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:
901
Reviews:
287
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
341
Gots:
285
For Trade:
17
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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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Photo of JeffSK
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of webmanspidey
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant mahogany under a 2” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Smells like a smoked pork chop with a light coffee rub. T: Rich Baltic Porter flavors with smoke throughout with caramel and toffee notes and hints of chocolate. The smoke muted the impact of the oak but there is slight vanilla and a mild mellowing. F: Very smooth and creamy, medium carbonation O: A nicely done smoked beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero estery yeast notes present. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome smoked Baltic porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep brown body, tan/grayish head. Kickass bottle art, good solid wax top.

S: Toasted malt/dark chocolate, good smoke, but as the namesake of the beer, I could use a lot more. A faint metallic aroma pops in, which I would consider a (tiny) flaw.

T: The taste is much improved from the nose, plenty of smoke throughout taking center stage, with all the caramel-dark chocolate-malt-husk flavors to support. No metallic flavor here, but an unexpected sweetly fruit-resembling flavor on the front, like plum/strawberry. Straight dark chocolate and smoke comprises the finish, with a good burn in the throat (either from the smoke or the alcohol, probably the former) to accompany it.

F: Light-medium body, not even moderately carbonated but not still either.

O: I was hoping all my clothing and the room I drank this in would smell like a campfire for a week after drinking this, but sadly, the smoke was really well balanced. This beer still blew me away with the range, clarity, and balance of all the flavors, the perfect not-too-heavy feel, and all-around enjoyability.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Will_Edgar
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 5EKF
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markcp
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Pours a rich black with an off-tan head. Fades to a thin layer of bubbles that linger on the top of the brew. Little lacing is present.

S: Roasted malts, oak, smoke, tobacco, molasses, and some dark fruit.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, oak, tobacco, plum, raisin, and then the smoke comes through without overpowering the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, thick on the back end with a slight pleasant burn.

O: A very well done smoked porter. Unlike a lot of smoked beers out there, the smoke actually takes somewhat of a backseat. Instead of overpowering it serves as the backbone of this brew. I tip my hat to Surly for this enjoyable brew.

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Photo of robgutie
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpwobbles
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I never had a beer that changes flavor profiles as quickly as this one. It is layered quite well, with the smoke not overpowering.

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Photo of B_G
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 901 ratings.
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