Ughsmash (7202) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bomber. Poured clear, very deep browh with a short-lived cap of dark tan head. The aroma was sweet and desserty, and I really dug that.. roasted sweeter chocolates pair with lighter-roast coffee, deeper vinous fruit, and tobacco.. there was also some licorice right at the back. The flavor had a hefty complement of burnt darker malts (semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, and coffee) along with what seemed like dry cardboardey oxidation, ash, and char.. warmer finish with a lot of coffee bitterness, charred coffee, and dark fruit.. this grew on me as the drink progressed. Heavier-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. charred and warm with decent balance (some boozy, sticky licorice at the very end struck me the wrong way).. overall very solid.
hunter112 (58) - Nanuet, New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong head, poured as dark as I would expect. A little lacking in the nose, but the taste made up for that. Coffee predominates, some chocolate. A very smooth porter, the finish is quite satisfying. One of the very best I’ve had from Smutty.
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 (5171) - 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 (4193) - 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 (3375) - 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 (2710) - 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.