Tripplebrew (774) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a frothy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is malt with nutty almond notes; earthy. Flavor is roasted malts, earthy grains and oatmeal. Body is a creamy lightness with medium carbonation.
tmoreau (2284) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 On tap at Lunar Brewing Co.. Presented a dark brown color with garnet tones showing through. The head was tan, thick & creamy, lasting foam, with thick, clingy ribbons of lacing following. The aroma was toasty malt, cask wood, fruit as dark cherries, and a slight hint of vanilla. The flavor was similar notes that fell off quite a bit. The low carbonation and rather thin body didn’t help. Sessionable but a little disappointing. Next time, also at Lunar, the head and lacing where not as lasting, and light roasted coffee and dark fruit as prunes where noted. The carbonation was still low, but the body was better, and the finish was on the dry side.
undsioux7 (793) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 Pours brown with red highlights and a small off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. Taste is the same. Lighter in body but very drinkable. Not bad. Just seems to be missing a little kick you in the ass surly is known for.
Had this again on tap at cafe twenty eight and it just seemed better. Maybe I was just in a good mood, lol.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Fountainhead, Chicago. Smells warmly malted and toasty, like a malted milk ball hovering over Rochefort 10. Flavor is unassuming at first, slightly fruity and quite bready malts riding a medium and refreshing dunkel body. Slightly oily right after the swallow, this settles into a long and pretty subtle oak finish, getting woody and dry very slowly with a lingering trace of vanilla throughout. The wood is not overdone at all, which is surprising considering the style of beer carrying it. Very smooth and drinkable, I’m sure this would make an awesome food or cheese pairing if done right.
WisconsinBeer (703) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Groveland Tap. Pours a deep brownish red color with a small head. Flavor is intriguing, has a slight sugar sweetness in addition to notes of hazelnut, roasted malts, oak, and a bit of ripe fruit ester type flavors. Medium bodied and slightly creamy on the palate. Solid and easy drinking dunkel.
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Common Roots Cafe. A black beer with moderate carbonation. Some oak in the aroma. Flavor has lightly roasted grain, and a good, smooth palate. Besides the oak, it is true to style.
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample from the brewery tonight. Dark brown pour, medium carbonation and a light malty aroma. Flavor is slightly nutty, well balanced malt, earthy and finished a little dry. Decent, but nowhere near my favorite beer that Surly has produced to date.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with faint head. A nice crisp lager nose with a hint of dark malts. The body is a very solid lager with just a hint of oak. Enough to be interesting but not offensive like so many oak aged beers. Lovely.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap at Stub’s) Pours dark brown/black with just a thin light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, toast, clove, coffee, and maybe a hint of banana. I really enjoyed the flavor and found it to possess a passing resemblance to Black Wheat. Roasted malt, chocolate, clove, banana, dark roasted coffee, and bread are all present here. The finish is dry from the oak and roasty/smoky. Mouthfeel is light which prompts further drinks. A nice, CLEAN, and well balanced dunkel that is refreshing to see from Surly.
arminjewell (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours reddish black with thin off white head, aroma is fairly lacking but has some notes of oak and dark fruit. Taste up front is biscuity and bready malt, going into a bit of dark fruit sweetness that finishes a bit smoky and dry from the oak. Good tasting, great sessionable brew, but overall nothing too amazing here flavor-wise.