Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by 3leggeddub:
4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into an imperial pint.
Appearance: Pours dark brown, near black with chestnut tones. Inch-and-a-half tan head that drops to a thin covering. Not much lacing.
Smell: Dark dried fruit, raisins, and coffee. Roasted malt. Molasses.
Mouthfeel: On the thick side, but still smooth. Covers the palate nicely. Balanced and rich body.
Taste: There's malt and dried fruit (prune & raisin especially) sweetness up front, but it's tempered with a roast coffee bitterness at the edges and a bit of alcohol spice. It winds up with a pleasantly dry finish that helps keep all the sweetness from getting ahead of anything else.
Drinkability: Potent, but highly enjoyable. Probably the best porter I've had.
Overall: The Baltic Porter is a great offering from Smuttynose. Rich and complex, but amazingly drinkable. Dangerously so at 8.7% ABV. The downside is this was a limited release so if you weren't able to score any of the bombers out there on the market you are out of luck. Unless maybe you can find a willing BA trader. If you are lucky enough to stumble across it in a store or if you are even luckier and find it on tap this is a must have.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2008 17:56:14 | More by 3leggeddub
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - A beautiful black brew, with dark brown highlights, but mostly opaque. Capped with a dark tan head that reduce to a thin line that maintains serious lacing.
S - Mostly roasted malts, with a line of wood and molasses. Underlying this is a strong element of alcohol. Subtle, given the flavor blast to come.
T - Full flavor of roasted malts, with subtle chocolate elements, toasted grains, and mild tobacco and leather notes. Dark bread in the middle, like molasses bread, and a subtle bitter note to close, and a hint of alcohol.
M - Silky smooth, with a full feel, and some mild coating, but the alcohol at the close effectively scrubs the heaviest elements away.
O - Tremendous effort, with a very big, bold brew that manages to deliver imperial stout flavors via the distinct style of the baltic porter.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 18:06:26 | More by Tsar_Riga
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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