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Cutthroat | Odell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odellbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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429
Ratings:
1,280
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,280 |  Reviews: 429
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Opaque dark brown showing scant light transmission around the edges with over one finger of light beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roast is fairly intense, with chocolate, charcoal, lesser dark fruit, and a slightly scorched edge.

T: Begins almost dry, with dark chocolate and refined roasted grain. A thread of dried fruit also emerges before the moderately acidic transition into the middle. Sulfur is a bit too strong here, suggesting some out of place dimethyl sulfide, but not really detracting. More chocolate is present in the finish, alongside aromatic green hops that only yield mild bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy but slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Surprisingly flavorful for a 5% abv porter, this dark contribution from Odell is mostly masterful. As good as the flavor is, it takes a few unexpected turns with detectable acidity and possible off-qualities of fermentation. Not a perfect example of the style, but there are some serious flashes of brilliance demonstrated here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of clausr
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wrote this one a long time ago, around Christmas. Just dug up an old note on it .. believe this was courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks!

Pitch black bottom with sparkling, light tan head that emanates pockets of air. Completely opaque, impenetrable base. Foam head sustains well.

Deep, roasted malt with a pleasant lingering sweetness on the nose. Soapy, diacetyl notes, traces of yeast, dry aroma. Hints of chocolate. Bready.

Rich, roasted malt profile with clean, spring water. Smooth, with a luscious creaminess that washes over the tongue. Rush of carbonation leaves the mouth tingling. Dark chocolate notes near the end, with a bit of anise/black liqorice.

Pleasant and very drinkable, despite a bit heavy carbonation. Wonderful session brew and a delightful porter. Would definitely trade for more.

I haven't wrote a review in ages, but rest assured I have not given up good brews. Cheers!

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Photo of tewaris
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.1% ABV
43 IBUs
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 3/8/11 poured into a Surly pint glass on 10/11/10.

Appearance 5/5
Clear and very dark brown with a full tan colored head, that dissipated into a thin one and left sticky lacing over the course of the beer. Spot on.

Aroma 4/5
Sweet malts and coffee dominate the nose with hints of roast.

Taste 4/5
Coffee contributes most to the flavor in my opinion, and is welcome. Some acidity that seems to be from coffee. There's some roast and a tiny bit of bitterness towards the finish, which doesn't seem enough to balance the malts. Finish is almost cloying for a beer of this ABV.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium to low body. Carbonation is just right, but still doesn't help the overly sweet finish. If the body were stronger, I'd be fine with the finish.

Drinkability 4.5/5
I have pointed out more mistakes than better qualities but this is one of the most flavorful beers around at its ABV.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Hop_God
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black with a smallish tan head that stays with sticky lacing forever throughout the drink.
Aromas are roasted malts giving the smell of coffee and chocolate.
Taste is roasted dark malt, sweet coffee, sweet chocolate, and an impressive push of astringent hops that wrestles with the flavors throught the drink.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style or maybe just thin for how much is going on there....like you are expecting more of a stout mouthfeel.
Aftertaste keeps going with coffee and just a hint of the hops keeping it clean.
Amazing porter. I love the sweet and bitter mix they achieve.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with just the slightest bit of transparency enough to see some of the bubbles. Small, creamy tan head that lingers despite it's small size. Good lacing down the glass. A dark, but very attractive porter.

Rich, chocolaty, roasted malts with some coffee undertones. Very complex and delicious from the smell of it.

Very much like the aroma - complex roasty malts with the coffee taking more of a front seat from a dark chocolate background. Just a little hint of hops to balance it out - maybe it could use just the slightest touch more and it would be totally perfect.

Moderate to light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, and a little creamy, but thin as I expect a porter to be. Very true to style and very nice.

A really excellent porter. Not my favorite, but definitely up there with the greats as a super tasty, light, balanced, and perfect example of the style.

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Photo of Pando
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of prock180
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of moundbz
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fugazme
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, opaque glass with a good, off-white head and good lacing. The smell was near non-existent for me. I've been fighting allergies, so I'm going to have to come back and re-review to be perfectly fair, I think. I did detect some coffee-like aromas and malt.

Flavor was good but not robust or huge. I like huge.

I was more excited to try this beer before I tried it than after. It isn't bad... just not as good as I hoped.

RE-REVIEW:

Much nicer aromas of coffee... no allergy problems this time!
Wow... I didn't know what I was missing. Tastes much better with the ability to smell. ha!

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Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of intensify
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I picked up this beer as just a "eh ill give this a try". Popped the top off and poured into a snifter. Smells delicous to say the least. Dark chocolate and coffee aromas filled the rim of my glass. Rich, smokey and nutty. The appearance is dark with a caramel colored head that did not pour more then a half finger head. As for the taste.... awesome. Rich dark chocolates with a hint of coffee. Roasted malts followed by a nuttyness which blends it together well.
Overall, this is definately one of my new favorite porters. it is well balanced and the folks at O'Dell's did an excellent job brewing this masterpiece.

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Photo of Benish
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Dougology
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark tan head.... great cap.. okay lacing.. 1/2" head.. the brew is very dark brown.

Nose is fresh and roasty.. some lite French Roast and a lesser dark malt.. pretty good out of the gate.

Flavor has all the expected dark qualities and a hint of dark cherry essence... deep dark chocolate finishes things out.

Body is on the shy side of medium.. carbonation is medium and sorta creamy small bubble..

I normally don't really appreciate porters, but this one is damn fine in my minds palate.. Good stuff and a great value.

3.5/4.5/4/4/4

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of benjamincarter
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Blazer22
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Oxymoron
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Do you think Cutthroat Trouts would like Cutthroat Stouts? The pour for Odells stout is a dark opaque color with definite red and copper tones that become more obvious when held to the light. A darker shade of white head that pours nicely to start but doesn’t last with the drink. Limited lacing as well.

The overall smell is nothing really dominant but still detectable. The smell is stronger in roasted qualities then any other. Some touches of coffee and chocolate are presents as well as some earthy tones.

The taste is light and creamy. Taste is good but light overall. The creaminess is not really a milky taste but smooth. To start off there is a big malt presence with big roasted and more noticeable coffee and chocolate tones then the smell would indicate. The malt is the stronger piece but the aftertaste provides some light more English style hopping.

There is a slight watered down that kind of makes the beer easier to drink. But also limits a greater taste. Overall this is a good section beer.

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Photo of Grebdioz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cutthroat from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,280 ratings