Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

2,719 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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly pitch black color with a tan head. The head fades slowly and leaves a persistent foam on the top of the beer with some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Quite a nice look.

Smell – Sweeter chocolate aromas with a hint of vanilla and roasted notes are consistent throughout the entire aroma. Toward the end the sweetness lightens a little bit, and gives way to a slightly more bitter chocolate aroma.

Taste – The taste matches the aroma quite nice. The nose however leads you to believe it will be sweeter then it is. In the beginning it is a little bit of sweeter chocolate mixed with vanilla and a bit of roasted coffee. The “sweet chocolate” although, it is only sweet in comparison to where it goes, as over time it bitters more and more, to a bitter cocoa flavor with heavy roasted notes.

Mouthfeel – From the look I expected something a bit more heavy and syrupy in body, but instead was met with something lighter. While lighter, it did have a very creamy feel, closer to something you may expect with a dry nitrogen driven stout. The level of carbonation and body made it very easy to drink.

Overall – This was a very nice porter. Although I don’t think I would consider it “Robust” as the name implies, it is very drinkable and good none the less.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dark tan head. Great retention. Lots of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - First aroma is intense dark chocolate, followed by some earthy roasted malts and coffee, but the chocolate dominates.

T - Coffee more present in the taste, though chocolate and roasted malt really shine through. A nice subtle hop bite and some sweetness round out the flavor nicely.

M - Nice medium, coating mouthfeel. Earthiness lingers on the palate.

O - Very well made porter that I would put up with my favorites. Nice I had easier access to this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This may have replaced Edmund Fitzgerald as my favorite porter.

Great head that dissipates quickly after the first few sips. Aroma is the one weak spot, just faint dry roasty notes. Taste is good with deep chocolate and bready notes, with a nice hop finish. Great mouthfeel; not too thick, not too thin.

Excellent American porter.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PorterBoy14
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost black, with just a fringe of mahogany brown around the edges. The head was 1.5 fingers of deep tan, with good retention and above average lacing.

S: The smell was not robust at all. In fact, I had to really concentrate to identify anything, and faint malted grain and a slight whiff of hops spice was all I could pick up. (No, I don't have a cold...)

T: Robust certainly applies to the malt -- too sweet for my taste. But the taste is much more complex than the smell: there's coffee and an acrid, burnt flavor; the hops is initially citrussy, followed by a lingering bitterness; at the end, there's a slight phenolic character, but not enough to ruin it.

M: Moist, with good carbonation up front. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected at 5.7% ABV. I would have ranked this trait higher, but for the astringent finish.

O: An OK porter, but not top of the class in my opinion. The malt is too sweet, and the hops too phenolic and astringent to be a great example of the style. I'll pass in favor of one of several better porters next time.

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Photo of mmmaaattt
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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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  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Mucho gusto robusto. ...I'm sure that made sense somehow, right...? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger or so of sienna foam. The nose comprises plenty o' roasted malts, chocolate, light molasses, and a touch of toasted caramel. Robust, indeed. The taste focuses on the roast, as well as a decent amount of coffee. It's all a bit acridly bitter, but not enough to make it come across negatively. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a more-than-solid porter, one that definitely lives up to the title of "robust".

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge. Bold. Rich roasty coffee, chocolate, black malt. Light hops.m Some dark fruit esters. Mild alcohol.

Appearance: Black. Some brown seen when held up to a bright light. Medium moussy brown head. Great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Taste: Cold rich coffee, a bit acidic & astringent, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt black malt. Bold and savory. The acidity is nicely offset by the sugars.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. A bit drying from the acidity & roasty notes.

Overall: Nice dark ale. Savory roasty flavors. Wonderful bold coffee aftertaste.

Notes: Tasted on 1/21/2012, freshness date on bottle reads May 2012.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black with a half of an inch of thick, brown head that has great retention. The nose is roasty and coffee-like. The flavor is robust, roasted malts and coffee notes with mild hops that add some bitterness to the finish. It has a smooth, medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is really a solid porter. It's thick, heavy, robust, and flavorful. I really enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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