New Hampshire’s Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries. They are traditionalists. Smuttynose does not push the envelope with their beers (unlike DogfishHead for example). They brew traditional styles, and they do those styles very well. Smuttynose is widely available in New Jersey, usually on the lower end of the price scale when it comes to craft beers, and the worst Smuttynose beer is pretty damn good.
Case in point is the Smuttynose Baltic Porter. Porter is a style of beer that I have always thought of as being the kid brother to stouts, which is more a reflection of my idiocy than reality. Porters and stouts are different styles, and I will need to explore those differences in the future. This porter had hints of chocolate, coffee and dried fruit. This one gets an 8/10.