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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series)

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 190
Gots: 115 | FT: 9
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.24% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
35 IBU

2007 - 8.1%
2009 - 8.7
2010 - 9.02%
2013 - 9.8%

(Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of gskitt

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black. Really black. Huge head, mocha colored bubbles cascade down glass. Scent is not huge, not like I expected, subdued. Tastes like the crust of an artisan black bread. Roasted malts, but that bready flavor keeps coming. Mouthfeel is thinner than you'd expect, not bad. Overall, really nice Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 23:09:53 | More by gskitt
Photo of abraxel


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in an in-person trade with sarro. Thanks!
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - None more black. No highlights, nothing. Just opaque black with a prodigious cinnamon-colored head that, instead of falling, forms swiss-cheese-like holes that undermine the head's structural integrity until the whole thing slowly collapses like the Ottoman empire. Very nice lacing, too.

S - Nice and roasty, with a hint of sweet malts, kinda like dark fruit and cocoa.

T - Quite roasty, similar to the smell. Slightly bittersweet, chocolatey malts. At the finish I get some acidity that lingers a little, but blends in nicely (and is apparently normal for the style). This is really tasty and interesting. I haven't had many baltic porters, so I can't say how this compares, but it is delicious.

M - Rather smooth with just a touch of carbonation. Doesn't leave a film behind, but I wouldn't call it thin.

O - Really quite good. I like the acidity, which ostensibly comes from stale grains. If this is a quintessential baltic porter, I want more!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 19:43:52 | More by abraxel
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black with a dark mocha head that is slow to drop.

Aromas of molasses, dark roast coffee, dark cocoa, some alcohol.

Flavors of deep, dark, rich mocha coffee, sweetened with molasses. Nice baltic sweetness. A touch of bitterness from the roasted grains, perhaps some hop bitterness. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy. Mouthcoating roastiness.

Overall a nice representation of the style. Too much molasses flavor, but otherwise spot on.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:53:17 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of Brez07


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split into two Maine Beer Company logo glasses. 2010 vintage

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color, slightly translucent. Sits in the glass a very dark brown with a nice 2 finger mocha head. Pretty good retention though out

S: Light roast, bitter chocolate, dark fruit and a whiff of smoke. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish

T: Starts with a nice roasted malt profile, along with some chocolate covered dark fruit. Some coffee. Then moves to more of the dark fruit flavor before finishing with a little more roast and some smoke. Full of good porter flavors

M: Medium bodied. Fairly smooth once the bottle was open for 10 minutes. Enough carbonation so you know it's there but it doesn't get in the way

D: Great drinking porter. Strong, but you don't realize it when you're drinking it. Wish this came in 12oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:23:10 | More by Brez07
Photo of Chico1985


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille.

Pours inky black with a nice tan head that retains as a good cap, leaving some lacing.

Great smell I could smell from feet away. Big roasty/smoky malt, dark chocolate and dark fruits.

Doesn't quite match the scent but still damn good, definitely could be mistaken for an imperial stout. Roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate and dark fruit are all big, very hoppy (pine mostly) for a porter too.

Good mouthfeel, but a little overly bitter to me. No booze noticeable.

A great beer but the hops are a bit too much in my opinion so it may improve with some age on it. But either way, really good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 23:11:28 | More by Chico1985
Photo of birderbeerer


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a three-finger, latte head. Lacing collects just above the head. The head dissipates but it refuses to go away.

Heavy chocolate and malt aromas. Some coffee deep in there. It smells like it's going to drink like a milkshake. Big, rich, stout malt aromas.

Rich, complex taste. Sweet malts tempered by dark roast. Chocolate, dark berries, pine, toffee, more chocolate. Tastes too rich and complex to drink fast. This is a sipper. It's fairly sharply carbonated but it has a creamy body.

Excellent. I'm going to be sipping on this bomber and loving it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 00:37:43 | More by birderbeerer
Photo of Vdubb86


3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 3Floyds pint glass

Thanks to billab914 for this want

2010 vintage

This beer pours a dark brown color with a serious head of beige foam. The aromatics are rather smoky with some caramel and a touch of soap in the background. The taste is pretty darn good there is a moderate mixture of smoke and roast. I actually detect a bit of lactose in the flavor as well. The distinct soured milk flavor is actually rather welcome with the roast in this version of the style. I like this beer, I find it to be very good. This isn't the best of the style that I've had in the past. I do however think that there is something missing here, and I don't know what that is. This beer is close to being great, but it's not there yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:53:15 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a big 3-finger tan head on it. The head has good retention and leaves good lacing behind on the glass.

S - It mostly smells of deep roasted malts and dark fruits. There are also notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and cherries.

T - It tastes of deep roasted malts and chocolate up front. There is a nice sweetness here, as well as some good dark fruit notes. Also I am getting some flavors of molasses, coffee, some smoke, and a touch of alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium body with moderate carbonation. It is rich, smooth, and goes down easy. There is some roasted bitterness present, as well as some alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - The drinkability is good. This is a great baltic porter. The taste is just amazing. I really enjoyed it. It was smooth and very easy to drink. I definitely recommend giving this one a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 10:57:52 | More by JizackFH
Photo of chugalug06


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Appearance is back with a tan foamy head that recedes to a thin wafer to top the brew leaving behind selective lacing

S - Wonderful smell, strong chocolate fruit notes with underlying tones of coffee and oak

T - Very coffee and chocolate with a slight bitterness. Very well hopped and beautifully malted. Slight alcohol flavor, but by no means overwhelming

M - Perfect carbonation and mouth feel, even coats with great flavor distribution

D - Very hard to put down and let set...

I'll be pursuing more of this beer to let "set and age" for a year or two. I would have loved to share this one with a friend. Drinks best around room temperature, maybe just below. Thanks Andy!


Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 00:54:04 | More by chugalug06
Photo of prototypic


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Baltic Porter is onyx in color. Looks pitch black. I'm not seeing any light or highlights at all. Very ominous. A mocha colored cap tops it off, and stands about a finger and a half tall. It's rather slow to recede, leaving a moderate web of sticky lace behind.

The nose is good, but is just a tad weak. Chocolate malts seem to be the base. Bittersweet dark chocolate is apparent throughout. Roasted coffee is there, but isn't very strong. A little dark fruit is also noted. A mix of yeast, molasses, and faint alcohol round it out. It smells good, but more strength would help quite a bit.

The flavor certainly doesn't lack for much. It's nothing short of explosive. The malt base features a strong dark chocolate flavor. There's a hint of roasted malt also. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and fig are tangy and acidic. They add character and quality depth. Roasted coffee emerges and drives it up another notch. Secondary flavors of yeast, black licorice, molasses, and light caramel are noted. Wow. Alcohol is there, but is blended well. Finishes bittersweet and a little tangy.

Baltic Porter has a medium body that definitely leans full with warming. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. It feels very creamy and smooth.

Baltic Porter is easily one of Smuttynose's finest beers. I'm actually a little surprised that it's as good as it is. It's chock full of explosive flavor, and delivers in just about every way. The nose could use a little more volume, but that's really my only complaint. Overall, it's an easy-drinking, delicious beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:14:29 | More by prototypic
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. Quickly goes away. Aroma of espresso beans, dark chocolate and molasses. Nice. Big roasted malts to start. Espresso and dark chocolate pick up in the body. A nice cream flavor as well. Dark fruits and an acidic note to a lesser extent. Dry hops give this beer a pretty quick finish. Big tasting Baltic Porter and very well constructed.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 23:37:22 | More by uustal
Photo of travis224


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says bottle conditioned in 2009. So I guess it's 2 years old. Thanks to Schreibeers for the trade. Pours pretty much black with thin tan head. Smell up front is coffee and chocolate, a hint of caramel and maybe something fruity. The taste is great coffee, chocolate, not to much carbonation. Just the right amount of bitterness. Truly a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 05:56:52 | More by travis224
Photo of chilly460


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with 2 fingers of milk chocolate colored head. Tons of retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front then comes the sweeter chocolate. Nice addition for a porter were the dark fruits, ripe plum and raisins. Good wallop of booze in there as well, in a nice way.

T: Whoa, one of the more complex porters I've tried. Roasted malts up front, almost coffee-ish. Plenty of dark fruit here as well, along with a sweet chocolate. This thing also had a "dry stout" type taste that was nice and a way to clean the palate without a haops flavor. Finally there is a great warm booze that hits, like a nice brandy or smooth whiskey does you right.

M: Medium to thick body with mild carbonation, this is definitely on point.

D: An amazing and highly addictive Porter. I've had plenty of porters that were concentrated on the "roastiness" side, this dark fruit character makes you want to drink plenty. Flavor, mouthfeel, aroma, this beer is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 16:14:09 | More by chilly460
Photo of jlindros


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

Tap at Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

Large creamy head, almost pitch black beer

Nose is dark malts, light roast, black patent malt, dry stout and baltic porter aromas, creamy malts, touch of earthy hops

Taste is fairly rich, bitter roasted dark malts, rich and a bit creamy, dry irish stout flavors, light dark fruits, chewy, touch of dark choc, baltic porter dry but stout like flavors , lightbooze, little fluffy, light earthy bettering hops

Mouth if med to heavier bodied, with decent carb

Drink is good, light booze, little sticky, nice bitterness

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 22:59:38 | More by jlindros
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with about 2 fingers of chocolate-colored head which sticks around for most of the glass and leaves a nice lacing as well.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by sweet chocolate and dark fruits such as raisins and prunes. There's also a slight tart cherry aroma as well.

T: Mmm, there's a lot going on in this beer so it's hard to pick out all of the individual flavors. Roasted malts up front with a strong dark fruit and chocolate flavor that follows. There is a slight tartness in there as well as on the aftertaste, along with an odd--but very nice--sweet cream flavor in the middle. The finish is only slightly bitter with a nice, roasty warmth from the alcohol and malts. Delicious.

M: Thick body with medium carbonation, this beer manages to provide a nice tingle from the carbonation and be creamy smooth at the same time. No undesired bitterness or sweetness lingering around after the sips.

D: Very drinkable beer and probably the best Baltic porter I've had to date. This beer goes down very easily with no unpleasant aftertastes or strong alcohol burn. Overall, an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:08:14 | More by n2185
Photo of MADhombrewer


4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a 2009 bottle poured into a Guinness glass.

Appearance- black with red highlights on the edges. Great tan colored head. Good lacing.

Smell- lots of vanilla and chocolate with roasted malt. Some coffee and alcohol to back it up.

Taste- Just as in the aroma there is a lot of chocolate and vanilla. The roasted malts and coffee round out the taste. Touch of alcohol in the end.

Mouthfeel- It is a little thicker than a traditional porter, but damn near perfect to me. Very creamy mouthfeel also.

Overall- I love to savor this for as long as I can since we don't get it around here. This is probably my favorite baltic porter. I can not get enough of this. HAVE. TO. GET. MORE.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:51:29 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber into my pint glass. this beer pours pitch black with a nice thick mocha color head. the smell is roasty malty sweet with hints of dark fruit and a slight hint of alcohol. the taste is very close with the dark fruits being more pronounced in the flavor than the smell. this beer has a full mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. this beer is very very drinkable. This beer is absolutely amazing and i have never tried it until now. its a real sleeper as most people would likely walk by it, but don't. buy 2 today and drink one now and cellar one as i will be cellaring a few to see how they are with some age on them. they definitely seem like they could improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:15:58 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of goalie33

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 16oz pint glass. Bottled in 2010.
A) Opaque black, no light coming through. Pours a large foamy tan head with good retention. Cannot see carbonation though the beer. Leaves lots of lacing in the glass.
S) Big roasted malt character. Notes of chocolate and espresso. Very little in the way of hop character.
T) Lots going on here. Very complex beer that wastes no time in letting you know what it's about. Big chocolate and espresso notes, big hop character with some bitterness-much more then in the nose. Chocolate and espresso beginning are followed up by dark fruits and finishing with a hoppy bitterness.
M/D) Full bodied beer. The body is heavier then most porters; more stout like. Slight prickle from carbonation on the tongue. The drinkablity of this beer is also more like an imperial stout then a porter. One of these is enough. This is a good nightcap or dessert beer and not really sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 05:16:28 | More by goalie33
Photo of Kinsman


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redoing my review with a 2010 version

Pours pitch black with a huge foamy head the color of coffee with milk added (yea, its the best analogy I could think of). This slowly fades to leave a sticky lace around parts of the glass.

Strong notes of sweet and tart fruitiness with some chocolate overlay a background aroma of freshly roasted coffee

A strong bitter/sweet fruit flavor suggesting raisins and some chocolate and coffee flavors mixed in. A bit estery too with a yeasty spice note which I find surprising for a lager yeast.

Full bodied, a little rough at first but goes down smooth.n Alcohol provides a warming kick at the end. Overall a decent strong porter for a cold and windy winter night such as this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:51:26 | More by Kinsman
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black beauty with a brown head on her shoulders. Strong coffee, chocolate, malt smells with a matching taste profile. There are enough hops in there to balance the sweetness and keep it from being one-sided. The body is not too thick as you may think, the carbonation lifts it from being considered cloying. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 18:41:53 | More by wcintula
Photo of unit555


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is nothing short of spectacular. Dark color with a head color that tend toward brown. Slight chocolate ans prominent sweet notes. We enjoyed it as a desert beer and liked it so much we stocked up at the local bottle store. A seasonal selection so dont miss the opportunity when you find it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 00:33:01 | More by unit555
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fatheads.

A: Pouts a dark black color with a small dark brown foam head. There is a moderate amount of lacing.

S: As it warms, the cocoa, dark chocolate roasted malt, alcohol and some sweet sugar.

T: Lots of sweet cocoa and chocolate hits the palate first and foremost and lasts throughout the tasting. There is some slightly mild hop bitterness in the middle. The ending is sweet and roasty with chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and roasted malts.

M: Leaves a sweet viscous taste on the palate. A nice full bodied beer.

D: A nice sipper on a cold night. Definitely a beer I would seek out and drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 00:15:19 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of brown2cu


3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours the color of obsidian with a formidable chocolaty head that sticks around a fair amount of sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: a lot more dark fruit than I was initially expecting. The most noticable were raisons there was also a fair amount espresso and bitter dark chocolate present. No real noticable hop character in the nose which is a pity as I feel it would have made the scent more clean.

T: cloying and heavy. much more bitter than I was expecting. The espresso and chocolate notes really overwhelmed the palate and not a lot could be discerned through this.

M: I was expecting something a little more smooth but was dissapointed with what I found. It is carbonated to a small degree which suits it rather nicely.

D: Very difficult to put down a large bottle in one sitting. The alcohol is not masked very effectively as it is in some other examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 20:02:49 | More by brown2cu
Photo of babaracas


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown getting close to a black-out, creamy medium brown two finger head forms and then settles to a quarter inch leaving wisps of sticky lace. Smell: rich roasty aroma, baker's chocolate, raisin, black plum, earthy, leafy and slightly lemony hopping. Taste: big time roasted grain with burnt edges, semi-sweet dark chocolate, raisin, date bread. Enough earthy hops to cut through the sweetness. Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, creamy carbonation upfront, alcohol starts to cut through mid sip but still really nice. Drying finish leaves sticky and slightly boozy chocolate behind. Really tasty and almost flawless. 2010 edition.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 07:01:53 | More by babaracas
Photo of justintcoons


3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged about a year and a half. Vintage 2009.

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly leaving behind nice lacing. No carbonation.

N: Cookie dough, musty book and coffee.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, charcoal, raisin, toffee and a hint of medicinal cherry that finishes bitter and dry with citrus and dark chocolate.

M: Rich and silky.

D: Good drinkability. Tasty and smooth with some good boozy warmth. Great for a cold winter night!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 00:59:27 | More by justintcoons
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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