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 kpantz
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Textbook porter. Smuttynose has better offerings IMHO, but this is one porter to which I'd certainly return.

Appearance: Dark-as-night reddish-black with a finger-thick mocha-colored head.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, figs? Definitely a fruit of some sort in there.

Taste: Smoky, roasted malt flavors dominate throughout. Coffee flavor is equally impressive. A bit of hop bitterness in the back, but only just enough to balance out the deep malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Slam dunk for a porter here. Medium bodied...right where I like it for a cool weather brew. This is my favorite aspect of a good porter - you get the flavors of a stout in a lighter package.

Drinkability: Give me a cool spring or fall evening, a sweatshirt, a deck chair and a sixer of this!

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

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this one!

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black, with a dense, foamy mocha-colored head which slowly settled over the next few minutes.

Smell: Malty with currents of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans running throughout. Faint fruity scent, as well.

Taste: Like a demitasse of espresso served with a small square of chocolate melted within. Caramel. Grains. Hops are piney and they blend quite well with the other flavors. A touch sour. Lingering dry roasty finish.

Will you people please just relax for two seconds? All the rich flavors will come together perfectly, trust me.

Mmm. There. Delish!

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy. Just a hair above medium in body (medium-plus?). Carbonation remains light.

Drinkability: The first and only porter claiming to be "robust" that really delivered for me. I'm positively nonplussed with amazement. But also saddened by the fact that I can't regularly get this in Georgia. Plenty of flavor, well-balanced, and extreme drinkability make this an outstanding brew.

Other porters beware! Cuz there's a new sherriff a-comin'.

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

Pours out ruby tinted brown and sits deep chocolately brown in the glass with a large brown head. Fades to a faint skim with good lacings around the glass.

Smells of roasted malts, splotchy prunes and raisins. Caramel and chocolates lie within, light leafy hops add a little spice.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, deeply roasted grains dominate, tossing out charred maple and coffee with hints of cocoa. Fig-ish and dark fruity esters come through, though very mild. Finishes mild-moderately bitter, solid leafy hops all over.

Purely smooth within, but crispy at first with tiny and moderate carbonation in a medium-full body.

Delicious stuff here. Will give any other porter a run for its money.

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Photo of akajimmyd
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Jet black, no head or lacing.

Smell – The aspect leaves something to be desired, I really pick up nothing distinct.

Taste – “Robust” coffee malts with a bitter finish on the first sip. As it warms I pick up tart fruits, hints of alcohol and a smoky aged taste.

Mouthfeel – Full, thick and heavy. Almost syrupy.

Drinkability – Really good for one or two but not a session porter. Solid choice in the style.

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Photo of nortmand
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black pour with a finger of tan head.

Roast dominates. Bittersweet chocolate also present.

Sweet up front. Silky chocolate. Bittersweet aftertaste. Abit of astringency midtongue.

Full bodied, but a little oily. Assertive carbonation. Very tasty and quite drinkable.

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

Picked this one at at Bauer in Boston. This is one heck of a deal for a six pack around $8. Beer pours a true black, not translucent at all and with no red hues , also a medium chesnut head. Smells are not exploding from this one but roasted goodness is detectable. Taste and mouth feel are where this one excels. Easily drinkable but not going to sit here and pound, great for one or two and read or watch a movie. Another great offering from Smutty.

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, orange on "b&w" label

Appearance: black/brown color, very large light brown head, excellent thick and sticky lacing

Smell: dark roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, coffee, minor floral hops

Taste: full body, smooth and creamy mouth feel, medium carbonation, dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, citrus hops in background

Notes: EXCELLENT beer

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

Opaque motor oil in color. Creamy tan head that leaves gentle rings of lacing around the goblet's sides.

Milk and dark chocolate aromas; rich, semi-sweet roasted malt character. Tones of strong mocha and freshly ground coffee beans.

Dark chocolate flavors prior to a rich and chewy roasted maltiness. Caramel and mocha followed by a highly hopped bitterness. The finish is dry with hints of roasted pine nuts, oak, and a mild sweetness.

Full bodied; rich, dry, and slightly chewy mouthfeel.

The only other American Porter that I've enjoyed as much as this one is Anchor's. This version is more intense and hoppy with a bigger roasted malt character. A classic; nearly flawless!

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Photo of bossmanjg
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a Porter, this brew comes across better than most, but I found it to be mostly average, nothing spectacular; which, it looks like, puts me in the minority. It’s a good thing we all have our own opinions.

Appearance: It poured a darker than brown color, but not dark as I would have expected. Head was okay.

Smell: Malt, malt, malt. Need I say more?

Taste: The taste was strong on, oh yeah, malt, malt, and malt. Maybe I was misled, but I was seeking more of a complex flavor, by the way people always speak of Smuttynose with a voice of reverence.

Mouth feel: Smooth with a little bite on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: This is, for me at least, not a session beer. I can’t see myself drinking this brew on any occasion.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle serving. Dec 2005 born on date.

Body is dark brown/black with ruby highlights.

Nose is rich and robust, just like the name says. Tons of roasty malt with a distinct chocolate scent.

Flavor is incredible. This has more flavor than some, (hell...many), stouts that I have had. Chocolate roasted malt flavor with a nice medium hoppy presence throughout. It's a real treat!

Mouthfeel is rich, silky and creamy from start to finish.

Drinkability is very good. This one went down very easily and I expect the remaining 2 in my variety pack will be gone this evening.

Another great brew from Smutty!

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Photo of tommy78
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle and a deep, dark colour with a healthy head filled the glass. I smelled the left-over beer in the bottle and an aroma of cocoa quickly filled my nose. In terms of taste, the cocoa translated easily. I could also taste malts with a bit of hop. The porter feels light and sweet, and going down, you feel a nice, hoppy sensation. In terms of cooking, the porter easily complimented my hamburger. In fact, I had three porters and I felt really good afterwards.

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Photo of jaluria
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, dark brown with a mocha colored head that was very thick and left behind lovely lacing. Bubbly and intense, the head didn't go anywhere for quite awhile. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, alcohol, and toasted bread. Roasted malt flavors dominated the taste, but the other flavors worked well; caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. Somewhat creamy and yet dry with a slightly sour finish. Good for the style. Good drinkability.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Poured in an imperial pint glass. Pours ink black with ruby hues towards the bottom. Immense fluffy, three-finger head that is khaki to light-brown in color. The head lasts for a while. Semi-sticky lacing.

Smell -- Significant amount of chocolate with just a touch of coffee. For some reason every time I drink this I feel like I can also smell some peanut butter. When I first tried this porter about two weeks ago there was more of a hop presence but you can still smell it if you wait long enough. Very interesting!

Taste -- Bitter chocolate with a faint piney hop flavor. Hints of coffee and just the faintest taste of peanut butter.

Mouthfeel -- Light and fluffy. Kind of reminds me of a cloud or like a cherry fluff (minus the cherry flavor).

Drinkability -- Exceptional! After having only one bottle two weeks ago I ran out and bought two more 6-packs. This is a great porter! I just wish it was available year-round. Oh well . . . exceptional offering from Smuttynose! Highly recommended.

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Photo of petemoss14
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle -- the last from a six pack that I ran all over town trying to find a few weeks ago. Thanks to Nick at Bauer for being on the ball an one of the first to get it in stock.

Pours an opaque black with a finger thick coffee-tan head. No light getting through this beast.

Great malt aroma filled with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and notes of caramel. Riding the wave of malt is a subtle, pleasant floral hop aroma.

A fascinating balance on the palate. Lots of roasted malt. Dark chocolate at first, with a mild underlying sweetness. becoming drier and more espresso-like in the finish. The everpresent hops provide a brilliant counterpoint -- citric at first, to bitter in the finish, to floral on the exhale. Nicely carbonated with a full, velvety mouthfeel. Spot on!

A really interesting and well-crafted porter/stout from Smutty. I had this with a porcini mushroom and garlic-laced burger a few weeks ago, and it complimented it nicely.

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

Pours out a deep brown with no light passing through, half an inch or so of tight brown head that fades slowly.

Smell is roasted malts, a lot of bitter coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and a piney hop aroma.

Flavor is pretty roasty, with nice hints of cocoa and dark chocolate, a bit of toffee, some dark-roast coffee flavors, caramel, and a light earthiness. Really full-flavored, and the medium body holds up well to it.

Overall: A great deal for a solid porter.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very deep brown, virtually black color with brown chunky monstrous head. Retention was excellent, as was the glue-like lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is deeply roated malt combined with strong black coffee, dark ripe fruit, and bittersweet chocolate. Hint of alcohol also present. Taste is roasted malt with a very enjoyable bitterness in the background. Finish is strong, bitter, and very robust. Very nice beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's a total eclipse - pitch black with nary a highlight to be found. Topped by three fat fingers of breathing rocky tan foam. Good lacing.

Big inviting nose of raosty coffee and chocolate.

A first splash of morning roast coffee. quickly followed and enveloped by a wave of chocolate. Then, while you're enoying all this mocha goodness, you realize you're standing in a rising tide of hops whose bitterness pulls the coffee flavor back out in the forefront and gets the mouth all atingly.

Lush full mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable. Where has this bottle gone ?

Simply a wonderful porter. Seek it out.

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Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with chestnut highlights and a nice creamy tan head that reduces to a sticky topping and some bubbly lacing. Rich, chocolate and dark coffee malt aroma. Burnt, dark malt flavor - very full and smooth in the mouth - lightly sweet with a bitter finish. Lots of espresso and dark chocolate.

Robust...the name says it all. A damn good porter.

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Photo of akahn
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notched label indicates that this beer was brewed last month. Like most of Smuttynose's beers, this one has an interesting, oddball label. I like.

Pours an opaque black with a lasting, luxurious caramel colored head, that leaves plenty of lace. I don't believe I've ever seen a porter with this much lace.

Not a strong aroma here, disappointingly. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Pleasant but muted.

Big roasted malt flavor. Sweet, but not overly rich. Sweetness is balanced by spicy, leafy hop flavors. Lasting bitter coffee aftertaste -- bitter coffee flavor matches up with bitter hops extremely well. More coffee in the exhale.

Rich, full body. Strong carbonation for a porter, but I guess this isn't your traditional porter.

Tastewise, this was easily drinkable, despite the full body. However, I could feel this beer hit me pretty quickly, even though it is only 5.7%.

At this point, I can't say that I understand the hubbub over this beer. I like it but I'm not crazy about it. Maybe that will change as I get more acquainted with it and have a few more.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been on a porter kick lately. Traded a beer from one of my six packs of choice for SuperBowl Sunday for this one with my good buddy and fellow BA, Thetachibro.

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A very, very nice opaque black color iwth a huge, foamy tan head. The head sticks around at almost full capacity and laces the glass like crazy. When held up to light the sides of the glass let a tiny bit of light shine through forming an amazing ruby red/brown frame around the black liquid. Great look.

S - A nice roasted coffee/chocolate aroma hits the nose.

T - A nice robust (sorry) coffee taste comes through up front with a tiny sweetness following. The finish is a very robust (sorry again) roasted, toasty flavor. A great tasting porter overall.

M - Very smooth in the mouth and just the right tiny amount of carbonation to complement those robust (yes I'm a dork) flavors.

D - An excellent porter. The flavors make you want more and you can definitely put a few of these down in a sittting. I actually think the smoky aftertaste contributes tot he drinkability the most as it makes you crave sip after sip.

Notes: To sum it up, aptly named. My repetition of the word robust was obviously a joke however it really is the perfect word to describe this porter. Another great one from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark brown with a large tan foamy head.The smell has a coffee and citrus aroma to it. It's not that strong,but you can pick it out. The taste has a real coffee and chocolate dominance to it. This is a very tasty beer. The m/f is medium and is very balanced. This is an outstanding porter and the best Smuttynose beer I have tried.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque body with a velvety smooth head. Nice ring stick on the glass and agitation easily brings back froth.

S: Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, grain husk, roasted malt, herbal hops

T: The first sip of this beer is the best, before your palate gets aclimated to the brew. That first sip is so rich and so damn chocolately its amazing. Even by the second sip its less intense. Rich body, up front with coffee, chocolate, followed by a balancing hop bitterness. A touch of caramel, plenty of oil, finish is dry and refreshing. As the beer warms the chocolate opens up with some lactic overtones and becomes more reminiscent of milke chocolate than the dark chocolate in the nose. Roasty.

M&D: Very nice, the accessible weight makes it very drinkable. An easy drinking but still very interesting beer. Well made.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

dark, dark brown with a nice looking tan head that sticks around. very appealing.
the smell is of coffee, dark baking chocolate, leafy fresh grassy hops.
lots of roasted coffee, with a background of dark chocolate. hints of brown sugar and dark fruit. there is also a real nice balance of fresh grassy somewhat piney, slightly herbal hops. faint tangy acidity mostly in the aftertaste.
smooth and medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation.
overall: what a kick ass porter, refined, and very flavorful, excellent balance, there's not much that smutty could do to make this one better. easily one of the best porters i've ever had.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Porter

Appearance- Black. Pure black. Huge head comprised with miliions of tiny bb bubbles. Dark brown head.
Smell- Dark roast coffee.
Taste- Like a whitmans sampler chocolate/ molasses candy blended in a dark roast cup of coffee.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warm. Creamy aftertaste.

Overall- Damn fine Porter. 1 of the best I've ever had. Only nitpick is a slight detection of alcohol. Otherwise amazing!

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Photo of Citadel82
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Just what the doctor ordered. A rich and tasty porter to chase away my jet lag from my three day trip to Los Angeles.

12 Ounce bottle with December very clearly notched. Was this brewed in December 2005 or does it mean "best by" 12/2006???

Pours a dark inpenetrable chocolate with light seeping through only at the very fringes. Thick creamy long lasting tan head that is maintained as a pancake, almost a crepe and a ring by the fine but persistent carbonation. A gorgreous brew to behold indeed. Thick sheets of lacing stick everywhere as this puppy is consumed.

Aroma is fruity ale yeast, sweet malts fading into and some hints of cocoa, charcoal and french roasted coffee.

Taste is roasted coffee and spicy hops in the middle with almost a sour apple taste that dries to a deep french roasted finish. Truly a coffee like porter. I like what I am tasting here.

Mouth feel is light to medium sticking well to the palate and tongue through a long, hardwood charcoal finish.

Very drinkable. Very drinkable indeed. Seek this one out and hoard it!

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