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Smoked Baltic Porter | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 243
Reviews by Douglas14:
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4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out a nice dark blackish color with lots of red coming through the edges and through shallow parts of the beer. The head is weak but has a nice grayish color. It subsides too quickly. In the nose smoke and roasted malt dominate. Slight lager-y aromas appear as well. The taste is similar in flavor but it has such a nice mouthfeel and drinkability. At 6.2% it is super drinkable and I highly recommend this beer as a smoked beer.

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Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of polishkaz
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of sethmeister
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber marked "bottled on jun 28 2011"

Pours dark brown and nearly opaque with ruby highlights and a bubbly khaki head. Foam drops quickly leaving a few soapy wisps of lace

Scent is mild. Bitter chocolate malts and a touch of smoke. Molasses?

Taste is dark chocolate, figs, slightest hint of smoke. Something that strikes me as almost a root beer flavor. Vanilla. A light hop bittering hidden at the back.

Mouth is lightly carbonated and creamy with a touch of alcohol warming in throat.

Although an enjoyable beer from a great brewery, Smoked Baltic Porter left me somewhat disappointed in that it had neither the thick complex flavor of a great baltic porter nor the meaty, smokey flavors I had hoped for on reading the label.

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Photo of DavidST
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly black color (with dark brown around end edges) and an okay tan colored head which does leave a lacing. The smell is pretty good, a little smokey, some dark roasted malts, and some coffee. The feel is medium to light with a little carbonation. The taste is pretty good, I've never had a smoked beer before so I don't have a comparison to another, but I can definitely taste the smoked flavors reminds me of being next to a campfire, in addition to that I get some nice roasted malts and coffee flavors. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer and another good beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/26/2011

Served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Great Divide's Smoked Baltic Porter is a very dark brown color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly and leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma is basically that of a strong porter with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. The smoke, so far, is not very noticible.

In the flavor, smoke comes through much stronger. It has a very nice base porter body but the smoked malts don't improve it for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It's well balanced but the smoke is a little overpowering.

Overall a good version of this style but I would prefer the smoke to not be as strong.

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, murky chestnut brown with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly and leaves only a little lacing. It's a bit light in color for a Baltic porter but not too bad.

The aroma is light with equal parts smoked and sweet malts. Some bakers chocolate thrown in as well.

The taste is more of the same with lightly smoked malts, bittersweet chocolate and caramel. The flavors are well integrated but not especially bold.

The mouthfeel is light bodied for a Baltic porter with soft carbonation.

My struggle with this one is that they called it a Baltic porter and it doesn't stand up to most Baltic porters out there in terms of complexity and body. That said it's very drinkable (to be expected with the low ABV) and compared favorably to most smoked porters of the lighter variety.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22 oz bottle

A- pours a black gray color with a thin wispy gray head that reveals some nice lacing

S- roasted malts with smoke and chocolate,coffee and hops

T- smoked malts and hops with with citrus hops with coffee and chocolate

M- medium carbonation with light smoke on the palate and light porter tastes

O- very drinkable with a light smoke taste roasted malts

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a .25 L glass (I think) at Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, Calif. Color was coffee black with about 1 ½ inches of head. Lots of lacing on the top. Bubbly film on the sides.

Smelled coffee first, followed by hints of dark chocolate.

Tasted of almost a mix of coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty, smooth finish.

Full body. Creamy, thick texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

Not a bad beer overall. I wavered in a couple of these ratings, so it probably is +/- a complete rating.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on September 9th, 2010. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark auburn liquid lets no light through, though it appears clue just beneath the surface. Soft tan head dissipates to a soda-like ring and a vague amorphous shape on the surface.

Nutty aromatics, with a whiff of (birch?) smoke and anise.

Fairly astringent palate entry, with the smoke at the front. Subtle notes of chocolate, burnt toast, and burdock root emerge and fade to a genearl earthen quality in the finish.

Rather light bodied, suggesting a dark lager more than a robust porter.

Lacks real depth of flavor, especially compared to the better examples of the style...decent but rather disappointing compared to the rich offerings I've otherwise sampled from Great Divide.

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Photo of Dinkleton
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle to a a Bass pint glass.

Color: Very dark with a slight red shining through.

Smell: A smoky hop aroma with malt.

Taste: Smoky malt flavor with a some great hop tone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry.

Overall: Has a great body with good malt tones. The smoke flavor is just enough to balance this brew out. A great beer to have with cheeses. Cheers!

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Murrhey
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on June 28, 2011. Reviewed live.

A- One finger tan head, fizzy on top with quickly receding retention. No lacing to speak of. Ruby-mahogany color, allows a little light to permeate.

S- Smoke, bacon, roast malts, brown sugar. Dark and smoky smells.

T- Chocolate and smoke flavors. Roast flavors all around. Bitter pull in the finish, and surprisingly light flavor for what I thought was gonna be a knockout.

M- Light in body, very wet.

O- Disappointed. This beer is exceedingly drinkable but not at all complex.

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Photo of mothman
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Nightrain87
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of tylerprince
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled Aug 6, 2010.

Pours thin dark brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves some nice rings of lacing with legs, holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Aroma is has a fair bit of smoke, both wood and meat, roasted malt, and some chocolate/cocoa powder.

Flavor is fairly smoky, good sweet chocolate, fair citrus hop presence on the finish, starts to get cola-like.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium to high carbonation, does soften up a bit when served warmer.

Pretty interesting but lacking in some Baltic Porter characteristics. Haven't really had many smoked beers to offer much comparison of that aspect.

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Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -73.2%

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Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 399 ratings