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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
A smoked Baltic Porter. Aged in oak barrels for several months.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2012) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tedovertu (289) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Fobab VI. This version was Cedar Smoke, not sure if the original is aged on Cedar as well. At any rate, this was hugely awesome. Dark brown/black pour. Nice and big beefy nose jumps out with some very good woody undertones. cigars jump out at you as does tobacco and chocolate. A little bit thin in the body, but damn fine otherwise. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Black - offwhite head. Roasted, smokey, chocolate, fruity, berries, dark fruits, licorice, coffee, smooth body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (956) - 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.

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