Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

417 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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 417 | Ratings: 1,226
Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with little light getting through with aa single finger tan head. Aroma. Flavor is excellent and may be the best porter I have had and includes roasted malts, smokey notes, burnt toast with a smooth chocolate malt flavor. Light to moderate carbonation and on the heavier side of medium body. Odell is becoming my favorite brewery. So many of their beers are top of the line and full flavored.

 408 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a fantastic porter, shouldnt be surprised from odell... pours a THICK dark brown with a small mocha head. smells like a coffee milkshake with a strong roasted backbone and a slight alcohol tinge, dark chocolate, and a bit of sweet. tastes like much more than a standard porter, huge profile complimenting the nose. full bodied and mellow as it warms. drinkable despite the full body, might become my go to this winter. yum yum yum

 438 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep brown color with a light tan head on top. The lacing is great just like many other Odell brews, there is also a solid retention as well. The smell of the beer has an earthy roasted aroma with some chocolate aroma and grass in there. The taste of the beer is chocolaty with a earthy bitterness and yeasty finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and smooth, nicely carbonated as well. Overall this beer is very nice, great sessionable porter, well worth looking into.

 508 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Any friend who brings a good beer back from an out of town visit, suddenly becomes a good friend -- thanks Brad. After sampling many Porters on this particular night, this one takes a back seat compared to other American Porters we had. The malts take a chocolate-heavy malt character, with undertones of Columbian coffee, buttery pecans, and milk sugars. The hops certainly balance the sweetness, but do little to bring flavors and nearly no aromatics. The beer is lighter in body and color; reminescent of Engish-type Porters. The roastiness is very smooth, allowing the beer's body to become more apparent. The beer is thin, but malty; making it very easily drinkable. Nice beer, just on the lighter scale of most Porters; especially American varieties.

 756 characters

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Stoutlike in appearance, with an almost pitch black color topped by a creamy tan head; several shards of lace linger above the foam

Smell: Coffee roast, but with clear tones of citrusy hops

Taste: Roasty, up front, with a burgeoning citrus hop flavor that stands up to the roastiness almost immediately and winds up somewhat dominant, after the swallow, though the coffee malt flavors linger on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting in a porter, this is almost in the Black IPA territory; rather good, once I got over the hurdle of what I was expecting

Thanks, welosiped, for the opportunity

 680 characters

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)

 1,338 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice medium foamy head with great retention. Aroma of chocolate malt with some nice roasted notes is really enjoyable. Taste is dominated by the chocolate malt with again some nice roasted malt to balance and light hops at the end. Body is quite full but could have been creamier IMO. I have to admit that this is very well done and would be nice as a session porter considering the low alcohol %.

 472 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a jet black color with a one-finger mocha head. Leaves small amounts of lace.

S - Smelled of caramel and chocolate.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and coffee notes. It has a sweet taste at the swallow.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This may be one of Odell's best beers. Great flavor.

 311 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a short tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some roasted malt along with chocolate and coffee. The flavor isn't quite as integrated as the nose, with the coffee and chocolate not mixing all that well with the roasted character. Overall, however, the feel is quite good and this ends up drinking quite well, and I love how Odell has quite low ABVs on many of its regular offerings.

 441 characters

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.

 840 characters

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/10/11. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with very nice retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A nice amount of lacing clings to the side of the glass as well. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, nuttiness, molasses, and a bit of spice. Very nice aromas here with excellent strength as well. Taste of big toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses, spices, and nuttiness. A fair amount of bitterness on the finish, with a bit of lingering notes of chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, and spices. Very nice balance of flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body, with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed on the taste or finish as expected for 4.8%. Overall, definitely an excellent and well made porter that I wish I could get on a regular basis.

 859 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of off white foam on a dark brown body with alittle bit of light showing through. The foam settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - earthy malt with some chicory and cacao.

T - dry caramel malt with some light chocolate a bit of today I'm the middle and a finish of slightly spicy coffee and a hint of smoke.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - a bit dry for a porter in my opinion, but not bad. The earthy coffee and light smoke works well with the chocolate and dry caramel.

 543 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jstilwell for this one.

Pours a fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with some lacing, over dark coke brown color with hints of light escaping around the edges.

Nose has a nice porter aroma, darker malts, dark crystal malts, caramel, toasty, light powdered chocolate, hint of coffee, a bit creamy and fluffy, and touch of vanilla. Not really any hops, but I bet the taste will bring some knowing Odell.

Taste starts fairly rich and creamy, a nice robust porter flavor. Light roast bringing a hint of coffee, and some light cocoa powder, light hot chocolate/cocoa, light creamy oats perhaps or a slight lactose sugar, and some dark crystal malts with a hint of caramel and some vanilla. I think I get the slightest hint of hops, light earthy hops, but barely. Some bitterness comes in at first, and then more on the finish, but more from the roasted malts than from hops I think. It also finishes a bit drier but slightly sticky and a long creamy dark malt finish, with some coffee and chocolate lingering.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, creamy and lush, decent carbonation.

Overall a great drinkable porter, nice dark malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, as well as creamy flavors, dark and robust, malty, yet very drinkable. I personally would have liked a touch more on the hops, but otherwise great.

 1,331 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, creamy tan colored head that lasts fairly well. Very deep, almost black in color. Strong aroma of sweet chocolate malt. The flavor bursts into your mouth with a good level of carbonation and a light/medium body, full of rich roasty notes. There's not much in the middle but it finishes with very light coffee and toffee notes and a swirl of hop. The finish is soft, and gently flows away leaving a dry bitterness and lingering roastiness.

 444 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in pint:

Lots of chocolate and dark malts in the nose, as well as something less pleasant. There’s a touch of charcoal in the taste but not as much as the nose suggested. Hints of toasted dark bread, with some coffee in the finish.

Very dark brown with pillowing dark tan head. Loads of lacing gets left on the glass.

Medium-full body, with well-chosen soft carbonation. Very smooth.

O: a pretty good porter, particularly if you like porters that are loaded with dark malts and use hops just for bittering.

 529 characters

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown in the glass, with some clear ruby edges, and topped with a couple fingers of light mocha colored head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a robust cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and soaps them with heavy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells of coffee, leafy citric hops, and sweet malts, which all combine to give off a green acrid twang in the nostrils.

The taste is made up of earthy green hops and an assertive roasted bitterness, which is soothed out on the edges by notes of caramel and cocoa, before heading into a finish of dry rind and lingering roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth prickly carbonation that is maybe a touch light across the back. I’m also picking up just a tad of warmth out of the body but it’s overall not too bad.

This was a pretty solid, but unspectacular, Porter from Odell, with a decent depth of flavor to it and an overall sturdy drinkability. This one would do right by you if you were in a dark beer pinch.

 1,058 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is roasted coffee and dark malts, intense but straight-forward and very pleasant.

T: The taste is creamy and malty with flavors of black coffee and vanilla. There's a very mild but quite complimentary hops presence that helps give a nice balance. There's not much else going on here but I like it for its simplicity. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for a style that is usually a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this one is definitely up there among my favorite porters, it's one that I could drink quite a few of over the course of an evening.

 995 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable flavorful dark beer.

Plenty of roasted malt flavors. Light in body and easy on the tongue. On the acidic side without much malty base, but full of flavors. Watery and refreshing. Hops are just a sideshow, but give a zing to the aftertaste.

Current batch says 4.8% abv on the label. From a recent 5280 Magazine marketing idea of six different beers they claim are "Colorado's Best" in a six-pack, including a can of Dales Pale Ale along with the five bottles.

 475 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sepia with generous scarlet highlights, capped by an expansive hot chocolate-colored head. Cutthroat looks for all the world like a stout. The impressively firm head persists nicely and leaves more than a little lace in abstract patterns. Splendiferous nose of semi-sweet chocolate syrup laced with a half-shot of espresso. A freshly baked pan of chocolate fudge brownies perhaps?

Now this is a porter! Thick and rich, but not heavy, the mouthfeel is a pleasure as the beer glides down my gullet with the greatest of ease. It'd be a shame if the flavor couldn't keep pace, but it does. As it is in the nose, so it is on the palate: fudge brownies liberally spiced with cinnamon and studded with chunks of tangy, sweet, dried autumn fruits.

This beer, more than most, is a perfect example of why I prefer porters to stouts. What I actually prefer is a beer that lives in that netherworld between the two styles. In other words, a thick, rich, creamy, roasty, chocolatey, hoppy, drinkable beer that improves as the bottom of the bottle approaches. I just described Cutthroat Porter to a 'T'. Odell has reason to be proud.

 1,126 characters

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

Thanks to angelmonster for this one!

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan colored head on top. Not much retention, but thin lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: A nice combination of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Slight sweetness.

T: A good bit of slightly bitter chocolate mixed with roasted malt. There is a slight citrus/hop flavor mixed in.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Smooth and on the creamier side.

O: Solid porter. Not overly complex, but well done and easy drinking.

 511 characters

Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours mahagany with 3 fingers of tan /sand colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Toasted malt, coffee, choclate & hints of iron

T: Choclate up front, then hints of iron. Slight hints of oak & dryness creeps in. Finishes dry with hints of molasess, brown sugar & choclate

MF: Smooth; almost silky with a medium body & perfect carbonation

Drinks very easy, I think I like this better in the bottle than draft, but will have to take some notes next time I have it on draft, classic american porter IMO

 531 characters

Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of roasty and bitter dark chocolate flavors to it. I get some nice coffee notes to it and a little sweeter caramel as well. Very flavorful and smooth aroma for the style.

The taste also shows a lot of bitter-sweet dark chocolate to it throughout. I get some roasted malts and coffee flavors to it as well. A little bit of a sweeter, creaminess comes out in the finish and helps give it some balance.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side for a non imperial version of the style with carbonation being on the lower side. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid beer of the style. Very flavorful and easy drinking beer.

 767 characters

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

dark brown with a nearly black look to it and a nice two inch head of tan. The aroma was loaded with chocolate and rich roasted malts. Big sweet profile here. As I go in for th first taste I am over whelmed with cocoa and rich dark tones. Nice touches of molasses and rich sweet flavors that carry over into a huge sweet finish. Big body on this and a great easy drinking feel.

 377 characters

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer.

Appearance: Black as night with a wispy lace yet a small cake of foam forms in the middle, good retention as the lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Roasted aromas, creamed lightly sweet coffee. Toasted and roasted malt mix yet more roasted than toasted.

Taste: Impressively smooth mouth feel with a medium to full body. Rich roasted flavour going borderline astringent. Hops tingle all throughout the mouth with a vague bitterness that gets clouded by more everlasting lingering roasted malt with caramel undertones though still leaves a trail of earthy minty flavour to the finish. Roasted flavours are not over bearing but at a perfect level of balance with hints of light charcoal and over caramelized sugar.

Notes: Profound in character, Odell’s was aiming for the middle ground between Porters and Stouts … good stab at it. A more than decent Porter it is, I’m quite fond of this palatable brew.

 1,071 characters

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigDank for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour into my Stone nonic pint glass is nearly black in color with a thin off-white foam which sticks around through most of the beer.

S: The nose has some very pleasant chocolate and coffee notes, just what I like in a porter. The roasted malt adds a nice balance to the sweet chocolate aromas.

T: The flavor starts out with a smooth, velvety, milk chocolate flavor followed by coffee and roasted malt. There is hint of vanilla on the back end as well. A slight bit of smokiness lingers after the sip is over.

M: The body is medium, but maybe a bit on the light side, unfortunately. The carbonation is moderate, and overall, the beer is quite creamy on the tongue.

D: One of the better porters I have come across. Great chocolate, coffee, and malt flavors and at a low ABV, a great beer to drink a few of in a night.

 898 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,226 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.