Smoke | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
900
Reviews:
287
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
340
Gots:
285
For Trade:
17
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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this beer is big boy, so much better than the mole version, its not even comparable. they really blew it on that one, had no idea the base beer was such a gem. intensely dark brown and dense, more porter than brown ale, which i expected it to be. lasting darker tan head too, real nice in the glass. the nose is campfire all the way, intense german type smoked malts, almost makes me cough. woody and deep, i smell the oak too, but this has a downright barbecue thing going on, meaty and huge with the bitterness of the dark grain there too. the smoke is intense in the flavor too, almost acrid for a moment, like im in a burning building. an old wooden building though, nothing chemical, electrical, or synthetic about it, just intense. the dark malt is big enough to give it some depth, but the fact this is a lager is not readily apparent to me. its long finishing and not overly smooth. i think the oak ageing makes it. i dont taste the wood like i smelled it so much, but i feel how its rounded this out some, really dont get much of the booze coming through at all. bold beer, definitely for the rauchheads out there. certainly not for everyone, but i really dug it, especially as it warmed up.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kez
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely recommend aging this beer. Currently drinking the 2014 vintage after aging for a year. Much more smooth and mellow than a bottle I drank too early 2 years ago, which was too bitter at the time. Pours deep and dark. Rich smooth malty on the tongue, with a mellow campfire flavor that sits in the back of the mouth. Sit back a savor this complex and satisfying beer!

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Photo of SixPack6
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris912
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Josholson666
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MartyIU13
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fishermanrobb
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wer34truh
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pablobomb
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eric_H
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours brownish black with a small but resilient head. The aromas of hickory smoke, figs, and prunes waft slowly off the beer. The flavor leads with a faint chocolate taste, followed by a fair amount of smoke - though not deep, rich smoke, more a faint, whispy, end of a campfire smoke - and hints of fig other dried fruit. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Maybe it is not my style, but I cannot shake the feeling that this beer lacks in richnes - the smoke feels thin, the texture is thin, the non-smoke flavors seem muted. It is a decent beer, but not my favorite.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The ale was brownish black in appearance with a dark mocha colored head. Little in the way of inconsistencies could be detected in the body.

Smell – Smoked meat was the dominant note. I think it leans a little toward bacon.

Taste – I could only think of liquid smoked meats. The smoke is well balanced in this porter, and does not overwhelm. There was noted or burnt sugar and perhaps a little coffee as well. The smoke lingers in the finish with a certain sweetness.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is almost stout-like, but certainly does not reach motor oil quality. It leaves a nice impression.

Overall – Surly hits a homerun here. This is one of my favorite smoke beers.

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Photo of CJCouillard
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maedhros09
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: nearly opaque black with a finger or two of dense tan head and great lacing
Smell: roasty, smoky
Taste: Pretty sweet molasses maltiness, roasty with a pleasant campfire smokey finish and little bitterness. Alcohol definitely comes through.
Feel: Full bodied and thick, nicely smooth carbonation.

Overall: A densely flavorful baltic porter - drinks a lot like an imperial stout with a bit of smoke, which is nicely balanced with the other flavors. A bit on the sweet side, perhaps, but very enjoyable overall.

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Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 900 ratings.
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