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RATINGS: 851   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 weve followed. This beer is big, bold & smooth, with malty flavors reminiscent of coffee, dark fruit & raisins. Share one with your comrades!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3217) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle - Deep and dark with a foamy tan head. Raisins and dark fruit, chocolaty malt with a touch of booze. Sweet malt, coffee grounds, a bit of nuttiness, with some espresso on the finish. Smooth and full-bodied--velvety and wonderful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours motoroil black with a tan head. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, raisins. Not bad for $4.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Black pour with a small brown head. Cocoa and coffe aroma with just a slight hint of dark fruit brown sugar. Milk chocolate flavor with some cold pressed coffee, a hint of plum, little burnt sbrown sugar, and some lingering hop bitterness. Creamy medium full body wit lots of carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (5691) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle 22 oz, thanks Blankboy. Powerful aroma. There is a lot of chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, anise and molasses. Flavor is chocolate, sweet malts and grape tannins. Palate is different than most baltic porters or imperial stouts. It is light in a positive way, it makes it more refreshing. Very enjoyable for its heavy taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Wonderful malty aroma with coffee, some chocolate, caramel and some toast. Body is dark with a light toffee head. Toasted slightly bitter flavor with some bready coffee notes. Mouth feel is lightly carbonated with a nicely balanced body. Overall, delicious Smuttynose offering.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16219) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A: The pour is dark brown, bordering on black with a fluffy brown head. S: The aroma is good, if not a bit simple. A lot of chocolate and roasted malt with a bit of vanilla. T: A wonderful chocolate flavor is the star of the show. Roasted malt and coffee provide a nice background and contrast of flavors. M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is actually a bit on the lighter side. D: Ive had a few different Baltic porters and this one is easily the best. Great flavors and a nice body (rather than being thin and "lagery").

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Generally, if Im going to drink a hefty dark beer, Ill stick with stout. I like porter, too, but Im just a stout guy. I think it has something to do with Tom Waits. This is a great porter if youre in the mood, though. Malty, with a predominate flavor of dark roasted coffee. Just a bit of smokiness and burnt flavors. Ive had almost everything from the Smuttynose Big Beer series at this point, and there is not one beer from it I would hesitate to recommend.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2010
From bomber. Chocolate, licorice, coffee, molasses. Rich and sweet nose with mild carbonic-metal tang, with light bitter hops. Dark brown-black clear with thick foamy tan lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation, slightly oily, with a bit of warming and light carbonic burn. Starts with medium sweetness of molasses, chocolate, and raisins. Mild bitter coffee, a touch of smoke or burnt malt. Carbonic tang, with mild dry nutty bitter finish. Rich and fairly complex, this is a nice Baltic porter. After is smooth with mild chocolate sweetness and pleasant bitter dryness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3276) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Whoa, serious beer. Served with a nice sized, light tan, fine foamy head and good lace. Aroma is malty, sweet, dark ripe fruit, a bit roasty and good. Ditto flavor and all of that comes out much more boldly. Body is great and carbonation too. Finish is mainly sweet with some bitterness to temper. A bit too big to be a session, but nevertheless a major, world class brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11612) - Sborg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2010
Bottled. thx. to Papsoe for this. Pitch black coloured. Dense black head. Aroma of roast, light plums, liqourice, spice, chocolate and some herbs. Flavour of chocolate, roast, alcohol, vague smoke, some burnt brown sugar, flowers and herbs. Some cocoa notable. Quite complex and surprinsingly smooth. Medium to full bodied. Ens on a roasty chocolaty bitterness. Really a treat in my book.


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