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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Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 399
Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass.

Dark black with hints of brown towards the edges. One finger off white head.

Smells smokey, some hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice little tinge of meatiness.

Taste is chocolaty and smokey. Meaty.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin with nice carbonation.

Pretty easy to knock back. Nothing too impressive. Just a decent baltic porter all around.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts and roast with a lot of smoke. As it sits, it gets a bit subdued.

The flavor is sweet slightly lactic roasted chocolate malts with some smoke that blends with some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, a decent smoked porter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark cola brown with a light beige head, fine speckled lacing forms. Aroma has a nice stong smoked malt character, hints of smoked meats and charred wood. Dark chocolate and roasted malts play nicely with a bit of dark fruit. Mellow dark chocolate malts and roasted hnt of coffee and ripened fruits noted. Smokey ballsy balanced smokiness. It works well, I will try to get some more of this stuff. Mouthfeel is easy going with the carbonatin and medium bodied, the smoke clears quite nicely from the palate. Drinkability wise this is a stand up version of two great styles kind of a hybrid Rauchbier/Baltic Porter. Definitely a nice brew, many rauchbier enthusiasts are going to want more smoke.

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Photo of Andyc101
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Beige one-finger head. Dark brown with hints of red.

S - Light hints of chocolate and coffee. Very malty.

T - Sort of watery. Tangy and citrusy.

M - Dry. Sharp carbonation. Thin.

D - Fairly easy to drink. Doubt that I would buy it again but wouldn't turn it down if it were offered.

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Photo of Xul
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with some light ruby highlights on the edges, capped by one finger of fizzy beige head. Retention is moderate as it settles into a thin layer of foam, after which it dissipates into scattered lacing.

S: Lots of smoke up front, almost with a little faint edge to the smoke. Some chocolate and roasted malts follow along with some faint dark fruit, but the smoke is dominant.

T: Smoke with a peat edge up front, followed by some light chocolate and roasted malts. Smokey finish, but taste is overall subdued.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels light on the tongue with a touch of creaminess.

D: One of the easiest drinking smoked beers I've ever had.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown color with good carbonation and a tannish head

S: Smoke, peat, roasted malt, some cocoa

T: Mainly campfires moke upfront, some light peat, chocolate

M: Booze sting, cocoa, nice feel, smokiness, roasted malts

D: Good overall

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Photo of Pahn
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a wine glass. Bottled August 6th, 2010 (pretty sure this is the first bottled batch of this beer).

Appearance: Free pour yields a fluffy, foamy, bubbly light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing but a reasonable froth ring around the surface. Pours a dark red brown, mostly opaque but clear around the edges. Leaves small, irregular islands of lacing.

Smell: Campfire, chocolate, a few roasty and savory aromas, and some cinnamon (more like chewing gum cinnamon than cinnamon sugar, if that distinction means anything to anyone besides me). Smells really good actually, but the aroma is a little faint and ultimately kind of one note (it's more campfire than any of the other listed aromas). I want a porter to be yelling at me with its aroma. This one is speaking pretty softly.

Taste: Follows the nose almost exactly; almost a smoked meat/jerky charred flavor (good), chocolate, and some nice roasted malt. Not blowing me away, but it's well-balanced. There's a nice sweetness that turns slightly sour through the middle and the finish, which I like.

I think I'll note in the taste section that when I paired this with simple pasta with red sauce and Parmesan cheese topping, the match was really perfect. The smoked malts elevated the pasta dish, and the cheese and tomato sauce somehow made the whole balance of the beer's flavor really make sense to me. The label suggests you pair this beer with a variety of strong savory foods, and I'd suggest anyone who tries this beer takes the recommendation seriously (even if the label is a bit over-specific). You're not getting at the beer's full potential without some food along with it, I think. Similarly, I'd be shocked if this isn't a great beer to cook with.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Pleasantly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent. To be honest, it's not the porter I'll find myself craving often, but it is one of the few beers that I'd rather have with food than without, which could keep me coming back.

I think this beer is a good take on its style, and the little smoked malt conceit is pulled off nicely. It's not my favorite Great Divide beer, but they set the bar pretty high so that's no great failure.

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Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very rich dark brown pour, with a hint of red. Not quite black, but very close. Dark cream head, a finger worth, gives way to a thin cap of darker foam. Outstanding lace.

Smoky cocoa dominates the nose. Chocolate is a little stronger than the smoke and gives up a very nice smell.

Deep, dark chocolate hits first. The smoke arives in the finish, with a very musky, earthy, chewy flavor.

Feel is thin, too thin for the flavor profile - even for a porter. Just needs a bit more body.

Very easy to drink. The smoke does not get in the way of enjoying the glass.

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Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, murky chestnut brown with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly and leaves only a little lacing. It's a bit light in color for a Baltic porter but not too bad.

The aroma is light with equal parts smoked and sweet malts. Some bakers chocolate thrown in as well.

The taste is more of the same with lightly smoked malts, bittersweet chocolate and caramel. The flavors are well integrated but not especially bold.

The mouthfeel is light bodied for a Baltic porter with soft carbonation.

My struggle with this one is that they called it a Baltic porter and it doesn't stand up to most Baltic porters out there in terms of complexity and body. That said it's very drinkable (to be expected with the low ABV) and compared favorably to most smoked porters of the lighter variety.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Passed across the bar top a dark brown, near black body with a finger-high head comprised of beige suds. A fleck of lace here or there on the way down.

Smell: GDSBP gives off a dark, malty aroma - you've got some chocolate, a little splash of store-brand cola, and a hint of basic coffee. Some sparse dark fruit traces of plums and prunes. Very lean when it comes to the smokiness.

Taste: Fairly robust dark maltiness yields fine tastes of lightly roasty coffee, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and a hint of vanilla-flavored cola. Moderate sweetness. Slight dark fruitiness. The smokiness is light and rather well-integrated, giving you no more than a subtle accent. Minor bitterness. Sweetish, roasty, near-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, leaving this one (at least on-tap) to feel a bit soda-like.

Drinkability: Man oh man, Great Divide is just churning out the new brews. Some might prefer something a skosh more bolder, bigger, but I'm digging the especially easy drinkability of this new offering.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled Aug 6, 2010.

Pours thin dark brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves some nice rings of lacing with legs, holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Aroma is has a fair bit of smoke, both wood and meat, roasted malt, and some chocolate/cocoa powder.

Flavor is fairly smoky, good sweet chocolate, fair citrus hop presence on the finish, starts to get cola-like.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium to high carbonation, does soften up a bit when served warmer.

Pretty interesting but lacking in some Baltic Porter characteristics. Haven't really had many smoked beers to offer much comparison of that aspect.

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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 emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery, and although I doubt I will by a bottle, I may have to head up to Ratman's for a growler. Poured a nice black color, with a decent amount of almost white foam on top. The smoke doesn't overpower on this one, but it is certainly present, along with baker's chocolate and roasted malt.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 6th 2010.Nice to see this brand new offering from GDB here in Greensboro so quickly.Poured into my Red Oak pint glass a deep chocolate brown with a one finger tan colored head that lasted quite long leaving a smattering of lace as it settled pretty slowly.Aromas are lighter on the smoke with much more molasses,chocolate, and roast.Flavors of sweet molasses,bitter chocolate,and dark roast coffee hit well from the onset,the smoke comes thru in a lingering finish.A little on the light side but its quite drinkable,subtle smoke,maybe not enough for me but its quite good.

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Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery during the beer's release party.

A: Deep mahogany, but not quite black. A dense and soapy cream head has nice retention and leaves a bit of lace.

S: Chocolate, molasses and a hint of smoke make up most of the nose. There's a light scent of lemon and pepper in the background.

T: Molasses and a pronounce smokiness are out front. Some bittersweet baking chocolate and molasses is along for the ride. Bitterness is very light. Finishes with a slight astringency and lingering caramelized sugar flavors.

M: The medium body is sticky and has very little carbonation. The beer's weak spot.

D: This is a nice Baltic. The smoked malts add a nice touch. My favorite of the two beers at the party.

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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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