Smuttynose Baltic Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter

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522 Reviews
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Reviews: 522
Hads: 1,211
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 222
Gots: 159 | FT: 14
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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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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. (261 characters)

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. (1,029 characters)

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. (649 characters)

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! (1,395 characters)

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. (485 characters)

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) (1,697 characters)

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. (1,153 characters)

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. (345 characters)

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. (723 characters)

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
22oz

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. (1,102 characters)

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. (450 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 release poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rich, deep, dark copper-brown, almost like syrup. A thick three-finger head of well-tanned khaki foam that's really tight very slowly dissolves, leaving a generous band of lace around the edge of the glass. Even after the head has finally disappeared, the surface is still covered by an almost solid sheen of very fine bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich black and completely solid - not a bit of light penetrates the liquid, even at the edges of the glass.

S - Dark biscuits, chocolate bread, hints of anise. Alcohol pushes up into the nose just behind these, and it's almost too much as it hides any subtle smells that might also be in the glass. As it warms, 50% milk chocolate shows up, along with hints of dark dried fruits like tart black cherries. Notes of dark caramels also appear.

T - A cup of medium roast coffee with lots of rich dark bitter chocolate melted into it. Boozy, almost like cough syrup. Hot. Some notes of dark, unsweetened dried fruit like dark plums and raisins with licorice mix with earthy bittering hops and dark cocoa powder on the back-end.

M - Thick and frothy from the carbonation makes it airy, but creamy on the tongue like a Fudgsicle. Richness. Surprisingly dry on a finish that hangs around more on the alcohol than anything else.

O - Rich and full in ingredients, this beer needs to age to let the alcohol integrate into them and mellow it out. A drink to warm your tummy on a cold winter night. The next couple of these I find are going to be laid down for a couple of years to see if that's what can turn this promise of a delicious brew into an actual one. If it does, this is easily a beer that will score well into the 4s. The components are clearly there - they just need more time to come together. (1,824 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, thick, brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, dense, light brown colored head that settles into a quarter inch layering. Pours thick. Aromas of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of smoke, and a hint of old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are rich and bold, with a solid dose of bitter dark chocolate and a rich sweetness of raisins and dates. The coffee character is there, but it takes a backseat to this one. There is a touch of heat from the increased ABV, but it helps to enhance and balance the flavor profiles. Very smooth in mouth, with a transition to a clean, dry finish. Very well made brew. Roasted and slightly boozey aftertaste, with a mocha twist. This is a great beer! (754 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BostonRyan for picking one of these guys up in the New England area for me. 22oz bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a FFF Teku.

A: Near-black pour with a dark khaki head of 2+ fingers, great retention, decent lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts, figs and dried fruit, hazelnut, a little caramel. Not overly aromatic though.

T: Similar to the nose, but subdued, and a strong sourdough bread-like taste. Some acidity tot he front of the taste. There is a sweetness and dark fruit taste. Aftertaste is of bready malts and leaves a cloying heaviness on the back of the palate.

M: High carbonation bite. Very thick but overly sticky. Smooth but not as smooth as I'd expect from a Baltic Porter's lagering.

O: Solid brew. I'm not an expert on the style, but I didn't find this as anything special. I'm glad to have tried it and enjoyed it, but the carbonation and acid taste take away from what should be a mellow experience. (937 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque chocolate color with a 3F head in a pint glass. Good lacing.

The initial temp was colder. The beer substantially improved with warming.

With the pour, the aroma was light fruit and vanilla. As the beer warmed, more vanilla in the nose.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

Heavily complex taste: coffee and fruit are dominant. There is slight bitterness.
With warming, the complexity balances. More chocolate and lemon.

A complex beer needs balance to broaden its complexity. This beer achieves this balance. Smuttynose is an excellent brewer. I have never had a mediocre beer from the brewery. This is one of my favorite beers from the brewery. I may buy another bottle to cellar. (708 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle. 9.8% abv.

Dark cola brown body. Traces of sediment? Big, rocky, thick, dirty khaki head. Great lacing. Nose is first and foremost fruity. Figs, grapes, and plums. Licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate syrup as well. Very nice.

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Dark fruits and milk chocolate sweetness fills up the palate. Cocoa nib bitterness and licorice mix in. Light notes of malted milk and caramel. Woody, herbal hop bitterness comes on toward the finish and mixes with the roasted coffee nicely. Very nice! Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy feel. One of the better Baltic porters I have had. (643 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into crooked stave tulip. 2013 vintage.
Pours a deep black with tan head. Looks more like a barrel aged stout. Awesome barrel alcohol booze and roasted malt aroma...slight chocolate. Taste is very boozey bourbon barrel with roasted bitter and slight chocolate notes. I cant believe this hast been barrel aged. Its awesome. Well worth the sub $6 price tag. (380 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After having so many stouts recently, tasting a porter was a treat. This one did not disappoint me. It pours just like a stout, dark, black dark with a semi-amber color head. The one difference is that in this pour, it came out faster and not as rich as some stouts.

I didnt detect any noticeable bouquets with this. If anything, I did pick up some slightly burnt wood, said in a good way

The initial sip was light and very enjoyable. It was so very clean and soft. A bit crisper than a stout but so very enjoyable.

The finish was clean just as the initial taste. So, from beginning to end, tis beer was so very nice start to end. (633 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that quickly goes to nothing

S: Lightly roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some caramel. Also get some very faint fruity esters from the yeast and alcohol. Fairly simple, but very nice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, and coffee and moves towards the caramel and fruity undertones. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and a light sweetness

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Full, thick and chewy

O: Without a doubt, one of the best for the style. Didn't expect the full, rich mouthfeel and was delightfully surprised. This one is great right out the gate, and I can see this one aging beautifully. A must-try (747 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan/brown head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Roasted malt up front. Coffee, chocolate. Then some dark fruits. Cherries and plums in the nose. Finises with a bitter dark chocolate aroma.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Dark fruits are apparent in the middle with cherries and plums. Finishes with a more bitter bakers chocolate flavor.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation. Though, just slightly on the watery side. Easy and enjoyable to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable, and an easy sipper.

One of the few from the Big Beer Series that I actually enjoy. I love plenty of their regular offerings, but have found many from this series ho hum and bland. However, this is very good, and recommended. (838 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottling generously extra'ed completely out of the blue, thanks so much dope! I've heard great things about this guy and am anxious to tick it, all by myself. Bomber hisses nicely, into my heavy Rock Island snifter...

A: Fairly dense and opaque body with slightest notes of transparent brown where the light pierces the stem of the glass...huge dark tan head fizzles away relatively quickly...not much head or lacing.

S: Big-time malty nose, very rich and even sweet...dark caramel and molasses, hints of raisins and dark cherries, milk chocolate, smoke, light coffee.

T: Complex and rich; sweet but balanced...dark chocolate malt is faintly roasty with an espresso coffee dryness...molasses and ghostly smoke...suggestion of dark fruits again, caramel...a sweet alcohol burn that isn't boozy...possibly tobacco? Faint leather as well...lots going on here.

MF: Full, creamy, viscous, dry, touch of alcohol bitterness, rich.

O: Really nice, a special beer if its firing on this many cylinders after 2+ years. Really glad I got to try this one. I've had this one and Uintas Sea Legs relatively recently, and while I think I like Sea Legs a bit more, Smuttynose's offering is quite obviously more robust than Unita's. A dynamite Baltic. (1,243 characters)

Photo of Rast
2.92/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bomber, paired with March Madness.

You can't see thru this. You can't. Opaque as the pants I wore to my wedding. Here's the kicker in tow: the head doesn't pretend to be white. Straight deep brown. Smell is what you'd expect from a porter: toffee, coffee, dark. Taste simply cannot be written home concerning. Tasty? Yes. Notable? Surely not. Mouthfeel just ain't porter. Carbon conquers cream. I won't admit this is a poor beer, but it doesn't hang with superior porters. (473 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a big frothy 2 finger cola head. Clumps and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- maple syrup, roast, dark fruits, light coffee.

T- sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee, faint smoke, some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very easy drinking with light acidity.

O- very good porter. Nice roastiness with enough sweetness to balance it nicely. (452 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, I have a huge crush on this beer. It is, no question, my favorite Baltic porter, maybe favorite porter flat-out. I always get at least 6 bottles while it's in season, and a store down the street sells them well into summer. Lucky me. Also, I grade by STYLE, not "beer enjoyment" in general.

A- Pitch black, milk chocolate bubbles streaming on the peripheries, milk chocolate colored head. Lacing could be a bit silkier, but that is the only flaw I can really see, and that's being picky.

S- Sweet malt and chocolate, coffee, not much roastiness on the nose. Raisins, sweet alcohol.

T- Homerun. Amazing. Caramel, sweet chocolate, slightly smoky, coffee, malt, slight alcohol burn/taste. Low bitterness. Extremely flavorful. Not too complex, but not too obvious. Enjoyable and refreshing despite the ABV.

M- Creamy and sticky, carbonation is on the higher side of perfect, but still great.

Overall, absolutely fantastic Baltic porter, and beer in general. I love this beer. The only other Baltic I've had that comes close to this is Sinebrychoff, and that's a tad hard to find around me. I'll also add that this beer is EXTREMELY cheap, just under 6 bucks for a bomber. If you see this or Sinebrychoff and want to know how some classic Baltics taste, you know what to do. (1,286 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle (2012) into a pint glass, pours a very dark red brown close to black wiht a short brown head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted mailt, molasses

T: bittersweet chocolate, espresso, sweet malt, raisins, prunes

M: heavy, lots of viscosity, low carbonation heavy alcohol presence, lasting aftertaste

O: "Big Beer Series" is aptly named. The flavor is bold. The gravity is high. And the alcohol is loud. You need to be a fan of porters to enjoy this beer. It's all about sweet and charred malt flavors. (589 characters)

Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.