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Smoke - Surly Brewing Company

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280 Reviews
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Reviews: 280
Hads: 853
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.31%
Wants: 330
Gots: 281 | FT: 18
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2007

Ebony-hued, Smoke wafts out of the bottle and into your senses, borne on the wings of European traditions, wrapped in American innovation. Lager-brewed, like any true Baltic Porter, with smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany, the home of Rauchbiers, then mellowed by oak-aging. Black malt flavors mesh with notes of raisins, plums, figs and licorice with the subtle smoke on the side, for a complex and luxurious, yet silky smooth drinking experience. It's a sipper at Alc. 8.2% by VOL., but everyone knows you can't have Smoke without fire!
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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a signficant and controlled smokey taste, with the porter complexty behind it.Great smoked, although not as bold tasting a baltic porter as I would expect. The beer is really a cross between the two. Smoke aroma. (256 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shrek086 for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt and maybe some caramel and cocoa notes. Taste is of smoked malt up front with some dark fruits and cocoa powder on the finish. A smoky, roasted bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good smoked baltic porter from Surly. The smoke aroma is somewhat dominant but the smoke flavors compliment the other tastes in the beer very well. (702 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to chewy08rx for this bottle.

Pours a dark amber-brown with a nice off white head. The nose is really quite smoky, although it doesn't go so far that it's overpowering. A bit meat. Roasted malt and some dark fruits and chocolate underneath. Quite complex. Taste is a bit less so, as there is some general chocolate and roast below the heavy smoke character, but the smoke is definitely stealing the show. All the smoke and meaty flavors bring a nice mouthfeel, and this drinks quite well, especially comparing it against similar beers. (564 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with faint ruby highlights; the head fritters away like a soda leaving no trace

Smell: Smoked chocolate, licorice and dark fruit

Taste: Dark fruit, licorice and chocolate provide the initial elements, with the smoke and molasses aspects developing by mid-palate; rather fruity, after the swallow, though the smoke builds in intensity through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; low carbonation

Drinkability: For whatever reason, my bottle lacked carbonation; still a fine example of a creatively brewed beer by the folks at Surly (568 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you are like me, you're always a bit weary about the quality of the smoke content and its intensity. Well, my friends, this is one well put together Smoked Lager.

Painted deep and dark brown, the beer shows nearly complete opaqueness. A dainty lightly tanned head forms on the beer, settles to a sheet and holds firm. Slim on both lacing and legging.

Aromas, surprisingly are of toasted malts and chocolate. Aided just a bit by light coffee, nutty, and woodsy notes, the smoke settles right into the mix in a quite nonchalant kinda way.

Flavors are decidedly sweet and complexly malted. Toasty, bready notes remind me a bit of Dopplebocks. Caramels and kettle caramelization make the beer very rich and variant. The smoke flavor comes across more like a mild campfire flavor rather than the harsher Rauchbiers. Interestingly a fruity grape, plumb, and date flavor comes through but this might be because of the dark grains used as much as an ester character.

Malty and rich up front, the beer fades nicely into a smooth and velvety finish. Despite the 8.2%, the beer never gets dry, alcoholic, bitter, or fusal- a testement to the well lagered practice.

This is a much better beer for which I gave credit before tasting. It shows that a beer can display great smoke character without dominating the glass. Delicious!

Thanks tdg! (1,337 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was an extra from kbutler1. Thanks! Black with a light tan head that recedes to a full collar.

Smoke, dark malt and rubber aroma backed by a bit of chocolate and oak. Sweetness and smoke are pretty restrained. The rubbery character becomes more pronounced as the beer warms, which detracts from an otherwise nice smell.

Toasty dark malt, smoke, light roast and astringent rubber. Smoke is well integrated, present at a subtle level. Medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. Finishes with smoke, rubber, roasted malt. The body is spot on but the rubbery flavor is very detracting. (597 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12 oz. tulip.

Color was the darkest shade of brown, nearly black. A ring of crimson highlight was visible at the very edge, once the foam had settled. Tight, compact head of khaki foam that left spotty lacing.

Slight sweetness in the nose, some yeast esters producing a vague cloviness, without much smokiness.

Flavors of smoked malt, some chocolate, fairly subdued. It has a slight lactic feel to it, but not especially creamy, just enough to make it medium-bodied. Clean feeling with a residual taste of hop bitterness and char.

Overall good, easy to drink, could use more smoke aroma and flavor. (617 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"We cross our bridges when we come to them, and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered."

--Tom Stoppard

Awesome label. Ridiculously tenacious wax. Charred coffee bean brown with superslim edges of ruby and burnt orange. The khaki colored crown is fizzilicious and featureless, but still manages to hang around for minutes after the pour. The glass is spotless.

The amount of smoke in the nose is just right. It doesn't dominate to the extent that it covers up the base beer, nor is it shoved so far into the background that it's merely an afterthought. So far, slightly more rauchbier than Baltic porter.

Even though Surly Smoke has seen better (read: fresher) days, it's still a humdinger of a lager that explodes on the palate with each upending of the glass. If the body/mouthfeel didn't drag it down so much, the next highest taste score would have been a slam dunk. It's pretty easy to imagine what this beast would have been like right after the release.

The flavor profile is surprisingly black malty, like a smoke-saturated Imperial schwarzbier. Black licorice is prominent, along with high cacao dark chocolate, bitter black tea leaves and a few campfire's worth of sweet wood smoke. The boys at Surly don't do anything halfway.

Age has taken a massive bite out of the body, which is too damn bad. It has also played havoc with the carbonation, which is harsh and stinging early, then close to absent late, without passing through the proverbial sweet spot.

I'm glad to have had this opportunity to taste Smoke (thanks feloniousmonk), even if it's clearly not the beer that it once was. I would be even more glad to have the chance to taste it fresh and on-tap. Here's hoping that wish comes true sometime in the next several years. (1,852 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a three finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very smoky like a campfire. Couldn't smell much else, but that's fine the beer is named "Smoke".

T - It delivered smoky flavor but not nearly as strong as the aroma. It actually had some sweet chocolate flavors with some toffee, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - I'm amazed at how they made such a strong smoky aroma but a milder smoke taste. Delicious! (561 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptionally good beer that was on my elusive list of things to track down, I had all but given up hope when growler sales were stopped, but go figure the day they are someone offers me a trade! Hell yeah. 64oz growler at cellar temp, this one was poured into multiple pint glasses and consumed on 01.11.2009.

The pour was very big. Deep, Dark brown in color with no light coming through this one at all. A rich tan head of three inches came up over the top of the glass and took a few moments to settle down, meanwhile some very nice lacing was developing on the sides and the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was beautiful. Rich, dark fruit notes. Lots of prunes and plum smells coming off of this, with roasted malts, and a nice smoke smell. Not your huge campfire peat, this was massively complex with hints of bourbon like alcohol bouncing around in here as well. The flavor, well was outstanding. I really cannot explain how good this came off for the style. Rich roasted malts, hints of chocolate, dark fruits, hints of alcohol and a wonderful smoke flavor that came through perfectly in the finish. Smooth, mellow feel, with a nice full bodied and well carbonated texture. This was a big beer, there was no hiding that, however it was a superb sipper, just perfectly well balanced and enormously smooth, I sipped on this one all day long and loved every second of it.

Overall I cannot say enough good things about this one, it was one of the best Baltic Porters I have ever had and tasted more complex then just about anything else in the category. This is a must get that it looks like you will have to go to MN to go get now. (1,649 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Chris. But boo to Surly for making some of the most impenetrable wax I've ever come across.

A: The pour is pretty much black with a very small mocha colored head.

S: The roasted malts are really the first thing to hit me, but the smoke is not too far behind. There seems to be a bit of a lactose or vanilla thing going on, too. Some nice chocolate aroma is also present.

T: Lots and lots of roasted malts here. A good chocolate and coffee flavor along with just a bit of bitterness. The smoke is quite pronounced as you might expect.

M: The body is medium with quite a low level of carbonation.

D: Despite being pretty smokey, I actually thought this was good and had enough other flavors going on. (732 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a near black body with a bubbly, ecru head on top, though this dies out fairly quickly.

Smell: The aroma is smelling of moderately roasted grains, shaved chocolate, a teaspoon of ground coffee, and ripe dark fruits, though it's superseded by a scent of quality smoked meats.

Taste: Upfront roastiness with a marked sweetness, moreso than I'd expected. Additional toastiness. Handful of chocolate sprinkles tossed with a handful of Bacon Bits. Small splash of mild-mannered coffee. Fruit compote comprised of plums and Medjool dates. It's brimming with clean smokiness, though it's never overpowering or overbearing. Slight charred bitterness. Soft, smoke-accented finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This one was very easy to down. What else can you say? It's a good Baltic Porter brimming with smooth smokiness. (904 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very big ups to tdg for this mucho-anticipatado bottle!

The prospect of a smoked baltic porter --> I need new pants. Let's do this shit! It pours an opaque scorched brown with a small amount of tan foam on top. The nose comprises charcoal-smoked ham, roasted malts, molasses, and brown sugar. The salivation has begun in earnest. The taste holds notes of sweet syrup, molasses, brown sugar, spruce, and caramel up front, leading a healthy puff of light smoke. The flavors may not necessarily stand on an equal footing with the smell, but they do come very close. And, besides, it's still pretty damn tasty regardless. The body is a hefty medium, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a rich, oily feel (and I mean that in a good way). I am very pleased, indeed, to have been able to try this beast. Now I've gotta find a way to get more... (890 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet and smokey with some dark fruit notes. Nice combination of things going on here.

Taste: Smokey and sweet, but not over the top in either way. Doesn't seem too strong. Malty with some dark fruit. The finish is sweet and smokey, like the rest of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice beer. Not overly sweet or smokey, yet all the promised flavors were there. Very tasteful. (642 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THanks to ShogoKawada for cracking this one at the Central NE BA Meetup, '09 vintage.

Pours a light creamy but darker head that fades almost instantly, with a super dark almost pitch black complexion.

Nose is smoked malts, smoked meats and cheeses, tons of smoke, campfire like, but with all the smoke it's nice, not overboard, a bit of minerality and dark malts, some light crisp lager aromas under that.

Taste is creamy porter like to start, light and crisp though, some smoke, much less than the nose thankfully, smoked meats again, light campfire, woody esthers as well, chalky, some chewy malts, dark creamy malts, a bit of roast and minerality. Under that is a nice crisp lager like flavor too.

Mouth is medium to a bit heavier bodied, creamy, and lower but decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze effect, just a very slight hint of warming booze, smooth and creamy, a bit dry. (899 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked malts, chocolate, some dark fruit, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bitter-sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee that are quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character and a good amount of smokiness. There’s also some background flavor of dark fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is smoky and bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good smoked beer to drink for a long time. (919 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown glass bottle with silver wax over a standard pressure cap acquired in Minneapolis and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. 2012 vintage. Expectations are very high given the brewery. 8.2% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a baltic porter because the label identifies it as such.

Served cold – straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours an one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Smooth even consistency. Soft complexion. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 5+ minutes.

Body colour is an opaque dark solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for the style. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Heavy smoke character. Dark malts. Smoked malts. Caramel. Light ash. None of the smoked meat or pork notes of a rauchbier are here. Smoke is dominant, true to its epithet.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. No spice.

A pleasant if somewhat chaotic aroma of moderate to high strength.

T: Smoke is very well integrated into the dark malt base. The smoked malts really shine here. There's no harshness, but there is some ashen character. Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Caramel. Faint cocoa/chocolate. Nice complexity, but there's room for improvement. It's certainly well balanced; the smoke doesn't overwhelm the other notes, which is impressive and hard to accomplish. A nuanced build, but not an intricate one. It's quite cohesive, but not quite gestalt.

No hop character or yeast character comes through. Alcohol presence is quite timid.

It's one hell of a lager. Very approachable for a smokey beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit ashy/rough in brief patches. It has a light coarseness which helps coax out the smoke a bit more. Unrefreshing. Good presence on the palate. Quite approachable. Good body.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: A very drinkable brew for the high ABV. If you fancy you some smoke, this is a good brew to try. Surly continues to deliver quality beers. I could kill this bottle alone with ease. Very likable stuff. I'd definitely get it again. I'm not sure if the smoke faded with age, but there's plenty of smokey character here even after a year.

Low B+ (2,616 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet at Sheffield's on St. Patty's Day.

A - Half finger of mocha foam that dissipates and leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the edges. Pretty typical of a high-gravity porter.

S - Hickory, smoke, peat, oakiness, roasted malts, caramel, campfire, and a bit of nuttiness. Great example of the style - although I'm wondering why this is listed as a Baltic Porter and not a Smoked Beer, as it has a lot in common with the Smokestack Heritage Porter.

T - Much more wood and oakiness, and still plenty of smoke. Not nearly as sweet, with the caramel showing up right at the tip of the tongue. Tons of lingering wood flavor at the top of the palate. Not as nice tasting as it smells unfortunately.

M - Superb. Mild carbonation, with a nice little tingle that complements the smokiness. Medium body with great residual stickiness. Creamy and smooth to drink.

D - As far as smoked beers go this is pretty easy drinking. Well hidden ABV. The taste gets palate fatiguing after a while, and I can't imagine wanting more than a glass or two.

Another fine Surly brew. (1,125 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap, (at the Blue Nile) in a Big Ass Tripel Karmeliet glass, why the hell not...
Black as it gets, with a roasty tanned head. Looks absolutely perfect for the style.

Smoked malt from Bamberg in this, and it wafts out slyly, but confidently. There’s bacon down there, but I get salmon as well....mmm, smokey!

Taste: mmm, a beautiful mix of the roasted chocolate malts, the deep, dark fruits, like raisin and plum, but so smooth. The smoke aspect is just sliding along in the flavor, not a dominant aspect at all, but it hangs in there and never lets you forget it. The strength is sneaky, too, you don’t get hit on the head, but it creeps up on you, and invades your mind with stealth. Delicious stuff, and so easy to drink, though you have to pace it...too strong for sessioning! But you want to, you really really want to!

I have to wonder if other American brewed "Imperial Porters" are as faithful to the style and actually made as a lager, as Todd did here. How do you get this dark and this deep, with a lager? But it's a wise choice, as the flavor is there aplenty, and the mouthfeel is so smooth, so clean, so sumptuous, as well. This is one of my favorite styles, though the smoked porter variety isn't, exactly. So glad that the smoke is not intrusive, and merely in the end, a side characteristic, ...maybe the oak aging aided in the mellowing of the flavors? Whatever, it really came together in Smoke!

Really magnificent! This needs to go in bombers and blow some minds out there! Til that happens, I'm happy to drink it down on tap right here! Ahhh!!! (1,576 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/25/11 notes. Shared this with a few friends. Bottle from the original release, served in a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts.

t - Tastes of smoke, roasted malts, toasted malts, sweet chocolate, cream and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall this is a very good smoked Baltic Porter. I don't think smoked beers or Baltic Porters in general blow my mind, but this is a very good one. Great mouthfeel, and glad I have anough bottle of it. (664 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,698 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (973 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #2400, Yay! Sorry liver. At the time of this review, this is the #3 Baltic Porter, fitting that a landmark review is a top 5 beer for me. Served in a 2008 Darkness glass (thank you Lunch) because I don't have a Surly glass unfortunately other than this one.

Beer is black, thin lazy pointless head, tan bubbles, breaks immediately, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is smoky, peaty, a little malty. Sweet.

Sweet, smooth, mild smoke, a little dry, very nice. Maybe I'm warming to the whole smoke beer thing but this one is really nice. I like it. Great finish. I would have this again. (609 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, obviously.

Color is a dark, dark brown. Very close to black. Very dark, but if you look down the top of the beer it appears to be somewhat clear. Pours a slight tanned head.

Aroma: not that smokey but it's there. Caramel, chocolate, very malty. A little bit of booze as well. Not to bad for a smoked beer.

Taste: Ok, here is the smoke, but it works in this beer. It is blended very well and I like it. This is very malty. Some fresh hops, caramel, chocolate, and some booze as well.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. Full bodied. Very creamy. A lot of booze shines through. Leaves the slightest smokey and malty aftertaste.

Overall, I was a little worried that the smoke was going to be to much for me. But Surly really blended this well. Very drinkable to me, considering smokes aren't my favorite. If you get a chance, give this beer a try. (861 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mnbearsfan for this one! Been looking forward to trying it for a while.

A: Pours dark with a small bubbly head, decent retention eventually reducing to a ring of foamy bubbles on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Some chocolate and roasted malt, a nice amount of dark fruit - plum and some cherry. The smoky aroma is faint coming through as a hint of bacon.

T: A little bit of sweet roasty malt upfront mixed in some chocolate and a little bit of oak. Some more of the plum and raisins come out as it warms with a touch of licorice. The smoke is very complimentary, not overpowering at all like it is in many smoke beers.

M: A little bigger than medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Great level of smoke.

O: Very impressed. Very drinkable, no sign of the abv at all. Perfect level of smoke. (805 characters)

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Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.