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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Fade to Black, that time of year when the light seems to fade away. We drift further into the darkness with each passing day. Volume 2- Smoked Baltic Porter is inspired by our collaboration with Nørrebro in Denmark. This mischievous cousin to Smoke Jumper has a penchant for pillaging and burning everywhere he goes. Smoked malts redolent of the burned thatched roofs in villages and towns all over Northern Europe impart flavors to warm the spirit of invading hordes far from home. You finally have something in your hand darker than the winter night sky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear brown to black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Soft smoke and some wood and dark fruit. Medium bodied, nice roast, softly warming alcohol with chocolate tones and chewy roast. Subtle chocolate and warm gentle alcohol with some dark cherry hints. Finishes slow and roasty with more warming alcohol and soft smoke. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a pitch black color with a thin offwhite head that sticks around the rim of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, nutty notes and a faintly sweet finish. The taste is roasted malts, smoke, apples, nutty notes and a faint caramel finish along with some bitter hop notes. A little on the thin side, but its well balances and I’m liking it quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1263) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
This starts with a nice roast and smokey aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Pours an opaque black, with a tight cap of light tan head. Very smooth roasted flavor, that finishes with a nice touch of smoke. Clean on the palate, and very drinkable. This is a good tasty beer for the winter months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aej9374 (12) - Derby, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Excellent beer. Smoked cheese, coffee. A lot like the Smoke Jumper. Or a Milk stout on steroids.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Thank you bro! Pours deep brown with pale white head. Very salty aroma similar to bacon (thanks andy). Similar taste. Tasted like smoked meat and malt. Very tasty. Wish I could remember volume 1 better, but I am very fond of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9100) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours black, near opaque with an average, frothy tan head, medium-long retention with fair to light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, roasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke, ash, prune, and wood. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke, ash, prune, peat, and wood. Full body, medium warmth, carbonation, and creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1033) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
12 oz bottle purchased from Vino e Formaggio in Front Royal, VA. Very black in the glass. Light barely penetrate, but what light does penetrate it has a touch of red in it. Deep dark chocolate flavors with a slight touch of smoke at the end. Some sweet smoke aroma, reminiscent of Pinon wood followed by roasted espresso. Overall, this is very good. I’ll have to get more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stangger (582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Roasted malt aroma. Taste is mostly malty, some smokiness, some hop presence hiding, definitely some alcohol. Finish is quite bitter and smoky, maybe a bit bourbony.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1907) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours black with a thin beige head. Aroma is roast, light sweetness, and a little smoke. Flavor is sweet and chocolatey turning roasty and lightly bitter toward the finish with smokiness layered throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Draft at Rich Os. Deep brown body, approaching black. Short, fizzy tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is smokey, with notes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cookie, resin. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning velvety, thicker in the finish, average carbonation. This beer makes a good first impression. Its aroma is promising. After several ounces, however, its sweetness, especially in the finish, didn’t work well with the smokey taste and the slightly metallic flavor. Not a deal breaker, but a disappointment.

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