The big aromas from Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter delightfully waft up the nose the second the bottle is opened. Smoked, deeply toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate. Those flavors carry over once you start drinking, as well.
Smooth and creamy, and since it’s a lager, the mouthfeel is lighter than you might expect. The hops don’t get in the way at all, leading to a slightly dry bitter chocolate finish.The smoke is there, but it’s not overpowering. In fact, I wonder how much it would be noticed if I didn’t know the name of the beer.
So what makes it “Baltic”? A take on the style from countries in the Baltic region. Lager and a little higher ABV at 7.5%. Nothing wrong with that!