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Smuttynose Baltic Porter - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter

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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 Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

2013. Smells like milk chocolate, dark fruit and maybe a bit of toasted coconut. Taste is lighter than I thought it would be. Higher carbonation than traditional style. Finishes clean. On the thin side.

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Photo of risendragon
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Jasper's Homebrewing Supply Store in Nashua and poured into a standard glass.

A- Dark mahogany, almost black.

S- I get dark fruits right off the bat with cherries galore. Some dark chocolate, coffee, very faint tobacco smell as well. Very complex and truly appetizing.

T- Sweet coffee/dark chocolate to start with some bitterness to finish, roasted malts are in there as well. The dark fruits are not as prevalent in the taste as in the smell.

F- Porter smooth, a bit oily, but totally acceptable.

O- My first Baltic porter experience was a great one! Definitely a style I can get into and brew at some point.

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Photo of azorie
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was a really outstanding porter and if not for the price, it would be right there with Founder porter. great coffee taste.
Dark jet black
Mix of fruit and malt and leather, chocolate
Sweet, some coffee notes, chocolate, rich dark fruit esters. great beer, try 1
Not too bitter, carb was low.

overall great, but too expensive.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A beautiful black brew, with dark brown highlights, but mostly opaque. Capped with a dark tan head that reduce to a thin line that maintains serious lacing.

S - Mostly roasted malts, with a line of wood and molasses. Underlying this is a strong element of alcohol. Subtle, given the flavor blast to come.

T - Full flavor of roasted malts, with subtle chocolate elements, toasted grains, and mild tobacco and leather notes. Dark bread in the middle, like molasses bread, and a subtle bitter note to close, and a hint of alcohol.

M - Silky smooth, with a full feel, and some mild coating, but the alcohol at the close effectively scrubs the heaviest elements away.

O - Tremendous effort, with a very big, bold brew that manages to deliver imperial stout flavors via the distinct style of the baltic porter.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

5.4.15 re-review

2010 Vintage

One of the most chocolatey beers I've ever had. The mouth feel has suffered slightly but only a small amount of oxidation has occurred. A beautiful example of a beer worth aging.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: The Corkscrew, Urbana, IL
Date: 2012 edition
Glass: Tulip

Best a bit cold to mask the ethanol, even with a bit of age on it, this is otherwise a very good baltic porter with strong dark chocolate, burnt toast, and dried fruit flavors. Due to its large-bottle format, this should be enjoyed over two days unless splitting the bottle with others. One I will pick up again, and would not mind having another "in the cellar."

Head of 2cm in height, dark tan in color, small to medium-sized bubble size, frothy to soap-like. Average retention of around one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island of thin film atop the body. Lacing is modest, with some small-sized dots and blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is very dark brown to black in color, with light revealing no changes. Carbonation not visible through opaque body.

Aroma of roasted cacao, burnt toast with caramelized sugar, dark licorice, molasses, raisins, dried black figs, and prunes. Heavily roasted, but balanced by base and specialty malt sweetness as well as yeast esters to add depth; very pleasing.

Overall flavors of dark chocolate, burnt coffee and toast, dried dark fruit (raisins, black figs, prunes), anise, and ethanol. Front of palate tastes dark chocolate, dried fruit sweetness (raisin, prune, black fig), diluted black coffee, anise, and ethanol. Mid-palate experiences deeply roasted malt that's balanced very well by base malt sweetness, creating a slightly sweet dark chocolate mixed with burnt toast, caramel, anise, raisins, dried black figs, black coffee, and ethanol. Back of palate tastes intense dark chocolate, charred toast, dark caramel-like sweetness, and somewhat harsh ethanol. Aftertaste of medium intensity acridity from roasted malt mixed with bitterness from hops, dark chocolate, overdone black coffee, burnt toast, and lingering ethanol flavor.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a foamy (1/3) and otherwise smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that is appropriate for a sipping beer and this style in general. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

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Photo of wedge
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Black covered by a creamy looking, patchy head. Rich dark fruit and bread aromas with a bit of oxidation from age...raisins, prunes, figs, molasses, and port becoming increasingly chocolaty towards the end of the glass. Big malty flavors of dark, bitter chocolate, dry roast, and some vinous fruit. Silky smooth, somewhat oily, with a light acidity. Nutty, creamy malt and some char. Full-ish yet fluffy in the mouth. Really excellent as it warms and starts to open up.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black beer, moderate sized light brown densely foamy head.

S: Deep chocolate, grape, oatmeal cookies, subtle licorice, caramel, vanilla bean, fig and plum.

T: Chocolate soaked fermented berries, caramel, subtle liquor, big and full. Sweet and dark.

M: Smooth, a touch syrupy, large bodied. Heavy yet soft.

O: Drinkability is right where it should be. Very nice overall.

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

Blacker than most Porters, this held a khaki head of effervescent bubbling that dissipated to a thin layer creamy froth.

The aroma really does confirm this as a Big Beer. Dark fruit, vinous earthiness, syrupy wine and caramel malt can all be found. The dark fruits are discernable with prune, date and a lot of raisin.

The flavor has much of the prune, date and raisin. There's a touch of sorghum, anise and dry barley malt.

The feel is quite sprite but full with a velvety smoothness towards the end.

This beer is Big, tastes great and has tons of character.

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