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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1182) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 22, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (428) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
schefs26 (2) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
Rich and full, deep caramel with subtle coffee undertones ... slightly acidic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ttroha (275) - Americus, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hollyw (21) - - MAR 4, 2014
Strong bitter clean dark with flavors of coffee and chocolate one of our favorite porters ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2014
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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berard (307) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle. Chocolate coffee aromas over mild carbonation. Pours black with thin creme head that dissipates. Tart coffee flavor with medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11218) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2014
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARH (408) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
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.

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