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RATINGS: 521   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5330) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Sample from bottle. Dark brown pour, thin head. Smoke dominates this beer, campfire, burnt wood, bacon, background flavors of roasted malt, and dried fruit. An enjoyable smokey beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared with nebeergal on 19 Aug 2012. Got this bottle in a trade. Used a lager glass. Color was black with small brown head that faded quickly. Not much lace or retention. Nose is smoked ham and campfire. Taste is predominantly oak and smoke. With nice rounded semi-sweet malts of molasses, roasted malt and figs. Average carbonation with a light oily to sticky mouthfeel. The lager yeast helps the body not be so big, sticky and sweet. Overall; I never drink this style of beer, it just really isnít my thing. However, this was drinkable and didnít overwhelm me (too much). I was objective as much I possibly could be for a style I donít like.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9431) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 First rating
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session
Black color, brown head. Sweet, smoke scent. Sweet, smoke taste. Metallic aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
7/4/7/3/13=3.4

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Sampled draught at CBC, blue session, Saturday afternoon May 4, 2013.
Very dark brown to black color, brown head. Sweet, smoked scent. Malty, grainy, smoked taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
7/4/7/4/15=3.5

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
This one is a smoke bomb. Nice sweetness, but for my taste way too much smoke and really thick. Tastes like a campfire. Good in a small portion.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2014 ABV: 8.2%. StFun supplied from his cellar giveaway. Many thanks! Tried on my pre-birthday bash (..."a very merry unbirthday... to me? TO YOU!"). To snifter it pours a dark purplish brown with virtually zero head at all, just bubbles and a thin line of foam is the only thing which seems to stop someone from asking if this is indeed a beer. Has some decent lace, however. Aromas of fudge, caramelized raisins, brown sugar, peanut brittle, and a faint yet unmistakeable ash characteristic. Canít smell too much oak, however. Tastes bittersweet and earthy with notes of grape skins, liquid coffee, black olives, American yeast, smoke and stale Pepsi. Licorice, hops, and soil by swallow. Very thin but slushes around nicely in your mouth. Interesting. Not the best Iíve had from Surly. I had such high hopes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (6150) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen

Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of wood, oak, ash, mild smoke and roastiness. Taste is sweet, syrupy and woody with some oak, vanilla and smoke. Finish is sweet, stuffy and mildly smoky with some woody syrupy notes. Okay a bit unbalanced

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of smoked wood, grass and malts. Flavour of smoked malts, tart-ish wooden notes, mild bitterness and cream. Medium bodied and a bone dry mouthfeel. Dry, malty, toasted finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Well balanced smoke but not a huge amount of body here. Pours black with good head and lacing with small mocha tint. A little burnt on the initial taste. Chocolate, finishes bitter. Tap takeover at Churchkey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2014
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are salt, smoke, liquorice, and roasted malt - with a slightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Thanks to largadeer for opening this at the post-post-RS party tasting. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours black with a very tiny mocha colored head leaving no lacing at all down the glass.

S - Good amount of roasted malts up front but the smoke is not far behind. Some nice chocolate and vanilla sweetness comes thru as the smokey darkness begins to let up. Just o.k. really.

T - Plenty of dark roasted malts in this one. A nice mix of chocolate and coffee flavors starts to break thru once the smokey malt dies down a bit. The smoke is quite pronounced as you might expect and never really leaves the party. Not too bad but nothing mind blowing here.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavors with moderately low carbonation. A bit light in the feel with tons of lingering smokey dark roast in the finish.

D - Decent stuff. I enjoy porters quite a bit but this one was just too smokey to really enjoy. I could drink one of these but that is about it.


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