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

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 195
Gots: 117 | FT: 10
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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 scootny
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An almost jet black brown with a huge head brown head and scads of sticky lacing all over, and all the way down the glass. Very good retention and covering. There may be bubbles but there is no way to see.

Smell is sweet breadiness like a bakery on Saturday morning. A touch of coffee and firm roasted dark grains.

Taste is just perfect. Thick coffee and smooth malts. A molasses and chocolate interplay. A firm but unobtrusive bitterness and delicious balance. A light tanginess. Some nice dark fruitiness. Not an overly complex brew, but for me porter is a more straight ahead style. Like smashmouth football. Just bring the right flavors to the glass and play. The beauty is in the interplay and balance of the components and I can find no better. Alcohol just peeks around the corner from time to time but is very well hidden. Finish is mild and clean. More coffee lingers and coats the mouth, sweet dark grains support it.

Mouthfeel dry, clean, and quenching. Medium in weight and velvety in carbonation there is a light effervescence at the top of thee mouth.

Not a session beer but it could fool you into thinking that. It is that smooth and easy drinking. What high abv?

Just a great Baltic Porter. The best I've had so far.

scootny, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of tburkhart
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade.

Pours black as night. Caramel head disappears very quickly.

Smells of toffee and caramel. Very enjoyable.

Taste has a subtle roasted malt taste.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth.

A very drinkable beer from Smuttynose. This was one of my first experiences with them and look forward to trying some more.

tburkhart, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of rousee
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown-black color with a small tan head that remains throughout. Aroma is of dark roasted malts with some elements of licorice and chocolate.

Taste is as described on the bottle-very robust and rich dark roasted malt up front. There is a slight fruity aspect like berries and it finishes sweet. A little syruppy on the mouthfeel but nothing that detracts in any significant way. Definitely improves as it warms and breathes and is perfect for a cold winter night.

rousee, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/22/08. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a beautiful dark tan head that persists until the very end of the glass. Aroma of coffee and roast. Flavor of coffee, roast, chocolate, slight raisin as the beer warms. This is a thick, rich beer, very reminiscent of an imperial stout. Very creamy. Excellent. 7/5/7/4/16 (3.9/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one really looked great in the glass. Rich black to brown with a brown/tan foamy head that disappeared fairly quickly. Smell of chocolate, smoke, and raisins in the nose and the initial taste is both rich roasted malt and a somewhat bitter nutty taste that balances the very dark roast in the nose and ends with a sudden burst of smoke (like a campfire) in the mouth and nose. Very different, complex and definitely one of those you want to savor and sip. Tasted great, no matter the temperature (of the beer). The unique lager process was obvious in the smoothness of the beer, but the smoke taste was, after half a glass, a bit much. Enjoyable, but not as drinkable as I would have liked. The alcohol wasn't noticeable with the slower pace I was drinking, but I noticed after 30 minutes or so.

tugdriver7, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears pitch black except for some very slight reddish highlights on the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. One inch creamy tan head sinks to a skim that holds up pretty well but it leaves no lacing.

Aroma is very chocolatey, with a lots of raisin and dark fruit, and a hefty amount of coffee as a backbone.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate at the forefront that blends with some raisin and brown sugar towards the middle. A toffee sweetness comes in right afterwards but is quickly overtaken by coffee-like roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and quite chewy and smooth.

This is a great example of an American Baltic Porter. I certainly enjoy Okocim, Zywiec, and Baltika but this is not that similar. Very good stuff.

roadhouse, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate US election 2008 than with a big ass baltic porter? I had to break US shipping laws to get this beer. That makes me a proud American.

Pours a dark brown, almost black coffee color with a small & bubbly 1 finger deep head. Head quickly dissipates into a ring of tiny bubblesa round glass. Little to no lacing or webbing.

Smells of alcohol soaked plums, over ripe fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee, light toasted/roasted aromas. Not as strong as I'd hoped, but nice.

Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit fruitiness(!), toasted malts, raisin, sweet molasses like malts, smokiness, tobacco, black licorice, bitter finish. Unsure if it's bitter toasted malts or hops. But...this beer....tastes delicous. Bravo.

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth, creamy, full, spot on carbonation, lingering bitter finish. Yeah.

A 22oz bottle was a quite a bit. Especially if you plan on topping your night off. Wish they had this in 12 oz offerings. ut a bomber is cool to share with friends & talk about the experience.

A fantastic beer. I'm really enjoying the big beer series from Smuttynose. Kudos. Distribute to California. Now. Thanks. Go vote.

bbothen, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep black, small, but roasted tan head. Starts big, then slims.

Nice and even nose, medium strength roastiness, bit of burnt coffee. Rather muted.

Taste: Smooth...yum. Bitter malt, becomes a bit too bitter from sip to sip. More bitter, less sweet. That can be great sometimes, but I'm getting turned off a little. Coffee tones on top, chocolate malt below. Can it be chocolate malt if it's brewed as a lager?
(Somehow, I suspected as much tasting, and checked the label for confirmation.)

I can't tell you exactly why I don't love this. Is it too hoppy? Too bitter? That's normally not a problem.
Very smooth, but not perfectly so. Then again, I like some character here and there, even if means a flaw in flavor or something. So what am I saying? Hmmm...well...

Hey, here comes the dark fruit, a bit of raisin and plum. I'm liking it more...not so bad, all of a sudden.

This is starting to remind me of some favorite Baltic Porters of mine. (Though it still tastes too much like ashtray.)

feloniousmonk, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, but appears black in the glass. Very large, frothy and well developed dark tan head. Vibrant nose, but lacks a bit of depth. Still has some pleasant notes of chocolate covered raisins. Flavor is very complex with notes of chocolate, pit fruit, toffee and a touch of coffee. Very nice finish as well on this bad boy.

Crosling, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

2008 Bottling

This was yet another beer I was anxious to try that hoppymeal sent me, thanks Derek! Smutty's Baltic Porter is black as night. The body is so dark it won't allow one single ray of light through the blackness. Two fingers of large bubbled head, that's so dark brown it has a purple tinge to it, grow easily on the soft pour. The rich looking head fades quickly to a skim coat barely thick enough to cover the body with a ring that's bigger but not by much. Small splashes of lacing are left here and there.

This big Baltic Porter is all around rich and decadent. High cocoa content dark chocolate shavings coat slightly under ripe blackberries and create the backbone of this beer. Everything else just adds some complexity. There's some coffee ground bitterness brought about from the roasted malts floating through here and there while figs and a quick note of alcohol rise from the glass. The clean alcohol adds to the aroma. This is a beer I could sit and sniff at all night.

Everything in the aroma of this beer jumps out in the flavor. The chocolate is so dark and rich it borders on bitter when combined with the mild coffee grounds. The berries are just like the nose suggested with an under ripe peppery bite that pops mid-palate. The chocolate and roasty malts are concentrated enough to last throughout the entire drink. Clean, spicy, and drying alcohol brings up the rear in a very nice way. Smuttynose makes one hell of a Baltic Porter!

The mouthfeel fits the beer well but could use a little more silkiness or density. The roasted malts leave a mild coating of bitterness after the moderately heavy (or is it heavily moderate) body works its way across the tongue. The carbonation is lively enough to keep things moving but mellow enough to not to stay out of the way.

The drinkability is surprisingly good when taking into consideration the deep rich flavors. This is a beer to be sipped and savored; it just continues to open up.

This is an excellent Baltic Porter and may be my favorite from the Big Beer Series with the Imperial Stout giving it a run for its money. This could be my new favorite domestic Baltic Porter. Thanks for another great beer Derek!

joe1510, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncvbc for this growler.

A: The beer is dark, a robust black color that allows nothing to emerge from its murkiness. The first pour generated a tanned-leather color head that was slow to dissolve.

S: The nose is great, thick and bready with an aroma that matches up against the best of the authentic Russian imperial stouts. This is how I imagine an imperial-era Baltic Porter smells.

T: The beer features lots of dark flavors, including chocolate, coffee, licorice and refined molasses. The flavors are big, strong with a nice kick of booze behind them. Bready grains, dark and chewy, keep everything grounded together. The ale has a surprising hoppiness as well, throwing off a big bite that cuts through the malts.

M: The mouthfeel alternates between the dark malts and lively hops. The strength is evident but rarely overwhelming.

D: The booze is present but doesn't plod into the taste. The parallels between this beer and Russian imperial stouts are amazing. If I didn't know better (based on the label), I'd've rated this as an impy.

akorsak, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo a while ago, split it with grub, that man loves some porter.

Pours a clear dark brown, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms and drops some lace spots, settles to a thin ring, looks quite nice. Smell is good, sweet and caramelized, nuts, roast, toast, chocolate, very clean aroma, almost like chocolate milk, lots of dark fruit, alcohol is hidden. Taste is nice, toasty, lots of fruit, raisins, chocolate milk, caramel, cherries, brown sugar, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol is totally hidden and this is some smooth stuff. Smuttynose puts out some great stuff at more than fair prices, I need to grab some more next time I'm in NY.

Viggo, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 release. Obsidian with no appreciable highlights whatsoever. The coffee ice cream colored cap filled slightly more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating extremely slowly, leaving an impressive amount of buckshot-shredded lace in its wake. This is truly spectacular looking beer.

If it wasn't for the tart dark fruitiness, Russian Imperial stout would have been my first guess. There has to be a huge amount of chocolate and black malt in the house. Forget the fact that a lager yeast was used, there are esters galore emanating from the glass.

Baltic Porter tastes as dark and as rich as it looks and smells. This is amazingly delicious beer and is a stunning achievement, given the fact that it's Smuttynose's first attempt at the style. You absolutely nailed it, guys. It's also one of the biggest examples of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to consume.

One of the beer's biggest strengths is the perfect interplay between sweet, bitter and tangy (in order from most to least). The roasted malt backbone is huge without going overboard, and without weighting things down with malt sugars. Warming turns an already great beer into something truly special.

The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, creme caramel, dark raisins, ripe figs and a surprising amount of black licorice. This beer puts the lie to the notion that lagers can't be complex. Smuttynose shouldn't change... one... single... thing for the next release.

The mouthfeel is pure heaven. I'm tempted to say that even more heavy creaminess would be great, but I'm not sure that it would be an improvement. If you're a fan of softly carbonated and lightly chewy, you'll be impressed.

Other than Imperial Stout, I haven't been blown away by any of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. Baltic Porter not only gives the stout a run for its money, it just might be the best beer that this brewery has released. If you're lucky enough to have access, buy all you can carry. In fact, taking a pack horse wouldn't be a bad idea.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blacker 'n black. nice brown head

dark, husky malt aromas with a coffee suggestion

creamy mouthfeel, which is nice, though this baltic porter is a little low on the flavor quotient. tasty, yes: molasses, toastiness, but ultimately it's no flavor bomb like some of its bretheren are. definitely fermented with a lager yeast, which has made for a fairly smooth though hefty brewha

fairly bitter, this one, actually. no sign of smokiness, but plenty of caramelized 'ose

bruachan, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, creamy chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy, sweet and malty with a strong flavor of coffee that dominates. There are background flavors of dark fruit and chocolate and a very mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice higher-powered porter to drink for a while, but it's definitely more of a sipper than a pounder.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, but also not necessarily "big," although I guess there's no arguing with 8.7%. Pours black, but a bit thin. Head is medium sized, with medium staying power. Aroma is a bit mercaptan-like, with some cotton candy, sweet vineous, and some grainy aroma. Flavor is dry and roasty with some sweetness. Flavor is predominantly dry and roasty, with some chocolate notes. Flavor really lingers in your mouth; the dryness is very persistent. Mouthfeel is a weird - a bit thin and sticky at the same time, which seems contradictory but is true.

Still, not bad, I'd recommend it. I found this pretty enjoyable. I bought this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of jmalex
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose can certainly make a nice porter. Their Robust Porter is one of my refrigerator staples. But can they translate that success to a Baltic Porter version?

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker black in color with a small, loose-bubbled, tan head. It immediately drops to a thin collar with a small patch of foam.

SMELL: Rich chocolate and caramel combined with ripe plums and licorice combined with a little breadiness and nutty flavor and all topped off with a decent alcohol heat. Quite nice.

TASTE: Slightly sweeter than some of the eastern European versions, but other than that, this is spot on. The flavors mirror the nose but with a toned-down alcohol flavor that only gives it a tiny bite.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is nice and thick. But a very low carbonation makes this beer feel a tiny bit slick and syrupy. A minor nitpick however.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is very good, even on a hot summer day. The 8.7% ABV actually seems a little low, which only helps.

Impressive. This is definitely on the short list of authentic-tasting American-brewed Baltic Porters. I'd have this again for sure.

jmalex, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black body with no visibility, no highlights. Topped by three fingers of fuzzy, floppy dark tan foam. Decays to a level half finger table top.

Aroma of rich dark coffee, hint of chocolate, dash of licorice, and assorted dark fruits.

Rich coffee taste, black at first, but with a splash of milk at the end. Highly enjoyable dark fruity aftertaste. Hints of licorice, but no alcohol burn.

Smooth, slick, full, just terrific mouthfeel.

Yes, theres that phrase again: Dangerously drinkable (if we view 8.7% ABV beers as dangerous anymore).

Just further proof of the sometimes overlooked excellence of Smuttynose.

RonfromJersey, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of msolar
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow - this is a very complex beer. First, it pours pitch black. Zero light it coming through this narrow pint glass even when held up in front of a light. The head is a thick, dark cream color that fades to a nice lacing and leaves just a bit of foam on the glass. Very low carbonation. The aroma isn't as strong as I had expected, but hints of coffee with a hint of smokiness. The roasted coffee bean flavor really comes out with the first sip and leaves a nice hop bitterness on the palette that lasts. Great flavor but it's full-bodied character combined with its bitterness detracts from its drinkability. It's far from a session beer but certainly would make a nice after-dinner or cigar pairing.

It's rich - the only thing keeping it from truly being in milk stout territory is that tinge of alcohol after taste.

A-/A beer for sure.

msolar, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yessir, I really enjoy this brew. Pours deep and dark, nearly black with ruby and brown hues. Big creamy tan head caps it off with great retention. Smell is deep, dark, and complex. Very inviting. Chocolate, somewhat dark and bitter, light caramel, coffee is there for sure. Dark fruits are underneath it all. Taste is also very wonderful. So much flavor, very well rounded, just great. Chocolate, fruit which is slightly tart and plays well, great coffee and roast aftertaste. Light nutty flavor and toasted bread as well. Excellent balance between sweet and roasted, with roast winning for me. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, exactly what I'd hope for in a brew such as this. Like velvet, making you take sips in smaller intervals than you'd truly like. I am very pleased to have tried this brew on a few occasions.

GratefulBeerGuy hooked me up with a couple bombers a while back and tayner hooked me up with the bomber that I just had recently...this is a terrific beer. Thanks for the chance to have this as #400, Dana!

ncvbc, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a kick ass label! This label is a work of art, literally. I don't know what the paiting is called or who painted it, but I do know it seems fitting for a Baltic Porter label. It's a label you have to see for yourself up close. In the lower right hand corner is the bottled year of 2008. The far right of the label only has the US Government. The far left side has 3 seperate paragraphs. The first one talks about how it's part of their big beer series. The second one talks about the origins of the Baltic Porter style. The third and final paragraph gives a few of the flavor that you'll find in this beer. Everything you need to know about this beer can be found on the label.

Appearance: I went ahead and poured this beer beer into a "Maudite" Snifter. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was just as thick and black as (Texas T) oil. It looked so much like oil that I almost refined it into gasoline and put it into my car. Sitting on top of this oily brew was a 1 1/2 to 2 inch tan colored head of foam. It's just too bad that this head of foam only had OK retention. It only left behind a handful of tan foamy rings and a small amount of spots of tan lace around the glass. Well, at least the beer had the thick oily black appearance going for it.

Smell: Hmm, what kind of an aroma am I going to get from an oil colored beer? Hoppy? Fruity? Nope! The aroma was thick and dark like the color of this beer. This thick, dark, and roasted aroma was filled to the edge with dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a fig or two, raisins, a hint of floral hops, and a dash of cinnamon at the finish line. Toward the end of the beer's life in the glass, a splash of sweet caramel will emerge. Better late than never I guess. I can't pick out which dark aroma had the most air time because every aroma had their equal share of air time. The most interesting thing in the aroma was the cinammon. I never thought that would ever show up in a Baltic Porter aroma.

Taste: If you couldn't tell already for the aroma and appearance, the taste was thick, dark, chewy, slightly dry, and roasted with dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, black cherries, a few raisins, bitter dark chocolate, a touch of roasted floral hops, and then this dark taste finishes up with a not so big taste of alcohol. It was nice to see that all the dark roasted flavors kept the alcohol down to a minimum. It was probably also the work of the roasted flavors that kicked out the cinnamon that appeared in the aroma. In the end, it was just a great chewy dark roasted Baltic Porter!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was full bodied with a full flavored dark roasted aftertaste of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted floral hops. There was very little alcohol in the aftertaste. I could taste a little bit of it, but it was mixed in with all the dark roasted flavors.

Drinkability: Smuttynose always makes high quality beers and this one is no different. I got what I expected, a great dark roasted Baltic Porter. If you're ever in the mood for a thick chewy roasted Baltic Porter, then you should clearly pick us this winner!

AltBock, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to VermontHiker and JoeyBeerBelly for this awesome brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, very nice small fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. Then nose is big on malts, toffee/chocolate/coffee, slight vanilla, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, very malty, very nice notes of dark chocolate, with some caramel notes. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, man this sucker is very tasty. Smuttynose does not disappoint at all. Highly recommended, thanks Tom and Joe.

Wasatch, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First whiff when the cap comes off is chocolate, with an underlying raisin/cherry hint. Later the aroma is strictly raisiny/fruity.

It glugs into a Duvel tulip a dark chestnut tone, and becomes black in the glass, impenetrable by light. Head is lively and a dark chocolatey color. Lace doesn't stick as much as the Zywiec Porter I just had, but there are some spots of lace. The head settles to a skim after a few minutes.

Big chocolatey taste, full bodied and lactic, almost more like a milk stout. Very full and roasty, rich feel, sweet enough to count as dessert. A decent amount of charred malt character without getting bitter. Some earth and grain notes, long flavorful aftertaste. It's a little too rich to session (with subtle boozy notes), but it's tasty. Again, it veers more into milk stout territory, but works great as an imperial robust porter.

emerge077, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black oil pour, frothy tan head bubbles up and leaves a sheeting of lace.

Chaulky, milk chocolate dominate the aroma. Hops pile in with the quaff, Raisons and plum add a nice flavor in the finish, which is surprisingly on the harsh side. Somewhat on the boozy side too.

I see it was only $4 for this bomber - a darn good deal, the eastern BAs whom can get this regularly are a fortunate bunch.

Vancer, Jun 29, 2008
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely beautiful pour gets three fingers of chocolate brown dark head. it takes a couple of minutes to fade leaving no lace. Body is a jet tar blackness. Nose is rich and full of carmel, buttered toffee, sweet honey glazed biscuits and a trace of spicey alchol. Creamy smooth as you take first sip. So well joined are the array of flavors including rich chocolate English toffee, anise, toasted sweet bread and a nice powdery spice profile. Joy is a beer such as this with complexity and balance. Alchol warms the belly but is otherwise well hidden. Mouthfeel is big, thick and richly welcome. Boldly drinkable. Goes to show why I continue to love this style more and more.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 25, 2008
Smuttynose Baltic Porter (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.