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RATINGS: 1345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
A hearty ebony colored ale that starts with a rich malty palate finished with clean hops and notes of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
02.05.06 12oz bottle. Not only have I missed rating this until now, Iím pretty sure Iíve never even tasted it before this six pack. I wish I had. Pours nearly black with glowing ruby highlights, hefty and rich looking, and with a thick and lasting brown head. Lovely hoppy aroma is floral and resinous over top of deep and rich chocolate and (mostly) coffe malts. As the beer warms, the coffee becomes the major player, pungent yet pleasant. A smoky, grilled meat flavor emerges, sweet and caramelized, which compliments the persistent resinous hops. I only wish it had a drier feel. Finishes long with lingering roastiness and smoke, coffee, and sticky bitterness. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Quickly diminishing brown-orange head that is of medium body before diminishing. Very dark body, black as far as can be determined, slightly too dark in my opinion for a porter but better than most others. Heavy coffee tastes combined with a very sweet malt make for an interesting effect on the balate. Bitter sweet like dark chocolate in the ending. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
a very dark robust porter. has a richness thatís somewhere between chocolate and coffee hinted. very slight head when poured. lovely beer I donít have regular access to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Smuttynose Robust Porter pours to a deep, deep brown to black color with a creamy tan head that fades and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose is packed with lots of big citric hop aromas paired with lots of roasty and dark chocolate malt aroma. The palate is firm, with a big body of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, and some burnt currant fruitiness that coats the tongue. Smuttynose Robust Porter finishes with more chocolate and roast up front, then ends with a burst of piney/citric hop bitterness. This is a very impressive beer with intense flavors, and lives up to the name robust. I love this beer, and this beer style, you really get lots of big flavors, and you can really work on this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Smells like a porter and looks like a porter. Tasts like a porter, except with a sour aftertaste. That doesnít make me happy at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
On tap. ark, dark brown with a thin off white head. Chocolate malt smell. coffee and vinegar taste. bitter at the end. Not my favorite style of beer but I can appreciate the complex effect on all my senses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Wow, one of the best selections Iíve tried from smuttynose. Recommended from my man at Colonial Spirits in Acton. Lets get to the beer. This beer pours a magnificent dark chocolate brown, and leaves a very thin tan lace that continues with the beer as you drink it. The smell is chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit, and a piney leafy essence. As this beer hits the palate it hits you with a kick of espresso hopped chocolate bitterness and finishes with a smooth caramel fruit blast. This is one the best and most complex beers Iíve had from Smuttynose it is great and def recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 When I first rated this beer, I felt that the hop bitterness overcompensated for the malt sweetness/body. I know my palate has changed, and maybe the beer has as well, but I can’t find fault with this beer as it currently stands. If I were to be executed, my last meal would be an appetizer of raw oysters, an entree of spicy hickory barbecued ribs, and dessert of some kind of dark chocolate. Each course would be served with this beer, or something damn similar!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Pours with a large tan head on a dark brown body. Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Coffee flavor with an intense licorice bitterness at the end. Good body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 Bottle on 03/21/2011. Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and dry caramel aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, coffee and dry caramel flavor with a firm bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. - 7/5/7/4/15 - 3.8 01/21/2006: Pours a thick dark black color with a large creamy brown head that lasts a while. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Rich coffee flavor with chocolate and nutty tones. 7/5/8/3/16 - 3.9

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