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Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Interesting. Normally US brewed beers that are supposedly Baltic porters are just big porters and really have nothing to do w/ the style as brewed in its place of origin. This, however, is a lager so it’s a little closer than most at least in terms of process though the use of smoked malt makes that largely irrelevant, I suppose. Who care about authenticity though? I’m after good beer. This one in particular is rather on the mild side, both in terms of roast character and smoke, which is fine by me esp. in the latter case. It’s a very nice brown color. The head is thin but long lasting and leaves behind a nice spotting of lace. Smoke is up front in the nose but it blends in amongst a host of roast and chocolate flavors, which come out even more once tasted. It’s very lightly sweet w/ a nice, creamy palate though I do find it a bit on the flat side for my tastes. The finish is pretty clean w/ a lingering sweetness and some bitterness along w/ a mild hint of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5593) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2010
From a growler, thanks to lithy. Black, no head. Pretty simple aroma - chocolate and smoke, maybe some fruity notes. Nice palate - rich, but not thick like a porter. Flavor is smoke, chocolate, then something like blueberry? maybe? And perhaps a little coffee, too. Dryish finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle @ SBWF 2010. Brown-black with light, light-brown head. Smoke, malt and some light sweetness in the nose. Light carbonation. Rather dry and medium bitter. Taste is roasted malts, more smoke and some caramel. As dry porters go, I thought this was really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21423) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Black with creamy head Milk chocolate and tar. Mid sweet with near full body and rounded mouthfeel. Mild tarry smoke. Medium bitterness. Quite well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Light smoke on top of a mostly roasty malt base. Light leathery notes and a hint of chocolate as well. Pours dark brownish red, almost black, nice lasting tan head. The flavor is mostly roasty, a hint of chocolate, and nice light smoke in the finish. Soft leather and wood flavors. Very nice smooth mouth feel and extremely drinkable. Love the flavor and balance in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TEJA (1744) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and whisky festival 2010. Short head. Dark red-brown color. Some smoke in the aroma but not much for a smoke porter. The taste is also smoky with a small to medium bitterness. The smoke is a litle thin in the taste for it to be a real good smoke beer. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1466) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma is smoked/salted ham, roast malt, chocolate, and plum. Flavor shows the same with some additional vanilla bean sweetness being dried up by the roasted, almost ashy finish. Overall body is relatively light and feels extremely thin at points.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 draft. soy, smoked malt, burnt rubber and burnt corn in the nose. the roast is overly astringent, the crispness and carbonation translate as something like soda water/calcite/chalk. oily and resinous finish. leaves a light lactic acidity in the mouth, like whole milk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7059) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2010
9/25/10. On tap. Black pour, not much head. Mild metallica aroma with some creamy chocolate. Sweet chocolate flavor with a dash of sour and roast. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (608) - 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.

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