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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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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
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:
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

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 11-12-2011)
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Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of socon67
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 phingdong
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of PeterJBr
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Maxwell
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
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 johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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