Odell Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #38
Ranked #3,855
4.08 | pDev: 10.05%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: Not quite a stout but definitely no lightweight, Cutthroat is smooth and robust. Inspired by the classic London porters, we use dark roasted malts to create a deep, rich color and flavor that hint at chocolate and coffee. We named it Cutthroat as our tribute to the Colorado state fish – with its own rich heritage and unmistakable dark coloring. And while we’re big fans of small batches, here’s to the currently threatened Cutthroat population reaching mass quantities.
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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a dark cola black with a tinge of redness. About a finger of cocoa/off white head that dissipates quick and leaves a generous lacing.

S - Cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, soy sauce, caramel, slightly smoky.

T - Follows the nose with dark chocolate, coffee, cherry, slightly bitter but more on the sweeter chocolatey end.

F - Light bodied, light/moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy yet finishes more on the thin watery side. Makes this very drinkable but other characteristics make this very sippable.

O - A nice offering from this brewery. A porter more on the sweeter end but enough bitter coffee/semi-sweet chocolate qualities to balance it out.

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Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a thin mahogany color with an off white head. Smell had chocolate ,roasted malts,vanilla and coffee. Taste follows nose. Mout feel was smooth but had some bitter chocolate in the finish. Tasty

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin, white head with some collecting in the middle. Dark brown. Leaves lacing.
S- sweet chocolate malt, nut, slight coffee and Carmel. Vanilla malt.
T- Smoke malt detected early. Roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Brings bitterness.
F- Thinner feel.
O- more on the smoky, toasty and bitter end of porters. Well done.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Odell Cutthroat Porter, 5% ABV, 36 IBU. Pours dark brown with a 3+finger off-white foamy head. Nose is roast malt and slight chocolate. Taste follows, with moderate bitter close. A bit over-carbonated, so mouthfeel is good. Overall excellent.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with creamy beige head, sticky lacing coats the glass. Smoky aroma, peat, chocolate, coffee, burnt toast. taste is chocolate (semi-sweet) with some roast grain bitterness lingering. Halfway between a dunkel and a stout, this is very well crafted beer.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint, yields a dark beer with a medium head that fades quickly, leaving a lot of long lasting lacing.

At this cafe, the bottle was quite cold to start, so both the smell and flavor were muted. My overall impression is of smoky roasted malts. There's some bitterness.

This may seem contradictory, but this beer has a big flavor and yet is watery. I liked everything about the taste except the watery character, which I can't get past.

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Photo of omahawk
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, large rocky tan head with a very dark black with red ruby hues when backlit.Smell is of roasty malt and hint of yeast character. Taste is instant balance of hop bitter, roast malt, and carmel sweetness. Easy to drink. Mouthfeel is good and stays with you. This is a solid American take on English porter. I will drink more of this during the coming Winter months.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a pitch black color with a creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly, with some nice ring of lacing.

S: A roasted dark malt, with a few notes of smoke, a slight bit of chocolate. Very inviting.

T: Roasted dark malt, notes of smoke and some bittersweet chocolate. Slight bitterness. Slightly dank hops.

F: Creamy full body

O: I love this beer, a classic stout.

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: dark but not quite opaque, tan head with some lacing

Smell: light, sweet, malty, roasted

Taste: has a nice roasted maltiness, followed up by a very nice coffee flavor that sticks around into the aftertaste, extremely faint hints of chocolate.

Feel: smooth and a bit creamy, not overly carbonated

Overall: A very well balanced beer that manages to be on the lighter side while not being watery. The coffee flavors stand out to me here and work well with the malts. This is an incredibly underrated beer and my favorite porter so far!

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Photo of Pnotuner
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My second one gave me a better impression than the first. I bought it cold and drank the first bottle medium cold. Apparently it is more bitter when cold. Which is not good because it does not have the sweetest roasty base.
. I left it out of the fridge and drank one after work and it was not too bad. Good carbonation. I don't judge the head because I drink from the bottle. Fer shame.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black with a tan head. Smells of roasted malts and coffee, all very light scents. Tastes of tons of roasted malt, dark coffee, and bitter sweet chocolate. Medium in body and light in carbonation. Really good porter overall.

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Photo of Nathanmclean
1.83/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours dark with a light tan head, almost white. The smell is of dark roasted coffee, no chocolate presence. Feels very lite, almost watery. Hoping it would be a little bit more robust. The taste is completely lacking chocolate, not even a hint. It leaves the after taste of dark roasted coffee and water. Overall, a little disappointed, not sure why this one is rated so high.

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Photo of TP1200
1.65/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Boy, oh boy. Try as I might, I can't get passed how flavorless this porter is. What stands out the most is how clean and refreshing the water is. Not exactly the impression a porter should give.
The smell, if you concentrate really, really hard at it, is a faint combination of roasted malts, burnt sugar and chocolate. It tastes of water, hops, water, sugar and water.
It's sessionable alright. Purely because it bears little resemblance to a porter. Disappointed with this one.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color; lots of ruby hues when held to the light.

Nice khaki head; spotty lacing.

Nose is of oats, coffee & slight chocolate. Smells great!

Thin mouthfeel.

Taste follows the nose; the mouthfeel is a touch too thin, but otherwise this is a delight. A dark beer anyone could enjoy.

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Photo of matcris
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A rich dark brown with a finger of khaki head that sticks to the glass. A really nice aroma to this one. Earthy, medium dark roasted malt, a little smokiness, and a nice blend of mild coffee, and chocolate. In the flavor, nice, you get the notes at different times. A little dark dried fruit, then chocolate and coffee, dark roasted malt, earthy-slightly bitter hops, and a slight smoky flavor lingers. The feel is medium light body, like a porter should be, I think. And average carbonation, and dry, overall. At 5%, this is just a good tasting, session-able porter. Smells great, looks great, tastes great.

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Photo of SandmanGator
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you can't find its Great Divide competitors, then it's a beer you settle for. There's really nothing cutthroat about it, ironically enough, but it's a good enough beer. Meh.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Very good lacing.
Smell is mild coffee cocoa.
Taste is cocoa coffee with a decent bitterness from the hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is bitter sweet.
Overall a fine Porter from a great brewery.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 12/21/16B
A - creamy ivory pillow of head holds good retention atop a cola colored ale
S - dark malts, dark baker's chocolate, a hint of coffee with some earthy hops
T - chocolate, tea leaf, coffee, dark grain, earthy hops
M - medium body, modest carbonation, finishes moderately bitter for the style
O - solid robust porter as expected from this fine brewery.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.48 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.207/oz) at Total Wine, SATX
Bottle dated 8/17/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – light, roasted malt - lasts
Head average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a three mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing fair – drag marks from ring, mostly tiny bubbles with some larger
Body – dark brown, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt predominates but not overpowers. Hint of chocolate. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

A decent porter, not remarkable but solid.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma – 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of jfloe91
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, poured into a tulip glass

L- Deep, dark brown with a light brown head, head dissipates quickly but leaves plenty of nice lacing around the glass
S- Black currant, mocha, chocolate, nutty
T- Dark roasted coffee, very light dark chocolate, toasty. Nice roasted malts.
F- Light for a porter. Also some acidity and light syrup in it as well.
O- It's a good beer! Satisfied with it at 8.99 for a six pack. Not the best porter I've ever had, especially compared to the Taddy Porter, but still worth a try.

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Photo of mjurney
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown color with some ruby red highlights. Good carbonation. Small head.

Dark roasted malts, smokey, chocolate, a little earthy.

Rich, dark roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, a little nutty. Hop bitterness is mild. Smooth and sweet finish. Body is medium, silky, creamy, highly drinkable.

Awesome American-style Porter!

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Photo of tronester
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark Ruby/Brown in color with a thin tan head. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee beans, caramel and milk chocolate, wow! Taste begins with some dark chocolate, then toasted grain. Next is smokey scotch. The finish is vanilla and a hint of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent Porter. The aroma is amazing.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a slight ruby tone and a creamy mocha head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, a bit earthy, and a hint of burnt toast.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate, a little smokey burnt toast, earthy, dark fruit, and a little bready toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid porter. I wish the chocolate in the nose came through a little more in the taste.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a robust foamy tan head. Nose of chocolate and smooth roasted malt. Medium in body and smooth creamy mouth feel. Flavor is dark roasted malts with nice chocolate. Finishes bitter.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite style but a certain winner amongst the choices available at HEB. My girl loves it. Light bodied but flavorful, coffee roast beer. Light mouth feel, inoffensive but full of robust flavors. Even if you don't drink coffee there's something to appreciate here. Balanced, tasteful malt profile and a dry finish. Good beer.

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