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Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6298) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4071) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4603) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2527) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1417) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Relatively clear dark brown with a good sized beige head and some good lacing. Aroma is smoke, leather, blueberry, fig, date. Oily mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a smoky finish. Taste is caramel, dates, smoke, fig, raisin. Nice, with a subtle amount of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11728) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Hazy very dark reddish brown with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, roasted malt and moderate smoked meat. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 040213

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11371) - DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, coffee and meat. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, meat, coffee, medium sweet and bacon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle. Nice creamy head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are bonfire smoke, bacon, roast malt, licorice, chocolate and hops. Nice long finish.

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