Robust PorterMarch 1, 2002 Portsmouth, NH
Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Available: NH, MA, CT, RI, ME, NJ, PA, VA, KY, NC, OH
Brewed with cascade hops and special “b” and chocolate malts.
Lovely label, perfect porter. Deep bittersweet chocolate robe, head like sea foam at sunset. An enchanting nose like coffee, just ground; cocoa, just poured; pumpernickel, just toasted. A not-too-rich, mouth-coating treat, so soul satisfying. Powerful, but not overwhelming. The flavor lasts long after the swallow. Best drunk with food, like oysters on the half-shell, whole-wheat soba noodles with New England lobster, or a thick porterhouse steak, done rare. With coffee and chocolate? Of course!
- Charles Finkel
And on into the evening with such a dark, lugubrious guest. Robust, to say the least, but balanced. Roasted malts, hop flavors, fruitiness and sweetness to suggest it would make a wonderful sipping companion for long evenings in New England. Its complexity inspires attention throughout the experience. I’d have another and another and another, any time. A wonderful, full-flavored porter.
- Charlie Papazian
Brilliant label, showing a circus strong man holding a beer cask and a woman, is matched by an equally forceful porter: deep black-brown color, topped by a barley-white head; massive aroma of bitter chocolate, Spanish licorice and fresh tobacco, followed by sweet, creamy malt and bitter hops in the mouth. The finish, in sharp contrast to the palate, becomes tart and bitter, with hops and hedgerow fruits vying for dominance. Brilliant! Will put hair on a strong man’s chest.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.