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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1243) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2012
22oz bottle from Haskell’s Minneapolis. Pours a deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, smokey, bacon. Medium on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, smokey, ashy, tobacco, with a bitter, smokey finish. This beer is more smokey that a lot of other smoked porters. On the edge of overwhelming, but not quite. Much like the rest of Surly’s line.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1236) - Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Dark brown creamy head, lace. Milk chocolate, anise, dark fruit, smoke, toasted marshmallo, cherry chocolate. Same in taste but bigger than aroma, stronger toasted marshmello and smoke character. Balanced bitter sweet, a bit boozy, maybe big on anise too. 8.5% I believe. Full body, drinks kindof light and foamy despite some booziness, not that rich malty for its abv, but dry foamy. Oak, woody. Pretty good. Overpriced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1217) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle from Chase! Pours a thin black with low head. Aroma is roasted malt with smokey oak. Taste is bitter roast with a salty ham finish, nice, but im not a big smoke guy

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1211) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
pitch black with a mild tan head. thick moutfeel and low carbontion. smokey nose, flavor of initial dark malts with a large smokeiness coming through followed by some chocolate notes. tough to drink due to smokiness but a great complex flavor

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Hand bottle. Pours a stills viscous chocolate black. Vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and a touch of cherry pit all wrapped up in a light smokiness. Nice slick and creamy mouth feel. The base Baltic is solid with nice light chocolate and vanilla notes along with some toasted coconut. I do pick up subtle notes from the barrel and a touch of roastiness. Enjoyable, but I would totally welcome some more some flavor. I will try and get a bottle when it is released and may revisit then. Thanks Josh!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 16, 2007
On tap at brewery. Aroma: Strong smoked ham, a bit of fruitiness. Taste: pretty strong of smoked ham, dark dried fruits. Nice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1162) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2012 bottle based on the stamp in the wax; 8.2% ABV. Some rust along cap, but there was a hiss when it opened. Aroma has a moderate smoke character, but ii is not completely overwhelming. Light chocolate character is noticeable with some faint dark fruit character. Pours dark brown, almost black but not quite completely opaque along the edges. Fairly large, moderately thick, light mocha head that exhibits pretty good retention. Light lacing and fairly small legs. Flavor has a nice sweetness that goes well with the moderate chocolate notes that are upfront. Light roast mid palate helps welcome in a medium light smoke character that lingers a bit in the finish with some dark chocolate. Light dark fruit notes of plum, prune and fig along with some faint dark caramel and toffee notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and has a nice silky, creaminess to it. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a very nice smoked beer that has aged surprisingly well. The smoke character doesn’t overwhelm the underlying beer so the rich chocolate notes, dark fruit and caramel have a chance to show through.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1152) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
Pours black with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are salt, smoke, liquorice, and roasted malt - with a slightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1134) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Black with a thin ring of brown head. Aroma of bacon-like smokiness. Strong, malty, molasses-like taste. Smoke doesn’t dominate but fills in around the edges. Sweet and sugary to some extent. Undercurrent of blackcurrant fruitiness. Certainly one of the better smoked beers I’ve had.


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