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RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Native to northern Europe, Baltic porters evolved from British porters once exported to the Russian hinterland. Unlike their British cousins, Baltic porters are often brewed as lagers, the tradition we’ve followed. This beer is big, bold & smooth, with malty flavors reminiscent of coffee, dark fruit & raisins. Share one with your comrades!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with a moderately thick dark tan head. Nice aroma of mild powdered cocoa, slight chocolate. Nice mouthfeel. The taste is quite chocolately and is more intense than the aroma would let on. A very rich, very well put together baltic, I’m going to try and stock up on these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4238) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
bomber. oily brownish-black pour with a sturdy looking medium tan head that disappears quickly. aroma is dark chocolate and fruit - with hint of toffee. taste is slick chocolate and cocoa. then bitter coffee and alcohol finish. light peppery spices too. interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2009 bomber... pours a dark black with a quarter inch tan head... big aromas of roasted coffee and malts... medium body with some licorice and sweet malts up front while fatter and richer over the top with big coffee notes and a much deeper body... some dark fruit and raisin start to develop towards the back with a strong biting finish across the tongue... leads you to drink more and experience this again... superb Baltic Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2009
A big fan of Smuttynose and was surprised to see a beer of theirs in the store I hadn’t had. Nice label design. Dark coffee smell. When I tipped the bottle, the darkest night slipped down and thickly filled my glass. Black. I lifted the glass to the light, but, like a hefty patch of dark matter, none got through. A brown slick comprised of the tiniest of bubbles coated the surface. Upon first gulp, the fizziness introduced itself and managed to sneak in its flavorful malty, molasses-y, earthy friends. A few moments later, a warming feeling accompanied by a mild chalky mouth feel sauntered up and hung out for a while. Good stuff. I feel lucky to have such an amazing brewery nearby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1247) - USA - SEP 4, 2009
Appearance is deep black with a dark tan head. Aroma is black coffee with a slight dark chocolate smell. Taste is bold and bitter up front like a strong roasted coffee. In the finish it’s a little sweet but still bitter like strong bittersweet chocolate. Overall, excellent beer would definitely recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle from CBX. Yum. Great BP, among the best I’ve had, not that I’ve had a ton of these. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of aromatic coffee with notes of creamy black chocolate. Taste is very well balance between aromatic coffee without any dryness with some great creamy black chocolate notes with some subtle dry raisins in the finish. Body is quite full with a creamy texture and no apparent alcohol. Another very nice beer from a great brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Impressive, rich three-finger head; tan in color, rocky in appearance. Nearly black colored liquor. I cannot detect any light passing through the glass. Light lace, but chunky. Strong chocolate milk aroma; maybe with a touch of mocha. Big flavor--lots of chocolate and black patent malt. Subtle (comparatively) hop finish, although the aftertaste is great blend of all of the flavors already mentioned. Full bodied with distinct alcohol warmth without being oily.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Draught at Bobbique: Pours dark dark with large tan head. Has a chocolate malty, and weakly bitter arouma. Wonderful chocolate coffee notes, a nice dry but not too bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2009
22 oz. Very nice looking dark pour, nearly black with some brown head. Chocolate, molasses, peat and roast malt aroma. Flavor matches these well. Plenty of dark chocolate, roast malt and some coffee. More coffee and licorice in the finish. Thick full body, good carbonation. Gets a little more bitey when it warms for a while, only because it was still near 80 out and I drank the whole bomber. Drinkability is excellent, abv not noticeable at all. One of the better Baltic’s I’ve had for sure.

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