Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,012 | Reviews: 493 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +17.1%
Appears a pitch black hue, this one is like a black hole absorbs every bit of that visible light spectrum. Large dimpled thick tan head at least two fingers with a nice resiliency. Left behind are even thick scattered lacing strands with each sip. Aromatics are intense, upfront with dark roasted malt bringing together nearly burnt coffee roasts and dark bitter chocolate to the forefront. Luscious fruit from the vine ripened and soaked with fortifying amounts of alcohol, hints of berry, plum, and grape(raisins). Sultry charred wood characteristics with soft vanilla balance, a touch of sea breeze or saltiness reaches the nares as well. As the last amounts of yeast sediment find my pint glass I detect a toasted nuttiness and herbal mint quality. Flavors equally if not more so impressively mind blowing. Starts off big and sweet with malt and fruit characteristics plum and raisins namingly. After the sweetness descends along comes more burnt toffee and molasses like notes coming off rich and sugary yet fruity and complex as ever. Herbal bitterness is detected along the way but a dry bitter dark chocolate and coffee astringency definitely land a trademark on the overall flavor profile. A slow charred oak alcohol burn brings to mind the finest single malts aged to perfection, warming in your gut and tingles the throat and the sinuses. Anise and fruit notes flow seamlessly together bringing to mind old fashioned Italian cookies that go with black coffee. Mouthfeel is big and chewy coats the palate with pure girth. Loads of malt equal great texture and the yeast sediment in this bottle conditioned version really gives it some redeeming qualities. Drinkability is effortless despite the complexity and pure amount of body this beer has to offer. All aspects are a cohesive driving force in providing balance and smoothness in an intense usually abrasive style. When done right however like Heavyweight Perkuno's, Sinebrychoff, and Okocim this style provides pure bliss. Of course this year was hyped with this style, Victory brought the "hammer" back with their version of the style. As the widespread knowledge of that release occurred and people vied for a taste of it, this small adventurous brewer from New Hampshire decided to nail the style completely. So by chance this perfect version of the style was brewed and barely noticed while most beer folks lined up in anticipation for a taste of Perkuno's in Victory's version. This is Baltic Porter in all it's glory if you find a bottle snatch it up and sit on it, or drink it now that's up to you. Bottom line I need more Big Beers from Smuttynose, send them to the Burgh god knows we need some BIG A IPA, bring on the hops.
06-20-2008 06:09:23 | More by WVbeergeek
5/5 rDev +17.1%
A : pours jet black with a tight tan head. It's super thick and never leaves. Lacing abound.
S : a bit of sweet roasted malt. A bit of alcohol, some chocolate, a hint of coffee. Very nice. A very subtle hint of dried fruits including raisins and dates. Undertones of earthy hops and grass on the back end.
T : begins heavy with sweet coffee and roasted malts. A bit of chocolate in the middle. Slightly bitter hops that include grapefruit, citrus juice and some grassy pine. A bitter chocolate and raisin flavor. Some figs too. Theres a bit of coffee in the middle. As you sip there are more subtle yet discernable flavors. It's like freaking beer candy!!! The alcohol is there, but nicely. It's almost like a black cherry brandy with real natural flavors.
M : full bodied, smooth, medium-low carbonation.
Simple amazing. This is the perfect beer, and the best one I've ever had. The hops complement the big bold and varying malt
Flavor perfectly. Every sip brings subtle nuances that weren't there before.
"I want to brush my teeth with it"!
02-17-2012 04:32:56 | More by Thads324
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.