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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Photo of Andrew61923
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark, dark brown with a finger's worth of khaki head. A thick pour.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee. Smells great.

T: Heavy on the chocolate with some of the dark fruit coming through as well. The high alcohol comes through at the end.

M: Decently thick with light carbonation. A nice lingering taste.

O: Glad to have tried it fresh. I look forward to try it aged, as I have a bottle from last year as well.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this 2012 and a 2008 to put it up against. The 2012 was poured into a 6oz tasting glass.

A - The color is black as night with a deep dark ruby hue where a bit of light shines through the thick glass bottom. It formed a 1/2-finger dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing

S - Great pungent aroma with notes of coffee, roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a hint of soy sauce in there that is a nice accent.

T - Chocolaty with molasses and coffee up front with nice roasted malts coming in the middle and mild hop bitterness wit a bit of smokey char in the finish.

M - Nice and smooth on the way with a nice burst of light carbonation. Nice light alcohol warmth, but not boozy.

O/D - This one is great. The balance of malt, sweetness and bitterness is among some of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of draheim
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a rich brown w/ a dense mocha head that gradually settles to a ring of foam around the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malt, vanilla, and dark sweet fruit.

Taste is rich nutty chocolate and roasted malt w/ a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and moderately dry.

Overall this is a solid beer and I assume it's pretty representative of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle in my fridge for about 10 months now and just have never gotten around to it. Bottle says it iis from 2010, poured into my NYG Super Bowl XLII Champions pint glass…really need to get a Super Bowl XLVI glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and looks thick and creamy, and leaves an inch of Guiness-looking head throughout drinking. Ton of lacing left on the glass; looks fantastic.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, light coffee, and light cream. Very nice, very roasty. Awesome nose; just a ton going on and it all works really well together.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, bitter hops, sweet dark fruits, sweet milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, toasted malts, light coffee and espresso.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy. Somewhat thick; an amazing body.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic baltic porter; I was pleasantly surprised. I have no good reason as to why I never drank this, but didn't realize it had such a good score until I came to type in my review. I thought it was supposed to just be an average porter but turned out to be one of the better baltic porters I've had. Looks great, has a near perfect mouthfeel, and has a ton going on in the taste. Not sure how much "aging" it helped as it is probably 1.5-2 years old at this point, but it's drinking near perfect. As normal, non-barrel aged baltic porter's go (still like Dark Knight and BBA Shipwreck the best), this might be the best one I've had....I like it more than the Ølfabrikken Porter. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle conditioned in 2012.

A- Pours an intimidatingly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch head that soon dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and specks of surface foam. Web-like lacing.

S- Deep notes of dark chocolate and iced coffee. Some toast notes in the end.

T- Hard smack of roasted malts that cross the border into burnt. Some glass taste shows itself in the second sip but, after that, it's all heavy malt that's slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Notes of dark chocolate and some raisin.

M- Intensely robust with some alcohol twang. Medium-low carbonation. Sticks on the tongue for quite a while between sips.

O- Definitely a sipper. Kind of wonder if a year of aging would even things out in this one. A bit overpowering, but maybe it's what a true Baltic Porter should be.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark onyx color with some brown highlights around the rim. A heavy pour yeilds a rocky head of deep tan colored foam caps the black elixir. Dissipated rather quickly. No lacing.

S - the nose exhibits sublet notes of fruit and spice. Black cherries, raisins and prune intertwined with star anise. A touch of molasses and some hints of wood and coffee in the background.

T - semi sweet chocolate malt flavors upfront. Cherry fruit esters envelope the tongue mid palate which plays nicely with counter points of licorice and an earthy hop bitterness which lingers for a bit of time after the finish.

M - smooth yet creamy texture almost oily. Full bodied. Medium high carbonation.

O - a very flavorful version of the style. All flavors are there in balance and seem to be highlighted nicely.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sentomaster
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black pour with a big, frothy, two finger head of tightly packed tiny bubbles recedes leaving a goopy pattern of lacing.

S- Tons of fresh roast aromas along with cola, licorice and some earthy hops. Or maybe earthy cola and licorice from the hops, either way its great. Freshly ground smooth black coffee grinds and smooth dark chocolate truffles.

T/M- Rich smooth chocolate and coffee upfront with a licorice, anise like kick and a hint of citrus underneath it all. The hefty roast backbone is plenty sturdy enough so that it never leaves the picture while you sip, but it also isnt too bold that it would venture into stout territory. The hops come out a bit as just a hint of citrus is imparted before it finishes with a dash of earthy and fresh, not biting, hops along with more licorice and cola. As the former linger, the smooth bittersweet cocoa and roast come back around for a parting farewell. Deliciously smooth with enough tight carbonation to pick up mid palate. Significant body bordering on thick and chewy, but not losing composure it stays tight and smooth.

O- pretty much perefect. Inviting from start to finish and a very sublime brew. It falls just short of perfection in its complexity, but makes up for it in it's awesome ability to perform exactly what I think the brewers wanted it to: a sublimely rich and smooth Baltic Porter

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Photo of zeledonia
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mcorwin
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of joesc230
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

This was pretty easy drinking for a Baltic Porter, and that's the criticism - it shouldn't be. I don't think I ever had one of these this simple. I had one that was smoother, but this one, though complex, lacks the appropriate complexity I would expect.

It's thick and almost oily. Not too sweet (but sweet). Very nice.

I would buy this again as it is so easy to appreciate this well made brew.

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Photo of jk3
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled conditioned 2012. Much thanks to ToasterChef.

A real big gorgeous milk chocolate to coffee brown head, fistful deep, settling nicely with a creamy light tan cap. Body color is really dark walnut black. Head really manages to keep and stick around nicely, very impressive, but nothing outrageous, an aggressive but still in control looking beer here.

Nose is an interesting mix. Toasty malts like a brown ale, faint banana like yeast esters, lots of dry grain, and mostly dry bready sense. Like this. It's sort of a mix between a toasty brown ale and porter.

Real solid brew. Classic light bodied porter, with a great big lingering carbon aftertaste on the swallow. Body is filled with good simple rolling malts and toasted grains. Faint sweetness of banana comes out slightly, still can't get over this great charring finish. The charred grain really lingers on this. Extremely dry and nutty tannic finish as well.

Overall. What a great tasting brew. Maybe not the most mind blowing, but an excellent beer I would have again anytime over many others.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dino hooked this up in our trade, thanks man! Bottle notched 2012 poured to Duvel tulip. The beer pours a deep rich dark brownish black with a nice 2 finger mocha tan colored head with nice retention and lacing throughout. When held to the light the edges are a deep mahogany. The nose is a rich blend of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, with hints of vanilla. No alcohol detected. Smells great. Similarly the taste is dominated by the roasted barley and coffee flavors immediately. The chocolate, vanilla, and malty sweetness soon follows are present a full bodied and enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel is supreme, excellent creaminess. Again, no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Finishes with a mildly sweet, though not overly so, flavor with a mild bitterness of the tongue. Overall, to say this was a treat is an understatement. Best Baltic I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of projektyle
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of bbeerman
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Reviewed 3/4/12

Appearance: Dark brown, pours with a nice tan head, fades to a nice ring, some spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, burnt malts - not extreme, smells balanced - nice malt profile, with some graininess - vanilla, with some creaminess

Taste: Chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, semisweet chocolate, roasty malts, roasted coffee - slightly burnt, but not to the extent that this is in stout territory - nice range of malts, nicely dry, minimal sweetness - biscuity malts, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, nicely roasty and dry, nice carbonation

Overall: Smuttynose wins at porters

Smuttynose Robust Porter is one of the best American porters I've ever had. I guess it makes sense that Smuttynose Baltic Porter is similarly great. I should age one of these.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2012 release. Pours black with just a tinge of dark brown, but still opaque. A pillow of light brown, creamy head holds good retention and leaves some nice chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are bold with dark chocolate and coffee filling the nose. Tastes are also bold with rich dark chocolate and coffee dominating the palate. Mouth-feel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Finishes slightly peppery. Alcohol is non-existent and this is incredibly easy to drink. One of the better beers I've had in awhile!

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Photo of mdillon86
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of GallowsThief
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Deep brown to black on the pour with two big fingers of light mocha head that left cascading lacing down the glass.

S – Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit smell.

T – Big coffee and roasted malts right out of the gate. Nice light and sweet vanilla and chocolate tastes. Almost a creamy chocolate milk taste. Not overly sweet, almost perfect. Light dark fruit flavor near the end with a raisin taste. Warming alcohol at the end as well but not overpowering. Touch of bitterness.

M – Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Coats the palate. Still manages a nice tingly feel.

O – Damn fine brew here with great taste and balance. Sweet but not cloying. My favorite baltic to date. Must get more. Go get em.

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Photo of uratowel
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown. Nice carbonation. Head is dark tan and leaves a small cap that persists for the duration of the drinking process.

Smell: Cocoa and minerals. Nice notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts. Dark chocolate and malt sweetness in equal measure. Deft use of chocolate. Did I mention it smells like chocolate in all it's forms?

Taste: Baker's chocolate is up front. Nice bitterness mingles with a strong roasted malt profile. Sweeter chocolate notes with some deep seated minerality. Tiny hint of citrus. Malts are well-rounded and manage to carry a good level of sweetness. Dark cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry with a good moderate carbonation. Body is medium leaning toward full at times. As it warms it thins a touch.

Overall: Solid all around. The water makes it unique. Big without being over the top in any way. Nicely balanced.

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