Fun fact of the day: the name ‘Cutthroat’ Porter refers to the Colorado state fish, rather than any sort of murderous activity.
Name: Cutthroat Porter
Origin: Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colorado
I drank this: on tap at Barleys, Overland Park, KS
Let’s hear it for truly kickass porters. I don’t think I’d ever had this beer before last night, because I’m pretty sure I’d have remembered it. I think this just became my new go-to porter.
It has a really lovely chocolate/coffee/nutty nose with a slight hop scent in the background and lots and lots of malts. It has about a half inch of foamy tan head floating over a dark, slightly cloudy beer. Since I had this while I was with Mom (among others), I actually have a pic of it:
(Yes, that’s me behind the beer, taking notes for this review. Besides showing you how lovely and dark this beer is, this picture illustrates why I’ve become a very boring person to go drinking with: each beer requires at least five minutes of nothing but me, my notebook, and my beverage. Then I get to go back to talking to people.)
So the beer is lovely. It has a medium body with quite a bit of carbonation, but more carbonation than average seems to be a hallmark of porters. In my world, the difference between a porter and a stout can be discerned in two ways: one is carbonation (the porter will have more) and two is hoppiness (again, the porter will have more).
Flavor-wise, this beer is all dark malts with hints of chocolate, coffee and oatmeal in the mouth with a sharp hop bite at the end – the hops are much more noticeable during the swallow than they are at any other time. The aftertaste is a strong mocha flavor, without any rough edges or bitterness. It’s quite lovely. Of all the porters I’ve had, this is a remarkably non-smoky version (much less smoky than the Boulevard Bully! Porter, for example), so if smoky tones aren’t your thing, the Cutthroat is a good beer to drink.
To sum up: this beer, I recommend it. Drink now and drink often.
As a side note, Odells makes an INDIA BARLEYWINE. Like a superhopped yet supersweet (at least, that’s what I’m expecting), thick and probably awesomesauce beer. I just found this out, and I MUST HAVE SOME. Preferably in December. I’ll go off and hit my favorite haunts to look for it, but if anyone sees it, lemme know. WANT.