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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
A smoked Baltic Porter. Aged in oak barrels for several months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10909) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 GABF 2008 and again in bottle October 2010. Pours black with an average, frothy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, nutty), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of smoke and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, coffee, rye bread and chocolate. Light roasted flavour of caramel, rye bread and chocolate with notes of smoke and hops. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Nearly 100% pitch black color with a creamy dark brown head. Smoke level is medium in the nose, there’s quite a bit of chocolate and coffee, a little roast and some small amount of creamy milk notes as well. Full and slick texture, chalky chocolate and resinous coffee, smoke is minimal... the meat of this beer is the creamy chocolate and wood... decadent stuff. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
On cask at Buster’s for the one year anniversary appreciation party. The beer was opaque black with essentially no head. In the aroma and flavor there was moderate smoke and moderate sweet burnt malt. (It was almost peaty.) The hops were almost non-existent. It was a bit watery with no carbonation, but very smooth. As it warmed the smoke got fainter. Very drinkable, one of my favorite Surly beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
At the ABR. Pours black with beige head. The nose is dark chocolate and tons of smoke. Comes across the palate as medium bodied, with the taste of dark chocolate with smoke, and some light notes of caramel to balance it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012
Name: Smoke
Date: August 09, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: black, fine beige head
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with lots of smoke
Flavor: dark chocolate flavor is well integrated with the smoke, dark caramel sweetness adds the needed depth and balance

Name: Smoke
Date: May 28, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
still smoky yet well balanced,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
GTMW 2008. The beer pours to a really dark brown body with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and light smoked meats. The flavor is sweet sugary malts and light smoked meats. A nice medium body leaves this beer pretty balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Great Taste 2008. One of the better smoke beers I’ve had, reminding me a bit of Stone’s take on the Smoked Porter (although this was smokier), and the HummelBrau Raucherator, although this had more body/mouthfeel. Notes of chocolate and dark toffee blend with vanilla for a smooth and smokey finish and a surprising amount of SALT! (I’ve never had a beer I would call "saline," but this fits the profile) Would pair well with a number of grilled foods.

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