Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by xsouldriverx:
4.65/5 rDev +24.7%
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
More User Reviews:
3.46/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2014 18:07:36 | More by smcolw
4.11/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 22:40:55 | More by Maxwell
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 21:41:23 | More by VelvetExtract
Smuttynose Short Batch #13 - Satchmo from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.