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Big Beer Series - Baltic Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company
Baltic Porter
8.70 % ABV


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Smuttynose Big Beer Series Baltic Porter Coming January 9th
 
Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up at Hop City in Atlanta, GA. I think the bottle was 6.99, but I could be wrong. This has been the Smuttynose I have wanted to try since I had my first Smutty Robust Porter. Just based off that beer, I knew this one had to be great. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice and syrupy pitch blsck. Has a good and glossy black body. No light is getting through this and there is no other hints of other colors when this brew is held to the light. Got about half a finger of medium brown head but that went down to a thin ring that lasts the entire experience. This head throws up some wispy lace at best, but most of it slithers back down in to body and back into that top cap. Just very, very dark.

S: Smell is really nice and hits right when that cap comes off. The first aroma out of the bottle and out of the glass is big time brown sugar and molasses smell. Behind that comes the milk and dark chocolates. Nice coffee goodness in here as well. Little bit of a dark fruity sweetness is in the back with maybe some cherry and raisin. The roast on this really comes out as you really take in a few good breathes. A bit of charcoal and smoke. It is rather beautiful and is/was tempting me to give in a 5 in this category. Just really impresses.

T: Not much unlike the nose, and sure as hell does not disappoint. Got a that hefty brown sugar and molasses flavor but it rides shotgun to this chocolate and caramel goodness. Has a really nice milky creaminess going on as well. Kinda tastes like a dark chocolate cake, drizzled with some caramel and topped with a light amount of nuts. Paired with that cake is a nice assortment of fruits: cherry, plum and raisin. Very light hops bitterness comes in on the backend mixing nicely with a light coffee presence. Little bit of roast but nothing too crazy.

M: Full bodied brew for sure with a nice viscous presence. Carbonation is pretty light, leaving this very creamy and sip worthy. ABV kicks around in here towards the back of the throat and it really does let you know that this is almost 9% (could have been a bit lighter in presence). Aftertaste is mostly some coffee and light hops bitterness.

D: Very nice and pretty much all that I expect. Aroma and flavor sure as hell was on point and did not disappoint. With that said, this is a sipper and is to be taken slow and savored. This makes this brew a very nice cooler weather brew that warms and satisfies. Flavor and aroma lived up to expectations, but the alcohol was a bit heavy. This lowered my scores on feel and drinkability. Still, I would absolutely drink this again and will always be open to pick up a bottle. Another great porter, and another great beer by Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-13-2009 04:39:02
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Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 03/26/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2008
2008 bottling which means it was brewed in 2007 and this vintage was 8.1% ABV.

Pours a deep black with a small bubbly deep brown head. The bubbles settle fairly quickly and leave little sign of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Deep malty aroma. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate alone with notes of coffee and raisins. Toffee and caramel mingle nicely. Dark fruit and more coffee at the end.

Big smooth malty body. Lots of roasted malt with a nice very dry touch of sweetness. Lots of coffee and some chocolate. Raisins and dried fruit come through from the slightly fizzy carbonation that bubbles on the tongue and stick with you into the aftertaste. Bit more coffee in the aftertaste too.

This brew held up nicely over the past 2 years. I'd be down for grabbing a couple bottles of the 2010 when it's released in November.

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2009
22oz Bomber

2008 Bottling

This was yet another beer I was anxious to try that hoppymeal sent me, thanks Derek! Smutty's Baltic Porter is black as night. The body is so dark it won't allow one single ray of light through the blackness. Two fingers of large bubbled head, that's so dark brown it has a purple tinge to it, grow easily on the soft pour. The rich looking head fades quickly to a skim coat barely thick enough to cover the body with a ring that's bigger but not by much. Small splashes of lacing are left here and there.

This big Baltic Porter is all around rich and decadent. High cocoa content dark chocolate shavings coat slightly under ripe blackberries and create the backbone of this beer. Everything else just adds some complexity. There's some coffee ground bitterness brought about from the roasted malts floating through here and there while figs and a quick note of alcohol rise from the glass. The clean alcohol adds to the aroma. This is a beer I could sit and sniff at all night.

Everything in the aroma of this beer jumps out in the flavor. The chocolate is so dark and rich it borders on bitter when combined with the mild coffee grounds. The berries are just like the nose suggested with an under ripe peppery bite that pops mid-palate. The chocolate and roasty malts are concentrated enough to last throughout the entire drink. Clean, spicy, and drying alcohol brings up the rear in a very nice way. Smuttynose makes one hell of a Baltic Porter!

The mouthfeel fits the beer well but could use a little more silkiness or density. The roasted malts leave a mild coating of bitterness after the moderately heavy (or is it heavily moderate) body works its way across the tongue. The carbonation is lively enough to keep things moving but mellow enough to not to stay out of the way.

The drinkability is surprisingly good when taking into consideration the deep rich flavors. This is a beer to be sipped and savored; it just continues to open up.

This is an excellent Baltic Porter and may be my favorite from the Big Beer Series with the Imperial Stout giving it a run for its money. This could be my new favorite domestic Baltic Porter. Thanks for another great beer Derek!

Reviewed: 10/26/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
A very dark brown/black, with just a slight tinge of amber on the pour. A bit thick and slick in appearance. Brown, mocha colored one finger head that disappears quickly. Constant ring of head remains behind, with sub-par lacing.

Aroma is that of dark roasted coffee. Strong hints of licorice, milk chocolate and molasses- a bit grainy.

Taste is of strongly burnt malts... follows the nose precisely-coffee, molasses... along with a nice raisin taste (true to the label). A bit of woodsy smoke(?) and milk chocolate, a bit bitter and dry, with a charcoal taste/feel into the finish.

Medium in body, smooth, slick almost creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good.

Too easy to put down (drink). I believe this is in the 8-8.5 ABV range... nice warm feeling without being hot. I really liked this one- an excellent sipper. Nice addition to this line, Smutty!!!
Highly Recommended!!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by smellysell on 10/03/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 4 9 2008
Appearance
Pours jet back into my Lowenbrau mug. The head is dark tan, and has a soapy consistency. The retention of the head as well as the lacing it leaves are both minimal.

Smell
This beer literally reeks of malty goodness. Tons of roasty, caramel malt aromas. There’s also a hint of coffee along with a touch of alcohol.

Taste
Upfront there is a heavy flavor of caramel and alcohol. It transitions to a very nice taste of dark fruits, plums and raisins. It finishes with flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The finish is extremely long and leaves almost an identical flavor to a mocha latte. This is an extremely well balanced and multifaceted beer.

Feel
I wouldn’t classify the body of this as either light or heavy, it falls somewhere right in the middle. The level of carbonation is much the same, falling somewhere around medium too, which complements the bevy of flavors very nicely. It leaves a very thick coating on my tongue that lingers for a long while.

Overall
This is an excellent beer. Extremely complex and well balanced. It is definitely a sipper, and the depth and strength of the flavors is outstanding. I think I need to dig in the cellar to find the Smuttynose RIS now.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 04/18/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2008
A- brew is, as I said, very dark also. Deep brown color yeilds a very creamy, tall tan head on it. Seems to be slightly more clear than the Duck-Rabbit brew as I can get about a half inch view into the brew from the edge of the glass. Head fades into a bunch of little bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Very roasty up front, with some vanilla in it. Some coffee bite to it also, with a hint of the alcohol in it. Swirls bring out a strong chocolate, sweet smell. Really like this. Very inviting with the blend of aromas here.

T- brew seems to be slightly lighter. Very faint coffe up front that leads to, what I might be able to pick out for the first time...cocoa powder aftertaste. Dry, and chalky chocolate taste. Some fruits are there, raisin is the most present. Light alcohol blends with the cocoa aftertaste.

M- Solid. Slightly sticky finish, but not enough to ruin the brew.

O- A really good brew, and thanks to JerseyToughGuys for a chance to try it.

Served In: Bottle

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