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Smoked Baltic Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Smoked Baltic PorterSmoked Baltic Porter

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390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
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 jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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

jsh420, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%

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 Phelps
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Phelps, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of chumba526
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

chumba526, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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%.

kiddynamite920, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

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
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

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
Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

eatabagofbooger, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Bung, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

DefenCorps, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

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 Pellinore1
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Pellinore1, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of mothman
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%

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.

mothman, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

dedrinker, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

jrallen34, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

jlindros, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

tavernjef, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

IronCitySteve, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

Snagged a bomber to try...

- Quickly dissipating off-white head from a heavy pour... large splash of lace on the sides of the glass... thin bits of floating fizz... Very dark brown, cola colored brew...

- Woody, smokey, salty... aromatic porter... thin chocolate..

- Smokey flavor, salty... woody, light pepper, chipotle.. thin oats, sweet grain... bitter touch of hop.

- Bit thin, light cream... salty dryness..

- Overall it's very tasty, but a bit thin, light, and not so robust.

Docer, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

Poured from a black foil adorned 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque black color with fresh raisin colored highlights and a tan head of about half finger in size.

Aroma is really nice. Smoky, significant roasted grain aromas, a touch of vanilla. Very nice indeed.

Great flavors as well. The smokiness is spot on and isnt too intense or too weak. Fresh burnt fire wood, tons of toasted breads and dark roasted grains. A bit oaky as well.

I have had Alaskan SMoked Porter and the Stone SMoked Porter, and this one holds well against either one of those. Those three seem to be the tops in the category in my eyes. Great drinkabiltiy. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation; it cuts down on the medium body. Finishes dry. Super drinkable and super delicious.

With the abv lower than 7%abv, I dont think this could be considered a Baltic Porter, but a great porter nevertheless. According to the bottle, this is a lager, but the style guidlines state this as an ale (with which I agree).

SaCkErZ9, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a tasting glass.

Dark black with hints of brown towards the edges. One finger off white head.

Smells smokey, some hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice little tinge of meatiness.

Taste is chocolaty and smokey. Meaty.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin with nice carbonation.

Pretty easy to knock back. Nothing too impressive. Just a decent baltic porter all around.

billshmeinke, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts and roast with a lot of smoke. As it sits, it gets a bit subdued.

The flavor is sweet slightly lactic roasted chocolate malts with some smoke that blends with some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, a decent smoked porter.

Beaver13, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Appears a dark cola brown with a light beige head, fine speckled lacing forms. Aroma has a nice stong smoked malt character, hints of smoked meats and charred wood. Dark chocolate and roasted malts play nicely with a bit of dark fruit. Mellow dark chocolate malts and roasted hnt of coffee and ripened fruits noted. Smokey ballsy balanced smokiness. It works well, I will try to get some more of this stuff. Mouthfeel is easy going with the carbonatin and medium bodied, the smoke clears quite nicely from the palate. Drinkability wise this is a stand up version of two great styles kind of a hybrid Rauchbier/Baltic Porter. Definitely a nice brew, many rauchbier enthusiasts are going to want more smoke.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2010
Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.