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

Bottle BB Mar 2015. 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Black. Thick Tan head that lasts. Lacing is otherworldly.

Aroma: Sweet, savory roast. Peat? Smells scotchy. Licorice. Some dark, dried fruit with an earthy, meaty, smoky note. A bag of raisins in the summer sun.

Taste: Off-sweet, bitter, roasty arrival. I hesitate at describing this as "roasty" because it does not taste like a stout; it definitely tastes like a porter on steroids. High alcohol, but it remains drinkable (which, in my opinion, is the principal distinguishing feature between American porters and American stouts; porters you can have several). Hops are balanced and not overdone. Finish is remarkably clean, brief, and not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of heavy. Fair carbonation. Not terribly slick.

Overall: I like Russian Imperial Stouts, and I like this, but this is decidedly different. It really is a touch lighter on the roast of the malts. Somewhat less bitter, a little sweeter, with a WAY shorter finish. Alcohol is totally hidden. Definitely 6-pack worthy. Worth a revisit.

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Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really loved this. First experience with smuttynose brewing and now I just want to have more! I don't know what it is about this beer, but it is the best Porter I have ever had. Super smooth, slight bitterness, not too sweet. Really enjoyed it. Thanks Josh!!

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

Pours opaque brown-black with a thinnish tan foam cap that recedes to a thin skin without lace. Smells delicious..chocolate, figs, molasses, toffee. Taste is similar with toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, lightly sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium carbonation. Body is medium-heavy. Finish is clean, roasted malt, chocolate fading. Very good porter. I've enjoyed all six of mine so far.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pitch black, mocha colored head disappeared after a few minutes, not much carbonation, no lacing, looks a little thin, but overall, very nice appearance.

A: Dark fruits, figs, dates, raisins, also getting some dark chocolate, slight roasted malts, smells really sweet, alcohol is hidden, smells good.

T: Very nice, dark fruits like figs, raisins, dates, like the nose there's rich dark chocolate, some bitterness in the middle, its' sweeter than it's roasty but not overly sweet, finishes with a big dry dark chocolate aftertaste, very nice.

M: Heavy bodied, creamy, oil like, dry finish.

O: Very impressed, it's like a porter on steroids, big flavors of dark fruits and dark chocolate, creamy mouthfeel, it's a little hot, but a big sipper, definitely enjoying this.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2015 Vintage. Pours a very dark brown with a small ring of head. Some lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and slightly nutty. Molasses and earth as well. The taste is dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts. Coffee and leather with an earthy finish. Slight cherry notes. Mild alcohol presence. Very little carbonation. Overall, solid Baltic Porter.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost black pour with just a skim of brown foam that dissipated quickly. Aromas are roast and ripe fruit and raisin. Flavors of roast malt, coffee, and slight chocolate. This stuff is smooth as can be, finishing semi-sweet and fairly clean. Excellent.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice dark brown almost black with a light tan head. S: Chocolate, a herbal smell can't quite place, but I dig it. T: Some milk chocolate, a little roast and the herbal flavor. M: Not thick but you the sense that it's full. O: A solid Baltic porter, really enjoying this brew

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle (month smudged beyond recognition)

Pours opaque black, very little head. Not much to look at.
Very pleasant nose, powdered cocoa. Mocha coffee. Not too strong but very nice, starting to feel like a dessert.
Taste, for the most part, follows the nose. Deep roasted malt, burnt on the edges followed by that cocoa flavor. A little bitterness on the aftertaste takes away from the chocolatey tastes, it's not really a contrast... More of a distraction. All in all, very good though.
Mouthfeel is medium with very little carbonation, a little extra carbonation might have lifted this off nicer, but no complaints here. A very solid porter, will buy again and cellar a couple to see what it does.

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Photo of Stignacious
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love that this says "Bottle Conditioned" right on the label. Jet black on the pour with a tan head that disappears pretty quickly, minimal lacing as well. Malt bomb is the best of ways. Coffee and dark chocolate notes with some fruity notes at the end. Typically beers like this get more boozy as they warm; not the case in this instance. A smooth body makes this easy to drink. Overall this one stands out as of the best examples of the style I've had.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black color with a small creamy, chocolate colored head that recedes after about two minutes. Leaves a very thin head and a small ring of lacing around the edges.

Sweet chocolate malts with a dash of molasses and alcohol. Some light roasted coffee.

Thick, rich roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Really coats the tongue on the way down. Some raisin and aged cherry on the back end. Chocolate comes through even more strongly as the beer warms. Just a sensational flavor. Really strengthens as time goes on.

Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Very easy to drink for nearly 10%. One could easily drink a few of these. Surprisingly easy to drink as well. You could either sip this or down it, but it would work well as a late-autumn sipper.

Overall, my first exposure to Smuttynose and my first Baltic Porter. Homerun on both. An excellent brew suitable for any time of year. Drinks big for a porter, but is really a must try for any beer lover.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it pours dark. it has a little bit of a tan head, but it doesn't stick around the beer or the glass.

it's sweet. it's got chocolate in there, and coffee, and sugar. there's a booziness to it, but not overwhelming in the taste.

it doesn't linger. it goes down easily - not much bite to it either in the initial sip or after the glass is done.

overall, it's a good representation of the style.

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

It's good. Nice roast malt. Has a refreshing body. Chocolate bitterness to the finish. Nice to drink even in the summer. Pours black. Sweeter than most Baltics I've had.

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

Bottled in January of 2015

Appearance - dark brown, nearly black body that poured almost flat, wispy tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, plum, raisin, caramel, toffee

Taste - dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, toffee, hint of raisin

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very light/faint carbonation, flavors of the chocolate and roasted coffee beans upfront, slight bitterness on the back end, flavors linger for a good bit

Overall - good representation of the style. An enjoyable beer. Recommended

Price Point - $9.99/4 pack 12 ounce bottles

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Photo of oldn00b
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a classic porter - near black with a rich tan head forming fast but fades slowly. After my first few sips I agitate it some and the head really sticks around on go 2 -about 1/2 inch and faded for minutes.

Nose is typical tons of dark malts, I get some toffee, maybe currant, and bit of chocolate. Definitely smell some alcohol here.

Flavor deep and rich, definitely sweet like a typical porter.

Really nice body. The carbonation is great in that it brings a bit of bitter up front but a bit more agitation and it comes down a touch and for me more in line with the overall flavor profile here. I'd say a heavy pour is necessary here from the start.

Finish has a bit of mineral quality, maybe a touch of iron? Otherwise it lingers sweet and malty.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly black body with copper head. Roasted notes in the nose: mainly dark chocolate and a pleasant woodiness. Taste of chocolate and coffee, some light vanilla notes and those dark dark fruits, those deep mysterious members of the fruit family. A thicker mouthfeel would have made this truly spectacular, but this was overall very enjoyable. I never knew Smuttynose had it in them. Cheers!

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Photo of Justin82
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter

Look: Black, opaque, half inch head that dissipated very quickly, no lacing

Smell: Booze, coffee, and indistinguishable dark fruits

Taste: Warming and pleasant booze up front as well as coffee. Slight dark fruit finishing.

Feel: Medium body. Nice low carb, where i like a porter

Overall: Really like this one and I'm usually not a huge malt forward guy. 9% abv can sneak up on you with this one

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head. Dissipates quickly. Smell typical of baltic porters, nice and malty. Good malted chocolate flavor. Really solid porter from the guys up in NH

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Photo of Hootie159
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color. Thin head somewhere between graham cracker and milk chocolate. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt on the smell. Same tastes as the smell. A bit of licorice as well. Light carbonation, smooth, not watery. Very solid porter.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a miniature snifter.

Look: Deep Dark and black as night with a thick dark tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin film with some lacing.

Smell: Aromas of chocolate, licorice, tobacco, and small amounts of leather with roasted malt nose all the way through.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet coffee, small amount of licorice bite. Really balanced and the bitterness helps roll through the myriad of flavors. very tasty.

Feel: Light to medium bodied but very sticky sweet on the mouth. The finish is slightly bitter with a lingering roast.

Overall: Extremely drinkable for 9% and I'd have to say one of the best representations of the style I've had.

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Photo of Bone53
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark as can be with a 1-2 finger brown head

Smell: clean and balanced aromas of milk chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: Follows the smell very well; Milk chocolate upfront with a nice roasted malt finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Silky smooth with a bitter dry finish

Overall: Very nice baltic porter! Nothing too complex, but the chocolate and roasted malt notes meld together very well. Iv been a fan of the robust porter for years, and finally saw this available in my area. The clean taste and smooth mouthfeel is what makes this superb. Get it if you can

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (Jan 2015):
Pour is almost black, with head that doesn't come to the surface quickly, evenwith a vigorous pour. Head does eventually come in nice tan color, but recedes quickly. After all is said and done, the bubbles collect thinly at the edges of the glass.

Nose is weak, but grows with warmth. Brown sugar/cola initially, more molasses and coffee comes out later, but still far from overpowering.

Taste is a wonderful combination of coffee, light molasses sweetness, bit of cocoa, some smoke (cigarette impression to me). The carbonation is light, but adds just a hint of bite to the smokey flavor, it seems to me. End is a sort of woody bitter that is lightly drying.

The flavor blend just worked well for me. The individual components has their flaws, but the overall beer is a winner in my book.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head which quickly fades back into a thin patch.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, caramel, yeast, and subtle smoke. Sweet scent of molasses along with a hint of black licorice. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very solid dark aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with rich notes of chocolate, coffee, toast, grains, biscuit, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and vanilla. Black licorice notes of anise. Big dark fruit presence with notes of raisin, cherries, fig, and prune. Hops are pretty light. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly chewy. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a Baltic Porter. Good roasty dark malt flavors with some good dark fruit undertones.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just finished 2015 version and using notes from 2013 and 2010 for support.
L: Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a thin tan foam collar that quickly dissipates to a thick film.
S: Spicy dark malts, some chocolate and anise. No burnt or roast aromas.
T: Malty, traces of chocolate especially on the finish and into the after taste. Background touch of coffee. Not a lot of yeast driven fruit character – mostly traces of dark dried fruit (raisins) from the malt.
F: Very creamy, clean and smooth, medium to medium full body with medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A little big for a Baltic porter – borders on Russian Imperial Stout territory but still very nice.

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

Another classic New England review that has been a long time coming. Had this a few times out of the bottle and on draft over the last five years.

A- This time the 12oz bottle pours into my snifter with a black body that has dark brown hues at the edges. A puffy, creamy mocha cap rises to just about a finger with decent retention. Lacing is a bit lacking.

S- Rich, dark and deep without being very charred or burnt feeling. Plenty of fruit in the nose like currants, raisins and cherry joining malty tones of caramel, heavily toasted nuts, molasses and chocolate. Generally roasty and toasty with a hint of licorice.

T- From the aroma I find that it shifts a bit towards the malts, specifically a rich dark chocolate strengthens, and a bit away from the fruits although they are still strong. Melange of toasted nuts, deep cocoa, raisins, cherry, plum, caramelized sugars, roast barley, blackstrap molasses and alcohol. Moderate sweetness.

MF- Feels gigantic on the palate with a thick and very cream texture which really smooths things out and makes it silky. Carbonation at a medium level and it ends with roast bitterness and light warmth.

9% ABV on this 2015 vintage showing it at times but reserved and balanced enough with a great blend of rich, dark flavors. This beer has a great reputation around New England and it is obvious why. The blend between the malt and yeast flavors is spot on.

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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