Review – Smuttynose Robust Porter
From Smuttynose Brewing – This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter.This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.
Smuttynose Brewing – Smuttynose Robust Porter – 12 oz. bottle from sampler pack. 5.4% abv. Purchased at Dawsons Liquor, Severna Park, MD.
Appearance: Like black coffee with a 2″ thick light brown head. Thick, clingy lace.
Aroma: Unsweetened cocoa powder and burnt toast.
Taste: Very much like black coffee on the tongue, but there is a bit of something pungent mixed in with the huge bitterness of the finish.
Mouthfeel: Only a slight thinness to it, and finishes clean. More carbonated than I expected.
Overall: I’m not a real big fan of porter, so I’m a poor judge of quality. If you like black coffee, you’ll probably like this.