Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

418 Reviews
Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not quite a stout but definitely no lightweight, Cutthroat Porter 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 Porter 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.

Added by Todd on 05-19-2001

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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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Photo of princessbay710
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know a beer could taste like that, kind of like a zesty coffee soda. The only porter I have to compare it to is St. Arnolds Icon series Coffee porter, along with a Xocaveca stout by Stone which it is nothing like. Exceptionally clean finish.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A little on the light side for a porter, It makes it a little more smooth but lacks in flavor as a downside. It's also light on the ABV% as most porters are more than %5.

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Photo of Ferb
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Porters are the style that I drink most often, and I enjoy Cutthroat. The color is dark with ruby edges in the light, and the head forms nicely in eggshell white with tiny, prickly bubbles, and it looks slightly oily on the edges of the head as it thins to a ring around the glass.

The aroma is that of the roasting process, much like coffee that is roasted beyond "medium." There is a little grain and coffee there as well. The aroma describes the taste as well, but add a charcoal edge and a whisper of the "sour(?)" quality I pick up in some British porters.
As I said at first, I enjoy porters, and this is one in my weekly rotation nearly without fail. It is a world class example of the type to me.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty basic porter. Relatively flat, even by the style standards. It has a little bit of a syrupy aftertaste. The roasted malts feel a little hollow.

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Photo of B-Stad
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Very dark brown, minimal creamy head. Sweet, roasted chocolate and toffee smell. Hints of coffee as well. Tastes rich, dark, and smooth. Aftertaste is a delicious roasted/toasted chocolatey-coffe. The malts really come out on the palate after exhaling. Mouthfeel is bubbly, almost slightly warm. Very good carbonation. It's a rather drinkable Porter, but doesn't sacrifice taste or mouthfeel which is very cool. The ABV hints at that. I really enjoyed this beer. It has been added to the shortlist of my favorite porters. The name and artwork are awesome. Highly recommend trying if you have an affinity for the style. 93/100

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- very dark and inviting
S- coffee and other roasted aromas. Not a very strong smell.
T- great roasted malt character. Sweetness is strong but not overbearing
F- Very smooth with great mouth feel, medium bodied

An excellent porter that seems to be trying very hard to not be too heavy. I would say they succeed at almost every level.

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Photo of Ac-dx
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I read a few reviews before getting this one.
It feels like I'm getting a watered down version of what most people are tasting.
Very thin mouth feel and almost no flavor. Nose is also weak.
Could it be a bad batch?

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

Pours a nice dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell has notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is has notes of roasted malts and coffee with a nice chocolate-mocha finish. A sweeter porter, but really really tasty.

Feels very light and drinkable - not real high on the ABV here either.

Overall a really good porter, perhaps a bit sweet for my tastes, but still top notch.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark almost opaque brown-black

S: dark roasted malt, black patent malt

T: Sweet caramel bready notes, low hop bitterness, roasted coffee, toasted brown bread, finishes sweet.

M: Slightly syrupy for the style

O: I know there is a fine line between porters and stouts, but in my opinion the local of roasted character puts this in stout territory.

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Photo of Benish
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: poured into pint glass. Translucent black while pouring. Same depth of color in the glass but with less translucence. A quarter inch beige head after pouring that quickly decimated down to a film of foam at the surface.

Smell: just straightforward notes of chocolate and roasted malt character.

Taste: chocolate, char, and roasted malt. Char more prominent at the finish. There is a touch of sweetness at the beginning and then the bitterness tend to linger around the mouth throughout the tasting. Not overly complex but its balanced.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied and very smooth

Overall: I appreciate the beer for what it is and it is a solid representation of an American Porter.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a dark brown, nearly black, color with ruby highlights and a thick (two finger) mocha head. The aroma has coffee and chocolate notes, with a hint of charcoal in the background. The taste is dryish and moderately bitter. Full body and enjoyable.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Randy

This beefy porter pours a deep dark brown with a moderate head of off white to tan foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, and subtle char. Flavors exceed the nose with cream and cocoa notes on the front and sides with a deeply roasted coffee note that comes through on the middle to back with a toffee flavor. Rich, substantial, medium carbonation, and highly drinkable with a moderate bitterness of malt on the aftertaste. Overall, what is there not to like?!?!


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