RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 12/20
tastybeer (1853) - 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 Ive tried to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1850) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Tasted on 6/8/2012 at SAVOR 2012. Pours a dark black, aroma is a lot of smoke yet taste isnt as aggressive. Didnt realize it was 9.5%, felt that with the taste and light-medium body I could have this for awhile. Really enjoyed it. My first Minnesota beer and rating!...of course, Coffee Bender was enjoyed 5 minutes later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llkc (1830) - rhus, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
fra fad duft: rget chokolade kaffe mrk ristet malt. smag: rget rosin dadler svesker tobak ristet lidt chokolade dyb og fylding

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with no head.

Aroma: Hickory smoked ham.

Taste: Super smokey malt. Toast. Slight sour twang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation.

Overall: An amazing, smoky treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
Black body with not much head.Oak,chocolate,marsh mellows,and a small hop finish is what i pick up in the nose.In the flavor i grab smoke,oak,and hops.Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Appearance: pours like liquid peat and smoke under a creamy head. Fades into a lacey collar bordering a broken khaki film. Swirls bubbly.
Nose: smoke and bacon and smoke and bacon, ohmy! Smoldering fireplace, logs crackling and cracking and sparking in the back. Also in the back cacao beans and espresso chocolate cake. Black bread and esters of horse blankets and leather. Smoked salmon?
Palate: mouthfeel is rich, creamy, smooth, bready, and cakey. Smoke is subtle and pervasive but never overwhelming. Dry finish of firewood. Smoked salmon and bacon, smoked prunes and dates, and smoke in the breath. Chocolate black cake. Peat. Dark stone fruits in the back of each and every swallow meaty, dense, and rich. Burnt caramel. Horse and horse blankets underneath with tannin inclinations. Slowly grows more parching in the finish. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: good beer does come in a can. Oskar Blues started it and Surly continues the honorable trend of canned craft beer. The only thing that would make me happier than a can of Surly in my glass would be Surly in my glass in Florida. Surly Smoke turns its nose at the can for this particular beer though, choosing instead the waxed confines of a glass 750ml bomber. Either way, yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1772) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Tap at the Blue Nile. Burly black with a skirting skin of off white. Aroma is unusual but not off the map; notes of blueberry and cinnamon accent the body of roast beef and au jus with a light hint of heat. The smoke is subtle and polished, and stays for the most part in that arena of rich beef rather than straying into maple bacon and hickory territory. Flavors has a lot of cold fruitiness and rich sweetness, like caramelized pears and sugar dipped figs let to roast over a bonfire; belgian chocolate in large quantities with fudge, graham crackers, and tart red berries. Light tones of sweet bourbon and vanilla type of spirited heat, soft and complementing. Palate is juicy, dense, and full; finish tends toward a wet, dessert wine type of fruitiness and extends itself lazily. Certainly a Baltic first, and a smoked second, this is a great example of a warming dark ale that effortlessly skirts the frustrating imperial stout-isms of overstretched hops, sugars, and alcohol, while still providing that contemplative strength needed in the dead of winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle from CLevar. The color is dark; looks just about black to me. A vigorous pour produces a one finger tan head that fades to a thin layer. The aroma shows a smoke character for sure but its not massive. Toasted grains and bittersweet chocolate join in. The flavor, once again, is smokey but not over the top. For me, thats probably a good thing. This tastes like the char remains that are scraped off the grill along with chocolate, vanilla, and a little dark fruit. Underneath the smoke, the body is slicker and creamier than expected. Again, thats a good thing as the smoke isnt completely dominant. Its just not too ashy, bitter, or gritty as I sort of feared it might be. Id be curious to know what "smoke heads" or anyone with more experience with this style than me thought of this and the level of the smoke character. In the end, this is a good smoked Baltic Porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
POurs dark brown. Nose is heavy smoke, bacon, roasted grain, burnt coffee. Flavor is rich smoke, flavorful as all hell. Most smoke beers are over the top rauch malt, but this absolutely beautiful.

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