Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-04-2008 23:46:28 | More by tprokop7
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
02-04-2008 14:38:04 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-02-2008 05:14:12 | More by bort11
4/5 rDev -6.3%
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
02-01-2008 00:41:30 | More by jamie2dope
3.93/5 rDev -8%
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.
01-29-2008 06:44:36 | More by goodbyeohio
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5
01-26-2008 23:08:17 | More by Bierman9
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-26-2008 20:03:25 | More by brewandbbq
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
01-26-2008 00:20:13 | More by johnnnniee
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
01-24-2008 03:39:59 | More by kaimcm
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-24-2008 00:04:43 | More by dciBA
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
01-23-2008 02:15:43 | More by edchicma
4.88/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
01-22-2008 16:25:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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