bvc (1173) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle. Pours a stills viscous chocolate black. Vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and a touch of cherry pit all wrapped up in a light smokiness. Nice slick and creamy mouth feel. The base Baltic is solid with nice light chocolate and vanilla notes along with some toasted coconut. I do pick up subtle notes from the barrel and a touch of roastiness. Enjoyable, but I would totally welcome some more some flavor. I will try and get a bottle when it is released and may revisit then. Thanks Josh!
bp (815) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft: pours a dark black with a thin tan head, aroma of smoke, bacon, taste is malty, smokey, dry, thin-to-medium body, smokey aftertaste, very nice
notalush (5078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7 ounce handbottle from StFun (thanks, Josh!) - nice handbottling job, too - still very well-carbonated - pours dark brown - intensely smoky aroma, with quite a bit of sweetness behind it, like smelling a campfire while someone is roasting a marshmallow - a bit of smoked meat as well - a bit of bitter black malt up front, followed by charred wood, dark chocolate - thick smokiness - a bit of doughy character, some yeastiness - some oak character on the back end - lingering campfire qualities - quite a good smoked beer.
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
arminjewell (6755) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HonkeyBra (3558) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.