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%

Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 01-22-2008

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Photo of samie85
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/19/11

A-Pours a pitch black with a glistening, dark brown color with two fingers of brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with roasted and vanilla notes with some plum notes.

T-Very well roasted coffee bitterness with an earthy hop presence.

M-Rich and thick with low carbonation with a very drying feel.

D-I really wanted to like this one but couldn't get past the very overwhelming roasted bitterness.

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Photo of Rast
2.92/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bomber, paired with March Madness.

You can't see thru this. You can't. Opaque as the pants I wore to my wedding. Here's the kicker in tow: the head doesn't pretend to be white. Straight deep brown. Smell is what you'd expect from a porter: toffee, coffee, dark. Taste simply cannot be written home concerning. Tasty? Yes. Notable? Surely not. Mouthfeel just ain't porter. Carbon conquers cream. I won't admit this is a poor beer, but it doesn't hang with superior porters.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.96/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a solid black with a thin moca head, most of which disappears quickly. There is some that remains as a collar and there is moderate lacing.

The smell is chocolate and burnt malts; though not very intense; dried raisins and some nuts.

The taste is pretty bland with some nuttyness and chocolate on the finish and not much else. There is some booze that leaks though and the mouthfeel is creamy. Sadly, I can't taste much going on here.

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Photo of motleybrew
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beer styles is Baltic Porter. That said, my rating is based directly on my understanding of the style. Is this a bad beer? Not if you like an imperial stout, no. Is it a baltic porter? I'm not so sure.

There is a little too much pitch (black) in the brew. A BP really would tend to be less cloudy, and would probably have a little more clear ruby hints. There is a lot too much patent or chocolate or whatever weighing heavy on what should be a sweeter or at least less distintly charred aftertaste. That is a yummy chocolate nose about half way through, but a little chipped too much with yeast over-all, and maybe a bit too much Biscuit? Even a clever brewer can make that mistake. I've done it myself.

Is the ABV in the zone? yup. But ABV and a name don't make the whole of a style. Is it a horrible beer? Not at all, I might often prefer it to a Guinness, and I like Guinness. But is it really what a Baltic Porter is?

This is not a bad beer. This is not a good rendition of a baltic porter. You can have both better beers and better baltic porters. I don't agree with the preponderance of ecstatic reviews.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Split a 22oz bottle.

A: Pours thick out of the bottle. Black with some brown on the edges when held up to the light. One finger of tan head.

S:Roasted malt, charcoal and black licorice. I should have stopped here as I hate black licorice.

T: All I could taste was the licorice. I hate that taste so much. Ruined this beer for me.

M: Thick and chewy. Good amount of carbonation for the style.

D:Before I took a sip I was really exited about this beer. I had to abandon my half after about 5 sips. If they remove the licorice/anise from the recipe I would go back. Until then this beer just isn't for me.

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Photo of beagle75
3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Opaque,dark brown color with one finger of beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Moderate intensity roast is smoke-affected. Grain appears fairly refined, with some herbaceous mint able to be coaxed out with agitation. This beer becomes intensely chocolatey as it warms, elevating the experience in a better-late-than-never way. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early acidity that overtaxes the palate in a way that blurs the line between tasted and felt qualities. Dark qualities begins to establish a foothold during the middle, showing some raisin, bread, and roast. Smoke is finally revealed late, lingering on the palate in the presence of moderate bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, extremely acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This otherwise-good porter is diminished considerably by the extent to which tasted and felt acidity is present. Like other high gravity dark beers with similar failings, the mood is turned a bit schizophrenic by the acidity that simultaneously sends heavy flavors scattering and sears the palate.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into dimpled glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a nice sized foamy, tan colored head that leaves nice rings of lace around the glass. The aroma is nice and shows dark chocolate, toasted caramel, roasted coffee, and bittersweet cocoa. Some earthy hops come through as well. The flavor is just as malt forward as the nose lets on with rich chocolate and sweet caramel up front followed by roasted coffee, and some earthy hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied and really smooth and easy drinking with good carbonation with a lingering roasty finish.

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Photo of brown2cu
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours the color of obsidian with a formidable chocolaty head that sticks around a fair amount of sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: a lot more dark fruit than I was initially expecting. The most noticable were raisons there was also a fair amount espresso and bitter dark chocolate present. No real noticable hop character in the nose which is a pity as I feel it would have made the scent more clean.

T: cloying and heavy. much more bitter than I was expecting. The espresso and chocolate notes really overwhelmed the palate and not a lot could be discerned through this.

M: I was expecting something a little more smooth but was dissapointed with what I found. It is carbonated to a small degree which suits it rather nicely.

D: Very difficult to put down a large bottle in one sitting. The alcohol is not masked very effectively as it is in some other examples of this style.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 9/5/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks checkii. The beer is dark brown, nearly black, with a one finger light brown head.

The nose is of cocoa and slightly roasted malt. Light coffee notes are evident and the alcohol is well hidden.

The flavor is chocolate with a little sweetness and a touch of coffee. The flavor is somewhat bland. The sweetness wears on me as I progress through the glass. The finish is sugary sweet chocolate. The beer is full bodied with medium carbonation and a really watery mouthfeel. Blah. I've had 10 or so beers from this brewery and haven't liked any of them.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 22oz bottle into snifter at Kickback brewpub.

Appearance: Dark bodied beer and medium tan head about 1 and a half fingers of head. Decent lacing.

Smell: dark malts. Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Mild sweet milk chocolate. Hints of coffee. Dark molasses. Slight astringency noted.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: Really tasty beer from smuttynose. I love baltic porters and this beer is better than average. Cheers!

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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 OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into cervoise. 2010.

A - Pours a dark brown with lighter edging. Light tan bubbly head that dissipated quickly.

S - Huge roasty coffee and chocolate. A big smoky component with I think is some oak and charcoal.

T - A nice smoke with bittersweet chocolate, minor black coffee component. A sweet molasses is in there with some very minor raisin and plum component.

M - Medium body, a little rough around the edges due to the carbonation, not as smooth as you'd expect.

O - A good Baltic Porter, not outstanding but solid. A tad overcarbonated but not too bad.

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Photo of jim102864
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black with no carbonation whatsoever and nothing more than a thin pond scum head. Nose was strong black licorice anise. Taste reflects the nose; anise like black licorice; a very fat f-ing brew in the nose. Ditto for the mouthfeel. 'Nuff said. This is not a very drinkable brew. I much prefer it on tap since the nose and body are fuller and smoother than what comes out in a bomber. It's a good but not great interpreation of the style.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has many of the characteristics of a robust porter or stout, but not the flavor or aroma to match. Pours like an imp stout, super dark and viscous with a dark brown head. Not too much aroma to pick out really, just a slight toasted presence which is barely detectable from the glass. Flavor also is quite lacking, just sort of your typical roasty stout character but very, very subdued. The mouth and body of the beer are that of a chewy imperial stout, super robust and viscous, but this also highlights how lacking the flavor is. Drinkability is questionable, its not a bad beer by any means, but as I said, it is quite thick and without even the richness of flavor to back it up. Not bad, but disappointing.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage
Another nice extra from an east coast trade. This one has been sitting in the back of the refrigerator for a while now, so I figured I should pull it out tonight. Pours a nice rich, dark brown, nearly black, with a good two inches of medium brown foam. Aromas of molasses, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Nice flavors of roasted malt, port wine and stewed fruits. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a nice beer off the pour, nearly opaque brown with a one and a half finger head. As I poured, I noted that it was clear, free of haze.

Aroma was of darker malts, some dark fruits (mostly raisins), and a hint of roasted character. Well in keeping with a Baltic porter, thought I.

The darker malts came through foremost in the taste as well. However, I did notice a bit of alcohol presence, and it was a trifle medicinal. Not a pleasant combination, but minor.

Mouthfeel was good, not as overtly chewy as a full stout should be, somewhat silky and nice.

Drinkability waas only OK. I may not have served it quite as cool as it should have been, but it was still at about 60 degrees F, which is my cellar temperature throughout the summer.

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Photo of AprilMarie
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- black with dark tan head
S- strong caramel vanilla smell with a hint of citrus
T- taste of dark chocolate mixed with caramel
MF- medium body. heavier side of medium. some carbonation but not overpowering.
D- not easy but not hard. bolder beer for a porter, but decent drinkability for this style of beer. nice to try once might drink again if was offered to me and other styles were given that are not appealing.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the big bottle to a small glass-
Look: Dark brown with red at the edges, tall tan head.

Smell: Dark fruits, very sweet

Taste: Sweet to the tongue, but quickly turns to bitter chocolate and vanilla. The aftertaste is a nice mix of roasted bitterness and a touch of chocolate. Alcohol taste is very mild, but present throughout.

Feel: Quite a surprise, thick and smooth with mild carbonation

Drinkability: The bottle was rather large, and the drink very filling, so I could only take one. For what it was worth, that one was very drinkable.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours Dark Brown with over 2 fingers of Tan head. The head was the fine bubble kind that took a while to fade to a nice film.

S - Smells of Black Cherry, Chocolate, Minerals, and Dark Bread.

T - Roasty with Caramelized Sugar, Cherry, Chocolate, Molasses, and Coffee.

M - It is a little Bitter, with a little higher Carbonation than expected and the finish is a little chalky.

D - This is actually very drinkable for as dark as it is. I would definitely be better with some age on it.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/26/11
*From notes

A: Burnt umber brown-black. A 2.5 finger head appears on a nice pour, though it dies quickly. Minor lacing follows.

S: Roasted barley and a touch of malt vinegar. There is also a faint trace of caramel.

T: The fore is creamy, though it fades fast as the mid is charry molasses. The finish is smokey and boozey.

M: Too carbonated. It should be richer, more voluptuous. Instead it's rough around the edges, hurting the overall drinkability of the brew.

O: Smuttynose's Baltic Porter is a classically rustic presentation of the style. It's well done, though I bet this would be even better on a nitro-tap.

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

Flat black color with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted grain and baker's chocolate. More roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate in the flavor with the added character of a lager's rounded, firm, smoothness. No hot estery/ alcohol wildness here. Very nice - medium-full body with a nice dry, roasty finish. I used mine to polish off some sausages and whole grain mustard with onions, sauerkraut, pumpernickel and Appenzeller.

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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 puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottle conditioned date of Jan 2015. Sampled on February 13, 2015.

The look: Deep dark brown to black. No head,.

Aroma: Burnt dark malts. Yeast. Vague hops.

Body: Light to medium

Taste: Smooth dark burnt malts. Some feint sweetness. Good, dark bitterness to finish.

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Photo of rka758
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into SA pefect pint
Bottle conditioned in 2010

A: Pured a deep brown with a thick tan colored head. Leaving a nice lacing.
S: Deep notes of dark chocolate with a coffee background.
T: Dark fruit. Chocolate. Coffee.
M: Thick and creamy.
D: This a little heavy on the dark fruit taste for me, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. I will be sure to grab this next year as well.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Pitch black beer with standard tan colored head. Very litle lacing, but that's to be expected with the style.

Aroma is the weak point of this beer. very dry nose with some roated malt, but little else.

Taste is more complex. Roasted malt with notes of chocloate, which allowed it to pair quite well with a very dark chocolate with ginger. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, but still quite drinkable.

Smuttynose makes solid beers. Though it is is not a great beer, it is a solid one that I will seek out again.

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