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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Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best buy date of Dec 2011.

black, with fluffy 1" tan head. good head retention.

big toasted malt aroma. taste is big roasty flavors as well. starts dry and acidic, coffee grinds. finishes sweeter, chocolate. medium body, fairly smooth.

overall, complex, and lots of flavor for a "smaller" beer.

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Photo of mckajd03
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Holy cow is this a pretty beer! Jet black with a dark tan head that is thick, full, and lingering. The lacing covers almost half the glass.
S - The smell is bittersweet chocolate, black patent malts, and hops. Not super rich, but very inviting.
T - The bittersweet chocolate character is front and center, probably from a combination of a healthy dose of hops and black patent malt. A bit of licorice and smokiness linger on the back of the tongue.
M - Quite creamy and thick, with a very dry finish
O - Another amazing offering from a fantastic brewery. Rich, thick, and lingering, this beer is not for your average beer drinker. But for those who like the dark stuff, this is one of the best in the category.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like a "robust porter" should smell. Burnt sweet malts, just the oh-so-tiniest tingle of hops, powdery rolled oats. Don't expect anything never seen before. Expect the nose of a well done American porter in the English tradition.

The mouthfeel is fluffy and bold with flavors of burnt semi-sweet malts holding the piece together -dark roasted coffee beans and dark unsweetened chocolates, mild peppery tingle. What you'd expect, but very well put together and balanced. Feel is balanced and gentle all the way through to the finish. Love the very soft-spoken but present hops. This is how you do it, boys. I love that I can get 6-packs of this anywhere for 8 bucks or so. Thanks, Smuttynose for keeping in real for so long!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks johnnnie!

Pours a black with very, very slight brown notes. medially thick light caramel half inch head.

Sure smells robust. Coffee and bitter dark chocolate run rampant through the nose.

The first I really notice in the taste is how it feels. It feels slick and soapy, with strong notes of coffee. Also feels crisp, which is actually really helpful; it could be a very slick, sweet beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw and heard about this beer so many times. If I had a nickel for everytime I passed over this beer... Oh well, this time I went for it, let's see if it's really "robust". Bottle into glass, best before Feb '12.

Pours almost black, huge head of dark tan bubbles erupt. Leaves good lacing at first, mild lacing later.

Rich aroma of dark malts, chocolate, and coffee grind.

Robust? Better believe it. Ton of flavor packed into a 5.7% beer. Starts with some rich dark malt which segues into a nice sweet chocolate. Finishes with a touch of char, coffee, and an earthy, smokey aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is a little on the heavier side and a dry finish.

This beer, in my opinion, is the absolute benchmark for a porter. Really pronounced flavor in such a small ABV package. If someone were to have me recommend them a porter, I would only have two words: Robust Porter.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Blackish with a one finger deep brown head

S-Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate.

T-Lots of roasted malt, subtle coffee flavors and a little chocolate sneaks in there as well.

M-Medium bodied, a little thick but the finish is a little flat.

O-A great all around porter, the only draw back was the flatish finish. A tad bit more hops and this beer would be wonderful.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a 1-1/2 finger tan head that quickly dissipates and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Roasted malts flavor with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell this beer this beer has great roasted malt flavor and a nice chocolaty coffee backbone.

M: Heavy body and minimal carbonation.

O: Great Robust Porter! This brew was complex with lots of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A half inch of quickly receding tan head sits on top of this very dark brown, nearly black brew. Opaque with good lacing.

Strongly roasted aroma with vivid coffee notes, char, and a bit of a smokey, almost tobacco-like smell.

Excellent flavor full of roast, black coffee, vaguely cigar-like smokiness. Moderately bitter.

Medium high carbonation; moderately dry without too long or lingering of an aftertaste. Very tasty and easy to drink; perhaps just a tad shy of the creamy mouthfeel I most want in the style. Very good, overall. Aroma may be the best aspect of this beer.

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Photo of aorloski
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark black with dark amber legs, lots of carbonation coming from the bottom

Smell - Is quite amazing for a cheap, low abv beer. BIG roasted malts

Taste - Follows the nose, big roasted malts, smokey qualities, slight hints of vanilla

Mouthfeel - Pretty damn carbonated, a little thin

Overall - This beer has its joys in the nose and taste. It is really a great beer for how much it costs and the abv. I would say seek it out but since it is readily available all i can say is buy a six pack and enjoy. a perfect winter session beer.

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Photo of garuda
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby, tan head that retains well with lacing.

S/T - What I expect from a 'robust' porter. Clean roasted malt character rolling into bitter dark chocolate with some sweeter chocolate notes throughout and finishing with a punch of pine hops.

M - Nearly full body, nice carbonation, thick and creamy across the palate.

O - Nice porter and everything I expect to get from a self-dubbed robust porter. I'd get it again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of good 'ol Steve Twigg, thanks dad! Pours a nice, thick, near-black color with a few brown highlights permeating the edges. Head shows some decent retention and lace.

Nose has sweet licorice, sharp fruit and heavily roasted malt. Interesting and complex smelling brew.

Taste simplifies things a little bit, although it is by no means a one-dimensional beer. Sweet, roasty malt has a touch of caramel and a nice hop backing that compliments, rather than opposing the roasted malt. The line that this beer walks between sweet bitterness is truly amazing and an incredible brewing feat. This is a quintessential American porter and is one of the best of the style I have had in at least a couple years. I love it when a beer under 6% gives you that 'WOW' feeling. This one did it for me. Hats off to you Smutty.

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle with Best Before November 2011 notched on the side of the label.

Pours black in color with a one finger beige colored head that has settled to a spotty layer covering the top of the beer. Pretty good head retention with moderate lace left behind.

Somewhat clean and mild aroma of roasted barley and touch of bittersweet chocolate in the nose.

I'm getting a bit of chocolate on the front end of this one. Touch of bitterness and charred wood towards the middle. Lots of flavor in the finish. The chocolate and woody tones carry all of the way through. Maybe a hint of coffee on the back end as well.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that's slightly chewy at the end. Moderate to low carbonation.

An above average Porter without question.

Morey's Bottom Line: This may be my 2nd favorite Porter to date, with Founders holding the top spot. I like Edmund Fitz, but I got give the runner up to Smutty.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a deep black with a two finger brown head. Smells of wet grains, smokiness, and burnt dark chocolate.

T&M - hits sweet and crisp with bitterness from the hops, as the malt sweetness grows, some of the more smokey qualities shine along with some alcohol breadiness. The beer then finishes with a bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavor. Vert robust, just as advertised. The aftertaste has what I want to refer to as a zesty flavor, its almost like eating an orange peel then having that bitter aftertaste. Not to appealing.

O - A pretty good brew, nothing spectacular. Can't wait for the Pumpkin to see how Smutty can fully use the ingredients to their full potential, cause I just don't see it in this porter. Try it out regardless, along with Firestones. Cheers!

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Photo of soju6
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good head tan head that fades slowly and has good lacing. Looks inviting.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Has an initial bittersweet nip with coffee and roasted malt. The bitterness continues through to the finish which is quite dry.

F: Fairly heavy body, smooth and creamy with excellent balance.

O: Robust and very enjoyable. Excellent change of pace, kick back, relax and savor.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a light amber hue around the edges. A 1 finger tan head. Looks exactly like what a porter should look like.

S - Dark roasted malts dominate the aroma in this one. Dark and sweet chocolates, coffee, just a general roasted graininess. Almost seems like there’s a light earthy hop aroma as well.

T - Taste is sweeter than the aroma implies. Sweet chocolates, almost milky taste to it. Roasted coffee and black patent malts are still there as well, but pushed to the background as the sweetness takes hold.

M - Medium to thick bodied. A little heavy for a porter, but I like it. It fits well. Finish is sweet and slightly drying with a nice roasty taste.

O - Overall, I really like this. Might be a little heavy to down a few in a night, but the taste is well balanced, and it doesn’t just stick to the aroma, it mixes things up. Not too sweet either.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to n2185 for sending me this as an extra. Having wanted to give this a shot for a while.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown color with only the slightest ruby around the edges of the glass when held up to light. 1.5" of dark tan head forms, which has decent lacing, and excellent retention.

Smell: Dark malts in there, with just a touch of roast. Definitely get a lot of hops as well. I can tell this is going to be one of the hoppier porters I've had.

Taste: Just about what the nose suggests. Dark/lightly roasted malts initially, followed by a lot of hops. Very nice if you like hoppy porters. It reminds me a bit of Bully! Porter from Boulevard. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is actually pretty heavy, between medium and full. Nice fine carbonation contributes to a nearly creamy mouthfeel. Nice. Overall, I enjoyed this. Unfortunately I'm a bit biased towards porters with more roast/coffee/chocolate than I am towards hoppier porters, and my score will reflect that. But this is an excellent porter that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of crzyc
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Tulip glass

A- Big dark tan colored head, nice lace that lasts.

S- Bitter, malty

T- Spicy, clean, almost like very dark chocolate.

M- Slight carbonation feel. A bit of a bite from the alcohol. Very drinkable.

O- Such a balanced porter. I really enjoyed my six pack. The appearance is outstanding, nothing like a dark beer with a nice amount of lacing. Great taste and easy to drink.

This is my first review, but from the few porters I have had this is the best. Will revisit this review after I have tried a bigger variety.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown to black with the only light coming through the ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. The creamy, dark tan head is very slow to dissipate leaving a sticky lacing behind.

As advertised, this porter offers a robust aroma of dark chocolate and lightly charred dark malts.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers a roasted to lightly charred malt up front with sweet chocolate mid-palate and into a combination of charred malt and faint hop bitterness to finish.

Medium to full in body with a generous amount of carbonation.

A very nice example of the style featuring great toasted malt notes and pleasant aromas all of which are very appropriate.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Dark brown with auburn edges and a 1.5 finger khaki head. Lots of spiderweb lacing down the glass.

A simple and faint aroma. There's some roasted malt and coffee peeking through but this isn't terribly aromatic.

The flavor is nice though. There's lots of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, hop bitterness, and a smoky finish. A tasty, simple, workingman's porter.

Medium to full bodied. Very nice.

A classic, simple, and roasty porter.

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Photo of skibumma70
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Strong roasted coffee, chocolate malt
Appearance - Very dark brown with a lacy tan creamy head. Taste - Coffee, creamy burnt chocolate.
Palate - Very smooth, easy to drink,and smooth!
Overall - A fantastic smooth, creamy porter with a bite!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: A near-opaque blackness with brown tones and tiny, lacy head. This is exactly how I expect porters to be served.

Smell: Coffee and dark chocolate aromas, with a malty backbone. There are some tingling hoppy sensations on the nostrils as well, which is always fun. There is also an inviting, sweet vanilla aroma that makes this smell like a very flavorful beer.

Taste: A grand bold taste of coffee and caramel at first. The flavor is unbelievably rich with a bitter, creamy flavor and it immediately fills me with glee. Whatever Smuttynose is doing with their beers, they should keep it up. This porter is a meal in a bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thick and malty, and barely watery. It's a very easy beer to drink that leaves a slightly bitter sensation but otherwise a warming, roasting finish.

Overall: One of the most balanced porters I've ever had to date. It's futile to write a review for this thing - the beer speaks (or drinks) for itself here.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a near black with ruby edging. Thick rocky dark tan head that gives way to webby lace.

S - Deep chocolate and coffee malts. Hints of caramel malts and raisin.

T - Gorgeous. Deep and rich. Coffee and chocolate malts create a dense and yet dusty base. Hops appear slightly in the finish to create a dry end to a lushly sweet beer.

M - Rich.

O - Simply an outstanding porter.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tan, 1/4 thich creamy head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, molasses, some coffee, chocolate, dark fruits like rasin and plum. Not really strong or anything that stands out.

Taste - Nice robust roasted malts and a sweet chocolate finish. Beer is not overly sweet and has a mild, smooth and easy to drink feel. Coffee, sugars, and hops very mild. Malts make the most flavor.

Mouthfeel - Pretty easy on mouth. Coats mouth with malts, some chocolate, and a dry bitter finish. Tounge is left with some chocolate flavor in the bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Decent, kinda mellow and watery, but, this is perhaps from this past winter, so this bottle might have 8-9 months on it. Lacks overall flavor like coffee and sugars. Too weak for me, but a good gateway for a rookie porter drinker.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle on a whim. I figured I'd give it a try. 12oz bottle, best before November 2011...

A: A nice deep dark brown with a 1 inch mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get a nice roasty molasses upfront with some mild vanilla in the middle and some chocolate and roasty coffee notes on the backend. Good.

T: A heavy watery roasty coffee upfront followed by some mild dark fruit. Some nutty creaminess on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation and a roasty / nutty finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a fantastic porter! Packs so much flavor in such a light ABV brew. If you're looking for a great example of the American Porter style, this is it.

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Photo of RyanPS
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, about a finger head that disappears after a few moments, mild carbonation.
S: Smells of dark chocolate with some hints of coffee, smells very good.
T: Dark chocolate with more pronounced coffee flavors than I got in the nose.
M: Very slick, smooth, and creamy. Leaves a good coating on the tongue. Just about the right amount of carbonation.
O: A very enjoyable porter. The combo of the smell, taste, and mouthfeel add up to a great beer. Would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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