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Smoked Baltic Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Smoked Baltic PorterSmoked Baltic Porter

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | 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 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.

RoyalT, Nov 28, 2010
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 smoke...ish...y...able. 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.

azdback, Jul 24, 2011
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.

GRG1313, Oct 11, 2010
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.

david18, Sep 06, 2010
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.

Spider889, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -19.4%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of jlb502
3/5  rDev -19.4%

jlb502, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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.

Rhettroactive, Aug 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

MeisterSmudge, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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polishkaz, Mar 28, 2012
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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%

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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%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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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%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of beerandcycling88
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1 finger dingy off white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a lot of lacing.

S A smokey nose almost like a campfire especially as it warms up. Doesn't seem to be much else.

T A very smokey flavor. Like the nose the smoke dominates everything else. However there are faint notes of chocolate and coffee coming through but they are crushed by the smoke.

M Smooth and creamy so pretty good I guess

Overall this is an ok beer. It's nothing special and the smoke kills anything else going on here. If was classed as something besides a Baltic porter I would rate it higher. If it was cheaper and I was in the mood I would drink it again however at the price its not worth it.

beerandcycling88, Aug 20, 2011
Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.