Smuttynose Brewing Co. “Robust Porter” Review (#090)

Smuttynose Brewing Co.
“Robust Porter”
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

From The Brewery

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.

OG: 1064
TG: 1018
Grain Bill: pale 2-row, carastan, dark crystal, special “B,” chocolate
Hops: Cascade
IBU’s: 15
Color: Dark chocolate brown
ABV: 5.7%


Appearance: I enjoyed this one in the Sam Adam’s Perfect Pint glass; it is a black, opaque beer with a dense thin head, that was tan with spots of espresso crema. It left massive lacing on the way down.

Smell: A rich chocolate roast bomb with nice sweetness in the background with some vanilla and yeast.

Taste: Awesome; liquid dark chocolate – the ones that are over 60% cocoa. It is as sweet as it needs to be; big coffee finish at the end. Opens up nicely as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, smooth and medium bodied. Perfect mouthfeel; thick enough, but still distinctly a porter and not a stout.

Drinkability: High

Notes: A ridiculously well made beer. This is everything I want in a porter; big black coffee and nice creamy mouthfeel.


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