Smuttynose Baltic Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.24%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

2007 - 8.1%
2009 - 8.7
2010 - 9.02%
2013 - 9.8%
2015 - 9.0%

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best before 6/19/2017.

Pours very dark brown (almost black) and opaque with a very small tan head that shows poor retention. Fantastic aroma filled with raisin, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt. The raisin/fruitiness aspect of this beer is strong and really comes out in the flavor. There is a bit of a vinous quality to it as well. It has a lot in common with an Imperial Stout, but it's so smooth and there's no sign of hops. Medium-full bodied and beyond easy to drink for the 9% ABV. Another winner from Smuttynose. The only thing I would change is to increase the carbonation, but it's a damn good beer regardless.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a small tan head. Tastes and smells of bitter dark chocolate and coffee with some sweetness. Hop bitterness is somewhat present as well. The mouthfeel is amazing, right where it should be. This is probably the best porter that I have yet to try.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This thick, chewy, toasty and bitter char ending beer is magnificent. The aromas of coffee, bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt are transformed into flavors on your tongue when the beer is tasted. This is really a fine porter.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth smooth smooth beer. The most impressive aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel, especially for a beer of this size, but all the component parts are very impressive as well. Black pour with a brown, frothy, tightly packed cap. Aroma of smoke, char, burnt wood, roasted malt, dark fruit. Dates, raisins, prunes hits the palate first followed by a rich, thick, velvety malt that brings those flavors of chocolate, smoke and char back to the fore. Delicious beer. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that lingers for a bit on the palate. Nice balanced sweetness/smokiness/bitterness ends the sip. Great beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and opaque black with a smallish tan head. The aroma is of christmas pudding, plum, tobacco and roasty malt notes. Rich chocolate and espresso roast coffee notes show in the taste. Very rich yet drier than most Baltic Porters. Thick, viscous mouthfeel with light carbonation. Off dry in the finish with lingering fruity berry notes and light hop bitterness. Booze is well concealed throughout.

This is a fantastic, complex and ridiculously drinkable Baltic Porter. A classic of the style that may even appeal to people who generally don’t like porters and stouts.

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Photo of Marcoxx626
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer. I'll definitely be buying this one again!

Look - almost pitch black with almost no head. Pretty much Looks like coffee in a glass.

Aroma - lots of coffee and hints of dark chocolate

Taste - amazing. A lot of maltiness upfront. I'm getting coffee, chocolate and caramel. Doesn't have too much of that burnt taste that I'm not very fond of.

Feel - suuuuuper smooth. Has just enough feel to it without being too syrupy. I love the feel on this one.

Overall - amazing beer for sure and I'll be buying this one whenever I feel like drinking a porter that I know is good. Would be nice if it had a little more carbonation but asking for perfection isn't always reasonless. If it's available for you, get it!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased a 4 pack from the LCBO for about $13 CDN. so $3.25 CDN per bottle. Best before October 2018. This rendition advertised at 9.0% ABV.

Appearance - Very dark brown beer, appears black in the glass. Capped by a half finger of surprisingly long lasting deep tan head (with near red hues). Some lacing and obviously no sightlines.

Smell - Dark, with chocolate, hints of coffee, molasses, dark fruit, licorice among others. Plenty malty with a diverse aray of aromas. Inviting, robust and downright impressive. Not many beers can lure you in to enjoying like this Baltic porter can.

Taste - Again dark and malt forward. Dark chocolate and coffee are the first friends, but molasses and black licorice show up in spades too. Hints of vanilla and plenty of hop bitterness to keep it balanced.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and silky yet full and robust. Carbonation is just right. A masterpiece.

Overall - A pretty sensation baltic porter that is easy drinking, filling yet smooth and super tasty hitting all the right flavors for this advocate. Certainly worth a try and so happy I was able to grab the last 4 pack on the shelf. Smuttynose to this point has been very good but hasn't blown me away in my limited samplings, however the baltic porter is phenomenal and I finally see what others do in this renowned New England beermaker.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from a 4-pack purchased at the LCBO, listed at 9.0%. Best by Oct 5 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a jet black hue that seems utterly impenetrable to the light, while situated atop is one finger of foamy, deep tan-coloured head. It recedes steadily, dissipating entirely within 4-5 minutes or so; in its wake, a modest-sized collar remains, but with scant lacing. Lovely aroma - I'm getting plenty of dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee, accompanied by minor notes of molasses, licorice, raisins and prunes. Some alcohol fumes, particularly as the glass warms, with suggestions of vanilla and charred wood.

Downright delicious... there's just no other way to describe this exquisite porter's rich flavour profile. Dark malts are (unsurprisingly) the stars of the show, providing flavours of baker's chocolate, coffee grounds and cocoa that integrate beautifully with fruity hints of raisins and dates and a mild molasses sweetness. It becomes much more roasty and bitter on the back end, with charry-burnt notes alongside some earthy, herbal hops and a touch of anise/licorice. Hint of alcohol at the finish, which nicely complements the hops and burnt/roasted malt character (which itself fades slowly, reverberating through a persistent aftertaste). This full-bodied porter features mild carbonation that gently scrubs the palate, with the overall mouthfeel being quite smooth, soft and luxurious. The high alcohol content is masterfully tempered - making this a dangerously drinkable beer if there ever was one. I could have easily plowed through the 4-pack in a night, but this is the sort of beer that begs to be savoured slowly.

Final Grade: 4.56, an outstanding A+. This fantastic Baltic Porter is yet another feather that Smuttynose can proudly stick into their already plumage-laden cap. Bold-flavoured, yet quite well-balanced, and absurdly easy to drink. A true world-class brew that I am grateful to have had the chance to try - I'm hoping this becomes a regularly-stocked beer in Ontario, as I'd definitely like to pick up some more of this in the future. A must-try, gold-standard example of the style that is worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours what appears to be a garnet hued, very dark brown when held to the light. The pour produces a short finger of frothy, shortlived, deep mocha head that recedes to a surface film & thin collar ring, leaving no lace. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, raisin, prune, fig, alcohol, burnt bread with hints of smoke, tart cherry & something grape-like. Taste is roast with dark chocolate & burnt bread tones, notes of dark fruit, molasses/toffee, anise, an earthy mustiness & a faint herbal hint. I pick up the Lager yeast only in the finish. Smooth, sweet start transitions to a drying, delicate peppery feel in the finish, precipitating a very dry, burnt chocolate & faintly bitter, chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, light-moderate carbonation, smooth fronted, chewy, silky & creamy with a grainy finish & somewhat tongue numbing aftertaste. Super nice, very intriguing & much appreciated, well done Smuttynose!

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Superspak for this one from NBS BIF #4. 12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black with just a thin cap of tan head that immediately dissipated and left no lacing.

Big malt tones on the nose, some caramel, vanilla, and general sweetness. Pretty similar on the tongue, with the addition of a bit of alcohol on the finish.

The body was smooth, even, and had a slight creamy finish. Drinkability was very good, especially on a windy, rainy, November morning in the PNW. Overall, a very good take on the style, worth seeking out.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a two finger high, brown head.

Nose: Roasted caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, fudge, cocoa and licorice.
Taste: Sweet licorice, caramel, brown sugar, dark syrup, vanilla, espresso, roasted malt, anis and smoke.
Mouth: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth texture. Sweet ending.


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Photo of crotharagain
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 2015, tasted August 2016
L - Deep dark stouty looking with a full finger of foam that lasts well into the tasting
S - Coffe and chocolate
T - Divine, smooth and complex. Cocoa and coffee, great malt backbone and some sort of fruit that smooths it out.
F - Silky smooth with a great carbonated finish that makes the flavors explode
O - Not too difficult to run across this one in New England so please pick it up and try it. World class.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Blackish brown with a tan one finger head that lingered and settled down to bubbly foam. Thick lacing.

S: Anise, prunes, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs. Divine.

T: A cascade of chocolate and cocoa surrounded by anise, leather, roastiness and very light bitter finish. So freakin' smooth and dangerously drinkable.

M: Medium with creamy medium carbonation. Goes down so easy.

O: Truly one of the classics in Baltic porters. I could drink this one weekly. Smutty gets your attention with this one.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Coffee, roasted malts, and some dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with plenty of roast and some nice sweet dark fruit tones.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the mixed 12 pack. Brewed with North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, Caramunich, Carahell, Carafa II DH, hopped with Sterling.
OG=22P, 9% ABV, 40 IBU. Bottle conditioned May 2015 per the bottle.

Pours out to a jet black, forming a nice espresso crema very dark cocoa head with beautiful retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is gorgeous, and smells just a great baltic porter should...prune juice, soy sauce, raisins, dark chocolate, a clean ferment, no off aromas. Mouthfeel is creamy, soft, smooth, silky and dense bodied. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of prunes and soy sauce, a clean ferment, mild bitterness, and a touch of roast. A flourish of peppery alcohol towards the end and some herbaceous hops do stand out, unusual for the style.

A wonderful example of the style...a bit more hop flavor and body and booze than most blatic porters, but still quite good. Recommended.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of being poured a 2013 at the brewery.

Solid black, verging into the realm of purple, with a thin, mocha ring.

Smell is strong, roasty malt, raisin, and chocolate.

Taste starts really tangy, with roasted, slightly smokey malt, baker's chocolate, floral fresh cigar, and raisin.

This has a really soft and frothy mouthfeel.

Downright velvety and delicious.

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Photo of jburris64
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, a touch bitter on the first sip but I had sampled an agave based wine.
Smooth feel on the tongue, the toffee and caramel come through. What a great porter; one I'll drink again

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate.

T - The flavor is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and some faint dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a great higher ABV porter. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Edition on tap at Sehkraft in Arlington, VA.

An unexpected pleasure to find a 2008 on tap. 4

A - Deep dark black with a small brownish head. 4
S - Rich, sweet, roasty, quite lushish. 4.5
T - A bit on the sweet side, but a very good porter. 3.75
MF - Smooth, viscous, almost syrupy. Medium heavy body. 4

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Photo of dfavreau
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I just recently started getting into porters and trying to find my perfect one. First time I had this it was on draft and man, was it a good tasting porter. Smooth and creamy with a hint of sweet toffee, caramel taste with a smooth finish. Because of this I will be trying the rest of Smuttynose's beers.

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Photo of selecter70
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught. Poured a dark dark brown with no light coming through (but it was a dark bar ). Thin beige head and minimal but sticky lace. A nice molasses-coffee-toffee-malt aroma and this all came through in the taste along with raisins, rum and a hint of lemon. Medium to full bodied but without the syrupy and boozy quality that some Baltic/Russian porters sometimes have. Higher on the alcohol but this does not come through too much in the taste during or after. Yum...

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a top-notch porter. Mild on the carbonation, but an almost perfect texture. Full bodied flavor that doesn't have the common porter emptiness to it.

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Photo of drmeto
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small,foamy,khaki head
-coffee,chocolate,nutty,licorice,syrupy,burnt toast
-Rum Pralines,chocolate,toasty,coffee,molasses,nutty,nougat
-medium carbonation
-full body
Awesome stuff

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Photo of arizcards
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four pack from TW Arrowhead in early January for $9.99. Bottled in May 2015.

Beer poured dark brown with an OK tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of licorice, light roast, and mocha.

Taste is lightly roasted malts, licorice, light chocolate all balanced nicely by a decent amount of hops to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very nice beer that i look forward to visiting again soon!

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Photo of Stout7
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First "5" I've given. If you, like me, are looking for alternative to too many jumped-the-shark IPAs, and like RIS or stout in general...your prayers are answered.

Poured near-black with a tight, dense military khaki head of 1/2 inch. Massive nose of cold coffee/coffee grinds, malt, ethanol, dark chocolate, and a gelatto-like cappucino foam. Reminds me of the scotch ales of yesteryear.

Definitely not a session beer, but there's nothing wrong with that. You'll want to savor every bit of this.

Paired with brats and horseradish sauce. Wow.

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