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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Deep smoky flavor. Meaty and mouthwatering. Strong flavor . Definitely a sipping beer. Nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilnatp (647) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Smells like a campfire and tastes like it too. Some smoked beef comes through as well. It is good, but would go great with smoked salmon or smoked cheese.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
750ml bottle shared at Hunahpu 2011. Great smoke aroma, none of the offshoot Bacon like taste. Plain and simple. One of the best classic smokes I’ve had. Absolutely mouthwatering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (638) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
@red cbc 2015 ham, medium smoke, wood, wonderful smoke taset, very balanced

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (635) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Sweet smokey aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. It has a very pronounced oak-smoked bitter taste with a slightly bitter/astringent finish. Flavors of chocolate, oak, smoke, dark malts, and hops. Very unique beer that is a good after dinner sipper. This pairs nicely while enjoying a smoke or for any sipping occasion. Bring a friend, this stuff packs a nice punch!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
This was a real treat to get on tap after getting 6 bottles of Darkness at D-day. If someone had said I would enjoy a beer that tastes like a campfire and charred meat, I would have smirked. But the dusty chocolate and roasted malts with almost a cookie like bite, somehow pulls this altogether. It is still impossible for me to say why a lingering palate of barbecue ribs in a beer could be so enjoyable, but I look forward to the next opportunity to find out.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Tap at Stubs. Very nice subtle smoke on the nose, but not as recognizable as the former Dahmer. Nice sweet bark roasted malt and a touch of that bacony smoky goodness. THe oak seems to have mellowed the smoke out a little bit, as this is slightly thinner and more subdued. A spectacular beer, but I prefer the original wersion from ABR.
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2007 Total Score: 4.1
Draft ABR 07. POurs a nice ruby tinged dark brown. Nice applewood bacon smokiness on the nose as well as a good dose of sweet almost ripe fruit like malty sweetness. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a good dose of the smoke coming out but pairing well with the chocolate, ripe fruit, and nutty sweetness from the malt. A very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
GABF ’08. Hi Hapjy. A beast of flavorful smoky balance. Badass nose...scarier than the flavor. I dig it...now to wash it down with some furious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours cola brown. Nice roasty aroma. Flavor is smoky goodness and charred meat. Well rounded and quite good.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2007
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!


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