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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: 394
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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 John_M
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, showcasing considerable smoked salmon, coffee grounds, light licorice and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I don't pick up as much smoke on the palate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought, though the beer has a fairly long finish, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable. All things considered, this is a pretty easy to enjoy and appreciate smoked porter.

Shrug. While not one of the better domestic porters I've had, I still thought this a pretty decent effort from Great Divide.

John_M, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a small off-white head.

Smells of sweet malt and rubber, like vinyl of some sort (think blow-up mattress)...not appealing.

Sweet up front, a little bit of roast in the middle, and a bitter hop finish. Slightly creamy or nutty.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

The yeast character in this beer is strange. The aroma is off and the taste is not very interesting...there just isn't much going on with this beer. It is an OK, simple beer, slightly sweet with some roast and not much else.

TenHornsProud, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on July 14, 2011

Wow, this is a dark beer, nearly black with a creamy tan head that falls and dissipates to just a ring around the edges but leaving big gobs of oily lacing.

The aroma is light, of smooth chocolate malts with a nice smoky tinge to it.

The smokiness is noticed right away and also on the finish as an accent to the rather sweet dark malts which have a chocolate flavor with a hint of raisins. Earthy hops lend a touch of bitterness but this definitely is a malt forward beer that dries out just a touch on the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium/light with carbonation that hits just the perfect balance.

In general smoked beers aren't my favorites but this example changes my mind. The smokiness is the perfect counterpoint to the lightly sweet non-bitter dark malts. A very clean tasting dark lager I could easily drink more of (and I think will be the perfect accompaniment to the whole wheat spinach mushroom pizzas I'm about to have!).

BlackBearForge, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light to medium in body dark, dark brown that turns to almost a black as it pools. It features a slight beige colored head that laces the glass. It initially smells of bacon but as it warms and the carbonation ceases it turns into more of a lunch meat esque ham. It eventually even picks up some light chocolate, in both sweet and bitter manners. It tastes of light, both sweet and bitter chocolate with a moderate amount of smoke and wood characteristics. It's pretty solid. It drinks somewhat light but is what should be expected for the style. Overall this is a pretty good smoked porter. I'm surprised it doesn't have better ratings. I'd recommend it.

aasher, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black at the middle and lightens up to a dark reddish brown at the edges. The foamy tan head breaks apart slowly and unselfishly leaves a lot of its sticky self behind. An initial whiff brings to the nose some molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa and a very distant wood pit charred smokiness. Sweet and dark chocolates mix with dark fruits, black licorice, cocoa, more molasses and a huge hit of smokiness that envelops it all. Creamy in the middle, and a thinner than expected body leads to a straight medium mouth-feel. Has a woody edge on the throat, plenty of candy stickiness to the lips, and the alcohol is well-concealed. Good showing from one of my favorite breweries, but could use a bit more body to substantiate the complexities of aroma and taste.

stephens101, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours almost black, there are red hues in the glass with a soapy, lofty tan colored head. It has a big campfire aroma consisting of mostly wood and smoke with just a hint of chocolate. The taste is very smooth and smoky with hints of coffee, wood and dark chocolate. This beer is medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a great porter, one of the best I've had.

JMad, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Dark bark brown. It looks like an Imperial Brown Ale. Decent pour yields an unspectacular 1.25 finger head lackluster lacing.

S: As expected: liquid smoke, with a pinch of herbal malt.

T: Starts with a goods amount of smoke, though within a few short seconds, it evolves into a rather charry and chocolatey brew on the mid. The finish is lacking, as none of the flavor really carries over, and you're left wondering what happened.

M: For the ABV it's ok. A bit thin for my personal taste, but if I'm grading to style it's not half bad.

O: Great Divide's Smoked Baltic Porter isn't a standout in any way. It's easily forgettable and not something I'd reach for again. Not a bad beer, it's simply jogging right down the middle of the mediocre highway.

Rhettroactive, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1 finger dingy off white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a lot of lacing.

S A smokey nose almost like a campfire especially as it warms up. Doesn't seem to be much else.

T A very smokey flavor. Like the nose the smoke dominates everything else. However there are faint notes of chocolate and coffee coming through but they are crushed by the smoke.

M Smooth and creamy so pretty good I guess

Overall this is an ok beer. It's nothing special and the smoke kills anything else going on here. If was classed as something besides a Baltic porter I would rate it higher. If it was cheaper and I was in the mood I would drink it again however at the price its not worth it.

beerandcycling88, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first review of a beer from Great Divede brewing co., probably should have tried something else! I'm being harsh, it was still a good beer.

A: Poured a deep dark brown that did allow some penetration when held directly up to a light. The pour produced a small, dull head, but did, however, display considerable lacing.

S: Soft scents of chocolate and coffee with subtle earthy malts. Overall the best part of the beer IMO.

T: Smokey, earthy malts with chocolate and coffee undertones as identified in the scent. Seemed a bit watered down.

M: Thin bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: This beer has its faults, but upon completion I still felt satisfied which is saying something.

tjkinate, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a finger of white head that recedes into a halo

S: Lots of smoke up front. Some slight woody/oaky characteristics, a touch of roasted malt, a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a decent helping of grassy hops in the end.

T: At first, a great amount of coffee, dark roast, and cocoa, which switches into a bittersweet chocolate in the middle, and finishes with a smoky/woody/earthy flavor. Not bad at all.

O: This is a damn fine smoked porter. I never knew I'd warm up to smoked beers, but I seem to love them. This one is a bit muted in terms of the non-smoke aromas and flavors, but still a fine offering.

Krakistophales, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick deep brown, with a full inch of head of tiny tan bubbles that is reduced to a thin ring around the edge.

Smells like a distant campfire - one that rides the winds from another county, much like the one we've experienced this week here in eastern Virginia. Not much else comes to the nose.

Smooth and malty, with smoke being the dominant characteristic here, settling the mouth into a fall-like state of mind. It retains a bit of sweetness and even some acidity as well, but only after the smoke is given time to fade. Interestingly, for as big as this beer sounds based on the name, it is relatively light, even a bit watery.

You know it's a porter, but just barely - it's so light and drinkable, it barely qualifies.

While I'm not sure it would go well with a campfire itself, it is reminiscent of being there. A decent substitute if you're not able to make it out to the grounds.

mdcrouser, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour produces a voluminous head of densely packed, light brown bubbles. This is on top of the nearly black, or very dark brown body. Head collapses within a minute or two, and what lacing exists doesn't linger long on the sides of the glass.

Scent is primarily of smoke, as from campfire. Not much else here that I can detect.

In the taste, there is a dominance of smoke and background sourness. Behind the smokiness, there isn't much malt character or roasty coffee flavor. Some malt sweetness does exist, though. Aftertaste is of slightly bitter milk chocolate, or very milky mocha. Not as complex as I thought it was going to be. Fairly one-dimensional.

Medium-bodied with fairly light carbonation leaves this one hanging on the palate. Finish is dry. A bit thinner than I would have liked for a "big" porter style.

Overall, this ia good, drinkable, but not great or the pinnacle of this style. Somewhat lacking the complexity of a "classic" Baltic porter, such as Sinebrychoff.

falloutsnow, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark bark color thick and dark in the middle with a half finger head that is tan in color which leaves a fine lacing on the brew.

S: Light roasted malts with a good deal of smokey-ness to the aroma. Other than that, not a whole lot going on.

T: Very light coffee and chocolate notes, almost undetectable with an overall taste of smokiness. Light malts are present, but mild.

M: Smooth with not a while lot of bite to it, low on carbonation as well.

D: Definitely drinkable and tasty too, though aside from the smoked flavors, not a whole not going on.

Daktyls, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola color but black in the glass with a solid one finger bubbly khaki colored head with medium retention and very little lacing.

The nose has surprisingly mild smokiness and a good deep semi sweet dark roasted malt.

Flavor also has a fairly mild but good smokiness til the beer starts to warm a little bit. Then there is a great balance of smoke to dark sweet roasted malt. Faint notes of coffee, vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied which makes a high drinkability even for those who tend not to like dark beers in the summertime. Good carbonation and a nice smooth and clean finish.

Overall I think this is a great beer. Good flavor and balance. Smoke isn't overwhelming like some smoked porters can be. I do think the price point is a little high for this beer. I recommend a try. But I don't see myself getting another one due to it being about $1-2 overpriced for what it is.

MrVonzipper, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on June 28, 2011.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with ruby hints when held up to the light. Head is two fingers of frothy light-tan foam.

Smell: light malty aroma with a vegetable component from the hops and a very light roastiness. Decent.

Taste: smooth but with a tart backend. There is some graininess and some roastiness -- unfortunately it doesn't come together very well for me. Smokiness is quite muted. Frankly, it's OK but I'm not in love with it.

Mouthfeel: smooth and silky mouthfeel with a decent creaminess. The feel is quite good.

Overall: this beer isn't necessarily bad, but it really doesn't appeal to me. It doesn't have the fruity complexity I love in a Baltic porter and it doesn't really seem to be getting anything out of the smoked malt, either.

flagmantho, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black, just a little light showed through, with a thin cap of beige head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was malty and even, with just the faintest hint of smoke showing through. The taste was the same, nice grains, a light trace of hops and just barely any smoke.

The body was a bit on the thin side of typical for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy, and I might have it again. Overall, a pretty average take on the style. Often I find that the smoke overpowers the taste of the beer, this is the rare occasion that I think the beer could have benefited from some more smoke. Worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of azdback
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Extremely dark caramel color with light brown highlights. Cloudy with lots of carbonation bubbles that lead to a pretty small one finger tan colored head.

Smell is campfire smoke. There are some roasted malts that come across a little sweet. I'm not getting much more than that. As it warms a bit I can barely detect some coffee or chocolate. Barely!!

Taste is awfully smoke...ish...y...able. I don't get many dark roasted flavors like I should from a Porter There are some sweet, tangy flavors of pipe tobacco. The original smoke flavors fade as this sits.

Mouth is okay for the style. I think it's a bit watery and dry at the end. Tongue feels as if it needs to be scraped fresh.

Overall I think this is an okay Smoked/Baltic Porter, but I do think there are many better examples of this style out there. If you get the chance try it but don't spend a bunch on it.

azdback, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Hershdawg
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Duvel tulip

A: Black Brown with a white tan head. Good lacing. Head quickly dissapates.

S: Chocolate, caramel and smoke. A complex combo

T: cocoa, with a smokey finish. A little roast but not quite a coffee bit. The smoke is not dominating like it can be in some smoked beers.

M A little thin for a porter. A bit watery.

O: This beer is tasty. It would be a great beer for cooking a food pairing. However its not a sipper and not a session beer.

Hershdawg, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours near black with thin khaki head. When held up to the light there is shows a nice ruby hue and active, but small carbonation bubbles. Aroma has caramel, savory smoke, and dark chocolate. Nice! Taste is a sweet dark chocolate backbone with some bitterness. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Smooth finish. Nice beer. I don’t know why I let this sit for so long.

trappistlover, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a tan head. Some lacing. Smells roasty and with some light smokiness. Relatively light and smooth tasting, with about the same combo of light roastiness and smokiness found in the nose. I'd love to see more fruit here- it really doesn't seem reminiscent of a Baltic Porter at all, more like a somewhat weak rauchbier.

Georgiabeer, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown head. Good lacing on glass.

S: Sweet roasted malt and chocolate. There is a nice smoked aroma in the beer..wish it was more intense.

T: Initial taste is of sweet roasted malt and chocolate and then there is an earthy, smokey peat flavor in the finish. Pretty good.

M: Very light and low carbonation.

O: Everything about the beer is good. Good aroma and flavor and easy drinking.

Kromes, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my homie Bennettrox for the smoky bottle!

A - Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a full pour. Light tan head, slightly small and modest, but with some nice lacing.

S - Smokiness is subtle, but definitely there. Roasted malts, a bit of sweetness and chocolate.

T - Nice smoky bbq taste, coupled with a nice chocolate, roasted malt character.

M - It's thin for a baltic porter, and the abv kind of shows it. Slight crispness, but it's creamy.

O - It doesn't hit on all cylinders, but the smokiness is very nice and it's a tasty brew. I'm glad I got the chance to try it and would definitely have regularly.

EgadBananas, May 28, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/23/11

Bottled on Sept 9th 2010

Pours a shade lighter than cola brown. Dark in the glass but it has a deep ruby gleam. Two finger head thinned to a stunted layer of smooth foam. A decent amount of lace forms at first but doesn't last.

The aroma isn't radical. Smokiness is evenly distributed throughout. Notes of roasted grains comprise much of the nose. Vague hints of unsweetened cocoa and a semblance of coffee. Nice and straight-forward.

Tangy roast leads off with some dry, earthy hop notes. Seems rather grainy, too. The smoke doesn't fully manifest on the palate; it's more of an afterthought in that respect, picking up briefly toward the finish. Chocolate notes creep into place as it warms up.

Medium-full body; reasonably viscous with some underlying grittiness. The overall feel is nice and smooth; all the more impressive considering the abv. Carbonation causes a short-lived agitation to the tip of the tongue before mellowing. The finish is coating, which is my only gripe here.

Not bad by any means but it's simplistic and wears on toward the end. It seems to become muddled as it warms up.

Ryan011235, May 24, 2011
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottled August 6, 2010. Pours dark brown and almost opaque. Medium tan head retains well and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is subdued. Roasted coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, and faint wood smoke and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but seems to thin out. Moderate carbonation.

Taste has a prominent smokiness from the Bamberg malts. Dark roasty malt notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate meld with an understated spicy noble hop profile. Some dark fruits underneath.

A fine drinking porter but I don't really find it to be an excellent Baltic porter.

merlin48, May 21, 2011
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams tulip style glass.

A: Color is dark, with only hints of brown on the edges of the glass. Head is nice and dense, with good retention; an off white color.

S: Smell is slightly smoky with a thick stout aroma behind it. Roasty and sweet.

T: Hint of smoke, some nice sweetness sits on the tongue for a bit. Finish is surprisingly crisp, with a well balanced bitterness.

M: Nicely carbonated. I was actually expecting this beer to feel thicker.

O: Overall it's a nice Baltic porter. Not a huge beer, and the smoke is subtle after awhile. Solid, if not lacking a bit of complexity near the finish.

51mmz0rz, May 05, 2011
Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.