eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Re-rate, Aug 08: Bumping this sucker up, got the black patent malts for sure, tons of excellent imperial porter notes on top, well-hopped to keep this thing roasty bitter with a big rich chocolate nature. Very nicely done brew, a tad thin and milk-chocolatey on the flavor / mouthfeel, the only features that kept this from soaring on the second go-around. Yum! Bottle SL. Pour was dark brown almost black. The aroma was firm roast, strong chocolate, oats and other grains. The flavor followed the aroma, lots of robust porter notes, some faint bubblegum in the background, not sure I get all the Baltic porter notes. Mouthfeel was moderate for the style, strong roasted presence, dried up hops in the finish. Decent shot by Smutty, but not my fav of theirs.
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, via Dickinsonbeer. Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a one finger fizzy brown head that fell to a partial covering. Moderate visible carbonation. The nose is very roasty with that classic licorice note I want in a Baltic. Coffee, chocolate, char, minimal noticable hops. A little nuttiness. The flavor is much like the aroma, roasty, chocolaty, slight sweetness up front, bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with a slight burnt chalkiness that covers the sweetness well. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with nice soft carbonation. Mouthcoating lingering finish with just a little warmth. Overall, one of the best Smuttynose I’ve had, I think that they nailed this one.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an almost opaque black with a brown head. Milk chocolate aroma with sweet roasted malt and a hint of ash. The flavor was sweet and roasty. Nice warmth with a medium body. The CO2 was a little biting.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice aroma of chocolate and coffee, malt as well, darkest brown, small cappuccino head, some pretty lace. Taste is dark chocolate and roast coffee, medium bodied, balance and bitter. A fine treat! Thank You mds.
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as night with a pretty good head. Roastiness in the back of the mouth. Coffee in the taste and aroma also alcohol. Thich mouthful. Some chocolate as well.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy dchmela. Pours a burnt brown, with a craggy, light head. The aroma is unmistakable, roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, chocolates, even a wisp of smoke. The flavor is spot on, with the roasted malt dominating throughout, yielding slightly to allow a slight hoppy bitterness to bring this dance to a close.
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Cap Ale House, post 10k recovery beer. Pours black with a creamy tan head, very nice. Aroma is a great blend of coffee accented malts and dark fruits. Flavor is an almost exact match, but just exquisitely balanced, luscious, and full. This is absolutely fantastic, an amazingly good beer.
dchmela (2676) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours blackish brown with a thin tan head. Roasted grain, liquer sweetness, very pungent aroma. Sweet, thick, chewy, chocolate malt, hoppy taste. Very easy to drink and leaves a little roasted grain on the finish. Really solid baltic porter.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy dchmela....thanks Dave! Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a small, foamy, light brown head. A smattering of spotty lacing speckles the glass. This is a true Baltic, as the massively malty nose clearly indicates. Big notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, cocoa nibs, and roasted coffee mean serious business. A mildly earthy hop character comes through a little, but make no mistake, this one is malt dominant. The flavor is again huge and intensely roasted, with rich, smooth, chocolaty and caramelized malts. Medium-full bodied and silky smooth, this one goes down easy and finishes with lingering roast. This is right up there with the best that this style has to offer. Fantastic.
beerbill (3531) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a large brown head that faded to a film by mid-glass and left no lacing. The aroma was a bit odd. While I enjoyed the malt, coffee and tobacco elements, there was a very noticable aroma of isopropyl alcohol which I did not like. Thankfully, the rubbing alcohol was not in the flavor, which I enjoyed. Very malty with coffee and tobacco noted as well. Some scotch whiskey flavor emerges as the beer warms with a definite warming from the alcohol at the finish. Except for the aroma, an enjoyable beer.