Stouts and Porters are among my favourite styles of beer so I am always excited to try one. I am a fan of The Great Divide brewery already so I was expecting good things here.
The image instantly shows that this is likely to be a good beer. Look at that thick tan head. It promises a full flavour beer and I was not to be disappointed with the Smoked Baltic Porter. The aroma is smoked bacon, rich espresso and vanilla.
When I took my first sip I was instantly given a smoked coffee taste. Has anyone ever smoked coffee beans? If not, they should probably give it a go because it certainly worked in the beer. There was some caramel as well but really, this was an incredibly easy drinking porter. In fact I believe it was fermented with a lager yeast, I imagine it was fermented at an ale temperature so this is what? A sort of steam beer? Either way it was lovely and I found myself wishing I had a Bratwurst to eat with it. The low level of carbonation was appreciated as American breweries often over carbonate their beer and you have stouts and porters that are as fizzy as a pale lager.