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

In a word, "mind-blowing"! This beer is so smooth that even Lando Calrissian would be proud.

Pour is an opaque black, with just a hint of "root-beer" brown a the edges when held against bright light. The head is a warm tan, with stiff suds, leaving photogenic lacing as it slowly dissolves.

The nares are immediately confronted with a mix of baker's chocolate, molasses, earth, coffee and hops.

The flavor is undoubtedly dark chocolate and roasted malts, but the finish is blessed with a smooth and lingering light "hoppiness" that sits nicely until it fades a minute or two later.

It goes down smooth, but lets you know it's there.

It's simple, yet well executed. This is exactly what a porter should be. Drinking this ale straight from the refrigerator would be a sin. Rather it is served best just cooler than room temp, IMO, which allows the flavor and aroma to be best appreciated. I cannot recommend a better porter to anyone who enjoys the style.

A seasonal "elixir of the gods". Thank you, Smuttynose.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark black with a nice tan had that leaves a nice lacing around the top of the glass. Almost looks like a stout to me. A great looking beer.

S-Lots and lots of chocolate. Mild roasted malt, coffee, caramel, booze.

T-Lots of chocolate again, more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. There's a bit of a smokey after taste which is quite nice, helps clean the palate for the next taste. Very, very tasty beer.

M-Milky, smooth, toasty, smokey.

O-This is potentially the best porter I've ever had. Smooth drinking, great taste. An all around great drinking beer.

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

Seems to be best before december 2011. just made it

A - pours a rather dark brown, with a rather dark brown head. Looks a lot more like a stout, but its a good strong look.

S - Nice full roast, chocolate, coffee, tanned leather, earthy wood. Real good nose, but reminds me more of a stout.

T - A little light and thin, but a good presence of flavors here. It's mostly in line with the nose, but the balance is off, and there's a strong presence of caramel. Not too stoked about that.

M - thin, more like a porter here. Relatively smooth.

O - Robust must refer to it's stout-ness. It's a good beer. Maybe a little fresher the taste is better.

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

Smuttynose Robust Porter pours black into the glass, with a medium sized, creamy light tan head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, coffee and roast malt.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy with a moderate effervescent fizz on the palate. The flavor is malty with chocolate, coffee and roast malt dominating each sip. Towards the end a flavor of nuts and a touch of pine appear. It finishes with a mild tartness and once gone the chocolate and roast malt lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking porter. It's almost stout like in its characteristics.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,737 ratings
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