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Smuttynose Baltic Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 1,315
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 226
Gots: 186 | FT: 14
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter | 9.24% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 01-22-2008

35 IBU

2007 - 8.1%
2009 - 8.7
2010 - 9.02%
2013 - 9.8%
2015 - 9.0%
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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 OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, ~1 year from bottle date, 12 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, thick and creamy. Lots of sticky alcohol legs coat the glass, spotty head lacing as well.

Aroma- Roasted malt, lots of dark fruit, raisin, figs, dates. Sweet chocolates, caramel, mild earthy coffee roast. Some dry cocoa and bitter dark chocolates.

Taste- Rich chocolate, fudgy sweetness. Coffee, roasted malt bitterness, dry earthiness. Dark fruits, raisins and figs, mild nutty flavors and dry cocoa.

Feel- Medium mouthfeel, very creamy and silky smooth. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Real rich and well blended flavors, such complexity but everything is well integrated. Some of the bitterness / roastiness may be dialed back at this age, chocolates and dark fruits are taking center stage. This has aged wonderfully, and probably will continue on further.

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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 creamy...gives 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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Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's good. Nice roast malt. Has a refreshing body. Chocolate bitterness to the finish. Nice to drink even in the summer. Pours black. Sweeter than most Baltics I've had.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in January of 2015

Appearance - dark brown, nearly black body that poured almost flat, wispy tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, plum, raisin, caramel, toffee

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, toffee, hint of raisin

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very light/faint carbonation, flavors of the chocolate and roasted coffee beans upfront, slight bitterness on the back end, flavors linger for a good bit

Overall - good representation of the style. An enjoyable beer. Recommended

Price Point - $9.99/4 pack 12 ounce bottles

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Photo of oldn00b
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a classic porter - near black with a rich tan head forming fast but fades slowly. After my first few sips I agitate it some and the head really sticks around on go 2 -about 1/2 inch and faded for minutes.

Nose is typical tons of dark malts, I get some toffee, maybe currant, and bit of chocolate. Definitely smell some alcohol here.

Flavor deep and rich, definitely sweet like a typical porter.

Really nice body. The carbonation is great in that it brings a bit of bitter up front but a bit more agitation and it comes down a touch and for me more in line with the overall flavor profile here. I'd say a heavy pour is necessary here from the start.

Finish has a bit of mineral quality, maybe a touch of iron? Otherwise it lingers sweet and malty.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly black body with copper head. Roasted notes in the nose: mainly dark chocolate and a pleasant woodiness. Taste of chocolate and coffee, some light vanilla notes and those dark dark fruits, those deep mysterious members of the fruit family. A thicker mouthfeel would have made this truly spectacular, but this was overall very enjoyable. I never knew Smuttynose had it in them. Cheers!

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Photo of Justin82
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter

Look: Black, opaque, half inch head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing

Smell: Booze, coffee, and indistinguishable dark fruits

Taste: Warming and pleasant booze up front as well as coffee. Slight dark fruit finishing.

Feel: Medium body. Nice low carb, where i like a porter

Overall: Really like this one and I'm usually not a huge malt forward guy. 9% abv can sneak up on you with this one

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

Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head. Dissipates quickly. Smell typical of baltic porters, nice and malty. Good malted chocolate flavor. Really solid porter from the guys up in NH

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Photo of Hootie159
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color. Thin head somewhere between graham cracker and milk chocolate. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt on the smell. Same tastes as the smell. A bit of licorice as well. Light carbonation, smooth, not watery. Very solid porter.

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.