Chad9976 (1086) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had a best by date of 7/9/14 and came as part of a mixpack for $15.99 ($1.33 per bottle or $0.11 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body with a large, fluffy, frothy, dark tan head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Classic dark malty aroma with hints of dairy and milk chocolate and a faint floral scent.
Taste: I drink so many experimental style beers so often that I forget how good a beer brewed in a classic style can be. Smuttynose Robust Porter is a definite to-spec robust porter and would hit every note on a BJCP taste test. It’s tasty and well-balanced, though not quite to the point of a being a mind blower.
The palette begins with a sweet taste of dark malts, and looking at the recipe on the brewery’s website, there’s quite a lot of them here. An interesting combination of milk chocolate, cola, and maybe a hint of cherry. It becomes a little bitter through the middle with a slightly toasty flavor. This grows stronger towards the end as the Cascade hops make their presence known and impart a slight citrusy or flowery taste. Additional notes of dark chocolate complement the bitterness well.
Drinkability: The word “robust” in a beer’s name tends to imply strong flavor and a huge body, but that’s not really the case here. Though the palette is plenty flavorful, Smuttynose Robust Porter is not intense or intimidating. The mouthfeel is calm and soft with a smooth texture and finish. It does leave a slightly dry aftertaste akin to burnt toast, but it’s easily tolerable. For 6% ABV, this beer has the right amount of taste for its weight and is satisfying just one serving at a time.
thicksuds (387) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and sweet, has a nutty flavor to it, very rich, yet very drinkable, no abv detected, one of the best porters I have ever had....top notch
schefs26 (2) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich and full, deep caramel with subtle coffee undertones ... slightly acidic finish.
ttroha (172) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Rookery. Dark black with frothy white head. Aroma of roasted coffe and chocolate. Taste of roasted coffee. Medium bodied with lightly bitter aftertaste
Hollyw (19) - - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong bitter clean dark with flavors of coffee and chocolate one of our favorite porters
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Dan269605 (214) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Dark brown with a finger and a half of tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, slight hop brightness. Taste follows in suit. It’s a little thin, but very good for the style, bot timid on the flavor. A good easier drinking dark beer (porter).
crossovert (6370) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, big creamy tannish head. Smell is very hoppy along with milk chocoalte and a hint of latte. The flavor is nice, some smoke, some coffee, ashines, chocoalte, pumpernickel, spicy hops.
Berard (217) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Chocolate coffee aromas over mild carbonation. Pours black with thin creme head that dissipates. Tart coffee flavor with medium body.
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Rasmus40 (9856) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Bishops Arms Savoy, Malmö. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and a little burnt. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 080214
ARH (158) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. A fairly unique aroma combination that starts with a notable earthy/mushroom and coffee mix. After a while, I started to pick up some raisins followed by some basement-dampness. As this warms and mellows, some light alcohol notes start to poke through with a medium strength cola-caramel smell. The dark brown body is topped by a thin, light-colored espresso head that leaves a trace amount of lacing. The taste is primarily coffee bitter at a medium level with a medium/medium-light sweetness. The tongue starts out with the cola-caramel flavors and some dark fruits (plums and raisins). The medium body has an average carbonation which is oily with a bit of a grainy feel to it. A toasted, borderline burnt toast, flavor finishes the drink and leaves a strong coffee and cola aftertaste that lingers.