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Smoked Baltic Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Smoked Baltic PorterSmoked Baltic Porter

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390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt."

Note that Baltic Porters are often fermented with lager yeast.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 08-07-2010)
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Reviews by techfed87:
Photo of techfed87
4.13/5  rDev +11%

Poured a well-sized head. Color is stark black. Smell has the distinctively smokey aroma that one would expect from a smoked beer.

Flavor is a bit lighter than expected. Big in robust malt flavor, but light in alcohol, which can add to the drinkability of the overall drink.

A very nice smoked porter. Try it sometime!

techfed87, Mar 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottled on August 6th 2010.Nice to see this brand new offering from GDB here in Greensboro so quickly.Poured into my Red Oak pint glass a deep chocolate brown with a one finger tan colored head that lasted quite long leaving a smattering of lace as it settled pretty slowly.Aromas are lighter on the smoke with much more molasses,chocolate, and roast.Flavors of sweet molasses,bitter chocolate,and dark roast coffee hit well from the onset,the smoke comes thru in a lingering finish.A little on the light side but its quite drinkable,subtle smoke,maybe not enough for me but its quite good.

oberon, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

Appearance - This is straight brown in color with a nice, brownish-white head.

Smell - The malts are light but rightly roasted. The sugars are OK but lack identity.

Taste - The malts lose most of their roasted character at the tongue. They are dark but don't have that fresh-roasted flavor. The sugars again are hard to pin down. They are sweet like table sugar but otherwise somewhat boring.

Mouthfeel - This is a thin medium-bodied with little bitterness.

Drinkability - This was mediocre at best and not at all what I've come to expect from this fantastic brewery.

RoyalT, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Bitzer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Bitzer, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bulldogg915, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts and roast with a lot of smoke. As it sits, it gets a bit subdued.

The flavor is sweet slightly lactic roasted chocolate malts with some smoke that blends with some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, a decent smoked porter.

Beaver13, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -19.4%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

22 ounce bomber bottled August 6, 2010. Pours dark brown and almost opaque. Medium tan head retains well and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is subdued. Roasted coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, and faint wood smoke and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but seems to thin out. Moderate carbonation.

Taste has a prominent smokiness from the Bamberg malts. Dark roasty malt notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate meld with an understated spicy noble hop profile. Some dark fruits underneath.

A fine drinking porter but I don't really find it to be an excellent Baltic porter.

merlin48, May 21, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%

Thanks to my dad for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of chocolate, along with some smoke and roasted malt. Somewhat surprisingly, the chocolate is the dominant aroma.

The flavor is definitely smoky. I get a lot of meaty smoke and ash, along with some chocolate and roasted malt. The smoke character is similar to a traditional Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but it is not quite as intense. I would say the beer is about medium on the smoke scale.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of 1nf1n1te
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

1nf1n1te, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

A huge 650ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Hopefully such a big beer will age OK. Bought from Trembling Madness in York. I'm interested to discover what a US brewery will do with Bamburg malt....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pitch black, though revealed to be a deep ruby hue when held to the light. Produces a huge head of light tan foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, smokey malt with notes of molasses, roasted grain, dried fruit, wood and a whiff of booze. Hints of smoked meat - yum.

Tastes of dark roasted malt with a smoky character. Notes of smoked malt, molasses, dried fruit, cured meat, faint burnt grain, subtle coffee and hints of yeast. Quite dry, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing and a hint of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, yet a tad thin for the style. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of slighly sweet smoked malt.

Tasty, and certainly smoky. Quite sweet, with dark malt notes and a smoky character. Similar to a Schlenkerla brew, but less intense. As a lager it's similar to dark lagers from the Baltic region, though I don't reckon any of those involved Bamburg malt. A solid effort; the only weakness is the slightly subpar mouthfeel. Worth trying if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +7.5%

chickenm, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Appears a dark cola brown with a light beige head, fine speckled lacing forms. Aroma has a nice stong smoked malt character, hints of smoked meats and charred wood. Dark chocolate and roasted malts play nicely with a bit of dark fruit. Mellow dark chocolate malts and roasted hnt of coffee and ripened fruits noted. Smokey ballsy balanced smokiness. It works well, I will try to get some more of this stuff. Mouthfeel is easy going with the carbonatin and medium bodied, the smoke clears quite nicely from the palate. Drinkability wise this is a stand up version of two great styles kind of a hybrid Rauchbier/Baltic Porter. Definitely a nice brew, many rauchbier enthusiasts are going to want more smoke.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

valkyre65, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with large amounts of earthy and slightly peaty smoked malts. Also present are hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the smoked malt flavors hold less sway than they do in the nose. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of smoked malts. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As the beer warms hints of earthy hop flavors work their way into things in the middle of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a well done smoked porter and one of which I could drink a lot. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

(Served in a snifter) bottled on Aug 8th 2010
A- This beer pours a black dense body with a deep brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a yellowish stained cream colored head that is bubbly and fades to a thick ring. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the base of the glass but it is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.
S- The soft roasted black malt has a slight char quality to it with some dark melanodin nougat notes and a coffee roasted black malt that really grows as the beer opens up.
T- The roasted black malt flavor has a soft char note to it with some dried fruit flavors underneath. There is a smoky flavor in the background that turns more of a salty tartness in the finish. As the beer warms there is more of a water flavor in the middle and the smoke gets softer.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a thin texture and a tight little fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is a bit thin and the coffee malt really is the strongest flavor/aroma. The smoke is very light which is to bad because it is a nice hardwood, non-peat smoke that is very tasty. I don't think this beer has enough depth to age and there isn't any alcohol heat or big flavors that would settle with depth.

rhoadsrage, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of cisteve
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

Great Divide Baltic Porter
Had on tap at Memphis taproom in Shaker. Very dark brown, almost black with small tan head. Nice mild roasted smoke aroma. Crisp, light to medium body with lots of carbonation but somehow manages to retain some smoothness. Taste is very nice with some malt, coffee, fruit, oat with a smokey finish. Not overpowering, refreshing. My companion had three of these in a short amount of time so I'd say it is quite drinkable. I looked at the tap list the next morning and noticed the keg had kicked.

acurtis, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of spkissane
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

spkissane, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a dark cola color but black in the glass with a solid one finger bubbly khaki colored head with medium retention and very little lacing.

The nose has surprisingly mild smokiness and a good deep semi sweet dark roasted malt.

Flavor also has a fairly mild but good smokiness til the beer starts to warm a little bit. Then there is a great balance of smoke to dark sweet roasted malt. Faint notes of coffee, vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied which makes a high drinkability even for those who tend not to like dark beers in the summertime. Good carbonation and a nice smooth and clean finish.

Overall I think this is a great beer. Good flavor and balance. Smoke isn't overwhelming like some smoked porters can be. I do think the price point is a little high for this beer. I recommend a try. But I don't see myself getting another one due to it being about $1-2 overpriced for what it is.

MrVonzipper, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottled 7/26/2011

Served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Great Divide's Smoked Baltic Porter is a very dark brown color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly and leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma is basically that of a strong porter with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. The smoke, so far, is not very noticible.

In the flavor, smoke comes through much stronger. It has a very nice base porter body but the smoked malts don't improve it for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It's well balanced but the smoke is a little overpowering.

Overall a good version of this style but I would prefer the smoke to not be as strong.

GilGarp, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Competent smoked porter. Smoke and roast aromas, nothing a coffee drinker would not experience. Black as night, with foamy off-white head. Mouthfeel is slick oily, average oevrall, actually expecting something thicker. Roast is balanced, nothing too complex here. Very decent drinkability.

Sammy, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%

Bottled on September 9th, 2010. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark auburn liquid lets no light through, though it appears clue just beneath the surface. Soft tan head dissipates to a soda-like ring and a vague amorphous shape on the surface.

Nutty aromatics, with a whiff of (birch?) smoke and anise.

Fairly astringent palate entry, with the smoke at the front. Subtle notes of chocolate, burnt toast, and burdock root emerge and fade to a genearl earthen quality in the finish.

Rather light bodied, suggesting a dark lager more than a robust porter.

Lacks real depth of flavor, especially compared to the better examples of the style...decent but rather disappointing compared to the rich offerings I've otherwise sampled from Great Divide.

augustgarage, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

22oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled on 9/9/10, and thank you drabmuh.

It's a very dark beer with an apathetic, if not pathetic head. The color is average, bubbles are big, and run to the sides of the glass, deserting their task of covering the beer.

Chocolate, check. Roast, check. So, it's fairly obvious a Porter is sitting in front of me and it's only differentiated from the run of the mill by hints of dusty, spicy campfire.

Sweetness is surprising. The roast is diminished, the smoke is about the same, and there is now a soulful medium dark caramel with some salinity. A little acidic and meaty.

Quite thin, weak carbonation. The mouthfeel rather sums this beer up; it can't decide whether it wants to actually be a Baltic Porter or if it actually wants to act like it's smokey.

It goes down easily because it's thin and has no strong flavors. Great Divide has a miss here, only made worse by the fact that they call it smoked. St. Bridget's was a much better beer. Why not bring that recipe back or just add smoked malt to that recipe and bring it back?

brewerburgundy, Jan 05, 2011
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Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.