Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

2,722 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 skibumma70
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +8.7%
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 +19.6%
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 -8.7%
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 -1.4%
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 +4.6%
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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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mocha head very frothy lasts and the laces glass well. Ebony rich color with an as stated robust flavor and aroma. Roasty malts with coffee and dark chocolate notes and nice clean aftertaste. I want more!

Another review thats too many characters short! This ones good for listening to the Beatles!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Untanned leathery brown. Robust (see what I did there?) 1.75 finger head on a decent pour. Sticky lacing surrounds the glass.

S: Quite nutty, with heavy amounts of unsweetened baker's cocoa.

T: Freshly roasted drip coffee, dark chocolate and charred malts.

M: On point. No beer with this low of an ABV should feel this rich and creamy. It's thick and properly carbed.

O: Smuttynose's Robust Porter is one of the best low ABV American Porters around. I'd say between this, Evo's Rise Up! Stout and DC Brau's Penn Quarter Porter, you've got the makings for some seriously decent porter quaffing. Though I prefer the other two, going home with a bronze in a packed category ain't half bad.

Seriously well done.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours quite close to black. Mahogany highlights when held up to the light. Khaki head is small in stature. Leaves lacing.

S-Dark chocolate is the dominant figure of the nose. Traditional porter scents of coffee and roasted malts. Nose smells great. The chocolate is top flight.

T-Great tasting porter. Bitterness stems from the dark chocolate. Light hoppiness. Coffee, vanilla, milk. Bunches of flavors all collide and work well with each other.

M-Feel is good and creamy. Carbonation is a perfect complement to the body.

O/D-Smuttynose aces the porter here. Easy drinking. Flavor is smooth and enticing. I am excited to get my hands on their Baltic Porter. I am liking the style more and more.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77 (thanks!). Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Black with about a centimeter of beige head that dissipates quickly to patches of bubbles and a ring around the edge of the tulip glass. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, a touch of vanilla, and some dark fruits (raisin especially). Tastes of roasted, nearly charred malts caramel, coffee, a touch of chocolate, and perhaps some cane sugar; very nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with perfect carbonation. Overall, a very good porter that I am grateful to have had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of Keffa
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Best by marked October 2011.

Live review, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black, with a small tan head, the head settles quickly, and leave some decent lacing, although it's spotty. No light gets through it. Not bad for what it is.

S: Wow, holy hops! The single hoppiest porter I've had, very woody/earthy hop, along with a slight citrus note, and then the roast comes in. Very hop forward for a porter, almost Black IPA like at first impression.

T: Wow. Very deceptive. The hops are still quite forward, but the roast is the star here. Very slight sweetness creeps up, but gets squashed by the powerful roast and hop combo. This is FANTASTIC. Reminds me of Storm King a bit, but read on...

M: Man, this is a let down a bit. Thinner than it should be, IMO, and slightly oily. Coats the palate well, and finishes very dry and slightly astringent.

O: Pretty good. Some work on the body and retention would make this a killer, world class porter, IMO. As it sits, Edmund is still my favorite. This one is probably second, but it's still a good ways off.

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Photo of jamescain
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a tan head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Roasted grains, chocolate, burnt sugar, and coffee are the predominate aromas.

Taste: Chocolate upfront with roasted malt and a slightly sweet sugary finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, not as thick as a big impy stout, but thicker than most porters, hence, the reason I like robust porters more. It has medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Probably my second favorite overall stout and I wish I could find it in Texas, I guess I’ll have to load up next trip to New Hampshire.

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

Had on-tap recently at The Gutter in Brooklyn. This also happens to be my 1400th entered review, and I thought this was a more worthy recipient of that honour than the Davidson Brothers Ryely I actually had before this one.

This one pours a lovely, crisp brown colour—very opaque, only crinkling at the edges with a reddish hue. Head is very fine and mild, with an almost creamy mocha or espresso crema appearance. Minimal lacing, but the body is good for a relatively low ABV beer.

Nose is toasty with mild coffee dark raisin hints and high-cocoa chocolate. All extremely smooth and really well integrated, while having the clout to make it heady and potent. The darkness doesn't get to stout-level depths, and as a result it's an extremely smooth and very generous porter.

Taste continues the trend: delicious. Smooth, but light, with wonderfully dark, slightly charred, almost smoky characters pulled back rapidly by the creamy feel and the chocolate sweetness. Dark, but smooth and refined. It has the sophisticated smooth sweetness of dark chocolate or affogato. Just lovely.

It's a lovely brew, just gorgeous. Certainly one of the best porters I've had, and what's more, it's relatively light; almost sessionable. Just a brilliant brew. Certainly one of the most flavoursome beers I've had at this strength.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this while Beer Advocate was down for maintenance, so this review is taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a small 1-finger tan head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts up front. There are also some nice scents of chocolate and coffee. There is also a bit of hop presence as well.

T - The taste starts off with a nice roasted bitterness. There are some nice flavors of coffee and chocolate present. There is a nice mild bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It has a nice smooth creamy feel to it. There is a nice roasted bitterness that is present through out the beer and into the finish.

O - This has great drinkability. I could easily drink a few of these through out an evening. It has a nice roasted quality to it. Overall, I think this is a really good porter, and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is nearly black with some reddish-brown around the edges. A light brown head fades quicker than expected, but leaves a good amount of lacing. Coffee scents are prominent, with a floral hint. The taste is mainly malts of coffee and caramel, with a piney hop bitterness trying to push through in the finish. Hops seem to come through more as it warms, but malts remain in the forefront. Really nice mouthfeel. A good and solid porter.

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Photo of justinjj1280
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a lighter brown head that retains well, good lacing.

Flavor is of toasty malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Good dose of sweetness up front, and some bitterness in the finish to balance, really delicious.

Smooth, medium bodied, a little bit creamy.

I really love this beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of Rutager
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a finger of thick, dark brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Dark chocolate and roasty coffee, toasty dark grains and a hint of vanilla.

Taste. Roasty malts, dark roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Flavours are rich and full. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Lighter than medium body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. The best porter I've had to date. Wish I could get this stuff around here. Will look forward to the next time I can get this.

Big thanks to Sammy for getting this one for me. Great stuff.

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Photo of JamesRobbins
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Robust Porter pours a dark black abyss in your glass with amber highlights where it meets with the light brown head. One smells strongly roasted malt with subtle fruity undertones. The mouthfeel is thoroughly creamy with a dry finish. The taste follows a smoky path through dark malts and bitter chocolate.

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Photo of bpw28
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very nice two finger shaving cream mocha head, deep deep brown (about a 38 SRM), very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet Chocolate, heavy cream, deep roasted malt, smoky, an after a campfire smell (charred warm wood; great smell), espresso, floral deep in there.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, espresso, a little floral, a pleasnet coffee/chocolate bitter back bone, very smooth, a little smoky, some darkfruit aftertaste, pipe tobacco.

Final Thoughts: A great example of the style, could be a top favorite of the style for me. Smuttynose seems to do a good job of making good examples of styles. It always seems like my glass is well laced after a Smutty as well.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany brown with red highlights in the Scotch Ale glass. Handsome brownish head. More bitter, more like a stout. Quite rich and flavorful. Nice rasp of burnt malt, though fairly mellow. Only a touch of sweetness among all the roasted malt. Nutty, like walnuts with the bitter skins. Serious hoppiness turns up the more you sip, and gives a long bitter aftertaste, probably enhanced by the black malt. More austere and less sweet than many porters.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours with a rim of creamy light khaki colored head. This bad boy sticks around, really nice retention and sticky lace.

Lots of bitter coffee in the aroma with some chocolate to add. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Lots of dark roasty coffee flavors and a little bit of bitter bakers chocolate to give it a bit of sweetness.

A little bit on the light side on the body. Real good carbonation.

I've never tried this beer before now (for whatever reason). I think I've found my go-to porter.

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Photo of Thads324
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with caramel edges, thick and slow growing head. The head is tan and super sticky.

S : really fragrant. Chocolate, a bit of dried dates and some other sweet malts.

T ; starts smooth and a bit mild. Chocolate and pumpernickel flavors. A slight bitter hop and an astringent roasted flavor finishes the brew. There's a bit of a black pepper spice with the hop that is pleasant and unexpected.

M : super smooth and creamy. A very full finish and easy drinking. Pretty perfect.

A great brew for sure. Really really flavorful and easy to drink

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmed up from the fridge, the gentle pour almost put beer foam out over my glass.

Coco powder color head. Sticky lace.

Dark brown, not quite black. Porter like.

A favorite style of mine. Thus, I like it.
Roasted coffee, smoke, chocolate nibs, some heft in it.

Sour finishing, medium body.
Quite good except for the intense sourness.

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Photo of jeremy2027
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into perfect pint glass

Dark chocolate opaque with two finger brown head. The head dissipates after a few sips leaving nice lacing.

Smells of coffee, roasted coco and maybe a slight hint of cinnamon.

Slight bitterness at the front and chocolate malt in the back.

Great mouth feel without being too think one of the best.

One of the best porters I have come across. Awesome balance of hops with the sweetness from the roasted malt. Not too much alcohol and very easy to drink. Great Beer!

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Photo of dtivp
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark jet black with a two finger mocha head with excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma of dark coffee, roasted malt and smoke.

Taste followed the nose with a nice dark coffee flavor, smoky roasted malt and a slight hint of toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium to to full body, light carbonation, very creamy and smooth with a nice dry finish.

Overall this is a very , very nice porter, enjoyed on a nice cool June evening. Great job.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,722 ratings.
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