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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: 987
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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Photo of WVbeergeek


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 06:09:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of sacrelicio


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one amazing beer from Smuttynose. Pours a deep dark black with brownish highlights. A nice chocolate milk colored head tops the brew with decent lacing. The smell is an enticing bouquet of roasted porter goodness, with a nice dose of dark fruits. The flavor is pretty bitter but still rich with dark chocolate and lots of fruits and nuts. The mouthfeel is a soft, yet full and rich. The perfect baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 06:31:51 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of Thads324


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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"!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 04:32:56 | More by Thads324
Photo of Damian


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottle conditioned in 2008

Poured a super deep and dark pitch black with a near two-finger, tight, foamy, cocoa-colored head. The head slowly faded to a persistent ring of froth.

The aroma was outstanding. Dark, intensely malty and sweet. Super chocolatey, like in a warm chocolate cake sort of way. If I did not know any better, I might have mistaken this for a chocolate flavored beer. Intense yet so smooth. Rummy, boozy and oaky with strong notes of dark fruits (cherries, raisins and figs) and roasted coffee.

The flavor was rich and robust yet incredibly smooth and well balanced. Dark and malty to the extreme. Chocolatey and oaky. Raisins and prunes were noticeable. A pronounced, minty hoppiness appeared on the back end and carried into the finish. Slight char also came through, along with a touch of alcohol warmth. The lingering, resonating aftertaste was a mix of dark, roasted malts and minty hops.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied. Silky smooth and oily. So amazingly creamy. With every sip, I felt like the liquid was massaging my tongue.

As for drinkability, this beer was quite good. It was perfectly balanced and so well crafted. The alcohol was only moderately noticeable but it definitely hit me hard by the drink's end.

This is unquestionably an extreme version of a baltic style porter. As intense as it may have been, this beer truly won me over with its grace, finesse and overall balance. Definitely the most impressive example of the style I have tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:05:09 | More by Damian
Photo of mondegreen


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 Vintage. Poured into a Founder's Tulip.

Pours pitch black with a tan head. What a sexy looking beer. No light shows through at all. Smell is rich and roasty. Sweet malts permeate with a slight tingle in the nose (maybe a touch of alcohol). Taste is huge. Big roasted barley with all the good malt sweetness you want from the style. Just right bitterness offsetting for a wonderful flavor.

Thick and rich, this is a great sipper. I'm going to revisit this one on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 22:35:14 | More by mondegreen
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2008 Baltic Porter 1/22/08

22 oz bomber> Giant mug.

This stuff pours out looking like used-up motor oil, slick and black. The head is a three-finger deep, mocha brown color that is foamy, frothy and sticky, the retention is very slow while leaving big, sticky clumps of lacing behind.

The aroma is that of raisins and dates smothered in vanilla cream and roasted caramel. The malt scent is huge with a brown-sugar scented sweetness that has a dark-fruity whiff and raspberry tarts. The malt is balanced with a bready but spicey and slightly sour yeast and hops scent. Pungent.

First Impression: Yum. A big-sweet malt flavor, very double bock-like, hits first. There's brown sugar, roasted caramel,dark coffee,dark chocolate, Dates, rainsins, and a subtle smokiness. A very sweet malt with big-time complexity.The balance of flavor's in the malt alone is impressive. This one is much like the RIS with a toned-down hop and a more mild heat. The hop flavor is a slightly spicey effect that merges with the yeast for a nice balance and a mildly bitter, sour-yeasty, lingering aftertaste. This is my kinda brew.

Big-thick full body and creamy-smooth feel. My lips are a but sticky. Can't ask for more.

This is a brilliant, heady brew that is just right for this classic New England winter were having.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 16:25:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smuttynose- Baltic Porter

A- Dark dark brackish brown with a thick soft creamy head. Lacing leaves a complete sheet of foam down the glass.
S- Roasted coffee bean, Chocolate, heavy cream, and fresh hops.
T- Very creamy chocolate, caramel, and cream. A touch of milky coffee, dried fruits (raisin & prune) and pungent fresh hops.
M- Smooth, creamy, and warm. leaves a delicious flavor down the tongue and throat. Too easy to gulp down! Alc. isn't detected I wouldn't think it's over 6%?!

Overall- "Hey now"! This was one of, if not, the best Smuttynose beer I've ever had! So damn good!
Although I'm comparing a Baltic Porter to a RIS, I would say it could possibly be called the poor man's Kate the Great?! I don't know, just buy it and enjoy! Delicious!!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 00:33:06 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of hopsjunkie23

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on draft at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead, Haledon, NJ

Color - nice dark, very opaque.. beautiful creamy head. about two fingers and it remained.

Smell - wonderful coffee, vanilla and black currant notes..

Taste - lots of vanilla, almost whiskey taste.. lots of black currant.. almost a sweetness... very smooth, well balanced alcohol-wise

Tremendous drinkability - had three pints and was three sheets to the wind... Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2008 22:01:50 | More by hopsjunkie23
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simple one finger head of mainly tiny foam, very dark brown in color, leaves a credible amount of lacing, however, the head does not seem that interested in sticking around. Little to say about the color except that it is pitch black with no evidence of any other hue. The nose possesses great penetrating power without any sign of showing off, carob, coffee bean, dark chocolate and butterscotch meld into black raisin, date, plum fruit, thick streak of black licorice, doesn't show much esters, if you can hold off from indulging in it you can find some orange citrus and pressed flowers, hops were indeed used in making this beer. Full-bodied, sturdy and broad-shouldered, has a dense muscularity rather than just be "big" per se. The carbonation is made up of larger, slow bursting bubbles which fit the feel, no fine fizz or extra effervescence. Toasted malt, roasted coffee, butterscotch and cocoa, adroitly maneuvers between sweetness and dryness. Raisin, date, fig, plum, cherry and even some apricot fruit there for the taking. Again, licorice and flowers seem to be next in line. Just the right amount of bitters and grains on the finish to reset the palate for the next sip. This is close to benchmark shit.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 00:58:12 | More by farrago
Photo of BeerCon5


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black in color with a small amount of tan head, lacing around the edges stays throughout the beer.

The scent was of roasty malts, coffee, some citrus.

The taste is of roasty malts, citrus, coffee, chocolate, light hop presence, faint raisin and dark fruit.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This is an excellent beer, great flavor, pretty easy to drink, though it is filling.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:01:31 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a two finger dark tan colored head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Mild lacing develops on the glass.

Smell: roasted malts sweetness, big chocolate tones, and hints of alcohol are bold and very enjoyable for the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, mild coffee, strong chocolate, prunes, soft caramel, and a nice bitterness wrapped in some warming alcohol tones. Absolutely full flavored and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Long aftertaste with the flavors lingering in the mouth for a while. Smooth at the start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish.

Drinkability: superb. I had this alongside the new Victory Baltic Porter for a tasting comparison, and this one was far superior IMHO, even though the Victory version was also good. An absolute must have for all BA's. This is my new favorite in the Smutty Big Beer series.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 12:49:00 | More by Gavage
Photo of bilyboy65


4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know that I could find a bad thing about this beer. I really wanted to give it all 5's, but i'm of the impression everything can be improved.

A: Very black, with a nice brown head. No lacing or film and the head dissipates quickly.

S: Slight hint of coffee, but the dark malts seem to be taking a more bitter turn in this one. There seems to be a smoked malt scent in this one. Reminds me a little of a BBQ.

T: Malts are definitely slow roasted and smoked. Very crisp dry bitter flavor. There is a hint of the coffee taste that comes from dark roasted malts, but the smokey flavor really over shadows it.

M: Full bodied beer that leaves a good oily feel behind. Feels kinda flat on the pallet.

D: Gone before I knew it. Almost didn't leave enough to review it with.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 03:13:28 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber into my pint glass. this beer pours pitch black with a nice thick mocha color head. the smell is roasty malty sweet with hints of dark fruit and a slight hint of alcohol. the taste is very close with the dark fruits being more pronounced in the flavor than the smell. this beer has a full mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. this beer is very very drinkable. This beer is absolutely amazing and i have never tried it until now. its a real sleeper as most people would likely walk by it, but don't. buy 2 today and drink one now and cellar one as i will be cellaring a few to see how they are with some age on them. they definitely seem like they could improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:15:58 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of Trifecta1


4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, I have a huge crush on this beer. It is, no question, my favorite Baltic porter, maybe favorite porter flat-out. I always get at least 6 bottles while it's in season, and a store down the street sells them well into summer. Lucky me. Also, I grade by STYLE, not "beer enjoyment" in general.

A- Pitch black, milk chocolate bubbles streaming on the peripheries, milk chocolate colored head. Lacing could be a bit silkier, but that is the only flaw I can really see, and that's being picky.

S- Sweet malt and chocolate, coffee, not much roastiness on the nose. Raisins, sweet alcohol.

T- Homerun. Amazing. Caramel, sweet chocolate, slightly smoky, coffee, malt, slight alcohol burn/taste. Low bitterness. Extremely flavorful. Not too complex, but not too obvious. Enjoyable and refreshing despite the ABV.

M- Creamy and sticky, carbonation is on the higher side of perfect, but still great.

Overall, absolutely fantastic Baltic porter, and beer in general. I love this beer. The only other Baltic I've had that comes close to this is Sinebrychoff, and that's a tad hard to find around me. I'll also add that this beer is EXTREMELY cheap, just under 6 bucks for a bomber. If you see this or Sinebrychoff and want to know how some classic Baltics taste, you know what to do.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:39:14 | More by Trifecta1
Photo of 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
Photo of sinistrsam


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark, opaque black with a huge soapy tan head and left great lacing.
The nose was tons of brown sugar and raisin, dark fruits, coffee and chocolate.
Coffee, raisin, brown sugar, toffee and caramel all comeout in the taste. Exceptionally well-balanced and complex. Wood and smoke for sure, and very mild hops. Excellent.
The feel was as complex as the taste, with roasted malt bitterness and sweet/dark fruits squaring off with mild hops, earthy wood, and sweet creamy chocolate. Ends warming and sweet and smooth.
This is a very robust and palate-exhausting beer. This is one I'd enjoy at the end of the night, but be sure you're in full control of your faculties to apprecaite this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 20:30:24 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of Thiestru


4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pub glass.

Appearance: Black and opaque with a one-finger caramel head, which gradually subsides to a thin cap. Lacing is noticeable, but it disappears before very long.

Smell: Primarily chocolate with a hint of something tangy.

Taste: Very chocolatey, with a beautiful bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is warming but not cloying. I'm impressed by how well balanced this is.

Mouthfeel: Rather creamy, but clean. The beer coats the mouth but doesn't linger for long.

Overall: This is just about a perfect beer. Sadly, I haven't had much experience with Baltic porters, but if this is any indication, it's a marvelous style. For such a dark, heavy beer, it's amazingly drinkable and refreshing. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 07:07:09 | More by Thiestru
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich black and chocolate malt scent that warms even the nose. This is one intense beer. The taste is perfect. This one is black to the max. It's rich and smooth going down with bitter black malt flavor. It warms a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is the best Baltic I've ever tried. It leaves nothing to be desired; a truely balls out beer. God Bless America!!! Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:54:42 | More by WesWes
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Pours black with a one-inch tan head. The head settles fairly quickly, but never fully disappears. Lacing is sparse and wispy.

S: Layered malt scents of vanilla, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and creamed coffee. Touch of earthy hops. Darkfruit comes out as it warms: raisin, prune, and black raspberry. A complex and well-rounded nose.

T: Quick flash of raspberry on the attack is quickly overtaken by creamed coffee and milk chocolate. More layered chocolate flavors begin to emerge, with cocoa and semi-sweet dark coming to the forefront. Suggestions of raisin and some earthy tastes in the background. Gets more roasty and a touch woody toward the end. The finish is seemingly endless and allows delicious flavors of layered chocolate to lounge on the tongue. Delicious.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Lightly carbonated. Delightfully lush and creamy. Feels as though it's been whipped, it fills the whole mouth. Wonderful mouthfeel.

O: This is damn near perfection. Great all around and extremely drinkable. Drinks like it's 5% abv rather than 9%. My favorite Smuttynose offering to date, and one that I revisit quite often.

Notes: This beer is one of my top 25 personal favorites. I can't praise it enough. No hype, just a great beer at a great price ($6 bomber) with wide distribution. An absolute must-try.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:10:21 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to find bombers of this beer at a local liquor store in Jamestown, RI while vacationing there. Sometimes you get lucky...Enjoyed this beer with my girlfriend–we split the 22 oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Motor-oil black. A high altitude pour produces a generous, creamy three finger tan head of foam. It looks so good–like a dark chocolate shake.

Smell (4.5/5): Big chocolate and dark fruit aromas with a bit of clean alcohol. It smells exactly like you want a dark beast of a beer to smell–strong, a little hot...A little mouth-watering, I'd say.

Taste (5/5): Chocolate and dark fruit flavors dominate this beer, following the nose. Some hop flavor and toasted malt flex in the background lending a nice bitter edge that helps temper the beer's sweetness. This beer is most certainly a "Big Beer" as per Smuttynose's series of high gravity beers they put out during the year. Awesome tasting stuff, similar to some Russian Imperial Stouts. Pretty much flawless.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Creamy and smooth. Fairly minimal carbonation, as one might expect. Drinkability is scarily high because of the taste, but you would not want to drink more than one bomber of this stuff or things could get silly. It's a heavy-hitting sipper, for sure.

Overall (4.5): Plenty have said it already about Smutty's Baltic Porter, and I have to agree with them: this is a world-class beer. It has virtually no flaws–an excellent aroma, taste, and mouthfeel and looks great in the glass. Impressive and imposing. But don't be intimidated. Buy it if you stumble upon it at your local store.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 20:08:32 | More by hagbergl
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4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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
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4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a kick ass label! This label is a work of art, literally. I don't know what the paiting is called or who painted it, but I do know it seems fitting for a Baltic Porter label. It's a label you have to see for yourself up close. In the lower right hand corner is the bottled year of 2008. The far right of the label only has the US Government. The far left side has 3 seperate paragraphs. The first one talks about how it's part of their big beer series. The second one talks about the origins of the Baltic Porter style. The third and final paragraph gives a few of the flavor that you'll find in this beer. Everything you need to know about this beer can be found on the label.

Appearance: I went ahead and poured this beer beer into a "Maudite" Snifter. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was just as thick and black as (Texas T) oil. It looked so much like oil that I almost refined it into gasoline and put it into my car. Sitting on top of this oily brew was a 1 1/2 to 2 inch tan colored head of foam. It's just too bad that this head of foam only had OK retention. It only left behind a handful of tan foamy rings and a small amount of spots of tan lace around the glass. Well, at least the beer had the thick oily black appearance going for it.

Smell: Hmm, what kind of an aroma am I going to get from an oil colored beer? Hoppy? Fruity? Nope! The aroma was thick and dark like the color of this beer. This thick, dark, and roasted aroma was filled to the edge with dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a fig or two, raisins, a hint of floral hops, and a dash of cinnamon at the finish line. Toward the end of the beer's life in the glass, a splash of sweet caramel will emerge. Better late than never I guess. I can't pick out which dark aroma had the most air time because every aroma had their equal share of air time. The most interesting thing in the aroma was the cinammon. I never thought that would ever show up in a Baltic Porter aroma.

Taste: If you couldn't tell already for the aroma and appearance, the taste was thick, dark, chewy, slightly dry, and roasted with dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, black cherries, a few raisins, bitter dark chocolate, a touch of roasted floral hops, and then this dark taste finishes up with a not so big taste of alcohol. It was nice to see that all the dark roasted flavors kept the alcohol down to a minimum. It was probably also the work of the roasted flavors that kicked out the cinnamon that appeared in the aroma. In the end, it was just a great chewy dark roasted Baltic Porter!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was full bodied with a full flavored dark roasted aftertaste of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted floral hops. There was very little alcohol in the aftertaste. I could taste a little bit of it, but it was mixed in with all the dark roasted flavors.

Drinkability: Smuttynose always makes high quality beers and this one is no different. I got what I expected, a great dark roasted Baltic Porter. If you're ever in the mood for a thick chewy roasted Baltic Porter, then you should clearly pick us this winner!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 17:58:35 | More by AltBock
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South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had been avoiding this brew, just because it seemed over hype: Oh, how wrong I was. This deep, dark brown brew has a solid cocoa-colored head, but the aroma quickly interrupts with a dark chocolatey smell, like a candy bar wrapper or half-full gourmet cocoa container. Dark roasted taste, very full and bold, not at all watery like some lesser brews in this style. Very creamy with a lot of dark caramel and a bit of coffee thrown in. This brew borders on Imperial Stout territory, but is brought back by the roasted goodness and a slight hop presence is a telling sign.

Wow, what a tremendous brew, probably the best Baltic porter I've had the pleasure of sampling. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 11:00:53 | More by saintwarrick
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New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Pours black with a thick, brown, long lasting head. The aroma is chocolate malt, dark fruit and brown sugar. Full body, some tartness. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Fruity sweetness nicely balanced with coffee bitterness. Finish is enormous, long lasting and very balanced. Simply great!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:35:18 | More by mikeg67
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black, only the very slightest of ruby around the edges when held very close to the light, decent size fizzy tan head that goes quickly and leaves very little lacing. Second pour provided a lot more light brown head, slightly more lacing produced.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, some funky dark fruit aroma as well that is quite hard to describe.

Taste is also quite malty with the hard-to-describe dark fruit aspect, near the end you can make out some alcohol notes, good amount of carbonation for this style, very sticky in the mouth but not too viscous when drinking.

This beer is a good candidate for aging because I find it only gets better with a year or two on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 22:58:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.