IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the Muddy Pig. Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown with light bubbles. Flavor is smooth chocolate and vanilla with a smoky backbone. I didn’t get all that much of the oak, but I haven’t had the original to make a valid comparison.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Pig. Tastes like flesh aged in an oak barrel. Tasty. More vanilla than the regular version and some oak funk. Tasty, oak version of the disturbingly named original.
Earlier Rating: 11/1/2007 Total Score: 3.8
ABR 2007. Smokey body with plenty of pork taste and a little malt Dark brown color. Thick mouth feel and plenty of roasted human, er, pork on the body.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, in a Big Ass Tripe Karmeliet glass, why the hell not...Black as it gets, with a roasty tanned head. Smoked malt from Bamberg in this, and it wafts out slyly, but confidently. There’s bacon down there, but I get salmon as well....mmm, smokey!
Taste: mmm, a beautiful mix of the roasted chocolate malts, the deep, dark fruits, like raisin and plum, but so smooth. The smoke aspect is just sliding along in the flavor, not a dominant aspect at all, but it hangs in there and never lets you forget it. The strength is sneaky, too, you don’t get hit on the head, but it creeps up on you, and invades your mind with stealth.
Delicious stuff, and so easy to drink, though you have to pace it...too strong for sessioning! But you want to, you really really want to!
Really magnificent! This needs to go in bombers and blow some minds out there!
badgerben (4535) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Dark brown color with no head. Moderately smoky aroma, along with vanilla and a bit of salt. Strong, Bamburg smoke flavor. A little oakiness. Big malt and chocolate flavors. There is a quality that’s kind of like a fresh piece of wintergreen gum. Not the flavor of wintergreen, but that "clean out your mouth" feeling. Very swell.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at official release at the Pig. Served to cold, no smoke aroma or taste. Once warmed for a bit, it was smokey sausage/bacon goodness! Very easy going down, not as much hops as you might expect from Surly, fairly balanced. Towards the end of the glass the smoke aroma and flavor really came out and was best. One of Surly’s finest.
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2007 Total Score: 4.1
Ummm, this smells lovely, smokey good. Very dark color with some good hop bite(who’d a thunk it?) I have only had a few other B.P and I enjoyed this better then the Gonzo, cause i like hops. Todd said he is going to put this in oak barrells before the offical release, so it will be fun to try it then and see what it does. Good stuff!
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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’.
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
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.