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:
#1,627
Reviews:
1,090
Ratings:
2,729
Liked:
2,425
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
10.41%
Alströms:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
200
Gots:
464
Trade:
5
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Barleycorn
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes, very nice. 6-pack from Moline. Poured into a pint glass.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours obsidian black with a small amber lining at the bottom of the glass. The big, rocky, espresso colored head lasts forever. Cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla and toffee pudding in the nose. Big roastyness and dark chocolate upfront in the taste. licorice and milk chocolate notes too. Piney, herbal hops are prominent and mingle with a jagged roasted malt bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Tobacco, roasty dark malts and hop bitterness linger in the long finish.

This is a complex and flavorful porter. Perhaps a bit too much malt roastyness. Still highly recommended.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This porter pours a pitch black color with a fairly thin tan head. The smell is really pleasant and somewhat robust as the name suggests. There are some pretty strong roasted grain notes as well as chocolate and coffee elements. The taste is also quite bold. It has dark chocolate, roasted grains, and a strong, bitter espresso finish. The body is heavy, but it is perhaps slightly lighter than some of the best porters. I am definitely a fan of the flavors going on here and the general boldness of them. My only minor negative comments would be that I think the body could be a little heavier and that the bitterness of the finish could be toned down a little bit, although this naturally happens a bit as the beer warms. This is definitely an excellent porter though, it’s thoroughly recommended.

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

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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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