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 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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Photo of Dr-Baltar
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Unlike others, mine appeared black as ink with little to no opaqueness. Creamy tan head, with light to moderate lacing.

Smell - I am mostly just getting dark malt aroma, with small hints of dark chocolate and coffee

Taste - Roasty. A little chocolate, but big coffee. Smooth alcohol flavor, considering the ABV.

Feel - Leaves a little something on your tongue. Somewhat velvety characteristics. I think I might like a little more higher volume of carb.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 4/5 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of smoke, slight yeast, slight roasted malt, slight chocolate, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of dark citrus, hint of wood, hint of smoke, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown color, almost pitch black, dark brown head. Aroma has lots of dark fruit like dark cherries and forest berries, along roasted malt. Taste starts slight sweet, fruity, even a bit tart. Finishes with dark sugar, roasted malt and caramel. Full bodied and well carbonated. Aftertatse is bitter and roasty with coffee notes and a slight alcohol warmth. Really good overall. Usually I am not a fan of baltic porters but this one is really tasty and complex.

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Photo of illpass78
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a short tan head that recedes to a crown of film.

Aroma: Some dark fruit, some roasted malt, a little sweetness.

Taste: Nice mix of raisins, figs and roasted coffee beans. Somewhat sweet but with a nice bitter backing.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and pleasant.

Overall: Nice, big porter.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 2.89/12 oz bottle ($ 0.24/oz) at The Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
Bottle dated March 2015 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 55 degrees
Aroma very strong roasted malt, some coffee; weakens throughout consumption but never really vanishes
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to two mm ring and rocky partial layer
Lacing poor- few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some coffee, alcohol burn after swallowing; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brown head. Smells like dark fruit, some spice, licorice, coffee, and roasted malt. Tastes like chocolate, dark fruits, dark coffee, roast, mild licorice, and maybe some earthy wood or oak flavor. Feels medium-full with a thick mouthfeel, creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Overall an impressive Baltic porter. Drinks more like a barrel aged imperial stout than a porter. Rich and smooth.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer
L - black with a dark tan head, similar to an IRS beer
A/T - chocolate, roasted malt, coffee - perfectly balanced
F - medium body, with a nice finish - lightly bitter and sweet

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