Smoked Baltic Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Smoked Baltic PorterSmoked Baltic Porter

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown, almost black with shades of ruby. A one-inch tan head holds up for only a short time. Spotty lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, burnt caramel, vanilla, a hefty dose of smoked malts adds a rather campfire-like smell, faint notes of herbal, minty hops. Prunes and darkfruit come out more as it warms.

T: Dark chocolate and smoked malts, some coffee. Cherries and a distinct grape juice taste blend with the malt tastes, but then take a more central role as they really assert themselves on the palate. Finishes semi-dry with woody, charcoal, and smokey tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Just enough carbonation. Not as full as it could be. Rather dull.

D: Average.

Notes: I expected much more from this beer. The nose was very promising, but the complexity was just not there in the taste. All other aspects of the beer are average at best.

Photo of xnicknj
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours an opaque black color with a soft layering of beige head. Dissolves into some flimy retention with a few spots of lacing.

Plenty of smoke in the nose, supported by roasty malt tones and some light sweetness. Touches of chocolate and caramel with further smokiness.

Full and malty up front with some roasted notes. Layers of smoke wrap around the tongue with some meaty touches. Not quite like a full on bacon assault, but a full bill of the smoked malts. Touches of dark chocolate and sweet caramel balance it out a bit. Finishes malty and dry.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, somewhat smooth on the tongue. This is alright, but I didn't find a ton of depth in the flavor, and I tend to go for a legit Rauchbier if I want something smoked.

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black, just a little light showed through, with a thin cap of beige head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was malty and even, with just the faintest hint of smoke showing through. The taste was the same, nice grains, a light trace of hops and just barely any smoke.

The body was a bit on the thin side of typical for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy, and I might have it again. Overall, a pretty average take on the style. Often I find that the smoke overpowers the taste of the beer, this is the rare occasion that I think the beer could have benefited from some more smoke. Worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Bottled Sept 9, 2010.

Disappointed by this beer, so here's my weak review:

Pours a thin black with sudsy off-white head. Nose smells of tart cherry and whispers of toast. Palate is crisp and light with some faint roastiness and black cherry. A little tiny bit of acidity which is refreshing, but the smoke is definitely lacking. Short finish.

Mediocre beer from a great brewery. Waa waa.

Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of azdback
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Extremely dark caramel color with light brown highlights. Cloudy with lots of carbonation bubbles that lead to a pretty small one finger tan colored head.

Smell is campfire smoke. There are some roasted malts that come across a little sweet. I'm not getting much more than that. As it warms a bit I can barely detect some coffee or chocolate. Barely!!

Taste is awfully I don't get many dark roasted flavors like I should from a Porter There are some sweet, tangy flavors of pipe tobacco. The original smoke flavors fade as this sits.

Mouth is okay for the style. I think it's a bit watery and dry at the end. Tongue feels as if it needs to be scraped fresh.

Overall I think this is an okay Smoked/Baltic Porter, but I do think there are many better examples of this style out there. If you get the chance try it but don't spend a bunch on it.

Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great Divide and Rogue fall into similiar catagories for me. Both are seemingly well made and well intentioned but remarkably thin beers for beers that seem to always get good press.

Great Divide has a nice albeit simple effort here; a decent drinkable effort.Pours black with an attractive tan head.

Nose is a medium assertive simple sweet black chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin but not unattractive as the balance is good and the flavors, while simple, are inviting.

Flavors are medium watered down black coffee/watered down semi-sweet black chocolate. Simple, lacks complexity but bright flavors and appealing for what they are. A good example of simple can work. However, not a lot of smokey character, if any.

Finish is a decent mildly bitter black coffee.

Photo of david18
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a part of a mixed sixpack. I like Great Divide a lot but this was not among my favorite beers. It looked and smelled like a porter but there was not much in the way of taste. Perhaps it was also the fact that it was summer but it was not my favorite porter and certainly not my favorite of the Great Divide line.

Photo of Spider889
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Bodega a while back, review from notes.

My first impression was that this looked like a Guinness when brought out... good frothy head the color of toasted coconut. Much thinner/more watery though. Dark ebony/espresso colored; left a decent blanketing of lace behind.

I was expecting much more from the aroma considering that this was a smoked beer. Mild campfire smoke, some roasted barley, and citric vinegar.

There was a sweet astringency that I have begun to associate with most smoked beers. The smoke flavor itself is light and mild-mannered, yet still readily apparent. Toasty but not burnt, with a sweet Belgian/European chocolate finish. Overall, not bad flavors at all, yet I would have enjoyed it more had nearly all the components been ramped up a notch.

Very light on the carbonation, thin and watery, yet extremely smooth and velvety for such a light-bodied beer.

Drinkability is ok for me. I would honestly never buy this again in the same setting (beer bar w/ 50 taps). But, I would happily enjoy this for free at a party or something.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Dark bark brown. It looks like an Imperial Brown Ale. Decent pour yields an unspectacular 1.25 finger head lackluster lacing.

S: As expected: liquid smoke, with a pinch of herbal malt.

T: Starts with a goods amount of smoke, though within a few short seconds, it evolves into a rather charry and chocolatey brew on the mid. The finish is lacking, as none of the flavor really carries over, and you're left wondering what happened.

M: For the ABV it's ok. A bit thin for my personal taste, but if I'm grading to style it's not half bad.

O: Great Divide's Smoked Baltic Porter isn't a standout in any way. It's easily forgettable and not something I'd reach for again. Not a bad beer, it's simply jogging right down the middle of the mediocre highway.

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Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
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