Smoked Baltic Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Damian:
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank on-tap at Sunset Cantina, Boston, MA
Served in a cervoise
The liquid poured a deep brown/black with chestnut colored edges. A bit thinner than anticipated. A flimsy wisp of off-white froth topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated. Thin, splotchy patches of lacing clung to the top third of the glass.
Lots of interesting stuff happening in the nose. Molasses and burnt caramel notes came through strong. Moderately sweet. Good amount of roastiness. There was a slight metallic edge, but this quickly dissipated. Stone fruits were detectible. Subtle smoke.
The flavor profile was a bit more straight forward. Nice blend of roasted and caramel malts on the front end. Some cold coffee. Touch of smoke. Toasty. The finish was nutty and dry.
The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and slick with a fine, subtle effervescence.
Great Divide's Smoked Baltic Porter is quite drinkable, but I would prefer it with a whole lot more smoke and intensity. These guys make some fantastic beers but this one is fairly mediocre.
Serving type: on-tap
07-22-2012 13:43:48 | More by Damian
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4.51/5 rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From 22 oz bottle dated July 14, 2011 - 7.5%.
Poured in a St Bernardus chalice.
Dark copper - mohogany...small amber head.
Aroma of chocolate malts, vanilla, slight espresso.
Significant carbonation and a soda like mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich malts, dark chocolate, sweet malts, a touch of funky/sour fruit juice. Rich and inviting, certainly less smoky than fresh but nonetheless very tasty.
I'm guessing I'll rate this fresh and give it a higher rating, but for the style and overall flavor profile, at this age, it's remarkably wonderful.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 05:50:38 | More by DenverLogan
3.54/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
"Smoked Baltic Porter is the sultry sister of a storied style. Brewed with traditional German malts and hops, this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt. This smoldering, medium-bodied lager is sure to please. Smoked Baltic Porter is smooth, smoky and dark...mysterious enough yet? Brewed in the style of a Baltic Porter. Date on bottle is July 13 2011.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a light tannish creamy froth head over a dark brown body. Retention is average at best. Pretty good appearance, but nothing phenomenal. 3.5
(Smell) Aroma is mildly sour roasted malt with a note of smoke on the finish, mild clean malt aromas. Pretty shallow on the depth of this aroma. 3
(Taste) Medium roasted malt and toasty grain. Mild char on an otherwise clean and light, mildly smoky and dry finish. Smoke presence is notably mild, not quite as big a player as the label might suggest. Nonetheless, the fair malt profile and lower alcohol makes the drinkability very high. I like the flavor but don't think it plays true to style, expected much more depth and character. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Mild carbonation, some mild slickness and a mild tartness. Body is light for the style, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is quite low. A decent pairing. 3.75
(Overall) Amongst "Baltic" Porters this is one of the lightest bodied examples I've tried so far, very light in flavor. Time likely wiped much of the smoke flavor and added some sourness but it didn't impact much but the aroma. For a drinkable porter with a subtle smoke character, this is likely to be your choice beer. 3.5
Great Divide Brewing Company's
Smoked Baltic Porter
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 01:20:44 | More by Jadjunk
Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
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