Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Baltic Porter
Ranked #58
Ranked #7,052
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
Mar 28, 2021
Dec 05, 2007
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.23 by mltobin from Connecticut

Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV was 8.2%. Black colour, moderate beige head. Smoky aroma, notes of tar and bonfires at the seaside. Smoky flavour, notes of smoked meat and roasted malts.
Mar 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml silver wax top bottle poured into a goblet
2015 Vintage

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger khaki colored head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- a nice array of smoked malts, similar to a rauchbier, gives notes of campfire, smoked pork & black licorice. Undertones of figs & chocolate

T- sweet chocolate and figs up front are quickly followed by a waft of smoke, adding flavors of smoked barley, smoked pork and black licorice. The finish gives notes of raisins, molasses and brown sugar, more smoke sticks around long after the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- well balanced with just enough smoke to compliment the dark chocolate and dark fruit notes of the beer
Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 06, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by tylerstravis from Colorado

Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Oct 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Oct 30, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Sep 05, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by npachl from Wisconsin

Jul 14, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by CCutch from Minnesota

Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

May 07, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 05, 2017
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L- ours black with a lightrr, lan head that dissapates quickly.
S- smokey malts, black ucorice.
T- Smokey black ale taste in which smoke lingers. Slight meat taat in which oak presence smoorhs all.
F- nice warming especially from smokiness lingering.
May 03, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 2.71 by mkhartnett from Minnesota

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by KevinBreheny from Illinois

Jan 20, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Nov 19, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Eziel from Ohio

Nov 10, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Nov 06, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Sep 22, 2016
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Charcoal black appearance with a tan head. Indeed plenty of smoke fillings the nose with campfire and general roasted tones with licorice, bitter dark chocolate and earth supporting. Taste is overwhelming with the wood and more so smoke, baltic porter influences get covered up for the most part minus the roasted malts and leather. Feel is smoky but crisp and thin for style, want more balance here too. Good for a smoke kick but not much else
Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 4.8 by briguy93 from Minnesota

Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 4.47 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois

Sep 02, 2016
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Served in a pint glass from the tap here at Surly Brewery.

Appearance: Thin black body coming off with medium bubbles. Head is tan roughly half a finger's length. Looks pretty descent.

Smell: Light smoked meat. You smell malts.

Taste: This brew will twist your palates, bacon and malts with light sweet notes.

Mouth: Sticky brew which overpowers almost anything you're eating. I have a side of beef brisket and still feel the beer.

Overall: Definitely a must grab for any advocate. Had the luxury of having this on tap and easily one of the better porters. Salud!
Aug 22, 2016
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by djkrause from Georgia

Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Peepskp from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had this at the Surly beer hall. Excellent balanced nose of campfire and sweet malt. Well balanced for a smoked since some can be overpowering. I really enjoy the raisin sweetness they introduced, it plays well off the subtle but present smoke. I'd have this again.
May 18, 2016
Rated: 3.41 by todfug from Minnesota

May 09, 2016
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Reviewed by tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown, almost black, pour. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention and lacing.

Rich Rauchbier style nose that is world class. Bacon cooking over a campfire aroma with emphasis on the wood smoke. Subtle notes of roast, molasses and dark fruit lurk underneath. As it warms, a light licorice note mingles with the campfire.

Medium body that is smooth in texture and has nice creamy aspects in the finish. Superb carbonation that has an effervescent tingle in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class, rich in complexity and extremely well balanced. This balance is exemplified by smoke not dominating the palate as was the case in the nose. Rising to balance, is a rich sweet base that is heavy caramel with very subtle hints of bakers chocolate. The middle hints at bitterness, but serves as the smoke / caramel battleground. As the middle fades, plum, fig and raisin flavors separate. The finish is preceded by a light licorice note just before the aged oak aspect arrives. The finish is a slow fade of smoke, caramel, oak, and a hint of alcohol that delivers a drying finish with a hint of heat.
Apr 06, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by mbmiche from Illinois

Mar 18, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by chip26 from Illinois

Mar 14, 2016
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Rated by zapjones from Florida

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bacon bacon bacon!!!!!!
Mar 10, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 3.34 by B-Town from Minnesota

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by tribeerguy70_3 from New Jersey

Jan 22, 2016
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