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RATINGS: 458   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13400) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Black - offwhite head. Roasted, smokey, chocolate, fruity, berries, dark fruits, licorice, coffee, smooth body. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2430) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Cask @ Darkness Day in my brand new Darkness tulip. I was told this was aged on in cedar barrels. Each of the beers served there came in 3 forms, tap, out of the bright tank, and cask. In hindsight I should have not tried a smoked, barrel aged, Baltic porter on cask, but either way here we go. I was watching the de-bunging of the cask and got one of the first pours. Its completely black, nothing but blackness. That includes any semblance of a head or lacing, again completely nothing after just a few seconds after the pour. Aroma is smoke (lightly sweet, lightly BBQ) which I like. Behind that is an oily astringent licorice, I don’t like that. Taste has more of that licorice astringency with the smoke on the back end. Mouthfeel is lightly oily and of course very undercarbonated. It seems where well structured I just needed to try it NOT on cask. I will definitely give this another go around if I come across it on tap. 7/4/7/3/14

Had this out of the bright tank at Darkness day, one year later. Was really hoping to love this but I was again disappointed, not a bad beer but nothing special. The smoke is there, its not really backed up with anything, just some watery dark malts and light licorice.

Re-rate out of the bottle, shared by Dansting. Same slightly disappointing beer, smoke, dark water malts, not backbone. 7/3/7/3/15

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Cup at Darkness Day. Dark brown color with a tan head that lasts only a few seconds. Aroma was of toasted malt, chocolate, tasty smoked ham, wood, and a little hint of toffee. Taste was of malt, chocolate, and wood all balanced by smoked flavors making it all taste very earthy. Would go perfect with barbeque.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
GABF ’08. Hi Hapjy. A beast of flavorful smoky balance. Badass nose...scarier than the flavor. I dig it...now to wash it down with some furious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
This was a real treat to get on tap after getting 6 bottles of Darkness at D-day. If someone had said I would enjoy a beer that tastes like a campfire and charred meat, I would have smirked. But the dusty chocolate and roasted malts with almost a cookie like bite, somehow pulls this altogether. It is still impossible for me to say why a lingering palate of barbecue ribs in a beer could be so enjoyable, but I look forward to the next opportunity to find out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Too much going on in this beer for me to fully enjoy it. A good beer tho, dark brown pour, tan head and fades immediately. Aromas of smoked and roasted malts. Flavors of the same with some alcohol presence. Sweet and thick. Rerate for Cask version aged on cedar oak. Much cleaner, oak rounds out the alcohol presence and mellows the brew. Cask is always better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Nice black body with a solid tan head. Aroma is smoked ham, sweet chocolate, and goodness. The flavor is much of the same. There is quite a nice balance between the ’’meat’’ notes in the flavor and sweet, roasted malts going on. Finishes quite nicely, and is overall very well rounded and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Rich black pour with a generous tan head. Smells like burnt wood, smoked ham, and chocolate. The flavor is earthy, with a pronounced, but very manageable meaty smokiness. Also nice chocolate, wood, and bitter-sweet malt notes. Awesome palate - thick, and full, matches the beer perfectly. I wouldn’t mind seeing a palate like this on bender. Really good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. This was another awesome offering from Surly at GABF, alongside their Two ale. Aroma is loaded with smoke and charred wood. Big burnt flavor with notes of dark cacao, barbecue smokehouse and oak barrel. Very nice palate that makes the beer surprisingly drinkable. Earthy smoke lingers after each sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
GABF 08: Thin, smokey nose in a meaty, slightly tangy way off this dark, almost black beer. just a halo of suds restrained the thick, mealty, chocolate, smokey flavors from escaping...This has a nice balancing hop character behind it as well. Definite smoke Bomb. Definitely meaty. Very well done!


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