Smoke | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #2400, Yay! Sorry liver. At the time of this review, this is the #3 Baltic Porter, fitting that a landmark review is a top 5 beer for me. Served in a 2008 Darkness glass (thank you Lunch) because I don't have a Surly glass unfortunately other than this one.

Beer is black, thin lazy pointless head, tan bubbles, breaks immediately, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is smoky, peaty, a little malty. Sweet.

Sweet, smooth, mild smoke, a little dry, very nice. Maybe I'm warming to the whole smoke beer thing but this one is really nice. I like it. Great finish. I would have this again.

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Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 902 ratings.
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