Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Robust PorterRobust 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: 2,760 |  Reviews: 1,095
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A full bodied porter that starts with a dark fruit on the pallet followed by heavy notes of coffee and dry dark chocolate that lingers. Has a thin head the quickly disappears to nothing, the beer is pitch black and robust. A bigger hop profile than more porters.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an aptly named brew. I've had more robust porters, but they were too robust. This one is just right.

It has a nice, well roasted robustness about it. It looks good in the glass and has a nice aroma. I think it will sweeten up as it warms. Overall, a porter I would buy again if I was in the mood for a nice porter that isn't over the top.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Capital Brewery Mai Bock glass.

Appearance- Black with red highlights and 2 fingers of frothy kakhi head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell- Sweet fruit, pine and coffee

Taste- A nice mix of burnt coffee notes, unsweetened chocolate and a earthy hops finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium to the palate with a little less carbonation then I like but is proper for the style.

Very nice porter, but I would have preferred less earthy hops.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark dark brown, essentially black with a small one finger mocha frothy head that shrunk down rather quickly to a thin ring. Very good lacing.

S - Roasted malt, freshly ground coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.

T - Big roasty character with bitter espesso and chocolate notes throughout the brew. The hop balance is minimal and earthy in nature. Finish is fairly bitter from the hops.

MF - Fuller bodied than others in the style I've had. Rich and smooth. Carbonation is ample but more active. Finishes dry and bitter. Moderately drinkable. Felt more like 7% to me.

O - A big, earthy, roasty porter. Quite nice. Robust indeed.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of Goblinmunkey7, who went nuts on the extras. Thank you, Joey!

A: Pours a black body with a finger of well-retaining light tan head. It leaves a few streaks of lace down the sides of the glass, maintaining a moderate collar and thin film on top of the beer.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted grain (along with a mild grainy sourness). This is a pretty fantastic and full nose, but the sour aromas aren't to my liking.

T: As in the nose, sour grain flavors stand out here. They blend well with the rest of the flavor profile, which imparts flavors of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of vanilla.

M: Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. It has a long-lasting finish with mild bitterness.

O: I love the engineering of this beer; its body and mouthfeel are fantastic. Unfortunately, the particular take on this style isn't quite to my liking, and I find myself gravitating toward other beers.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Solid black pour with a 2 finger light tan head. Adequate lacing throughout. Smell is strong notes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. More in line with a stout than a porter. Taste is much like the nose, but very smooth and full bodied. A great balance of dark roasted malts and a low end hop finish. Strength of flavors grow with warmth. Coffee and molasses stick out for me. Feel is rich and silky. Adequate carbonation with a somewhat thick feel. Overall- A very solid porter/stout. It seems to fall more in line with a stout than a porter. I enjoyed the roasted malts and coffee influence with mild hops. It's not outstanding, but a very drinkable beer and will find another soon-

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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served in a shaker pint.

Appearance- Two-fingers of brown sugar foam with sporadic bubbles on the rocky lid. It has good retention and some sudsy sheet lace.

The body is a really good dark brown monster with no carbonation visible.

Smell- This porter is subtle, sweet, and roasty. A brown sugary sweetness lays the foundation, while vanilla and coffee roast do their part to fit in. And again, not raging out of the glass, but definite.

Taste- It is immediately tingly from the combination of roast and hops. The finish has the slightest kiss of resin from the little green fellas.

Roast up front, plenty of milk chocolate mid-drink, and more roasty goodness rounds this one out. Very well rounded. I miss the brown sugar and vanilla, but this stands up well as it is.

Mouth feel- It is a dryer porter from all that roast and hop action. The carbonation is decent, although a little over done, making a creamy feel only a wish and a dream.

Also a little watery for my tastes, and more light-medium than medium bodied.

Overall- After full consideration, this turned into a hoppier porter with a nice chocolate profile. I wish it was more creamy than dry on the palate, and will keep hoping that this one is sweeter than what it is on my next attempt.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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