Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter
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Smuttynose Robust PorterSmuttynose Robust Porter

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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: 2,755 |  Reviews: 1,093
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just getting into the smuttynose line of beers and this is a quality offering. I missed out on the draught at Half Tim(see:beerfly) And settled for a six pack as per recomendation from the Half Time crew.

12 oz. bottle with a funny, black and white photo from an old circus. The pour was very smooth, yielding a jet black brew with only a whisp of tan head. (I gave it a 3.5 because I would like to see a little more head from it.)

The smell was very musty amid notes of caramel, plumb and burnt raisin. Upon tasting many of the sweet aromas gave way to more smokey, burnt malts characteristics with an apparent undertow of coffee and just the slightest hint of bitter chocolate. What I found most pleasant was the substantial amount of hops to balance out the malt. The finish was very dry, but it remained very light in body.

As a porter lover I will be sure to continue to stock these and I recomend that you do the same.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown beer, with very little head. The aroma is like a traditional porter -- very smoky. Tastes of roasted nuts, coffee, and toffee. There are scents of all of these as well, but the smoky smell dominates. It's not sweet at all. Very smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of nomad
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful deep brown color, almost black, with an appealing tan-colored foamy head. The head sat well, sticking around to entice me. Also had some lace that was thick and foamy like the head.

Smelled of an earthy and roasty malt, and dirty and woody nuts. The flavor was big malts and big hops in obese amounts; specifically, the body was a combination of dark malt with a strong citrus flavor. The taste was foremost bitter and tart, with strong dark roasted coffee and espresso notes from the very bright hops. Definitely robust but understandably “acrid”, as the citrus tang was big, strong, and stuck around the finish for a long while, and for the most part overpowered the woody hints that tried to push through toward the end of each swig.

Mouthfeel was thinner than expected, and made it quite easy to throwback but unfortunately the more unappealing tastes really linger and hold it back. Tone down those hops and black malts - they make things wicked caustic!

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Photo of Scooter77
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with virtually no head at all. The aroma is a mixture of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted male are quite apparent with slightly mild hop undertones. There was a bit too much carbonation, which distracted some from the flavor. The finish was bitter and dry. This is a decent porter, it’s not the best that I’ve had, but it’s quite drinkable.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Now I can't say that I'm the world's biggest fan of porters to begin with, but this was just downright awful. The first few sips leave you marveling about all the flavors you are experiencing. The next few sips leave you cringing at how disgustingly sweet it is. The sickening sweetness of its chocolate tones overpower anything else in the beer and leave you looking for a Victory Hopdevil to assuage your taste buds. If you don't like sweet beers, beware.

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Photo of Morris729
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown in color with a creamy tan colored head that fades into a thick and sticky lace. Nose is dark roasted malts and sweet chocolaty cocoa—very inviting. Medium to full-bodied with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste starts off sweet and malty with notes of milk chocolate and a bit of dark fruit followed by some bitter and acidic flavors of dark (almost burnt) coffee. A touch of citrus rind tasting hop bitterness comes through in the finish. Quite robust and highly enjoyable. Thanks to paceyourself for sending me this brew!

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

12 oz amber bottle, with freshness month notched on the label.

This porter poured a very dark brown (black) with brown foam that settled relatively quickly, but left a thin head that left some lace. The smell was of dark (burnt) malt, with a bit of coffee and sweetness. The smell was modest. The taste was strong: some sweetness balanced by some bitterness -- malt and floral hops and coffee. The mouthfeel was full bodied and rich with low carbonation. Not overly sweet, but nicely balanced. However, there was a bit of chalkiness. The drinkability was very good. A very tasty porter.

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Photo of Samdaddy
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild head on top of a black body with what seemed to be a hint of a reddish hue. Initial sip is quite nice, a bit of a sharp coffee finish. The taste seems to lessen with each sip disappointingly, but it still held substantial flavor. I was just expecting more with something named "robust". It should be named "kinda robust porter"

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully black color, below a rich, tan, though woefully brief, head. Aroma is strong and powerful, rich with notes of cocoa, coffee, and butternut. Slightly oily texture, but with plenty of grit. Full body, sweet, strong, substantial, with a tasty acidity and tang. Small bitterness, and solid malt. Sweet and bitter at once. Roasty, toasty, and above all, tasty. A little syrupy toward the end, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of this fine porter.Thanks to UncleJimbo for introducing me to this gem.

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

First I’d like to say that I liked the label, good imagery of a strong guy and use of black and white antique style photo. This beer poured very dark brown to almost black, you almost don’t see the slight red outline that is present unless you hold it to a white light. The head is a medium tan color that is chunky and thick, that holds up fairly well. The lace is very sticky, hold well to the sides of the glass. The aromas were quite distinct. I smelled dark molasses that is slightly burnt, roasted malt, hints of cocoa and sweet coffee. The taste was also pretty distinct as well. Flavors of sweet burnt molasses, roasted dark malt, sweet chocolate coffee and a slight hops appeal as well. It filled my mouth pretty well, which allowed me to taste the flavors fairly well. There was a slight aftertaste of the bitter chocolate and hops that seemed to last a few seconds until they totally disappeared. A good beer that held the style pretty well, a little darker then usual but that would not stop me from getting this beer. Would taste good in the dark.

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Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark pour, with a slight hint of rubyness around the edge. Head was small and tan, and left light lace on the glass. Aroma is all roasted - some coffee, chocolate, and hint of caramel. Flavor starts of quite sweet, with a little caramel in there, middle becomes more roasted coffee-like, with hints of chocolate. Body is medium, flavor lingers. This brew goes down very smooth.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

--This beer poured nice but the head disspersed quickly, leaving only a thin lace, which even almost all disappeared by the bottom of my mug. It poured an expected dark, almost black color.
--The smell was full of earthy tones: dark chocolate and coffee.
--I am truly not a connisuer of porters, but I am trying to aquire a taste. This one didn't really help me do that. I have had other porters that I did like a little better. Overall this was a nice beer and I have had worse. I would give it another go some day soon.
**Review #6**

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's great that the LCBO gets in these one-off shipments - I love walking in to the store to be surprised and see new beers (this, Rogue Chocolate Stout, St. Peter's Cream Stout, KEO - all recently).

Pours out a near opaque tint of darkest brown. Head is short-lived and leaves only a tiny collar. In terms of flavour profile, I can identify this most closely with Storm King Stout. However, it is less opressive than that, and decent. Agressive hopping battles with the standard porter malt profile. Vinous, acidic, and still sweet, with some bitter touches in the finish. Has pretentions to being stronger in ABV than it actually is. Very nice mouthfeel, though. Smallish bubbles, smooth and a little thick on the tongue.

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

Beautiful, thick, bronze coloured head. Roasted nose with a light sweetness. Vety rich and smooth going down but yet not too heavy. Wonderful roasted malt flavours with a slightly sweet finish. Reminded me of the great St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout. I would definitely buy this porter again.

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

A great porter and Smuttynose brew.

Black colour with a brown head that developes slowly and dissipates even slower into a sticky lace with swirls. Heavy schocolate and coffee nose. Roasty and mildly sweet malts with chocolate and coffee. Strong balancing hop bitterness. Smooth medium doy with a pleasant bubbly/coarse edge.

Robust indeed. Tastey malts and hop bite. Great look and smell. Enjoy often.


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

The pour a deep dark brown to black, the head monstrous, the lace in fine sheets to coat the glass, light chocolate the color. Nose is caramel, roasted grains, sweet. The beer starts sweet, the top light, the finish is minimally carbonated, potently hopped, the aftertaste dry, long lasting and a good drinking beer, and an above average porter. Robust the name, robust the beer, and well worth a sample

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

After a bad day at work, picked up a bottle of this beer. Dark and robust, with barely no head. It has a french roast taste. The first sip is forced, but each drink after that is more pleasant, much like the coffee. Two 22oz bottles is all my palate will allow, then it starts to taste bad.

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

Had my first one tonight on tap at The Great Lost Bear's "short" beer night. 23 oz. for the 16 oz. price. Great looking beer, dark brown-black appearance with a huge brownish head that stood over the rim of the glass. Great malt aroma with maybe some yeasty dark bread smell. Reminded me of my grandmother's wheat bread dough before it hit the oven.
Rich full bodied flavor, very creamy but seemed a bit overcarbonated. Sweet toasted malt when it hits the tongue with hints of coffee that fades to a subtle dry aftertaste like dark chocolate.
Very tasty and highly drinkable, I will be having this one again very soon.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rich mahogany color, impenetrable to light except from a laser.
Sweet roasted aromas waft from the dense, light brown head that sticks to the glass.
A full bodied, smooth mouthfeel leads to some serious roasted notes with chocolate and dark fruits coating the palate.
A drying hop bitterness balances the long finish with coffee overtones.
Blind fold me and I'd have a hard time differentiating this from a sweet, complex stout.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You have to work at it to get a decent head which lasts about halfway through the pint. This is a very dark dense looking beer. Even if you hold the glass up to a light, you still can't see through it. Awesome porter flavor with chocolate and coffee flavors all mixed together with the hops. Just a little sweet on the finish which decreases its drinkability somewhat. Another fine unfiltered offering from Smuttynose - their beers are starting to grow on me.

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

Pours very black with a nice brown head that sticks around for a good amount of time. Smell is of roasted malt and some slight hop bitterness, some chocolatey sweetness is in there as well. Brews starts off very chocolatey on the tongue and then fades into a very nice roasted coffee taste that leaves a lingering bitter finish on the tongue. The finish fades ever so slowly into bittersweet chocolate with some vague smokiness in there as well.. Very smooth and creamy and very drinkable. This is one damn fine porter. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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

Dark, dark porter with crimson-brown at edges. My head did not last, but I'm guessing that's either my pour or my glass. Rich, rich, and rich, like dark chocolate. Alcohol gallops to the forefront, not only puckers the mouth but warms the whole body. Creamy, nourishing mouthfeel if a bit oily for my tastes. Coffee finish. Tonight's a fine summer evening and this beer is a bit too "robust" for a night like tonight, but I can imagine on a chilly winter's eve it would hit the spot.

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

From the start: the pour was great - nice and dark. Creamy head that stuck around. The roasted malts are definetly foremost but still enough hops to give it a nice dry finish - love that coffe/chocolate mix. Smooth, smooth, smooth. More please.

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Photo of beernut7
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark heavy bodied porter with a thick creamy lasting head. Slightly fruity aroma just after the pour. Use of roasted malts apparent and pleasing with subtle chocolate aftertaste. A good porter, especially for the area where hops tend to be king.

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Photo of Jason
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky light brown head that holds up very well and seems to stick everywhere it can. It literally is one of the best heads I have seen in a long time. Big aroma of highly roasted malt, a pinch of sweetness in there also. Very smooth with a creamy backbone. Robust they say and robust it is with a sturdy full body. Roasted malt is very prevalent and gives a quick snappish twang then a blanketing of softer roasted malt flavour slowly cover the mouth again with suggestions of French roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Tight berry like fruitiness within and a mild warming alcohol slowly warms the mouth and body. Damn good drinking.

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,755 ratings