Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter
BA SCORE
88.9%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 2,729 ratings
Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,630
Reviews:
1,090
Ratings:
2,729
Liked:
2,425
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
10.41%
Alströms:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
201
Gots:
464
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,729 |  Reviews: 1,090
Photo of andrewh995
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, close to black. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, mild coffee, and some dark fruits. Light-medium moutfeel with light carbonation. Overall a good porter, just a tad watery in flavor.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of wflamholtz
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPan
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Braintrust
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a dark amber with no haziness whatsoever. Big tan head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and moderate lacing.
S -- Mild roasted malts, baker's chocolate, cacao, and sour fruits
T -- Bittersweet chocolate upfront, followed by notes of dark fruit, coffee, and barley. Not particularly unusual flavors for a porter, but this one has a very good balance between them.
F -- Medium bodied with good carbonation and finish
O -- One of the more enjoyable Smuttynose offerings, although I still like their Finest Kind and Pumpkin ales more.

80/100

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Photo of matcris
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with a finger of tan head that sticks. A nice rich roasty malt in the aroma, with some coffee, molasses, and, plenty of milk and dark chocolate. Same for the flavor, exactly. The feel is medium full carbonation, and it feels like a porter instead of a stout. Bit of a creaminess to the beer, and the sweet is up front with a pleasant bitter note that lingers after the sip. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black with thin foamy tan head that leaves splotchy brown lacing.

S: Roasted barley, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toast, coffee, earth, plums and raisins.

T: A nice smooth layer of chocolate, complimented by dark roast coffee, that pushes its way through to the finish. A nice mixture of sweeter dark chocolate and bitter cocoa powder, with roasted grains and burnt toast in the middle, and a very subtle dark cherry and plum note that compliments the almost fruity dark coffee flavor. Finishes with a light coffee and cacao bitterness.

F: Medium, smooth and rich, with a nice pushing carbonation that makes you keep reaching for sip after sip.

O: Complex, flavorful, and infinitely drinkable. One of the better porters I've had thus far.

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Photo of stcules
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black, brown head, on finger, soft.
Toasted malt, a bit of coffee, light resinous, an interesting green flavour.
Full mouthfeel, chicory, coffee, the resinous and grassy, more in the aftertaste, along with bitter roots and a light chocolate.
Average body.
Good, satisfying beer.

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Photo of colbster92
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMFBOSTON
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There are several wonderful porters available in MA and this is one of my regular favorites. Rich dark and "robust". Has tremendous flavor, medium body , creamy, full flavor . The roasted malt and bold flavor are standouts, improves as it warms. I compare this with Mayflower and I continue to be torn with which is "better" , both are distinctively different and are both must haves. This is an excellent offering and overall a standout. Long term great brewery .

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Photo of Fubudu187
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggtriksta
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of CNoj012
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a completely opaque dark dark dark brown color with a creamy, 2 finger light mocha head. Retention is excellent and there is a shit ton of lacing. Hanging rings, sticky webs and big old chunks...the whole 9 yards.

Smell is very robust. Black french roast coffee, and bitter bakers chocolate are most prevalent with some roasted grains and a touch of dark fruit underneath.

Taste is the same, but even more robust and flavorful. Starts off a touch sweet and finishes bitter.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth. I dislike many porters because they feel like a watered down stout, but instead this beer has a wonderful creaminess making it lighter than a stout, but in no way thin and watery.

Overall wow! This is an excellent beer. My favorite porter is Founders because it is very thick and flavorful, but this one is just as good and (in my opinion) more true to style.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To start this review off, lets just say i am not a fan of smutty nose products. I went to a business meeting and this was the only "porter" available at the event. Off the pour, this bad boy was super dark, almost black. A very nice two finger foam head was ever present as well. The initial smell/aroma was a nice blend of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and burnt malts, so to say. Once again, a porter where the taste follows the nose. I was also very impressed with how creamy and balanced, this beer was. One thing I did notice was as the beer warms, stonger hints of chocolate are very present.
This is the best product coming from Smutty Nose. IMO

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Photo of ikidunot
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88.9% out of 100 with 2,729 ratings
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