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Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Satchmo," is a collaboration between Smuttynose and Portsmouth's Black Trumpet Bistro. It's also a collaboration between two fungi, brewer's yeast (sacchromyces cerevisiae) and black trumpet mushrooms (craterellus cornucopioides).

25 IBU

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 11-12-2011)
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Photo of Billolick

New York

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gate in Brooklyn, a few months ago and reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown and murky, under a dark khaki head, that stays well and leaves behind nice looking fine sheeting ans scattered lace.

Nose is faintly of dark malts and some subtle earthyness also picked up.

Tastes of roasty malts, soft caramel, some moderate sweetness, yes earthy and enjoyable porter/stout/brown ale kinda brew. Happy to get to enjoy this reare and tasty nectar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 15:22:25 | More by Billolick
Photo of jlindros


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keg at EBF.

A darker molasses brown colored beer, light creamy/fizzy head.

Nose toasty brown malts, light oak, light nutty herbal like, nice dark porter malts, hint roasted malts and hint if cocoa.

Taste more baltic porter like, light earthy bitterness, dark malts, cocoa, black patent, hint if spices, weird herbal earthy flavor that must be the mushrooms, actually the more I sip it the more I get a slight earthy juicy like taste that is like the water that comes out of a portabello mushroom, herbal bitterness, nutty, caramel, light spicy hops hint of oak. A hint of earthy herbal spicy hops round off as it finishes with more earthy flavors, a bit drier, and some malts.

Mouth is a bit lighter than I expected, but decent carb.

Overall not bad, an interesting beer to try but not something I would buy more than once or twice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 18:13:00 | More by jlindros
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3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some earthy roasted notes with just a touch of chocolate also. The taste of the beer was average to me, I just wasn't feeling this one too much. Very earthy is all I can really come up with for this one. The mouthfeel was decent but again nothing too special to me. Overall it wasn't bad but I wouldn't need to have it again I don't think.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 04:36:36 | More by Knapp85
Photo of xsouldriverx

New York

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a smuttynose rep told me about this back int he spring I kept an eye out for this one and was thrilled to find it on tap at the local beer bar.

Beer pours a dark brown with a light head thick enough to poke through while drinking.
Usual porter characteristics but much "lighter" over all. nose, mouthfeel, and alcohol wasnt as strong as most porters out there, but i tend to like that especially with all the "imperial" porters going around.
Taste is more subtle and dryer than most in this style, its almost as if they mixed a a bit of brown ale in with their porter. you definitively taste the mushroom but much less funk than you would believe. It pokes through in a nice earthy tone and smooth dry feeling.
Slight roast, slight nutty, slight truffle, and a nice balancing earth feel are what dominate this brew.

After tasting i wish i could have more but the local bar doesnt do growlers, and apparently there were problems bottling it. If i can find this elsewhere i would be prepared to make a trip to drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:31:50 | More by xsouldriverx
Photo of socon67

New York

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with a light brown foam on top. Decent lacing, minimal carbonation. Settles nicely.

S - Scents of roasted malt and cocoa are present. also a funky earthy smell. Smells like a fresh garden.

T - The taste also has this earthy component. I have to think this is where the mushrooms are factored in. It is an acquired taste, but actually I have more of an issue with the drop off in the malt flavor and the watery flavor. A little acidic burn at the back end of the taste.

M - Too thin and watery for me. Kinda surprised isnce I like the baltic porter so much. No carbonation of note; just feels diluted.

O - It is a curiosity beer, but not one of Smutty's best, and really an average at best porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 19:59:30 | More by socon67
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Nerax North
Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent off white head with moderate linger. Smells of caramel, chocolate, roast, earth, funk, and some other stuff that seems odd and indescribable to me. This tastes like a mild porter with a caramel chocolate and light roast that should be there There's also a weird earthy herbal funk in there that at first seems odd, but eventually grows on you, well like a mushroom. Lingering dry earthy and hoppy finish lasts long into every sip. Medium body and carbonation level with a tart earthy mouthfeel. Infinitely different, a little weird, but damn this just works. I went back for seconds and I can't stand mushrooms, it's just really good stuff.

Serving type: cask

11-12-2011 07:21:13 | More by johnnnniee
Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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