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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: 1,067
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 210
Gots: 122 | FT: 9
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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:
Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 01-22-2008

35 IBU

2007 - 8.1%
2009 - 8.7
2010 - 9.02%
2013 - 9.8%
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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of goalie33
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of wcintula
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of unit555
4.46/5  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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.27/5  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.

Photo of brown2cu
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of babaracas
4.37/5  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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Photo of EkimGram
3.79/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a dark brown color with some reddish mahagony highlights. Nice tan head that collars around the rim but fades rather quicker than I had expected. Nice aroma of dark chocolate, slight roast, and brown sugar. I really am hoping this thing tastes just as good as it smells! Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking is the first thing that comes to mind for me. The dark chocolate notes are sweet with very little bitterness. Some dark fruit notes as well blended into the flavor. A hint of smokiness/roast as well in the finish. Overall, pretty pleased with this one.

Photo of nas5755
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - solid black beer with a mocha head, great retention and no lacing worth mentioning

S - dark fruits and chocolate

T- dark fruits and berries, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, milk chocolate on the finish, a little smoke and some bitterness on the finish

M - Silky smooth, chewy, nice mid-low carbonation, fantastic.

D- A fantastic beer. Baltic Porters are one of my favorite styles and this beer was crafted exceptionally well. The silky smooth mouth-feel was out of this world

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into dimpled glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a nice sized foamy, tan colored head that leaves nice rings of lace around the glass. The aroma is nice and shows dark chocolate, toasted caramel, roasted coffee, and bittersweet cocoa. Some earthy hops come through as well. The flavor is just as malt forward as the nose lets on with rich chocolate and sweet caramel up front followed by roasted coffee, and some earthy hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied and really smooth and easy drinking with good carbonation with a lingering roasty finish.

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with very good head retention and considerable, dark, mocha colored lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, consisting of coffee grounds, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. While the flavor profile replicates the nose, there just more of everything on the palate. The intensity of flavor is very impressiv in this beer, and the moderate sweetness (balanced nicely by the underlying hops) seems perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, somewhat dry and slightly bitter finish. There is some nice milk chocolate in the finish as well that I really like. Drinkability is good, though you can sense the alcohol is on the high side in this well crafted beer. Still, this is a delicious, well made baltic porter that was a pleasure to enjoy on draft.

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours Dark Brown with over 2 fingers of Tan head. The head was the fine bubble kind that took a while to fade to a nice film.

S - Smells of Black Cherry, Chocolate, Minerals, and Dark Bread.

T - Roasty with Caramelized Sugar, Cherry, Chocolate, Molasses, and Coffee.

M - It is a little Bitter, with a little higher Carbonation than expected and the finish is a little chalky.

D - This is actually very drinkable for as dark as it is. I would definitely be better with some age on it.

Photo of silentjay
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours black as midnight with a huge dark tan head that slowly recedes and leaves tons of lacing.

plenty roasty with some cocoa powder, bitter coffee, some dark stone fruits and berries.

very smooth flavor that includes all the aromatics but brings in some licorice, anisette, booziness, but balanced with plenty of sweetness, roast, and bitterness. nice.

a bit thin on the finish with very subtle carbonation and plenty of booze on the finish.

drinks rather well with some booze heat throughout, but not harshness. very flavorful and impressive.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now we're talking. For $6 range Smuttynose has delivered a tremendous value of a Porter. Poured a slow to emerge 2" head which took quite a while to settle down to a trace. Looks dark as coffee of course. Fantastic smells and tastes heavy on the chocolate side and light on the coffee side. Not as rich as a Russian Imperial Stout but hanging right in there.

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Notes from 1/8.

Pours engine oil black with full head of brown foam that settles into a thin layer. Rich roasted smell like a cup of coffee. Chocolate hints. Thick Chewy taste. Roasted but fruity tones - dark fruit. Smooth and creamy. Light residual bitter taste, very balanced. Plummy. Full of flavor good drinker.

Photo of modernartblues
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed From Notes

Served into a Tulip at Mikro

A: blacker than black, 1/2" head (brownish coffee life in color) seems to never recede, plenty of sticky lacing

N: roasty, chocolaty, some dark fruits and coffee, tough to distinguish between an imperial stout

T: roastiness, followed by chocolate, the finish has an odd taste at the end that I had trouble identifying it,....after consulting the Smuttynose website, I found that 'baltic' porters are often brewed with lager yeast, which gives the beer a different profile than the classic porter....my verdict: pleasant and unique

M: this is where the porter part lives up to its name, though chewy the mouthfeel is not quite that of a big stout....good for a porter though

D: high for a high abv....loving this one, can see myself buying 4 or 6 packs of this

Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, New York. Served in a nonic.

Look: pretty black with a thin, mocha colored head. There's not a whole lot of retention and a little bit of lacing sticks to the glass but not a whole lot.

Smell: roasted malt and a bit of booziness and dark fruits. Not a whole lot but just enough.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, and a good portion of dark fruit and some alcohol.

Feel: not much in the way of carbonation, some alcohol bite, medium to full body.

Drink: I put this away fairly quickly but I ended up sessioning something else that night instead, so this might be one of those "You could have a lot of these... but do you want to?"

Overall, I'm not a big fan of Baltic porters in general but if Baltic Porters are your thing, this is certainly something you might like. Cheers!

Photo of chaz410
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased at Brawleys in Charlotte, NC.
Pours a deep, opaque, black body with no hope of transparency. It has a very nice, full, thick, froathy head that's a deep amber color with reddish hints. The body itself has hints of crimson lining when held to the light.
Smell is very complex. Lots of chocolate malt and roasty hints. The lager yeast gives a rounded sweet, bready character and paired with the dark sweetness gives a slight vanilla/banana character show up amongst the other flavors.
Taste is full of malty sweetness and rounded balance of chocolate, caramel, roasted barley and coffee notes. there's a layering of deep roasted flavors such as toasted marshmellow and creme bruele. There's some milky character and lots of chocolate layers going from milk chocolate to dark.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich but still drinkable and doesn't get too assertive until it warms up to room temp.

Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.