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 flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from Blackfriars, Glasgow (£4.50):
Quite a nice and definitely an enjoyable beer, one that went down quite easily despite not being just as good as I had been hoping going in. The taste was a little basic perhaps with the roasted malts and cocoa seemingly dominating without overpowering. A solid effort but I'm not confident it's a beer that I'm likely to pick up again.

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Photo of Soonami
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received Odell Cutthroat Porter in a blind trade and was very pleased to have received this based on its reputation.

Immediately while pouring, the beer struck me with a very weird earthy aroma. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it smelled liked of like damp forest humus and old coffee--not exactly appetizing. The color was very dark with brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer was carbonated appropriately low, with a smooth mouthfeel.

The beer had a roasted coffee flavor, with burnt caramel sweetness and bitter chocolate. At the finish, there was a dry minty astrigency that I didn't really like.

Maybe it was just my sample or palate, but I didn't think that this was a world-class American porter

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Photo of Forb
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a pint glass...

Appearance: Deep, rich, pitch black body with minimal coffee colored head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt aromas, and a tinge of sweetness.

Taste: Roasted malt aroma profile with auras of earthy hops to carry on the sugary caramelized nature of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but smooth and creamy as it settles heavily.

Overall: A good solid porter.

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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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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to howl1309 for the opportunity to try this one. Poured a deep brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Off-white head with some sticky strands of lacing present during the session. Nose is cocoa and roasted coffee; not bold, but even. Taste follows nose with the addition of a smoky character. Flavor profile was somewhat flat. Mouthfeel is between light and medium. Fairly easy drinking and flavorful for a % abv.

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

In reading through the reviews, I have to wonder if this beer's recipe was altered at some point. It doesn't look, smell, or taste as described by many of the "high" reviews.

Pours a deep brownish black with a reddish tinge. Two inches or so of a tan head. It quickly died to a thin, light tan crust.

Smells like acrid, roasted malt, a tinge of coffee, and sweet chocolate. Smells pleasant enough, though it doesn't blow me away.

The taste is roasted, acrid malt forward (a bit too charred and bitter for the style, IMHO), with a nice counterbalance of sweet milk chocolate, and a nutty coffee flavor. Well, all those flavors except the roastiness could use a bump up. A bit too thin ... it's a good beer, but nothing superlative.

Thanks for the extra!

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Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the same 6 pack as Shultzerdugen's metalics.

the only good bottle of the 6 pack. Huge head for a porter. Lots of rosted malts and chocolate and coffe flavors.Sweet but finishes dry and weak hops. This single bottle was very drinkable.

The presence of a metallic taste in 4 of the 6 pack is an indication of a problem in the production of this beer IMHO

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight flush into an imperial pint glass. Two plus inches of fluffy oatmeal head. Surprisingly sticky, uniform spiderweb lace over a ruby-edged black on brown body.

Smell is sharp chocolate coffee roast, straight white sugar, a touch of lactose, & prickly/citric hops.

First sip is like watered down, low calorie, 1% chocolate milk. Light-stepping grain. Weak tar fumes maybe? Earthy. Gentle roast, a soy newspaper twang, & a very casual, cherry pit-like twangy bitterness to close it out.

Near stoutly roasted, but with some decent body & mouthfeel filled in. Carbonation is right on for me. Milky, but still a bit light for the style.

Thanks to russpowell for padding my Odell resume with a good one. :)

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Photo of pollox87
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I finally made it up to Ft. Collins and got to try some of this at the brewery.

On Nitro

A-Dark with copper hints
S- fairly muted thanks to the nitro, a bit of roasted malt
T-fairly good although I do think the nitro hurt this beer more than it helped it in taste. Roasted toffee, but smooth blending of the flavors
M- This is where the nitro shines, really nothing like a good porter or stout on nitro to go down smooth.
O- overall I think this beer is just above average for the style. I would prefer it to have a bit more bite on it.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second try, best by 12/21/12 (drank on 11/27/12), from Hyvee in Omaha, NE
Result is that this tastes much better than I remember it, but the aroma is still missing any significant impact.

Pours a 1cm head, light tan in color, fades in average time, leaving significant lacing on sides of glass.

Aroma is still fairly mild, of roasted malt, very faint coffee with cream and chocolate.

Taste is of nicely blended, though slightly understated, roasted barley, milk chocolate, coffee beans, and hop bitterness. The hop bitterness melds particularly well with the roasted malt's associated bitterness. Aftertaste is of mild roasted malts and bitterness.

Beer is still medium bodied, but carbonation is at medium levels, making this move across the palate more easily and enjoyably than I remember previously.

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
Best by 4/4/12 printed on label
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Relative to other American porters, such as GLBC's Edmund Fitzgerald, I found Odell's porter to be somewhat understated and lacking in taste and smell. Perhaps this can be appreciated as a respite from fuller-flavored beers, but I still found it uninspiring.

Pours a 0.75cm head, light tan in color, that fades fairly quickly to a thin cap atop the beer. Leaves little to no lacing. Body is dark brown to black, with dark amber highlights when held to light. Unable to tel if carbonation levels are high due to opacity of body.

Aroma mostly of roasted malt, very faint coffee and chocolate, and only noticed when beer had warmed up substantially. Is this accurate to old-time English porters, as the label suggests? I don't think anyone is alive to know. Overall, fairly uninspiring.

Tasting opens with roasted malt flavors and some sweetness, which by mid-palate has turned more into very mild chocolate and coffee flavors. Back of tongue picks up some enjoyable bitterness, but not much else. Aftertaste of lingering roasted malt and some bitterness. Again, I'm finding this not particularly revelatory.

Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation makes this easy on the palate, but feels a little stagnant. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, though a bit turgid. Dry close.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle...

A- Pours a deep dark brown color...almost black. Two finger tan head shows medium retention. Ring style lacing on the glass.

S- Light chocolate notes blends with a roasted malt body for the aroma. Some light metallic hints but those get covered with a light coffee aroma.

T- Big roasted malts come out first on this beer with a hint of the metallic aroma I got now in taste form. There is a light chocolate note in the middle of the beer but nothing that dominates like in the aroma. More coffee and roasted notes to the end of the beer. Overall the flavor was there but not very lasting at any point in time.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style and beer itself. Light roasted malts left on the palate with more roasted malts and light alcohol left long into the aftertaste. No real drying per say on the the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were blended well but lacked any body to them to make them last long other than the second they hit the palate.

D- This was a drinkable porter which I wish we carried in Indiana. There are more flavorful porters I've had but this one does it for me as a session porter.

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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 JDV
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from oxymoron. Thanks!
Pours black with a nice smallish creamy beige head. Smell is roasty, coffee, cream and a bit cardboard like. Taste is smooth and roasty with a dull chocolate flavor along with a slight cardboard and metallic component. Faint hops in the end that linger a bit. Slightly full bodied with soft, yet crisp carbonation. Nice porter overall.

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Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice and drinkable porter. One of their better rews in my opinion. Rich dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Lots of roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate as well. Mild hops round it out nicely. The flavor is again very roasty with a nicely blended hop variety. Medium body with a dry finish. Crisp and refreshing. This is my idea of a perfect session brew. Goes well most anytime.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cutthroat Porter – American Porter (5.0%) - O'Dell Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Very dark in color totally opaque with a slight garnet hue right against the light. One finger dark brown head that fades quickly and leaves a high ring of sticky lace.

Smell: Deep roasted malts with hints of chocolate and the slightest smoke.

Taste: Slightly charred roasted taste, with a dry sweetness in the true taste that lingers slightly. Some sweetness around the edges. Darkly malty to the core with a slight bitterness only after swallowing.

Mouth: Plenty of body and edge, this is a well balanced beer that would be a good example for someone new to the style.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 12/23/13.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. "Best by" date is 7/13/11.

Appearance- Dark brown with a good, tight, tan head. Good lacing. 4/5

Smell- Smoke and coffee. Some chocolate but not much. 4/5

Taste- Also smoke and coffee. The main flavor is smoke. There is a little bite to this as well. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Decent mouthfeel for the style. More on the thicker side than the thinner. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. I use to really like smoke in beers and have gotten out of that as of late. Still a good beer but I may stick with their IPA and Myrcenary. 3.5/5

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Photo of Bizz88
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown to the point of being black with a creamy one fingered tan head with lots of sticky lacing the entire glass. Dark robust coffee, malt and coco aromas. Bitter sweet chocolate with smokey hints on the palette with a metallic bite finish. Lighter than most for a porter with decent carbonation. With winters snow just around the corner, would drink well after a day on the slopes.

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Photo of azdback
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark black, dark brown highlights. Small, one finger light brown colored head. Lace looks as if it's not gonna stay around for long.

Smell is of coffee and dark roasted malts. A bit sweet maybe caramel or molasses.

Taste is almost like the smell. Dark roasted flavors, a bit of smoke. A really good sweet, tart taste.

The mouth is a little watery and hollow but not unusual for the style. For a porter it's right as it should be. I always have to reel my tongue in on the smaller ones.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Could see this being a session beer, when quantity didn't mater.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and pitch black with a thick merengue head...

Smells predominantly of roasted malts, some coffee and cocoa as well

Sweet flavor up front, bitter chocolate in the middle and toasy malts out the back. Some marshmallow and hint of raisins inside as it warms

Lends a medium body with some cuddly comfort suds and a little staying power

Overall a strong traditional example of the style, decent price, solid brewery behind it, ya its a recommender

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Do you think Cutthroat Trouts would like Cutthroat Stouts? The pour for Odells stout is a dark opaque color with definite red and copper tones that become more obvious when held to the light. A darker shade of white head that pours nicely to start but doesn’t last with the drink. Limited lacing as well.

The overall smell is nothing really dominant but still detectable. The smell is stronger in roasted qualities then any other. Some touches of coffee and chocolate are presents as well as some earthy tones.

The taste is light and creamy. Taste is good but light overall. The creaminess is not really a milky taste but smooth. To start off there is a big malt presence with big roasted and more noticeable coffee and chocolate tones then the smell would indicate. The malt is the stronger piece but the aftertaste provides some light more English style hopping.

There is a slight watered down that kind of makes the beer easier to drink. But also limits a greater taste. Overall this is a good section beer.

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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 ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with brown edges and a smell like coffee, very nice. The head was a like a creamy blanket lying on top of the beer. I was told that along with Easy Street Wheat, this is Odell’s only unfiltered beer. The taste was roasty and also a little smoky like grilled meat. Mouthfeel was very creamy due to the nitro and it was appreciated but I wonder what the beer was like naturally and why the need for nitro? I liked this beer mostly except for the smokiness. I am also not sure if I like “nitro”, what is the point, can’t they just cask it? The cask IPA I had at Odell’s was so creamy I can’t imagine a better mouthfeel.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,219 ratings.
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