Smuttynose Baltic Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter
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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter
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:
#804
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
1,416
Liked:
1,341
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
8.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
226
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 1,416 |  Reviews: 577
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Cole's. Aroma of chocolate, and roast. Black, but reflecting light. Brown soapy head, some alce. Full mouthfeel, carbonation is right there. Fierce chocolate is right in front, the finish is coffee, with some sourness running through mid-sip.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger tan head with some lacing on a jet black body without light passing through.

S: one word, raisin. It is hard to notice anything else here. Vanilla notes perhaps.

T: Roasted, vanilla and sweet notes. Lighter on the dark fruit than the aroma predicts but still present.

M: full body and moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth. 

Overall: not too bad. Thick like most baltics and fairly drinkable. A little oily in the finish

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasty malt and dark fruit aromas. Taste is the same with a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of roast and fruit aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a deep brownish black color with a tan head on top. The smell of the beer has a subtle smokiness to it along with some other roasted malts. The taste has notes of chocolate and subtle smoke, it has a lager like finish to it. Overall the beer is pretty stellar for being something that it's barrel aged or overly difficult to get your hands on. Don't pass this one by when you see it like I had for so long.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black (only a bit of amber color is visible near the edge of the glass) with a thin mocha head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with a mild amount of sweetness.
T: The taste is very malty and has notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, hops and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and is very rich and smooth.
D: The alcohol is fairly well hidden but this is definitely a sipping beer given its strength.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an aggressive beer that yet holds true to its style. Gotta put on my drinkin' boots for this one.

A very dark brown beer that is completely opaque and carries a lightly browned head head that reduces to a film and then holds firm. Some lacing, but because of the alcohol you can't expect much more. Light legging on the glass.

Chocolately aromas rise first and ultimatley carry the beer. However, a plethera of coffee, toasty, fruity, malty, and caramel aromas come in waves after wave, giving a new surprise with every sniff.

Aggressive on the cocoa and coffee flavors, the beer is well balanced and complex. Berries, currants, grapes, dates, figs, and raisons round out the ester profile and maintain a medium strength throughout. All this on a pillow of toffee and bready malts. Rum-like sweet alcohols make an intense sweetness in the finish.

Very full and rich, but with just enough sweetness to qualifty as a Baltic, but not so much that it interferes with the drinkability. So non-offensive that it's easy to want to drink fast but the alcoholic finish reminds me that I shouldn't.

Extremely bold and aggressive even for the larger-than-life style. Yet, well balanced, elegant, and inviting. A year of age will likely do wonders for the beer. Thanks to Mikey711, I have two and can cellar one to compare.

Thanks Mikey711!

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First whiff when the cap comes off is chocolate, with an underlying raisin/cherry hint. Later the aroma is strictly raisiny/fruity.

It glugs into a Duvel tulip a dark chestnut tone, and becomes black in the glass, impenetrable by light. Head is lively and a dark chocolatey color. Lace doesn't stick as much as the Zywiec Porter I just had, but there are some spots of lace. The head settles to a skim after a few minutes.

Big chocolatey taste, full bodied and lactic, almost more like a milk stout. Very full and roasty, rich feel, sweet enough to count as dessert. A decent amount of charred malt character without getting bitter. Some earth and grain notes, long flavorful aftertaste. It's a little too rich to session (with subtle boozy notes), but it's tasty. Again, it veers more into milk stout territory, but works great as an imperial robust porter.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 bottling, tasted 8/16/09

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black color with a mocha colored cap that eventually becomes an espresso film while leaving a nice design on the chalice

Smell: Dark chocolate, hazelnuts, dark fruit and a hint of charcoal

Taste: Fruit forward, with raisins and prune flavors, up front, followed by the chocolate, molasses, hazelnuts and a touch of pine; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors dominate, but the fruit still lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and silky smooth, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A year of aging has turned this beer into a superb drinker; gone is the warmth and bitter hop flavors (not that those are all bad); but what remains is a blend of chocolate and fruit that knocks the style profile out of the park

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a thick, two-finger, light brown head of foam. It had nice retention and left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of roasty coffee, dried fruits, chocolate, toffee and some floral notes.

T - Delicious flavor - coffee, raisin, chocolate, toffee and caramel. Good hop bitterness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a fabulous beer. I'm glad I finally picked one up on a trip.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of aromatic coffee with notes of creamy black chocolate. Taste is very well balance between aromatic coffee without any dryness with some great creamy black chocolate notes with some subtle dry raisins in the finish. Body is quite full with a creamy texture and no apparent alcohol. Another very nice beer from a great brewer.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 1/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, light licorice, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Baltic porter. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt, earthy hops, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.7% out of 100 with 1,416 ratings
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