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Smuttynose Chai Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by edchicma on 04-20-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Dray
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Brez07
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on cask yesterday at Novare Res. 10 oz pour into my chalice. Served with a piece of local chocolate

A: Dark brown pour with amber highlights. Minimal frothy head with only lasts a few minutes

S: Nose is mostly chai and ginger. Very little roasted malt comes through

T: Like the nose, big chai presence. Like chai tea actually. Light roasted malt. Touch of ginger in the finish. Hint of sweetness which is balanced with the chai, which ultimately becomes to main flavor

M: Very light, smooth. Not much residual flavor. Dry finish

D: Interesting flavors from this one. Not so much the "robust porter" as listed because the chai dominated the palate. Cask seems like the appropriate serving type though. Not sure I'd revisit

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at Novare Res paired with local chocolate.

Black with a nice head formation, a lot being a cask

The aroma is sweet backed with a decent dry roasted and tea aroma, very well done, the nose works great with the flavor.

The taste is of a porter smooth taste of malts and a big black tea taste dry with a slight roast finish. Again i mention well done. Most of the time when i have a slightly unusually beer its not well balanced. This beer is well done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask 10/13/2010 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains a strong smell of chai along with roasted malts, some coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very minty & spicy up front from the chai flavor, followed by creamy roasted malts and a touch of coffee. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect. The after-taste is minty and bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and not very crisp but that's normal from the cask, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty if you enjoy the chai flavor, goes down easy, slightly filling, strong kick, good variation of style, it's a nice beer to drink for a while for something a little different.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice dark roasty brown with a little off-white oatmeal cookie-colored head.

S- Great flroal and spicy aromas play well with the dark malt sweetness.

T- Chai? Nutmeg, some cinnamon, molasses, and a wisp of smoke. Really some deep flavors here.

M- Lower carbonation, but plenty of flavors to work with.

D- Fairly high. One of the better cask beers I've tasted. I'd be happy to try this again.

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Photo of m1ked
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brazenhead cask festival... sunny but oh so cold on this early superbowl sunday.

A- Pours a thick pitch black with cascading tan bubbles as if it were a nitro pour. Thick fluffy tan 2 finger head that oh so slowly shrinks down to a 1 finger head that hangs out. After several sips the lacing-no .... the coating is sold down the vacant glass...puts guiness to shame. Looks perfect.

S- Surprisingly low aroma here... my theory is that is can't break thrugh the thick dense persistent head. But I do get some classic chai- cloves, allspice, cinnamon, milk chocolate , a touch of smoke and burnt campfire.

T- Seems to start off like a smoked porter for sure. I was expecting some sort of chai punch, but got a tasty smoke punch instead. In fact the chai-ness does not seem to reveal itself until the end. Overall I get smoky wood, hints of bakers chocolate, some vanilla notes and then some dark herbal notes that I will generically call chai. If someone handed me this beer I would probably not think chai, but a smoked porter with some winter spicing.

M- Thick, not chewy with plenty of creaminess that once again makes me think of nitro.

D- I would not recommend this on the chai basis alone. I would recommend this on the smokey, creamy, winter spicing rich porter delicious beer basis.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a medley if hebal bites featuring mint, anise and caraway.

The taste was upfront herbal with s lesser dry roasted. barley.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and interesting porter.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served as a half-pint pour from a hand-pumped cask. This beer was very dark with almost no head. I noticed a reddish glint from the glass but mostly black in color. The aroma was very spicy, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice distinguishable as well as possibly clove and coriander. The spice blend was very reminiscent of a good chai tea with a complex blend that made it hard to tell what spices you were tasting. The aftertaste contained some vanilla, oakiness, and a faint sweetness with none of the coffee flavor one expects from a porter. The mouthfeel was too thin for my liking; it was almost watery. this is an unusual porter and worth trying if you enjoy the blend of spices in chai tea.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Blind Tiger. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is super chocolatey with tons of spices (flowery, some pumpkin spices), definitely tea-like. Flavor is also super chocolate with some vegetal notes and a spicy, clove finish. So chocolatey. Well made, the spices and chocolate really complement each other.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, no real head.

Nose is exactly what you expect - Chai. Delicious spiced chai, one of my winter time warm beverages of choice. Sweet cream, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger - beautiful. Underneath that, soft notes of roasty malt and cocoa content themselves with buoying up that gorgeous chai presence.

Taste is - well, more of the same. Again, you get a nice, underlying roasty malt body lifting the huge chai presence - vanilla and sweet cream, cardamom, cinnamon and clove, ginger, so much else - right up onto its shoulders ala Atlas. This isn't complex, any more than a Chai would be from your local coffee shop, but it's nonethless delicious.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, caresses the palate. Little carbonation, but plenty of body.

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Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. A little late with my notes, but here goes... Poured an almost black, lacing was very nice. Tea-like, has an unusual character. Taste was a strong tea blast. It faded into a smoky quality. Drinkability is odd to say the least. This is an unusual combination, probably should be tried alone, rather than with other offerings. I give Smutty credit for trying something "outside the box".

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Smuttynose Chai Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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