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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 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 %.

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

Pours a nice clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy tan head which hung around for awhile, some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, slight hops, mocha/toffee/caramel. The taste is very nice reminds me of a stout really, malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, highly recommended.

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

Best by date March 2007, Sampled January 2007
This beer has an almost two-finger thick, brownish tinged, tan colored head that sits atop a black beer. The aroma has a large roast grain driven character; notes of espresso, toasted bread, burnt toast, and burnt caramel all have a presence. A nice, smooth, lightly sweet chocolate note is also quite prominent; in fact that has a concentrated, dark chocolate malt ball note to it. In the end this has a huge aroma to it, it is large and pronounced and quite enjoyable.

Nice and thick on the palate as well; chewy, chocolate-like, malt sugars stick a bit to the palate, though this beer is in no way heavy. This finishes with a mix of roast-grain driven acidity and a solid bitterness that is both hop and burnt grain derived. Chewy notes of burnt biscuits (along with a bit of astringency), toffee, dark chocolate, and a mix of light and dark roast coffee bean notes.

Wow, I just checked out the alcohol on this; this beer drinks way bigger than it is, not because of the alcohol (which is quite hidden), but because of the concentrated malt flavors. I could have easily been convinced this was 8% alcohol. This is my kind of beer, full of flavor, yet ideal for a long session of drinking. This had the telltale signs of being a great beer simply by the fact that before I knew it my beer was gone.

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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.

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Photo of flexabull
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black color, huge head, and huge lacing.

Beer smells vegetal, bright, and somewhat coffee like.

Flavor is very good. Toasted malts, a touch of bitterness, and a very coffee like quality throughout this one.

Mouthfeel is good, but I like a bit more from porters.

Overall.. a tasty porter that is quite drinkable. Certainly session worthy... hand me another...

This is a good effort from Odell.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish carmel brown, almost black in color with a one inch beige head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt. Sweet and rich in taste with notes of roasted grains. This beer goes down smooth. I prefer the nitro to the standard draft or bottle. I would put this one on my top tier of favorite beers. Other words that describe Cutthroat Porter on Nitro are creamy, frothy and yummy. A great beer that I got from the source at the tasting room of Odell's in FC.

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Photo of Realale
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with burgundy highlights when lifted to the light. Very fine mocha head settles to a complete cap and leaves nice lacing.

Rich brown bread and chocolate malt dominate the nose. There is a liquerish edge to the nose, and a touch of deep fruitiness. Very nice and quite complex.

Loses something in the mouth. Medium weight, but a real malt fest that is broken up only by a touch of the fruitiness. Good length, but a bit ponderous and flat.

Mouthfeel contributes to the imbalance, and leads me to tire of this after a bottle or two. Solid porter, but not my favorite.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1 1/2" tan head that is dense and spongy. Good retention at around 1" for awhile. The porter is dark brown with some garnet at the edges. Great lacing.

S - Creamy coffee. Roasted malt. Chocolate undertones and just a touch of smokiness.

T - Cold coffee without the astringent bitterness. Molasses. Dark bitter chocolate. Smokiness carries through a little from the aroma. Low bitterness with a nice roasty finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch below medium. Low carbonation that fits the style. Smooth porter.

D - Very nice porter with excellent drinkability. I wish i could get it here.

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

appearance: The pour gives a 1/4" dark-khaki colored head. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

smell: Delicious smelling medium roast malt with a touch of dark chocolate and smoke. Moderate American hop aroma. Very nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium or just above, and the body a heavy medium.

taste: Roasted malts upfront at medium strength give notes of medium roast coffee and some distant cocoa. A light sweetness is present here with maybe a touch of lactose. The hop flavor is light. A light to moderate bitterness lingers with some dry roast notes into the finish. Tasty and very well-balanced.

drinkability: very easy

2 bottles acquired in a trade with jhammerly

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jhammerly for sending this to me!

Poured a deep brown into a pint glass with a minimum of head which resolved into a thin layer of foam.

Nice aromas of milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses.

Classic porter flavor. Cafe-au-lait with a slight dark chocolate. Slightly bitter finish from the hops to balance.

Mouthfeel was a little thin.

Overall a very drinkable, sessionable American Porter. Recommended.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby appearance when held to the light with a 1 inch tan head that died a little fast but left some really great lacing.

S - Toast, coffee, a little weak but it's still cold. Same aroma but much more apparant as it warms.

T - Sweet coffee and chocolate up front with a bitter finish. A really great transition from sweet to bitter with lots of chocolate, coffee and other dark roast flavors all throughout. The flavor of this beer really transitions smoothly. This is one of the best tasting porters I have ever tried.

M - My only complaint with this beer is that it is a little thin. I don't know of temperatue affecting mouthfeel but it seems to get a bit better as it warms. I may be just really enjoying everything else about this beer which makes we want to forgive it for being thin.

D - I will drink this beer again, and again, and again. This is an excellent beer and something I will be picking up each time I'm in a town that has it.

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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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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

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 hanco005
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, part of my Beer of the Month offerings, dated 012007, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a few hints of ruby light coming from the bottom, about a ½ inch of fluffy tan head slowly fades away, laces in spots

S—chocolate and coffee are all I can smell in this one

T—chocolate and coffee as the smell indicated, some roasted malt flavors, some toasted bread hints, but overall the chocolate is dominate. It gets much better as it warms.

M—smooth, medium/full bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid porter, glad I was able to try it and I will enjoy the other two that I received.

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

Thanks to Solomon420 for the bottle

This beer is a dark brown with a thick tan head that recedes quickly. The smell is of toasted grain. The taste is of oatmeal. There is also a slight smokey character to this brew. The mouthfeel is good for the style. The drinkability is good. This is a top ten porter for me. Reccommended.

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Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to pitch black, but when held to the light shows through with some brown and garnet highlights. Thick tan head on top, reduced to a thin layer of tight foam. Nice lacing coats the glass.

Dark toasted malts dominate with plenty of dark coffee. A touch of bittersweet chocolate as well. Some fainting sweet malt hints come in as well.

Flavor is good, but lacks something. Chocolate and dark toasted malts again. Nothing is really in the finish though. A bit simple for me.

Mouthfeel is really good though, except for a bit too much carbonation. Makes this porter sharp tasting. Besides that this one has a nice creaminess to it.

Good drinkability, it has a lot of high points to it, but just lacks in the taste department. I'd gladly have a couple in a sitting though.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling the brew at room temp poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a soft fluffy beige head foaming up 2 cm and resting effortlessly on the surface. Aroma is dry chocolate powder and some roasted malt. I get a bit of brown sugar and just a bit of grassy hops in the background. The first sip reveals a soft yet slightly thin body with fine prickly carbonation.
The beer goes down very easy.
I get some light sweet chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. This passes quickly to more of a roasted malt character. This roasted quality does linger a bit even thought the body really thins out on the finish.
A decent enough porter with good flavor profile. I just wish it was a little more body.

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

Once again, props to Odell for their stylish labeling of yet another 12 oz. bottle. Beer served in an American pint glass.

Color like a black hole in the process of swallowing a gigantic ruby ring. Yet despite the invocation of deep space phenomenon and the imagery of royal family jewelry within, there is little to no crowning head to speak of and minimal lacing in addition.

Aroma is that of strong black coffee and burnt toast.

A full roasty mouthfeel brings home a delightfully washed up dark-roasted coffee bean flavor and an intriguing under-the-tongue bitterness.

With trunkloads of coffee and a little bit chocolate, this porter proves brewed beneath a banner of stars and stripes as it boldly boasts its strong commitment to bitter hops.

The glass is drained and so too this review will end. Cutthroat Porter imported to PA via my traveling brother. Odell pleases the palate again.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, with a best before date of 08/09/06. 4.8% ABV

Thanks to jredner for the sample!

Pours a deep black color and makes a tall, creamy, light-tan colored head, leaves some sticky lacing on the glass and the head retention is quite good.

Aroma is very roasty, slight fig notes and lots of coffee and chocolate malts.

Roasty caramel, chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. Moderate hop bitterness, hop flavor is not present. No diacetyl. Nicely balanced and the finish is rather clean.

Medium light in the body, relatively high carbonation, very dry in the finish.

This is a good porter, tons of flavor for something so light. If it were available in Southern California and I was craving a porter, this would do just fine. Nice example of a brown porter.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty damn fine to look at - Black with ruby hues; very low visibility. Thick body and thick suds, the latter fron a lingering 1/4 head.

AromaL Nice roasty aroma - espresso, chocolate and faint toffees. Not overwhelming. SLight lactose finish.

Taste: Wonderfully smooth, but the appearance and aroma set me up for a flavor that wasn't quite there. In a lot of ways, reminiscent of nitro-tap guinness. The flavor is mellow, not as rich as many American porters. Milk finish is again an unexpected development.

Mouthfeel: Great - smooth, mild bitters in the finish. Low carbonation is great in the mouth.

Drinkability: A session porter - nothing unique or complex going on; just good drinking beer. Like other Odell's offerings, the flavor seems a little underdeveloped when compared to the bigger offerings of other American craft porters. IBut the smoothness of delivery and the balance of the beer are definitely worthy of return trips.

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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 Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted malt, chocolate, some very mild burnt grain notes and an even milder smoked elelment. Dark brown body holds a mostly lasting thumb thick and creamy tan head. Fore is roast-bitter with an almost lactose/oatmeal creaminess, mild chocolate notes, faint coffee and some trace candy caramel notes. Pretty tasty and well done.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely bottle...the label is fabulous, and the relief detail on the shoulder is a very nice touch. Of course, it's what is inside that really matters here, so here we go..

Beautiful in the glass...very dark brown to black, with a light tan head that starts about two fingers, and slowly falls to one with some thick lace left behind. Held tot he light, it's a nice ruby/cola colour, and very clear.

The aroma is somewhat weak, but very good. Chocolate and smoke hit right up front, with some ancho chile and coffee following.

The flavour seems dominated by the smokiness. Coffee comes out aorund the edges, with a dry finish. There s bit of date-like flavour there just on the edges. The smokiness is just a bit too high for me- but only just a bit.

A little light on body for a porter, with just a bit too much carbonation.

Despite some shortcomings, I think this one is rather drinkable, and I wouldn't turn it down.

Be well

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Photo of bort11
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

To start off with, I really like Odell's label design. They've had these updated designs for about a year now and I think it really makes Odell stand out visually. On to the beer.

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Rich black color. When held up to the light only a single spot of ruby red shows through. Dark tan head, only about a finger width, and recededs quickly. Light lacing around the edge of the glass. Smell is a robust chocolate malt with a little bit of mocha coffee around the edges. Taste is very full, much like the smell. Finishes clean, very little after taste. Not too complex of a flavor, pretty strait forward. Mouthfeel was a little too light. I like my porters to have a bit more substance to it. Overall, this is a very tastey porter and very easy to drink. I think it can session pretty well.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,200 ratings.
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