ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
FROM NOTES; July 2, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass at the Smuttynose Brewery by JT.
A: Roasted coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, a hint of some sweetness. A much stronger nose than I expected.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a 3-finger tan head. Impressive retention and lacing.
T: Follows the nose. Exceptionally well balanced, albeit a bit stronger than I expected. Alcohol bite is mysteriously missing, which is amazing.
P: Thick, rich, and full bodied with an oily sweetness.
O: Bottle art is way cool and extremely smooth, drinkable, and tasty. One of my favorite porters. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Baltic porter I didn’t enjoy, but this one is OUTSTANDING. Beg, borrow or steal to get this, IMO.
digrod (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour with great foamy head. Smells of raisins/prunes and some licorice. Tastes of dark chocolate, black licorice, and sweet prunes. Finishes with burnt molasses and cocao.
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 Dark brown, almost a slight purplish hue with a tight tan head. This beer opens up more as it warms with aromas of coffee, burnt malt and dark fruits. The taste is dark burnt malt, coffee bitterness, raisin and prune. I like it, but don’t love it.
mtdewa1 (366) - rome, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of plum, burnt toast and coffee. Dark brown pour with thick khaki head. Taste of raisan and finishes with coffee. Very nice baltic porter.
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Blind Tiger House. What a lovely looking beer. Deep dark as good as black in the glass with a medium sized lasting dense and lacing brown head. Can’t really put anything back on the looks here. It smells of lovely cocoa and dark roasted malt with a sweet touch of chocolate and mocha coffee. Just lovely and pure class. It has a really small prickling average carbonation level wrapped in a lively thick oily mouthfeel. Tastes as good as it smells to be honest. It has lots of chocolaty flavors, lots of coffee also and the mocha sticks in the taste also. Chocolate beans with a little bit of sugar and sweet caramel. So integrated and packed together in to a lovely flavor bomb. Good stuff! 23.06.2013
Minderbinder (2064) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of milk, chocolate, caramel, some sugar. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Not bad, but not mind blowing at all.
mathieuc (1568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thin offwhite head. Heavy lacing, nice! Aroma is full of chocolate and maybe a little fruit. Taste is ashy, roasty and sweet. Flavors of dark fruits and chocolate. Medium to full bodied, smooth with a really well hidden alcohol content. A really nice one that might have suffered from being the last one in an epic tasting, will have to revisit.
tom10101 (3157) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 oz) 2012. Thanks to Chris for this one! Dark brown with a small beige head and light lacing. Aroma of raisins (lots), burnt caramel, fruity notes, chocolate and plums. Taste is moderately sweet with a lot of raisins, plums, burnt caramel and chocolate. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. Good Baltic Porter, quite complex too. Maybe there’s a little too much raisins balance-wise. There was also something slightly off in the nose and aroma, but I wasn’t able to identify it.
czar (4768) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled in 2012, kept in unknown conditions. pours dark brown, red tint, with a nice beige head, good retention and lacing. burnt caramel, dark lager fruitiness - i get raisins but also (and unfortunately) spoiled fruits and (contaminated) fermented berry juice, molasses, bit of soy and cherries - hint of acidity, sweet hazelnuts, bit of toasted coconut. moderate carboantion, medium body - oily without being sticky, nice grassy-spicy finish. a cellaring gone a bit wrong..
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle for 6.49. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a brown head. I noticed an almost amber hue when I was pouring it but I don’t see any in my glass. Aroma is strong with coffee, malt and a slight raisin aroma underneath. Smells and looks great. Taste is similar but no raisin taste coming through which is good because I hate raisins. Some chocolate is in there as well but not much. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Really easy to drink. Body is thicker and heavier. Average carbonation. Smuttynose makes great beers and this one is no exception of course. An excellent Baltic Porter.