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Smoked Baltic Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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5/5  rDev +34.4%

DeSoto, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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MEW, Jun 13, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +28.5%

Brewed on June 28, 2011. Purchased and enjoyed in July, 2012.

This pours a rich, pitch black. Cola black. Coffee black. Dark, dark, dark. Much darker than a porter needs to be, in fact, and this alone makes me excited about drinking it. I got a tight cap of foam that died down and formed a nice ring around my glass, and when I breathed in I caught this wonderful woodsy smoked boquet that reminded me of campfire soot and summer bbqs.

The flavor is definitely smoke forward. It’s smokey but mellow. While it lets you know that its definitely a smoked porter its not assertive and there’s a light malt which mellows it out further. No discernible booziness. If there was a rough edge to this time has softened it and brought things together. Great effervescence and a smooth finish.

This was absolutely wonderful. A real treat. I hope to find this one again.

elNopalero, Jul 26, 2012
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4.51/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

DenverLogan, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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reyna311, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

I thought this was an excellent brew.

Poured from the bottle a rich, dark brown. There is definitely a subtle (but readily apparent) smoke in both the scent and taste. Not overwhelming at all, and a light mouth feel allow this smoked porter to actually come across as a crisp, refreshing brew.

I received a bottle as a gift, and I'm certainly heading for this during my next trip to the Good Beer store.

davednyc, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

mgobrew10, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

wilkinswesley, Jun 30, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

On tap, into a pint glass: from notes.
A: The brew holds a good layer of head, that is light tan. The body is a deep brown in color and show slow, few carbonation streams. The lace holds very nicely on the glass.
S: The nose expresses a nice front of smoked malts and a hint of a roasted character. Classic aroma, that is a great intensity and does not over power itself.
T/M: The mellow and creamy mouthfeel brings a chewy body. This is truly a great mouthfeel that is full of flavor and still goes down without a full effect. The lingering tastes are seconded by expressions that are given by the nose. The body does not hold as much smoke as the nose suggest, it comes back into play in the lingering taste. Very complex in the subtle flavors.
D: This is a great go to smoked brew. The smoke is not over powering, indicating a BBQ, but hold nicely during the aroma and off tastes.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 05, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

The beer pours out a nice dark blackish color with lots of red coming through the edges and through shallow parts of the beer. The head is weak but has a nice grayish color. It subsides too quickly. In the nose smoke and roasted malt dominate. Slight lager-y aromas appear as well. The taste is similar in flavor but it has such a nice mouthfeel and drinkability. At 6.2% it is super drinkable and I highly recommend this beer as a smoked beer.

Douglas14, Nov 26, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

Poured from a black foil adorned 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque black color with fresh raisin colored highlights and a tan head of about half finger in size.

Aroma is really nice. Smoky, significant roasted grain aromas, a touch of vanilla. Very nice indeed.

Great flavors as well. The smokiness is spot on and isnt too intense or too weak. Fresh burnt fire wood, tons of toasted breads and dark roasted grains. A bit oaky as well.

I have had Alaskan SMoked Porter and the Stone SMoked Porter, and this one holds well against either one of those. Those three seem to be the tops in the category in my eyes. Great drinkabiltiy. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation; it cuts down on the medium body. Finishes dry. Super drinkable and super delicious.

With the abv lower than 7%abv, I dont think this could be considered a Baltic Porter, but a great porter nevertheless. According to the bottle, this is a lager, but the style guidlines state this as an ale (with which I agree).

SaCkErZ9, Sep 19, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%

Poured from a 650ml bottle to a a Bass pint glass.

Color: Very dark with a slight red shining through.

Smell: A smoky hop aroma with malt.

Taste: Smoky malt flavor with a some great hop tone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry.

Overall: Has a great body with good malt tones. The smoke flavor is just enough to balance this brew out. A great beer to have with cheeses. Cheers!

Heatwave33, Oct 08, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%

Great Divide Brewing has failed on me a few times, seeing a smoked Baltic porter got my panties in a bunch.

A- Solid Black syrupy porter, light on the edges, light head the raps around the edges of the glass.

S- Some upfront smokiness of the smoked malts. Variety of dark chocolate and roasted malts. There is a metallic almost stale/clean aluminum sent. There is also a sugary chocolate mil smell in it.

T- A lot of the smokiness that comes in the front chocolate malts float around. There is a fruity almost sour taste, like just hint of sour cherries, kind of takes away from the smoothness of the porter. Although I guess it becomes welcome changed from how smooth, silky and smooth this smokey porter is.

M- The chewy thick beer splashes the tong with a nice smoothness I think due to that smokey flavor. Little bit of carbonation helps lighten up the flavors.

O- Great Baltic porter, very smooth and I like the addition of the smokiness, This is the most impressive great divide beer I've had. Then again i'm a sucker for Porters. I can't wait to enjoy this again on a cold rainy night... or morning with a nice buttery thick whole wheat toast.

Dlish, Oct 05, 2011
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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
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%

High marks in my book as I prefer the dark stuff. Extremely dark pour. Very black with a tan head. The head is a finger and a half thick, creamy early on, with a slight lack of retention. Eventually you're left with a dark liguid and a creamy dark top.

Very malty nose. Caramel malts. Smoke is prevalent but not overpowering. Faint licorice notes. Slight vanilla hit. Semi-sweet chocolate.

It's got a nice flavor as again, the smoke is prevalent, but not overpowering, allowing the other ingredients a place at the table. Caramel and chocolate. Licorice or anise. English toffee?

Very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied...could use more body but nothing wrong with the way it is. On the sweet side, but not too much so. Smoke is there. Bitter finish to clean things up.

Overall, a really nice rendition of something that usually doesn't work for me. I think the smoke and the sweetness helped make this enjoyable for me. I accidentally bought a second bottle of this and now I'm glad I did.

RickS95, Dec 08, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%

This well crafted beer opens wonderfully dark porter that begins with a rush of beige head that slowly subsides leaving some thick, but splotchy, lacing. The nose is overwhelmed by intense wafts of cocoa powder; meanwhile, the hard working palate gets busy tearing through some sweet chocolate that kicks in with a malty finish. Wonderfully (did I use that word already) balanced smoothness makes for a deceptively sessional quaff. Loved this one. Excuse me while I go grab a cold shower.

jjboesen, Nov 22, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

I really enjoyed this beer as an easy porter to enjoy on a Wednesday night after work. There isn't anything too complex to note, which is what one would want in the middle of the week. It poured nicely with a malty thick head. The taste is that of a delicious smokey flavor with just enough sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but nothing that lingers too long.
I'm always excited to try new porters, and this one did not let me down.

femmebiere, Mar 10, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

Poured into a 20 oz imperial pint

A- Very dark brown in color, with some ruby highlights when held up to a faint light. A thin tan head with tiny bubbles and very little lacing.

S- A nice light smoked malt makes a good first impression followed by notes of chocolate and vanilla.

T- A very nice smoked woody taste with hints of dark chocolate and vanilla that were found in the nose. As the beer warmed a very good woody and slightly bacon flavors emerged.

M- Smooth, with a light effervescence.

D- This was an excellent find. The only Great Divide beer that I had previously been familiar with was Yeti, and was excited to see this on the list while on the Mainland. Very good for a smoked porter. The smokey flavor wasn't overpowering and was offset nicely by the chocolate and vanilla flavors in the beer.

birddogg66, Dec 03, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

Poured almost black with brown highlights that had a half finger of brown head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma on this beer is really nice to me cause I like smokiness which it had but was not so overpowering alongside chocolate malts, slight toffe and cofffe but faint hops as well. Like the nose smoke character was definitely there but it was really tasty and well balanced by the malts and chocolate toffee accents. On the back end it did have a touch of hop notes that were very subtle but there; great flavor on this one. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, silky, but smokey finish. It drank really good and always enjoy a good smoke beer. I wish brewers made more of these smokey offering. Good job great divide.

Gobzilla, Oct 05, 2010
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Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.