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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of n2185
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours very dark brown with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: smokey roasted malts up front followed by sweet, dark fruits like plums and raisins.

T: sweet fruits dominate the flavor with plums, raisins, and sour cherries. There is some smokiness on the finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could be a bit creamier.

O: not a very good beer. The flavors clash in unpleasant ways that make it difficult to drink.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer is dark brown in color, with a red hue, when held into the light. A creamy light brown head builds one and a half fingers high. It sticks arround for a while and leaves nice lacing.
The smell is of dark fruit like plum engulfed in smoke. Malt and some chocolate as well.
The taste is more intense and very pleasing. Nice smokiness with dark fruit and chocolate up front. More malty notes in the middle and a sweeter fruity boozy finish.
I like the feel of this beer which fit the style greatly.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dfillius
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass - bottle August 6, 2010 and enjoyed on Oct 4, 2011
A: 1 finger of tight tan head with fair retention results from an aggressive pour. Translucent dark brown liquid is enticing with a ruby-red hue coming through when held to the light. Better head retention, please.
S: Enticing smokiness - campfire, bacon, molasses. Slight milk aroma. Very nice; subdued in general.
T: Chocolate, Grade B maple syrup, mocha. Not as smoky as a rauchbier, and just smoky enough. Slight but pronounced sweet caramel edge is pleasant. Almost like kettle corn ir buckwheat honey.
M: A tad flat, creamy
O: Nice. I would buy again, but I wouldn't order a second pint.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge 650ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Hopefully such a big beer will age OK. Bought from Trembling Madness in York. I'm interested to discover what a US brewery will do with Bamburg malt....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pitch black, though revealed to be a deep ruby hue when held to the light. Produces a huge head of light tan foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, smokey malt with notes of molasses, roasted grain, dried fruit, wood and a whiff of booze. Hints of smoked meat - yum.

Tastes of dark roasted malt with a smoky character. Notes of smoked malt, molasses, dried fruit, cured meat, faint burnt grain, subtle coffee and hints of yeast. Quite dry, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing and a hint of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, yet a tad thin for the style. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of slighly sweet smoked malt.

Tasty, and certainly smoky. Quite sweet, with dark malt notes and a smoky character. Similar to a Schlenkerla brew, but less intense. As a lager it's similar to dark lagers from the Baltic region, though I don't reckon any of those involved Bamburg malt. A solid effort; the only weakness is the slightly subpar mouthfeel. Worth trying if you come across it.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of kagent777
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I traded to Exiled to get this beer back in October of 2011, thanks man! Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect pint after about 15 minutes out of the fridge. Bottled on date is July 13, 2011.

Appearance: A nice ruby dark brown beer with no haziness. A one finger head that has mostly small bubbles with a few large ones. A good looking beer that is inviting to drink.

Smell: A bit smoke(d meats). Also roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. A bit of a sour note as well.

Taste: This one is over a year in the bottle so maybe the smoke has settled down a little. Tastes like a solid porter, has a bit of bite toward the end of the sip, maybe the sourness that I smell.

Mouthfeel: There is a little bit of harshness in the taste that I can feel also. The body is medium and the carbonation fine as well.

Overall: I don't know if this is what I get for aging this one a little, but it is only OK. I am not sure I would buy this one again with the intent to age. I need to seek this one out fresh or on tap.

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

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours an dark red brown, small brown head with very light lacing. Smoke and prune juice aroma. Light smoke, light flavored dark malts and dark fruit. Finishes a bit dry. Subdued flavors. Tastes more like a lightly smoked English export stout to me. Adequate, no off-notes, but not a top tier smoked porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed on June 28, 2011. Purchased and enjoyed in July, 2012.

This pours a rich, pitch black. Cola black. Coffee black. Dark, dark, dark. Much darker than a porter needs to be, in fact, and this alone makes me excited about drinking it. I got a tight cap of foam that died down and formed a nice ring around my glass, and when I breathed in I caught this wonderful woodsy smoked boquet that reminded me of campfire soot and summer bbqs.

The flavor is definitely smoke forward. It’s smokey but mellow. While it lets you know that its definitely a smoked porter its not assertive and there’s a light malt which mellows it out further. No discernible booziness. If there was a rough edge to this time has softened it and brought things together. Great effervescence and a smooth finish.

This was absolutely wonderful. A real treat. I hope to find this one again.

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4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Motor-oil-black pour. A medium large very thick and creamy, whipped-cream-like tan head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Surprisingly mild. Dark roasted malt, a bit smoke and a bit burnt. Some coffee and faint dark bitter chocolate. In the back, some dark dried fruits.

T: Vanilla, smokyness and sweet, roasted dark malts. Strong black coffee, chocolate, dark - in the back. The most is heavily roasted dark malts.

M: Aftertaste lingers, but is not that strong or long; bitterness and smoke. Body is full and carbonation is modest.

O: This is a very nice Baltic Porter, but the smoke could have been stronger, though.

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

Drank on-tap at Sunset Cantina, Boston, MA
Served in a cervoise

The liquid poured a deep brown/black with chestnut colored edges. A bit thinner than anticipated. A flimsy wisp of off-white froth topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated. Thin, splotchy patches of lacing clung to the top third of the glass.

Lots of interesting stuff happening in the nose. Molasses and burnt caramel notes came through strong. Moderately sweet. Good amount of roastiness. There was a slight metallic edge, but this quickly dissipated. Stone fruits were detectible. Subtle smoke.

The flavor profile was a bit more straight forward. Nice blend of roasted and caramel malts on the front end. Some cold coffee. Touch of smoke. Toasty. The finish was nutty and dry.

The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and slick with a fine, subtle effervescence.

Great Divide's Smoked Baltic Porter is quite drinkable, but I would prefer it with a whole lot more smoke and intensity. These guys make some fantastic beers but this one is fairly mediocre.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown-almost black color with a big finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, smoke, peat, bacon, molasses, and vanilla.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some peat, smoke, and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, the smoke comes through stronger with a bit of cured meats, oak, molasses, and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, smoke, peat, molasses, and vanilla.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a dry, roasted, and smokey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice smokey porter with a nice overall balance of flavors. Good body and mouthfeel.

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