Smuttynose Baltic Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Baltic PorterSmuttynose Baltic Porter
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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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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottling generously extra'ed completely out of the blue, thanks so much dope! I've heard great things about this guy and am anxious to tick it, all by myself. Bomber hisses nicely, into my heavy Rock Island snifter...

A: Fairly dense and opaque body with slightest notes of transparent brown where the light pierces the stem of the glass...huge dark tan head fizzles away relatively quickly...not much head or lacing.

S: Big-time malty nose, very rich and even sweet...dark caramel and molasses, hints of raisins and dark cherries, milk chocolate, smoke, light coffee.

T: Complex and rich; sweet but balanced...dark chocolate malt is faintly roasty with an espresso coffee dryness...molasses and ghostly smoke...suggestion of dark fruits again, caramel...a sweet alcohol burn that isn't boozy...possibly tobacco? Faint leather as well...lots going on here.

MF: Full, creamy, viscous, dry, touch of alcohol bitterness, rich.

O: Really nice, a special beer if its firing on this many cylinders after 2+ years. Really glad I got to try this one. I've had this one and Uintas Sea Legs relatively recently, and while I think I like Sea Legs a bit more, Smuttynose's offering is quite obviously more robust than Unita's. A dynamite Baltic.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of Rast
2.92/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bomber, paired with March Madness.

You can't see thru this. You can't. Opaque as the pants I wore to my wedding. Here's the kicker in tow: the head doesn't pretend to be white. Straight deep brown. Smell is what you'd expect from a porter: toffee, coffee, dark. Taste simply cannot be written home concerning. Tasty? Yes. Notable? Surely not. Mouthfeel just ain't porter. Carbon conquers cream. I won't admit this is a poor beer, but it doesn't hang with superior porters.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a big frothy 2 finger cola head. Clumps and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- maple syrup, roast, dark fruits, light coffee.

T- sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee, faint smoke, some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very easy drinking with light acidity.

O- very good porter. Nice roastiness with enough sweetness to balance it nicely.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Trifecta1
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, I have a huge crush on this beer. It is, no question, my favorite Baltic porter, maybe favorite porter flat-out. I always get at least 6 bottles while it's in season, and a store down the street sells them well into summer. Lucky me. Also, I grade by STYLE, not "beer enjoyment" in general.

A- Pitch black, milk chocolate bubbles streaming on the peripheries, milk chocolate colored head. Lacing could be a bit silkier, but that is the only flaw I can really see, and that's being picky.

S- Sweet malt and chocolate, coffee, not much roastiness on the nose. Raisins, sweet alcohol.

T- Homerun. Amazing. Caramel, sweet chocolate, slightly smoky, coffee, malt, slight alcohol burn/taste. Low bitterness. Extremely flavorful. Not too complex, but not too obvious. Enjoyable and refreshing despite the ABV.

M- Creamy and sticky, carbonation is on the higher side of perfect, but still great.

Overall, absolutely fantastic Baltic porter, and beer in general. I love this beer. The only other Baltic I've had that comes close to this is Sinebrychoff, and that's a tad hard to find around me. I'll also add that this beer is EXTREMELY cheap, just under 6 bucks for a bomber. If you see this or Sinebrychoff and want to know how some classic Baltics taste, you know what to do.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle (2012) into a pint glass, pours a very dark red brown close to black wiht a short brown head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted mailt, molasses

T: bittersweet chocolate, espresso, sweet malt, raisins, prunes

M: heavy, lots of viscosity, low carbonation heavy alcohol presence, lasting aftertaste

O: "Big Beer Series" is aptly named. The flavor is bold. The gravity is high. And the alcohol is loud. You need to be a fan of porters to enjoy this beer. It's all about sweet and charred malt flavors.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger tan head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of dark fruits of raisin, cherry and prune with a roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Mixed with these stronger smells are notes of toffee and caramel as well as a warming alcohol smell. Quite delicious.

Taste – The taste begins heavy of toasted malt, chocolate, and a caramel sweetness. The caramel takes on more of a toffee like flavor more toward the middle along with some flavors of fig and raisin hitting the tongue. The sweeter flavors fade ever so slightly as some light coffee flavors and a bit of a boozy taste comes to the tongue. More bitter sweet chocolate comes to the tongue at the end along with a light smokiness leaving a nice darker and toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was thick and creamy with a lower to average level of carbonation. The thicker body was fantastic for all the dark roasted flavors of the brew really allowing all the subtle (as well as the not so subtle) darker flavors to linger and be detected by the tongue.

Overall – Quite a delicious brew. Medium sweetness with a thick body and a nice roasted flavor profile. A very nice cool weather sipping brew.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Bassbeer24
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Guinness glass. 2012 batch.

Appearance: big 1.5 inch brown/tab head that dissipated slowly. Exactly what you'd expect from this style. Lacing was there but could have been more prominent. Really my only complaint on the appearance, and I'm nitpicking.

Smell: boozy at first, and is the most prominent smell. Really nice blend of coffee and roasted malt follows the booze and is very pleasant.

Taste: follows the nose, with booze up front, coffee in the middle and light caramel in the finish. Subtle roasted malt throughout.

Overall: typically I disregard smutty nose because I've had to many bad beers by them. This is just a really solid Baltic porter though. It's a little boozy but I have another bottle I'm aging until next winter where I expect an even better version if this brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.7% out of 100 with 1,416 ratings
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