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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series)

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.24% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
35 IBU

2007 - 8.1%
2009 - 8.7
2010 - 9.02%
2013 - 9.8%

(Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 01-22-2008)
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: The Corkscrew, Urbana, IL
Date: 2012 edition
Glass: Tulip

Best a bit cold to mask the ethanol, even with a bit of age on it, this is otherwise a very good baltic porter with strong dark chocolate, burnt toast, and dried fruit flavors. Due to its large-bottle format, this should be enjoyed over two days unless splitting the bottle with others. One I will pick up again, and would not mind having another "in the cellar."

Head of 2cm in height, dark tan in color, small to medium-sized bubble size, frothy to soap-like. Average retention of around one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island of thin film atop the body. Lacing is modest, with some small-sized dots and blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is very dark brown to black in color, with light revealing no changes. Carbonation not visible through opaque body.

Aroma of roasted cacao, burnt toast with caramelized sugar, dark licorice, molasses, raisins, dried black figs, and prunes. Heavily roasted, but balanced by base and specialty malt sweetness as well as yeast esters to add depth; very pleasing.

Overall flavors of dark chocolate, burnt coffee and toast, dried dark fruit (raisins, black figs, prunes), anise, and ethanol. Front of palate tastes dark chocolate, dried fruit sweetness (raisin, prune, black fig), diluted black coffee, anise, and ethanol. Mid-palate experiences deeply roasted malt that's balanced very well by base malt sweetness, creating a slightly sweet dark chocolate mixed with burnt toast, caramel, anise, raisins, dried black figs, black coffee, and ethanol. Back of palate tastes intense dark chocolate, charred toast, dark caramel-like sweetness, and somewhat harsh ethanol. Aftertaste of medium intensity acridity from roasted malt mixed with bitterness from hops, dark chocolate, overdone black coffee, burnt toast, and lingering ethanol flavor.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a foamy (1/3) and otherwise smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that is appropriate for a sipping beer and this style in general. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 08:08:06 | More by falloutsnow
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wedge

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012

Black covered by a creamy looking, patchy head. Rich dark fruit and bread aromas with a bit of oxidation from age...raisins, prunes, figs, molasses, and port becoming increasingly chocolaty towards the end of the glass. Big malty flavors of dark, bitter chocolate, dry roast, and some vinous fruit. Silky smooth, somewhat oily, with a light acidity. Nutty, creamy malt and some char. Full-ish yet fluffy in the mouth. Really excellent as it warms and starts to open up.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:04:33 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black beer, moderate sized light brown densely foamy head.

S: Deep chocolate, grape, oatmeal cookies, subtle licorice, caramel, vanilla bean, fig and plum.

T: Chocolate soaked fermented berries, caramel, subtle liquor, big and full. Sweet and dark.

M: Smooth, a touch syrupy, large bodied. Heavy yet soft.

O: Drinkability is right where it should be. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 03:36:00 | More by tastybeer
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blacker than most Porters, this held a khaki head of effervescent bubbling that dissipated to a thin layer creamy froth.

The aroma really does confirm this as a Big Beer. Dark fruit, vinous earthiness, syrupy wine and caramel malt can all be found. The dark fruits are discernable with prune, date and a lot of raisin.

The flavor has much of the prune, date and raisin. There's a touch of sorghum, anise and dry barley malt.

The feel is quite sprite but full with a velvety smoothness towards the end.

This beer is Big, tastes great and has tons of character.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:26:51 | More by KYGunner
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance- Black, aggressive pour gave a 1 inch tan head

Aroma- Big dark fruits, plum, dates, figs, chocolate, molasses, caramel, some coffee and roast, alcohol present but well mixed

Flavor- Strong, molasses, chocolate and roast, some coffee, and dark fruits, red wine like almost, warming alcohol

Mouthfeel- Rich and full bodied, but not cloying, good carbonation for the style.

Overall- I might need to grab another bottle, this stuff is nice. One of the best Baltic Porters I've had. Really hits all the marks. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 03:41:09 | More by LI_PO12
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly opaque black with a small, dark tan fizzy head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind

S- big chocolaty malt aroma with some caramel notes, a light smokiness with some sweet molasses, dark fruity notes of prune and raisin

T- creamy dark chocolate fades into fresh espresso, notes of raisin, fig and prune kick in mid-palate, brown sugar sweetness leads to a lightly smoky finish with some alcohol

M- medium body with moderate-yet-fizzy carbonation continues through the mouthfeel to a foamy and sweet mouthfeel, a touch of alcohol warmth at the end

O- this is a big porter, loaded with flavor. The alcohol is noticeable but pairs well with the big flavors, and the multi-dimensions of flavors and aromas make this one a standard for the style

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:51:25 | More by Treyliff
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RandomExile

Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz / Pint Glass / $6.49

A: pitch black; full foamy cocoa-colored head; no lacing
S: rich hot chocolate, coffee
T: bitter, smokey espresso, dark chocolate
M: full-bodied, very little alcohol bite
O: Bordering on too rich,doesn't cross the line. A full, hefty porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:58:32 | More by RandomExile
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BB1313

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with the slightest amount of light getting through; fluffy khaki head that eventually fades and leaves great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Lots of milk chocolate with extremely subtle hints of anise. There's also hints of vanilla bean. The flavors are very rich and bold. Very robust. Tons of dark chocolate giving it a solid bitterness. Lots of milk chocolate giving it a subtle sweetness. More vanilla in the mix. Subtle amounts of expresso. There's a decent amount of roasted malts. It finishes roasty and toasty. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied; very fluffy and creamy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's very easy and fun to drink.

This is a great beer. It has alot of similarities with their Imperial Stout, in my opinion. There's not much to complain about and it's extremely enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:32:23 | More by BB1313
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bnes09

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Jet black and perfectly opaque. Dense sand-colored head coats the liquid in a thick blanket and leaves behind plenty of frothy lace patches.

Smooth roasted aroma. Espresso, almonds, burnt molasses. Hint of bread grains and herbal hop character.

Super dense roasted malt character of coffee, wheat toast and almonds balanced with sweet molasses, prunes and brown sugar. Assertive herbal, leafy hop character adds just enough complexity that is does not over shadow the malt. Roasted character is so aggressive yet very smooth at the same time. This just demonstrates what balance does for a beer.

Full bodied for sure. Slightly sticky without a syrupy texture. Malt adds a smooth grainy layer to the tongue. Slightly low carbonation but fits the beer well. Finish is on the dry side.

A truly exceptional beer. This is what I think of when I try to imagine the perfect baltic porter. Very complex yet perfectly balanced. A liquid dream!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:40:24 | More by bnes09
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emyers

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thick, two finger brown head. Excellent head retention. Looks great.

Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa powder, leather, light smokiness. There's a lot of complexity and it smells great, but it could use a little more intensity on the smell. Seems just a bit muted.

Taste: Dark chocolate, malted milk balls, some caramel malt, and hints of dark fruit and smoke. This is a complex, layered beer. Finish is somewhat sweet with virtually no alcohol heat. While the smell was slightly muted, the flavor is absolutely not. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation level.

Overall: Smuttynose killed it with this one. Epitomizes what a baltic porter should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 05:24:50 | More by emyers
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma is slightly sweet with moderate amounts of lightly roasted malts and some dark fruits (plum + raisin).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of lightly roasted malts with moderate notes of chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, and dark fruit (plum, fig, and raisin). Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but quite rich.

O: This is a big beer and a sipping beer even though the alcohol is extremely well hidden - lots of complexity and richness to the flavors of this beer. A really nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:37:29 | More by dbrauneis
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a total eclipse jet black with huge persistent head. Aroma of figs, raisins and rum-soaked fruit cake. Taste is a blast of sweet rum soaked figs and prunes with a strong, lingering burnt wood finish. The alcohol has a strong presence but is overcome by the roasted wood. Not an easy drinking beer, but a good pick when your taste buds are compromised.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 22:31:42 | More by wattoclone
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, 2013 Vintage into a snifter

A: Black in color, maybe a slight ruby hue on the bottom of the glass when hel up to light, almost stout dark. Head was a creamy brown color, fades to a skim leaving light lace and some alcohol legs with a swirl.

S: Big time creamy dark and milk chocolate, coffee roast, black licorice, raisins, plum, and if I dig deep I can pull out the slightness bit of lager yeast dryness.

T: Big dark rich chocolate upon first sip, follows with a big dark fruit sweetness, figs, some spiciness, a bit of black coffee roast, dries out on the finish with a lingering roasted barley flavor, slight roasty smokiness.

M: Medium heavy bordering full, very creamy, slight sticky feel, the carbonation helps move the beer along, alcohol is noticeable but not distracting and works well with the flavors of the beer.

O: Very nice beer, drinks more like an imperial stout to me. Wonderfully combines roast, chocolate, dark fruit flavors. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:33:01 | More by Dools9
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Potsdam IGA. 'Bottle Conditioned in 2013.' No ABV listed. From notes.

A - Black pour with a two finger thick and creamy light brown head. Good carbonation. Good retention and minimal spotty lace.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roast, decent creamy chocolate note. Some alcohol was evident in the aroma.

T - Tons of chocolate, creamy chocolate, roast, mild coffee, dark fruit.

M - Super creamy full body with a sweet chocolate finish. Mild to medium carbonation.

O/D - A nice baltic porter. Tasty and nice to sip. Complexity was good but didn't go the extra mile, but the beer was enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:18:20 | More by tbeckett
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dar482

New York

4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color with a tan, mocha one finger head.

The aroma is wonderful. It has roasty malt and sweet chocolate, but also tons of sweet raisins. It’s a wonderful aroma because of that pop of bright sweetness and some dark fruits.

The flavor follows with a mellow roasty malt, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate along with some raisin notes as well. There’s a good amount of booze in there, but it works with the beer. The flavor is hugely smooth and then the finish takes the side of your tongue with a gentle bitterness and a bit of roasty malt.

It has a full mouthfeel.

This was a surprisingly incredible beer. It balances sweetness, has that interesting fruit note, but also cleans off well with the alcohol and bitterness. Truly a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 05:59:18 | More by dar482
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Baltic black with a generous two inch mahogany tight head.

Aromas of big roast, dark fruit, dark cocoa and coffee and a big booyah!!!!

Taste of roasted grain and bitterhop balanced well with sweet malt on the brown suggah side. Some flavors waft through of sweet cream in coffee.

Bright and brilliant. Thick as midnight on the salty east coast. Creamy like brulee.

Big is an appropriate word for this. Really a nice porter to add to any lineup. As always priced to move!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:58:22 | More by joeseppy
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been sitting in my fridge for a while. I think after about 6 months of aging it is time to dive in.

A- Near black with deep brown accents. Thick, extremely foamy khaki head of a finger that is quite persistent. Superb lacing given the abv.

S- Smells of coffee, black currents, raisins. Touch of chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malt.

T- Malty sweetness up front totally woke my senses. Then quickly settles to a complex level of fruit and esters. Plum, currents, raisins, and black cherries, figs, accompanied by a tangy but moderate level of booze that reminds me of a barrel aged beer.

M- Full body, slightly dry, alcohol warmth present. Sits just slightly heavy for the style, but due in part that it is a bigger porter than most. Despite this, it still found a way to be quite easy to drink.

O- I am disappointed in myself that I waited so long to try this beer now that I have tasted it. Reminds me of a quad, porter, and RIS all rolled into one. So delicious. Certainly one of my favorite porters i have had to date.

$6.99 for 22 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:53:25 | More by Bosoxfan20
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Baltic Porter is a big, umami, roasty Baltic porter. Delicious!

A: Black colour and a 5 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malty with strong, roasty coffee-like notes. 4.5

T: Malty and a little sweet with nice big roastiness. As you swallow you get a big burst of umami that comes from autolysed yeast. There are also some dark fruit flavours. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:47:35 | More by vandemonian
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Abilow33

New York

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very strong beer. Smells rich and there is hint of chocolate, coffee, and cherries. Pours very thick and dark black. The color of coffee. The head of the beer was thick and very brown. The taste is good and very flavorable and thick when tasted. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:31:52 | More by Abilow33
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 batch, a few months old.

A: Pours black with a nice big and dense medium brown head. Head fades away pretty slowly with great head retention. Thick spiderweb lacing left behind.

S: Really nice aroma. Brown sugar and dark fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, maybe even hints of cherry. Lost of dark fruit aromas for sure. Hints of chocolate and a little char. Quite sweet.

T: More dark fruits up front, sweet and mellow. Chocolate coats them a bit. Then comes the smoke and char, both mild but definitely noticeable. A little umami too, especially towards the finish. Finish is a little more bitter and the smoke turns a little acrid here with some bittersweet chocolate. BBQ meat with a little chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Nice thick, smooth body. Creamy really.

O: A nice complex and well balanced baltic porter. Good variety of flavors and they complement each other nicely. I'm not a fan of smoky beers, but this one has some well integrated smoke. This is up there with Surly Smoke and Alaskan Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 04:33:55 | More by Dope
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notchucknorris

California

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a trip to Boston last month. So glad I did.

A: Pours a dense looking black with a nice two finger light brown head. Takes a while, but the head eventually settles to about half a finger and leaves some good lace with each sip.

S: A lot of rich, roastiness here and I love it. Tons of dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, chocolate cake, wet wood, caramel popcorn, toffee and a touch of graham cracker. Smells pretty amazing.

T: Opens with a rich blend of roasted malt and coffee. Mocha, fudge, and dark chocolate come in the middle with a finish that's roasty and a touch bitter and laced with tobacco, blackberry and dark bread.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:15:44 | More by notchucknorris
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer in Totowa, having never had this before and seeing how highly rated it was on here. While this style isn't one that I've had very many examples of, this was a great beer that was solid in every aspect of it with a well-hidden level of alcohol. This was certainly strong but at the same time, surprisingly easy to drink and savor!

The pour was a dark brown with a light mousse-like head and a bit of sediment at the bottom of the 22 oz. bottle. It was also bottle-conditioned this year, leading me to appreciate the extra touch that's lacking by so many breweries. Lots of raisin and currant in the nose, which were also quite aggressive in the taste but countered nicely by a strong roasted mouthfeel, and just the right amount of warming alcohol. Underneath that was a good amount of bitter chocolate, vanilla extract, and pumpernickel that gave this beer a great body. The currant was the part that stuck around the most and as to be expected, the carbonation was light enough not to detract from the flavors or to help them fade after each sip.

This was as strong as needed to be, but I wouldn't want it to be any weaker as well. Polishing off one of these was easy and given the time, I'd easily buy this again. There's no doubt as to why this is the highest-rated beer from Smuttynose and for any Porter, Stout, or Dark Ale fan, this is must-have. Really great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:30:46 | More by JerzDevl2000
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Looks great. Pours black with a dark brown head.

S: Dark chocolate and french roast coffee. A bit of dark fruit as well.

T: Roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate flavors hit the palate first. The roasted malts add a touch of bitterness and earthy notes. Hint of booze on the finish.

M: Rich and smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: Really impressed by this beer. I was expecting a lot and was not let down. Looks great, smells delicious, bold flavors. You can't ask for much more.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:50:07 | More by JuliusCaesar
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2013 opened up and poured into CCB snifters and enjoyed with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: Smoky and roasty. Smells like a campfire and lots of melted marshmallows. Seems rather cloyingly sweet and smoky. Fairly intense nose, not a big fan of the melted marshmallows smell in my beers, but I have to say I don't really get this much from most beers I drink anyway. Overall intense and to the point. (4.5)

Colour: Thick dark black body that pours like motor oil. Comes with a fluffy 2cm mocha head that dissipates in the first minute or two into a thick film and collar. Lacing is pretty good. Overall a very nice appearing beer. (4.5)

Flavour: I got a lot of smokey raisin and marshmallows throughout. It's a roasty sweet beer tempered by a little bit of coffee and chocolate bitterness. It doesn't taste as cloyingly sweet as the nose did but it is still a very sweet beer. From a brewing standpoint, everything comes together fairly well- I just don't really like how its got the sweet molasses but really finishes dry with quite a bit of heat. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Thick, very full-bodied and robust beer with OK carbonation. Aftertaste is dry but boozy and sweet. The booziness is off-putting for me and takes points away from an otherwise well-crafted beer. (4)

Overall: Brewed well in my opinion- there are a lot of flavours that come together in a way that I haven't had in a lot of porters. It's a bit too sweet which I'm ok with but its really the dry boozy feel of this beer that turns me off on it. For the price I think it'd be a nice experiment to have a second one to age, but having it a few months fresh like I did was not the experience I expected. (4)

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 08:35:47 | More by Stevedore
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beagle75

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Opaque,dark brown color with one finger of beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Moderate intensity roast is smoke-affected. Grain appears fairly refined, with some herbaceous mint able to be coaxed out with agitation. This beer becomes intensely chocolatey as it warms, elevating the experience in a better-late-than-never way. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early acidity that overtaxes the palate in a way that blurs the line between tasted and felt qualities. Dark qualities begins to establish a foothold during the middle, showing some raisin, bread, and roast. Smoke is finally revealed late, lingering on the palate in the presence of moderate bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, extremely acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This otherwise-good porter is diminished considerably by the extent to which tasted and felt acidity is present. Like other high gravity dark beers with similar failings, the mood is turned a bit schizophrenic by the acidity that simultaneously sends heavy flavors scattering and sears the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:34:27 | More by beagle75
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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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