mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
2009 Bottle thanks to jmu500. Black pour with a deep khaki head. Thick chewy raisins, chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Great chewy palate, thick malts, dark fruits, and roasted coffee. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bomber. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is very roasty, deep rich chocolate and espresso notes, a bit of coffee grounds and some dark chocolate candy sweetness, also a bit woody and earthy. Flavor starts with a very rich chocolate, both sweet and bitter chocolate with some burnt toast. Keeps some strong espresso notes with a bitter cocoa powder type of finish. Medium to full body and a softer carbonation. Excellent beer. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours black with a thin short-lived brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and fruit with a hint of smoke and a touch of alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with caramel and fruitcake and earthy coffee. Chocolate and overdone toast come in along with a subtle yet still noticeable resiny hop character. Warm alcohol and chocolate and lots of fruity esters in the finish along with a touch of alcohol bitterness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost oily, and moderately carbonated. Overall, rich , complex, and quite tasty. Slightly unrefined, though, and more imperial stout than baltic porter, but still good. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a nice light-brown head.
S: Pretty good amount of roasted malt alongside chocolate, a bit of coffee, and hints of dark fruits.
T: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, mild earthy hops.
M: Thick and creamy yet a bit dry. Very smooth.
D: A nice sipper. Probably my favorite Smuttynose beer to date.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-05-2010 BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sampled at Freetail at the La Muerta bottle share. A good way to start the day/morning before the release!! Poured a clear, deep brown body with just a ring of off-white head. Very leggy! Aromas of caramel, roasty, espresso and some alcohol. Flavors of plums, sweet fresh coffee, roasty, medium coffee bitter finish that’s very smooth. Active, fine carbonation with a medium to full mouthfeel. This was/is a great Baltic porter!!
VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle/22oz/2009 Bottling - Pours a very dark, oily black in color with almost no head... but what there is is dark tan... and very little carbonation. Aroma is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, a bit of alcohol and mild of pine resin hops. Flavor is thick and chewy... like a good Impy... with chocolate, dark roasted malts and a medium bitterness, I am having a hard time not thinking of this as an Imperial Stout. Really smooth, love the chocolate and easy drinking. Some lingering bitterness and alcohol burn at the end... simply awesome! cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Tasted from a 22 oz. bottle purchased in Keene, New Hampshire. Pours a very deep black appearance with a thick black-cream head. Deep malty aroma like an Imperial Stout. Creamy, very dark porter. Alcohol is masked quite well. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Got as an extra in a trade. Bottle from the 2009 vintage. This has to be one of the blackest, thickest porters I’ve seen in a long time. From the first pour, the color is jet black and pretty thick, syrup like thick. The aromas were full of chocolate with roasted hop character to it. The head was somewhat thin and sparse, but a pretty brown color. The head retention wasn’t too impressive, and the carbonation wasn’t too strong, but for a porter I won’t complain. Many of the flavors held roasted qualities and it was a great beer to share with friends. TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle of 2009 vintage. Nice rich dark pour with great presence. Roast and light hop notes reveal the taste to be a little lacking which I speculate may be due to the length of storage. Not bad but flavor seemed to drop off towards the finish. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
2009 bottle, website says bottled in early November so this is almost a year old and I just bought it off the shelf for a great price ;). Pours a nice shinny dark near black cola with a fizzy foamy light tan froth. Good amount of hop oxidation in the aroma, pine needles and the likes which make me want their imperial stout that I loved, nice round dark roast, thick and very dark, bit of the fruit that I love to find, just too much hop oxidation in the way, not sure if it would be better fresher or after another year or two. Flavor follows, dry roast upfront, oxidized pinny hops, bit of fruit and rich oily dark chocolate in the finish leading to a alcohol burn that ruins the experience a bit. Medium/full bodied, creamy and chalky with spritzy carbonation, actually dry for the style, as it warms carbonation becomes more fluffy, so odd because it is dry and yet creamy and fluffy at the same time . So far didn’t quite do it for me like the impy stout did, this doesn’t have the refinement a lagered big porter should have. Definitely better as it as warmed, little bit more of the lagered character, round fruitiness, but still the harsh roast and aggressive hops combined with the showing alcohol just diminish what really could be a world class baltic porter, pretty delicious but just a bit out of sorts, duck rabbit, flossmoor and others nudge this one out.