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Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter

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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Smoked Baltic Porter is the sultry sister of a storied style. Brewed with traditional German malts and hops, this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt. This smoldering, medium-bodied lager is sure to please.


First Batch: 6.2% ABV

Last brewed in 2011, discontinued in 2012.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3735) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle at Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki. Originally rated 26052012. Colour is reddish brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, coffee, chocolate, some sweetness and roasted malts.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeverszeuge (625) - GERMANY - JUN 23, 2013
# 3351 ersma: smoked ist klar, aber worin unterscheidet sich ein baltic porter von einem englischen? schwarz mit dezentem schaum. der geruch ist süßlich, melassig mit etwas röstmalz und dezenter rauchigkeit. der antrunk ist röstmalzig mit dezzentem aroma von schinkenkate. dazu lakritz und kaffe, sowie etwas toffee. die mitte wird rauchiger, dazu leichte hopfenherbe. der abgang ist süßlich, nur mehr dezent rauchig. dazu toffee. wirkt insgesamt etwas dünn für ein porter. die flasche ist schlicht und gut. fazit: die dezente rauchnote ist sehr angenehm, wenn man kein freund von verbranntem-holzscheit-bier ist. ansonsten kann man in ein porter durchaus mehr geschmack packen. dennoch gut trinkbar. 9,10,9,8,13,9 - 9,20 - 23/6/13

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1566) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. Color red with a medium brown head. Aroma malt, roasted, caramel, smoke, wood. Taste sweet, bitter, wood, smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Pretty solid, with amber hues shining through the edges of the glass, this porter has a thin, light brown head. The aroma is seriously smoked and roasted and very malty. Although it’s extremely roasted, it’s not as heavy as you’d think it would be in the mouth. It’s smooth, but it does get heavy in the belly after a while. I like a beer, regardless of its body, that won’t fill you up after one glass. This really starts to, and has more of the heaviness of a dense stout than a porter. This is a very filling beer. That, or it just felt filling because I had already been drinking all day.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
22 oz. poured into an Orval chalice. A - Pours a dark reddish brown, almost black body with a 2 finger cola head that vanishes. S - Smoke is the first thing i smell. Some dark cocoa, toasted sugar, rummy spice bread, charcoal, soy sauce, sticky raisins, smoked figs. T - Dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee beans dominate. There’s a simple sweetness there to counteract the char flavors. Iron, salt, and pepper flow over the palate with a grassy hop profile that blends well the rest of the flavors. Finishes dry with a smoked peppercorn aftertaste. M - Medium to moderate carbonation, lighter body, dry and spicy finish. A very inviting beer. The smoke is strong but it’s more of a dry smoke and not a meat smoke flavor. Nice smoked fruit in the aroma. Would be good to split the bomber w/ someone. Serving type: bottle 01-07-2012

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Nearly black, dark brown hues, moderate frothy beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Strong ash and campfire on the nose.   Subtle roastiness.   Soft sweet smoky malts up front.   Backside has what I can best describe as a slight smokey stewed peas sorts of earthy flavor.   Maybe a little soft smoked ham in a split pea soup sorta flavor.   Odd for a beer, great for dinner.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Coats without being too heavy.   Lingering smokey finish, charred wood, campfire, and ash.   Baltic Porter takes a back seat to the smoke.   Tiz okay, but the smoked ham & split pea soup flavors make me think otherwise.   Strange...


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Black with a medium head. Some maltiness and slightly smoked but less than I expected. Medium body with a malty aftertaste. Pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4862) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Rating from notes, unknown date, likely 2012. Black. Malt and roasted grain, but moderate smoke in the flavor and aroma, more so in the aroma. Dry finish. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2981) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A black-brown beer with ruby red highlights and a quickly disappearing head. It has chocolate and coffee flavours with malt, smoke and roast with more subtle smoke and leather on the finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1660) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bomber from Cardinal Wine in Niles, cellar aged 9 months, plus however long it was on their shelves (ah - a "bottled on" date of 7/12/2011). Pours cola brown with a foamy brown head leaving some lacing. Aroma has caramel, molasses, cocoa nibs and fruit. Taste is of sweet caramel, salty licorice and roast, with some grape and some faint smoke presence. Somewhat carbonated and tangy, and a bit rough to start, it calms through the glass and some underlying chocolate appears. Finishes roasty bittersweet. Really this should be described as a fairly tasty medium strength porter, more so than a smoked.


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