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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in trade with Bort11 - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with a date on the label but don't know if bottling date or best by date (why have a date if you aren't gonna label it?) into a pint glass. It was pitch black even against a light. It had a two finger tan head that slowly settled into a thin film. Good lacing. The aroma was roasted and chocolate malts. The taste was excellent. It was well balanced and had a good bite without a too bitter finish. This is a style that has moved to my top 3-4 and this is a great example of that style. I've enjoyed all the Odell's I've had but this is tied with Easy Street as my favorite of theirs. Also had fresh at brewery during my last trip to Ft Collins and it was awesome! Not available here in Texas so will have to trade and ship more. Highly recommend (4.5, HR, ML, Y)

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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 Tyrawlings
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color. Rocky tan head pours two fingers thick with decent retention. Thin sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Roasted coffee. Wet earth.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter choclate are followed by Pacific Northwest hops add a nice bitterness that tickles the tongue. Rich roasted caramel malts with an astringent twnag are followed by the sweetness of molasses and a biscut presence. Soft ghost smoke and wet earth like flavors.

M: Silky smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Incredibly rich and thick for a porter. The mouthfeel of this beer makes it seem bigger than it actually is. Very tasty and satisfying indeed. A well carfted brew.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured black as a Porter so it satisfied that one...it wasn't fizzy and yellow. There was a small 1/8" head of different sized tan bubbles that fell within about 30 seconds to end up as a small ring around the edge of the glass and a little bit of lace.

Aroma: Considerable dry roasted malt presence along with a mild toastiness and a little bit of sweet caramel. There are quite a bit of hops in this beer that contribute a mild floral note but a more defined grassy note. As it warms, the roastiness is coming out more assertive and is giving the aroma an acidic tinge.

Taste: The flavor is really malt driven with a defined dry roasty edge that comes at you head in the beginning. This doesn't run the show the entire time fortunately. It starts to mellow out about the midpoint of the sip and turn toward being balanced and somewhat watery. The finish is decidedly acidic with lots of roastiness to linger on the back of the throat. The bittering hops are pretty reserved as the acidity of the dark malts balance any sweetness from the malt in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and in all actuality it is a good example of one end of the Porter spectrum. I reviewed the Bells Porter before this one which was a lot more drinkable due to the malt balance. The roast is a bit harsh for my palate on this one, but it isn't out of style. I would drink this beer again as it is pretty decent.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Huge, fluffy brown head. Excellent retention, tons of lace.

Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, & some coffee.

Flavor has roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate and moving towards a more dominant roasted coffee/black malt characteristic going into the dry finish. English hops couple with the black malt to provide a fairly moderate bitterness that lingers slightly into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Maybe a little thin, could have a bit more body for my taste. Balance seems good. As the label states, it's more like an English/London style porter than the American style it's listed as. Drinkability is good, I could see having a few of these in a sitting.

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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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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,226 ratings.
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