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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 195
Gots: 117 | FT: 10
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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 Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, the label on this sucker is badass. With that said, I have been excited to try this one from the beloved Smuttynose. The beer pours an extremely rich, oily look. Pitch black color with no light entering when held up to the light. The pour resulted in a chunky, light brown, thick head that retains nicely. Terrific lacing.
Aromas of sweet malts, milk chocolate, roastiness, coffee. Tastes of more sweet malts, lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, lots of roastiness with a bitter hop flavor in the finish along with an alcohol presence that lingers on the palette for a long while after each sip.
Rich, thick, viscous mouthfeel, prickly with tiny bubbles from the good carbonation, semi-dry finish. Warming effect in the belly. Extremely tasty and enjoyable, Highly drinkable. Ahhh, Smuttynose.

Doomcifer, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a dark tan head one finger thick which dissipates quickly. no lacing and minimal carbonation.

aroma is of intense roasted malt. there's a vinous quality to the phenols with rich coffee and chocolate as well as some lighter toasted notes.

taste is broad and deep. there's intense roasted bitterness with a stinging hop bitterness underneath. plenty of rich chocolate, slightly sweet, and a chocolate covered espresso bean finish. very delicious, though quite aggressive. not ragged, just big.

mouthfeel is delightful. it's a massive beer that is quite rich, but not without both the alcohol and the bitterness to balance the sweetness.

overall, an experience. there's plenty to like her for the dark beer lover, though not a style for a weak palate. lots of nuance and discreet alcohol for such a bomb. try alongside something sweet and creamy, a mocha cheescake or a plain one with red fruit on top.. maybe even just the fruit with some chocolate (white!)

beerbutcher, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long wait, the Baltic Porter is finally here! Served this at about cellar temperature, into my Stone snifter, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: This one pours out what appears to be an inky black, that not the slightest bit of light could pass through. Almost has a thick oily look to it. A somewhat hard pour yields about an inch and a half of creamy, thick, bubbly, coffee brown head. Head faded somewhat slowly, and is reduced to thick lace left on the glass. Looks good so far.

Smell: A pretty good, yet sweet nose. A very nice roasted malt presence hits the nose first. A bit of a sweet chocolate aroma is paired up with a little freshly brewed coffee. Also a faint nuttiness with a little molasses.

Taste: A nice, almost smokey malt flavor really stands out. A somewhat rich, sweet chocolate flavor sweetens this some, but not overwhelmingly. Some more molasses with raisin and plum are faint but noticeable. Finishes dry with a hint of hops, and a bitter coffee flavor. Not much noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy and a bit chewey. Very rich with plenty of tongue tingling carbonation. Nice big, full body.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Not too rough on the palate, but a sipper in my opinion. Overall a pretty good Baltic Porter from Smuttynose. Curious how this would be with a little age on it.

jaxon53, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Baltic Porter is pitch black, opaque and shows off a dark brown coffee colored head that eventually settles to a collar.

Smells of rum, raisins, vanilla and sweet molasses.

Sweet up front featuring brown sugar. Slick sticky finish with a warming alcohol burn.

Feel is smooth, but not overly heavy given the undoubtedly high alcohol content and expectations for the style. The bottle notes that this is a lager and a powerful one at that. Creates a surprisingly different feel.

Finish is a little hot, which hurts the alcohol. Despite the apparent lack of hops it does not come off as cloyingly sweet. Some time with this one may smooth things out, but it is still undeniably enjoyable. Worthy of a Russian or New Jersey winter evening.

Jmamay22, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

WesWes, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Bottle conditioned in 2008.

Pours an inky-syrupy, deep brown chocolate in color. Creamy and porous coffee-colored head that recedes to a whispy, somewhat intact sheet. Pin-sized lacing around half of the snifter.

Rich, semi-sweet milk chocolate and moderately spicy coffee aromatics. Rounded, aged dark fruit: plum, grape, raisin; lightly viscous whaffs of alcohol.

Intense and bold, rich and chewy roasted malts; big mocha, chocolate, and espresso. Very spicy: licorice, saffron, clove, and pepper. Quite bitter with vinous notes prior to a dry finish. The alcohol presence is cutting and assertively young.

Full bodied; chewy and even rough with the roasted malt profile. The body is big enough to balance such bold flavors.

A big flavorful Porter, slightly out of balance but pretty damn good anyway. I can only imagine this would get better with time.

NEhophead, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of BiereBlanche
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been eagerly awaiting this beer since November, it was one of the first beers I went out searching for and finally get to try some. Well worth the wait and I'll be out for more of this soon.

Pours an opaque black with clear dark brown highlighting the heart. Thick and full brown head leaves a little trace along the glass as it falls. The nose is packed with dark malt notes - loads of rich, roast coffee with plenty of sugar, chocolate. Hints of dark plum and overripe cherries round out the background. Alcohol notes are very subdued. Smells delicious, rich and sweet. Huge malt sweetness hits the palate before the roast flavors take over, dark fruit alcohol notes are limited. A bit of coffee and hops bittering. Finishes like chocolate covered coffee beans. Full and pretty smooth in the mouth. Subdued alcohol warming for style. A little astringency.
This is a great offering, very full, sweet and rich character, a good example of the style. Worth having around and most definitely worth looking out for.

BiereBlanche, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as dark as brown can be without being black and opaque, this one has a nice, tan head that holds well and leaves great lace. very nice to look at. nose is coffee with cream, chocolate, roasted grain and faint hop goodness. very nice indeed. taste exhibits the same, and the lager yeast definitely plays a part, giving it a weird edge in the finish and mouthfeel. very full and creamy, but not overboard. very drinkable. abv isn't posted anywhere, and i don't detect much booze in the taste. smuttynose steps it up on this one.

timtim, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
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!!

NJpadreFan, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Gavage, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of tprokop7
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I want to preface this by saying that I've never been impressed with Smutty. A friend of mine told me this beer might redeem them for me, and it turned out he was right...

Pours dark dark brown, with a pretty dark, full head on it. Smells of sweet malt, coffee, and smoke. Tastes similar, I really like this beer. This is something I could drink a bunch of, too bad it's only around for a bit. Definitely going to put a few of these in my cellar.

tprokop7, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

smuttynose has come up with another winner! I saw this at the store and decided to only pick up 2. Man, I wish I had bought all 5 on the shelf as there were none when I went to the store again 3 days later.

A - rich dark brown, almost pure black, nice dark tan head
S - Rich dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate and florah hops.
T - as noted in the nose, additional notes of raisin, light toffee, dry roasted coffee / grains. Damn this is tasty
M - medium / full in body, creamy smooth, nicely carbonated with a dry crisp finish.
D - velvety smooth from the first sip to the last. This is one beer that just catches you off guard, teases the taste buds and leaves you quite refreshed and fullfilled.

I need to stock up on this!

barleywinebrewer, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just got this one in from cookin420 in trade. I love the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. I have tried just about all of them, and so far they have all been excellent.

22 o bomber poured into an Imperial pint glass. Nice dark tan head that stands two fingers width from a hard pour. Slow to recede and leaves a solid cap on the surface and decent lacing on the glass. Color is a deep dark brown to black and lets no light in at all.

Smell has a wonderful mix of dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and burnt raisins. Taste is very dry, but sweet at the same time. There is some cocoa powder and espresso flavors. Dates and raisin sweetness also come to mind.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full bodied. Very chewy and filling. I do so wish Smuttynose was local to me. This is another winner.

bort11, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been looking forward to trying this for a while now. Pours a very deep black, with a lightly tanned head that lasts. Smell is big on roasty burnt coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Taste is along the same lines, with some fruit in the middle. Bottom line is that the bitter coffee takes center stage with this brew. Mouthfeel is somewhere in the realm between medium and heavy. I could probably put back more than one bomber. This is a fun style to visit from time to time, and Smuttynose has once again proved itself worthy of it. Not the best from their big beer series, but still remarkable. Cheers

jamie2dope, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


pitch brown, tan ring. smells like a peanutty, brown sugar-glazed ham bone with a touch of dried seaweed. piquant, to say the least. smelling this beer for the sheer aromatic power it exudes is a joyously rare experience. zippy, brisk. eastern-european standard coffee-ground flavors but thankfully lacks that thick sweetness, headache-inducing this is not. the lack of malty heft doesn't, however, prevent a hershey's syrup aftertaste left lingering. equally dry and dirty. abv emerges unsullied in the finish as it warms, which begs the question: will a couple months turn this into a better beer?.. and i think the answer is 'yes'. i mention perkuno's only as a reference point.. baltic thunder included, this is the closest in the years since heavyweight has closed its doors that any brewery has come to hitting on all stimulus sensors in the baltic porter style. kudos to smutty for a return to form after the abysmal barleywine.


enjoying this thanks to a ct pal.

brown pour with a reddish-orange foam, unique. wet wood aroma. super thick, tickling carbonation and quite boozy when slightly cold. finishes leathery without astringency. flavors of plum, port, oak and roasted malts flourish. some metallic nonsense, but not overwhelming. not as good as i remember last year's being, but pretty good still. if i gave it an great last year, it's a solid good this ano.

goodbyeohio, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just scored a couple of 22oz bombers today from Jeff at Jaspers here in Nashua. He said Smutty has upped the cost, now to $4.99 (formerly $3.99 for all bombers). May have to look elsewhere for the Baltics, to see if the increase has hit other outlets as well.

Extremely deep, dark brown in color, nearly fully opaque. I only see some chestnut highlights at the edge of the glass. Head is a rich tan, creamy and fine. Starts about 1/4" then recedes to a lasting layer, leaving decent lacing behind as it ebbs. Nose has lots of coffee, with some mild florality and dark fruitiness. This bier is quite smooth, creamy and velvety, chewy in body. Mouthfeel here is a winner.

Flavor? Well, there's more coffeeish notes, some toffee whispers, and bitter, roasty, dark chocolate. Subtle dark fruit action also appears, in the guise of some raisin and currant action. Hopping, as should be for the style, is restrained, yet noticeable with floral qualities making themselves known. The finish is dryish, yet the choco notes linger nicely. And, there's a smidge more sweetness here, unlike the Smutty Imperial Stout, which is much dryer and more bitter in the final stages of quaffing. This is a keeper. No, wait. This is more of a keeper than most other Smuttys; very, very tasty. A most-welcome addition to the already impressive line of Smutty biers.

Zum Wohl!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5


Bierman9, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The newest addition to the Big beer series, Baltic Porter uses the same label graphics as a long, forgotten Big beer from the past.."Winter Porter".

Pours opaque black, with a tan head of a half-inch. The tightly packed foam settled quickly and dissapated to a partial skim-coat, and eventually to several errant whisps.
Aromatics are laced with acrid malt, bitter chocolate, spent coffee grounds, and powdered nougat. Quite dry and roasty in the nose.
The mouthfeel is full, chewy, and very creamy.
The pallet is filled with heavily roasted malt, singed chocolate bits, and burnt bread ends.
Warming alcohol follows through along with hints of black licorice and lingering dark caramel.
Bitterness is smooth and balancing, and other hopping is subdued. Fruity esters are no-where to be found.
Finishes very dry, somewhat acrid, and a bit grainy.

I can see this becoming a crushed velvet tongue tickler after a couple of years in the cellar.

brewandbbq, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a solid black with a thin mocha head that doesn't stick around long, but does leave some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet almost a lactose sweet smell with some roasted grain, coffee and some faint raisin in there too. The taste hits you with a lot at once. First I got some hops then chocolate then coffee then some alcohol. Roasty bitterness in the end sits in your gullet just begging you to take another sip. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is an excellent brew! I better buy up some more before they are all gone. Great cellar candidate too. Another excellent brew from Smuttynose.

johnnnniee, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of kaimcm
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass. thought about a tulip or something and decided to just go for it. might I add want a damn good looking label this beer has. the colors alone grab you from across the room. great.

A: ink black body, frothy mocha head up top. no lacing, decent head retention. looks great, very inviting.

S: raw cocao and coffee, bread and dough like brownies in the air. wax and sugar to finish.

T/M: flashes strong with chocolate and coffee. i know its a cliche but damn choc/coffee. depth for sure, sugar nicely balanced by roasted grain and a tiny bit of hop oil. even some green raisin type fruit. finishes with chocolate, roasted bitterness, some powdered sugar on the tongue and a lingering acidity. mouthfeel is big rich creamy and tingly. very nicely done.

D: very nice for such a robust beer.

like the year round porter smutty has excelled here at the creaminess of the porter and really done a service to the style and us consumers. there should be a difference between a porter and a stout and so often theres not. smutty shows us here and all year what makes a porter a porter.

i love this brewery.

kaimcm, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of dciBA
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slowly into an Imperial pint glass. Thick, black and creamy, is this a porter or a stout, haha? Very thin, brown head with no lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and a little rasin. Nothing too strong. Overall smell is really the only thing holding me back from giving this an A+. Taste is unreal. Creamy milk chocolate initially, with roasted malt as it goes down. Flavor stayed in my mouth for what seemed like forever. So smooth and delicious, I wish I had another. This is a real bargain at only 3.99 for a bomber.

dciBA, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of edchicma
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. It pours almost black with a great pillow head and great lacing. Smell is an excellent blend of smoky malt, raisins, molasses. taste is smoky, with coffee elements, hop notes on finish..a treat to the palate. Mouthfeel is creamy, full-bodied with a dry finish. Drinkability is extremely smooth especially for a Baltic Porter. Put this one in my top 10.

edchicma, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 22, 2008
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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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