Review of Smuttynose Robust Porter

19 Apr

What’s up guys?  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Smuttynose Robust Porter produced by the Smuttynose Brewing Company located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

We have just recently started to get Smuttynose in our area, so this will be my first experience with one of their products.

How ’bout we check on the website,, and see what we have to look forward to by way of the commercial description?

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.

Sounds good enough to me.  Let’s drink.


This beer boasted an ABV of 5.7% and it came in a 12 oz. bottle.

It poured a deep brown color with some ruby highlights caressing the curves of the nonic glass.  The tan crown looked very nice.  It was smooth, creamy and sized well.  The retention time was excellent and the lacing was sticky and clingy.  A very nice looking beer I thought.

The bouquet revealed nice, medium strength coffee and chocolate notes.  Very well balanced between the two. Hints of toasted malts along with some toasted grains and breads.  Sturdy, earthy, round hops added a bit more complexity, however the comprehensive fragrance imparted nothing out of the ordinary.  Simply, a well balanced, correct and nice smelling Porter.

The flavor was more of the same.  Well blended savors of chocolate and coffee bean.  It wasn’t extremely bitter though.  Mostly complimentary.  Just about right for a Porter if you ask me.  More roasted malts, toasted breads and earthy hops were exposed as it warmed.  Solid.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, dry, slick, slightly chalky and just a touch chewy.  The carbonation seemed to be of medium strength and more than enough flavor was left covering the palate after each swallow.

Solid, solid, solid Porter in my opinion.  Proper all the way around.  It has enough character to illicit some discussion, yet it’s not going to overwhelm a craft beer drinker during a session.  The drinkability was great.  I have always enjoyed the Porter style and it’s been quite some time since I last had one.  This was a great brew in which to be reintroduced.  Porters were some of the first craft beers that I ever started experimenting with, so I will always have a soft spot for them and I would see no reason why I wouldn’t want to pick up the Smuttynose Robust Porter again next Fall or Winter.  It was very satisfying.  Have you guys ever tried this beer?  What was your opinion?  Feel free to leave a comment if you wish.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers

Score:  4.05 out of 5

Grade:  A-

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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Country: USA, Smuttynose


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