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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 bringonthehops
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


-- tasted non-blind over 1.5 hours from a straight-sided Saison Dupont taster glass --
-- from 620mL bottle finished with crown cap --
-- bottled on 9/9/2010 --

N: roasted Nose; dark-roasted coffee beans; smells amazingly similar to the Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast; expressive, but not incredibly intense.

B: black with a quickly-dissipating foamy head; medium bodied - proper Porter weight.

T: very happy that this doesn't taste like pure alcohol, like so many real Baltic porters do; this has "smoked Bamburg malt," but if I tasted this blind I'd be hard-pressed to guess "smoked" - I might lean more towards a lean Stout; a touch of salinity; hint of sweet bourbon essence (as opposed to bourbon booziness); 6.2% abv..

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Bottled on 13 July 2011.

A: *Great* two fingers of dense head with good retention. Black as night. Very impressive. Amazing lacing.

S: Sweet smoke. Roasted malts are prominent, but the base is sweet. Vanilla bean!

T: Pretty great actually. Phenomenal balance. I was right about the sweet malt base, but it's also quite creamy. The smoke is subtle and bewitching, especially coming through on the endtaste. More sweet than bitter, but still a solid amount of roastiness. A bit strong for a 'porter' but probably an apt classification as the mouthfeel is relatively light.

M: Arguably the best part of the beer. Rich, velvety smooth, and hella creamy. It just slips down throat and glides across the tongue. Hot damn. Better cold.

O: Not a truly great beer, but an incredibly well-crafted one. A creamy-smooth, sweetish-dry Baltic Porter. Highly recommended. Will definitely buy another one if I see it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear brown to settle a solid varnished blackness. Beautifully capped with a finger high light shaded cocoa firm frothy, creamy dense foam. The cap stays firm and holds steady for great length finally dissipating to a heavy skim and lots of broken stringy lacing.

Aroma is partially lofty, calming, soft, and forward with tangy smokey bacon, cocoa butter, cream, and a tuft of vanilla. Mostly the bacon tone comes thru, quite soft though, which is actaully nice. The chocolately current underneath creates a nice soft balance to it.

Taste is soft yet firmly set with a puffy chocolateyness emerging at the forefront while the smokey ascent re-puffs around the edges of the palate with a very light pull to some darker tangyness. A bit of a lean to some vanilla, maple, and bacon make small annoucements. Nice drying finish of chocolate appears and really sticks out as it fades.

Feel is medium bodied and smoothly firm and milken with a nice puff of texture that sets a nice tone of a softer porter. Really liking the emerging chocolate tone coming thru as it goes on and the smoke taking on a very small roll in the play of flavors and tang once it finishes.

A super solid porter by GD. Nice to see, get, drink, and enjoy something new from GD. This Smoked Baltic Porter is a yummy drinkable treat that I'll definately get again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of Mancer
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a dark brown body, with red highlights and a one finger high light brown head. The head dissipated into a lace that just covered the top of the beer. The initial aromas were of roast, coffee malts, and burnt wood. The initial flavors were of roast, roasted coffee, and light hints of chocolate. The flavors seemed a bit watery at first but worked themselves out. The beer was medium bodied and had light to no carbonation.

Realize that this beer is more of a lager. This is not thick as you may expect for a Baltic porter. The beer label states a dark lager. This is a perfect way to describe the beer and I don't think this should be considered a pure bred Baltic. The influences are there but this is in a category of its own. Nice job Great Divide.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – very malty and syrupy. There’s a smoked quality for sure, but it actually seems a bit reserved, but not conservatively so. It seems to have a good balance. Good sweet smell of a porter.

Taste – Smoky indeed, but again, pretty well-reserved. The middle has the maltier, syrupier qualities, but the finish brings the bite from the hops. The bitterness has less of an abrupt bite to it, as would be expected from German hops.

Mouthfeel – leans a little more toward the watery side, which is to be expected from a porter, but still pretty well-balanced.

Overall – very good-tasting brew, and quite interesting to think about while tasting.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +12.1%
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 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 kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +13.9%
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 gshak
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of OldTime
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of CoryR
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 femmebiere
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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 birddogg66
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +15.8%
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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Smoked Baltic Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 399 ratings
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