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Odell Cutthroat Porter | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Cutthroat PorterOdell Cutthroat Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,537
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
1,252
pDev:
10.07%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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154
Gots:
221
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Ratings: 1,252 |  Reviews: 425
Photo of KajII
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) frothy light brown head that to some extent lasted throughout and produced some really nice spotty lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild of a roasted dark bread malt and an earthy yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee and just a bit of toffee.

The taste was mildly sweet and malty with a slight toffee note in the beginning with a taste progressing into a slight bitter sweet roasty flavor with a noticeable infusion of chocolate and a moderate coffee presence at the end. The flavor lasted only a short while with the chocolate coffee flavor fading fast.

Mouthfeel was just about medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a slightly passive tasting Porter, with that being said it is still quite delightful to drink.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade. Pours a light mahogany color with a ruby-red halo. Thick foamy tan head that lasted pretty well, and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is sweet, mostly malt with some chocolate and cocoa lingering. I felt everything was a little on the thin side though. Mild hops in the finish, but overall the beer was a little too soft.

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Photo of rossracing
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into (real) pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a dark non-transparent black with a two finger head of decent cream and mild thickness.

Sm: Musty-but-nice scent of roasted barley (my favourite), lots of hops, and just the right amount of malt. Very appealing.

T: Creamy, inviting finish bleeds into the body, which is built very nicely for a porter, with roasted barley and other hints of notes like caramel and maybe even a little toffee or chocolate. Complex but balanced. Finish complements the beer nicely.

Mf: Coarse as it needs to be. Dry at the climax, but it might be better with more dryness.

Dr: At this price range and availabity (in CO at least), it's hard to do better.

***
10/24/15 2nd impressions:

Classic porter taste with a robust dark malt backbone. Dark malts are supplemented by specialty chocolate malts and a hint of roasted barley. Suggestions of faint milk chocolate and coffee. Sweetness is dialed in near perfectly. Well balanced across the board with adequate complexity to appease the discerning drinker.

Highly drinkable, and thankfully widely available in Colorado. This classic porter is up there with fellow American offerings like Deschutes' Black Butte and Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald. A beer I'd want a 6-pack of in my fridge anytime. What a great go-to.

Low B (3.51)

***
2017.08.16 impressions from a(n aged) bottle:

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of SandmanGator
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you can't find its Great Divide competitors, then it's a beer you settle for. There's really nothing cutthroat about it, ironically enough, but it's a good enough beer. Meh.

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Photo of nuebs
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.42/5  rDev -16%

Odell, Odell. Let's see if you put too many hops in this beer as well.

Appearance (4) : This beer pours a foamy beige head about three fingers tall. The body is chocolate brown/roast coffee black in appearance, sitting at about 90% opacity. The foam head leaves rings of lace as it descends into a 2 finger stationary.

Aroma (3.75) : Some roast chocolate coffee bean, a little gunpowder, actually a lot of gunpowder...and some charred wood notes in there too. Bouquet is weak, it takes a lot to snort this one into my brain's signal pathway.

Taste (3.25) : A little malt but as usual these guys f**k it up by putting too many hops in their vat. Hop bomb with roasted bean.

Yeah...let's try to be constructive. Beyond the grassy wall of hop there's some light roasted coffee flavors and light licks of roasted malt on the finish. The hop dryness comes back with authority and lays itself on your tongue after the swallow. Belches come up tasting like a Pale Ale. Not cool, guys.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : About average for a porter, it's within spec. Light-to-medium bodied, mildly creamy, with a touch of zing for carbonation. Buzzing underneath the tongue.

Overall (3.42) : I've gone from being really optimistic with whatever Odell has to offer, to pretty much hating them. No, I gave them a fair shake. Just read my reviews. I've tried half a dozen, if not more, of their beers, and only one (Comes and Gose) have I really honestly enjoyed. All of their beers are hoppy beyond the style, and ruin it for me. My philosophy is that hops are great for balance, except in pale ales where they SHOULD override the malt. Odell just applies that pale ale method to every beer they brew. So a porter? Imagine a porter with pale hops. A stout? Imagine a stout with pale hops. Just imagine any beer, and add a dump truck of hops to it. It's really frustrating unless you are a hop head.

For me? A sucky porter.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.48 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.207/oz) at Total Wine, SATX
Bottle dated 8/17/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – light, roasted malt - lasts
Head average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a three mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing fair – drag marks from ring, mostly tiny bubbles with some larger
Body – dark brown, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt predominates but not overpowers. Hint of chocolate. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

A decent porter, not remarkable but solid.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma – 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of gkjhawk
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Great Lakes snifter.

Pours about 1/2 finger of beige head that fades to a ring fast. Pours a copper brown, but settles black in the glass.

Aroma: Very roasted here. Almost has some smoked flavors. The malts almost seem burnt. It also has some sharp rich cherry/raisin flavors. As it warms, notes of dark chocolate and coffee roast show.

Taste: Very big roasted flavor again. I think I taste some cherries in here as well. It has chocolate and coffee with some fresh earthy hops to add a touch of bitterness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, rich, and crisp(odd). Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted.

Overall, this beer is a ton of roasted malts. It has some decent flavors and I think it is fairly good. However, this is a porter you need to be in the right mood for. Relatively drinkable.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pnotuner
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My second one gave me a better impression than the first. I bought it cold and drank the first bottle medium cold. Apparently it is more bitter when cold. Which is not good because it does not have the sweetest roasty base.
. I left it out of the fridge and drank one after work and it was not too bad. Good carbonation. I don't judge the head because I drink from the bottle. Fer shame.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a finger and half of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and nuts.
A roasted malt flavor to start, mild bitter in the middle, a short finish though.
It has a fizzy texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This beer looked great and smelled nice but the taste was pretty average. Easy to drink though.

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Photo of PMarcy78
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of IPAylor
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Golferallen54
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Odell Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,252 ratings
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