Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.44/5 rDev +4%
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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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
95 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.