Smoked Baltic Porter | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Smoked Baltic PorterSmoked Baltic Porter

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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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
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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Photo of DenverLogan
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle dated July 14, 2011 - 7.5%.
Poured in a St Bernardus chalice.
Dark copper - mohogany...small amber head.
Aroma of chocolate malts, vanilla, slight espresso.
Significant carbonation and a soda like mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich malts, dark chocolate, sweet malts, a touch of funky/sour fruit juice. Rich and inviting, certainly less smoky than fresh but nonetheless very tasty.
I'm guessing I'll rate this fresh and give it a higher rating, but for the style and overall flavor profile, at this age, it's remarkably wonderful.

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Photo of davednyc
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was an excellent brew.

Poured from the bottle a rich, dark brown. There is definitely a subtle (but readily apparent) smoke in both the scent and taste. Not overwhelming at all, and a light mouth feel allow this smoked porter to actually come across as a crisp, refreshing brew.

I received a bottle as a gift, and I'm certainly heading for this during my next trip to the Good Beer store.

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4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, into a pint glass: from notes.
A: The brew holds a good layer of head, that is light tan. The body is a deep brown in color and show slow, few carbonation streams. The lace holds very nicely on the glass.
S: The nose expresses a nice front of smoked malts and a hint of a roasted character. Classic aroma, that is a great intensity and does not over power itself.
T/M: The mellow and creamy mouthfeel brings a chewy body. This is truly a great mouthfeel that is full of flavor and still goes down without a full effect. The lingering tastes are seconded by expressions that are given by the nose. The body does not hold as much smoke as the nose suggest, it comes back into play in the lingering taste. Very complex in the subtle flavors.
D: This is a great go to smoked brew. The smoke is not over powering, indicating a BBQ, but hold nicely during the aroma and off tastes.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a black foil adorned 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque black color with fresh raisin colored highlights and a tan head of about half finger in size.

Aroma is really nice. Smoky, significant roasted grain aromas, a touch of vanilla. Very nice indeed.

Great flavors as well. The smokiness is spot on and isnt too intense or too weak. Fresh burnt fire wood, tons of toasted breads and dark roasted grains. A bit oaky as well.

I have had Alaskan SMoked Porter and the Stone SMoked Porter, and this one holds well against either one of those. Those three seem to be the tops in the category in my eyes. Great drinkabiltiy. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation; it cuts down on the medium body. Finishes dry. Super drinkable and super delicious.

With the abv lower than 7%abv, I dont think this could be considered a Baltic Porter, but a great porter nevertheless. According to the bottle, this is a lager, but the style guidlines state this as an ale (with which I agree).

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Dlish
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide Brewing has failed on me a few times, seeing a smoked Baltic porter got my panties in a bunch.

A- Solid Black syrupy porter, light on the edges, light head the raps around the edges of the glass.

S- Some upfront smokiness of the smoked malts. Variety of dark chocolate and roasted malts. There is a metallic almost stale/clean aluminum sent. There is also a sugary chocolate mil smell in it.

T- A lot of the smokiness that comes in the front chocolate malts float around. There is a fruity almost sour taste, like just hint of sour cherries, kind of takes away from the smoothness of the porter. Although I guess it becomes welcome changed from how smooth, silky and smooth this smokey porter is.

M- The chewy thick beer splashes the tong with a nice smoothness I think due to that smokey flavor. Little bit of carbonation helps lighten up the flavors.

O- Great Baltic porter, very smooth and I like the addition of the smokiness, This is the most impressive great divide beer I've had. Then again i'm a sucker for Porters. I can't wait to enjoy this again on a cold rainy night... or morning with a nice buttery thick whole wheat toast.

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Photo of RickS95
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

High marks in my book as I prefer the dark stuff. Extremely dark pour. Very black with a tan head. The head is a finger and a half thick, creamy early on, with a slight lack of retention. Eventually you're left with a dark liguid and a creamy dark top.

Very malty nose. Caramel malts. Smoke is prevalent but not overpowering. Faint licorice notes. Slight vanilla hit. Semi-sweet chocolate.

It's got a nice flavor as again, the smoke is prevalent, but not overpowering, allowing the other ingredients a place at the table. Caramel and chocolate. Licorice or anise. English toffee?

Very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied...could use more body but nothing wrong with the way it is. On the sweet side, but not too much so. Smoke is there. Bitter finish to clean things up.

Overall, a really nice rendition of something that usually doesn't work for me. I think the smoke and the sweetness helped make this enjoyable for me. I accidentally bought a second bottle of this and now I'm glad I did.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of birddogg66
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz imperial pint

A- Very dark brown in color, with some ruby highlights when held up to a faint light. A thin tan head with tiny bubbles and very little lacing.

S- A nice light smoked malt makes a good first impression followed by notes of chocolate and vanilla.

T- A very nice smoked woody taste with hints of dark chocolate and vanilla that were found in the nose. As the beer warmed a very good woody and slightly bacon flavors emerged.

M- Smooth, with a light effervescence.

D- This was an excellent find. The only Great Divide beer that I had previously been familiar with was Yeti, and was excited to see this on the list while on the Mainland. Very good for a smoked porter. The smokey flavor wasn't overpowering and was offset nicely by the chocolate and vanilla flavors in the beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black with brown highlights that had a half finger of brown head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma on this beer is really nice to me cause I like smokiness which it had but was not so overpowering alongside chocolate malts, slight toffe and cofffe but faint hops as well. Like the nose smoke character was definitely there but it was really tasty and well balanced by the malts and chocolate toffee accents. On the back end it did have a touch of hop notes that were very subtle but there; great flavor on this one. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, silky, but smokey finish. It drank really good and always enjoy a good smoke beer. I wish brewers made more of these smokey offering. Good job great divide.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of femmebiere
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer as an easy porter to enjoy on a Wednesday night after work. There isn't anything too complex to note, which is what one would want in the middle of the week. It poured nicely with a malty thick head. The taste is that of a delicious smokey flavor with just enough sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but nothing that lingers too long.
I'm always excited to try new porters, and this one did not let me down.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant black with a thin wisp of a cream to tan head.
S: some smoky roast coffee, chocolate
T: Light smoke, big chocolate flavors and a moderate espresso-like bitterness. Flavors are not burnt or harsh.
F: Silky medium to full body, medium low carbonation, carbonation is fine and soft.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. foiled capped bottle. Sampled on November 25, 2011. The pour is dark brown to black with brownish hues in the light, some clarity, and a small head. The aroma has an anticpated smoky malt sensation but there is something else that I cannot quite define. It may be the yeast but it makes me think of olive oil. The body is thin to medium. The taste is far superior to the aroma with a solid smoky maltiness and a lightly balance hop finish. Not bitter but not sweet. Somewhere in between. This was a likeable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with large amounts of earthy and slightly peaty smoked malts. Also present are hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the smoked malt flavors hold less sway than they do in the nose. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of smoked malts. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As the beer warms hints of earthy hop flavors work their way into things in the middle of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a well done smoked porter and one of which I could drink a lot. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impenetrable black with a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is really nice with a complex smokiness that is reminiscent of both smoked meat (like bacon) and wood smoke, along with some coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, burnt bread, some piney hops, a bit of dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor also starts off with an intense smokiness, with notes of bacon and smoked sausage along with alder wood and charcoal, some molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, plum and date, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and appropriately light (this is a lager after all), and drinkability is excellent. A very nice baltic porter, with a complex smoke flavor and restrained fruitiness).

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Eureka Burger for their keep the glass event - served in a pint glass with the Great Divide Logo and Motto - Great Minds Drink Alike -

A - Light Mocha head that faded quickly and left some slight lacing in the glass. Dark pitch black beer, held up to the light and the tv playing football in the restaurant, and couldn't see through it.

S - Heavy malt and chocolate notes with some oak notes and definite smokiness with a slight salty spice note

T - Dark chocolates, slight bitterness due to the dark chocolate that mixes with heavy maltiness, with a roasty and smokey finish.

M - Lighter than I expected with low carbonation and not a heavy stickiness - was actually quite smooth with a crisp finish and a light lingering that was refreshing with a light smokiness/saltiness at the finish.

D - Very easy drinking. The light smokiness on the finish and the clean dark chocolate flavors that imparted a slight bitter chocolate note made this quite enjoyable. Kept the glass and had the beer for roughly $7 at a bar/restaurant - and I believe the bomber is around $6.99-$8.99. A nice treat.

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Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with very good retention. The foam gently recedes to a tan cap that sticks all the way down the glass. Light lace.
S: Light roast, cream, and coffee. The smoke comes in towards the end that is a bit mellow.
T: Toasted and lightly roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and a powdery sweetness. Again, the smoke comes in towards the end and asserts itself more than in the nose. Smoke meat builds as this warms. Though it never becomes over barring. Awesome balance here.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Crisp though smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. Everything is so well balanced which makes this very enjoyable.

This is great. Nothing is over powering, but everything is there in great balance. A hell of a Baltic Porter with just enough smoke for the non smoke head like me. Well done Great Divide, and something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark caramel/brown on the glass, a nice light mocha cap. Thin cover and fading fast.

Aroma - roasted malts, not much smoke but it smells great regardless.

Taste - good roasted grain and light sweetness up front. The smoked malt complements this very well without making it ashy or like Liquid Smoke. The sweetness fades at mid-palate and then goes dry as the balancing hops do their thing. A little hop bite on the aftertaste, a trace of grapefruit rind in there.

Mouthfeel - I like a little more body to a Baltic. This is spritzy and somewhat thin. It might gain a little body by ramping up the abv a point or two but then that would make it less sessionable, so its a give-take.

Drinkability - great one to have fireside once temps warm up a bit.

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