Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

1,238 Ratings
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 Tlloyd417
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears to be black in the glass, bar light is not helping to discern any highlights. Solid, tight, creamy cap is off-white and doing a great job of sticking around. So sticky. Lacing is doing a hell of a job. Nose is chocolate-y sweet with a hint of coffee and some maybe a nod towards fudge. More power please! The right notes are being struck, but the orchestra is playing far too softly.

The flavor is still in the realm of a chocolate dessert: bitter but sweet, there is a tiny movement towards roasted coffee, but otherwise plenty of subtle spicing, preserved fruits, and just enough "wateriness" to be super drinkable.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but hits a better note than most stouts. Perfectly attenuated without the gimmicky use of nitrogen. Smooth and silky, making it seem like a much lighter beer. Very well played by Odell in my opinion.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled February 18, 2015) to a snifter.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces a tall head of more than two fingers. The foam is light mocha in color and it leaves a wisp of lace. Pretty good retention. The beer is a good looking, dark-brown color (nearly black) with red-ruby highlights on the edges.

S-The aroma is nice and chocoately -- both milk and dark chocolate (and cocoa powder) come to mind. There is a little hint of citrus hop in there and a twang of cold coffee bitterness.

T-The taste is smooth with more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. It almost has some stout-like cream flavor in there. I also taste some caramelized barley malt, and that light citrusy twang on the finish from the hops.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-Despite living in Colorado for nearly all of the my legal-drinking-age-life, I don't think I have ever tried Cutthroat until now and I'm sorry that I haven't. It is a nice drinking porter that provides a solid, if somewhat simple, flavor and nice drinkability.

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Photo of pisano
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHungus
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown nearly black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. This is a very attractive aroma. The taste is milder than the aroma. There are some nice roasted malt characters with some chocolate and coffee in the far background. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium bodied with agressive carbonation that doesn't work well with the style. Overall, this is a good porter that I could drink again. I like the taste and aroma, but the texture and carbonation do detract from the overall pleasure.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby brown to deep brown with a tan head of about 1/2 inch.

Smell: Toasted malt with some cappucino notes.

Taste: Coffee, caramel and toffee, knid backwards from what I thought would be the prevolent flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very cola like in it feel. A plus in my book.

Drinkability: Because the body and taste aren't too heavy, I could have a few of these.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a nice wall of lacing.

Smells of light roasted malts and some earthiness.

Tastes of delicious roasted notes and some sweetness. Malts have notes of coffee and chocolate. An earthy, roasted bitterness backs everything up and is cut by a small amount of sweetness. A bit of fruitiness also comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bugaboo416
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark hue to black. The head dissipated rather quickly leaving some rather long lasting legs

S: Roasted malty goodness

T: slight caramel. Roasted malt. with and end note of nuttiness.

M: light body, crisp, dry at the end

O: From the bottle, give the glass a bit of a swirl to get rid of excess carbonation. All in all, a nice refreshing porter. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of hoffman
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up very nice deep brown with reddish undertones. Full frothy head about 2 fingers that sticks for a long time. Smell is vibrant, mocha and toasted malts with some hops. This one has a full taste mirroring the smell of toasted malts and mocha very nice. Creamy feel adds to the robust body of this porter. I really liked this one, one of the better porters I have had.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wrote this one a long time ago, around Christmas. Just dug up an old note on it .. believe this was courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks!

Pitch black bottom with sparkling, light tan head that emanates pockets of air. Completely opaque, impenetrable base. Foam head sustains well.

Deep, roasted malt with a pleasant lingering sweetness on the nose. Soapy, diacetyl notes, traces of yeast, dry aroma. Hints of chocolate. Bready.

Rich, roasted malt profile with clean, spring water. Smooth, with a luscious creaminess that washes over the tongue. Rush of carbonation leaves the mouth tingling. Dark chocolate notes near the end, with a bit of anise/black liqorice.

Pleasant and very drinkable, despite a bit heavy carbonation. Wonderful session brew and a delightful porter. Would definitely trade for more.

I haven't wrote a review in ages, but rest assured I have not given up good brews. Cheers!

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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 JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a coffee black, with a slight ruby tint when held up to the light. The cream colored head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a thin film. Lots of sticky lacing. The beer smells of roasted malts and bitter chocolate. This is a solid tasting porter. It does all of the obvious components well: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, a smokey quality, and there is a slightly sweet addition in there somewhere. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is just a well balanced, solid porter. It looks good, it tastes good, it feels good. Odell do a lot of things well, and their porter is no exception.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at the brewery. To me, even after I let it warm, there just wasn't enough taste here. Maybe my palate was ruined, I can't say, but I was let down. The nitro added an awesome creamyness and I could see this as a session porter of sorts but ill have to revisit this one.

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Photo of LoganMc
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Ruby and brown pop out in this dark brew. Head is a light khaki, fluffy and laces nicely.

Fairly roasted and sweet with chocolate, caramel, and a slight marshmallow, cream, and hop.
Nose is a little more nuanced and enjoyable for me.

Fairly light which is expected at 5% with some crisp carbonation and a slight bitterness.

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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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

n8dietz is da man once again!!!

Dark cola brown with ruby highlights. One finger tan head with a lasting foam and just a little lacing. Hard to see any bubbling.

The aroma has just a little bit of cream in the super roasted malts giving some almost charred coffee, chocolate, and bread scents.

Nice malty flavor upfront with the super roast for punch right in the middle of the palate. Black coffee, no cream or sugar with a little bakers' chocolate make up a robust middle. The finish is smooth yet still persistant with the roasted flavor profile.

Nice session porter with a consistant flavor profile through and through.

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Photo of dripa8
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with light brown, two-fingered head, fades slowly and leaves a even lace. Medium carbonation and body. Nearly black color. Nose is the normal malty/hoppy-ness of a porter, starts malty and hoppy and finishes with a nice mostly malty bite. Very fresh - brewed 12/13/03. The ABV is 4.5%.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a tan head that laces well.

Smells of roast, caramel, and sweet malts.

The up front taste is quite roasty but it quickly fades into a creamy, coffee flavor.

Medium body and carbonation...seems a bit lacking here.

This is a solid porter...it seems as though it will be more roasty and harsh than it actually is in the taste. The creamy, coffee finish is quite nice.

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

big thanks to codewarrior for this one. bottle stamped best before 4/30/11.

poured cold and relatively aggressively from the bottle to a surly darkness goblet a dark cola black with a 1/2 finger short lasting tan head.

aroma of coffee brewing and dark fruits.

sweet upon the first sip. roasted malts, raisins, and coffee.

sweet, medium carbonation, a bit thin.

drinkable - very.

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Photo of xpdrinker
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Pours black with beige head that dissolves to a thin film, not much lacing. Appears a bit oily although not thick.

First smell is espresso grounds, some alcohol comes across and it's only 5%. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted almonds, leather.

Light bodied, medium carbonation but very tasty. Black coffee, raw sugar, slightly metallic. Bitter chocolate on the back end. Peppery bitterness really lingers, slight saltiness. Starts lacing the glass after several sips and increase in temp.

An excellent, very drinkable porter. Personally I'd prefer it a bit thicker but overall this is very good and I wish I had access to Odell in FL. Thanks to ShawnBGP for including it as an extra!

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Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee malts. A little bit of alcohol. Surprisingly sweet. Hint of bready malts. Appearance is a dark brown with a big light brown head. Literally one of the most impressive head retentions I’ve ever seen. Lots of lacing. Taste is the same as the aroma. Creamy, roasted coffee and chocolate. A little bit of smokiness as well. Despite the creaminess, it remains a little thin for my taste. Overall, a solid porter. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of Miami66
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Cocoa, toasted, nutty malt, and a touch of roast form the aroma. Nutty malt dominates. Flavor reveals a base of lightly roasted malt and coffee, with toasted nuts hitting mid palate, and a lightly bitter finish. Dark cocoa hints weave throughout, but aren't as evident as I'd hoped. There's a light acrid bite.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,238 ratings.
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