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Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: johnnnniee on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"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
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 12
Photo of westyrun
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The mushrooms give it a highly unique taste.

Photo of Pleasure
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MichaelLamb
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of PeterJBr
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Brams
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of IndyDad
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.8%

On-tap 8/5/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with rich flavors of black coffee and milk chocolate followed by a hearty roasted malt character. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to taste the mushrooms but I did not detect them at all. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Worthy Burger. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Black body, but not deep black. Brown at the edges. Small khaki head. Some lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Chocolate malt. Light chocolate. Could be the power of suggestion but I smell some earthy mushrooms.

Taste - Chocolate again, light chocolate flavor. I swear it's a little salty in the middle. I don't get a mushroom flavor, but I get a depth to the chocolate that might be from the mushrooms.

Mouthfeel - Very light for a porter. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Interesting concept, but it's kinda bland.

Photo of trevorpost
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of itchytasty
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head. Leaves some spots. The liquid is dark brown but the light does pass on the edge c

Baker's chocolate aroma. Absolutely no sweetness to the nose. A bit chalky.

Dry and watery are my first two impressions. The malt has elements of coffee and powdered cocoa. The aftertaste reminds me of burnt toast. Low carbonation which probably helps the thin body.

Photo of twj2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Maxwell
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark brown with a head of creamy bubbles that hint at sand-dune tan in color. The head dwindles to a fluffy scrim above the glass, leaving a thin, slightly drizzly string of lacing. In body the beer is dark and impenetrable to the eye, though it does show hints of dark maroon when held to the light. On the nose, the beer smells earthy, yet sweet. There is a lingering hint of rich, jammy strawberry beneath everything else, which must be due to the barrel treatment. Wet moss and fungal mushroom definitely dance as delicate scents on the nose, too. This is not an in-your-face scented beer, but is delicate and aromatic in a way that makes me think it would be perfect for food. On the tongue, the beer tastes roasty bitter with a bready/earthy sweetness. Very subtle tannic bitters dry out the finish. Beneath everything else, you can pick out faint hints of the fruity strawberry from the nose, but I may be stretching it to mention the taste. In flavor, the beer tastes of sweet, dark fruit coffee with an earthy, fungal must. The coffee roast tingles in the back and turns more towards a French roast, which is great. The finish is dry, earthy, and still carries a slight musty hint. The jammy strawberry flavors build in the mouth as you drink, and the beer opens up. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium with a soft carbonation that allows for a nice fluff to the tongue. The mouthfeel is a touch thin and watery for the style, and is really my only complaint for the beer. Even being watery however, it allows the beer to superbly pair with foods. Overall this beer is delicate and fantastically flavorful, with superb delicacies and unique quirks. This is a beer to make again, and bring out for beer dinners. I’d love to see what Evan Mallet can do with a pairing dinner with this.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown with a slowly receding cap of silky froth. The head is a pale tan hue and it leaves rocky lacing scars along my glass.

S-nose is very interesting. I immediately pick up the repercussions of this beer's time spent in red wine barrels. I also get a tangy, earthy, sour-cheesy aroma that must have something to do with the mushrooms. The Base beer is overshadowed. Makes me crinkle up my nostrils after every whiff. Do I like it? I'm not sure.

T-The Porter base is much clearer here. Light roast and some chalkiness. Light acidity and fruit that I attribute to the wine barrel. The mushrooms influence the finish. I taste a genuine, fleshy earthiness that must be the mushroom's doing. A little bit of milk chocolate. Some soggy oakiness.

M-Silky feel with a light body and soft carbonation. The flavors don't linger for very long. Has a savory feel to it.

O-Mushroom beer...now I can check that off the list. The nose was far more outlandish than the flavor. It piqued my interest because of its backstory but it lacks a bit of substance beyond that. To its credit, it gets more intense as it warms.

Photo of jayhunter357
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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