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Smoke - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 327
Gots: 234 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

poured into a deschutes tulip

appearance: coal black pour with a thin chocolate head.

aroma: very light nose, was expecting more out of a smoked brew. get some hints of charred wood and a malty sweet undertone

palate: big body, flavor fills the mouth. i can hardly notice the 8%

taste: very robust and very good. i get the smoke flavor the most, then some hints of woody and nutty-ness as well as the chocolate/malty base.

overall: another great brew by surly. i can see why this one is less hyped than some others like abrasive because its just not quite a top tier beer, but who cares it still tastes great. could use some more smokey nose, but most important part is that this tastes great!

im looking forward to seeing how this ages over a year or two. a complex beer like this should change a lot!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2011 Surly 'Smoke' served on tap at the Red Stag Supper Club in Minneapolis for the 2011 Smoke release party. Served in a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and opaque brown, almost black, , with a two finger tan foam head. Fades slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Smoky and charred wood up front, with a slight malty sweetness underneath.

Taste: Like it smells, smoky and malty with a charred malt flavor. A nice full and sweet malt flavor mellows out all that smoke. Also a good burnt caramel and toffee flavor. Very little hops presence.

Mouth feel: Medium-full bodied and smooth, A slight charred bitterness on the tongue for the finish.

Overall: A good winter beer. If you like smoky beers with a big smoke flavor, this is the beer for you. A sipping beer for sure, but a ton of smoke and malt to bring big flavor with every sip. I appreciate this beer for what it is, and would drink it again if it was available and I was in the mood for a 'smoke'.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle that was impossibly waxed with gray wax into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Thanks to olympuszymurgus for the hookup.

A: Deep, dark brown color. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger light tan head that disappears to a thin ring and light coverage on the top of the beer. Lacing is consistent and lasts throughout the drink.

S: Subtly smokey with nice layers of toasted chocolate malts along with some hop bitterness that shines through in a sort of black IPA fashion that was definitely unexpected. Very slight presence of alcohol (perhaps a touch of bourbon or oak even).

T: Follows the nose pretty well but what I don't think I picked up in the nose that I'm picking up in the taste is a strong balance of flavors. They really are all mixing wonderfully together to create an almost black-ipa flavor that, to be honest, in a baltic porter is totally unexpected but extremely delicious.

M: Big bodied, lightly carbonated but in a really good way. Bitterness is mild, sticky sweet mouth coating is present but subdued. ABV burn is definitely in the belly and I feel nice and toasty warm but the burn doesn't hit until it gets past the mouth.

O: Man, this rounds out my Surly box from my Minnesota homeboy olympuszymurgus and there wasn't a mediocre bottle in the box. They were all extremely delicious and this one is no exception. I don't know if you are supposed to age a Baltic and I don't know what it drinks like fresh, but this is a wonderful beer with a year on it. Very smooth, very balanced, lots of flavors mixing in and blending nicely.

Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.