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Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter

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RATINGS: 497   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Pours inky chestnut brown, nearly opaque, with a thin khaki head, very fine clinging lacing. Deep, rich aroma of hickory smoke, with chocolate, plum, toast, and some subtle fruity esters. Medium-thin body, smooth and creamy, but a little watery. Some initial sweetness, not particularly bitter. Very drinkable. A fantastic smoky presence, but it could stand to be a little thicker and stronger.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Really smoked aroma. A lot of BBQ aroma. Really smoky flavor. The smoke taste does fade to a little sweetness as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9457) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Tap at Great Divide. Pours clear black with a large, creamy brown head, high retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, nutty), light hops (woody, herbal), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke and prune. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted), light hops (woody), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke and prune. Full body, low warmth, medium carbonation, and high creaminess, with a medium sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark, completely opaque blackish brown sporting a decently full sheet of tan froth atop. Nose was more baltic porter than it was smokey..crisp lager-yeast tones among some deep roasted malts and chocolate with some soft smokiness laid atop. Flavors are malty with just a slightly chewy smokiness behind them..it’s noticeable for sure, but certainly not powerfully smokey by any means. Body has a somewhat creamy nature to it though I suppose it could probably be a bit thicker and less wet feeling at the forefront. Smokiness and roasted malts and chocolate combine softly but cohesively I reckon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bomber bottled Aug 06 10. What a strange concept, I love the idea of a Bamberg smoked malt and roast porter notes, not so sure about the lagering though. Pours a darker chestnut color with a frothy sticky light tan head. Aroma is nice, very baltic porter-ish, round and fruity, dry and ashy, smooth and oily, little bit of smoke. Flavor at first has a nice hammy bamberg kick, some fruity character follows, fairly dry, hard dark chocolate roasty finish with some lingering acidity. I wish the smoked taste was more prevalent or none at all. These two almost work together, but would probably be better as a regular smoked porter or just a baltic porter. Medium bodied, lighter feeling, watery, fizzy carbonation, fairly dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Thanks walter! Dark brown pour, light brown head. Aroma of ham, roasted malt, chocolate, red wine notes. Flavor is smoke, ham, thin bodied, tartness. Pretty nice brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Served in a dimpled mug. Pours a dark brown-red, with a pillowy tan head. Aroma is complex--some roasted malts, some hoppiness, but all with an overriding saltiness. First taste is quite smoky and salty--not unlike bacon. As taste opens up more, roasted malts and a sourness become more apparent. As with aroma, the taste is somewhat dense and not easy to resolve. Yet, it is clear to me that this is a porter I’m drinking. Mouthfeel is pleasant--slightly thick, with a light, lively carbonation. In sum: A good beer that could be better if I could get a better fix on the aroma and taste. Not the vest smoke beer I’ve ever had, but decent.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2822) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
A decent smoked beer. Aroma was OK. Dark chocolate and burnt malt with just a slight hint of smokiness. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was pretty good. A strong coffee character paired with dark chocolate, roasted malt and a mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The smoke is distant enough to not overpower, but faint enough to not really matter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Pour is a dark brown. Aroma is quite smokey with a good bit of malts heavy on grain. Taste is heavy on smoked malts (obviously) and roasted chestnuts. Aftertaste comes through a bit like darker pumpernickel bread. Very good example of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 26, 2010
Great Divide is one of my favorite brewers and this is a nice little smoked porter. It doesn’t really break the rules, but just relies on a solid malty porter base with a slight kiss of smoke to liven up my night.


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