Smoked Baltic Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
As soon as i opened the bottle and took a whiff i knew that this brew was gonna be good. I poured this very dark brown lager into a SA's Boston lager glass and managed, with some added effort, to ruffle up a half an inch of off white/tan head which I immediately had to stick my nose in. What a fantastic aroma. Bacon like Smoke on the fore front, just the right amount, followed by dark cocoa and some light coffee and toasted malt. I just hope its only as smokey as it smells.
...And it is. The smokiness in this beer reminds me of the rauchbiers of Bamberg, just the absolute perfect amount of smoke, not just smokey for the sake of being a smoked beer. Other than the smoked aspect of this beer it was quite sweet, borderline cloying but balanced with the smoke enough to give it that pleasurable savory and sweet element that is enjoyable in things like bbq or chocolate covered pretzels. Some semi sweet chocolate and light roast coffee weave its way between the initial smoke and sweetness in the finish. Not too much in the hop department here, just enough to hold its own against the malt.
I thought i initially poured this beer a little cooler than i should have because it drank so smoothly with its medium carbonation but then i would remind myself that this is a lager and it should be nice and clean tasting. Regardless i couldn't help but think that this beer was just a little on the thin side although it did seem to coat better as it warmed up.
Would i drink this again? Sure, it was definitely one of the more enjoyable smoked beers i've had. Overall a tasty brew.
Note: BA has this beer listed at 6.20% abv however my bottle i believe said 7.5% abv. Maybe i had a newer batch than was previously submitted.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2011 19:14:29 | More by BruChef
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