Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -11.5%
Enjoyed on-tap at Cole's. Aroma of chocolate, and roast. Black, but reflecting light. Brown soapy head, some alce. Full mouthfeel, carbonation is right there. Fierce chocolate is right in front, the finish is coffee, with some sourness running through mid-sip.
08-17-2009 03:08:20 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasty malt and dark fruit aromas. Taste is the same with a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of roast and fruit aromas and flavors.
04-09-2012 03:15:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a nice light-brown head.
S: Pretty good amount of roasted malt alongside chocolate, a bit of coffee, and hints of dark fruits.
T: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, mild earthy hops.
M: Thick and creamy yet a bit dry. Very smooth.
D: A nice sipper. Probably my favorite Smuttynose beer to date.
05-05-2010 14:04:49 | More by Thorpe429
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
A: The beer is nearly jet black (only a bit of amber color is visible near the edge of the glass) with a thin mocha head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with a mild amount of sweetness.
T: The taste is very malty and has notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, hops and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and is very rich and smooth.
D: The alcohol is fairly well hidden but this is definitely a sipping beer given its strength.
08-08-2010 23:50:40 | More by metter98
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
2008 release. Obsidian with no appreciable highlights whatsoever. The coffee ice cream colored cap filled slightly more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating extremely slowly, leaving an impressive amount of buckshot-shredded lace in its wake. This is truly spectacular looking beer.
If it wasn't for the tart dark fruitiness, Russian Imperial stout would have been my first guess. There has to be a huge amount of chocolate and black malt in the house. Forget the fact that a lager yeast was used, there are esters galore emanating from the glass.
Baltic Porter tastes as dark and as rich as it looks and smells. This is amazingly delicious beer and is a stunning achievement, given the fact that it's Smuttynose's first attempt at the style. You absolutely nailed it, guys. It's also one of the biggest examples of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to consume.
One of the beer's biggest strengths is the perfect interplay between sweet, bitter and tangy (in order from most to least). The roasted malt backbone is huge without going overboard, and without weighting things down with malt sugars. Warming turns an already great beer into something truly special.
The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, creme caramel, dark raisins, ripe figs and a surprising amount of black licorice. This beer puts the lie to the notion that lagers can't be complex. Smuttynose shouldn't change... one... single... thing for the next release.
The mouthfeel is pure heaven. I'm tempted to say that even more heavy creaminess would be great, but I'm not sure that it would be an improvement. If you're a fan of softly carbonated and lightly chewy, you'll be impressed.
Other than Imperial Stout, I haven't been blown away by any of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. Baltic Porter not only gives the stout a run for its money, it just might be the best beer that this brewery has released. If you're lucky enough to have access, buy all you can carry. In fact, taking a pack horse wouldn't be a bad idea.
09-30-2008 21:27:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
2008 bottling, tasted 8/16/09
Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black color with a mocha colored cap that eventually becomes an espresso film while leaving a nice design on the chalice
Smell: Dark chocolate, hazelnuts, dark fruit and a hint of charcoal
Taste: Fruit forward, with raisins and prune flavors, up front, followed by the chocolate, molasses, hazelnuts and a touch of pine; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors dominate, but the fruit still lingers underneath
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and silky smooth, with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A year of aging has turned this beer into a superb drinker; gone is the warmth and bitter hop flavors (not that those are all bad); but what remains is a blend of chocolate and fruit that knocks the style profile out of the park
08-16-2009 23:02:14 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of aromatic coffee with notes of creamy black chocolate. Taste is very well balance between aromatic coffee without any dryness with some great creamy black chocolate notes with some subtle dry raisins in the finish. Body is quite full with a creamy texture and no apparent alcohol. Another very nice beer from a great brewer.
08-31-2009 02:57:55 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
What an aggressive beer that yet holds true to its style. Gotta put on my drinkin' boots for this one.
A very dark brown beer that is completely opaque and carries a lightly browned head head that reduces to a film and then holds firm. Some lacing, but because of the alcohol you can't expect much more. Light legging on the glass.
Chocolately aromas rise first and ultimatley carry the beer. However, a plethera of coffee, toasty, fruity, malty, and caramel aromas come in waves after wave, giving a new surprise with every sniff.
Aggressive on the cocoa and coffee flavors, the beer is well balanced and complex. Berries, currants, grapes, dates, figs, and raisons round out the ester profile and maintain a medium strength throughout. All this on a pillow of toffee and bready malts. Rum-like sweet alcohols make an intense sweetness in the finish.
Very full and rich, but with just enough sweetness to qualifty as a Baltic, but not so much that it interferes with the drinkability. So non-offensive that it's easy to want to drink fast but the alcoholic finish reminds me that I shouldn't.
Extremely bold and aggressive even for the larger-than-life style. Yet, well balanced, elegant, and inviting. A year of age will likely do wonders for the beer. Thanks to Mikey711, I have two and can cellar one to compare.
07-21-2009 03:20:47 | More by BEERchitect
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
I had been wanting to try this one forever but for some reason or another I was just never able to get a hold of one. Well finally found one in a trade a couple weeks ago and immediately put it into the fridge to get it ready to try. Well it did not sit there too long as I decided to grab it out last night and give it a whirl. Nice twenty two ounce bottle was capped and wrapped with tape( Hey I do that to) and I proceeded to serve it at Cellar Temp and pour it into my Terrapin Snifter.
Appearance - This one poured a deep, dark brown, with lots of reddish tinting throughout. Really a very nice shade, and nearly opaque except for a few dashes of red tossed into the mix. A nice three inch high head of tan quickly erupted from the top and then settled down gracefully to a thin layer that lasted throughout the session. Deep and clingy side glass lace thoroughly coated the inside of the glass and really thickened up the look overall.
Smell - The aroma was loaded down with deep, toasty malts. A rich, and very thick layer of dark fruit permeating through from underneath as well. Hints of raisins, figs, plums, and hints of dark berries are relatively common here as well as a nice dose of sugar. Some hints of alcohol were rubbing around in there and overall it was very nicely put together.
Taste - The flavor was a wonderful extension of the aroma. A huge explosion of flavor just came rippling through the mouth with the very first sip that I took. The first notes of dark roasted grains came through immediately. Morphing with the raisin and fig tones, giving it a slightly tart like fruit bite on the backend. Quickly turning over into some molasses and burnt coffee like taste which lingered through out the rest of the session. Hints of bitter dark chocolate perhaps starting to run up through it, though very light and quickly shunned by the stronger flavors. The finish was long and drawn out. Lots of dryness to it and it really helped let this flavor come out. The long lasting taste of espresso mixed with rum soaked raisins was the last little bit left on my tongue.
Mouthfeel - A rich, smooth and very creamy feel came through very nicely on this one. I was really quite nicely surprised with how well it all came together. Really a very nice carbonation profile, with a smooth finish and not a touch of lightness to be found in here.
Drinkability - For the style it was spot on. Definitely a sipper but by no means was this one too big in anyway. I had no issue at all with being able to finish it and I would gladly look for another one at any time. The alcohol was remarkably well covered and it was really just effortless for a big porter.
Overall I thought this was really excellent. I was shocked to see it rated so high, but now that I get to try it I would whole heartedly agree with this assumption. This is a very solid offering from a very solid brewer. I would love to be able to try this one again, it was really very good and very easy to sip.
06-06-2008 10:28:09 | More by mikesgroove
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to azagthoth for sharing this one this past weekend.
A: The pour is dark brown, bordering on black with a fluffy brown head.
S: The aroma is good, if not a bit simple. A lot of chocolate and roasted malt with a bit of vanilla.
T: A wonderful chocolate flavor is the star of the show. Roasted malt and coffee provide a nice background and contrast of flavors.
M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is actually a bit on the lighter side.
D: I've had a few different Baltic porters and this one is easily the best. Great flavors and a nice body (rather than being thin and "lagery").
01-13-2010 19:31:09 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -6.3%
A: single finger tan head with some lacing on a jet black body without light passing through.
S: one word, raisin. It is hard to notice anything else here. Vanilla notes perhaps.
T: Roasted, vanilla and sweet notes. Lighter on the dark fruit than the aroma predicts but still present.
M: full body and moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.
Overall: not too bad. Thick like most baltics and fairly drinkable. A little oily in the finish
02-10-2012 04:34:50 | More by kylehay2004
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance: Pours a black body with a medium-sized, foamy, dark tan head.
Smell: Roasty aroma with full notes of blackstrap molasses and fire-charred aniseed. Lighter background hints of raisins and smoke.
Taste: Roasted, black malts that's all at once smokey and sweet. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, and cauterized cream crowd the palate and swarm the taste buds. Earthy, spicy bitterness remains light. Touch of fruitiness. More smoke and roast on the sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A very drinkable, very enjoyable brew from Smuttynose.
05-23-2008 18:19:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Great to see Smuttynose make this part of there new "Big Beer" series and for my money this is the best.Poured into a 22oz nonic a rich and dark nearly opaque black with a large blooming mocha colored head that settled rather quickly leaving no lace behind.I had to give the aroma a "5" because not only are they incredibly appetizing but they just jump out at ya,big juicy prune/raisin dipped in dark bitter chocolate with a hint of dry wood.Great balance of sweeter dark fruit and dark chocolate and a dry leafy,woody finish there is a large dose of hop but it still stays pretty true to style.A great new addition Smuttynose great work.
02-14-2008 21:20:13 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass, with Alice in Chains's "Your Decision" playing in the background.
Pours an opaque black (it could be brown, but, without the passage of light, there is no certainty here, brother) with a finger of solid burnt umber head that leaves only a trace of gossamer lacing behind. The nose is toffee, caramel, dark malts, figs, brown sugar, and a subtle hint of pine...and I just realized I used the word "gossamer" in a beer review...right on... The taste follows suit, with the brown sugar, now joined by molasses, and the pine standing out at first, with glimpses into the malts, toffee, and debutante figs coming into focus shortly thereafter. As Toto's "Africa" begins, I notice the body: nearing heavy, it has a good amount of carbonation, but it's just the right amount to "guide me toward salvation". Though somewhat chewy, the incredibly smooth finish (spiting the carbonation in a grand stroke of defiance) makes this brew one that "will take a lot to drag me away from". Ah, the '80s...
03-06-2010 14:52:45 | More by TMoney2591
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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