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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A smoked Baltic Porter. Aged in oak barrels for several months.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Draft on tap at Tribes Alehouse (Mokena, IL). Excited! Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, a bit of darker brown at the bottom where a bit of ruby light gets through, a small brown head sits atop, dense, laces a bit. Aromas are dark roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and coffee, with a decent ashy smoke to it, a touch of bonfire, cocoa, and roasted malts. Initial is a decent smokey kick coupled with roasted malts and coffee, a medium body, shorter of what I expected, fairly smooth on the palate with a more dominant smoke, then roast, coffee comes in behind with a bit of mocha chocolate behind, a bit sweet to help balance the roast and smoke. Pretty good bitterness and roast to finish, a pleasant aftertaste and light smoke and roast sticks to the palate overall. Very nice drinkable brew, quality body that doesn’t make it overdone.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6173) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2009
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Poured black with thin brown/tan head, smelled instantly of smoke and nothing else. Tasted much more balanced, with a nice malt start and thick smoky finish. Though not a fan of smoked beer, this one was the best!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Hand bottle courtesy of StFun – thanks a ton J! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is campfire, smoked breakfast meats and charred malt. The taste is campfire coffee, ham, burnt malt and dark chocolate. Medium boided. Nice beer – thanks again Josh!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Old draft rating. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Oak, vanilla, chocolate notes, light roast y notes and some light minerals, a hint of smoke and vanilla. Decent ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Glass at Darkness Day. Pour is opaque black with some lighter brown head. The smoke here is fiarly light and is ahy, not porkish like some smoke beer tends to be. This isn’t all that smoked at all. A decent Baltic Porter. Chocolaty with a smidge of roast and dry ash smoke. Medium body with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Um, YES. Very excited to try anything from Surly obviously, and finally CaryTheDude can stop bragging about having this one. Dark pour with a smoke colored head. Delicious smokey, chocolate flavor. RIch, delicious beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
WTF. I already rated this beer, but my rating is no longer here. I don’t knwo what to say about it since my notes are gone. Damnit....well, I had the beer and feel free to send me a message if you’re pissed off about my lack of an actual rating. It’s a placeholder for me...get over it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2009
on tap. pours black with a white head. The aroma is smokey and chocolate. The taste is huge yet very smooth with a lot of chocolate and vanilla. The beer is very balanced with a great lingering flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2009
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest (8/9/08): Mostly opaque dark mahogany black with a thin, wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with nice smoky character. Body starts rich, smooth and bittersweet with great smoky character throughout and just the right amount of sweetness. A very nice smoked Baltic porter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2009
[Tap] Had this a few times, at the brewery and at Stub ’n Herb’s. Pours a pitch black with a small, creamy tan head. Aroma is smoky and meaty, a touch of chocolate and some underlying roasted malts. Flavor is big and beefy, lots of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and light fruity flavors.


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