Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark black porter with a thin moka head. Sweet chocoalte malts and light hops in aroma. Sharp crisp chocolate malts with coffee notes, roasted and pleasant. Rich nuts and nice hops in finale. Rich and sharp. On tap at Clarkís Ale House, Summer 2005.
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great! Iíve heard some have had bad bottles of this. Iíve never had a bad one, so it remains a top of the line porter for me.