Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
2012 bottle conditioned
A: pours jet black, with absolutely no transparency or any other colors even when held up to the light. It pours a massive 3 fingers worth of head formation that is tan in color and the lacing is ridiculously awesome. After 2 minutes of allowing the beer to sit in the glass, there is still 2 fingers worth of head. The head is extremely thick and foamy.
S: robust coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt are all very well balanced in this brew. I do pick up on some very mild dark fruits and just a slight touch of alcohol.
T: dark fruits make there presence known here. The coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt are all present again, but the dark fruit really make this one enjoyable. Big raisins and figs help balance out the bolder flavors and I get more sweet molasses and a cream finish. There is a mild hop note in there that makes it even more enjoyable.
M: perfect for this brew. Full bodied, chewy, leaves both an awesome sweet sugary taste on the tongue as well as a dark chocolate flavor.
O: this one is damn near perfect for me. this is my first offering by Smuttynose, and this one is very well done. The big foamy head that never seems to dissipate, the amazing balance of its components in both the nose and the taste is great, and the ABV is spot on for this brew.
08-25-2012 05:00:07 | More by tut2528
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
Bottle-conditioned in 2012.
A: Deep, dark brown with a fluffy, pillowy medium brown head that fades into a bit of lace but little retention.
S: Plenty of booze, smoked/roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
T: Big, tasty roasted malts, super dark coffee, dark chocolate, smoked malt, molasses, sweet and dark fruits. Complex and highly enjoyable.
M: Right amount of carbonation, tons of flavor, easy to drink. Great, medium-to-full body. Doesn't become cloying or watery like some Porters, but that is the beauty of this "enhanced" style.
O: A fantastic interpretation of the style with all the flavor, booze, and body that you want. Well done, Smutty!
07-24-2012 21:46:09 | More by Gatch
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle sent by wowcoolman, poured into a snifter.
Thin yet opaque black, like mixed watercolor paint. The head is large, about two inches tall, the consistency and color of sugar boiling on the stove. It soon collapses to a dense inch and sets up camp. Looks thick enough to walk on.
Lots going on in the aroma. Figs and raisins first, followed by mild bittersweet chocolate chips, then smoke, vanilla, oats. Smooth, rich, cigar-like.
This right here is how it's done. Tangy dark chocolate and milder fruits up front. The swallow brings milk chocolate, toasted oats and vanilla. Smokiness is much more prominent, settling in after the swallow and lingering for a long while. Dark prunes show up every now and then. A flash of fruit at every swallow quickly gives way to roast, which I like here — more porter than Baltic.
Thinnish body. Medium-light, but with interesting creaminess and gentle, massaging carbonation. Not much alcohol — just some warming in the throat.
A nearly pitch-perfect example of a Baltic porter. Great balance of sweet and smoky.
07-23-2012 20:15:20 | More by Phelps
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured a deep dark black with a long lasting dark tan head, light lacing.
The smell is sweet and a bit smokey with a rich dark chocolate quality to it.
The flavor is intense, a big wave of smokey and burnt malts wash over my palette with sweet dark fruit and milk chocolate lingering behind, there is a nice bit of dank green hops in the finish giving this enough bitterness to keep the malt flavors in check. Really liking the smokey richness.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy and has quite a bit of hop oil.
This is a monster of a porter, super flavorful and complex, I'm really digging this.
07-21-2012 21:41:11 | More by bashiba
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
I decided to tap into this anticipated gem from one the best breweries in the north east. I'm thinking this beer is going to be a beast to be reckoned with :)
A- jet black body with a mischievous head of mocha foam that layers itself in colors like tan and dark brown. With carbonation ripping through, the mocha latte embraces the edges of my hill farmstead stem and literally becomes analogous to thick skin. This is an impressive bodied beer
S- Dark raisins that are not draped in alcohol yet hearty with a sugary scent are at the forefront. A scent of light black coffee comes to fruition with the toffee caramel scent as well.
T- Sweet dark fruit with mocha coffee creamer are tastes in parallel to make for an awesome taste combination. So drinkable with the coating flavor of sugar and caramel. This is what a Baltic porter should be
M- creamy, carbonated, and masking alcohol to enhance drinkability
O- vrooom, vroooom. Whats that? I just ran to my local store to strip the shelves of the best Baltic porter ever made. Try this and you will agree. A combination darkened fruit and caramel tones make for a great treat in the winter time in the northeast (or summertime of the northeast)
07-20-2012 23:42:11 | More by lovindahops
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottled in 2009
Pours a black color with a small ebony head. Foam fades quickly. Smells of coffee, raisins and hints of chocolate. Malts are also noted. Taste is quite smooth for the alcohol content of this. Nice hints of dark fruits with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Overall, a nice drinkable after dinner beer. Ages nicely.
07-14-2012 12:35:33 | More by abrand
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
22 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage, served in a glass snifter.
Appearance: nearly black but with faint traces of brown. Topped by a moderate size, creamy/sudsy, light brown head than reduces to a ring and some 'islands' all too quickly. Still able to leave lacing on the glass.
Smell: Lots of chocolate for a beer without any actual cocoa; also dark malt and dark fruits, with a hint of coffee. Smells sweet.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, raisins, dark roasted malts and dark fruit flavors are all quite evident in this very flavorful beer. Despite the coffee component and some hop flavor, the brew is only mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth full body. Medium carbonation, perhaps a bit higher than expected, imparts some liveliness.
Overall as good as any Baltic porter I've had: Smutty's Baltic Porter is indeed a world-class beer. Flawlessly crafted, it has excellent aroma, taste and mouthfeel; looks great too. Wish I had bought another one to tuck away for a year.
07-11-2012 23:24:38 | More by chinchill
4.73/5 rDev +10.8%
Was fortunate enough to find bombers of this beer at a local liquor store in Jamestown, RI while vacationing there. Sometimes you get lucky...Enjoyed this beer with my girlfriend–we split the 22 oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.
Appearance (4.5/5): Motor-oil black. A high altitude pour produces a generous, creamy three finger tan head of foam. It looks so good–like a dark chocolate shake.
Smell (4.5/5): Big chocolate and dark fruit aromas with a bit of clean alcohol. It smells exactly like you want a dark beast of a beer to smell–strong, a little hot...A little mouth-watering, I'd say.
Taste (5/5): Chocolate and dark fruit flavors dominate this beer, following the nose. Some hop flavor and toasted malt flex in the background lending a nice bitter edge that helps temper the beer's sweetness. This beer is most certainly a "Big Beer" as per Smuttynose's series of high gravity beers they put out during the year. Awesome tasting stuff, similar to some Russian Imperial Stouts. Pretty much flawless.
Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Creamy and smooth. Fairly minimal carbonation, as one might expect. Drinkability is scarily high because of the taste, but you would not want to drink more than one bomber of this stuff or things could get silly. It's a heavy-hitting sipper, for sure.
Overall (4.5): Plenty have said it already about Smutty's Baltic Porter, and I have to agree with them: this is a world-class beer. It has virtually no flaws–an excellent aroma, taste, and mouthfeel and looks great in the glass. Impressive and imposing. But don't be intimidated. Buy it if you stumble upon it at your local store.
07-11-2012 20:08:32 | More by hagbergl
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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