Smuttynose Baltic Porter
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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,015
4.27 | pDev: 8.67%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter
Notes: 35 IBU

2007 - 8.1%
2009 - 8.7
2010 - 9.02%
2013 - 9.8%
2015 - 9.0%
Reviews: 581 | Ratings: 1,432 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jun 29, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose's Baltic Porter a few weeks ago for $2.79 at Holiday Market. I think it's been a little while since I've had a Baltic Porter and since I'm working my way from the Smuttynose lineup I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled January 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had almost a fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking Baltic Porter, but I wish it had a little more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice roasted, sweet malts, dark chocolate and milk chocolate aroma with just a slight coffee aroma coming through. Up next comes a nice fruity aroma with some nice dark fruit aromas showing and it seems like it's the dark cherries that seem to stick out the most and it's followed by a very light alcohol aroma. This beer has a good aroma and it's just what I would expect from a good Baltic Porter.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first the show to up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time no single aspects seem to stick out the most. Up next comes a very light alcohol flavor and it's followed by the same dark fruits that I got in the aroma, but this time they are just a little lighter. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with a nice chocolate and dark fruit aftertaste. This is a good tasting Baltic Porter, it's just what I expect from the style.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer has a good mouthfeel that works well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had petty much all the aspects that I look for in a good Baltic Porter and it didn't have any off flavors and anything that didn't fit into the style and it made for a tasty Baltic Porter. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, slightly sticky, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, but I wouldn't rule out drinking two, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was that it was a very true example of the style. What I like the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad at all, but I thought it could have a little more head. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a Baltic Porter and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style or dark beers in general. All in all I was happy with this beer, it had all the things that I look for in the style and in the end it was just a tasty Baltic Porter. It's one of the better Smuttynose beers I've had and it's one of the better Baltic Porters I've had. Good job guys this was a good Baltic Porter, keep up the hard work.

Mar 07, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark deep and nice black color, with a half inch head, and a good amount of foamy lacing.

Smells really nice, good roasty malt and chocolate, with a hint of smoke, and a good dark berry aroma. Smells like it's gonna taste great.

And it does taste great. I love the dark fruit and berry character here- I get some raisin and plum, but also get a slight hint of cherry and even blackberry, along with some bitterness imparted by roast, some dark chocolate, and the slightest amount of roasted coffee. There's a hint of smoke on the finish, too. Really complex, and just all around enjoyable to drink.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol shows itself just ever so slightly- there's some really minor heat on the back end, but nothing off-putting, it's actually nice, adding a warmth to the end of the brew. There's a fairly low level of carbonation.

This might be the best baltic porter I've ever had, at least the best non-barrel aged one I've had. Just a really, really well crafted beer. This is what I've come to expect from Smuttynose.

Mar 13, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jan 26, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Jan 18, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Feb 08, 2016
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risendragon from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Jasper's Homebrewing Supply Store in Nashua and poured into a standard glass.

A- Dark mahogany, almost black.

S- I get dark fruits right off the bat with cherries galore. Some dark chocolate, coffee, very faint tobacco smell as well. Very complex and truly appetizing.

T- Sweet coffee/dark chocolate to start with some bitterness to finish, roasted malts are in there as well. The dark fruits are not as prevalent in the taste as in the smell.

F- Porter smooth, a bit oily, but totally acceptable.

O- My first Baltic porter experience was a great one! Definitely a style I can get into and brew at some point.

Sep 20, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 release. Obsidian with no appreciable highlights whatsoever. The coffee ice cream colored cap filled slightly more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating extremely slowly, leaving an impressive amount of buckshot-shredded lace in its wake. This is truly spectacular looking beer.

If it wasn't for the tart dark fruitiness, Russian Imperial stout would have been my first guess. There has to be a huge amount of chocolate and black malt in the house. Forget the fact that a lager yeast was used, there are esters galore emanating from the glass.

Baltic Porter tastes as dark and as rich as it looks and smells. This is amazingly delicious beer and is a stunning achievement, given the fact that it's Smuttynose's first attempt at the style. You absolutely nailed it, guys. It's also one of the biggest examples of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to consume.

One of the beer's biggest strengths is the perfect interplay between sweet, bitter and tangy (in order from most to least). The roasted malt backbone is huge without going overboard, and without weighting things down with malt sugars. Warming turns an already great beer into something truly special.

The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, creme caramel, dark raisins, ripe figs and a surprising amount of black licorice. This beer puts the lie to the notion that lagers can't be complex. Smuttynose shouldn't change... one... single... thing for the next release.

The mouthfeel is pure heaven. I'm tempted to say that even more heavy creaminess would be great, but I'm not sure that it would be an improvement. If you're a fan of softly carbonated and lightly chewy, you'll be impressed.

Other than Imperial Stout, I haven't been blown away by any of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. Baltic Porter not only gives the stout a run for its money, it just might be the best beer that this brewery has released. If you're lucky enough to have access, buy all you can carry. In fact, taking a pack horse wouldn't be a bad idea.

Sep 30, 2008
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Dec 02, 2016
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david18 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I started drinking a lot more porters after a particularly good experience with a Captain Lawrence porter recently. This is a good one, not my favorite mostly because of the strength. This will be better in the colder temperatures as we settle into winter. Color is a very dark brown with a good roasty aroma, good flavor with a bit too much alcohol. Drinkability is good.

Would recommend.

Oct 04, 2009
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bbeerman from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Mar 13, 2012
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cfinch2 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Jan 26, 2014
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disemgrowler from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jan 31, 2012
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MLaVioletteJr from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Jul 01, 2013
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ikidunot from Canada

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 24, 2017
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kbm from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the black. Huge almond head with slow dissipation leaving a thin head ring on the side of glass. Good lacing.
Smell: Sweet dark fruits especially plumb. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and slightly boozy.
Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. Roasted malt with bitter dark chocolate. Lasting coffee bitterness on the back of the tongue. There's a bit of warming booziness.
Mouthfeel: This has very sharp carbonation with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This is a great mouthfeel for such a roasty beer.
Drinkability: Definitely not a gulper but pretty drinkable nonetheless.
Overall a wonderful beer and, imo, a great buy at $7 per bomber. Wish it was more available in California.

Dec 20, 2009
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womencantsail from California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to azagthoth for sharing this one this past weekend.

A: The pour is dark brown, bordering on black with a fluffy brown head.

S: The aroma is good, if not a bit simple. A lot of chocolate and roasted malt with a bit of vanilla.

T: A wonderful chocolate flavor is the star of the show. Roasted malt and coffee provide a nice background and contrast of flavors.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is actually a bit on the lighter side.

D: I've had a few different Baltic porters and this one is easily the best. Great flavors and a nice body (rather than being thin and "lagery").

Jan 13, 2010
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nataku00 from California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Mar 28, 2013
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EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jul 03, 2016
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 12, 2013
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ntanner83 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 21, 2016
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wagenvolks from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split with several BA's at a recent tasting. Thanks to indiapaleale for including this gem in the Nice Cans BIF!

Smuttynose brews a mean-looking Baltic Porter, with a coffee-black body that has a good depth to the color, thinning to a cola hue at the edges. Thick, billowy cap of cedar-khaki head retains well and spots the tasting glass with specks of lacing. The aroma is rich with dark chocolate and caramel malts, plus a hint of black licorice. Very intoxicating, and the kiss of musty, earthy hops in the background is a perfect touch.

A more crisp baltic porter than I was expecting, and well-carbonated, which gives this beer somewhat of a thinner overall mouthfeel. Still, sticky notes of Baker's chocolate coat the palate with lots of dark, roasty flavor. Earthy hops chime in for the finish with a medium-bodied consistency. Definitely a beer I hope to encounter again sometime. Nice job, Smuttynose.

Mar 28, 2010
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urwithdave from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. I drank this from a duvel tulip.

A- pours black and oily. Three fingers of a mocha head is produced from an agressive pour. The head disipates to a finger of head and then recedes no more. Nice spotty lacing left.

A- dark fruits, licorice, coffee, molasses, and pine. Very aromatic.

T- the dark fruits start things off, rasins and figs. There is some dark chocolate and coffee that I notice next. Licorice is in play as well as molasses. There is a slight hint of pine also. Very complex with all the flavors blending together well.

M- Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Subtle carbonation that is spot on. A nice long finish with a lot of the dark fruit tastes lingering.

D- a sipper for sure. Open this one when you have the time to enjoy it. I had no problem killing the bomber.

Aug 30, 2010
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Giantspace from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Oct 06, 2013
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cyclone from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 25, 2016
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