ljthiessen (1126) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Acadia, Minneapolis. Really liked this one, just the right amount of chili and really tasty chocolate and vanilla to round things out. Hard to compare against the original, but definitely one to try if you like Surly Smoke.
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with faint khaki head that is wispy and leaves a tiny ring. Aroma is peat smoke and that’s it. Taste is awesome peat/smoke upfront then the spice kicks in, and it is nice! Following the spice chocolate malt is present with more spice overtaking. Very nice!
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, ominous with gentle brown ruby glow on the bottom. Caley brownish head, decent layer. Aromas are peppery, meaty, Carmel used and roasty. Initial is firm in body, smokey and full. Biscuit, caramel and cocoa. A but of warmth, toast and toffee with earth. Backend shows some peppery kick, chile’s and smoke. Peppery life grows, a bit slower due to that firmer body. Milk chocolate, caramel, some gentle bitterness and oak meet smokey life, red fruit and campfire meats. Smokey wood, faint ash. Pepper offers something come tell different into finish. Pepper grows stronger. Firm heat coats, toasty and sweet, earthy and smokey. Some caramel, cocoa and roast taper out trying to speak up past the heat. While the smoke fades back, the pepper holds up here. Earthy, spicy, potent but not overwhelming. Nice. Gorgeous pour, sufficient nose, fuller body and a spicy heat that take firm shape
Bacterial (2827) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a slight off white head. Malty and slightly spiced and smokey nose. Nice chili spiciness to the taste, hot but not palate wrecking. Would like to pair this with some of the BBQ offered at Surly for sure.
Atom (2157) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On at at surly pours a dark brown/black with a large tan head. Aroma of heavy meaty smoke, roasted malt, cacoa, and peppers. Tastes similar to aroma with touches of cinnamon and vanilla and a moderate but very present pepper burn on the palate. However, after about three sips it becomes too much to finish.
zebra (1775) - Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
on tap @ northdownchicago the day after lionstigersandbeers. wasn’t thinking about what was in my glass, took a sip, mouth was struck by lightning. sweet smoke, chile, creamy. hole mole.
Christpuncher (2798) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a spicy smoked ham flavor. Leaves a strong hot bite as it goes down. No chocolate flavored here. Had a draft pour at northdown. Pours black with a thin brown head
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kaser (5645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy as hell. Mouth burn. Good though. Draft at surly. Pepper and smokey - would be good in small quantity
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ Surly. Deep brown with red highlights. Nose of smoke and chocolate. Pretty ashy. Some espresso. Taste is surprisingly spicy. Roasted chili pepper and coffee. Rich chocolate malt. Robust and full. Oily. A bit too much heat for me.
northropfrye (3254) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark body. Taste has a touch of sweet roast but a fiery kick in the aftertaste though much more pleasant than some spiced need I’ve tried. Also a smokey Elment. Tastes about like a dunkel with spice.