Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

417 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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in pint:

Lots of chocolate and dark malts in the nose, as well as something less pleasant. There’s a touch of charcoal in the taste but not as much as the nose suggested. Hints of toasted dark bread, with some coffee in the finish.

Very dark brown with pillowing dark tan head. Loads of lacing gets left on the glass.

Medium-full body, with well-chosen soft carbonation. Very smooth.

O: a pretty good porter, particularly if you like porters that are loaded with dark malts and use hops just for bittering.

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Photo of minterro
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought Southmoor Liquor. Poured into a pint glass and paired with triscuits.

A&S: Creamy tan head that retains at a thin layer, some lacing. Jet black colored beer. Dark chocolate is the man component of the aroma, its complemented by smokiness,

T&M: Not a ton of flavor outside of the smokiness. The finish is smokey but not overwhelming. Kinda smooth, but not very smooth. Pretty clean finish.

Overall: I was recommended Deshutes Black Butte over this beer, and I have to say I defiantly prefer this beer. I haven't found a ton of great porter in the mountain west.

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Photo of stallion_air21
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Smell wasn't anything exciting. A normal porter smell but with a deep smell a great coffee smoky flavor fills the nose, which really bring excitement for the first taste.

The first taste is good nothing special just a good porter taste. But the smoothness really helps the overall experience. The full tongue flavor/tingle is good but there is a lack of head that fills the rest of the mouth.

Overall this is a good beer to drink and relax with. With a low ABV of 5% it's a good drink to eat with and talk with friends.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby highlighted, brown to black coloring, with a foamy, fluffy, clingy, tan head. Nose of bitter coffee forward, with a cream and cocoa highlight, and hints of roasted notes. Flavors of bitter roast coffee, chocolate highlights, roasted notes, and hints of char. Dry, smooth bodied, with a roasted and bittersweet aftertaste. Dry, smooth finish. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Any friend who brings a good beer back from an out of town visit, suddenly becomes a good friend -- thanks Brad. After sampling many Porters on this particular night, this one takes a back seat compared to other American Porters we had. The malts take a chocolate-heavy malt character, with undertones of Columbian coffee, buttery pecans, and milk sugars. The hops certainly balance the sweetness, but do little to bring flavors and nearly no aromatics. The beer is lighter in body and color; reminescent of Engish-type Porters. The roastiness is very smooth, allowing the beer's body to become more apparent. The beer is thin, but malty; making it very easily drinkable. Nice beer, just on the lighter scale of most Porters; especially American varieties.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter on a cold icy Sunday morning. Deep dark and thick with a chocolate brown color...almost black. Nice off white head, dissipated rather quickly. Sticky lacing throughout review.

Mostly bitter dark chocolate on the nose...maybe a hint of caramel coffee.

Nice carbonation on a medium balanced mouth feel...a semi sweet tootsie roll creaminess in the middle followed by a dry dark bitter chocolate finish. As with the beginning of the taste the finish is a hit of tiny bubbles popping in my mouth/throat.

A decent porter from Odell, I prefer mine a little more sweet, the bitter finish lingers a little long for my liking. Gets better as it warms, probably won't buy again but wouldn't turn a free one down...

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is pretty much a deep brown colour and it has a nice big head, but a little bit of retention. A lot of carbonation. The nose is chocolaty and sweet. The beer has hints of chocolate and some sweetness, followed by a weird after taste that I'm not too fond of. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. Pretty drinkable though.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to the man known as Gillard for this one.

A: Pours a nice light blackish brown hue with an average sized head. Nice retention and no lace.

S: Hints of spicy rye, mild coffee, and dark chocolate on nose.

T: Lots of roasted malt up front with some faint chocolate in the middle. Light roasted coffee and lightly bitter finish

M: Fairly thin. Sort of soft yet creamy.

D: Good, not a bad porter at all.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4.8% ABV per this label.

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, near black, forming a poofy and soapy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice, but the flavor is better. The nose is permeated with green oily hops kept in check with roasted malts and chocolate, black walnut and vanilla. The mouthfeel is a little sharp and a touch sour with a medium body and moderate astringency in the finish. The taste begins with green hops, crisp clean water, a clean ferment...middle is chocolate, cocoa, black walnut. The finish has notes of green saplings and an aftertaste of grain husk.

So, this one is a little wierd. At first I liked it, but as it went along, it tasted too much like I was chewing on a tree. The hop choice doesn't do this beer justice as it's got a nice backbone ot chocolate, roast grains, coffee, and black walnut. Could have been a contender...as it is, I'll pass.

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Photo of mynie
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dertbert for the trade.

Completely opaque black with a nice little off brown head. Can't ask for much better from a porter.

Deep roasted malt and coffee mixed with what smells like adjunct rice.

Very warm flavor is harmed by a weak mouthfeel. Strong porter malt with warm chocolate moves into a dreamy smooth middle that ends on a very weak node of mashed grain. The flavor is varied and runs the gamut from excellent to mediocre.

A nice if unbalanced porter.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a short tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some roasted malt along with chocolate and coffee. The flavor isn't quite as integrated as the nose, with the coffee and chocolate not mixing all that well with the roasted character. Overall, however, the feel is quite good and this ends up drinking quite well, and I love how Odell has quite low ABVs on many of its regular offerings.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thank you kindly to pokesbeerdude for sending this generous extra my way! enjoyed from my hill farmstead tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured a pewter black with almost 3 fingers of foamy mocha cream colored head. as the head dissipated there was big chunks of lacing on the glass.

s - really nice blend of powdered chocolate and char that gives the beer a vanilla vibe too. robust roastiness too.

t - wow, that's huge...and robust. black malts. powder chocolate. char. roast. a bit intense.

m - char. burntness. fairly full bodied for a porter, but overall light to medium bodied. tingles in my mouth. fairly aggressive.

o - overall this is a big porter. extremely full robust flavor profile. i like my porters to be a bit more subdued.

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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 CamuMahubah
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice tan head...

This one is very true to the English Porter style...they definitely used European hops...

It's kinda like burnt toast with subtle chocolate undertones...

Mouthfeel is really light. It is balanced.

American clone of British classic style...Drink it fresh!

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Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 06/10/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting . The body is a deep, near black with just the slightest traces of mahogany when held to light. Lacing attaches itself to nearly every bit of glass available.

A delicious nose tempts me with dark, roasted malts carrying notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and mocha. A little molasses and roasted nut can also be found. This porter has a stronger aroma than many stouts.

Dark, roasted malts bring a dry, roasted coffee flavor with some sugary sweetness and notes of baker's chocolate and roasted nuts. The flavors are strong but not bold as they have an almost watery quality.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation, this is one very drinkable porter. The body is a little watery and has a very sessionable quality but still has a slight stickiness. The carbonation is not overly apparent which is very important in this beer, as more carbonation would really harm the flavors.

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Photo of walleye
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle, poured a ruby brown with a light tan head. aroma, some chocolate, malts, coffee, and some hops. flavor, roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, with a touch of dark fruitts like plums. not to bad of a beer, I just might buy some more of this

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Photo of karengarys
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent black, leaving little head. After a few sips, it looks completely flat. Not even a ring of foam.

Smells pretty good, with bitter chocolate up front.

Taste consistent with the smell. it is refreshing, suprisingly so for a porter. Some sort of hop balance makes the whole drink remain clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy at first, and dissipates to thin oil.

The finish has a nice clean hoppy snap. chocolate remains after the drink, but the aftertaste is balanced with the hop cleanliness. a few sedonds later, there is no aftertaste.

It is somewhat thin bodied, but not bad.

this is an interesting brew worth trying. It's clean finish makes it quite drinkable.

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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 gmcfarre
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a thin, tan colored head that never reaches great heights. It fades quickly to a thin layer, while the lacing is nice when tipped.

S - Smell reminds of roasted espresso with a hint of chocolate. Lots of sweet malt with not much hop action.

T - Much like the smell, with strong malt presence and espresso and chocolate contributions. Raisins appear briefly. LIttle hop activity, except in a slightly drying aftertaste.

M - Mildly carbonated and smooth from the beginning. A touch watery right before the finish, especially when the beer is colder. Ever so slightly drying in the finish.

D - A nice, easy drinking porter. I'd prefer the Deschutes Black Butte if both are available, but you can't really go wrong with an Odell choice.

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Photo of Pyrosixer9
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful. Thick, chunky off-white head. Pours black, with dark ruby highlights. Head sticks around right till the end. Little bit of lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Roast coffee, with a creamy kind of sweetness. Little bit of dark chocolate. A little too sharp for my liking, but still inviting.

T: Roasty and bitter. A bit of a smokey quality that lingers even after swallowing.

M: Much thinner than something like an Imperial Stout, but not quit aqueous. Moderate-high carbonation. Lots of bubbles. Really easy drinking.

O: A porter for the stout lover. This beer is perfect for those times that a stout might be a bit much, but you still want that roasty stout flavor. I love grabbing this one when I want a beer with dinner.

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Photo of Buebie
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black out conditions here, thin spotty lace trails, a good center cap of retention.
Roasty, almost wood like aroma, with a touch of chocolate grains.
Taste is dark as well, plenty of charred grain, a touch of wood and robust coffee chocolate. Mild sweet flavors lingering alongside the robust darker character, as well as a little vanilla and maple.

Mouthfeel is is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
Lingering caramel off the finish as well as roasted robust grains.

A great sessioner, perfect for the cold months.

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this beer for christmas along with a bunch of other "American micro brews".

A- Awesome very little head, very dark, and looked to be a great brew!

S- The smell was fine, but "thin" I feel I have a sensative nose, and this just wasn't telling me much.

T- Once again, not a lot to it. More carbonation than I was expecting, and the taste was very subtle. Coffee is definately there!

M- Feels like what was once a really good beer that's been watered down with seltzer water.

D- I thought this was going to be a great hearty cold weather beer, but actually with all those bubbles, and very light taste it is more suited for the 4th of July.
This beer is good, but I just can't get past the feeling that it tastes like a diluted really good beer.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before June 5, 2012

A: nice head that fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Sweet, milk chocolatey roasted malt.

T: Same chocolate as the nose, but a tiny touch of char and some faint earthy hops on the finish.

M: Medium to full, but a bit fizzy.

O: A solid, somewhat non-robust porter that is remarkably drinkable. The reasonable abv helps.

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

poured from a bottle into a pint glass and Old Town Bistro

A - Pours a dark black with a one finger head. Head starts falling apart around halfway down the glass. Leaves behind decent lacing.

S - Chocolate malt and hints of coffee.

T - Chocolaty upfront. The body is pretty well balanced. Finnish chocolaty with a bitter-chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium-to-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. I would like to see a creamier texture.

I expected more out of this beer given how good their IPA was. To me it seemed to be good, but not great. Certainly something I wouldn't come back to here in Socorro with Black Butte so readily available.

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Photo of lynchmob9
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark syrupy brown. Head disappeared quick w/ no lace.
S - cocoa, brown sugar, milk chocolate, Nestlé quick.
T - espresso, dark chocolate, like 86% Trader Joe's cacao dark. Thin, mouthfeel disappears quickly but flavor lingers and grows.
O - like it. Couldn't have but one or two but was enjoyable.

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Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,225 ratings.
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