Smuttynose Baltic Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,410
Reviews:
573
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.71%
 
 
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237
Gots:
225
For Trade:
12
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Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RTEdmunds
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 22oz bottle into a glass stein.

Held up to the light, this brew is completely opaque. nice tan colored head.

aroma is earthy, and I can detect coffee undertones.

complex bitter flavor. roasted, nutty, and a strong espresso aftertaste.

mouthfeel is rich, and does not feel like the ABV is as strong as it actually is.

Overall an excellent product. I am new to the New England breweries, but this is the best regional brew I have had to date. Highly recommend it. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black body, finger tan head, great lacing

S: dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, malt

T: dark chocolate/vanilla, malt, caramel, roasted finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Another MIGHTY fine brew from
Smuttynose! Highly recommend
and would get again.

OUTSTANDING, MUST TRY!

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of disemgrowler
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ElDavicho
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer was a surprise to me.

looks like most other porters I've had, only the head is a bit more flighty...this is not densely packed, creamy head, got about 2 inches but it disperses quickly

On the pour, heavy berry aroma...I didn't get a whiff of chocolate or roasted malt until the beer settled a bit. Out the gate it was all fruit for me, and merged into a menagerie of italian roast, and dark chocolate

The lager yeast really pull through and makes this one unique, especially considering the strength. I would never guess this was 9% if I didn't read it before hand. Crisp and clean all the way through, with a nice roasted kick on the back end. Sweet and slightly tart on the tongue.

Great beer...good thing I picked up 3 bottles, I love the porter style and especially appreciate when they've taken steps to separate it from being a stout. I think in this case the lager yeast really pulls it away from just being a stout with a different name. I can absolutely image this beer brewed for no reason other than to make the trip across the Baltic sea.

Great stuff.

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Photo of dlello2
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of druptight
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Moose34
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sacrelicio
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one amazing beer from Smuttynose. Pours a deep dark black with brownish highlights. A nice chocolate milk colored head tops the brew with decent lacing. The smell is an enticing bouquet of roasted porter goodness, with a nice dose of dark fruits. The flavor is pretty bitter but still rich with dark chocolate and lots of fruits and nuts. The mouthfeel is a soft, yet full and rich. The perfect baltic porter.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice black with a two finger brown fluffy head.

S-Roasted malt, some alcohol? and chocolate.

T-Roasted malt, chocolate, a little bit of coffee. Rounded off with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, creamy with some carbonation.

O-Another great Baltic Porter. Not as good as the Long Trail, but marginally.

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Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best price/quality beers...according to BA. This will be my first time trying it (2012), but I am a huge fan of the style.

Appearance:
Pouring this beer, my heart melts. It looks absolutely gorgeous. A jet black body with 2 inches of a cake-like, tan head. Is there lacing? Yes, ample. The head remains intact for 5 minutes like a gleaming crown of accomplishment, but does eventually fall to a thin blanketing.
There is a thin yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle reaffirming their claims of a 2012 bottle conditioning.

Smell:
I can taste this beer just by smelling it. Bold fruitiness including raisin and fig followed by a hint of milky cocoa and slightly tingling alcohol (almost non-detectable ethanol, which is a feat for a 9% beer).
Letting the beer get a little warmer allows the alcohol to greatly amplify this beer's spiciness-component.

Taste:
Just as expected. Orgasmic boldness and a full follow-through from what was going on in the beer's nose. There are some differences that my taste buds do pick up such as the grain/malty aftertaste as well as the now biting ethanol component.

Mouthfeel:
Creamy and smooth with gushing carbonation to match this beer's incredibly bold flavor profile. I can't believe how incredibly potent this beer is, and it doesn't seem to get any worse tasting at warmer temperatures. My only complaint is the beer seems a little hot and could use a few months chilling out before it's optimal. At the same time, I wonder if it could afford to get any sweeter (because it's already quite sweet)?

Overall:
So, the beer's got an incredible price ($5.99/22oz bomber), and it isn't ridiculously over-hyped...so I'll actually be able to grab it off shelves & count on more being there next week. Profound concept. I would highly recommend this beer and already plan on getting a few more bottles myself.

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Photo of jammalamma
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Aroma here is full and rich, with a lot of dark chocolate just jumping out...there's some roasted malt as well...molasses and definitely alcohol. What really comes to mind first though, is the chocolate aspect to the nose.

Pours jet black in my glass with a thin, tight head on it.

Taste is quite the menagerie of flavors. Certainly dark chocolate is present here greatly...there's also a smokiness I get out of this beer on the body, and a hint of coffee. Towards the finish, it ends with a sweet molasses note and a good, lingering roasted note that remains on the tongue for a while. Very full flavored and tasty. Didn't seem nearly as boozy as I may have thought it would be.

All in all a wonderful beer and one of the best porters you can get for a great price (5.99 for a bomber).

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Photo of McLaughlin5350
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of smutty33
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Release:

A: Pours pitch black, 2-finger mocha brown head with great retention and good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, fresh dark roasted coffee, fairly robust roasted malts, molasses, a little dark fruit.

T: Moderately hoppy with a touch of citrus and more floral/pine evident in the finish. Big coffee notes with deep dark chocolate. Alcohol warmth is there up front and on the back end and there are somewhat strong alcohol esters of dark fruits. Rich molasses with highlights of slightly burnt caramel and toffee. Robust roasted malt that comes just short of a little char. Moderate sweetness though it's a slightly dry finish. Good complexity, rich (without too much sweetness), delicious.

M: Medium side of full, moderate carbonation. Fairly chewy and somewhat smooth though a bit hot fresh. Slightly bitter finish from the hops and a good bit of roast/slightest char.

O: It's a little better than I remember, specifically in respect to depth and I definitely get more coffee out of it. One of the best Baltic/Imp Porters on the market and perhaps my second favorite Smutty beer behind Finestkind.

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22oz bomber (2010 release) poured into a snifter

A: Pitch black, massive 2 finger mocha colored head that dissipates over a couple minutes and maintains a thin brown froth.

S: Roasted malts, alcohol soaked dark fruits, dark chocolate, molasses

T: I get mostly the roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. Almost has berry-like notes in the background. Hop character seems a little more noticeable than I was expecting, very earthy, almost tabacco/smokey. Finish is dry, earthy, with barely any bitterness (it's there in the middle from the roasted malts but disappears quickly) and a little warm. Doesn't seem like 9% warm though. Focus is definitely on the dark roasted malts, almost burnt (not as 'burnt" or strong as the Robust porter though and more balanced)

M: Low to medium carbonation, medium to full body (it's almost syrupy), chewy, doesn't seem to coat as much as other big Porters/Stouts. Very smooth.

D: The lighter (for a big porter/stout) body and somewhat masked ABV make this fairly easy to drink, I generally nurse my big stouts/porters but I found myself almost gulping this down.

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Photo of fo1ksguitar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Smuttynose Baltic Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 1,410 ratings.
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