Name: Cutthroat Porter
Brewery: Odell Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Fort Collins, Colorado
Style: American Porter
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.8%
First Brewed: 1993
Inky black with a rich tan head. Malty sweet on the nose, with rich coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, and the finish is dry and smoky.
We are doing a late night beer review tonight. We have had an evening filled with beer, really. After work I headed to Four Peaks Brewing Company to meet Erick, a guy from San Diego. He was in the Valley for a baseball tournament, and we were in the middle of a beer trade. Rather than ship the stuff, he just delivered it. We talked about beer, shared a few pints, and headed to Fate Brewing Company for more beer! It was a GREAT time, and I really enjoyed meeting him. He handed us six bottles from our list, and I will be talking about Erick more as we review those bottles.
Some beer that he can’t get in San Diego comes from Odell Brewing Company. I bought him a Lugene and explained the process of mixing the stuff with marshmallow puff vodka. We talked about all the beer, and I knew we had the Cutthroat Porter in the fridge just begging to be reviewed. It made sense to review that tonight in homage of meeting Erick. This beer has some insane reviews on BeerAdvocate, so I have some high hopes. Let’s drink. Cheers!
In the Glass: This beer is pitch black and is producing a nice creamy tan head. The lace on this is pretty impressive, too. When I swirl this around the glass, the beer just clings to the side. That is a sign of a great beer! I like Odell. Pretty much everything I have had from Odell is good. I am sure this one is no exception.
Nose: The nose is nice, but not as impressive as I expected it to be. There is some subtle metallic notes coming through, and a hint… I mean a HINT of chocolate creeping in there toward the end. I am sure that chocolate aroma will really open up as the beer heats up. I just grabbed this from the fridge. Oh, and good job, Sheryl. I asked for glasses and she actually got them! Good work! Time to drink.
Flavor: Now THAT is what a porter should taste like. Man, there is so much going on here. If I have had this before, I don’t remember it being this good. I mean, from the second this beer hits your lips I am satisfied. I will break down the mouthfeel, but that is the best part. Then, as you swallow, more flavors explode across your palate. The finish is great, too. I am getting some of those subtle sweet notes toward the back of my palate, and the bubbles really open up producing a nice drying finish. I don’t recommend moving this around in your mouth much. The bubbles will overwhelm.
Man, for the price that is one delicious beer.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is creamy and has a nice pillow thing going on. As the beer begins to heat up, the bubbles calm down a little and you are left with a flavor that just covers your tongue. The more of this I drink the more I like the aftertaste. I wish more porters tasted like this. I bet this would be a GREAT food beer, too. Imagine pairing this with chili or burgers. Yummy!
Aftertaste: I didn’t expect the finish on this to be dry, but this is more dry than most Irish stouts I have had. Even beers that promise a dry finish don’t deliver. This one doesn’t say anything about being dry on the bottle, but leaves you with a nice somewhat refreshing dryness in the finish. The burp on this is nice, too. I might still be getting some hops from the Double Oatmeal IPA that I had at Fate, but the burp didn’t disappoint.
If you like porters as a general style, then you have got to try this. This is one of the better examples of this style I have had in a long time. I will say that it’s hot outside, and a porter might not be your first beer of choice. However, this is a great offering from a seemingly legendary brewing company. Well done, Odell. Cheers!
Cutthroat Porter – The can says: “Not quite a stout but definitely no lightweight. Cutthroat Porter is smooth and robust. Inspired by the classic London porters, we use dark roasted malts to create a deep, rich color and flavor with hint of chocolate and coffee.”
“Cutthroat Porter is our tribute to the Colorado state fish. Although we’re big fans of small batches, here’s to the currently threatened Cutthroat popular reaching mass quantities.”
I didn’t get much coffee here, but I really could taste the dark roasty flavors the label is talking about. This is a mouthful of malty goodness.
So, the first thing I did right before I opened my app to write about the beer was smell it. And you know what it smells like? (You’re gonna think I’m crazy.) It smells like cereal. I know, right? Weird. But that’s what it smells like to me. Anyway… Moving on.
It’s a porter, so expectedly it’s very dark and thick in the glass, basically black. The head was pretty much normal for a porter, pretty average and dissipated quickly. But I stick this beer up to my nose and again I get the strong smell of cereal. And I couldn’t really tell you exactly which one. Frosted Flakes? Corn flakes? Cocoa Puffs? I don’t even know. Not really what I expected a beer to smell like, but that’s what I’m getting. So yeah.
The taste is interesting. It has a dark chocolate taste, not unlike a lot of porters. But it’s not overly bitter, just balanced well. There’s also a slight metallic taste, but it’s gone pretty quickly. What you are left with is the dark chocolate, and the bitterness that wasn’t there when taking a drink of the beer is totally present in the aftertaste. I think this is another one that, while I like the taste of the beer, the aftertaste kind of kills it for me. It would be better if that aftertaste just didn’t stick around like it does. It’s just too bitter. But because of the taste of the beer itself, I would consider buying this one again if I was looking for an every day porter. But then again, we can get Maui Brewing’s CoCoNut Porter here, so maybe not.