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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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Photo of vkv822
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into tulip pint glass.

The beer pours a deep brown almost black with dark red highlights when held to the light. The head is fairly standard foamy tan that dissipates into a thin even coating.

The aroma is fairly appealing upfront with roasty malts, cocoa, and light coffee notes with a faint smokey backing.

The taste is enjoyable, though to be honest it seems to be lacking much substance. I was really expecting quite a bit of flavor from a smoked Baltic porter. What I did pick up was pretty similar to the nose.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy, though a bit lighter bodied than expected.

Overall, there is nothing really that stands out to me about this beer. The smoke notes where quite lost to me. Not bad by any means, but nothing too interesting either.

Photo of augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on September 9th, 2010. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark auburn liquid lets no light through, though it appears clue just beneath the surface. Soft tan head dissipates to a soda-like ring and a vague amorphous shape on the surface.

Nutty aromatics, with a whiff of (birch?) smoke and anise.

Fairly astringent palate entry, with the smoke at the front. Subtle notes of chocolate, burnt toast, and burdock root emerge and fade to a genearl earthen quality in the finish.

Rather light bodied, suggesting a dark lager more than a robust porter.

Lacks real depth of flavor, especially compared to the better examples of the style...decent but rather disappointing compared to the rich offerings I've otherwise sampled from Great Divide.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Ommegang chalice. Pours a dark brown in color, which blends into a darker brown to black...with a mild and thin creamy tan head, with little retention. Appearance looks like a lighter consistency porter.

Aroma is pretty average. Some coffee beans...kind of burnt actually. Slight malts and yeasts. Overall though, the aroma is pretty light.

Flavor is right where I thought it would be. Great Divide makes solid beers, so I expected this to be quality...and it is. Not exceptional, but very solid and a good drinking porter. Medium to light mouthfeel, decent carbonation, loads of coffee flavors throughout. The over roasted and burnt characteristics are a good thing...but could use just a bit more sweetness. Slightly above average...but glad I got to try none the less!

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with hints of brown and ruby, with a small tan head and good lacing. Smells of smoke, charcoal, ash, and some dark fruit. Quite nice. Tastes of smoked meats with figs, plums, and maybe prunes. Rather good. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. Drinkability is nice as well.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like seeing that this is brewed more traditionally, with a lager yeast. But Im still not sure if I am going to really like this one. Smoked beers are good, but I have to be in the mood for one.

Bottled on Sept 9 2010
A- A lighter black beer. Its not hard to see the reds and browns shining through this one. The head is very small and hard to coax out. It fades to a very small film.

S- Smoke, charcoal and ash mix with sweet dark fruits and chocolate and coffee.

T- The smoke is there but its not dominant, which is a good thing. It allows the subtle dark fruits and sweetness to come out.

M- Low carbonation and nice and smooth.

Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 09/09/10

pours dark brown almost black with a 1+ finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells of smoked meat some chocolate some milk

taste is what i would think a smoked milk stout would taste like - light smoked milk chocolate grains

mouthfeel is a little thin but for a beer of only 6% i was not expecting an RIS

drinkability is good and i would buy this again if only they would make this brew in 12oz bottles

Photo of GRG1313
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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 Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an inky, pervasive black. No chance of light getting through this one at all. A large-bubbled head of deep tan bubbles up slowly from the depths and evaporates after just a few seconds, leaving only a tiny ring and a little bit of film. Some horizontal jets of lace remain on the glass as I drink.

Smell: campfire, salted pretzels, teriyaki beef jerky, plums, dark chocolate.

Taste: burnt pine, toast, crackers. Dry finish.

Feel: medium body, medium fuzzy carbonation, nice and smooth

Drink: a juxtaposition -- this is a big, flavorful lager, but it's easy-drinking and crisp. Not super memorable, and as rauchbiers go, middle of the road. But I bet it would be good with a steak.

Photo of chumba526
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears almost black with a thin dark tan head.

It smells slightly chocolate like, a little sweet and a little smoky. There is also a hint of vanilla.

It tastes a little of chocolate, coffee and caramel. There is a nice mellow but flavorful smokiness to the beer. The smokiness is a big part of the beer but it does not overwhelm the other flavors. For a smoked beer it is very smooth.

The carbonation is medium low it adds a creamy texture to the beer.

The drinkability is really good. The flavors blend nicely and it is really smooth. I could drink a few glasses of this.

Overall a nice smooth non-offensive smoked porter. Worth trying. A great smoked beer with balance.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a good, dark brown with a khaki tan colored head. Usually expect darker, deeper things from Baltic porters.

S: Very nice and smokey, but reminds me more of a milk stout or a schwarzbier. I don't get much of the dark raisins and plums that I usually associate with porters. It is chocolatey and sweet with some bitterness. Has a dry cocoa flavor too. Seems a bit off style here.

T: Ok, there's some porter character. Still a bit too smokey and bitter for a Baltic porter though. Definitely tastes more like a milk/sweet stout with some smoke. Where's the booze? Where's the dark fruit character?

M: Thin. A bit chalky and bitter. Did I get a different beer here?

D: Good thing I like this flavor profile, but this certainly is not a Baltic porter. Drinks quite easy seeing as it barely tops 6%.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter) bottled on Aug 8th 2010
A- This beer pours a black dense body with a deep brown glow at the base of the glass. There is a yellowish stained cream colored head that is bubbly and fades to a thick ring. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the base of the glass but it is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.
S- The soft roasted black malt has a slight char quality to it with some dark melanodin nougat notes and a coffee roasted black malt that really grows as the beer opens up.
T- The roasted black malt flavor has a soft char note to it with some dried fruit flavors underneath. There is a smoky flavor in the background that turns more of a salty tartness in the finish. As the beer warms there is more of a water flavor in the middle and the smoke gets softer.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a thin texture and a tight little fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is a bit thin and the coffee malt really is the strongest flavor/aroma. The smoke is very light which is to bad because it is a nice hardwood, non-peat smoke that is very tasty. I don't think this beer has enough depth to age and there isn't any alcohol heat or big flavors that would settle with depth.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a snifter.

A: Dark, almost opaque with a small amount of coffee color peeking through the edges small-medium head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Strong, but not overpowering smoke combined with roasty, nutty aromas. Kinda like a smoky stout.

T: Similar to the nose, but with a bit of hops and coffee.

M: Thin and smooth. I usually like a fuller body in a darker beer, but I like a good, light bodied Baltic porter on occasion, and this one pulls it off well. Compliments the other aspects of the beer well.

D: This is a beer that is more than the sum of it's parts, each of which is quite good on it's own. As a whole, though, it is a wonderful beer that I will hopefully be drinking a lot of this fall.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Handsome almost black, with a full tan head that recedes after a few minutes.
smell: Nice roasted malt. Not detecting much of the smoke.
taste: Not bad. A little bland.
mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation.
drinkability: Not bad, nothing I'll run out to buy again.
To be fair, this was preceded by a Mikkeller Black and a good stogie. Thought it would go good with a New York Strip.

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Nice black/brown pour, and nice frothy light tan head with decent retention.

Aroma has some peat, toasted malt, chocolate and smoke.

Taste is a bit thinner than the aroma. Milk chocolate, malt, smoke. Not as much smoke or roast as one would expect. Finishes with some lager yeast and chocolate malt like taste.

Very smooth body, just a tad thin. Not quite sure where the baltic porter is in here, much more of a black lager.
The lighter aspects of this do however make it go down like water. If it was more available and substantially cheaper I could use this as my common drinker.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Divide taproom.
Black with brown highlights, this is what I'd expect for this beer. There's a dense, light brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose really reminds me of Surly's Smoke. Smoky with a very clean and neutral (almost neutered, if you ask me) yeast profile, there's some caramel, toasted bread, and water coffee. The palate opens with mild coffee, a little smoke and light cocoa. While clean, the lack of yeast expression is rather disappointing. Again, this could just be my lack of experience with the style, but the Olfabrikken Porter doesn't make me feel this way, I could see this being described as lightly fruity and almost butterscotch-like. Light in body with mild carbonation, the finish is fry with some roast and a touch of fruit. Solid stuff, but not something I'd pay the asking price for ($7/22oz?). However, as a free pour at the brewpub, i did quite enjoy it.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Pellinore1
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown pour with a tan head that gives way to very light lacing.

Smells of roasty malt with just a touch of smoke.

Pleasant flavor, but nothing unexpected. Again a bit a smoke, malt, slight creaminess, perhaps just a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, nicely drinkable.

Overall, a very pleasant beer, though not as robust as I would have liked. I am happy to have tried it, but will probably not seek it out again.

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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a light tan head.

Aromas of roast malts and a little smoke.

Flavors of light smoke with light roasted malt notes.

Medium body with a fairly dry finish.

A little on the tame side for a Baltic Porter. It was not very memorable, even though there were three of us sharing the bottle and commenting on it. The conversation just kinda went off topic from there.

Photo of jrallen34
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle into my Orval glass...A dark brown pour, watery on the edges. Very poor retention and lacing...The aroma is pretty light, only a hint of smoke a little coffee, just too light...The taste brings some of the smoke that was expected, as weak as the aroma was the taste is strong, peat, smoke, a little coffee. Light feel, but easy to drink.

Average in every way.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light creamy and fuzzy head rises and fades at a medium pace over surprisingly clear but dark molasses brown with a little burnt sienna red color.

The nose has plenty of smoked malt, a little roast and coffee, a touch of black patent, some caramel, a light earthy hop, a touch of molasses.

Taste is pretty nice, a nice slight creamy taste alsmost nitro like, some smoked malt but less than the nose, very light roast, little chewy malt, touch of caramel, perhaps a little oatmeal, light earthy bitterness, but no minerality bitterness. A little coffee and creamy tastes. Finishes clean with touch of lingering roast and smoke, light bitterness, light creamy lingering taste.

The body is semi thick and creamy, good small bubbled carbonation.

A decent drinkability for how heavy the beer is, creamy and a little sticky, little lingering smoke but finishes pretty clean.

Photo of tavernjef
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear brown to settle a solid varnished blackness. Beautifully capped with a finger high light shaded cocoa firm frothy, creamy dense foam. The cap stays firm and holds steady for great length finally dissipating to a heavy skim and lots of broken stringy lacing.

Aroma is partially lofty, calming, soft, and forward with tangy smokey bacon, cocoa butter, cream, and a tuft of vanilla. Mostly the bacon tone comes thru, quite soft though, which is actaully nice. The chocolately current underneath creates a nice soft balance to it.

Taste is soft yet firmly set with a puffy chocolateyness emerging at the forefront while the smokey ascent re-puffs around the edges of the palate with a very light pull to some darker tangyness. A bit of a lean to some vanilla, maple, and bacon make small annoucements. Nice drying finish of chocolate appears and really sticks out as it fades.

Feel is medium bodied and smoothly firm and milken with a nice puff of texture that sets a nice tone of a softer porter. Really liking the emerging chocolate tone coming thru as it goes on and the smoke taking on a very small roll in the play of flavors and tang once it finishes.

A super solid porter by GD. Nice to see, get, drink, and enjoy something new from GD. This Smoked Baltic Porter is a yummy drinkable treat that I'll definately get again.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, with a very small off white foam head that dissipates to a film. There is some spotty lacing.

S: There is some burnt wood smell, some smoke, dark fruits, a little steak on the wood grill. But it is not as prominant as I thought it would be, even as it warmed. Smells good, but not as potent as expected.

T: The front end is like tasting some charred meat. The middle and back end is just a faint taste of smoke, some burnt coffee and some dark fruit.

M: Leaves a slightly smokey taste, but overall, it seemed a tad thin.

D: Overall, this is a decent Baltic Porter, although it won't be confused with a Rauchbier as it is not smokey enough.

Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.