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RATINGS: 459   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pour from growler shared by Beerlando at Redlight Redlight. Wow. Aroma was fire and peat! Flavor was a bit like a smoked honey ham drizzled with chocolate.... Very unique on my tongue. Cant decide yet if I am a fan!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Growler, courtesy beerlando. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Pretty big smoke and peat are noticeable right up front as expected, but it wasnt overwhelming. Had some roasted malts, and coffee flavors mixed in with the smoke to formulate its flavor character. Nice smoked brew, not in your face peat, but enough to make its presence known and blend with the other characters. I liked it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2563) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, Il. Tall chalice served. Black/brown with a creamy, tan head that diminished quickly, and good lacing. Light notes of dark fruit, malt sweetness, and a wisp of smoke in the aroma. Flavor also retained the pleasant sweetness, playing off burnt coffee, and light smoke notes. The mouthfeel was creamy and finished with a subtle dryness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
pitch black with a mild tan head. thick moutfeel and low carbontion. smokey nose, flavor of initial dark malts with a large smokeiness coming through followed by some chocolate notes. tough to drink due to smokiness but a great complex flavor

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drubel2 (15) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at The Map Room - Bucktown, Chicago, IL. Very dark with a little brown head. Nose of smoke. Tasted exactly like smoked ham. Wonderfully coating mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 On tap at The Map Room - Chicago, IL. Pours a deep ruby black-brown, with a tall inch of sparse brown foamed crested with a line of whitish creme. Rich porter-heavy roast-dominated twinge of smoke and malt. Light salts. Flavor is interesting. A somewhat thinnish porter gets a heavy blast of Bambergesque smoke up the rear end. Very industrial. Some heavier caramels settle in for a rusty adventure through the underbelly of a malt factory. Chewy on the backend. Light esters fromt the yeast brighten the corners. Not too phenolic. A nice, cool balanced smoky porter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Tap at the Blue Door. Pours charcoal black with a tan head. Smells and tastes of dijon mustard, mild smoke, and wood. Creamy for a smoked beer, but really balanced. Perfect for a hearty meal. This beer makes me miss Germany, bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2008
On tap tonight at Acadia in Minneapolis. Poured black with a slight head into a tulip glass with a slight odor of coffee. Flavor was that of a good bitter porter and had and afteraste of tobacco. Would definitely recommend for anyone just getting into trying smoke beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tedovertu (283) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Interesting brew. Pours dark brown almost black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Very smokey on the back end and meaty of the front. Another winner from Surly. A little watery but the oiliness makes up for it a little bit. Really wish they would get their coffee bender into cans.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
FoBAB 08. Cedar Smoke Version. Solid beer. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smokey tobacco aroma, chocolate, roasted malt. Good flavor. Surly always seems to have solid stuff.


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