WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Pours a ruby-hued Coca-Cola brown with great carbonation and a nice mocha colored head. Aroma is nutty and malty, with lots of roasted malt and coffee alongside some notes of chocolate and wood. Taste is medium-bodied and dry, with a taste of roasted malt and coffee (GOOD coffee, even!) giving way to a slightly sweeter finish with some additional chocolate notes. Nothing particularly complex, but just really well-executed. The high quality coffee they use shines through particularly well.
sebletitje (7263) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
copurtesy of markwise.
Pours black with beige head.
Aroma of roasted malts and coffee.
Taste is easy to drink, light and plenty of nice coffee as well as caramel. Overall palate is thin. Goes down easy.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from trade with valpodogs. Pours dark cola brown color with small khaki head. Nose is roasted coffee beans with some roasted malt present. Flavor is fizzy black coffee- none of the sweet qualities present in some other coffee beers. It is like an iced coffee with alcohol. Medium mouthfeel with bitter coffee from start to finish. Not bad, but not my favorite.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a small tan head that dissipates to a lacing. Aroma is dominated by coffee but there are hints of cocoa and caramel. A little watery but this is not met to be a big beer so it’s good for the style. Flavor is mostly coffee with maltiness in there. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, courtesy mgumby10. Pours a very dark brown color with a small, tan colored head that quickly fades a sudsy film. The aroma is nice and shows a good amount of roasted coffee blended with some nuts and caramel malt. A touch of creaminess balances things out. The flavor shows a good balance between the roasty coffee and the sweet caramel. Some cream and peanuts add to the flavor quite well. Medium bodied and very smooth, but could probably use a touch more body. Good carbonation and very easy drinking. This is a really nice brown ale. Glad I got to try this.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2010 Can, courtesy kiefdog I believe. Black pour, thin brown highlights, creamy hazy head. Nose is pure black coffee, some cinnamon and slight hazelnut. Nice, simple, and lovely. Flavor has lots of coffee roast, chocolate, some dry grainy malt. Dry, slick and tasty. One-dimensional overall, but it works, and it’s thoroughly drinkable.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from DazAle I think. Thanks! Smooth, easy to drink. No roastiness. Nice, fresh sessionable. Not sweet or dry. Great job Surly!
dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Nose is roasted coffee beans a some malt. HUGE coffee taste, with caramel, creamy malt, nuts. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, goes down nicely. Very tasty treat.
dchmela (2766) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can courtesy MGumby10. Pours slightly thin with a brown cola like look to it with a small tan head. Huge aromatic coffee aroma with touches of caramel, very nice. Slightly thin body and more coffee with touches of caramel and chocolate malt. Seems to have lost a little bit from aroma to flavor, but decent beer.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint can courtesy of cas. Pours a dark cola brown with reddish highlights and a one finger tan head. Aroma is strongly of roasted coffee and malt with lesser notes of honey, caramel, some chocolate and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is also strongly of coffee with less prominent notes of caramel, toffee, smoke, wood, roasted veggies. Generally medium to full body with a strong roasted coffee finish.