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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 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 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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Photo of risendragon
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Jasper's Homebrewing Supply Store in Nashua and poured into a standard glass.

A- Dark mahogany, almost black.

S- I get dark fruits right off the bat with cherries galore. Some dark chocolate, coffee, very faint tobacco smell as well. Very complex and truly appetizing.

T- Sweet coffee/dark chocolate to start with some bitterness to finish, roasted malts are in there as well. The dark fruits are not as prevalent in the taste as in the smell.

F- Porter smooth, a bit oily, but totally acceptable.

O- My first Baltic porter experience was a great one! Definitely a style I can get into and brew at some point.

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

Was a really outstanding porter and if not for the price, it would be right there with Founder porter. great coffee taste.
Dark jet black
Mix of fruit and malt and leather, chocolate
Sweet, some coffee notes, chocolate, rich dark fruit esters. great beer, try 1
Not too bitter, carb was low.

overall great, but too expensive.

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

A - A beautiful black brew, with dark brown highlights, but mostly opaque. Capped with a dark tan head that reduce to a thin line that maintains serious lacing.

S - Mostly roasted malts, with a line of wood and molasses. Underlying this is a strong element of alcohol. Subtle, given the flavor blast to come.

T - Full flavor of roasted malts, with subtle chocolate elements, toasted grains, and mild tobacco and leather notes. Dark bread in the middle, like molasses bread, and a subtle bitter note to close, and a hint of alcohol.

M - Silky smooth, with a full feel, and some mild coating, but the alcohol at the close effectively scrubs the heaviest elements away.

O - Tremendous effort, with a very big, bold brew that manages to deliver imperial stout flavors via the distinct style of the baltic porter.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

5.4.15 re-review

2010 Vintage

One of the most chocolatey beers I've ever had. The mouth feel has suffered slightly but only a small amount of oxidation has occurred. A beautiful example of a beer worth aging.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: The Corkscrew, Urbana, IL
Date: 2012 edition
Glass: Tulip

Best a bit cold to mask the ethanol, even with a bit of age on it, this is otherwise a very good baltic porter with strong dark chocolate, burnt toast, and dried fruit flavors. Due to its large-bottle format, this should be enjoyed over two days unless splitting the bottle with others. One I will pick up again, and would not mind having another "in the cellar."

Head of 2cm in height, dark tan in color, small to medium-sized bubble size, frothy to soap-like. Average retention of around one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island of thin film atop the body. Lacing is modest, with some small-sized dots and blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is very dark brown to black in color, with light revealing no changes. Carbonation not visible through opaque body.

Aroma of roasted cacao, burnt toast with caramelized sugar, dark licorice, molasses, raisins, dried black figs, and prunes. Heavily roasted, but balanced by base and specialty malt sweetness as well as yeast esters to add depth; very pleasing.

Overall flavors of dark chocolate, burnt coffee and toast, dried dark fruit (raisins, black figs, prunes), anise, and ethanol. Front of palate tastes dark chocolate, dried fruit sweetness (raisin, prune, black fig), diluted black coffee, anise, and ethanol. Mid-palate experiences deeply roasted malt that's balanced very well by base malt sweetness, creating a slightly sweet dark chocolate mixed with burnt toast, caramel, anise, raisins, dried black figs, black coffee, and ethanol. Back of palate tastes intense dark chocolate, charred toast, dark caramel-like sweetness, and somewhat harsh ethanol. Aftertaste of medium intensity acridity from roasted malt mixed with bitterness from hops, dark chocolate, overdone black coffee, burnt toast, and lingering ethanol flavor.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a foamy (1/3) and otherwise smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that is appropriate for a sipping beer and this style in general. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

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Photo of wedge
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Black covered by a creamy looking, patchy head. Rich dark fruit and bread aromas with a bit of oxidation from age...raisins, prunes, figs, molasses, and port becoming increasingly chocolaty towards the end of the glass. Big malty flavors of dark, bitter chocolate, dry roast, and some vinous fruit. Silky smooth, somewhat oily, with a light acidity. Nutty, creamy malt and some char. Full-ish yet fluffy in the mouth. Really excellent as it warms and starts to open up.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black beer, moderate sized light brown densely foamy head.

S: Deep chocolate, grape, oatmeal cookies, subtle licorice, caramel, vanilla bean, fig and plum.

T: Chocolate soaked fermented berries, caramel, subtle liquor, big and full. Sweet and dark.

M: Smooth, a touch syrupy, large bodied. Heavy yet soft.

O: Drinkability is right where it should be. Very nice overall.

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

Blacker than most Porters, this held a khaki head of effervescent bubbling that dissipated to a thin layer creamy froth.

The aroma really does confirm this as a Big Beer. Dark fruit, vinous earthiness, syrupy wine and caramel malt can all be found. The dark fruits are discernable with prune, date and a lot of raisin.

The flavor has much of the prune, date and raisin. There's a touch of sorghum, anise and dry barley malt.

The feel is quite sprite but full with a velvety smoothness towards the end.

This beer is Big, tastes great and has tons of character.

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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