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RATINGS: 454   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
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’.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 on tap at maproom. pours dark brown with creamy tan head that didn’t quite last till i finished. aroma of dry bakers chocolate, dark fruits, and smoked notes. as it warmed the nose developed a nice dark chocolate and more complex smokey wood character. flavor of dark fruits, chocolate, peaty smoked character to it that also developed nicely as it warmed. i couldnt feel the alcohol at all. this drank really easy. i agree with the listing as this isn’t that smokey. i’d love to try this unsmoked though.3.9. 12/29/09, draft at maproom, 09 vintage, pours blk no head, nose of beachwood smoked with mild dark fruit and chocolate. Flavors are sweet raisins, chocolate, roast with smokey undertones. Heavy slick mouthfeel. Damn this would be killer if it wad thinner and less sweet. 3.5

11/4/2007, on tap at FoBAB V: pours black w/ off white head. nose is really smokey, oaky, and chocolaty. flavor is smokey, chcoolate, and dark fruits. nice flavor with an oaky finish. really great stuff. 4.0

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9457) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 GABF 2008 and again in bottle October 2010. Pours black with an average, frothy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, nutty), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of smoke and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Cask @ Darkness Day in my brand new Darkness tulip. I was told this was aged on in cedar barrels. Each of the beers served there came in 3 forms, tap, out of the bright tank, and cask. In hindsight I should have not tried a smoked, barrel aged, Baltic porter on cask, but either way here we go. I was watching the de-bunging of the cask and got one of the first pours. Its completely black, nothing but blackness. That includes any semblance of a head or lacing, again completely nothing after just a few seconds after the pour. Aroma is smoke (lightly sweet, lightly BBQ) which I like. Behind that is an oily astringent licorice, I don’t like that. Taste has more of that licorice astringency with the smoke on the back end. Mouthfeel is lightly oily and of course very undercarbonated. It seems where well structured I just needed to try it NOT on cask. I will definitely give this another go around if I come across it on tap. 7/4/7/3/14

Had this out of the bright tank at Darkness day, one year later. Was really hoping to love this but I was again disappointed, not a bad beer but nothing special. The smoke is there, its not really backed up with anything, just some watery dark malts and light licorice.

Re-rate out of the bottle, shared by Dansting. Same slightly disappointing beer, smoke, dark water malts, not backbone. 7/3/7/3/15

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1334) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one! A-pours a dark black liquid with a little tan colored head that is tight and creamy. S-the nose brings a ton of smokiness up front, lots of roasted and smokey malty goodness. notes of chocolate and anise. sweetness and hops in the back, plums, grassy hops. T-the taste is even smokier. lots of smoke dark malts, chocolate, anise behind. plums and raisins in the back with a light grassy hop presence. M-the feel is so smooth and creamy on the palate. the carb is light but enough to hold the body throughout. hint of crispness at the finish with just a touch of dry in the back. D-definitely a good bit of smoke with a good malty sweetness and nice hop presence in the finish. solid drink here with some nice maltiness going on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Nice big smoke nose and flavor. A little peppery hot and rough through the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2011
750ml bottle from a generous BA trader. Dark brown with a tiny head that quickly fades to nothing, big oily legs. Aroma is lots of smoke with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malts. Flavor is acidic smoke, lightly sweet chocolate malt and a noticeable alcohol heat. Medium to full body with very mild carbonation and thick, oily mouth feel. Good beer but suffers a bit from the low carbonation, still glad I got a chance to try this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7280) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle 750ml @ RBNAG-11
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, smoke, chocolate and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle shared by Rasmusott - been wanting to try this for quite a while, so it’s really cool to finally try it, although it did disappoint. Pours black with a red hue, not really head on this. Aroma is smokey, wood, dark berries, earthy mineral notes in the lines of the smokey component, blackberry jam, notes of pepper and cinnamon, liquorice, raisins and prunes. Rather nice aroma, although the smoke is a bit off with the earthy character. The taste resembles the smoke from the nose with these earthy mineral notes, which are kind of off. Chocolate notes, prunes, raisins, slightly woody, but nowhere near as complex as the aroma. The lager yeast makes the mouthfeel surprisingly light, and the carbonation is very mild, could use a bit more. Glad to have tried it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep garnet body, thin discontinuous beige head. Nose of smoke and caramel. Smoky body, like beef jerky or meat sticks, meaty and dry. Full-bodied with mostly subdued roasted notes occasionally nudging past the smoke.


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