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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 08-07-2010

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Photo of csfcmitchell
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at GD for their release party of this brew and Rumble.
A solid offering from GD using Bamberg smoked malt. Compared to the Alaskan Smoked Porter, this one is light...but then again so are most others.

Pours Dark brown, reddish/ruby tints along the edge. The blending of the reddish and brown kinda makes the edge look like cola. The head is soft, off white, and a bit sparse. It leaves a small ring as it drinks, some lacing.

Aroma doesn't scream 'smoked' to me. Still, the smoked malt is there and plays well with some dark fruit and light molasses.

Flavor consists of some black plum, faint chocolate and distant smoke. The body is a bit thin which doesn't accentuate the flavors much. It lacks richness or depth or something. This is almost more like a dark, but light Rauchbier. I had this twice to make sure, and the body is thin. The feel isn't smooth, but it's not biting enough for the style methinks. The alcohol doesn't come into play and is a touch low for the style; according to BA. I'm glad I had this one first. If I had the Rumble first, this one would be overpowered.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into tulip pint glass.

The beer pours a deep brown almost black with dark red highlights when held to the light. The head is fairly standard foamy tan that dissipates into a thin even coating.

The aroma is fairly appealing upfront with roasty malts, cocoa, and light coffee notes with a faint smokey backing.

The taste is enjoyable, though to be honest it seems to be lacking much substance. I was really expecting quite a bit of flavor from a smoked Baltic porter. What I did pick up was pretty similar to the nose.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy, though a bit lighter bodied than expected.

Overall, there is nothing really that stands out to me about this beer. The smoke notes where quite lost to me. Not bad by any means, but nothing too interesting either.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Aug 6, 2010

Appearance is a dark brown body with a hint of red covered by a huge cream colored head. Roasted and smoked malts are the primary contributors to aroma, along with lager yeast and earthy hops. Smell is not very enticing as it's a bit stale and what I can best describe as a plastic character. Flavor is a little better and more pronounced than smell with wood smoke, roasted and sweet black malts. The finish is slightly bitter and musty in an undesirable way. As far as mouthfeel, the medium body is just fine, but the carbonation is excessive and gives it a frothy feel.

I don't think this has held up very well over 7 mos. despite proper storage conditions. Maybe it's better fresh and I'd probably have it rated higher if classified as a dark lager. But definitely not on par with the other Great Divide beers I've had.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown, almost black with shades of ruby. A one-inch tan head holds up for only a short time. Spotty lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, burnt caramel, vanilla, a hefty dose of smoked malts adds a rather campfire-like smell, faint notes of herbal, minty hops. Prunes and darkfruit come out more as it warms.

T: Dark chocolate and smoked malts, some coffee. Cherries and a distinct grape juice taste blend with the malt tastes, but then take a more central role as they really assert themselves on the palate. Finishes semi-dry with woody, charcoal, and smokey tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Just enough carbonation. Not as full as it could be. Rather dull.

D: Average.

Notes: I expected much more from this beer. The nose was very promising, but the complexity was just not there in the taste. All other aspects of the beer are average at best.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours an opaque black color with a soft layering of beige head. Dissolves into some flimy retention with a few spots of lacing.

Plenty of smoke in the nose, supported by roasty malt tones and some light sweetness. Touches of chocolate and caramel with further smokiness.

Full and malty up front with some roasted notes. Layers of smoke wrap around the tongue with some meaty touches. Not quite like a full on bacon assault, but a full bill of the smoked malts. Touches of dark chocolate and sweet caramel balance it out a bit. Finishes malty and dry.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, somewhat smooth on the tongue. This is alright, but I didn't find a ton of depth in the flavor, and I tend to go for a legit Rauchbier if I want something smoked.

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Bottled Sept 9, 2010.

Disappointed by this beer, so here's my weak review:

Pours a thin black with sudsy off-white head. Nose smells of tart cherry and whispers of toast. Palate is crisp and light with some faint roastiness and black cherry. A little tiny bit of acidity which is refreshing, but the smoke is definitely lacking. Short finish.

Mediocre beer from a great brewery. Waa waa.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is straight brown in color with a nice, brownish-white head.

Smell - The malts are light but rightly roasted. The sugars are OK but lack identity.

Taste - The malts lose most of their roasted character at the tongue. They are dark but don't have that fresh-roasted flavor. The sugars again are hard to pin down. They are sweet like table sugar but otherwise somewhat boring.

Mouthfeel - This is a thin medium-bodied with little bitterness.

Drinkability - This was mediocre at best and not at all what I've come to expect from this fantastic brewery.

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Photo of azdback
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
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 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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great Divide and Rogue fall into similiar catagories for me. Both are seemingly well made and well intentioned but remarkably thin beers for beers that seem to always get good press.

Great Divide has a nice albeit simple effort here; a decent drinkable effort.Pours black with an attractive tan head.

Nose is a medium assertive simple sweet black chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin but not unattractive as the balance is good and the flavors, while simple, are inviting.

Flavors are medium watered down black coffee/watered down semi-sweet black chocolate. Simple, lacks complexity but bright flavors and appealing for what they are. A good example of simple can work. However, not a lot of smokey character, if any.

Finish is a decent mildly bitter black coffee.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jlb502
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a part of a mixed sixpack. I like Great Divide a lot but this was not among my favorite beers. It looked and smelled like a porter but there was not much in the way of taste. Perhaps it was also the fact that it was summer but it was not my favorite porter and certainly not my favorite of the Great Divide line.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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