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Smoke - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 329
Gots: 227 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2007)
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Photo of reebtaerG
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft 4oz pour into snifter at churchkey on 5/8/14

A-Pours a dark brownish black with tan head.

S-Aromas of smoke, tobacco,and chocolate. Feels like you are at a campfire.

T-Tasting notes of smoke, roast, malts, tobacco, light chocolate.

M-Mouthfeel gives a medium-full body with a dry finish. Decent carbonation

O-Overall quite surprised loved the smoke aroma and flavor.

reebtaerG, May 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

spoonhawk, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

threedaggers, May 05, 2014
Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very well made smoked porter. The smell is simply wonderful; soaked hickory on your hot coals smell! Sort of makes me hungry when I get a whiff. The smell is appetizing, but the smoke flavor is subtle and in no way overpowers the porter, what I feel is a big danger in smoked beers.

A: A rich dark black with an initial tan head that foams down to a crisp thin line.

S: Like my grill when I throw a handful of soaked hickory chips on those hot coals with a splash of yeasty chocolate in the back of the sinus.

T: Very interesting progression of flavors; initial bitterness (interesting for a porter) but it quickly mellows into a more chocolate smoothness and finishes with a smoky after taste. Again, when you breath deeply from your glass there is such a rich smoky scent, but the flavor itself doesn't overshadow the rich flavors comprising the base of a very good porter. Well done Surly.

M: I personally like my porters a little more smooth, the carbonation was a little too in my face to make this aspect outstanding.

O: Great smoked porter. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the pleasure of smoke flavor in their food or drink. Quite enjoyable.

Carb-Overlord, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Captain_Chenko, May 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Paul68, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Holland, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

funkel81, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

sweemzander, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Ludy, Apr 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

SocalKicks, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jakea, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Keananmichael5, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

nibbish, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Chasmill70
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a- Thick, tan head persists well. Black color.

s - Smoke and dark fruit. Malty sweetness. Really nice aroma that starts by overpowering smoke but moves to the Baltic porter character.

t - Taste is similar to smell...on first sip I thought it was WAY too smoke forward. But each sip after seemed more and more balanced. The smoke perfectly compliments the dark fruit, roast, and malt.

m - The highlight of the beer. It's rich and velvety.

o - This is a darn good Raucbier! It really hides the 8% alcohol, which could be dangerous in a bomber. I'm glad I gave it a chance beyond the first sip...each sip has been better than the last!

Chasmill70, Apr 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

toolbrew, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Kurmaraja, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

greenspointexas, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Chuck_25, Apr 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

PeakedInHighSchool, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Beestin, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

beersdmf17, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

BMos, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Shandycan, Mar 28, 2014
Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.