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RATINGS: 458   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Definately one of the better Scotch ales I’ve had. Heavier than most, the name hits your first smell right on the head, which by the way is a mild medium tan. Taste a roasted nutty grain that sat downwind from a campfire. The smoke taste is good, certainly not too overpowering, which can be the weakness of some Scotch-ale types.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
First sip had me slightly taken aback, halfway through I was really starting to love this beer, last sip had me ordering another. One of the most unique beers I’ve had, has very complex notes of flavor that all shine in thier own way. Recommend trying this one if you have an open mind and can appreciate the oddity that makes it special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ricoslim (116) - - JUL 5, 2014
Had thanks to my boy Weasel. Nice dark thick color. Aroma and taste dominated of smokey bbq tones. If you like smokey beers I recommend giving it a try. Best way to describe this is drinking a nice rub off a rack of ribs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
This is the most delicious smoked beer I’ve ever had. The aroma as well as the flavor are nice and smokey. Thick foam head that lasts. This is a well balanced smoked lager with a bold smoked flavor, yet balanced with a tasty sweet finish. Give it a try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Had this on-tap at Brasa release party <2009> Appearance: no head, very little carbonation, Jet Black. Where’s the head? Smell: a little sweet with a touch of smoke not much else there. Taste: very little coffe flavor in this, a bit of sweetness, not much hoppiness. Just a touch of smoke mingled in. just a touch of oakiness/wood Not as much too this as I expected. kind of like a basic porter with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel: slick, not chewy, not oily. Drinkability: this stuff goes down nice, I think that was the best part about this beer. I could drink a lot of it pretty easily. It paired nicely with the food at Brasa’s. Final thoughts: not smokey enough. there was almost no smoke at all. the beer is called smoke.

   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2010
This beer is really what it says it is... crack the top and you’re drinking a mesquite BBQ pit. Not the absolute best beer in the world, but I give props for a beer being what it is supposed to be, and doing it well. I will most definitely buy again, its unique flavor is unmatched even if it is just that.. unique. Awesome logo too.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2012
A. This bear pours a beautiful pitch black color, with a light caramel head about 1 finger thick. It faded to a nice thin ring, with a little lily pad making it’s way around the center. S. Smells of light caramel, strong bacon and of course, smoke. The bacon smell is really dominate. Almost the same as when you first set a piece into a hot pan. I can almost hear the crackle when I smell this beer :) S. A noticeable hickory comes out first, that holds through even after your done drinking. A a smoked, almost burnt toffee taste comes through extremely smoothly. It isn’t at all overbearing. The malts are noticeable, but not a dominate trait. M. Very smooth flavor, that is not at all hard to drink. The flavor is thick and bold, but it still feels light on the tongue. Just a hint of dryness on the finish. O. Overall this is a complex beer, that is extremely smooth and very easy to drink. I could see spending many hours at a bar not trying anything else if this was on-tap. It delivers everything you expect from Surly. Unlike a lot of their beers that tend to take a style to it’s extreme, I think this hits spot on for what I would expect to see in a quality baltic porter. This is by far one of the top beers I have ever had! It is amazingly smooth and easy to drink. The flavors are bold, but also complex. It’s not a one sided smoke flavor like often what happens with Porters. The tastes changes and matures in your mouth. I look forward to having this beer again and again.

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