from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park NY.

Poured into a short nonic. Simply put, this is one of the finest-looking bottled porters I've come across. Very dark, almost black with only a hint of chestnut when held to the light. Looks fairly thick. Sturdy inch of tan foam that maintains its shape brilliantly. Lots of lacing to boot. Great stuff.

Nose is also quite nice. Dark chocolate, coffee, big roasted malt, nuts, caramel, grape, astringent hops.

Big roasted malt flavor, with coffee, chocolate, nuts and an astringent hop bitterness that lingers for quite some time after each sip. "Robust" is certainly apt for this beer. Stunning stuff. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, long bitter finish.

One of the better porters I've come across. I am consistently impressed with this brewery, and this brew is one of their best.

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

It should be noted that the bottle had passed its best before date by three months.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost dark Coca-Cola colored, liquid into the glass. The nougat colored head is frothy with uneven sized bubbles. There are lots of nice lacings on the glass.

S: Smells of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and roasted ham. There are some nice coffee tones as well which is balanced up by butterscotch, wet wooden planks and butter.

T: Tastes Cocoa and milk chocolate. Some smokiness and fresh grinded coffee. Nice spicy hop tones. Nice and clean cocoa bitterness at the end.

M: Surprisingly light bodies, but still with enough body to balance up the alcohol. Medium carbonation with small bubbles.

O: Although the bottle was a few months old this was still a very nice experience. A well balanced Porter.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, I had to refrain and have some control not to rate this beer a 5 overall. But I have a tough time of giving anything perfection, so I had to give it a little room for improvement, although it just isnt needed. I have only had a small share of these, but each time the greatest of this beer further demonstrated to me. This is theee perfect autumn beer. Dark, above-average strength, smells like heaven, and was meant to enjoy like no other beer. It is so good, I just had one in the middle of August, on a hot summer day. Let's see how many other dark porters can say that!

But seriously, this beer is not for someone look to enter a keg race or for some "lightweight" looking for an alternative to a Coors Light. This beer was created for beer drinkers, and no pretenders should even bother.

With this beer there is no stupid additives to make it special. No fruit, no sting from too much hops (sorry IPA lovers), and no to catchy name. This is a special beer that we should all be thankful exists.

Well played Smuttynose, you have done well.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,733 ratings
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