A Storter, a Pout, a Browstouter, A... Bah, Tasty Beer
A Review of Smuttynose Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/10/2011 by Chops
                   
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The Smuttynose Robust Porter is a really, really interesting beer. I'll go right ahead and cite the main reason for my confusion: this is a 5.7% porter, but my brain says it's an 8.5% stout. No matter what I do, I can't convince my brain that I'm drinking a porter. But, that's okay, because it's a damn tasty beer.

So you can probably guess what this review is going to entail. Aroma? Smells like a stout; lots of roasted notes and charred hops right up front. Appearance? Looks like a stout; very dark, almost black, no color deterioration around the edges and has that classic deep copper head. Mouthfeel? Feels like a stout; chalky and aggressive. Flavor? Wait for it... tastes like a stout. A good stout. Big body, big roasted malty flavor, big hops. Seriously brain, it's a porter. The label says so. I know you don't believe them, but I will give Smuttynose the benefit of the doubt.

It's a good thing that this beer is quite tasty, else it would have been a really confusing porter. It tastes nothing like a porter to me. Based on my experience, porters tend to be sweeter and less aggressive than their stout counterparts. They tend to have a deeper brown rather than black appearance.

So in rating the Smuttynose Robust Porter, I am forced to consider a few talking points. It's definitely a great beer, but is it a great porter? But it's a great beer, so I should rate it a great beer, right? But I might not recommend it as a porter. Or maybe I would. But I would recommend it as a great beer. Could I recommend it as a stout? But it's a porter. It's a great beer, porter, stout, brew, st.... wait, what am I talking about again?

Okay, let's break this down to a final conclusion: it's yummy.

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