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Smuttynose Baltic Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#814
Reviews:
579
Ratings:
1,422
pDev:
8.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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237
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1.5/5  rDev -64.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.7%

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2/5  rDev -52.9%

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2/5  rDev -52.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of M216
2.76/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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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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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2.96/5  rDev -30.4%

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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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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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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 after-roast...black 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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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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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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Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings
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