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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1149th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by: 06/12
Purchased from Total Wine Tampa for $1.99

App- A good mix of chocolate and cola brown. One finger fast receding head. Great cling and sticky lace.

Smell- Opens very full on the nose with a ton of coffee, big bitter notes and seemingly a note of pepper. On a big whiff seems like licorice or anise.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and has a good coffee flavor with a thick dense note of malts, anise and some cream. Its a touch bitter from the coffee, but layered and pretty smooth.

Mouth- A very dense medium with a ton of coffee and as it warmed even brought out the chocolate notes. Medium carbonation with residual coffee.

Drink- This was a good porter with a full flavor and a bitter note to it. More like a small stout than a porter. Well layered and tasty.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best before June 21, 2012

A: Dark brown with a thick tan head.

S: Chocolate and vanilla roasted malt, faint citric hops, and a whiff of booze when I really concentrate.

T: Dark, roasted, bitter chocolate maltiness and a faint fruitiness. Flashes of vanilla and citric hops, with smoke on the finish. This is a full, robust porter.

M: Pretty good, although it could be fuller.

O: One of my favorite porters. A staple.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best before 5/28/12

A: Pours out a very dark brown,about as close to black as you can get without being so, with 1 fingers width of dark mocha colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly to only an outer ring.  Leaves some slight lacing.

S: Big chocolate aroma, mostly dark but some milk chocolate as well.  There is also a roasted character, some coffee aromas, a bit of vanilla and a subtle hint of booze.  Smells great.  

T: Wow is this good.  Rich milk chocolate flavors followed by roasted malt.  There are also flavors of milk and vanilla, and a biting bitter hop presence as well.  I'm also catching a hint of alcohol, which is surprising given the relatively low ABV, but it's just a touch so it doesn't detract from the great flavor profile.  There are also some citrusy hop characters noted towards the end of the drink. Very tasty.  

M/D: Very smooth, even though it is slightly over carbonated IMO, and coats the mouth wonderfully.  A solid medium body with a moistening mouthfeel that leaves you eager for the next sip.  

O: Overall, this is a really fantastic porter.  A great option if you want a sessionable beer but are craving the smoothness and flavor profile of an RIS.  Very well done beer, my favorite Smuttynose offering to date, and I would highly recommend.  

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my February 18th 2012 notes


Black with a tan, thick head. Looks perfect

a little malt, slight dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, something else that I never figured out

flavor: Grilled meat...or just smokey but reminds me of grilled meat, malts, sugar, dark chocolate comes in at full power at the end. I did pick up a good amount carbonation.


This is an interesting beer. the smokeynes was unexpected but I really enjoyed it and added an interesting layer to the pizza I ordered with it.
Once I had generally figured out the tasting profile I sat back and just drank the beer and found it to be something I really enjoy.
Not your every day porter but in a good way. Something I will drink again when I seek something I know.

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

A: A deep black with a thick khaki head.

S: Roastiness with chocolate and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Deep rich coffee flavor with roasted chocholate. Really drinkable, not to sweet or too bitter.

M: Creamy with a lot of carbonation, almost to much at times.

O: A really good and enjoyable porter, something I could drink all the time.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,746 ratings
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