Smuttynose Baltic Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter
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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

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#824
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579
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1,422
pDev:
8.71%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2013 opened up and poured into CCB snifters and enjoyed with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: Smoky and roasty. Smells like a campfire and lots of melted marshmallows. Seems rather cloyingly sweet and smoky. Fairly intense nose, not a big fan of the melted marshmallows smell in my beers, but I have to say I don't really get this much from most beers I drink anyway. Overall intense and to the point. (4.5)

Colour: Thick dark black body that pours like motor oil. Comes with a fluffy 2cm mocha head that dissipates in the first minute or two into a thick film and collar. Lacing is pretty good. Overall a very nice appearing beer. (4.5)

Flavour: I got a lot of smokey raisin and marshmallows throughout. It's a roasty sweet beer tempered by a little bit of coffee and chocolate bitterness. It doesn't taste as cloyingly sweet as the nose did but it is still a very sweet beer. From a brewing standpoint, everything comes together fairly well- I just don't really like how its got the sweet molasses but really finishes dry with quite a bit of heat. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Thick, very full-bodied and robust beer with OK carbonation. Aftertaste is dry but boozy and sweet. The booziness is off-putting for me and takes points away from an otherwise well-crafted beer. (4)

Overall: Brewed well in my opinion- there are a lot of flavours that come together in a way that I haven't had in a lot of porters. It's a bit too sweet which I'm ok with but its really the dry boozy feel of this beer that turns me off on it. For the price I think it'd be a nice experiment to have a second one to age, but having it a few months fresh like I did was not the experience I expected. (4)

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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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