beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served very cold in a tulip-like goblet at Muddy Pig: Plain glossy black. No head was present when served on any of my orders? Iím sure, perhaps at point of pour there may have been, but I saw none. A glare of oily residue coats the glass while flecks and specks of lace frantically stick about the surface.
Heavy, dark, aroma of deep dark fruity tanged fig, raisin, with a nice rounded black malt sweetness. Crisp and fresh smelling at first wiff. Only slight smoked ascents at first but it grows with a delicate and gradual nudge as it warms. Creating more smoked bacon tendencies as it goes as does a bit more roasted deepness.
Wonderfully broad deep flavors. Clean, invitingly deep, lasting flavors of all sorts of malts with caramel smoothness, black malt sweetness, roasted malt dryness, and smoked malt tangyness. Mildly figgy and raisin paste make for a nice quick tang of a dark fruity nature upfront. The smoked meat flavors are a near perfect match as it is never overpowering in any fashion. Its just a mild yet fulfillingly rich and well blended tone all across the palate. Notes of burnt rubarb pie, black cracked pepper, cocoa, and vanilla create nice little additional things among the smokey realm of its character. Lots of subtle layers and melding flavors in this one. A smoked crockpot of malts if you will. Nice!
Body is smooth, clean, and partially silky with a well handled tang of dark fruit and smoke. Tends to get slippery real quick as its medium body isnít a thick monster of malt. Its quite casual and leads you easily into a lull of drinkin ease and great flavors.
The drinkability is outstanding! Ahhh, but here is where I think that term "Smoke" came from other then the obvious use of smoked malts. As its the ABV that renders itself like smoke from a fire smoldering in your head. It builds slowly at first, filling your head gradually with smoke, eventually, and before you know it your head is a blaze of swimming glee from the ABV. Wow, one sneaky fuckin beer! Watch out for this one, be sure to drink water to help slow the smoke. Whew...
NachlamSie (2944) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big wax sealed bottle of the 2015 vintage gifted to me by some awesome peeps. I have been trying to get my hands on this one for years and years. I wasnít sure what to expect and Iím glad I got to drink down this bad boy. The pour is very dark with little ruby highlights and a long lasting khaki head. I wish there were more smoke in the aroma. The most prominent word on the label is "smoke" in all caps, so my expectations are for a heartily smoky beer. There are pleasant hints of dark fruits, chocolate, wood and far away cigars. The palate is robust, but not that huge considering the abv. Malty flavors dominate with timid fruity suggestions coming through. I donít get a ton of oak, but itís there. The chocolatey malt profile melds nicely with smoky undertones. Personal tastes in beer are obviously widely subjective and varied. I enjoyed this beer a lot and itís clearly well crafted. That being said, if I were in charge at Surly I wouldnít even put smoke on the label. I still like it though.
Nero55 (865) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, vanilla, dark fruits, and chocolate. Medium body, chocolate, strong malt presence, dark fruits, and nice smoke undertones. A very nicely done smoked beer.
Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG í15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15.
Black with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is smoked malt, biscuit, toffee, light charr.
Taste comprises light cocoa, smoke a little more intense than on the nose, smoked meat, spice, nutty.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid smoked number.
stouby (4041) - Holbśk, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBC 2015. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, smoke, dark fruits, caramel, coffee, chocolate, licorice with woody and vanilla notes). Flavor medium sweet and bitter. Medium to full body.
VastActiv (3868) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150502. Colour is black with brownish small head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, some coffee and roasted malts.
vjohans (421) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@red cbc 2015
ham, medium smoke, wood, wonderful smoke taset, very balanced
brnandersen (2452) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at CBC 2015. Dark brown colour with a dense, tanned head. Roasted aroma with smoke, fruits, caramel, coffee and herbal hops. Taste is lightly bitter. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Finishes dry and roasted with smoky impressions. Lovely Smoker.
rouhlas (999) - GREECE - MAY 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015, Red session. Dark brown color with light beige head. Roasted malty aroma, caramel, light chocolate, smoked. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with coffee addition. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
Getbetter (962) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle into a glass. The pour is a dark ruby red with no head. The body is thin body with a raisins,bacon,slight salty taste. Itís good.
malrubius (2071) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark dark brown with lasting tan head. Smokey woody leafy bready chocolate boozy vanilla aroma. Very sweet chocolate vanilla woody plummy booze with woody ashy smokey boozy finish. Full body rich creamy. Way too sweet for my tastes. I love smoked beers but I do not like Baltic porters (in general). Bad combo for me. Still, a good beer, but I was hoping for a new fave.