Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

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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 GClarkage
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

07/10/07- Purcahsed at "The Liquor Store", in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date imprinted on the lower side of the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown in color approaching black. One inch head upon the pour and leaves a nice ring of creamy foam on the finish. Off white in color with lace patches here and there.

Smell- Very deep roasted malt. Smells like a tad burnt as well. Maybe a whiff of bitterness from the hops to come.

Taste- Hopes vanished after the first sip of being a tasty beer. Very watery. Best way to describe this beer is carbonated water with a bit of super roasted malt and a dash of liquid smoke. Some bitter hops to back it up, but just not flavorful at all.

Mouthfeel- As stated above. Carbonated water carbonation and super thin.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this one if I ever see it again.

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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 tjthresh
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Barley’s. Some floral and citrus hops with roasted malts. Vary dark brown to black. Full, lasting, tan head, with good lace. Light roast flavor. Little bitterness. Fruity. Pretty thin. I think this is supposed to be a robust porter. Somthing is wrong. I may re-rate some day.

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Photo of ProducerBRBeer
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark reddish brown. The lace does not stick for very long and the head dissipates quickly.

S - Smells like chocolate. A slight copper hint to it.

T - The taste of this beer is chocolatey. Slightly roasty but the taste falls quickly.

M - The body is light and carbonation seems to be slight or almost unnoticeable.

O - A light crisp beer. Something I would not really purchase again but an average porter.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with bottling date of 10-27-04.

Poured almost black, with a tan head that quickly left, leaving only a thin layer of foam.

Roasted malts in the nose, although if I'm not mistaken this beer style calls for black malts rather than roasted malts like a stout. Coffee, cocoa powder, syrupy sweetness. Also an off metallic smell.

Flavor was dark roasted malts with a nice bitterness from hops lasting into the finish. Also got a wet cardboard taste, and I have to wonder if the distributor has let this beer get hot or freeze.

Had a second bottle with a pizza and all of the bad characteristics disappeared.
Good carbonation, nice texture.

I've had Cutthroat Porter on more than an occassion, and have been impressed. The last batch I bought was kind of off too, so I think it's where I'm getting it, not the brewer's fault.

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Photo of hero27
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 4.8% abv.

Very dark mahogany color, thin tan head leaves a bit of oily lacing behind it.
The sweet, dark roasted malts dominate this one..with some bitter chocolate and coffee, and a little dark chocolate also. The body is simply too thin to carry the flavors effectively. It goes down alright, but the lack of anything unique and the weak body would probably discourage me from drinking this on any regular basis.

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Photo of deebo
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a pint on nitro-tap

A-Thick creamy tan head-black as midnight

S-Dark chocolate, coffee type toasted malt

T-Smoky dark toasted/burnt malts, no detection of hops

M-Average for the style, creamy

D-Easy to drink throughout a pint

Overall-average, a nice beer

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Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Not much to distinguis this one from the regular tap version. Poured a nice dark brown/black color, with a creamy beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and light coffee. On the palate, medium bodied and hollow tasting, with flavor s of dark chocolate, roasted malt and cocoa.

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Photo of Cresant
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Dated best by 070907. The body was dark brown/cola colored and free of sediment. The head lingered and was an off-white color.

Smell was cocoa powder and ground coffee. Pleasantly acidic aroma.

Taste was tart/tangy. Roasted malts, mildly burnt toast. Bittering aftertaste. Nicely balanced elements.

Mouthfeel was very carbonated and medium in body. A bit too much for my idea of a fine porter.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from 12 oz. bottle.

Large light brown head, well carbonated. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is chocolatey sweet and roasty. Flavor is coffee and chocolate throughout. Like a bitter vanilla latte (says A). Medium body. Aftertaste is sweet, chocolatey. Alcohol slightly noticeable towards finish as it warms.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a bad tasting beer for some beers lovers but this is not not a porter with great qualities.

I poured this porter into a nice little chalice. This is not a black black porter. Cutthroat is dark but a little thin texture, which is expected in a porter, but also in color. Looking down I can see a lot of brown, darker brown. The head was a little soft even after a pretty hard pour.

The aromas were exceedingly average.

The taste is good. It's not that sweet and I personally like sweet so I compromise and gave it a 3 average. Cut Throat is heavy on coffee with a bakers chocolate. A little malty. A little sweet, but weighs more on the bitters. Could be a great taste for the dry side beer lovers. Just not me so I rate the taste as having good quality, but a 4 for me.

The texture is a little too fizzy my preference. I won't compromise. I find it it somewhat hard to swallow. LOW MARKS!

This porter is built for some wonderful Australian electronic music. I would prefer LAWRENCE ENGLISH "KIRI NO OTO"

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Photo of KajII
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) frothy light brown head that to some extent lasted throughout and produced some really nice spotty lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild of a roasted dark bread malt and an earthy yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee and just a bit of toffee.

The taste was mildly sweet and malty with a slight toffee note in the beginning with a taste progressing into a slight bitter sweet roasty flavor with a noticeable infusion of chocolate and a moderate coffee presence at the end. The flavor lasted only a short while with the chocolate coffee flavor fading fast.

Mouthfeel was just about medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a slightly passive tasting Porter, with that being said it is still quite delightful to drink.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade. Pours a light mahogany color with a ruby-red halo. Thick foamy tan head that lasted pretty well, and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is sweet, mostly malt with some chocolate and cocoa lingering. I felt everything was a little on the thin side though. Mild hops in the finish, but overall the beer was a little too soft.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%

Odell, Odell. Let's see if you put too many hops in this beer as well.

Appearance (4) : This beer pours a foamy beige head about three fingers tall. The body is chocolate brown/roast coffee black in appearance, sitting at about 90% opacity. The foam head leaves rings of lace as it descends into a 2 finger stationary.

Aroma (3.75) : Some roast chocolate coffee bean, a little gunpowder, actually a lot of gunpowder...and some charred wood notes in there too. Bouquet is weak, it takes a lot to snort this one into my brain's signal pathway.

Taste (3.25) : A little malt but as usual these guys f**k it up by putting too many hops in their vat. Hop bomb with roasted bean.

Yeah...let's try to be constructive. Beyond the grassy wall of hop there's some light roasted coffee flavors and light licks of roasted malt on the finish. The hop dryness comes back with authority and lays itself on your tongue after the swallow. Belches come up tasting like a Pale Ale. Not cool, guys.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : About average for a porter, it's within spec. Light-to-medium bodied, mildly creamy, with a touch of zing for carbonation. Buzzing underneath the tongue.

Overall (3.42) : I've gone from being really optimistic with whatever Odell has to offer, to pretty much hating them. No, I gave them a fair shake. Just read my reviews. I've tried half a dozen, if not more, of their beers, and only one (Comes and Gose) have I really honestly enjoyed. All of their beers are hoppy beyond the style, and ruin it for me. My philosophy is that hops are great for balance, except in pale ales where they SHOULD override the malt. Odell just applies that pale ale method to every beer they brew. So a porter? Imagine a porter with pale hops. A stout? Imagine a stout with pale hops. Just imagine any beer, and add a dump truck of hops to it. It's really frustrating unless you are a hop head.

For me? A sucky porter.

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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 mothman
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Great Lakes snifter.

Pours about 1/2 finger of beige head that fades to a ring fast. Pours a copper brown, but settles black in the glass.

Aroma: Very roasted here. Almost has some smoked flavors. The malts almost seem burnt. It also has some sharp rich cherry/raisin flavors. As it warms, notes of dark chocolate and coffee roast show.

Taste: Very big roasted flavor again. I think I taste some cherries in here as well. It has chocolate and coffee with some fresh earthy hops to add a touch of bitterness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, rich, and crisp(odd). Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted.

Overall, this beer is a ton of roasted malts. It has some decent flavors and I think it is fairly good. However, this is a porter you need to be in the right mood for. Relatively drinkable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a finger and half of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and nuts.
A roasted malt flavor to start, mild bitter in the middle, a short finish though.
It has a fizzy texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This beer looked great and smelled nice but the taste was pretty average. Easy to drink though.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy who brought it in from Colorado. Poured from 12oz bottle (no date stamp) into pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown, not quite black with a thin pale khaki head that fizzles away quickly and leaves drippy lacing. Aroma is subtle with a little wafting roast nuttiness and some sweet notes. Flavor packs three strong components: roast malts (more like burnt bread than coffee), powerful sweet flavors, all offset by some strong hoppy bitterness. This porter has normal porter body, but an odd twist...almost like a lactose smoothness that could explain the sweetness as well. Overall a good above average porter!

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: 1 finger width head quickly giving way to decent lacing down the glass. Dark brown purple color.

S: Smells like being in an aspen forest very weird but very cool. I also got plenty of coffee smells and sweet malts. Once the beer warmed up more I really got the coffee smells.

T: It had a very sweet mocha latte flavoring but has a weird latex finish. I decided to let this one sit after my first taste to see if the aftertaste would subside and instead I got a really bland beer so don't let it get warm.

M/D: Grainy feel but not heavy, sweet but not bitter at all. Very drinkable for the masses not the best though.

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Photo of biglite351
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - considerable red around the edges. Creamy pure white head.

S - smokey, meaty, roasted malts. Hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - Toasted nuts and malts. Hint of coffee and dried fruit.

M - mild coating with good tingle on sides of tongue.

O - I could have a couple, but not my first pick.

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Photo of grub
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one from bort11 as part of Brews N Tunes 3. thanks tim!

12oz bottle, dated 07 09 07. sampled may 21/08.

pours deep brown, showing some red highlights when held to the light. big dense tan head that drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace. looks a lot like the bully porter i had before it.

aroma is nice. milk chocolate. crackers. touch of grain. toasted white bread. touch of cardboard? bit of alcohol. vanilla.

taste is nice. milk chocolate. almond. touch of vanilla. bit of coffee. bit of dark chocolate. toasted whole wheat bread. there's that touch of cardboard again, coming out around the edges - not enough to make me dislike it, but enough that i'm guessing this one is past its prime.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance, interesting malt profile. i like the lighter chocolate/nut/vanilla thing that's going on, but the cardboard sneaking around the edges takes away a little. i can see the potential though, so i'll be looking for another of these to re-evaluate.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into (real) pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a dark non-transparent black with a two finger head of decent cream and mild thickness.

Sm: Musty-but-nice scent of roasted barley (my favourite), lots of hops, and just the right amount of malt. Very appealing.

T: Creamy, inviting finish bleeds into the body, which is built very nicely for a porter, with roasted barley and other hints of notes like caramel and maybe even a little toffee or chocolate. Complex but balanced. Finish complements the beer nicely.

Mf: Coarse as it needs to be. Dry at the climax, but it might be better with more dryness.

Dr: At this price range and availabity (in CO at least), it's hard to do better.

10/24/15 2nd impressions:

Classic porter taste with a robust dark malt backbone. Dark malts are supplemented by specialty chocolate malts and a hint of roasted barley. Suggestions of faint milk chocolate and coffee. Sweetness is dialed in near perfectly. Well balanced across the board with adequate complexity to appease the discerning drinker.

Highly drinkable, and thankfully widely available in Colorado. This classic porter is up there with fellow American offerings like Deschutes' Black Butte and Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald. A beer I'd want a 6-pack of in my fridge anytime. What a great go-to.

Low B (3.51)

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts a Cutthroat - the Colorado state fish. Apparently, this Porter is a tribute to the Cutthroat's unmistakably dark coloring. A note from Odell: "Although we're big fans of small batches, here's to the currently threatened Cutthroat population reaching mass quantities." Amen.

A: Pours an inky, dark brown with ruby highlights and a generous, khaki-colored head.

S: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toasted malts and vanilla.

T: Taste profile mirrors the nose with notes of freshly ground coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. One of the lighter American Porters I've yet to experience.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D: Smooth, yet robust. Exceptionally easy drinking.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Finally finished the ones they sent me. Not a porter fan, and they ALWAYS send a friggin porter. Anywayz, this one is a good quality porter. Pours dark translucent brown with a hint of mahogany, lightly carbonated. Head is creamy, thin, a little lacing. Nose is very toasty, coffee-like, alcohols are peaking through actually. Taste follows well, a lot of toasted maltiness, coffees, slight sweetness, but the alcohol is still there. Doh! Yeah, was pretty decent otherwise.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
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