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Smuttynose Baltic Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 1,312
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/22/08. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a beautiful dark tan head that persists until the very end of the glass. Aroma of coffee and roast. Flavor of coffee, roast, chocolate, slight raisin as the beer warms. This is a thick, rich beer, very reminiscent of an imperial stout. Very creamy. Excellent. 7/5/7/4/16 (3.9/5)

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one really looked great in the glass. Rich black to brown with a brown/tan foamy head that disappeared fairly quickly. Smell of chocolate, smoke, and raisins in the nose and the initial taste is both rich roasted malt and a somewhat bitter nutty taste that balances the very dark roast in the nose and ends with a sudden burst of smoke (like a campfire) in the mouth and nose. Very different, complex and definitely one of those you want to savor and sip. Tasted great, no matter the temperature (of the beer). The unique lager process was obvious in the smoothness of the beer, but the smoke taste was, after half a glass, a bit much. Enjoyable, but not as drinkable as I would have liked. The alcohol wasn't noticeable with the slower pace I was drinking, but I noticed after 30 minutes or so.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears pitch black except for some very slight reddish highlights on the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. One inch creamy tan head sinks to a skim that holds up pretty well but it leaves no lacing.

Aroma is very chocolatey, with a lots of raisin and dark fruit, and a hefty amount of coffee as a backbone.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate at the forefront that blends with some raisin and brown sugar towards the middle. A toffee sweetness comes in right afterwards but is quickly overtaken by coffee-like roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and quite chewy and smooth.

This is a great example of an American Baltic Porter. I certainly enjoy Okocim, Zywiec, and Baltika but this is not that similar. Very good stuff.

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Photo of bbothen
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate US election 2008 than with a big ass baltic porter? I had to break US shipping laws to get this beer. That makes me a proud American.

Pours a dark brown, almost black coffee color with a small & bubbly 1 finger deep head. Head quickly dissipates into a ring of tiny bubblesa round glass. Little to no lacing or webbing.

Smells of alcohol soaked plums, over ripe fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee, light toasted/roasted aromas. Not as strong as I'd hoped, but nice.

Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit fruitiness(!), toasted malts, raisin, sweet molasses like malts, smokiness, tobacco, black licorice, bitter finish. Unsure if it's bitter toasted malts or hops. But...this beer....tastes delicous. Bravo.

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth, creamy, full, spot on carbonation, lingering bitter finish. Yeah.

A 22oz bottle was a quite a bit. Especially if you plan on topping your night off. Wish they had this in 12 oz offerings. ut a bomber is cool to share with friends & talk about the experience.

A fantastic beer. I'm really enjoying the big beer series from Smuttynose. Kudos. Distribute to California. Now. Thanks. Go vote.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep black, small, but roasted tan head. Starts big, then slims.

Nice and even nose, medium strength roastiness, bit of burnt coffee. Rather muted.

Taste: Smooth...yum. Bitter malt, becomes a bit too bitter from sip to sip. More bitter, less sweet. That can be great sometimes, but I'm getting turned off a little. Coffee tones on top, chocolate malt below. Can it be chocolate malt if it's brewed as a lager?
(Somehow, I suspected as much tasting, and checked the label for confirmation.)

I can't tell you exactly why I don't love this. Is it too hoppy? Too bitter? That's normally not a problem.
Very smooth, but not perfectly so. Then again, I like some character here and there, even if means a flaw in flavor or something. So what am I saying? Hmmm...well...

Hey, here comes the dark fruit, a bit of raisin and plum. I'm liking it more...not so bad, all of a sudden.

This is starting to remind me of some favorite Baltic Porters of mine. (Though it still tastes too much like ashtray.)

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Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, but appears black in the glass. Very large, frothy and well developed dark tan head. Vibrant nose, but lacks a bit of depth. Still has some pleasant notes of chocolate covered raisins. Flavor is very complex with notes of chocolate, pit fruit, toffee and a touch of coffee. Very nice finish as well on this bad boy.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

2008 Bottling

This was yet another beer I was anxious to try that hoppymeal sent me, thanks Derek! Smutty's Baltic Porter is black as night. The body is so dark it won't allow one single ray of light through the blackness. Two fingers of large bubbled head, that's so dark brown it has a purple tinge to it, grow easily on the soft pour. The rich looking head fades quickly to a skim coat barely thick enough to cover the body with a ring that's bigger but not by much. Small splashes of lacing are left here and there.

This big Baltic Porter is all around rich and decadent. High cocoa content dark chocolate shavings coat slightly under ripe blackberries and create the backbone of this beer. Everything else just adds some complexity. There's some coffee ground bitterness brought about from the roasted malts floating through here and there while figs and a quick note of alcohol rise from the glass. The clean alcohol adds to the aroma. This is a beer I could sit and sniff at all night.

Everything in the aroma of this beer jumps out in the flavor. The chocolate is so dark and rich it borders on bitter when combined with the mild coffee grounds. The berries are just like the nose suggested with an under ripe peppery bite that pops mid-palate. The chocolate and roasty malts are concentrated enough to last throughout the entire drink. Clean, spicy, and drying alcohol brings up the rear in a very nice way. Smuttynose makes one hell of a Baltic Porter!

The mouthfeel fits the beer well but could use a little more silkiness or density. The roasted malts leave a mild coating of bitterness after the moderately heavy (or is it heavily moderate) body works its way across the tongue. The carbonation is lively enough to keep things moving but mellow enough to not to stay out of the way.

The drinkability is surprisingly good when taking into consideration the deep rich flavors. This is a beer to be sipped and savored; it just continues to open up.

This is an excellent Baltic Porter and may be my favorite from the Big Beer Series with the Imperial Stout giving it a run for its money. This could be my new favorite domestic Baltic Porter. Thanks for another great beer Derek!

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Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncvbc for this growler.

A: The beer is dark, a robust black color that allows nothing to emerge from its murkiness. The first pour generated a tanned-leather color head that was slow to dissolve.

S: The nose is great, thick and bready with an aroma that matches up against the best of the authentic Russian imperial stouts. This is how I imagine an imperial-era Baltic Porter smells.

T: The beer features lots of dark flavors, including chocolate, coffee, licorice and refined molasses. The flavors are big, strong with a nice kick of booze behind them. Bready grains, dark and chewy, keep everything grounded together. The ale has a surprising hoppiness as well, throwing off a big bite that cuts through the malts.

M: The mouthfeel alternates between the dark malts and lively hops. The strength is evident but rarely overwhelming.

D: The booze is present but doesn't plod into the taste. The parallels between this beer and Russian imperial stouts are amazing. If I didn't know better (based on the label), I'd've rated this as an impy.

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

22 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo a while ago, split it with grub, that man loves some porter.

Pours a clear dark brown, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms and drops some lace spots, settles to a thin ring, looks quite nice. Smell is good, sweet and caramelized, nuts, roast, toast, chocolate, very clean aroma, almost like chocolate milk, lots of dark fruit, alcohol is hidden. Taste is nice, toasty, lots of fruit, raisins, chocolate milk, caramel, cherries, brown sugar, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol is totally hidden and this is some smooth stuff. Smuttynose puts out some great stuff at more than fair prices, I need to grab some more next time I'm in NY.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blacker 'n black. nice brown head

dark, husky malt aromas with a coffee suggestion

creamy mouthfeel, which is nice, though this baltic porter is a little low on the flavor quotient. tasty, yes: molasses, toastiness, but ultimately it's no flavor bomb like some of its bretheren are. definitely fermented with a lager yeast, which has made for a fairly smooth though hefty brewha

fairly bitter, this one, actually. no sign of smokiness, but plenty of caramelized 'ose

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, creamy chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy, sweet and malty with a strong flavor of coffee that dominates. There are background flavors of dark fruit and chocolate and a very mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice higher-powered porter to drink for a while, but it's definitely more of a sipper than a pounder.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, but also not necessarily "big," although I guess there's no arguing with 8.7%. Pours black, but a bit thin. Head is medium sized, with medium staying power. Aroma is a bit mercaptan-like, with some cotton candy, sweet vineous, and some grainy aroma. Flavor is dry and roasty with some sweetness. Flavor is predominantly dry and roasty, with some chocolate notes. Flavor really lingers in your mouth; the dryness is very persistent. Mouthfeel is a weird - a bit thin and sticky at the same time, which seems contradictory but is true.

Still, not bad, I'd recommend it. I found this pretty enjoyable. I bought this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

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Photo of jmalex
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose can certainly make a nice porter. Their Robust Porter is one of my refrigerator staples. But can they translate that success to a Baltic Porter version?

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker black in color with a small, loose-bubbled, tan head. It immediately drops to a thin collar with a small patch of foam.

SMELL: Rich chocolate and caramel combined with ripe plums and licorice combined with a little breadiness and nutty flavor and all topped off with a decent alcohol heat. Quite nice.

TASTE: Slightly sweeter than some of the eastern European versions, but other than that, this is spot on. The flavors mirror the nose but with a toned-down alcohol flavor that only gives it a tiny bite.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is nice and thick. But a very low carbonation makes this beer feel a tiny bit slick and syrupy. A minor nitpick however.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is very good, even on a hot summer day. The 8.7% ABV actually seems a little low, which only helps.

Impressive. This is definitely on the short list of authentic-tasting American-brewed Baltic Porters. I'd have this again for sure.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black body with no visibility, no highlights. Topped by three fingers of fuzzy, floppy dark tan foam. Decays to a level half finger table top.

Aroma of rich dark coffee, hint of chocolate, dash of licorice, and assorted dark fruits.

Rich coffee taste, black at first, but with a splash of milk at the end. Highly enjoyable dark fruity aftertaste. Hints of licorice, but no alcohol burn.

Smooth, slick, full, just terrific mouthfeel.

Yes, theres that phrase again: Dangerously drinkable (if we view 8.7% ABV beers as dangerous anymore).

Just further proof of the sometimes overlooked excellence of Smuttynose.

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Photo of msolar
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow - this is a very complex beer. First, it pours pitch black. Zero light it coming through this narrow pint glass even when held up in front of a light. The head is a thick, dark cream color that fades to a nice lacing and leaves just a bit of foam on the glass. Very low carbonation. The aroma isn't as strong as I had expected, but hints of coffee with a hint of smokiness. The roasted coffee bean flavor really comes out with the first sip and leaves a nice hop bitterness on the palette that lasts. Great flavor but it's full-bodied character combined with its bitterness detracts from its drinkability. It's far from a session beer but certainly would make a nice after-dinner or cigar pairing.

It's rich - the only thing keeping it from truly being in milk stout territory is that tinge of alcohol after taste.

A-/A beer for sure.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yessir, I really enjoy this brew. Pours deep and dark, nearly black with ruby and brown hues. Big creamy tan head caps it off with great retention. Smell is deep, dark, and complex. Very inviting. Chocolate, somewhat dark and bitter, light caramel, coffee is there for sure. Dark fruits are underneath it all. Taste is also very wonderful. So much flavor, very well rounded, just great. Chocolate, fruit which is slightly tart and plays well, great coffee and roast aftertaste. Light nutty flavor and toasted bread as well. Excellent balance between sweet and roasted, with roast winning for me. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, exactly what I'd hope for in a brew such as this. Like velvet, making you take sips in smaller intervals than you'd truly like. I am very pleased to have tried this brew on a few occasions.

GratefulBeerGuy hooked me up with a couple bombers a while back and tayner hooked me up with the bomber that I just had recently...this is a terrific beer. Thanks for the chance to have this as #400, Dana!

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Photo of AltBock
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a kick ass label! This label is a work of art, literally. I don't know what the paiting is called or who painted it, but I do know it seems fitting for a Baltic Porter label. It's a label you have to see for yourself up close. In the lower right hand corner is the bottled year of 2008. The far right of the label only has the US Government. The far left side has 3 seperate paragraphs. The first one talks about how it's part of their big beer series. The second one talks about the origins of the Baltic Porter style. The third and final paragraph gives a few of the flavor that you'll find in this beer. Everything you need to know about this beer can be found on the label.

Appearance: I went ahead and poured this beer beer into a "Maudite" Snifter. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was just as thick and black as (Texas T) oil. It looked so much like oil that I almost refined it into gasoline and put it into my car. Sitting on top of this oily brew was a 1 1/2 to 2 inch tan colored head of foam. It's just too bad that this head of foam only had OK retention. It only left behind a handful of tan foamy rings and a small amount of spots of tan lace around the glass. Well, at least the beer had the thick oily black appearance going for it.

Smell: Hmm, what kind of an aroma am I going to get from an oil colored beer? Hoppy? Fruity? Nope! The aroma was thick and dark like the color of this beer. This thick, dark, and roasted aroma was filled to the edge with dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a fig or two, raisins, a hint of floral hops, and a dash of cinnamon at the finish line. Toward the end of the beer's life in the glass, a splash of sweet caramel will emerge. Better late than never I guess. I can't pick out which dark aroma had the most air time because every aroma had their equal share of air time. The most interesting thing in the aroma was the cinammon. I never thought that would ever show up in a Baltic Porter aroma.

Taste: If you couldn't tell already for the aroma and appearance, the taste was thick, dark, chewy, slightly dry, and roasted with dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, black cherries, a few raisins, bitter dark chocolate, a touch of roasted floral hops, and then this dark taste finishes up with a not so big taste of alcohol. It was nice to see that all the dark roasted flavors kept the alcohol down to a minimum. It was probably also the work of the roasted flavors that kicked out the cinnamon that appeared in the aroma. In the end, it was just a great chewy dark roasted Baltic Porter!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was full bodied with a full flavored dark roasted aftertaste of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted floral hops. There was very little alcohol in the aftertaste. I could taste a little bit of it, but it was mixed in with all the dark roasted flavors.

Drinkability: Smuttynose always makes high quality beers and this one is no different. I got what I expected, a great dark roasted Baltic Porter. If you're ever in the mood for a thick chewy roasted Baltic Porter, then you should clearly pick us this winner!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to VermontHiker and JoeyBeerBelly for this awesome brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, very nice small fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. Then nose is big on malts, toffee/chocolate/coffee, slight vanilla, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, very malty, very nice notes of dark chocolate, with some caramel notes. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, man this sucker is very tasty. Smuttynose does not disappoint at all. Highly recommended, thanks Tom and Joe.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First whiff when the cap comes off is chocolate, with an underlying raisin/cherry hint. Later the aroma is strictly raisiny/fruity.

It glugs into a Duvel tulip a dark chestnut tone, and becomes black in the glass, impenetrable by light. Head is lively and a dark chocolatey color. Lace doesn't stick as much as the Zywiec Porter I just had, but there are some spots of lace. The head settles to a skim after a few minutes.

Big chocolatey taste, full bodied and lactic, almost more like a milk stout. Very full and roasty, rich feel, sweet enough to count as dessert. A decent amount of charred malt character without getting bitter. Some earth and grain notes, long flavorful aftertaste. It's a little too rich to session (with subtle boozy notes), but it's tasty. Again, it veers more into milk stout territory, but works great as an imperial robust porter.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black oil pour, frothy tan head bubbles up and leaves a sheeting of lace.

Chaulky, milk chocolate dominate the aroma. Hops pile in with the quaff, Raisons and plum add a nice flavor in the finish, which is surprisingly on the harsh side. Somewhat on the boozy side too.

I see it was only $4 for this bomber - a darn good deal, the eastern BAs whom can get this regularly are a fortunate bunch.

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

Absolutely beautiful pour gets three fingers of chocolate brown dark head. it takes a couple of minutes to fade leaving no lace. Body is a jet tar blackness. Nose is rich and full of carmel, buttered toffee, sweet honey glazed biscuits and a trace of spicey alchol. Creamy smooth as you take first sip. So well joined are the array of flavors including rich chocolate English toffee, anise, toasted sweet bread and a nice powdery spice profile. Joy is a beer such as this with complexity and balance. Alchol warms the belly but is otherwise well hidden. Mouthfeel is big, thick and richly welcome. Boldly drinkable. Goes to show why I continue to love this style more and more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a pitch black hue, this one is like a black hole absorbs every bit of that visible light spectrum. Large dimpled thick tan head at least two fingers with a nice resiliency. Left behind are even thick scattered lacing strands with each sip. Aromatics are intense, upfront with dark roasted malt bringing together nearly burnt coffee roasts and dark bitter chocolate to the forefront. Luscious fruit from the vine ripened and soaked with fortifying amounts of alcohol, hints of berry, plum, and grape(raisins). Sultry charred wood characteristics with soft vanilla balance, a touch of sea breeze or saltiness reaches the nares as well. As the last amounts of yeast sediment find my pint glass I detect a toasted nuttiness and herbal mint quality. Flavors equally if not more so impressively mind blowing. Starts off big and sweet with malt and fruit characteristics plum and raisins namingly. After the sweetness descends along comes more burnt toffee and molasses like notes coming off rich and sugary yet fruity and complex as ever. Herbal bitterness is detected along the way but a dry bitter dark chocolate and coffee astringency definitely land a trademark on the overall flavor profile. A slow charred oak alcohol burn brings to mind the finest single malts aged to perfection, warming in your gut and tingles the throat and the sinuses. Anise and fruit notes flow seamlessly together bringing to mind old fashioned Italian cookies that go with black coffee. Mouthfeel is big and chewy coats the palate with pure girth. Loads of malt equal great texture and the yeast sediment in this bottle conditioned version really gives it some redeeming qualities. Drinkability is effortless despite the complexity and pure amount of body this beer has to offer. All aspects are a cohesive driving force in providing balance and smoothness in an intense usually abrasive style. When done right however like Heavyweight Perkuno's, Sinebrychoff, and Okocim this style provides pure bliss. Of course this year was hyped with this style, Victory brought the "hammer" back with their version of the style. As the widespread knowledge of that release occurred and people vied for a taste of it, this small adventurous brewer from New Hampshire decided to nail the style completely. So by chance this perfect version of the style was brewed and barely noticed while most beer folks lined up in anticipation for a taste of Perkuno's in Victory's version. This is Baltic Porter in all it's glory if you find a bottle snatch it up and sit on it, or drink it now that's up to you. Bottom line I need more Big Beers from Smuttynose, send them to the Burgh god knows we need some BIG A IPA, bring on the hops.

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Photo of Hokies
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a nice 2inch tan head that dissolves quickly into a light lacing on the beer. Tremendous smell of mocha, dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is very rich with notes of dark chocolate and raisin. Their is also a taste of coffee and espresso lurking in the beer that finishes with some excellent sweetness of dark chocolate. The beer is smooth with a light creaminess and low carbonation which adds to a nice mouthfeel. This is a nice beer that goes down a little to easily.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2008, per the label.

Really? Maybe I'm missing something. I found this to be a decent and interesting beer, but not a great baltic porter. It reminded me more of a hoppy Russian Imperial Stout like Old Rasputin instead of Okocim Porter.

It's pitch black in my glass with a tan head that quickly fades. The aroma is of graham cracker and chocolate with dark fruits like blackberry in the background - much like an imperial stout. The flavor is dominated by a sharp roasted barley note (again, stout-like) with black coffee and bitter chocolate elements to it. There is the same dark fruit esters lurking, though there are also sweeter tastes, like dates.

This is also a fairly hoppy baltic porter. The taste of the citrus hops is mostly buried under the malts, but they're there. It makes an unfortunate pairing with the dry, vodka-like alcohol bite that this beer finishes with. Maybe this beer needs more time to age, but right now it's tasty, yet doesn't feel like it's a pleasure to drink.

No matter what happen to this brew, I don't think this will taste much like the classic baltic porters that taste more like a mixture of fine red wine and chocolate. Give it some time, I suppose, and enjoy what might be more accurately called a baltic stout. Prost.

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