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Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter

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RATINGS: 503   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.


elektrikjester's rating

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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (653) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle at home shared with Sean. Pours oil black with no head. Smoky coffee alcohol aroma. All smoky dry alcohol flavour. Woody dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (2339) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2014
65cl bottle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. 07-09-2014.
BBD: 15 Jun 2012.
Pours black with some tan head. Short head retention, some lacing. Light body, average carbonation, oily texture. Smoky, roasty, some sweet aromas. Taste follows the nose, subtle smoky, roasty and caramel. Dry finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: 2011 vintage. Deep brown pour, fully black in the glass. Foamy light-beige head skims to a bubbly film & collar quickly. Aroma contains mild smoke, light char, sweet hickory, roasted malts, faint chocolate, & a hint of caramel. Taste has lots of dark prune, currant, & some dark sweetness to it. Light roast, smoke element is very soft with a faint metallic twinge & a touch of tartness in the finish. A little bit of sweet chocolate syrup, too. Medium bodied. Hoped for more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
[6167-20140131] Bottle. Kitty litter and sawdust and roasted breadcrumbs aroma. Black cola body with a quick foamy tan head. Roasted wood grain and toasted coffee flavour. Full body. Interesting. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3
(Vintage 2011; w/ blankboy, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (4015) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is light chocolate, too fizzy, light smoky taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"this one followed the Schlenkera line-up, which perhaps was not fair, but whatrya gonna do? I really dig the common malt character of many of GDs maltier beers. it stands out in this beer, which acheived the roasted malty goodness i’ve some to expect really well. notes of chocolate and a hint of smoke, especially relatively speaking. nice dry finish. where it fell short was the baltic part. didn’t get that at all, especially at 6.2%. oh well, a pretty good beer that i was hoping would be great."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1542) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1503) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. July 11, 2011. Pours a deep black color with an ok tan head. Aroma is of smokey malt with some cocoa lingering. Dark chocolate taste with a nice, smoked malt finish. For being 3 years old, this porter aged very well. Milky texture as well.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
I love this beer.mits from Colorado, it tastes like coffee, chocolate, burning peet, pilsner malts and portor on top of it all. I can find no foults with it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1754) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2014
Pours a pure opaque black/brown with a beige head. The smell is roasted malt, smoke and fruit. The taste is rosy, deep fruit, licorice ends a bit dry and smokey. Overly carbonated a bit rough.


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