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Smuttynose Baltic Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter

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535 Reviews
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Reviews: 535
Hads: 1,277
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 220
Gots: 184 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

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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Reviews: 535 | Hads: 1,277
Photo of LI_PO12
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance- Black, aggressive pour gave a 1 inch tan head

Aroma- Big dark fruits, plum, dates, figs, chocolate, molasses, caramel, some coffee and roast, alcohol present but well mixed

Flavor- Strong, molasses, chocolate and roast, some coffee, and dark fruits, red wine like almost, warming alcohol

Mouthfeel- Rich and full bodied, but not cloying, good carbonation for the style.

Overall- I might need to grab another bottle, this stuff is nice. One of the best Baltic Porters I've had. Really hits all the marks. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly opaque black with a small, dark tan fizzy head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind

S- big chocolaty malt aroma with some caramel notes, a light smokiness with some sweet molasses, dark fruity notes of prune and raisin

T- creamy dark chocolate fades into fresh espresso, notes of raisin, fig and prune kick in mid-palate, brown sugar sweetness leads to a lightly smoky finish with some alcohol

M- medium body with moderate-yet-fizzy carbonation continues through the mouthfeel to a foamy and sweet mouthfeel, a touch of alcohol warmth at the end

O- this is a big porter, loaded with flavor. The alcohol is noticeable but pairs well with the big flavors, and the multi-dimensions of flavors and aromas make this one a standard for the style

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Photo of RandomExile
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz / Pint Glass / $6.49

A: pitch black; full foamy cocoa-colored head; no lacing
S: rich hot chocolate, coffee
T: bitter, smokey espresso, dark chocolate
M: full-bodied, very little alcohol bite
O: Bordering on too rich,doesn't cross the line. A full, hefty porter.

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Photo of BB1313
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with the slightest amount of light getting through; fluffy khaki head that eventually fades and leaves great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Lots of milk chocolate with extremely subtle hints of anise. There's also hints of vanilla bean. The flavors are very rich and bold. Very robust. Tons of dark chocolate giving it a solid bitterness. Lots of milk chocolate giving it a subtle sweetness. More vanilla in the mix. Subtle amounts of expresso. There's a decent amount of roasted malts. It finishes roasty and toasty. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied; very fluffy and creamy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's very easy and fun to drink.

This is a great beer. It has alot of similarities with their Imperial Stout, in my opinion. There's not much to complain about and it's extremely enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of bnes09
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Jet black and perfectly opaque. Dense sand-colored head coats the liquid in a thick blanket and leaves behind plenty of frothy lace patches.

Smooth roasted aroma. Espresso, almonds, burnt molasses. Hint of bread grains and herbal hop character.

Super dense roasted malt character of coffee, wheat toast and almonds balanced with sweet molasses, prunes and brown sugar. Assertive herbal, leafy hop character adds just enough complexity that is does not over shadow the malt. Roasted character is so aggressive yet very smooth at the same time. This just demonstrates what balance does for a beer.

Full bodied for sure. Slightly sticky without a syrupy texture. Malt adds a smooth grainy layer to the tongue. Slightly low carbonation but fits the beer well. Finish is on the dry side.

A truly exceptional beer. This is what I think of when I try to imagine the perfect baltic porter. Very complex yet perfectly balanced. A liquid dream!

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Photo of emyers
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thick, two finger brown head. Excellent head retention. Looks great.

Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa powder, leather, light smokiness. There's a lot of complexity and it smells great, but it could use a little more intensity on the smell. Seems just a bit muted.

Taste: Dark chocolate, malted milk balls, some caramel malt, and hints of dark fruit and smoke. This is a complex, layered beer. Finish is somewhat sweet with virtually no alcohol heat. While the smell was slightly muted, the flavor is absolutely not. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation level.

Overall: Smuttynose killed it with this one. Epitomizes what a baltic porter should taste like.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma is slightly sweet with moderate amounts of lightly roasted malts and some dark fruits (plum + raisin).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of lightly roasted malts with moderate notes of chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, and dark fruit (plum, fig, and raisin). Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but quite rich.

O: This is a big beer and a sipping beer even though the alcohol is extremely well hidden - lots of complexity and richness to the flavors of this beer. A really nice example of the style.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a total eclipse jet black with huge persistent head. Aroma of figs, raisins and rum-soaked fruit cake. Taste is a blast of sweet rum soaked figs and prunes with a strong, lingering burnt wood finish. The alcohol has a strong presence but is overcome by the roasted wood. Not an easy drinking beer, but a good pick when your taste buds are compromised.

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Photo of Dools9
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, 2013 Vintage into a snifter

A: Black in color, maybe a slight ruby hue on the bottom of the glass when hel up to light, almost stout dark. Head was a creamy brown color, fades to a skim leaving light lace and some alcohol legs with a swirl.

S: Big time creamy dark and milk chocolate, coffee roast, black licorice, raisins, plum, and if I dig deep I can pull out the slightness bit of lager yeast dryness.

T: Big dark rich chocolate upon first sip, follows with a big dark fruit sweetness, figs, some spiciness, a bit of black coffee roast, dries out on the finish with a lingering roasted barley flavor, slight roasty smokiness.

M: Medium heavy bordering full, very creamy, slight sticky feel, the carbonation helps move the beer along, alcohol is noticeable but not distracting and works well with the flavors of the beer.

O: Very nice beer, drinks more like an imperial stout to me. Wonderfully combines roast, chocolate, dark fruit flavors. Very well done.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Potsdam IGA. 'Bottle Conditioned in 2013.' No ABV listed. From notes.

A - Black pour with a two finger thick and creamy light brown head. Good carbonation. Good retention and minimal spotty lace.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roast, decent creamy chocolate note. Some alcohol was evident in the aroma.

T - Tons of chocolate, creamy chocolate, roast, mild coffee, dark fruit.

M - Super creamy full body with a sweet chocolate finish. Mild to medium carbonation.

O/D - A nice baltic porter. Tasty and nice to sip. Complexity was good but didn't go the extra mile, but the beer was enjoyable overall.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a oily black color.

The aroma hits of strawberries, cherries, red grape, some spice of anise licorice, chocolate. Some caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows roasted malt, dark fruit, anise spice. The beer is really creamy as if it was a dark chocolate mousse or ganache.

A surprising upfront flavor that blasts of really rich delicious stout/porter characteristics. A medium plus mouthfeel. A hugely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Baltic black with a generous two inch mahogany tight head.

Aromas of big roast, dark fruit, dark cocoa and coffee and a big booyah!!!!

Taste of roasted grain and bitterhop balanced well with sweet malt on the brown suggah side. Some flavors waft through of sweet cream in coffee.

Bright and brilliant. Thick as midnight on the salty east coast. Creamy like brulee.

Big is an appropriate word for this. Really a nice porter to add to any lineup. As always priced to move!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been sitting in my fridge for a while. I think after about 6 months of aging it is time to dive in.

A- Near black with deep brown accents. Thick, extremely foamy khaki head of a finger that is quite persistent. Superb lacing given the abv.

S- Smells of coffee, black currents, raisins. Touch of chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malt.

T- Malty sweetness up front totally woke my senses. Then quickly settles to a complex level of fruit and esters. Plum, currents, raisins, and black cherries, figs, accompanied by a tangy but moderate level of booze that reminds me of a barrel aged beer.

M- Full body, slightly dry, alcohol warmth present. Sits just slightly heavy for the style, but due in part that it is a bigger porter than most. Despite this, it still found a way to be quite easy to drink.

O- I am disappointed in myself that I waited so long to try this beer now that I have tasted it. Reminds me of a quad, porter, and RIS all rolled into one. So delicious. Certainly one of my favorite porters i have had to date.

$6.99 for 22 oz bottle

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

Smuttynose Baltic Porter is a big, umami, roasty Baltic porter. Delicious!

A: Black colour and a 5 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malty with strong, roasty coffee-like notes. 4.5

T: Malty and a little sweet with nice big roastiness. As you swallow you get a big burst of umami that comes from autolysed yeast. There are also some dark fruit flavours. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

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Photo of Abilow33
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very strong beer. Smells rich and there is hint of chocolate, coffee, and cherries. Pours very thick and dark black. The color of coffee. The head of the beer was thick and very brown. The taste is good and very flavorable and thick when tasted. Worth trying.

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 batch, a few months old.

A: Pours black with a nice big and dense medium brown head. Head fades away pretty slowly with great head retention. Thick spiderweb lacing left behind.

S: Really nice aroma. Brown sugar and dark fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, maybe even hints of cherry. Lost of dark fruit aromas for sure. Hints of chocolate and a little char. Quite sweet.

T: More dark fruits up front, sweet and mellow. Chocolate coats them a bit. Then comes the smoke and char, both mild but definitely noticeable. A little umami too, especially towards the finish. Finish is a little more bitter and the smoke turns a little acrid here with some bittersweet chocolate. BBQ meat with a little chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Nice thick, smooth body. Creamy really.

O: A nice complex and well balanced baltic porter. Good variety of flavors and they complement each other nicely. I'm not a fan of smoky beers, but this one has some well integrated smoke. This is up there with Surly Smoke and Alaskan Baltic Porter.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a trip to Boston last month. So glad I did.

A: Pours a dense looking black with a nice two finger light brown head. Takes a while, but the head eventually settles to about half a finger and leaves some good lace with each sip.

S: A lot of rich, roastiness here and I love it. Tons of dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, chocolate cake, wet wood, caramel popcorn, toffee and a touch of graham cracker. Smells pretty amazing.

T: Opens with a rich blend of roasted malt and coffee. Mocha, fudge, and dark chocolate come in the middle with a finish that's roasty and a touch bitter and laced with tobacco, blackberry and dark bread.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer in Totowa, having never had this before and seeing how highly rated it was on here. While this style isn't one that I've had very many examples of, this was a great beer that was solid in every aspect of it with a well-hidden level of alcohol. This was certainly strong but at the same time, surprisingly easy to drink and savor!

The pour was a dark brown with a light mousse-like head and a bit of sediment at the bottom of the 22 oz. bottle. It was also bottle-conditioned this year, leading me to appreciate the extra touch that's lacking by so many breweries. Lots of raisin and currant in the nose, which were also quite aggressive in the taste but countered nicely by a strong roasted mouthfeel, and just the right amount of warming alcohol. Underneath that was a good amount of bitter chocolate, vanilla extract, and pumpernickel that gave this beer a great body. The currant was the part that stuck around the most and as to be expected, the carbonation was light enough not to detract from the flavors or to help them fade after each sip.

This was as strong as needed to be, but I wouldn't want it to be any weaker as well. Polishing off one of these was easy and given the time, I'd easily buy this again. There's no doubt as to why this is the highest-rated beer from Smuttynose and for any Porter, Stout, or Dark Ale fan, this is must-have. Really great stuff!

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Looks great. Pours black with a dark brown head.

S: Dark chocolate and french roast coffee. A bit of dark fruit as well.

T: Roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate flavors hit the palate first. The roasted malts add a touch of bitterness and earthy notes. Hint of booze on the finish.

M: Rich and smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: Really impressed by this beer. I was expecting a lot and was not let down. Looks great, smells delicious, bold flavors. You can't ask for much more.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2013 opened up and poured into CCB snifters and enjoyed with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: Smoky and roasty. Smells like a campfire and lots of melted marshmallows. Seems rather cloyingly sweet and smoky. Fairly intense nose, not a big fan of the melted marshmallows smell in my beers, but I have to say I don't really get this much from most beers I drink anyway. Overall intense and to the point. (4.5)

Colour: Thick dark black body that pours like motor oil. Comes with a fluffy 2cm mocha head that dissipates in the first minute or two into a thick film and collar. Lacing is pretty good. Overall a very nice appearing beer. (4.5)

Flavour: I got a lot of smokey raisin and marshmallows throughout. It's a roasty sweet beer tempered by a little bit of coffee and chocolate bitterness. It doesn't taste as cloyingly sweet as the nose did but it is still a very sweet beer. From a brewing standpoint, everything comes together fairly well- I just don't really like how its got the sweet molasses but really finishes dry with quite a bit of heat. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Thick, very full-bodied and robust beer with OK carbonation. Aftertaste is dry but boozy and sweet. The booziness is off-putting for me and takes points away from an otherwise well-crafted beer. (4)

Overall: Brewed well in my opinion- there are a lot of flavours that come together in a way that I haven't had in a lot of porters. It's a bit too sweet which I'm ok with but its really the dry boozy feel of this beer that turns me off on it. For the price I think it'd be a nice experiment to have a second one to age, but having it a few months fresh like I did was not the experience I expected. (4)

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Photo of beagle75
3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Opaque,dark brown color with one finger of beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Moderate intensity roast is smoke-affected. Grain appears fairly refined, with some herbaceous mint able to be coaxed out with agitation. This beer becomes intensely chocolatey as it warms, elevating the experience in a better-late-than-never way. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early acidity that overtaxes the palate in a way that blurs the line between tasted and felt qualities. Dark qualities begins to establish a foothold during the middle, showing some raisin, bread, and roast. Smoke is finally revealed late, lingering on the palate in the presence of moderate bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, extremely acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This otherwise-good porter is diminished considerably by the extent to which tasted and felt acidity is present. Like other high gravity dark beers with similar failings, the mood is turned a bit schizophrenic by the acidity that simultaneously sends heavy flavors scattering and sears the palate.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.21.13
2013 Vintage

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy brown two inch head that fades quickly.

S - Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts.

T - Vanilla up front, then coffee and finishes with a touch of soy.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Vanilla and coffee heavy. Nice Baltic Porter that drinks really easy.

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Photo of Jonada
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review #100

2013 bottle. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with 2 fingers of a creamy dark tan head with good retention and lacing. Body is nearly opaque with only slight hints of ruby red along the bottom edge of the glass.

Smell: Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hops, with light hints of raisin and molasses.

Taste: Roasted malt, black licorice, roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, booze, with a light caramel presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of full bodied, viscous mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Really good beer though a bit boozy for being "only" 9.8%. Definitely worth picking up now, but I'd also be interested to see what some age does to this.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1764th Review on BA
Bottle to Libbey Porter glass

2013 release

Thanks to Jlindros and RudZud for this one.

App- Out of the bottle this pours like molasses mixed with maple syrup. A bit of a coca cola color head with a good amount of retention. It's a big porter in one go. The color is fairly dense with spots of chocolate syrup black.

Smell- I really got a lot out of this but wasnt necessarily what I thought. A lot of roast and peat behind this for me. A bit of bakers chocolate mixed with some prickly booze and raisins.

Taste- This was a good porter. A lot of brash and bold flavors just a bit unbalanced for me. The prickly flavor carried over and brought a bit of peat, raisin and smoke on the flavor to me. A bit hot and boozy.

Mouth- A very medium body with a solid medium carbonation to it. It drank fairly thick. The residual chocolate, roast and peat flavors were nice but needed to come down a little. A bit too thick for me.

Drink- I can see why this was in the Top 250. A good beer for the style with semi. Good balance, large aromas and flavors and warms on a cold CA night.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pitch black with mahogany finger and half of head.

Nose is full of roasty malts. Hint of coffee.

Taste is roasty and a little smokey, with a strong coffee component, as well as hints of cacao and bitter dark chocolate, though subtle. Great malty finish.

Feel is medium thick and rich.

Nice porter. Little on the bitter side for my preferences, but excellent complexity and flavor. Would do better with some balance on the sweetness side.

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.