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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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Ratings: 399 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of therica
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= almost jet-black, almost no head, some nice lacing which doesn't last long.

S= smoky, like roasted nuts over an oak fire but not nearly as exciting as I'd hoped. Still, very interesting and different.

T= a bit watery, actually. Lightweight on hops bitters, some chocolate and slightly bitter-roasted malts but overall a disappointment.

M= rather clean, slightly starchy, mildly roasted nutty.

O= a disappointment overall for me.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with brown hue around the edges.

The smell was or bbq meat with a clean smokiness but not over powering by any means.

The taste as subtle on the smoke at first but it grew by the time the beer warmed up, it still was never too much though. The roast from the malts made a presence but let the clean yeast do its thing as well.

Over all a solid beer and not many examples in the style but not my favorite.

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

A: Dark brown color; no light comes through. Poured a creamy 3 finger tan head with good retention to a tight skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Smokey, wet wood and earthiness. Good together.

T: Big smokey flavor up front. Toasted malts, smooth and creamy, build steadily to the finish; chocolate and coffee. Smoke is on the palate throughout lingering with the toasted malts in a dry finish.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Smoke id definitely prominent. Good malt character is not masked. Moderate ABV makes it drinkable.

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

Never had a Baltic Porter before... so I might as well start out with a smoked version, right? I do like GD's beers, so let's see what I think about this. Served in a Maudite snifter.

The beer pours with a thin, dark black body. It has a thin tan head (even with a vigorous pour) that doesn't stay around as long as I would like. I like the coloring of the beer, but everything else about the appearance falls flat.

The nose is very smoky. The next supporting aroma is sweet, mixing to give the distinct "ham" aroma. The roast is complimentary, but maybe a bit too far in the background. It's an interesting nose, but I feel like I've had better on hammy smoked beers.

The flavor is also hammish, but much sweeter than I would have guessed. The roast comes in late in the flavor, but it somewhat clashes with the hamminess. I'm having a hard time coming up with more flavors because of the overpowering hand of the smoke. This is interesting stuff, but it's not going to be that easy to finish the bottle and I feel like they could have balanced the smoke a lot better.

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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 StoneBrewFanatic
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black into my snifter with a little over one finger of tan head that has good retention and leaves nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Roasted malts, smoke, faint notes of chocolate and coffee as well as some earthy hops.

T - Smokiness and roasted malts are big in flavor here. Dry cocoa, coffee and earthy hops all make an appearance. Really nice balance and nice that the smoke is present from start to finish and never overwhelming.

M - A little on the thin side, medium body and moderate creaminess.

O - Always enjoy a nice smoked beer, especially when it's a porter. Worth a try if you see it on the shelf!

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Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. My bottle says 7.5% ABV. Bottled on Jun 28 2011.

A: Dark brown pour. Black in color with just the slightest hint of light getting through making deep red tints. Huge 4 finger, light tan head with awesome retention and very sticky lacing.

S: Big dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Nice roasted and smokey notes stick out beautifully.

T: Huge smokiness right off the bat. A decent roastiness. Chocolate and coffee come through towards the end. The smokiness really dominates this. If that's what your looking for then this is for you!

M: Medium bodied. A tad light in body. Has a decent creaminess. Medium carbonation. Huge smokiness lingers.

O: I liked this much better than Stone's Smoked Porter. Much bigger nose and taste. Definitely a good beer.

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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 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 dtivp
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark black with a one and half finger dark beige head that rapidly faded into a small ring with patchy lacing.

Aroma of smoke, dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste followed the nose with smoky roasted malt, bitter dark roasted coffee and a very slight hint of sweet molasses.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body with low carbonation, smooth with a slight bitter after taste.

Overall a a nice smoked porter, with a little more body would be a great smoked porter.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with thick brown edges that show a cloudiness. Head doesn't last long.

Smell: Nice roasted barley sweetness with a little smokiness. Some dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet balance, fairly thin flavor overall with some citric hops in the finish. The smoke level is pretty low, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Again, fairly thin, fairly low carbonation.

Overall: No problem finishing the bomber, but will reach for the Yeti over this every day. Not quite smokey enough for my tastes.

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

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Nice tightly bubbled two finger head, with nice lacing. Bready smoked malt aroma. Taste was a bit bland overall - seemed to lack punch and the ashy smoke addition detracts rather than adds to the flavor. Smoke hurts the mouthfeel as well. The back of my throat is feeling the way it gets after spending an evening around a smokey campfire. I've had other smoked porters which seemed much better balanced. This was a pretty pricey bomber at $8.99 and I spent the dough thinking I was going to see Yeti quality from Great Divide. This fell short for me.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle dated july 14, 2011 poured into a snifter.

Pours black with a thick, clingy khaki head.

Smell is smokey and roasty with lots of bread grain.

Taste is quick blast of slightly fruity, then bready, and finally smokey.

Mouthfeel is very creamy.

Overall it is a pretty good beer, but not great.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass; bottled on July 14, 2011, abv on the label is 7.5% compared to the 6.2% listed here. Clear, deep, brown body, with hints of red. Big three-finger mocha head that has great retention and leaves scattered rings of lacing.

Coffee, smoke, roasted malt, and light chocolate are the dominate notes in the aroma. A bit of earthy hops in the background.

Very good blend in the flavors. Smoky, roasted malt is followed by some sweet chocolate and toffee. Just a bit of nut flavor in the background.

Light to medium mouthfeel helps separate this from a stout. Not too bitter, not too sweet, this is a rock solid baltic porter.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dark beige head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of smoke in the nose along with notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of molasses and roasted malts. The initial taste has some sweetness and flavors of smoke stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy for the style, especially since it has a relatively low alcohol content.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown to black body beneath a billowing head of mocha foam which really takes its time dissipating to leave a thin, yet sticky lacing behind.

As advertised, the smoked malt is quite prevalent in the aroma, as well as some sweeter underlying malts and dark chocolate.

The palate really resembles a nice rauchbier with all the smoked malt and similar to the aroma features dark chocolate flavors. The smokiness is like a candlewick, then some mid-palate sweetness, and again a smoky finish.

Medium in body with generous carbonation, this beer leaves your palate smoked.

A good beer, but not GD’s finest. A bit too heavy on the smoked aspects in my opinion to the point that I lose sight of the porter. More of a rauchbier/porter highbred with hints of chocolate than what I expected. I was thinking more of a traditional porter with focus on the charred malts.

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

655ml bottle served in a Pint glass.Enjoyed on mar´11
Black night in color, dark amber copper to the ligth.Creamy foam.1cm thick layer quickly dissipated.Slightly smoked character,noticed coffee & toasted grain notes on nose.Enters malty in flavor,light body.Foam tastes smoky.Intense cofffee on the aftertaste.Looks like an Schwarz,foam as a Brown Porter,Lager alike body,Rauchbier aroma.Ligthness make it very drinkable.Finally mistery has been revealed.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well done with a light and well integrated smoke that plays well with the bold coffee and cocoa ntoes. Background bread pudding and toffee show support. Hops are mild and yeast clean thanks to the lager strain. The biggest drawback is the thinnish body.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a creamy, frothy, khaki colored head barely covering the top of the beer.

The smoke is one of the first things in the aroma I notice. It's a very nice smoke flavor too, very smooth, not overwhelming but yet very flavorful. After the smoke I get a little dark chocolate mixing with some vanilla like sweetness. I thought it was a fantastic smoky aroma overall.

The taste starts out with more of a roasty, dark chocolate flavor. The smoke really shows more in the finish with more of the roasty, burnt, bitterness. I get a vanilla sweetness to it as well which really seems to help give it a smoothness. Again, the smoke is very smooth and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was an excellent smoked beer. The smoke was very evident and flavorful but yet still subtle enough to integrate into the beer flavors. The dark chocolate and vanilla really complimented it nicely too. Very taste beer overall and one of the better smoked beers I've had in a good while. I'm very surprised this one doesn't have better reviews, as far as smoked lagers go I can think of very few that I've had that were better.

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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 John_M
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, showcasing considerable smoked salmon, coffee grounds, light licorice and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I don't pick up as much smoke on the palate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought, though the beer has a fairly long finish, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable. All things considered, this is a pretty easy to enjoy and appreciate smoked porter.

Shrug. While not one of the better domestic porters I've had, I still thought this a pretty decent effort from Great Divide.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a small off-white head.

Smells of sweet malt and rubber, like vinyl of some sort (think blow-up mattress)...not appealing.

Sweet up front, a little bit of roast in the middle, and a bitter hop finish. Slightly creamy or nutty.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

The yeast character in this beer is strange. The aroma is off and the taste is not very interesting...there just isn't much going on with this beer. It is an OK, simple beer, slightly sweet with some roast and not much else.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on July 14, 2011

Wow, this is a dark beer, nearly black with a creamy tan head that falls and dissipates to just a ring around the edges but leaving big gobs of oily lacing.

The aroma is light, of smooth chocolate malts with a nice smoky tinge to it.

The smokiness is noticed right away and also on the finish as an accent to the rather sweet dark malts which have a chocolate flavor with a hint of raisins. Earthy hops lend a touch of bitterness but this definitely is a malt forward beer that dries out just a touch on the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium/light with carbonation that hits just the perfect balance.

In general smoked beers aren't my favorites but this example changes my mind. The smokiness is the perfect counterpoint to the lightly sweet non-bitter dark malts. A very clean tasting dark lager I could easily drink more of (and I think will be the perfect accompaniment to the whole wheat spinach mushroom pizzas I'm about to have!).

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Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light to medium in body dark, dark brown that turns to almost a black as it pools. It features a slight beige colored head that laces the glass. It initially smells of bacon but as it warms and the carbonation ceases it turns into more of a lunch meat esque ham. It eventually even picks up some light chocolate, in both sweet and bitter manners. It tastes of light, both sweet and bitter chocolate with a moderate amount of smoke and wood characteristics. It's pretty solid. It drinks somewhat light but is what should be expected for the style. Overall this is a pretty good smoked porter. I'm surprised it doesn't have better ratings. I'd recommend it.

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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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