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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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Competent smoked porter. Smoke and roast aromas, nothing a coffee drinker would not experience. Black as night, with foamy off-white head. Mouthfeel is slick oily, average oevrall, actually expecting something thicker. Roast is balanced, nothing too complex here. Very decent drinkability.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6/28/11. 7.5% ABV per label.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random patches of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, and some smoky aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted in-shell peanuts, and some campfire smoke flavors. A mild smoky and roasty bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level but a slightly thin, watery mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked take on the style but the mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of acurtis
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Baltic Porter
Had on tap at Memphis taproom in Shaker. Very dark brown, almost black with small tan head. Nice mild roasted smoke aroma. Crisp, light to medium body with lots of carbonation but somehow manages to retain some smoothness. Taste is very nice with some malt, coffee, fruit, oat with a smokey finish. Not overpowering, refreshing. My companion had three of these in a short amount of time so I'd say it is quite drinkable. I looked at the tap list the next morning and noticed the keg had kicked.

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dark beige head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of smoke in the nose along with notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of molasses and roasted malts. The initial taste has some sweetness and flavors of smoke stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy for the style, especially since it has a relatively low alcohol content.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a two finger tan cap that leaves quite a few lace strands

Smell: Sweetened coffee and brown bread with a hint of smoke and dark fruit

Taste: Brown bread and dark fruit (fig and date), up front, with a smoke character that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the smoke and dark fruits develop along with a coffee element that peaks through underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not as big and bold as I would have expected from Great Divide, the beer is eminently drinkable nevertheless

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

If you lik'em dry, roasty, and smoky; then this beer settles well with cold evenings and great friends.

Starting like most Porters do- with a dark brown color and near-clear hue. The beer builds a creamy, thick, tan head that endures the session nicely while contributing intermitten pockets of lace behind.

Aromas of roast and campfire abound as a dry caramel start turns to chocolate, nutty coffees, and an overall dry malty scent. Slightly twangy with acidy and soft esters remind me of char and blackberries. Slightly phenolic, presumably from the hearty smoke additions, give as much intrigue to the nose as concern.

This full flavored Porter delivers waves of taste that start with the slightly scorched caramel sweetness, then quickly develops into a smoky cloud of smoked meats, Columbian nutty coffees, bittersweet chocolate, and a woody hop continuation at mid palate. The roasty notes that finish the beer begin to remind me more of Stout than of Porter. Still, the pesky slightly-plastic taste carried over from the scent and provides the only real distraction.

Medium-full early on, but the heightened carbonation is quickly fleeting and leaves the beer dry and thin at mid palate and begins to reaveal the grainy astringency and powdery dryness that hampers the beer's finish and leaves a large portion of the flavor procession somewhat empty. Alcohol warmth and roasty-dryness aid in drinkability past the sense of acrid roast and thinness.

I would actually like to see this beer done with more traditional lagering practices and to develop the aged fruit and sherry notes that would smoothen the rougher edges of smoke and char.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at barleys for the last of my big night out. i had wanted to try this one forever and decided to just order up a pint when i saw it. served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/07/2010.

really nice pour with a nearly black color and a nice head of tan that came up and over the top to a height of nearly three inches before settling back down.

aroma was lighter then i would have thought but still quite nice with a thick chocolate layer, notes of peat an campfire smoke, a touch of light roasted malt. flavor was a touch thin though. not really the complexitiy i would expect. no dark fruits, no spiced notes, no rich chocolate. just a really nice, roasted malt with a touch of a coffee base, not bad just not what i was looking for.

overall it was decent, but a baltic porter is one of my favorite styles and it could have been done better.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours deep rich midnight color, letting zero light through. smells smokey, but not rauchbier smokey. rich and time honored in process. flavor is fantastic, bold but drinkable malty smoker early winter beer. i had been putting this one off for awhile, but fresh at the taproom it was exceptional. gazing at the big copper kettles from which it came added to the atmosphere that makes this beer a wonderful experience. slightly more alcohol presence as it warms. a bold and unique beer. these guys do justice to the craft here. yum!

edit: this does really well with some age, i just had a bottle maybe five years old, and it holds up incredibly well, meaty and refined, i really like its mature status.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 6th 2010.Nice to see this brand new offering from GDB here in Greensboro so quickly.Poured into my Red Oak pint glass a deep chocolate brown with a one finger tan colored head that lasted quite long leaving a smattering of lace as it settled pretty slowly.Aromas are lighter on the smoke with much more molasses,chocolate, and roast.Flavors of sweet molasses,bitter chocolate,and dark roast coffee hit well from the onset,the smoke comes thru in a lingering finish.A little on the light side but its quite drinkable,subtle smoke,maybe not enough for me but its quite good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Passed across the bar top a dark brown, near black body with a finger-high head comprised of beige suds. A fleck of lace here or there on the way down.

Smell: GDSBP gives off a dark, malty aroma - you've got some chocolate, a little splash of store-brand cola, and a hint of basic coffee. Some sparse dark fruit traces of plums and prunes. Very lean when it comes to the smokiness.

Taste: Fairly robust dark maltiness yields fine tastes of lightly roasty coffee, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and a hint of vanilla-flavored cola. Moderate sweetness. Slight dark fruitiness. The smokiness is light and rather well-integrated, giving you no more than a subtle accent. Minor bitterness. Sweetish, roasty, near-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, leaving this one (at least on-tap) to feel a bit soda-like.

Drinkability: Man oh man, Great Divide is just churning out the new brews. Some might prefer something a skosh more bolder, bigger, but I'm digging the especially easy drinkability of this new offering.

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two finger head of bubbly, light brown foam. It had nice retention and left soapy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled smoky and woody. Not much of the typical Baltic Porter aromas of roasty malt.

T - Everything about the taste was mild - the smoke, chocolate and the roasted malt. Nothing really grabbed my palate as great.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is pretty easy drinking for a smoked beer. Again, nothing fabulous but it has good balance.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Popped this bottle open for Thanksgiving. It pours a barely translucent dark ruby-brown topped by nearly a finger of wan ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, charcoal, molasses, brown sugar, and wood. The taste elevates the roast and molasses to the forefront, while a healthy cloud of smoke follows in its wake, creating a lovely dichotomous flavor. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a light syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice smoked porter, with the smoke playing a properly supporting role.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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

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.

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.

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