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RATINGS: 876   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16393) - 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 (4279) - 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 (3465) - 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 (11655) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Very nice dark pour with beautiful dark brown head. Solid nose reveals lots of chocolate and some light coffee/caramel notes with a hint of dark fruits. The taste follows the nose very nicely and has a bit of alcohol burn and bitterness in the back end. The sweetness is very nice but not cloying. The dark fruity flavors are there to keep the beer from being a higher ABV version of Shakespeare Stout. The mouthfeel isnt incredible for the style and could be more creamy but certainly isnt too thin. A nice, nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1526) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
The aroma is cocoa drust and sweet malt. Very nutty and dry. Dark chocolate balance and hints of dark berry. Dusty and nutty. Great. The appearance is 8-ball black, with slushy brown head. Opaque, cherry red at the edges. The flavor is very dark and bitter first. Burnt cookies. A more chocolatey finish, very rich. Sweetish, but with that nuttyness. Rich and full of flavor. Mild, pleasant alcohol burn. The palate is smooth and oily at first, a bit of a drier, milky finish. A rich, darkly sweet beer. really excellent and yet very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2010
This poured a dark opaque with a thin lacing of head. Aroma has a strong mixture of raisins and dates. Taste is pretty sweet with raisins coming through stronger, and with a bit of cookie-dough like malts on the aftertaste. Coffee doesnt really stand out much on this one. Body is aIso quite light, moreso than most english porters. honestly I saw this as more of a strong dopplebock, but it is nonetheless a very enjoyable brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2010
This did its job and then some! Poured black with a creamy tan head. Lasted forever in a good way. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Same as it smelled. Not alcohol presence what so ever. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
About a 1 inch plus brown head of fine and dense bubbles. Light carbonation. Nice aroma with lots of milk chocolate, roasted grains, a hint of coffee and some smoked malts. Color is a very dark brown. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with lots of sweet malts, more milk chocolate, a bit of mild coffee, burnt toast and some carbon. Late dryness and slight bitterness. Finishes strong and roasty. Hides it alcohol very well. Very flavorful and a bit drier than expected. A good baltic porter.


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