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RATINGS: 468   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
2009 Boulder Strong Ale Festival: Sweet and smoky nose. Big ham flavor. Perhaps some bacon, too. Soft and creamy mouthfeel, with a low carbonation level. Caramel and chocolaty malts. Light smoke and campfire in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Thanks once more to KenW (via another ratebeerian to whom my hat is also removed). This Surly pours like cola; smells like barbeque. This densely textured dark lager has well-integrated smoke, but it bites in the finish. Loses carbonation fast, a bit one dimensional and messy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2010
22oz bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a thin, off white head. Nose of light smoke, dopplebock fruitiness, toasted bread, malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, smokey, bacon, light coffee, brown sugar, burnt molasses. Medium bodied, smokey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
In short: A very sweet, moderately smoky and a bit woody Baltic Porter. Fun beer.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about 6 months after it was put into bottle. Sent to me by oakbluff. Thanks a lot Scott
The look: Black body topped by a short-lived beige head
In long: Nose is moderately smoky with notes of wood coal and some molasses. Taste is dark cake malts, molasses, black liquorice, vanilla extract, beach wood, some smoke, coffee filter, figs, kiwis (really!), too much residual sugars. A strong burnt brown sugar flavor from start to finish. A fun beer but after a full bottle the residual sugars were getting a bit too much for me. I was expecting more from this beer. I don’t know if this beer was a one-shot beer or a new regular beer. I don’t know what the state of affairs is. Probably Nevada because people have a lot of affairs in Las Vegas.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Nice beer but definitely not worth the $14.99 I paid for it. Absent the smoke effect, the beer itself is adequate as a schwarzbier, with a nice chocolate base, though it doesn’t come anywhere close to dopple in character. Most importantly, this isn’t an especially rich beer; color-wise it is not opaque, with a clear black-brown color. Now, the smoke here is what you’re buying, and it does have a smoked sausage character but it is still lower than the average in this style. The wax top is pretty but took a good bit of time to get off; if it would lower the price point I’d rather just have a foil top. Overall, this would be a good, worthy beer at $7.99, and I’d probably buy it for a party at $8.99.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor is light smokiness, espresso, vanilla, oak. Better than any other smoked I’ve tried to date.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Red-brown, thin beige head. Sweet aroma, raisin, thin smoke. Taste is just very, very sweet with a slight cover of smoke. This was the 2009 bottle, the 2010 bottle was very plastic-y. Generally a bit letdown on this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5257) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark and slightly murky looking dark brown body with a very minimal light brown head. The nose is pretty smoky, but there’s a fairly hefty amount of oxidation competing with it. Slightly sweet and roasty with some chocolate and burnt caramel. The flavor is being overtaken by the oxidation some, obscuring some of the smoke. A nice thick roasted malt middle that is, despite the oxidation, still pretty clean and shows good lagering skill. The body is fairly thick and heavy with a very odd feel to the carbonation. It’s really fine carbonation, yet quite fizzy, almost soda like. I think this bottle is a touch over the hill, it’s from the first (only?) batch. If you’re holding onto one of these, I’d recommend that you drink up soon.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bomber. Deep brown body with a light brown head. Smoky aroma with notes of roast, caramel, wood, chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Char and burnt wood taste in the finish with a hint of orange and cherry. Smoke, chocolate and roast tastes turn to sherry as the alcohol and oxidation hit the back of the tongue. A lot going on in this beer, but not all are pleasing. Thanks wnoble.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (3043) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2011
Shared bottle at the RBNAG-11 grand tasting. Clear, deep mahogany with a creamy, light brown film. Smoke, wood, candy and roasted notes fills the nose. Smoky, sweet, roasted and bitter flavors with a long smoky finish that leaves the tongue dry. Full bodied.


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