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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, thick creamy 2 inch head

Smell - Smoke, oak, sugars, robust porter smell, malts, hops

Taste - Was very excited to try this since all previous great divine beers have been great. Well, this is too smokey. It over powers the beer. You cant enjoy the coffee, chocolate and malts in this beer cause its out of balance.

Mouthfeel - Your mouth gets covered in smoked, oak flavors, barley lets in the chocolate and coffee flavors. Palette is covered in thick oil like liquid.

Drinkabilty - Its rather low alcohol for a baltic porter, but it needs some work. You can handle this 22oz in a sitting but honestly, i dont want this again. Stones smoked porter is far superior. Great divine has a decent beer that needs a little work

Photo of BDJake
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nearly coal-black with a wonderful head of off-white foam that left beautiful lacing. Smoky aroma with dark chocolate, toffee, and espresso notes. Smoky as advertised, but only a little bit of the other flavors you would expect in a Baltic porter, much less a smoked one. Light-medium body for the style, with some smoke in the aftertaste. Very crisp body allows for this beer to drink easily, and is very enjoyable- but since I'm rating for the advertised style, the grade may not reflect my appreciation for this delicious dark lager.

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 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 jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: The body is a clear, yet nearly black ruby, with a solid finger of light brown head. Pretty good retention and light lace. Attractive.

S: Clean hardwood smoke with some malt sweetness in the background. Fairly light, but nice enough - the smoke isn't too artificial and bacony.

T: Opens with chocolate sweetness, followed by a big wave of sticky smoke and light roast on the tail end. The smoke + roast don't quite balance the sweetness, unfortunately. Still, fairly tasty.

M: A little thin on the body with a huge explosion of raucous carbonation. Fun, but not terribly satisfying for the style.

D: Too sweet to be really easy to drink. Not great, especially given the low ABV for a Baltic Porter.

Notes: This was an enjoyable beer, but not one I'd get again. It probably doesn't help matters that the last smoked beer I had was the impeccable Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoked Porter, but the Great Divide really didn't have the body and balance necessary to live up to the style.


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

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is murky and muddy with a nice 2 finger white head. The aroma is smoked folgers, heavier on the smoke. The taste follows the nose, with the addition of some dark fruit. The lingering finish is bitter and smokey. IMO the beer is light for the style. A decent beer, the smokiness takes over, it loses most baltic porter characteristics.

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 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 ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local in MA. Black foiled cap. Label notes bottled date of Aug 6, 2010.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head is promptly down to a swirl of bubbles, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is smoky dark sweetness.

Taste finds smoke moderate, from beginning to end. Beyond that, starts sweet, goes lightly bitter at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. It's no Schlenkerla, but what is? Worth a try, for sure.

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 homebrewhawk
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Pours a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Smoke is fairly light in the aroma, also a little chocolate malt. Chocolate malt in the flavor. Medium to light bodied. Some smoke in the finish. Smoke comes out more in the aroma as it warms, but I thought the smoke was a little lacking.

Photo of farrago
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Couple fingers of light brown foam, most of which are big bubbles eager to pop their way into oblivion, very good stick to the lacing and more retention than expected once the head gets down to the surface. The liquid pushes into black territory with a very dark brown circle around the outer edges. The nose is almost entirely coffee and dark chocolate, however, neither is especially potent, whiffs of oatmeal, golden raisin to fig fruit, very light orange citrus but a more pronounced metallic ring to it. Medium-bodied, the smokiness here is not sweet, more like wood smoke, kindling ash and charcoal. Over time you get more coffee grinds, bitter dark chocolate, hard caramel candy but never sweetens much. The carbonation is round and full, at time fluffy, a bit more of a presence than desirable. The fig, raisin, apricot, apple fruit sit in the corner most of the time. Overall, it's dry but not finding many distinct hoppy flavors. Oatmeal, scone and some straw accents. Has a mineral water character to it, yet, not as metallic as suggested in the nose. Trails off during the finish, would likely be more noticeable were there more flavor intensity at the start.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of riored4v
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/15/10

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Black body with hints of ruby. Thin, tan head that fades quick to a ring.

Smell had mild smoke, some raisin and roast. Good sweet maltiness.

Taste had a nice, mild smokiness to it. Light nuttiness with some medium roast. Light bitter in finish that is clean and mild. Light malty sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel was a medium body with medium carbonation. Had a light finish to it.

Drinkability was good. Clean finish and no signs of ABV.

Good beer, but for me and it being a Baltic Porter, I felt the finish seems a little light and thin.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: piraat chalice, a roughish pour produces a low head that's soon nothing more than a modest ring, the beer itself a deep ebony brown in color

s: the smoke presence rides on the surface of a pretty nice baltic porter base - the smoke less meaty than many examples, good semisweet chocolate and dark fruits, no yeasty esters and such - in true lager fashion, fruitcake, toffee, solid start

m: carbonation somewhere between light and moderate, the body is around medium but very fleeting - just doesn't have much of a presence

t: much the same set as the aroma, but the sweetness here throws a wrench into my opinion of it, lots of semisweet chocolate, toffee, fig and date paste, glimpses of coffee char after the swallow, balanced hardwood smoke lighter than on the nose, and a mostly benign hop flavor that adds just a mild acid sensation to the finish, roast lingering - it's too sweet for my liking, and goes timid after the flavors first hit

d: okay, the residual sugars stick around and disturb drinkability a bit, but it's a decent beer overall, wouldn't buy again - especially with the price tag

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Photo of avalon07
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Smell was oddly muted, but there were traces of smoked malt, hops, and some coffee.

T: I was surprised the smoked malt didn't play a bigger role in this beer. It was evident, but not as powerful as you might think. There were also elements of hops, coffee and possibly a little chocolate. Not as robust as other Baltic Porters.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Despite its flaws, this beer is still drinkable.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am surprised this is not getting more love, it is really solid; though not world-beating, it is one of the better smoked beers, and one of the most palatable porters.

A - It pours a flat black hue, clearly thinner in viscosity than a Stout, and not as creamy or effervescent as a CDA or BSDA; in short, it is obviously a Porter.

S - Light smoke is available on the nose, but not so much that it obscures the other aromatic contributions. In fact the smoke seems to meld with the roasty-charred malt as well as the green dank hop smell. It is pleasurably campfire-like, and somewhat understated.

T - The impressions are of smoke, roast, oat and balancing bitter herbal hop are very well-apportioned, but overall this is a lighter take on the endeavor. The Porter is just a bit too mildly flavored to be Imperial-ized with the 'Baltic' gloss, and the smoke is about as intense as being 10 km from Bamberg. I enjoy the beer, it just sorta has 'training wheels' on.

M - Less than medium-bodied, and too refreshing for a Smoked Baltic Porter.

D - Easy drinking, but not brutal enough to quench an 'Imperial' thirst.

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

A - Pretty close to black, near white head leaves fast to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - All I get is smoked malt.

T - Bitter chocolate, smoky malt is pretty close to the mark.

M - Creamy, chalky too, finish pretty balanced.

D - Smoked is not my favorite style. This one is pretty good to me, though.

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.

Photo of SilentSabre
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.

Photo of gfreed
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.

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

Served dark brown with a small grey head. Lacing is decent. Sweet nose with some chocolate and a hint of roast. Smoke is more prevalent than I remember in the bottle, both in nose and flavor. Dark fruits are moderately pushy as well. Bacon is a major player here, while I barely noticed the smoke out of the bomber. Body is still pretty light, with the low abv helping out drinkability big time. Bitterness is well restrained, as is any lingering alcohol presence. Bottom line: the tap is a little more assertive, but this is still a low end porter, a nice sipper for afternoon or after dinner.

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Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
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