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Smoke - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 268
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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smelling of moderately roasted grains, shaved chocolate, a teaspoon of ground coffee, and ripe dark fruits, though it's superseded by a scent of quality smoked meats.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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola, almost black color. Minimal head with a persistent surface coating.

Light smoked malt, black licorice, cocoa, sugar plum aromas.

The sweet and smoke meld well. Cocoa and black licorice play with earthy tobacco and dark fruit.

Phenomenal mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy, mild carbonation. Soft.

A great smoked beer. The smoke doesn't dominate and gives all the other layers a chance to shine.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter at the Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN.

A-Arrived a sphere of blackness in a snifter, topped with 1 cm brown head which promptly reduced a ring around the edge. The beer was beautiful, black and opaque, allowing nothing through. As the snifter was emptied, I could detect the slightest ruby-brown highlights on the edges.

S-Hearty, heavy roasted malts, matched with a strong smokiness. Some esters trying to poke their character through.

T-A definite smokey character emerges on the first sip and lingers into the aftertaste. Heavy on the roasted and toasted malts, but avoids a rough astringency. Hearty and warming flavors, no alcoholic harshness. The bitterness is just enough to keep some of the malts in check. An enjoyable smokiness lingers on my palate for quite a bit.

M-Medium carbonation, moderate body. This beer has some weight behind it, but also has an almost refreshing light character. Silky with just a hint of roughness.

D-I like this beer. It's tasty, with it's namesake smokey flavor prominent, but not near overpowering the balance of the flavor. It's an enjoyable brew, hearty and great to enjoy while watching the wind blow outside. Complex in flavor, enjoyable to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at The Map Room.

Dark, dark brown in color -- nearly black but not quite -- with a thin brown head. Aroma is almost all smoke, with some bitter chocolate and espresso notes.

The taste follows the nose, with a lot of smoke (but not too much) accented with dark chocolate and espresso touches. Nicely drinkable and creamy in the mouth.

Very good quaff.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz, received from MPLS. Muchas Gracias.
A rather dark nearly black pour with brown and burghundy around the edges. Almost no head, just some tan bubbles.

Aroma has a nice roast malt with dark chocolate tone to it. Some charcoal, oak, smokiness, peat and hint of dark red or blackberry like fruit.

Taste is what one would expect and very good. The "smoke" accent on the porter is just right, not over powering and not meaty like some traditional smoke lagers can be. A nice blend of roast malt, peat, oak and some dark vinuous fruit just peaks around.

The lack of head did not mean there was no carbonation. Very lively bubbles keep this just lively enough above creamy. Pretty solid medium body. It is a bit more warming that I would expect, with a lower high abv of 8.2. Still there was not problem putting this down, just warmed the throat and that worked its way down.

Certainly above average and worth seeking out. I'm sure this would be outstanding to age, unfortunately I have no more.

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Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.