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

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

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 191
Gots: 118 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, thick, brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, dense, light brown colored head that settles into a quarter inch layering. Pours thick. Aromas of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of smoke, and a hint of old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are rich and bold, with a solid dose of bitter dark chocolate and a rich sweetness of raisins and dates. The coffee character is there, but it takes a backseat to this one. There is a touch of heat from the increased ABV, but it helps to enhance and balance the flavor profiles. Very smooth in mouth, with a transition to a clean, dry finish. Very well made brew. Roasted and slightly boozey aftertaste, with a mocha twist. This is a great beer!

GarthDanielson, Apr 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Great to see Smuttynose make this part of there new "Big Beer" series and for my money this is the best.Poured into a 22oz nonic a rich and dark nearly opaque black with a large blooming mocha colored head that settled rather quickly leaving no lace behind.I had to give the aroma a "5" because not only are they incredibly appetizing but they just jump out at ya,big juicy prune/raisin dipped in dark bitter chocolate with a hint of dry wood.Great balance of sweeter dark fruit and dark chocolate and a dry leafy,woody finish there is a large dose of hop but it still stays pretty true to style.A great new addition Smuttynose great work.

oberon, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

I felt compelled to review this one after being blown away by my initial impressions.

Opaque black or really dark brown, pushing the limits of the style, but sexy nonetheless. Creamy, light brown head retains well.

Caramel, cocoa, and licorice dominate the aroma. Absinthe comes to mind. Mysterious and seductive. Subtle coffee pokes through with warmth.

Prominent malt sweetness of caramel and chocolate balanced by a bright, spicy hop character that distinguishes it from an RIS. Clean with no fruity esters. Sweet, but light roast character keeps it from being cloying. Plum and raisin flavors from the malts are secondary.

Smooth up front, with a spicy hop finish. Damn near immaculate mouthfeel.

Warming, happy alcohol, barely evident to the taste. A bit much if you take a bomber to the head (as I am).

Possibly my favorite beer of winter so far, and it's not even winter! And that includes Bitches Brew.

boston2bburg, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of kaimcm
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

bottle into a pint glass. thought about a tulip or something and decided to just go for it. might I add want a damn good looking label this beer has. the colors alone grab you from across the room. great.

A: ink black body, frothy mocha head up top. no lacing, decent head retention. looks great, very inviting.

S: raw cocao and coffee, bread and dough like brownies in the air. wax and sugar to finish.

T/M: flashes strong with chocolate and coffee. i know its a cliche but damn choc/coffee. depth for sure, sugar nicely balanced by roasted grain and a tiny bit of hop oil. even some green raisin type fruit. finishes with chocolate, roasted bitterness, some powdered sugar on the tongue and a lingering acidity. mouthfeel is big rich creamy and tingly. very nicely done.

D: very nice for such a robust beer.

like the year round porter smutty has excelled here at the creaminess of the porter and really done a service to the style and us consumers. there should be a difference between a porter and a stout and so often theres not. smutty shows us here and all year what makes a porter a porter.

i love this brewery.

kaimcm, Jan 24, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SkiBum22, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SuomiHobbit, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in a tulip, this was a black, black beer. It had a thick coffee-colored head, with lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. It had a coffee aroma, as well as some sweet fruitiness. The coffee taste lingered well. Also some noticeable raisin/dark fruit taste. The sweet fruit combined well with the coffee, making this a mellow, eminently drinkable beer. Would drink this beer anytime, anywhere. Cool label, too.

lordofthewiens, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of mbrandon2w
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours jet black, mocha head.
Smells of coffee, plums, dark chocolate and some alcohol.
Taste is of dark, bitter chocolate, with coffee, some fruit, and a nice warming alcohol finish.
Nice mouthfeel. Smooth, almost creamy.
I wish I had bought more of this.

mbrandon2w, Apr 05, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MJLatimer, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. It is labeled as "Bottle Conditioned In 2009" and there is no ABV%.

Appearance: It has a slow thick pour which is very dark. In the glass it looks nearly opaque and black in color. On top there is a tall light brown head. The head has good retention and leaves some splotchy lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has sweet and roasty maltiness. It's bready and grainy with hints of dark fruit and noticeable alcohol.

Taste/Palate: There is a lot of full bodied sweet dark roasted barley malt wrapped up with some mellow boozy alcohol. There are notes of chocolate, dark dried fruits, golden raisons, burnt sugar and dark/burnt toasted bread. The finish has some leafy hop flavor and mild bitterness creeping in for some balance. Overall it still has plenty of residual sweetness in the end. Its not overpowering or cloying at all but it will slow down the drinkability as it lets you know it's a big beer. On the tongue it has a slick viscose feel. There is just enough carbonation to ease it over the palate.

Notes: I have to say that I love this beer. I love big complex dark beers and this one delivers!!!

generallee, Sep 13, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

shatnerosmotic, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +3%

First off, the label on this sucker is badass. With that said, I have been excited to try this one from the beloved Smuttynose. The beer pours an extremely rich, oily look. Pitch black color with no light entering when held up to the light. The pour resulted in a chunky, light brown, thick head that retains nicely. Terrific lacing.
Aromas of sweet malts, milk chocolate, roastiness, coffee. Tastes of more sweet malts, lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, lots of roastiness with a bitter hop flavor in the finish along with an alcohol presence that lingers on the palette for a long while after each sip.
Rich, thick, viscous mouthfeel, prickly with tiny bubbles from the good carbonation, semi-dry finish. Warming effect in the belly. Extremely tasty and enjoyable, Highly drinkable. Ahhh, Smuttynose.

Doomcifer, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -6.3%

JakerLou, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

2013 release poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rich, deep, dark copper-brown, almost like syrup. A thick three-finger head of well-tanned khaki foam that's really tight very slowly dissolves, leaving a generous band of lace around the edge of the glass. Even after the head has finally disappeared, the surface is still covered by an almost solid sheen of very fine bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich black and completely solid - not a bit of light penetrates the liquid, even at the edges of the glass.

S - Dark biscuits, chocolate bread, hints of anise. Alcohol pushes up into the nose just behind these, and it's almost too much as it hides any subtle smells that might also be in the glass. As it warms, 50% milk chocolate shows up, along with hints of dark dried fruits like tart black cherries. Notes of dark caramels also appear.

T - A cup of medium roast coffee with lots of rich dark bitter chocolate melted into it. Boozy, almost like cough syrup. Hot. Some notes of dark, unsweetened dried fruit like dark plums and raisins with licorice mix with earthy bittering hops and dark cocoa powder on the back-end.

M - Thick and frothy from the carbonation makes it airy, but creamy on the tongue like a Fudgsicle. Richness. Surprisingly dry on a finish that hangs around more on the alcohol than anything else.

O - Rich and full in ingredients, this beer needs to age to let the alcohol integrate into them and mellow it out. A drink to warm your tummy on a cold winter night. The next couple of these I find are going to be laid down for a couple of years to see if that's what can turn this promise of a delicious brew into an actual one. If it does, this is easily a beer that will score well into the 4s. The components are clearly there - they just need more time to come together.

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

megamass, May 26, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Bomber thanks to mntlover. Pours a dark and deep brown body with a large light brown head. Excellent retention with thick sheet and patch lacing.

Aroma of bitter coffee,dark choclate, Bing cherries and darker fruits.

Creamy, medium full body thins as it warms. Moderate carbonation.

Taste has roasted coffee, creamy dark and milk chocolate, and red cherry notes. Dark fruits underneath. Alcohol isn't noticed. As it warms and thins a bit, the chocolate fades into the background leaving a somewhat bitter roasty finish. Excellent example of the style.

merlin48, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

22 ounce bomber, "Bottle conditioned in 2008", pours inky black, cafe au lait head, quickly settles and then leaves just moderate lacing. The excitement starts here with the luscious chocolaty nose and the full bodied flavor assault that is encountered on the fist sip. Be sure to allow this fresh young beer to warm up. Gobs of rich flavors here, chocolate malt balls, mocha, vanilla and light burnt smokeyness. A tasty rich chocolate milk shake of a brew. Nice. Highly recommended.

Billolick, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of codysjb
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%

Smuttynose Baltic Porter
2012 bottle aged for a year into a Cigar City sniffer
A: pours black/brown with a nice full head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent, nice ring but doesn’t hold long.
S: espresso and malt that smells like brown ale.
T: Wow over carbonation, some dark notes that fade into a pleasant malty background. Nut flavors throughout.
M: A full nut flavor with more carbonation.
O: interesting, not bad, but more like a brown ale than a Baltic porter.

codysjb, Feb 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

uratowel, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Purchased at Vidalia's. Pours black with a thick head. Head settles into a nice lacing. Smell and taste is all roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth and the 8.5% is well hidden so this is very drinkable. This is a very good beer & recommended.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, May 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

fo1ksguitar, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
3.8/5  rDev -11%

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.

wattoclone, Sep 23, 2013
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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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