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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: 1,028
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 196
Gots: 117 | FT: 10
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
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 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.

birderbeerer, Mar 31, 2011
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.

Vdubb86, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
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.

JizackFH, Mar 21, 2011
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!


chugalug06, Mar 20, 2011
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.

prototypic, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of uustal
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.

uustal, Mar 12, 2011
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.

travis224, Mar 12, 2011
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.

chilly460, Mar 11, 2011
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

jlindros, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of n2185
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.

n2185, Mar 07, 2011
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.

MADhombrewer, Feb 26, 2011
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.

rowingbrewer, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of goalie33
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.

goalie33, Feb 21, 2011
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.

Kinsman, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of wcintula
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.

wcintula, Feb 14, 2011
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.

unit555, Feb 14, 2011
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.

IronCitySteve, Feb 14, 2011
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.

brown2cu, Feb 10, 2011
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.

babaracas, Feb 10, 2011
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!

justintcoons, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of EkimGram
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" from 22oz. bomber. Deep, dark brown colour. Nice thick head.

Smell: Roasted malts and barley. Some notes of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Very malty, sweet, and chocolaty. A mild alcohol flavour rounds everything nicely. Aftertaste is a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, very sticky.

Drinkability: Goes down exceptionally easy. Very little alcohol flavour. A little too sweet for my own personal taste. Overall, a very solid beer.

EkimGram, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a nice 1-finger chocolatey-brown head. Leaves behind good lacing.

S: Some roasted barley and cocoa powder.

T: First impression: chocolate malt. Big on the chocolate, which I'm digging on a cold, snowy night. Roasty. Some charcoal bitterness becomes evident as it warms, as does some fruit - dark, dried fruit. Finishes with some heat on the way down the gulley and into the belly (not surprising given the 9% ABV). Reminds me, flavor-wise, of a Double Stout.

M: Medium in heft, maybe a tad bit lighter than medium - this is where I'm reminded that this is a porter and not a Double Stout. Carbonation is nice and creamy.

D: Excellent. This is going down fast notwithstanding the high alcohol.

Kendo, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- thick and black. enormous chocolate brown head thats reluctant to go away. leaves much lacing. very nice.

S- big malt smell with a hint of cocoa and some booze. beers colder than i wanted and still has plenty o smell.

T- yowza.. big flavor. mild chocolate up front with a subtle malt, then mild hop bitterness. nothing over the top, very nicely balanced.

M- feels good. nice thickness for a porter, not too thin. medium carbonation that goes down smooth.

D- totally drinkable. taste is spot on, not too heavy, well rounded. i wouldnt wanna pound this in the middle of the summer at a cookout but fantastic nonetheless

Gushue3, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Jester King preparty, 28 Jan 2011. Courtesy of John (I think).

Small dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark brown color. Aromas of coffee and molasses. Molasses, some chocolate, dates. Slightly bittersweet finish. Medium body. Warming ethanol.

htomsirveaux, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown with about a finger of light tan head that settles down to a creamy layer of foam that sits through the whole drink. Really fruity aroma, I kind of get raspberries and dark bitter chocolate. Toasty dark malty flavors with a slightly bitter coffee flavor to round it out. The feel is pretty good, it's fully and creamy with soft carbonation. Drinks nicely also. One of the best of the styles that I've had.

Bendurgin, Jan 29, 2011
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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