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RATINGS: 453   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 A great smoked flavor that only Aecht can beat, but all in all just a bit small to miss the higher rankings.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
EBF NOTB; aroma of chocolate, smoke and wood. Flavor was similar with sweetness and pronounced roasted elements. I thought I picked up on some smoked meatiness in the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: As the name suggests, a lot of smoke in the aroma and taste. Also bitterness and roastiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
EBF NOTB. Aroma is smoky, chalky roasted, and chocolate. The flavor is the same, with the wood, roasted malt and chocolate coming together nicely. This stood out as being better than many others at the event.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
EBF V NOTB. Aroma largely of smoke and roast, especially when first poured, flavor starts off the same way. As it warms, flavor really opens up into a perfect hop-malt balance with delectable semi-sweet chocolate flooding the palate more and more. Very very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Very dark brown to black with a tan head that disappeared in a hurry. Flavor is of a very classic porter with mixed sweetness and bitterness wrapped around a nutty interior. A cloud of smoke seeps throughout the entire taste experience and stays in the mouth for some time after. Too many of these, as I experienced, and the smoke flavor gets overwhelming.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gdaigle (12) - North Oaks, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2008
This may be the best beer I’ve ever tasted. I’d like to judge it against the style but this beer transcends any categorization. You can get some accurate tasting notes by reading the other reviews so I will just end this by saying, "More Please." I had this in the Autumn of 2007 at Washington Square, White Bear Lake, Mn.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2008
On tap at Sheffield’s and served in a goblet. This beer poured a dark brown with some mahogany highlights and a short-lived tan head. Minimal lacing. The aroma of the beer was made up of light smoke, charred malts, and light chocolate. The flavor included peat, light smoke, mildly sweet dark fruits, and some chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation and slightly sticky. A really nice beer. Surly continues to impress.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
(Tap) Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small amount of a tan colored head. Aroma of deep roasted malts, roasted coffee and smoke. Rich malty taste includes smoke (obviously), caramelized sugars, light whiskey, vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate. Full bodied, with low carbonation and a light alcoholic finish. Not sure what the ABV of this beer was, but it was scarily drinkable. A fantastic beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Tap at the Blue Nile. Burly black with a skirting skin of off white. Aroma is unusual but not off the map; notes of blueberry and cinnamon accent the body of roast beef and au jus with a light hint of heat. The smoke is subtle and polished, and stays for the most part in that arena of rich beef rather than straying into maple bacon and hickory territory. Flavors has a lot of cold fruitiness and rich sweetness, like caramelized pears and sugar dipped figs let to roast over a bonfire; belgian chocolate in large quantities with fudge, graham crackers, and tart red berries. Light tones of sweet bourbon and vanilla type of spirited heat, soft and complementing. Palate is juicy, dense, and full; finish tends toward a wet, dessert wine type of fruitiness and extends itself lazily. Certainly a Baltic first, and a smoked second, this is a great example of a warming dark ale that effortlessly skirts the frustrating imperial stout-isms of overstretched hops, sugars, and alcohol, while still providing that contemplative strength needed in the dead of winter.


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