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RATINGS: 1380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Our most award-winning beer, Robust Porter honors the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London, where the style originated.
It’s a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, his beer would have been very similar to our Robust Porter. This smooth, deceptively drinkable beer features an assertive hop profile which accentuates signature flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9548) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 First rating, entered on RB on 7/14/2006
Sampled from 12 fl oz bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi.
Very dark brown color, beige-brown head. Chocolate sweet and raissin scent. Dry mouthfeel with initial "too strong instant coffee" taste. Sweet turning to dark chocolate aftertaste. A bit thin body.

Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, NYC, on January 30, 2012
Clear very deep dark red color, light brown head. sweet, coffee, roasted taste. Dry, coffee aftertaste. Spritzy (used to say "Moussy") mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Dry coffee scent.

12 fl oz bottle at Rotary Pub, Göteborg, sampled on October 26, 2012.
Black color, light brown head. Sweet, cocoa, chocolate scent. Hoppy, bitter, cocoa taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2006
[Bottled] Almost black colour. Brown head. A sharp licorice aroma is tucked in a tone of dark chocolate. Very robust. Thin-ish mouthfeel. Initially there is instant coffee in flavour, then all leads to a yummy dry cocoa ending. Not all complex but very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Flavor of toasted malt, chocolate, and light coffee with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Really fantastic porter, it’s a brew that is complex in it’s taste and easy to drink. Excellent smell of malt, caramel and chocolate. Nice smooth finish and a wonderful beer to drink, even when it’s not cool outside.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (501) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Poured a dark black with ruby highlights. Creamy, frothy head which dissapated fairly rapidly but left behind some gentle lacing on the glass and on the surface of the brew. Deep malty, roasted grain aroma. Flavors similar to aroma: roasted grains, malt, wheat, a hint of nuttiness, and a mild hoppiness. A real "serious" porter...Smuttynose always pulls through with excellent brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Wonderful brew. Dark black body with a small tan-colored head. Aroma was not complex, but gave hints of a wonderfully roasty and malty experience. Taste was very malty and rich. Burnt notes, strong flavoring and a small hoppy twang in the finish. As it warmed, there were some earthy notes to it. Very unique, and definitely the break-out porter that I was looking for on the particular day. This one will stay in regular rotation in my refrigerator, especially in the winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Black beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite simple, black malt, herbal hoppiness as well as some dark caramel. Low chocolate character, but a very prominent anise/licorice aroma. Flavour is very herbal, licorice, toast and a lingering earthy hoppiness. Light roast, but the earthy and herbal notes drive the show here. Tasty and quite distinctive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Black color small white head. Aroma is smokey, roasted w/ some chocolate. Flavor is roasted coffee w/ some chocolate and caramel help to lend a bit of depth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2006
dark brown/black pour w/ slighty tan head and lacing. coffee and chocolate notes all over the place, hop notes come though nicely, and balanced through and through. one of the best all around porters i’ve had, and would be a ’classic’ example of the breed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2006
pours dark brown with a tan head. fantastic aroma. rich mocha with some vanilla and cherry. beautifully balanced flavor. bittersweet mocha and hops. medium body. finish smooth bittersweet slightly acidic mocha. fantastic drinkable porter. everything a porter should be. this might just be a new favorite.

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