Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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: 2,719 |  Reviews: 1,088
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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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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black with a tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel malt along with some spicy/earthy hops...almost a hint of wood or oak.

Taste is up front coffee and chocolate that goes into a more astringent, coffee middle with a hint of grapefruit hop character, before ending on a chocolate finish that lingers along with toasted bread notes and, again, some oak/wood. Really nice flavor and what I think of when I think of the style.

Medium to lighter body with medium to low carbonation and no alcohol character.

Damned fine porter that has a dark chocolate and coffee character. It is also highly drinkable...a real winner.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

I see the bottle version of this beer on the shelves all the time but I guess I've never had it, or at least not recently. I had a few drafts of this at the Amsterdam Ale House and was very pleased with this very roasty beer.

Appearance is a dark brown with a lightish head. Not a big head but enough.

Aroma was very roasty/toasty, some hops but mostly a nice roastiness.

Flavor was similar to the aroma with a little bit of sweetness on the end. Really a classic porter flavor and not too intense to have a few and enjoy during the warm weather.

I think it's a great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 9/6/2012. Pours thickly. Very dark brown, slightly reddish when held to a slight. About a quarter-inch dense, creamy head that stays put.

S - Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Very little hops.

T - Lots of roast malt character, coffee, chocolate, dark bread. Some astringency but not undrinkably so. Very pleasant.

M - Rich body but remains surprisingly drinkable, probably because it is fairly dry. The carbonation keeps it fairly smooth.

O - This is a great robust porter that would be a perfect companion on cold winter nights. The roast character adds an extra taste dimension compared to regular porters, but it doesn't have the harshness that can sometimes result.

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

Ink black and mostly opaque. Light tan head with exceptional retention and lace.

Aggressive roasted and smokey aroma. Hint of bourbon in the nose.

Robust malt flavor of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Aggressive hop flavor with pine, soap and herbs. Hint of molasses sweetness to balance. Tons of flavor and well balanced.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry finish.

Good stuff. Really hits the spot.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque with a nice large, 2 finger, tan head. Nice compact sized bubbles. Superb.

S - Roasted malts mixed with chocolate and french coffee. There are also some notes of milk lingering, very seductive.

T - Starts off with a subtle chocolate flavor, resembling hot chocolate. As the brew progresses notes of coffee and a milk-chocolate come through. Fantastic flavor, greatly tamed and enjoyable.

M - Large medium body with light carbonation that gives a nice compliment to the beer. The milky consistency is fantastic and makes this similar to drinking a thin shake. Astonishing.

O - This is the best beer I have had from Smuttynose by a landslide. The smoothness and drinkability of this brew top all other contenders and is a fantastic porter to enjoy year round.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is lusciously deep, dark brown with a great huge off white head that lingers for a very, very long time. The head and each sip left great lacing all over the glass. Porters can't really look much better than this. The aroma is chocolate, cola, nuts, and more chocolate like cocoa powder riding the tail. The taste is nice and chocolatey with hints of roasted and burnt tones towards the end of the sip. The aftertaste comes on a bit bitter and balances out the burnt character extremely well. The flavor also has a less sweet Coca-Cola likeness to it. The MF is smooth, creamy, and ever so perfect for the taste.

This is a top notch American Porter. Porter, especially robust porter, being one of my favorite styles, I could drink this beer anytime, anywhere, and I will certainly buy it sometime. My friend gave me this bottle, so I thank him for that.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,719 ratings.
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