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Smoked Baltic Porter | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Smoked Baltic PorterSmoked Baltic Porter

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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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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of cisteve
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 GarrettB
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide’s large, hulking beers have been a constant companion on my beer drinking journey. The Yeti beers boxed me around the ears when I was a beer nebbish, and the Baltic Smoked Porter is my most recent reminder of the excellence in Great Divide’s big bottle beers. The Baltic Smoked Porter is a real treat - from the beginning it is a rich, well balanced and uniquely delicious beer sporting some strange but attractive flavors. It’s a predictably dark beer, midnight black in the glass, crowned with a thick pumpkin orange and tan top. From this curious cap vents a delicious aroma, thick with barbecue smoke, the unctuous aroma of ham, a bite of cumin and the sweet but vegetable sugary taste of Japanese pumpkin, or kabocha. This Baltic Smoked Porter practically plugs the nose with its aroma. A light but creamy beer unrolls onto the palate, soft but stong enough to deliver the flavors. A light to moderate smokiness forms the backbone of the porter’s flavor, accented with a touch of hops in the aftertaste, and a well balanced porter quality that, notably, is not beaten down by the smoke flavors. Smoked beers can often find themselves suffering from a surfeit of suffocating smoke and even a kind of palate smog, but the Baltic Smoked Porter doesn’t suffer any of that. It is an excellent beer for delivering the promise of porter flavors paired with a dimension of smokiness - an incredibly drinkable beer, and another notch in the successes Great Divide has accumulated in their bomber beers.

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Photo of matt062286
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BDJake
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nearly coal-black with a wonderful head of off-white foam that left beautiful lacing. Smoky aroma with dark chocolate, toffee, and espresso notes. Smoky as advertised, but only a little bit of the other flavors you would expect in a Baltic porter, much less a smoked one. Light-medium body for the style, with some smoke in the aftertaste. Very crisp body allows for this beer to drink easily, and is very enjoyable- but since I'm rating for the advertised style, the grade may not reflect my appreciation for this delicious dark lager.

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5/5  rDev +34%

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

A: Pours out dark, but not nearly black. Has a very tiny light brown head that does not hold well except for the sides of the glass

S: You can smell a nice amount of sweet and smokiness off the top from the smoked grain.

T: mildly sweet with a nice amount of smoke that kicks in midway and finishes it off. German hops are present at the end to add a little bit of a bite to balance out the sweetness from the beginning. A little more smoke would be a good addition

M: Light/Medium bodied. Matches the porter style perfectly. Maybe a little under carbonated.

O: I really like smoked beers and this one disappoints a little. A bigger grain bill would add to a better flavor profile and result in a more full bodied beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up @ Bert's Bierhuis.
Awesome find.

Poured into my Westvleteren glass.

It's dark but not pitch black. Half of finger of tan head.

Smells of coffee, dark malts and just a hint of smoke.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark malts with smoke.

Fairly light body with a medium amount of carbonation.

The smell of this one was it's strong suit. The mouthfeel it's weakpoint. While I liked drinking it with my diner (steak) I don't think this a beer that I would buy again. If you like (light) smoked beers this one could be great for you.

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Photo of KSather
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wschmit
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated Sept 9 2010, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nearly opaque body casts a dark ruby hue when held up to light. A firm bed of beige head slowly deflates, leaving gobs of foamy film.

S: Roasted malt, some booze, toasted brown bread, and cocoa. The smoke is present, and really blends all these different scents, playing into one, then another. Really great nose.

T: The smoked malt comes through in the test, very much reminiscent of Schlenkerla, but more subtle, round, and towards the end of the taste, like Spezial. Very toasty, pleasantly charred, and full-tasting.

M: Pretty good chew, low body carbonation, and no alcoholic heat. As porter should be.

D: Pretty high, for a smoked beer. I might suggest this to those who aren't big on in-your-face smoked beers. As it was a gift, I can't comment on the value, but with Great Divide, I'm sure it's worth the price.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of 2xHops
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I find it interesting that in some regions of the world baltic porters are akin to dark lagers, so that makes it more interesting for me to review. It seems this style really straddles between dark lager and porter, so I'll have to judge as best as I can.

It had an appearance of porter but the carbonation behaves like dark lagers. It's oily black with light brown foaming head. The foam eventually dissipated fairly quickly.

The taste is predominately smoky and roasting. I can't really taste anything else, but I assumed this was the intention since it's clearly labeled as a smoked beer. As for the smokiness, it's up there, but it's not the strongest smoked beer I ever had. I'm glad, though, because I don't think I would be able to tolerate the beer had it been more smoky.

The mouthfeel's good. It doesn't feel overly thin that I'd expect from lagers and some porters. It does feel a bit more malty than usual. Overall, it's a decent beer, but I'd like to have more flavors being infused into this beer to balance out the smokiness.

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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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of NStLincoln
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with some reddish tint. The head is light brown and Guinnessy in it's tight foaminess.

Promised smokiness is muted, overwhelmed by some roasted malt, tootsie roll chocolate, and molasses.

There's some smoke! The palate isn't exactly a barbecue pit, but that's good, we've got some balance. The roasted malt combine with the smoke to make a nice full flavor.

Mouthfeel is okay, I might be way off base, but I felt it was a tad undercarbonated. A balanced beer. I can't decide if it's balanced because all the facets are mediocre or because they did a nice job putting the beer together.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of pocwolf
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured out very dark. Has a small beige head that faded pretty quickly.

S: Faint smell of smoke with sweet malt. No hop aroma

T: Sweeter beer with a dry finish. I didnt get much of a smoke taste until it started to warm up and even then it was very subdued. This was a very smooth beer, almost unnoticable hop bitterness.

M:Light bodied and I felt under carbonated.

O:I was really looking forward to this one. But it tasted a little bit thin and wasnt really all that enjoyable. I prob wouldnt purchase again.

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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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