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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 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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Photo of KevChiTown
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. Delicious beer! Beautiful pour and head. Deep dark flavors, with a creamy and mouth covering feel. Still has some heat on the back end. Really enjoyable!

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Photo of 2ellas
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is a very deep brown with ample, mocha coloured head that sticks around for a while
Smell is a deep roasty aroma maybe a bit of chocolate. Not sure but it's very good.
Taste is similar to the nose. Roasty and amazing.
feel is a bit thinner than the look and smell would lead you to believe
overall this is an excellent porter. One that I'll be back to again!

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Photo of mabermud
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark and opaque. The head is medium mocha, thick, and appears broken. The lacing slips easily from the sides of the glass.
Smell: Medium roast. Lactose. Slight smokiness and light vanilla. Easy on the dark fruit.
Taste: Brown medium roast, lactose, some staleness near the back end. Sweetness and vanilla throughout. A very faint sour finish.
Feel: The feel is smooth with a lower level of carbonation. Softer in the mouth.

Overall - This is a very nice Baltic Porter. Two thumbs up for this one.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Dark brown, but still light passes through on the edges. Forms a 1/2 finger tan head. The bubbles are uniform - but don't stick around for long. Really nice lacing on the glass. The beer lists the ABV (9.0%) and the Bottle Conditioned Date (Jan 2015). Written in bold yellow ink.

S: [3.75] The nose is subtle. Mostly dark fruit. Slight burnt marshmallow odor.

T: [4.50] Nothing like the nose. Really robust chocolate. Vanilla. Very sweet in the midpalate, like a milk stout. Roasted malts throughout.

M: [4.50] Creamy with low carbonation. This has a full body and no taste of alcohol at all.

O: [4.25] This is a great beer. The nose is weak and doesn't give a hint of what is about to hit your palate. The flavor and body are top notch. This drinks like a 6% beer. Smooth and sweet with no alcohol taste. The chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt flavors all play really well together.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled: march 2015
smell: dark chocolate, roast, graham, hint of raisin
taste: dark chocolate and roast dominate. earthy
feel: good body, viscous, chalky finish

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent porter. Enjoyed this very much. Nice body, nice carbonation, perfect color, outstanding taste. Feel was outstanding - very smooth. A whole lot to like about this one.

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

2015 12-oz bottle poured into a short tulip glass.

An oily black with a half-finger of foamy milk-chocolate colored head that quickly dissipates leaving a slight ring and very little lace.

Aroma is a combination of coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and dark dried fruit.

Taste is great with coffee, chocolate, dates, molasses, very slight roast dark malt and a fairly substantial bitter bite at the finish. Nicely balanced between the sweet dark malts and the finishing bitterness.

Mouth is silky smooth, full but not overwhelming body, very little carbonation, sweet but not cloying.

Overall, this is a fantastic full-bodied dark beer. It should appeal to both entry level dark beer drinkers as well as seasoned stout drinkers.

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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, impenetrably dark black with a light tan head. The head settles down to a disc and leaves smudges of small sticky lacing. The aroma initially is overwhelmingly burnt malt and alcohol esters. As it warms hints of coffee emerge. The taste is much like the aroma but with just a little more depth of flavor. The body is slick with a little bite from the alcohol.

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Photo of scotorum
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Opaque black with a hint of clear brown at the bottom, a finger thick light brown head which receded to uneven surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Chocolate and black coffee

t: Milk chocolate and coffee up front with a moderate hop bite. Smoky notes emerge from time to time early on. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Medium to full, smooth texture, great body and good carbonation tingle.

o: An excellent baltic porter, well balanced and tasty. Satisfying and a wonderful sipper.

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Photo of tango22
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Solid dense dark brown-black. Not much head - more would have been pleasing.
Smell: Inviting, but not overpowering.
Taste & Feel: Here's where it really shows its stuff! Chewy, pleasantly sweet, caramel, fruit, chocolate, all without being overdone. A porter to sip and savor.
On tap at 3 Crow in Rockland Maine.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky smooth and slightly oily dark brown/black with a solid finger of thick light brown/khaki foam.

The general aroma is much more subtle than I was anticipating with this one. Roasted/nearing smoky notes, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and some caramel sweetness, but not entirely pungent.

In comparison, the flavor profile of this exceeded my expectations even after being slightly let down by the light aroma. Brown sugar, singed caramel, roasted/smoky malt, tons of chocolate, and chocolate malt.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, big, slick, chewy, but lacking the viscosity I was hoping for.

Overall, IMO the aroma is rather subdued, but the flavor definitely makes up for that. The mouthfeel, though true to the style, was a little thin for my taste, very good though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-review! 12 oz bottle (YES!) into a teku.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. Retention isn't the best, or even very good, and what texture I pick up isn't particularly dense or creamy. Minor splotches of lacing stick to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Amazingly chocolaty. Even better, the intense chocolate profile is backed by plenty of roasted malt. It's also heavy on the caramel and brown sugar. The only thing that remotely detracts are some occasional fringes of cola. Even still, this is a great-smelling Baltic porter, one that's right up my alley. (4)

Taste: Exactly what I remembered it to be. Tons of dark, malty sweetness (caramel, brown sugar, chocolate) open it up. It'll quickly transition into a nice roasted flavor, with a slightly fruity finish. It's amazing how well everything here works - not only is it big, bold, and brash; it's also balanced and easygoing. Wow, a big beer that's also delicately refined. How 'bout them apples, eh? (4.5)

Mouthfeel: It isn't overly slick or slimy; instead it has a medium body with the carbonation giving it some mouth-filling chewiness. This is very well carbonated, actually. With no hint of the 9% coming through, this is really easy to drink. Even dangerous. (4.25)

Overall: Wow, this is an awesome Baltic porter. It hits every note I like in the style, while still retaining that crisp lager bite to give it great drinkability. This is up there with the Schlenkerla rauchbiers as one of the best lagers I've ever had, in fact. (4.5)

4.3/5: Pretty much exactly what I want from the style

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

Interesting and good beer. Here goes:

A: Small, dark head but very good lacing. Beer pours pitch-blank. Very good.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, burnt malt. This is my favorite type of porter/stout; I prefer the chocolatey ones over the dark fruit ones.

T: Well, the chocolate and burnt malts are still apparent, but they are complimented by a lot of dark fruit. Initial taste of plum, raisins, fig and licorice followed by a hint of burnt malt and chocolate. The beer's smell is somewhat deceptive; I was expecting a more chocolatey character.

F: Good, but not as full-bodied as I was expecting.

O: Great beer, but a little deceptive.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look. Ebony look with a medium brown medium sized head.
Smell yeasty, earthy, slightly toasty, slightly hoppy.
Taste. Fairly evenly balanced in that it feels malty but the hops have slightly the upper hand.
Mouth feel. Medium heavy body, lots, of content in here, slightly chewy, a bit puckery at the back.
Overall another dark beer tending toward the even to slightly hoppy side. Good, but I prefer to lean the other way.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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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 dpgoblejr
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark black-brown in color with a tan mocha head and only traces of lacing. Smell is of roast, dark fruits, and maybe dark chocolate. Tastes of cherries, bittersweet cocoa, coffee, roast, and tobacco char. Some carbonation and coats well on the palate. Sweetness mixed about the aroma and flavor and combine for quite the epic porter imo! No expectations but if I had some they were completely blown away!

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

Bomber poured into Pilsner glass

Black liquid. Dense two finger cap settles into a pencil thick, dense lid. Good lacings.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, raisins.

Taste of chocolate, coffee, licorice. Middle of the tongue deep rich flavors. Aftertaste gently lingers, no bitterness.

Low sudsing, velvety smooth.

Very enjoyable beer, delicious, smooth and I shall repeat.

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Photo of SABERG
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2015 bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Dark delight, hides gentle carbonation feeding a thin mocha cap.
S - Bakers chocolate, toffee, char, and light oak
T - Follows nose, a hint of smoke, dark fig, raisin and roast malts.
F - Light touch, easy palate coating, quick to a dry finish.
O - Outstanding, period.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

2013. Smells like milk chocolate, dark fruit and maybe a bit of toasted coconut. Taste is lighter than I thought it would be. Higher carbonation than traditional style. Finishes clean. On the thin side.

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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