Smoked Baltic Porter | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Smoked Baltic PorterSmoked Baltic Porter
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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 BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RickS95
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

High marks in my book as I prefer the dark stuff. Extremely dark pour. Very black with a tan head. The head is a finger and a half thick, creamy early on, with a slight lack of retention. Eventually you're left with a dark liguid and a creamy dark top.

Very malty nose. Caramel malts. Smoke is prevalent but not overpowering. Faint licorice notes. Slight vanilla hit. Semi-sweet chocolate.

It's got a nice flavor as again, the smoke is prevalent, but not overpowering, allowing the other ingredients a place at the table. Caramel and chocolate. Licorice or anise. English toffee?

Very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied...could use more body but nothing wrong with the way it is. On the sweet side, but not too much so. Smoke is there. Bitter finish to clean things up.

Overall, a really nice rendition of something that usually doesn't work for me. I think the smoke and the sweetness helped make this enjoyable for me. I accidentally bought a second bottle of this and now I'm glad I did.

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Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of n2185
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours very dark brown with a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: smokey roasted malts up front followed by sweet, dark fruits like plums and raisins.

T: sweet fruits dominate the flavor with plums, raisins, and sour cherries. There is some smokiness on the finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could be a bit creamier.

O: not a very good beer. The flavors clash in unpleasant ways that make it difficult to drink.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer is dark brown in color, with a red hue, when held into the light. A creamy light brown head builds one and a half fingers high. It sticks arround for a while and leaves nice lacing.
The smell is of dark fruit like plum engulfed in smoke. Malt and some chocolate as well.
The taste is more intense and very pleasing. Nice smokiness with dark fruit and chocolate up front. More malty notes in the middle and a sweeter fruity boozy finish.
I like the feel of this beer which fit the style greatly.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dfillius
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass - bottle August 6, 2010 and enjoyed on Oct 4, 2011
A: 1 finger of tight tan head with fair retention results from an aggressive pour. Translucent dark brown liquid is enticing with a ruby-red hue coming through when held to the light. Better head retention, please.
S: Enticing smokiness - campfire, bacon, molasses. Slight milk aroma. Very nice; subdued in general.
T: Chocolate, Grade B maple syrup, mocha. Not as smoky as a rauchbier, and just smoky enough. Slight but pronounced sweet caramel edge is pleasant. Almost like kettle corn ir buckwheat honey.
M: A tad flat, creamy
O: Nice. I would buy again, but I wouldn't order a second pint.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge 650ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Hopefully such a big beer will age OK. Bought from Trembling Madness in York. I'm interested to discover what a US brewery will do with Bamburg malt....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pitch black, though revealed to be a deep ruby hue when held to the light. Produces a huge head of light tan foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, smokey malt with notes of molasses, roasted grain, dried fruit, wood and a whiff of booze. Hints of smoked meat - yum.

Tastes of dark roasted malt with a smoky character. Notes of smoked malt, molasses, dried fruit, cured meat, faint burnt grain, subtle coffee and hints of yeast. Quite dry, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing and a hint of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, yet a tad thin for the style. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of slighly sweet smoked malt.

Tasty, and certainly smoky. Quite sweet, with dark malt notes and a smoky character. Similar to a Schlenkerla brew, but less intense. As a lager it's similar to dark lagers from the Baltic region, though I don't reckon any of those involved Bamburg malt. A solid effort; the only weakness is the slightly subpar mouthfeel. Worth trying if you come across it.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of kagent777
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I traded to Exiled to get this beer back in October of 2011, thanks man! Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect pint after about 15 minutes out of the fridge. Bottled on date is July 13, 2011.

Appearance: A nice ruby dark brown beer with no haziness. A one finger head that has mostly small bubbles with a few large ones. A good looking beer that is inviting to drink.

Smell: A bit smoke(d meats). Also roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. A bit of a sour note as well.

Taste: This one is over a year in the bottle so maybe the smoke has settled down a little. Tastes like a solid porter, has a bit of bite toward the end of the sip, maybe the sourness that I smell.

Mouthfeel: There is a little bit of harshness in the taste that I can feel also. The body is medium and the carbonation fine as well.

Overall: I don't know if this is what I get for aging this one a little, but it is only OK. I am not sure I would buy this one again with the intent to age. I need to seek this one out fresh or on tap.

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

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours an dark red brown, small brown head with very light lacing. Smoke and prune juice aroma. Light smoke, light flavored dark malts and dark fruit. Finishes a bit dry. Subdued flavors. Tastes more like a lightly smoked English export stout to me. Adequate, no off-notes, but not a top tier smoked porter.

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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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