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RATINGS: 470   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vandc01 (158) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2015
Poured in tap at surly brew pub Very complex and interesting beer. Definitely hints of smoke and a great lingering aftertaste wanting you to take another sip. Iíve been hesitant about buying the bottle, but this is another solid surly beer

4
   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 Iíve 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.

3.8
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - 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 Iíve 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.

4.1
   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 didnít get all that much of the oak, but I havenít had the original to make a valid comparison.

3.8
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VeinAle (110) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Smokey and delicious, coffee and molasses notes, hints of biscuit and light grain. Worth having!

5
   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 Iíve 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!

3.8
   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. Whereís 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 Brasaís. Final thoughts: not smokey enough. there was almost no smoke at all. the beer is called smoke.

4.1
   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 Busterís 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!


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