Before moving on to the “finale beer” of our tasting, Patrick and I moved on to a beer that has been my favorite Big Beer Series beer ever since I first tried it in 2009, Smuttynose’s Baltic Porter. Carefully crafted to be both bold in flavor and smooth from its lager fermentation; this beer is a winner on all accounts. Offering the body and flavor of a well brewed imperial stout along with the drinkability of a lager (e.g. a doppelbock). In this video we taste the beer, pair it with 72% cocoa dark chocolate, and go on to discuss the growth and popularity of Smuttynose Brewing Company in terms of distribution and availability of craft beers in the US. As in the previous videos in this series, this one shows how I continued to learn more about and came to appreciate Smuttynose more and more as we went from filming the interview to 6 different tasting segments. As such, I hope all who view this series will have a similar experience. Cheers!
Stats: ABV: varies by year, IBUs: 35, availability: Winter
Stay tuned for the final beer of this tasting Zinneke, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.