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Cutthroat Porter (273 of 1001)

Rating: 3.7

Another beer from Colorado based Odell Brewing now, their Cutthroat Porter which believe it or not is a beer that I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time now, mainly because I’ve seen it on occasion in various pubs around Glasgow and because I’ve previously passed up the opportunity to buy a bottle in my local bottle shop as well. Initially brewed back in 1993, the beer was brewed exclusively for the Mountain Tap Tavern in Fort Collins, Colorado and is said to be inspired by some the classic London porters from the past and takes the cutthroat part of its name from the state fish of Colorado, something I didn’t know prior to drinking. I managed to get a bottle in Blackfriars pub in Glasgow last week and made it my first beer of the evening, not wanting to pass up trying it for any longer. This one will be my fifth beer from Odell (the fourth of which features in the 1001 beers list), initially it wasn’t a brewery I was particularly fussed about but the last two beers I’ve tried from them, especially their India Pale Ale, have been pretty good so I was definitely looking forward for trying this one.

Cutthroat Porter

Appearance (4/5): Black in colour with a thin, light beige head that took an aggressive pour to form before turning slightly patchy after a minute of so.
Aroma (7/10): Roasted malts and some strong, dark chocolate notes come through early on with some milky touches and sweetness following soon after. The smell is a good one but it’s definitely not the most pronounced, taking a little effort to detect much beyond this.
Taste (7/10): Similar to the nose with quite a strong chocolate and roasted malt flavour coming through with slightly less sweetness than the nose but there is some  there. The milky flavours featured as well with some smoky touches; again not the most complex tasting porter out there but it was a nice one.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with touches of smokiness and sweetness coming through together on top of a light medium body and similar levels of carbonation. The beer was well balanced and slightly dry towards the end.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice and definitely an enjoyable beer, one that went down quite easily despite not being just as good as I had been hoping going in. The taste was a little basic perhaps with the roasted malts and cocoa seemingly dominating without overpowering. A solid effort but I’m not confident it’s a beer that I’m likely to pick up again.

Brewed In: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Odell Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1993
Type: American Porter
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Blackfriars, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.50

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  1. December 22, 2014 at 02:14

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