Smuttynose Robust Porter

Smuttynose Robust Porter

Rated 3.842 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Portsmouth, NH, United States

Style:  Porter

5.7% Alcohol by Volume

15 International Bittering Units

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This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name "Porter") in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens' Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter. This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate. "Full-bodied and malty with undertones of coffee and chocolate and a bright, hoppy finish, in style it's like Cary Grant's accent: the best of British and American." - The Boston Globe, November, 2005 GOLD MEDAL WINNER - Porter , 2001 Great American Beer Festival. JUDGED GRAND CHAMPION - Best Porter in the USA - 10th Annual US Beer Tasting Championship VITAL STATISTICS OG: 1064 TG: 1018 Grain Bill: pale 2-row, carastan, dark crystal, special "b," chocolate Hops: Cascade IBU's: 15, ABV: 5.7% Color/Number: Dark chocolate brown

ID: 6407 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank418
Overall Percentile99.2
Style Rank10 of 1446
Style Percentile99.3
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.898
Weighted Score3.842
Standard Deviation0.419

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  • CHOPZ 7136 reviews
    rated 3.8 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Thanks to PaleAleRider for this one. Pours a dark brown colour with a creamy-foamy beige head with good retention and creamy lace. Roasted malt aromas with some nice sweetness to balance things, like cacao, vanilla also liquorice and a little grassy leaf. The taste starts off with coffee, steering into the burnt malt and finishing with the mild hops. Bitterness and dryness lingers. Quite a nice robust porter.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a huge frothy brownish head and has a dark brown appearance. Lots of sticky lacing remains. Good retention. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and resin. Flavours are somewhat sweet at first but some bitterness and spice notes show up not too long after. Still with the coffee and chocolatey flavours but also some hints of dark roasted malt, toasty malts, resin and vanilla. Slight drying sensation on the palate.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    12-ounce bottle at World of Beer, Key West. First New Hampshire beer. Ebony pour under a medium brown head, with some resultant high-quality lacing. Aromas of roaster malt and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Really good beer.

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 3.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    341ml bottle
    6.6% ABV (as marked on bottle)
    Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
    November 25, 2014
    The beer pours a translucent dark brown (when held to bright light) with a creamy tan coloured cap. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The aroma is medium bodied with above average carbonation. The flavour is dark malt, coffee, and weak chocolate.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    All round good beer. As the name suggests it has a robust flavour. Roasted malt, very strong black coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Full bodied with a nice appearance and aroma. Pleased I have a few more.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours a dark brown/ black body with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Medium thick lace rings are left behind. Smell is of dark and burnt roasted malts, cocoa, and touch of soy sauce . Taste is much the same with cocoa, bitter coffee, and citrus hints on the finish. There is a nice balance between the roasted coffee and chocolate malts and hop bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel yet smooth going down. Overall, a nice robust and tasty porter indeeed.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This sucker is black hole that light won't penetrate. The head foams up THICK like a root beer. The aroma is almost pure malt but has a very tiny hop zing. The taste and mouthfeel is thick and smooth. I will buy more of this for sure.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a pitch black with a 2 finger head that takes it time. Aroma is very malty but a tad soapy. Chocolate is also noticeable in the aroma. Taste is quite roasted with a slight hop backing. Taste is also a tad on the soapy side. Slight chocolate to the taste as well but nothing to right home about. Slightly dry with a tad bit of booze. Finishes off dry. Mediocre at best but drinkable.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Came out of a Smuttynose sampler pack. Deep black pour with ruby hue, smell of coffee, caramel, and nuts. Flavor was roasted coffee bean, sweet caramel, and just hit of nuts. A tad bit of bitterness at the end to round it out. A really nice porter.

  • GPILAFAS 267 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Wow as soon as I poured this one a great roasted malt and coffee aroma caught my attention. Beautiful deep brown pour with a medium mahogany head. Plenty of lace on the glass. Mouthfeel betrayed the aroma and appearance though. It was a little on the thin side and the flavor was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. Very good beer though!

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