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RATINGS: 460   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5272) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2007
On draught at the Muddy Pig in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown with some red highlight brew with thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and tan ring. Aroma of smoked pork jerky with dark caramel and chocolate malt. Taste is medium to full bodied, hardly any carbonation, smooth, creamy and silky with flavors of smoked pork, dark caramel and chocolate malt with a touch of peat. Finish is slightly dry and more smooth than the regular Surly Smoke (Dahmer) I sampled at the ABR 07 last October.
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2007 Total Score: 4
Sampled at the ABR ’07 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving tan head with minumal lacing. Aroma of dark toasted black malt, a touch of soy sauce and plenty of hops. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonated, with flavors of dark toasted malt, a touch of dark chocolate, smoked bacon, and a slight metalic soy sauce taste and character. Finish is semi-sweet, a little metalic aftertaste but still has the decent Baltic Porter flavor with a smoked pork/bacon aftertaste. I’m looking forward to actual release name of this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
On tap at FoBAB ’07. Dark black/brown with rubiness and off-white head. Rauchy, smoked aroma. Smoked, meaty and malty flavors. Thin to medium body, no carb. Tasty smoked beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
FoBAB well, better than the Aechtliner urbock stuff, heh. Pretty alright. not a big fan. smoother, milkier, less bacon. all smoke. didnt realize till later this was a ’baltic porter’.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
On tap at the FoBAB 2007. Pours a dark brown color with a off white head. Smoked malt in the nose. Peat and burnt popcorn. Nice actually. Smoked meaty rauch flavors. Chocolate, caramel, and an earthy oak. Not overly sweet, but balanced well with smoky dryness and malts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured very deep brown with a dusting and a ring of beige head. Sweet, smoky peat dominated on the aroma with a little toasted oak representin’.. some dark malts (primarily chocolate) were behind, but the smoke prevailed. The flavor had more of the chocolate (and a bit of coffee) than the nose, with more complimentary smoked peat presence.. not much more than a little sourness showed from the oak.. warm with a lightly sour smoky finish. Creamy middle on the palate and medium-bodied.. enjoyed the warm smoky maltage that lasted through the finish. Nice one! 7 3 8 4 15

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On tap at FoBAB as "Cedar Smoke". Poured medium-darker brown with a dusting of tan head. The aroma picked up plenty of smoke upfront giving an old cigar feel.. semi-sweet and darker chocolates on a nicely-roasted base.. well-presented. The flavor had roasty, mostly darker chocolates and vanilla at the core with spicy cedar accents.. finished dry and smoky/ashy. Medium-bodied and drier on the palate with lots of smoke.. great, satisfying flow to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2845) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
FoBAB 2007, Chicago. Big black body and eggshell head. Big hit of smoke in this one. Whole thing just knocks me over. In fact, this is about all I had written down about this. Just these few sentences and the numbers above.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007. Dark dark brown to light black with a razor thin creamy white head. Subdued nose. Small smoke, ala Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen. Small oaky tannins. Some roast, relatively dry, tiny chocolate. Not thick or thin, just right with low CO2. Big sweet flavor, that I just couldn’t smell! This is a like a badass sweet Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen! More dark malt character, of course. Big smoke. Sweet, but not cloying. Oak and alcohol balance the sweetness. The roast comes on in the finish. A dry oaky finish. This is probably the most creative beer at FoBAB 2007, and the one most up my alley.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007: Opaque with a fading head but left oily legs upon the glass. The aroma has a beautiful smoky nose along with plum, raisin, hazelnut, oak and bready esters. The taste has an initial malty profile with a background of ripened fruits, A big smoky and meaty finish is nearly perfect. A lovely flavorful beer. The mouth feel is lush and smooth with a smoky and barrel dryness upon the finish. A wonderful brew and one of my favorites at the fest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Autumn Brew Review ’07
Black body with a tan head. Creamy palate. Very easy drinking. I don’t get the strength of a baltic porter here, instead this reminds me of a smoked porter, nutty roasted flavor with a touch of smoke.

This may be Surly’s most "to style" beer to date, not necessarily pushing the style boundaries, as they do with many of their other beers. Given this is a Surly special release, I was expecting more and so in that sense, it was a bit of a let down.

On a side note, the naming of this beer is somewhat disturbing. I hope they change the name. Dahmer is not a guy I’d like to think about when drinking a Surly beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
[ABR ’07] Pours black with a small dark brown head. Smoky, roasted malt aroma. The roasted malt is much stronger in the taste, along with some nice chocolate and some more of the smokiness. Medium mouthfeel. Long finish.


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