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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.24%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

2007 - 8.1%
2009 - 8.7
2010 - 9.02%
2013 - 9.8%
2015 - 9.0%

Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 01-22-2008

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Photo of dfavreau
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I just recently started getting into porters and trying to find my perfect one. First time I had this it was on draft and man, was it a good tasting porter. Smooth and creamy with a hint of sweet toffee, caramel taste with a smooth finish. Because of this I will be trying the rest of Smuttynose's beers.

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Photo of selecter70
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught. Poured a dark dark brown with no light coming through (but it was a dark bar ). Thin beige head and minimal but sticky lace. A nice molasses-coffee-toffee-malt aroma and this all came through in the taste along with raisins, rum and a hint of lemon. Medium to full bodied but without the syrupy and boozy quality that some Baltic/Russian porters sometimes have. Higher on the alcohol but this does not come through too much in the taste during or after. Yum...

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a top-notch porter. Mild on the carbonation, but an almost perfect texture. Full bodied flavor that doesn't have the common porter emptiness to it.

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Photo of drmeto
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small,foamy,khaki head
-coffee,chocolate,nutty,licorice,syrupy,burnt toast
-Rum Pralines,chocolate,toasty,coffee,molasses,nutty,nougat
-medium carbonation
-full body
Awesome stuff

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Photo of arizcards
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four pack from TW Arrowhead in early January for $9.99. Bottled in May 2015.

Beer poured dark brown with an OK tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of licorice, light roast, and mocha.

Taste is lightly roasted malts, licorice, light chocolate all balanced nicely by a decent amount of hops to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very nice beer that i look forward to visiting again soon!

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Photo of Stout7
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First "5" I've given. If you, like me, are looking for alternative to too many jumped-the-shark IPAs, and like RIS or stout in general...your prayers are answered.

Poured near-black with a tight, dense military khaki head of 1/2 inch. Massive nose of cold coffee/coffee grinds, malt, ethanol, dark chocolate, and a gelatto-like cappucino foam. Reminds me of the scotch ales of yesteryear.

Definitely not a session beer, but there's nothing wrong with that. You'll want to savor every bit of this.

Paired with brats and horseradish sauce. Wow.

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Photo of Dr-Baltar
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Unlike others, mine appeared black as ink with little to no opaqueness. Creamy tan head, with light to moderate lacing.

Smell - I am mostly just getting dark malt aroma, with small hints of dark chocolate and coffee

Taste - Roasty. A little chocolate, but big coffee. Smooth alcohol flavor, considering the ABV.

Feel - Leaves a little something on your tongue. Somewhat velvety characteristics. I think I might like a little more higher volume of carb.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 4/5 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of smoke, slight yeast, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of dark citrus, hint of wood, hint of smoke, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown color, almost pitch black, dark brown head. Aroma has lots of dark fruit like dark cherries and forest berries, along roasted malt. Taste starts slight sweet, fruity, even a bit tart. Finishes with dark sugar, roasted malt and caramel. Full bodied and well carbonated. Aftertatse is bitter and roasty with coffee notes and a slight alcohol warmth. Really good overall. Usually I am not a fan of baltic porters but this one is really tasty and complex.

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Photo of illpass78
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a short tan head that recedes to a crown of film.

Aroma: Some dark fruit, some roasted malt, a little sweetness.

Taste: Nice mix of raisins, figs and roasted coffee beans. Somewhat sweet but with a nice bitter backing.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and pleasant.

Overall: Nice, big porter.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 2.89/12 oz bottle ($ 0.24/oz) at The Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
Bottle dated March 2015 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 55 degrees
Aroma very strong roasted malt, some coffee; weakens throughout consumption but never really vanishes
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to two mm ring and rocky partial layer
Lacing poor- few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some coffee, alcohol burn after swallowing; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brown head. Smells like dark fruit, some spice, licorice, coffee, and roasted malt. Tastes like chocolate, dark fruits, dark coffee, roast, mild licorice, and maybe some earthy wood or oak flavor. Feels medium-full with a thick mouthfeel, creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Overall an impressive Baltic porter. Drinks more like a barrel aged imperial stout than a porter. Rich and smooth.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer
L - black with a dark tan head, similar to an IRS beer
A/T - chocolate, roasted malt, coffee - perfectly balanced
F - medium body, with a nice finish - lightly bitter and sweet

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BB Mar 2015. 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Black. Thick Tan head that lasts. Lacing is otherworldly.

Aroma: Sweet, savory roast. Peat? Smells scotchy. Licorice. Some dark, dried fruit with an earthy, meaty, smoky note. A bag of raisins in the summer sun.

Taste: Off-sweet, bitter, roasty arrival. I hesitate at describing this as "roasty" because it does not taste like a stout; it definitely tastes like a porter on steroids. High alcohol, but it remains drinkable (which, in my opinion, is the principal distinguishing feature between American porters and American stouts; porters you can have several). Hops are balanced and not overdone. Finish is remarkably clean, brief, and not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of heavy. Fair carbonation. Not terribly slick.

Overall: I like Russian Imperial Stouts, and I like this, but this is decidedly different. It really is a touch lighter on the roast of the malts. Somewhat less bitter, a little sweeter, with a WAY shorter finish. Alcohol is totally hidden. Definitely 6-pack worthy. Worth a revisit.

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Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really loved this. First experience with smuttynose brewing and now I just want to have more! I don't know what it is about this beer, but it is the best Porter I have ever had. Super smooth, slight bitterness, not too sweet. Really enjoyed it. Thanks Josh!!

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.96/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a solid black with a thin moca head, most of which disappears quickly. There is some that remains as a collar and there is moderate lacing.

The smell is chocolate and burnt malts; though not very intense; dried raisins and some nuts.

The taste is pretty bland with some nuttyness and chocolate on the finish and not much else. There is some booze that leaks though and the mouthfeel is creamy. Sadly, I can't taste much going on here.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque brown-black with a thinnish tan foam cap that recedes to a thin skin without lace. Smells delicious..chocolate, figs, molasses, toffee. Taste is similar with toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, lightly sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium carbonation. Body is medium-heavy. Finish is clean, roasted malt, chocolate fading. Very good porter. I've enjoyed all six of mine so far.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pitch black, mocha colored head disappeared after a few minutes, not much carbonation, no lacing, looks a little thin, but overall, very nice appearance.

A: Dark fruits, figs, dates, raisins, also getting some dark chocolate, slight roasted malts, smells really sweet, alcohol is hidden, smells good.

T: Very nice, dark fruits like figs, raisins, dates, like the nose there's rich dark chocolate, some bitterness in the middle, its' sweeter than it's roasty but not overly sweet, finishes with a big dry dark chocolate aftertaste, very nice.

M: Heavy bodied, creamy, oil like, dry finish.

O: Very impressed, it's like a porter on steroids, big flavors of dark fruits and dark chocolate, creamy mouthfeel, it's a little hot, but a big sipper, definitely enjoying this.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2015 Vintage. Pours a very dark brown with a small ring of head. Some lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and slightly nutty. Molasses and earth as well. The taste is dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts. Coffee and leather with an earthy finish. Slight cherry notes. Mild alcohol presence. Very little carbonation. Overall, solid Baltic Porter.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost black pour with just a skim of brown foam that dissipated quickly. Aromas are roast and ripe fruit and raisin. Flavors of roast malt, coffee, and slight chocolate. This stuff is smooth as can be, finishing semi-sweet and fairly clean. Excellent.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice dark brown almost black with a light tan head. S: Chocolate, a herbal smell can't quite place, but I dig it. T: Some milk chocolate, a little roast and the herbal flavor. M: Not thick but you the sense that it's full. O: A solid Baltic porter, really enjoying this brew

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle (month smudged beyond recognition)

Pours opaque black, very little head. Not much to look at.
Very pleasant nose, powdered cocoa. Mocha coffee. Not too strong but very nice, starting to feel like a dessert.
Taste, for the most part, follows the nose. Deep roasted malt, burnt on the edges followed by that cocoa flavor. A little bitterness on the aftertaste takes away from the chocolatey tastes, it's not really a contrast... More of a distraction. All in all, very good though.
Mouthfeel is medium with very little carbonation, a little extra carbonation might have lifted this off nicer, but no complaints here. A very solid porter, will buy again and cellar a couple to see what it does.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love that this says "Bottle Conditioned" right on the label. Jet black on the pour with a tan head that disappears pretty quickly, minimal lacing as well. Malt bomb is the best of ways. Coffee and dark chocolate notes with some fruity notes at the end. Typically beers like this get more boozy as they warm; not the case in this instance. A smooth body makes this easy to drink. Overall this one stands out as of the best examples of the style I've had.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black color with a small creamy, chocolate colored head that recedes after about two minutes. Leaves a very thin head and a small ring of lacing around the edges.

Sweet chocolate malts with a dash of molasses and alcohol. Some light roasted coffee.

Thick, rich roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Really coats the tongue on the way down. Some raisin and aged cherry on the back end. Chocolate comes through even more strongly as the beer warms. Just a sensational flavor. Really strengthens as time goes on.

Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Very easy to drink for nearly 10%. One could easily drink a few of these. Surprisingly easy to drink as well. You could either sip this or down it, but it would work well as a late-autumn sipper.

Overall, my first exposure to Smuttynose and my first Baltic Porter. Homerun on both. An excellent brew suitable for any time of year. Drinks big for a porter, but is really a must try for any beer lover.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it pours dark. it has a little bit of a tan head, but it doesn't stick around the beer or the glass.

it's sweet. it's got chocolate in there, and coffee, and sugar. there's a booziness to it, but not overwhelming in the taste.

it doesn't linger. it goes down easily - not much bite to it either in the initial sip or after the glass is done.

overall, it's a good representation of the style.

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