beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a really dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of smoked malts, lots of smoked pork aromas like bacon, sausage and ham, some subtle oak, dark fruits, roasted malt, campfire notes, burnt wood and subtle vanilla. The flavor follows the nose with lots of smoke flavors of burnt wood, smoked pork, ham, sausage and bacon, roasted malt, dark fruits, roasted malt, oak and vanilla. The body is on the full side of medium with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a really tasty Smoked Baltic Porter! pras (602) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle at Savor. This was my first beer from this brewer. I really enjoyed it! Flavor has the smoke all over it, but it’s not overpowering. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced, would drink again if I can find it. HonusWagner (2226) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Really amazing stuff. Smoked meat but meshed well with rich dark fruity characteristics that keep things from being too Schlenkerla-esque. Much easier to drink than other smoked beers I’ve had, at least out of the ones that taste very smoky. Also has a really good, sticky mouthfeel. Veldy (76) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Most Baltic porters have a similar flavor, but Surly has managed a unique brew with this one. The addition of smoke fits in nicely; something I rarely like, but do in this beer. Tasty! Strong beer, so not a session ale. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2013
2012 Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black with ruby legs and a medium, foamy, tan head and some lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, raisins, plums, and some woody smokiness. Several layers of flavor noted: caramel malt with chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar; sweet dark fruit including plums, dates, figs, raisins, and berries; and some nice but not overpowering smokiness with oak and meatiness, almost bacon flavors. Medium body with good carbonation and some alcohol noticeable but fitting. Great brew all around.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Wonderful barrel-aged porter. Deep black pour with minimal froth. At first, there is a bourbony flavor, which goes downs bit hot. Afterwards, a really nice smokiness lingers that turns out to have been around the entire time. Aroma is a feint smokiness as well -- almost liquid smoke like. This is BBQ in a bottle!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Sikash (274) - North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2013
Poured from a bomber into tullip glass. Pours a dark dark brown color with a light tan head which leaves great lacing. Aroma is dry of chocolate, roasted malt, smoke. Flavor is a nice caramel, smoke, roasted malt and sweet. With a lingering sweet alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is above average. This is an absolutely delicious beer. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Smokey, Woody, Mild Bacon
T: Smokey, Woody, Bacon
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Smokey
Overall, this is a smokey beer and comes off exactly as that, not liquid smoke but more like a campfire. superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2015
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero estery yeast notes present. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome smoked Baltic porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. bnokk (545) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2016
APPEARANCE- black beauty. Light head, little lacing.
NOSE- great balance of smoke scent. You smell something, but are not sure what it is, then when you recognize it’s smoke, its very light and then there’s no question that it?s smoke.
FLAVOR- starts out lightly smoky, and builds as you continue to sip it, or as it warms up perhaps.
NOTES- definitely best smoke beer I?ve tried.