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 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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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a fluffy, light khaki colored finger width head. Displays good retention before breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Lacing comes through in thin, silky sheets along with a few steaks and spots.

Smell - Classic porter aroma hitting on dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and light coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Milk chocolate with an edge of coffee roast bitterness. Light touch of caramel. Finish is bittersweet with a trace of roast lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Silky, creamy texture that goes down with stupid ease.

Overall - This is a superb example of your classic American Porter. It won't wow you with uniqueness, but it might with it's flawless execution. Well done, Odell.

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Photo of TH28
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 1/27/16 BB date. Appearance: Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thick creamy khaki head and nice lacing. Aroma: Roast and toasted malt, bready Taste: Moderate malt sweetness with toasted bread and light roast most prominent. Fairly strong bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, light creaminess, and moderate carbonation. Finish: Hop bitterness and roast are strong after the swallow. Overall: Very smooth, easy drinking Porter considering the strong roast and bitterness, which are more prominent on the finish. Not harsh or astringent. Flavor intensity lower than some of it’s counterparts like Deschutes BBP.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and foamy. Head doesn't hang around.

Not much to the nose here. Taste is dry, roasted, and mild.

Mouth is clean, with not much carbonation.

A really good porter.

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Photo of torrenju
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark and delicious--the best porter I can remember drinking. It's flavorful and hefty but not overbearing, with a light initial taste and a lingering after.

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Photo of colingaiser
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass...

L: Small and thin tan head that disappeared quickly ... color is a beautiful molasses brown

S: Aroma is pretty muted, but I'm getting a pleasant mix of milk and baking chocolate, toasted nut, and gingerbread spices

T: Big surprise (/sarcasm), an Odell beer that tastes fantastic ... get delicious notes of milk chocolate, a little deep molasses, coffee, burnt toast, some of those gingerbread spices, and a pleasantly dry finish ... a lot more flavor than the innocuous 5% ABV would suggest!

F: On the lighter side, but delightfully smooth with a perfect level of carbonation

O: An incredibly well-balanced, flavorful porter that makes a fantastic session beer for cold winter days

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty addition to anyones rotation of porters. Dated best-by of 3/8/16. Pours a rich, deep brown with only a faint light passing through the glass. Solid head and nice retention. Like most porters, not a huge aroma but there's a hint of roasted coffee. Taste is clasic British pub porter, just what you need on a damp winter's day. Dry to the taste, the roasted malt is smooth with very low bitterness. Lingering after-notes of coffee and dark Belgian chocolate with light carbonation. Recommended.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out more on the brown side of things than black. Aroma was hoppy, chocolate, coffee lesser in the background.

Taste is a robust mouthfeel of hops, malt, with the choco bitter coffee still playing a supporting role. Good stuff, great artwork.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £2.65 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black body, that when held to the light displays dark plum tinges against the edges of the glass. A two-finger in height, light tan coloured frothy head dissipates quickly to a patchy film, leaving behind modest amounts of sticky lace.

The intense, roasty nose primarily consists of charred dark malts, along with noticeable aromas of roasted coffee beans and a touch of citrus hops. The taste follows suit, leading with rich, robust, slightly acidic, dark roasted malts and grains, burnt toast and tangy roasted coffee. Towards the mid-palate the roast profile lightens just a little, with the slightest suggestion of chocolate, before a mainly citric hop profile builds. In the mouth, a light to medium body and fine, soft carbonation expertly balance a smooth, creamy and satisfying feel with massive drinkability. On the end, lingering char and roasted malts combine with a small amount of citric hop bitterness and faint traces of residual sweetness to give an enjoyable, drying, bittersweet finish.

Overall this is a very good beer. It’s incredibly smooth and roasty, well-crafted and easy drinking, but lacking in the chocolate character I really enjoy in a good porter. I’d certainly try it again, but given the choice, prefer something with a little more sweetness in the middle. Recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle into a US pint glass.

Opaque, very dark brown. Bubbly head, settles down to a persistent film of foam. Loads of lacing.

Prominent, slightly bitter, smoky smell of coffee and cocoa.

Light, refreshing flavour, very sessionable. A subtly sweet hint of coffee and finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness.

Light carbonation, feels very smooth and pleasant.

Overall, a very nicely balanced and versatile beer. Easy to drink, but has plenty to make it interesting.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Roasty, smokey, and delicious! This porter is low in alcohol making it a great session beer. The color is pretty much jet black. The head is tan and long lasting. Carbonation is moderately high. Mouthfeel is great. Dry finish. There is a decent bitterness that combats all that maltiness. It's perfect. Overall, this beer is one of the best porters made.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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