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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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 08-07-2010

"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.
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Ratings: 395 | Reviews: 243
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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of mothman
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Color is a deep brown.

Aroma: Smoke with meat flavors. Dried fruits, yeast, light banana flavors, and belgian candi sugar.

Taste: More smoke and more meat. Belgian yeast, figs, raisins, roasted malt, and a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Smokey, smooth. Lighter boded with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with sour notes.

Overall, not my type of smoked baltic porter. Just didn't have a lot going on with it. Good smoke flavor, but that's about it.

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2.27/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Here we have a smoked baltic porter that is neither...

-- smoked, or
-- baltic, or
-- a porter.

It's a dark lager, period. The GD Web site says this beer gets its special twist from large quantities of smoked Bamberg malt (ah, Schlenkerla!), but I couldn't smell or taste any smoke. Perhaps this is the no-smoking-section version of the beer...

Anyhow, if you like mellow dark lagers, this may be good for you. If, on the other hand, you buy this thing thinking you're getting a smoked baltic porter, forget it. It's thin, light, smokeless and certainly porterless. It *is* dark, and the color is nice. But that's not really worth the cost of the bottle.

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2.47/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark body through which light can barely pass, revealing dark, wine red highlights. Creamy head is a tan colour, about one finger thick. Looks quite nice.

Smell leaves quite a bit to be desired. There are definitely some chocolate notes and a bit of spent coffee grounds, but they're a bit muted and there really isn't anything that seems to jump out at you. No smoke, either, which was, to be honest, the reason I picked this up.

Flavour is really bereft of any character or complexity (or smoke) whatsoever. Again, the muted, semi-sweet chocolate and muted, watered down coffee show up once more, but nothing else, really. I must say, I'm rather disappointed in this one; I had high hopes.

Mouthfeel is terrific! It's a real shame this doesn't taste like much of anything. Well, actually it does: it's a delightfully dense, heavy, chewy representation of a Baltic Porter that tastes of watered down coffee with the suggestion of semi-sweet baker's chocolate.

As always, I'm glad I got to try something I haven't had yet. I simply didn't care for it and I don't think Great Divide did a very good job on this one. I *know* they can do better.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours very dark brown with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: smokey roasted malts up front followed by sweet, dark fruits like plums and raisins.

T: sweet fruits dominate the flavor with plums, raisins, and sour cherries. There is some smokiness on the finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could be a bit creamier.

O: not a very good beer. The flavors clash in unpleasant ways that make it difficult to drink.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22 ox bomber shared with my GF.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a nice .5 inch head. The head is nice and tan and recedes fairly quickly but it leaves some nice sticky lacing as it recedes to a nice thin film. It seems watered down for my taste.

S - Massive roasted character with some very nice slight coffee notes. There is also some slight vanilla hints to it as well. To be honest though the beer is on the bland side with the nose.

T & M - On the taste front there are some nice roasted malt notes that confirm the nose. At the same time I only get some slight chocolate hints and very faint vanilla hints. Overall this beer for me was a disappointment and seemed pretty run of the mill The flavors are there but they aren't very well represented. The beer is on the lighter side which is a bit disappointing as well.

D - Drinkability is ok but I will echo the fact that I was disappointed with this beer.

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2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a small off-white head.

Smells of sweet malt and rubber, like vinyl of some sort (think blow-up mattress)...not appealing.

Sweet up front, a little bit of roast in the middle, and a bitter hop finish. Slightly creamy or nutty.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

The yeast character in this beer is strange. The aroma is off and the taste is not very interesting...there just isn't much going on with this beer. It is an OK, simple beer, slightly sweet with some roast and not much else.

Photo of pants678
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black with a thin but creamy almost beige head.

Smells of roasted malts with a hint of milk chocolate.

The smoke takes hold on the back end for a very dry, coffee-esque finish. Not a complex one and comes up thin. Espresso comes out toward the middle, may be mocha in there. It's more assertive 3/4s of the way through the first pint, but really nothing notable. Bland. Tame.

Mildly staining. I'd say over-carbonated but it needs more definition to make a call on that. Consistency and texture won't be the reason I don't go back to this one.

Photo of Spider889
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
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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2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smoked Baltic Porter pours a dark, mahogany brown color. It's nearly opaque, but a few crimson highlights are noted with backlighting. A soft, light tan head caps it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly, leaving light lace in its wake.

The nose is lacking in strength, and isn't good overall. A mix of chocolate and roasted malts are noted initially. The chocolate variety smells bittersweet and a little cocoa-esque. There's a bit of a smoked or charred scent, but it's fairly light. Nothing overwhelming at all. Alcohol doesn't come through. That's about it, honestly. Rather average.

The flavor is a little better, but it's not enough to warrant a score bump. Roasted and chocolate malts are the base. Bittersweet, dark chocolate is noted early on, but takes a back seat to the roasted variety quickly. The flavor quickly becomes very smoky, charred, and almost ash-like. It's a little too much in my book. I'd prefer the smoky flavor to complement rather than dominate. Not the case here. It becomes acidic late. No surprise given the style. I don't have much of a problem with that. Alcohol is buried. Finishes acidic and smoky.

Smoked Baltic Porter has a very light body. Too light. Feels thin and water. Carbonation is active, but doesn't feel overdone. Nonetheless, it needs more body in a bad, bad way. Drinkability is very average. The flavor is alright, but isn't great. The strong smoky, ash-like flavor grows tiresome. A bomber? I'd say that equals a chore.

Great Divide has really ventured out and tried some new things over past year or two. I like the trailblazing spirit, but the results have been mixed. Smoked Baltic Porter is not one of Great Divide's finer moments. It's a little too smoky and ashy, the nose is weak, and the body's too light. It needs work all the way around. It might be worth a try, but that's about it. I wouldn't suggest picking up multiple bombers.

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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%
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.

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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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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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Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
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