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Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

410 Reviews
Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 1,193
Photo of Pukstopper
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional Porter. Poured from
Tap at a corner bar in Greenville TX. Thick head great lacing and a very nice front end taste. Not a typical Porter. Almost stout like but not quite. Very drinkable

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into 3/4 glass.

Thick black with an off white head, good retention.

Smell - Caramel, Brown Sugar, Coffee

Taste - Caramel and Coffee all the way through, slight hop kick at the end

Mouthfeel - Smooth, goes down easy, so smooth you can't tell it's 5+%

Good for after a days work and even at a BBQ with a steak.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on a trip to Colorado.
Look: Deep brown/black with a medium tan head and decent lacing.
Smell: Roasted malts balanced by a nice earthy hop note.
Taste: Very balanced, smooth chocolate malts and grassy/earthy hops to follow. Smooth and complex. Little smoke in there too.
Drink: Very easy to drink, especially at only 4.8ABV. Wish I could get it in California.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark beer that, when held up to the light, showed some deep amber and ruby hues. It had a tan, sticky head that stuck around for the whole drink and totally covered the sides of the glass with lace. Looked great.

Smell: Heavily roasted malt and a distinct smokey odor. A little bit of that crisp hoppiness aroma could also be detected. It smelled very good.

Mouthfeel: There was a full, smooth feel to this beer. It was good, but I would have expected a little better for a perfect porter.

Taste: A delicious brew. Full, deep flavors of heavily roasted malt. A smokey taste is also detectable. It is balanced well with a hops bitterness. There is a little bit of a "twang" left on the finish.

This is a very good porter, one of the best that I have had for quite awhile. I can't remember if I have tried this beer before, but I will certainly have it again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black bodied beer. Thick crop of light brown froth on top has good retention. Lace comes in blotchy pathes all over. Aroma is very chocolatey and roasty. Flavor is very smooth and enjoyable. Tootsie roll center with milk chocolate and light java notes dotting the landscape. A little roasted malt bitterness lingers. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. This one is solid.

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Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a tasty porter! This beer pours nearly black with hints of ruby when held up to the light. A nice tan head that stays proudly throughout the entire session and sticks to the glass so well!

Earthy hops dominate the nose and is accompanied by dark chocolate, coffee and the faintest hint of tobacco.

The palate is attacked by dark chocolate and an impressive array of roasted malts. Coffee flavors are present along with caramel and toffee. A pretty aggressively hopped porter as well. Excellent!

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Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head with good retention. The aroma has coffee, from dark roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is much like the aroma. Coffee and chocolate, and a light sweetness from the malt. Very good.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy. and nicely carbonated. A really nice Porter which I could drink over and over.

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Photo of akolb
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fairly long lasting head. Aroma of subtle roasted barley. Lovely taste with light coffee and chocolate. Dry. A bit of bitterness to make it refreshing, but overall a very restrained beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Goes down beautifully. Odell proves that a beer doesn't need a ton of hops and a high ABV to be delicious. Odell Cutthroat Porter is a lovely, highly drinkable exercise in restraint.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours very dark brown with a finger of bubbly head, settles into a little island of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Cocoa/dark chocolate dominate. Candy-sweet scents.

T: Very much that dark chocolate, with hints of espresso. Sugary-sweet, but very well balanced by earthy hop bitterness. Both the sweet and the bitter linger on the palate pleasantly.

M: Very well-balanced mouthfeel, too. Medium body and creamy. Super drinkable.

O: Definitely satisfying in the encroaching cold weather. Drinkability and balance put this pretty high on my list of milder porters.

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Photo of BigRedN
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours into a pint glass black. When held to the light it is a little brown at the edges. No light comes through. Good tan head, about 1/4-1/2 inch (depending upon the pour. Lingered then fell toa solid covering on the liquid. Plenty of lacing down the glass to the finish.

Smell: Predominant scent is malt, burnt malt. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, does smell a little bitter.

Taste: Malty at the start, taste of burnt chocolate and coffee. A hop bitterness arives at the finish providing good balance. Outstanding, I wouldn't change a thing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, full bodied, easy drinker.

Drinkability: Very high. Low alcohol content makes this a good choice for a session beer IMO, although one might get filled up. A recommended try if it is available. Purchased 6-pack on 4/5/05, bottled on date 12/10/04 (hard to read). Still plenty good.

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Photo of mentor
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger caramel brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells flat roast with some grassy hop character. Some sour, some cream, and very dry overall.

Tastes potent and complex roast with soured character, likely from black patent. dry chocolate, not quite baking cocoa. Noticable earthy hop flavor with some grassiness. This intensity of these is nearly comparable and melded quite well. Beneath these is a sour from black patent that is tamed by a comparable cream character. This beer is quite nice. Md thick mouthfeel has some silky and some dextrinous qualities. Moderate carbonation is nice. Overall, I find the flavors in this beer work well together...well done.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer.

Appearance: Black as night with a wispy lace yet a small cake of foam forms in the middle, good retention as the lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Roasted aromas, creamed lightly sweet coffee. Toasted and roasted malt mix yet more roasted than toasted.

Taste: Impressively smooth mouth feel with a medium to full body. Rich roasted flavour going borderline astringent. Hops tingle all throughout the mouth with a vague bitterness that gets clouded by more everlasting lingering roasted malt with caramel undertones though still leaves a trail of earthy minty flavour to the finish. Roasted flavours are not over bearing but at a perfect level of balance with hints of light charcoal and over caramelized sugar.

Notes: Profound in character, Odell’s was aiming for the middle ground between Porters and Stouts … good stab at it. A more than decent Porter it is, I’m quite fond of this palatable brew.

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

Good looking very dark brown beer. This one is very close to being black. Decent sized head with thin webby lacing. Not a ton of stick.

Sweet coffee smell and dark chocolate smell and taste. Good hoppy balance in the finish.

This is a highly drinkable porter. Many thanks to bditty187 for this one.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: black as the night, at some moments you can see through the dark carmel hue, marvelous..

S: typical sweet porter smell, to me that earns a 4.5! I love it dark :)

T: Its a porter, but on top of that, dark, sweet, smokey, ooowee. what is this? 4.75

M: Thick and smooth, reminiscent of summer BBQs. Wow, I can't fathom the idea of a brew with all these attributes but damn, here it is.

O: yuuuup

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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 thryn
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice looking. A dark brown, nearly black beer with a good finger of tan head that has some staying power.

Hugely roasty aroma. I'm in love! I'm getting some smoky peat, coffee, faint chocolate, and even maybe a hint of toffee out of this. Major roasty malt character.

A litle less comes out on the palate, but it's still a damn fine beer. All that roasty character is there, and the coffee notes are present. The chocolate is more subdued and there is some smoke. A nice bitter finish ends this one nicely.

Great in the mouth. A medium to full body, a bit chalky with ample carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Drinkability= OH HELL YES. This would be a candidate for the "you can only ever have one beer again, pick one" scenario.

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Photo of MOTrout89
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great porter. Strong coffee scent and taste complimented by a light aroma of chocolate. Decent head and lacing, complex and robust flavor starts with bold coffee tones and ends on a pleasant bitter note. Very smooth; it almost feels light. The color is very dark and rich. Great after a cold day trout fishing.

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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 Rchap1
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have been drinking this for awhile, had the opportunity to try it on nitro at the brewery. Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about a finger of chocolate colored head. The nose is a bit smoky, with a slight oak smell along with burnt sugar and and a hint of dark chocolate. On the first sip, taste is quite similar to the nose, with the oak being the most prevalent flavor. Suitably bitter, a good taste for a typical American porter. Mouthfeel is full and bright, which makes this a surprisingly refreshing beer. I'd say the overall drinkability is pretty good, and this is one that I'll continue to buy.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back from Colorado by misterdmac... thanks, Dustin!

A: Stark black, with a very light sandy coloured head that forms quite nicely, perhaps with a little delay in leaving lace behind (it seemed to begin about a quarter of the way down the glass)

S + T: Both the aroma and the flavour are a straight-up roasted malt dominating, and it's smooth and pleasant. Both chocolate and coffee flavours are noted (though it's mostly just the coffee of the two on the nose), and each is subtle and mild, merely complementing the other flavours and aromas... very nice on both counts.

M + D: Smooth and somewhat creamy medium body, with a nice sparkling carbonation to go with it. The mild alcohol content makes it a great session choice, and I'd gladly accept it as one - I only wish it were available in these parts!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 8/24/10, thanks to my dad for bringing this back from KC. Pours a dark crimson color and shows just a few highlights throughout. Has a nice topping of dark beige foam that lasts a good while and drops some nice lacing.

Nose is a nice blend of mild chocolate, dark graininess and vanilla roastiness. Pretty clean without much yeast or hops showing.

Mmmm, porter delight! roast is there, sweet chocolate is there and smooth toast rounds out the malty trio. Mild bitterness is the perfect, dry ending to this well brewed nectar. Fruit is kept low and the beer has a crisp feel to it, I am glad they kept the ABV below 6% as it makes it extraordinarily drinkable. Body seems a little thin at times and gives off a slight astringency, but pretty minor complaints as this is a very nice porter. I would love to have this available locally, for sure.

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red hue and nice clarity is evident when this beer is held up to the light. The initially thick, tan head settles and thins, but has excellent retention. Earthy and floral British hop nose is accompanied by a dark chocolate - like aroma from the roasted grains. Along with the chocolate malt, there's a hint of black patent sharpness in there that works quite well. Medium bodied with an excellent balance of roasted grain and hop bitterness. Dark chocolate flavors persist throughout the sip. Finishes with a tingle of hop bitterness and subtle sweetness. Not overdone like many microbrewed porters I've had. Complex flavors meld nicely in this brew, and it's neither too rich nor too mellow. Cutthroat's a very drinkable and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into a tumbler glass. A two finger head quickly halved in size but is sticking around.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Little bit of a maroon hue when held up to the light but otherwise opaque.

Aroma: Very rich roasted malt. A little dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Well-rounded. The roasted malt comes through beautifully and lingers just the right amount of time. An aftertaste of dry dark chocolate. The hops are present and help bitter the palate at first but quickly fade, which is just fine because it lets the malt shine.

Mouthfeel: This porter has definite drinkability. Though it dries out your mouth a bit after every sip, it isn't very noticeable.

Final Thoughts: The Odell Brewing line-up of offerings are always on my shopping list. This is my first time trying their Cutthroat Porter and I will definitely be going for it again in the future. A very well-rounded beer and great example of the style. There is so much flavor packed into this brew.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a thin finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted coffee and chocolate malts with some milk sweetness and a bit of smoke.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate and other dark malts with some vanilla and a touch of smoke. Through the middle, some roasted slightly bitter coffee comes through with some more lactose flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and chocolate with some smoke and vanilla flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced american porter. Good mix of flavors and just the right amount of body.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had 2 pints last night at the Old Chicago.

Super dark brown colour with some red highlights peeking through when I held the glass up to the light, the head of foam was only about 1/2 an inch but maintained itself pretty well.

Huge roasted malts and some coffee and chocolate greeted my nosebuds. Man, the nose was delightful.

Roasted malt exploded in my mouth with some light chocolate and a noticeable taste of coffee. Lots of bitterish tones here with very little sweetness and a resulting very dry finish made me want to sip more and more.

Medium bodied as was the carbonation.

Drinkability? This has always been a favourite Porter of mine and to have it on tap was and is a real treat. Very quaffable!

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.
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