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%

Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 01-22-2008

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Photo of dheacck11
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pitch black with mahogany finger and half of head.

Nose is full of roasty malts. Hint of coffee.

Taste is roasty and a little smokey, with a strong coffee component, as well as hints of cacao and bitter dark chocolate, though subtle. Great malty finish.

Feel is medium thick and rich.

Nice porter. Little on the bitter side for my preferences, but excellent complexity and flavor. Would do better with some balance on the sweetness side.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 release poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rich, deep, dark copper-brown, almost like syrup. A thick three-finger head of well-tanned khaki foam that's really tight very slowly dissolves, leaving a generous band of lace around the edge of the glass. Even after the head has finally disappeared, the surface is still covered by an almost solid sheen of very fine bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich black and completely solid - not a bit of light penetrates the liquid, even at the edges of the glass.

S - Dark biscuits, chocolate bread, hints of anise. Alcohol pushes up into the nose just behind these, and it's almost too much as it hides any subtle smells that might also be in the glass. As it warms, 50% milk chocolate shows up, along with hints of dark dried fruits like tart black cherries. Notes of dark caramels also appear.

T - A cup of medium roast coffee with lots of rich dark bitter chocolate melted into it. Boozy, almost like cough syrup. Hot. Some notes of dark, unsweetened dried fruit like dark plums and raisins with licorice mix with earthy bittering hops and dark cocoa powder on the back-end.

M - Thick and frothy from the carbonation makes it airy, but creamy on the tongue like a Fudgsicle. Richness. Surprisingly dry on a finish that hangs around more on the alcohol than anything else.

O - Rich and full in ingredients, this beer needs to age to let the alcohol integrate into them and mellow it out. A drink to warm your tummy on a cold winter night. The next couple of these I find are going to be laid down for a couple of years to see if that's what can turn this promise of a delicious brew into an actual one. If it does, this is easily a beer that will score well into the 4s. The components are clearly there - they just need more time to come together.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, thick, brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, dense, light brown colored head that settles into a quarter inch layering. Pours thick. Aromas of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of smoke, and a hint of old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are rich and bold, with a solid dose of bitter dark chocolate and a rich sweetness of raisins and dates. The coffee character is there, but it takes a backseat to this one. There is a touch of heat from the increased ABV, but it helps to enhance and balance the flavor profiles. Very smooth in mouth, with a transition to a clean, dry finish. Very well made brew. Roasted and slightly boozey aftertaste, with a mocha twist. This is a great beer!

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Photo of MCain04
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BostonRyan for picking one of these guys up in the New England area for me. 22oz bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a FFF Teku.

A: Near-black pour with a dark khaki head of 2+ fingers, great retention, decent lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts, figs and dried fruit, hazelnut, a little caramel. Not overly aromatic though.

T: Similar to the nose, but subdued, and a strong sourdough bread-like taste. Some acidity tot he front of the taste. There is a sweetness and dark fruit taste. Aftertaste is of bready malts and leaves a cloying heaviness on the back of the palate.

M: High carbonation bite. Very thick but overly sticky. Smooth but not as smooth as I'd expect from a Baltic Porter's lagering.

O: Solid brew. I'm not an expert on the style, but I didn't find this as anything special. I'm glad to have tried it and enjoyed it, but the carbonation and acid taste take away from what should be a mellow experience.

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Photo of itchytasty
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of John_Schlaffer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Bluecane
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hopley
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of brureview
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque chocolate color with a 3F head in a pint glass. Good lacing.

The initial temp was colder. The beer substantially improved with warming.

With the pour, the aroma was light fruit and vanilla. As the beer warmed, more vanilla in the nose.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

Heavily complex taste: coffee and fruit are dominant. There is slight bitterness.
With warming, the complexity balances. More chocolate and lemon.

A complex beer needs balance to broaden its complexity. This beer achieves this balance. Smuttynose is an excellent brewer. I have never had a mediocre beer from the brewery. This is one of my favorite beers from the brewery. I may buy another bottle to cellar.

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. 9.8% abv.

Dark cola brown body. Traces of sediment? Big, rocky, thick, dirty khaki head. Great lacing. Nose is first and foremost fruity. Figs, grapes, and plums. Licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate syrup as well. Very nice.

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Dark fruits and milk chocolate sweetness fills up the palate. Cocoa nib bitterness and licorice mix in. Light notes of malted milk and caramel. Woody, herbal hop bitterness comes on toward the finish and mixes with the roasted coffee nicely. Very nice! Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy feel. One of the better Baltic porters I have had.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into crooked stave tulip. 2013 vintage.
Pours a deep black with tan head. Looks more like a barrel aged stout. Awesome barrel alcohol booze and roasted malt aroma...slight chocolate. Taste is very boozey bourbon barrel with roasted bitter and slight chocolate notes. I cant believe this hast been barrel aged. Its awesome. Well worth the sub $6 price tag.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After having so many stouts recently, tasting a porter was a treat. This one did not disappoint me. It pours just like a stout, dark, black dark with a semi-amber color head. The one difference is that in this pour, it came out faster and not as rich as some stouts.

I didnt detect any noticeable bouquets with this. If anything, I did pick up some slightly burnt wood, said in a good way

The initial sip was light and very enjoyable. It was so very clean and soft. A bit crisper than a stout but so very enjoyable.

The finish was clean just as the initial taste. So, from beginning to end, tis beer was so very nice start to end.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that quickly goes to nothing

S: Lightly roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some caramel. Also get some very faint fruity esters from the yeast and alcohol. Fairly simple, but very nice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, and coffee and moves towards the caramel and fruity undertones. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and a light sweetness

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Full, thick and chewy

O: Without a doubt, one of the best for the style. Didn't expect the full, rich mouthfeel and was delightfully surprised. This one is great right out the gate, and I can see this one aging beautifully. A must-try

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

Photo of beercanman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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