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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: 391
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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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Eureka Burger for their keep the glass event - served in a pint glass with the Great Divide Logo and Motto - Great Minds Drink Alike -

A - Light Mocha head that faded quickly and left some slight lacing in the glass. Dark pitch black beer, held up to the light and the tv playing football in the restaurant, and couldn't see through it.

S - Heavy malt and chocolate notes with some oak notes and definite smokiness with a slight salty spice note

T - Dark chocolates, slight bitterness due to the dark chocolate that mixes with heavy maltiness, with a roasty and smokey finish.

M - Lighter than I expected with low carbonation and not a heavy stickiness - was actually quite smooth with a crisp finish and a light lingering that was refreshing with a light smokiness/saltiness at the finish.

D - Very easy drinking. The light smokiness on the finish and the clean dark chocolate flavors that imparted a slight bitter chocolate note made this quite enjoyable. Kept the glass and had the beer for roughly $7 at a bar/restaurant - and I believe the bomber is around $6.99-$8.99. A nice treat.

MrHirschybar, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Mancer
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a dark brown body, with red highlights and a one finger high light brown head. The head dissipated into a lace that just covered the top of the beer. The initial aromas were of roast, coffee malts, and burnt wood. The initial flavors were of roast, roasted coffee, and light hints of chocolate. The flavors seemed a bit watery at first but worked themselves out. The beer was medium bodied and had light to no carbonation.

Realize that this beer is more of a lager. This is not thick as you may expect for a Baltic porter. The beer label states a dark lager. This is a perfect way to describe the beer and I don't think this should be considered a pure bred Baltic. The influences are there but this is in a category of its own. Nice job Great Divide.

Mancer, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – very malty and syrupy. There’s a smoked quality for sure, but it actually seems a bit reserved, but not conservatively so. It seems to have a good balance. Good sweet smell of a porter.

Taste – Smoky indeed, but again, pretty well-reserved. The middle has the maltier, syrupier qualities, but the finish brings the bite from the hops. The bitterness has less of an abrupt bite to it, as would be expected from German hops.

Mouthfeel – leans a little more toward the watery side, which is to be expected from a porter, but still pretty well-balanced.

Overall – very good-tasting brew, and quite interesting to think about while tasting.

Nerudamann, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with very good retention. The foam gently recedes to a tan cap that sticks all the way down the glass. Light lace.
S: Light roast, cream, and coffee. The smoke comes in towards the end that is a bit mellow.
T: Toasted and lightly roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and a powdery sweetness. Again, the smoke comes in towards the end and asserts itself more than in the nose. Smoke meat builds as this warms. Though it never becomes over barring. Awesome balance here.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Crisp though smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. Everything is so well balanced which makes this very enjoyable.

This is great. Nothing is over powering, but everything is there in great balance. A hell of a Baltic Porter with just enough smoke for the non smoke head like me. Well done Great Divide, and something I would highly recommend.

champ103, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark red to brown with a medium off-white head, good lace and retention.

S: Smoky for sure, campfire, more reminiscent of rauchbier than something like Alaskan Smoked Porter, quite enjoyable.

T: Nice dark malt flavour, chocolate, just a straight up porter type flavour. Mixed with the smoke it just works. A fairly simple flavour profile, but it's certainly delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy.

D: After the underwhelming showing of Hibernation, I'm glad another new beer to the Southland from Great Divide, the Smoked Baltic Porter was stellar. Not nearly as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter, but this is a damn good beer.

Halcyondays, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: dark but quite a bit of light getting through for the color

S: smokey and peppery

T: smokey up front with a nice sweet chocolate finish. coffee notes intermixed.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I liked this one. Only my second baltic porter but a beer I would like to have again.

kylehay2004, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong, smoky and oily with tones of roast coffee and anchovy - odd, but not repulsive. It pours a rich, opaque dark coffee brown with a fairly thick, though not too persistent, tan head. Flavor has tones of quality coffee, unsweet chocolate and malt with hints of licorice and miso and a faint fishy touch. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle.

Cyberkedi, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

OldTime, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of CoryR
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

CoryR, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

MarkyMOD, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. foiled capped bottle. Sampled on November 25, 2011. The pour is dark brown to black with brownish hues in the light, some clarity, and a small head. The aroma has an anticpated smoky malt sensation but there is something else that I cannot quite define. It may be the yeast but it makes me think of olive oil. The body is thin to medium. The taste is far superior to the aroma with a solid smoky maltiness and a lightly balance hop finish. Not bitter but not sweet. Somewhere in between. This was a likeable, drinkable beer.

puboflyons, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of femmebiere
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of birddogg66
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of light tan foam that rests upon a dark brown/black body with clear, amber highlights showing through. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - An aroma of beechwood smoke that is very reminiscent of the darker Schlenkerla beers. There is some brown sugar and molasses in the background and a little bit of bready malt.

T - Sweet caramel and light brown sugar up front with a little bit of molasses. Subtle smoke begins to come out in the middle with a distinct woody character that matches the caramel and molasses. The beer finishes with a sweet note of caramel and some rich, smoky toasted malt notes.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very enjoyable, this beer balanced its rich, sugary malt profile perfectly with the smoked malt character. The smoke is strong enough to leave no question that it is the major focus of the beer, but it never becomes overwhelming or excessively bacon like. This is a really nicely make and drinkable smoked porter.

nickfl, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of jjboesen
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Dlish
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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
Photo of Heatwave33
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.