Odell Brewing Company: Cutthroat Porter
We're slowly leaving winter behind here in Colorado Springs, which means soon I'll be brave enough to venture back into the river. One of the first beers I ever had while fly fishing was the Odell Brewing's Cutthroat Porter. Yes, that is cliche, but similar to my relationship with fly fishing, my thoughts on the Cutthroat Porter are somewhat of a rollercoaster. If any of you have been fly fishing, you know it can be relaxing and thrilling, and at times perplexing. Well, the same is true with the Cutthroat Porter. One of Odell's original beers, there is a great story to the history of Odell, but we will dive into that story in a later blog post, but for now we'll just talk about the Cutthroat Porter. Let's dig in:
A smooth malty flavor hits your mouth at the front and is followed by a nice roasted tone that levels out the profile. There is a subtle undertone of a dark roast coffee combined with a very faint dark chocolate bitterness. One thing I will note, I had two of these for this review, and I tried them at different temperatures, and that makes a very significant difference in the Cutthroat's overall taste profile. My recommendation would be to keep the beer between cold and medium cold. Once you begin to hit the warmer temperatures, I thought that the Cutthroat began to loose its appeal.
Light on the carbonation, the Cutthroat pours a near black color, but when you put a light to it, you can see that the color is deep caramel brown, with a very dark red undertone. The head is white with a fade to a light brown that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
The font used in combination with the tritone color-way pattern keeps the image on the bottle clean, legible, and classy. The use of the flat paper labelling also matches the flavor and name of the beer, and reminds me of the simplicity of a day on the river.
A classic beer from Odell Brewing that everyone should give a try. Similar to fly fishing, there is something familiar and peaceful about the Cutthroat that keeps bringing you back for another round.