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

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 185
Gots: 116 | 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%

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afausser

Montana

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours almost black, with a purple tint and about a finger of fluffy head (which is near white at the top and turns more of a mocha color near the bottom). The head dissipates into a thick ring around the glass. Extremely fine, golden lacing that quickly disappears.

Smell: Heavy aromas of bitter chocolate. Roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, and roasted malts. I'm also getting a slight scent of dark sweet fruits. As it warms, the fruit scent gets much stronger.

Taste: Predominantly coffee and molasses, with hints of chocolate and cherries. Plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A lot of tiny carbonation. It's great. The alcohol provides a touch of warmth--just enough.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily. Excellent, and would love to have again!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 04:47:23 | More by afausser
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolute purists insist the style should be reasonably clear, with garish highlighting at least, and should be of a deep brown colour but not black. Such people might have a qualm or two with this one. It most certainly is black and so opaque, in fact, that it eclipses all traces of light. They would approve, however, of this frothy, persistent, ebony-coloured head (it's as if someone took a blow torch and caramelized a block of sugar over top the beer).

This is a familiar smell to anyone who frequents coffee or confectionery shops and it makes a most welcome scent for any dessert tray. Rich, bitter cocoa beans and gourmet coffee dominate the bouquet. But they are not alone. The list of performers also includes dark toffee, blackstrap molasses, caramelized brown sugar and black licorice. It's a star-studded playbill, hand it to Smuttynose for the good casting.

That combination results in an aroma that forms a type of magnet from which the nose cannot be torn away; there is a coinciding effect on the palate. And I'm beginning to suspect that hops are playing some role in all of this. It's hard to pay them any attention, however, with licorice-infused almond butter, dark toffee topped with currants and chopped bits of black cherries and fresh-roasted coffee distracting the taste buds.

For all its roasty, bitter flavours the beer is curiously not all that roasty, nor all that bitter. In fact, this has a very clean character, one (at least partially) ceded from the lager yeast used to ferment the beer. Despite all the dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee, there is little to nothing roasty or astringent about it - and nothing the least bit burnt.

All that being said, it certainly is more roasty (and bolder) than most for this style. It drinks, in my opinion, a lot more like an American porter than a Baltic one. The beer concentrates heavily on the bigger flavours (dark chocolate, black licorice, espresso) while largely excluding the sweeter (toffee, brown sugar) and more subtle (currants and dark fruits) ones. Hops also play an uncharacteristically large role in the whole production.

The only thing making me hesitate to call this an 'Imperial' Porter is that, even now that the beer has reached room temperature, it hides its alcohol masterfully. As much as it trumpets its big flavour it has managed to ditch the alcohol (or any perception of it, anyhow). I've come to expect nothing less from a brewer who has proven a master of both versatility and consistency. Another stellar offering from one of America's most stellar breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:11:21 | More by biegaman
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hooliganlife

Missouri

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

thanks kennyo!

pour was jet black, thick, light creamy head

lots of molasses with hints of vanilla and roasted malts. a touch of sweetness and dark cherries

again, lots of molasses. hints of roasted malts, charcoal, dark cherries, black coffee, and a slight bitterness.

very full bodied, and quite thick. lots of micro carbonation

this is a huge baltic porter with tons of robust flavor. it was pretty easy to drink although a bit of a sipper at the same time. superb!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:54:02 | More by hooliganlife
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ectomorph

Tennessee

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

Fresh bomber into a pint glass in sections.

A - Dark brown, almost black body with a mocha head that rises well and leaves good lace.

S - Dark chocolate, raisins, and sweet bread up front. Coffee and figs shine through as it begins to warm.

T - Chocolate covered coffee beans with a slight alcohol spiciness. Rich dark fruit and a big warmth from the moderate ABV...

M - Thick and almost chewy. Big body and carbonation make this a meal on its' own.

D - Not what I would call sessionable, but an excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:11:21 | More by ectomorph
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UA8

Washington

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

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown with a rich foamy light brown head.

S- Tangy and rich medium roasted malts, raisins, prunes, and a touch of cocoa and coffee.

T- Rich roasted smokey chocolaty malts. Midpalate has sweeter malts popping through. Finishes with the baltic sweet and tangy thing which is oh so tasty.

M- Medium to medium high viscosity, with medium soft and velvety carbonation.

D- Probably one of if not the best baltic porters I have ever had. This is ridiculously drinkable. I would strongly recommend this beer if you enjoy porters or any dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:37:47 | More by UA8
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pours a dark black with caramal/brown two fingers foam. Smell is of dark roasted malts. This taste is much thicker then their imperial stout, so a much heavier body. Definately the best porter I have had, but I much prefer they imperial stout by Smuttynose. Quite easy to drink considering the abv%. I'm already buzzing off just this bomber. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 20:59:34 | More by WeedKing4
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dasenebler

Maine

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

You learn something new everyday: Baltic porters are commonly brewed with lager yeast, a tradition to which Smuttynose adheres.

Poured into a snifter: opaque black, with a small, but persistent dark tan head. Aroma is full of dark, bitter chocolate and molasses, with a clean, grassy hop background.

This is a delicious porter. At first very sweet with a huge chocolate flavor. A dark, roasty-bitter aftertaste lingers, providing a good balance to the flavor. As the drink progresses, a bit of citrusy hops is detectable. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel is impaired by a hard carbonation, though this improves over the course of the drink. I think this bottle may have been a bit over-carbonated, as previous bottles I've had were more tame.

Though there are a few relatively insignificant imperfections, this is an awesome porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:45:42 | More by dasenebler
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this 2009 version from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer is a very dark black, hardly showing any brown held up to the light. The head is a very dark brown that rises about 2 fingers and provides nice retention and great retention.

The aroma is really light with notes of coffee, raisins and alcohol. I'd really like something a little more bold and definitive.

The taste is phenominal. There are really nice sweet malts of sweet chocolate and cherry with a very smooth light bitter hoppy finish. Its so balanced and complete.

The mouthfeel is great, and its highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:57:39 | More by jrallen34
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alkchrios

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my absolute favorite beers.

Appearance- deep, dark black with a matching brown half inch head.

Smell- i could smell this beer the second it was handed to me. Strong chocolate smell with what I thought were undertones of oak.

Taste- is just as good as it looks. Chocolate, roasted malt, but not overbearing. I however did not taste undertones of fruit in this one and ive drank many of these.

Mouthfeel- for as heavy as this brew is, its suprisingly smooth. This beer is a really good one to sip slowly and just let the flavors sit on the tongue. Lighter carbonation...mine however was served a bit too cold when i first had this on tap. I suggest treating this as you would a cask beer...57 to 60 degrees is how i prefer this beer.

Drinkability- As I said before this is a really good beer to sip or even put down a few with a smoke.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 16:45:31 | More by alkchrios
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a deep black color with a decent amount of dark khaki head

S-strong roasted malt smell with notes of coffee and a little citrus

T-taste like it smells, strong roasted malt, some nice bitter chocolate, some taste of citrus and a hint of bitter hops

M-pretty smooth, slightly creamy and chewy and not too much carbonation, light warming and taste of alcohol

D-quite drinkable with the smoothness taken back slightly by the hops/carbonation combo

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:55:00 | More by cpetrone84
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with no transparancy. A large, dirty white chocolate colored head forms on top of the beverage and remains for quite a spell. The lacing is sporadic but heavy.

Aroma consists of sweet smelling malts, dark fruits, metallic tones, and chocolate.

Really nice chocolate flavor followed by a large dose of prunes and raisins. A touch more metal is present and the fruit seems to dominate. Sweet but not overly. Quite delicious.

Of the baltic porters I have had, this is certianly the most drinkable. The alcohol is slightly detectable but does not dominate or fatigue the palate. Most baltics seem to be really sweet and overly alcoholic; this one is not. A really nice representation.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:44:27 | More by SaCkErZ9
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bminor7

New York

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

22 oz from either Half Time or Savemore. Can't remember. Consumed on 11/6/2009. My first of the style.

A - black, head looks almost orange in contrast. disappears soon enough.

S - sugary sweet roasted malts. chocolate. alcohol, surprisingly.

T - coffee, caramel. smoke, peppery spice. big malt/hop flavor. this gets really good in the mid 50-60 degree F area. distinct bitter aftertaste from the hops. an almost isopropyl alcohol-like astringency at times.

M - great. medium heavy and ample carbonation.

D - awfully rich, but still very drinkable because of the delicious taste and fluffy texture. i would seek this out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 19:16:16 | More by bminor7
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber. Another Smuttynose Big Beer for the record books.

A- Very nice, creamed coffee head, a healthy pour gives me a frothy, 3-fingered head that settles nicely. Black-as-midnight body.

S- Slightly peppery, boozy, and very caramel-riffic. A unique porter profile, not something I've smelled before.

T- The caramel was borderline overpowering in the nose, but nowhere to be found in the taste (a good thing!!). This beer is fruity, moreso than most Baltic porters. I taste dates, raisins, plums, and perhaps some berry fruit as well. There's a rich, tannin-centric malt that draws slowly across the tongue. Hints of tobacco, leather, and an earthy quality help round out the robust flavor profile. Sweet, but in check, this is a tasty porter. Has some similar flavors to a few Old Ales I've had... the 2007 Old Stock I recently had is ringing in my head as I drink this.

M- Thick, chewy, and very well-constructed. Enough elements to keep you interested, a healthy carbonation, and a complexity not usually found in porters help this one score highly. Very fruity for a porter, something different, and something welcome as well.

D- Moderate. The bomber went down with no problem. Another tasty treat from Smuttynose... which is quickly surpassing DFH as my favorite East Coast brewery. Seriously, as a NH native at heart, I am thrilled to be within the distro. of Smuttynose. Truly a spectacular beer and another notch on the well-worn belt of Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:45:00 | More by ShogoKawada
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Lunch

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD (10/29/09). Served in a 10oz. goblet at a desired temperature.

A: Pours a very dark brown with one finger of a creamy coffee head that left decent lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: Not as pronounced as I expected but rather nice consisting of raisins, prunes, bitter dark chocolate, sweet malt and a hit of rum perhaps.

T: Fairly rich of prunes and raisins with a deep chocolate flavor emanating from a semi-sweet malt. A slight alcohol flavor is hidden behind a sugary black coffee and a roasted malt backbone.

M: Medium with a slight syrupy texture and seemed to improve as the beer warmed.

D: Fairly drinkable as the 8.7% abv. is hidden fairly well, but one was enough for me.

Overall I find this beer to be a pretty decent Baltic Porter, but it in no way wowed me as it has others. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 16:34:44 | More by Lunch
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ugaterrapin

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown verging on complete blackness. It is completely opaque and seems to absorb surrounding light and make the room darker. It has a deep tan head of about three fingers that resides slowly to leave a nice foam layer on top.

Smell: Not quite as strong as I was expecting. It smells of rich malts with notes of coffee.

Taste: At beginning of sip, it starts out with strong malt presence. There is a little bit of chocolate and caramel flavors, but the overarching flavor is coffee which lingers after the sip.

This is an excellent beer. It has been a long time since I have had a porter and this is one that will have me wanting to try many more. It is highly drinkable and the alcohol is masked amazingly well by the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:16:18 | More by ugaterrapin
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with about three fingers of medium brown foamy head. It also has some nice and thick lacing.

The smell is very malty with some hints of oats some slight coffee, and a bit of a pancake feel.

The taste has a nice bite as first, with some nice biscuit feel. a Mixture of subtle malt flavors give hints of dark fruits and some real raisin flavor.

The feel is of this beer is medium and is not too big for a big beer. A great beer for the cool fall night and those even colder winter hibernating months.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:05:16 | More by Duhast500
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

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

This is an excellent beer. The more time I have spent contemplating it, the better it compares to others.

Pours the color of black coffee with a dark mocha head. Foam dies down, but carbonation remains as you work through a glass.

Smell is intense with dark chocolate. There might be some dark fruit in there, too, but dark chocolate dominates, and continues to do do with the first sip. Flavor is strong, sweetened dark chocolate with a brief bitter finish.

This is a full, rich, big beer. Feel is massive. Drinkability is very good, limited more by the strong, bold flavor (which you want to slow down and savor), rather than any perceived alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:56:08 | More by bgjohnston
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

This is a very nice beer. Shared a bomber with a buddy and was very pleased with it.
Poured a very dark brown with a dull finish. Thick tan head forms and shows nice resilience. A good amount of lacing remains in the glass.

Aroma was rather bold. Deep dark roasted malts, slightly smokey and of charcoal.

While this is a bold beer, the ABV is very well hidden. Dark Chocolate, ash, dark fruits, raisins, coffee with cream and bold dark roasted malts. The deep chocolate flavors stick with you for a while.

Really thick, rich and bold body and mouth feel. This is a big beer and aptly a part of the Big Beer Series.

I really enjoyed this and will look to grab another couple of bottles when the time comes.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 22:38:32 | More by Reagan1984
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kels

Virginia

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

No surprises in the appearance of this beer. Pours incredibly dark brown, more or less black, completely opaque into my Unibroue tulip. The tan, foamy head starts off at about 2 fingers and fades slowly to a skim and well-retained ring along the top of the beer. Slippery spots of lace slide down the walls of the glass with each sip and a cloudy swirl sits atop the liquid.

Aroma is of dark roasted coffee, slightly burnt and a little smoky. There's a hint of bitter chocolate and deep, richly roasted malt. There's a light, dry sweetness to the scent, somewhat like cocoa powder accompanied by a very warm, leathery smell. A hint of the alcohol creeps through.

The taste is full and rich. The bitterness of the deeply roasted malts comes through like dry roasted coffee, tobacco and leather. There's only a hint of sweetness like bittersweet chocolate. The roastiness is so deep that it borders on smoky. The alcohol is more present in the taste than the smell, overwhelming the other flavors slightly and giving the beer a bit of a barleywine aspect - that slick, sweet, darkly fruited stickiness. The feel is moderately carbonated, which is completely necessary to balance out the serious stickiness of the brew.

Drinkability is moderate. The rich roasted flavors and aroma are really greatly representative of the style. The heavy alcohol and stickiness is all that slows me down.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:42:24 | More by kels
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calise1122

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dig around the fridge and find this nice 24oz Big Beer Series Baltic Porter looking back at me from the far right corner. Long week, a nice quite Friday night - very little thought goes into the selection. I reach for the neck, grab a snifter and head for the den (do people still use that word? What classifies as a den? I like to think of my main room as one).

Let's see what shuffle all has in store for us tonight; first song: "From The Top of My World" by My Brightest Diamond. A little dreary for me, but I didn't write these rules - I just play by them.

What a great label

An aggressive pour watches the glass catch a dead end dark liquid with the frothiest head I have seen in a while. It looks like a coffee Frappee and stands about 3 fingers tall. Slowly fades to about a centimeter or two and just percolates. Bubbles bursting at the scene nearly showing off. By the end of From The Top of My World - the head has retreated back into the black hole below it... but there is plenty of lacing and floating islands of light tan bubbles hanging around for the ride.

---- Beatles up next with 5th song of my favorite album - "Here, There and Everywhere"... this is a nice transition from the last song. Still slow and careful, but with a much more pleasant melody. ---

A swirl of the glass almost gives a trampoline effect to the aroma - throwing a coffee and chocolate backflip into my face.

----"Long Walk Ahead of Us" - The Walkmen; good stuff----

The smell is so damn rich and full of chocolate, that I almost miss the dark fruits covered in vanilla and whip cream in the background.

Then there is the taste - oh what a taste. Chocolate in spades, covered in coffee ice cream ... It has some booze on it, especially in the finish - but it is warmly accepted within the overall make up of this fine beer. A great combination of prunes, plums, bitter chocolate... but with something inside the chocolate. It reminds me of those Andies Mints. Which, now that I say it, I haven't had in 10 years. Those are so damn good and this beer reminds me of 'em quite a bit. Only if they made them with a more bitter chocolate. Hate to get nostalgic, but this is just that kinda beer.

---- "I Don't Know" by Lisa Hannigan- now this is the first curveball to the lineup... I love this girls voice, don't know much about the band she is playing with, but a nice song.---

My only complaint - and it is not one I would ever voice unless alone in my den listening to...

----"Warm Beer and Cold Women" Tom Waits off of Nighthawks at the Diner. Get this album if you don't have it - please. Get it now. And if you live in LA, get it yesterday. In this song, Tom talks about a bar called "The Last Ditch Attempt Salon" - what a great name.----

... music - is that it's a bit to bitter sometimes. But like I said, hardly a complaint worth voicing.

Mouthfeel is full as a balloon and creamy as cream pie. Really great body, maybe perfect. Carbonation is dead on, it has a nice chewiness to it, it is creamy as can be and thick like a malt shake. Great job by Smuttynose on this beer. The best Baltic Porter I have ever had - and while I have had this a few times before - I am not sure why I don't make it a bigger mainstay

Outro: "Can You Tell" by Ra Ra Riot

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 22:04:37 | More by calise1122
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albern

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a first rate porter. It is very warming and just right for the cold weather approaching. It pours an inky black color impervious to light, with a slightly matte hue. There is a nice brown head to the beer, with decent lacing and retention. The nose is very pungent and very good. There are lots of roasted coffee notes, chocolatey sweet malts, a touch of cherry dark chocolate, maybe a touch of chicory. The nose is very flavorful an enticing.

The taste is very creamy, very smooth, and dangerously drinkable at 8.7% ABV. There is a very nice cocoa powder flavor to the beer, lots of roasted sweet malts, chocolatey flavors, some slight cherry dark chocolate. There is a warming thick and chewy syrupy consistency to this full bodied beer. It is quite substantial, full palated. There are plenty of roasted notes, but the beer is very sweet. There is an oily mouthfeel going on, just a touch of the throatiness due to the high ABV, and lots are charred creaminess in the finish. This is very worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 21:54:49 | More by albern
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projectflam86

Ohio

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

JoeyBeerBelly sent me this brew as an extra! Thanks Joe!

A- Pours a deep black color with a huge dark brown head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Dark roasted malt and some smoke. A faint dark fruit presence in there somewhere.

T- Big full roasted flavor with a huge amount of smoke and dark malt sweetness. A snappy bitterness in the finish is nice for balance. A bit of oak and dried fruit with some burnt toast rounds out the flavor.

M- Full bodied with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation.

D- Really nice brew that is packed full of roasted bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:40:56 | More by projectflam86
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a decent dark tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight brown malts and cocoa, but does not do the taste justice at all. Taste is a wonderful blend of bitter cocoa, brown malts, molasses, and dried fruits, very enjoyable and complex. The beer is on the heavy side of medium, but the alcohol is not intrusive at all, a very enjoyable sipper. This is a truly spectacular Baltic Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 23:06:42 | More by atsprings
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Crack1Open

New York

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

A- Pours a dark brown almost black with a beautiful sand brown 1 inch head that dissipates to nothing in decent time. Dark brown/amberish translucency at edges.

S- Can already smell some of the rich scent before even picking up glass to get the close proximity scents. Mild dark fruits, roast malts, molasses?, faint alcohol, and hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- Slight dark fruits can be seen up front. Rich flavors of delicious malts, notes of chocolate and coffee. A minor alcohol semi-finish that diminishes quickly into a nice roasted coffee and cream flavor. Finishes quite well.

M- Nice, rich, and creamy but somehow still "kinda" light for an Imp. porter. Medium to low heavy mouthfeel.

D- For such a big beer, it is really drinkable. Drank quite easily. This is a bit of a dangerous one.

All in all, another solid offering from Smutty's Big Beer Series.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 07:24:42 | More by Crack1Open
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hoegaardenhero

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: a beautiful deep black crude oil body; comlplete opacity; nice tan/light brown had with tight bubbles fades relatively quickly leaving a ring around the glass

s: rum; raisins; prunes; sweet chocolate syrup; light coffee;

t: dark chocolate; coffee; sweet plums and prunes; some abv comes through; but overall very good with nice sweetness and syrupy fruitiness and coffee tastes

m: light carb; very smooth body--the carb seems to have bery tiny bubbles which make for kind of a sharpness on the tongue that is littl strange for me but keeps things interesting

d: a great beer for the style and an overall great beer; i couldn't believe it when i found this at my local beer shop

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:40:19 | More by hoegaardenhero
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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