17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Binny’s Southloop. Aged on oak? really? okay... Pours a darker but clear mahogany. Chocolaty but hoppy aroma, med coffee roastiness, lightly round, some pine, light touch of acidity. Lightly syrupy, rich, well crafted but fairly straight forward, chocolate cookie. Needs more depth.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.
Aroma:The smell is rather subtle, but I get dark malts, and noble hops.
Appearance:This beer is dark brown with very little head.
Taste:Dark malts dominate this beer. The foretaste has a lot of chocolate, and also some woody notes. On the mid to aftertaste I get some subtle dark fruit flavors. The aftertaste lingers with a mild lager yeast flavor.
Palate:Medium body that’s really smooth. Good carbonation.
Overall:I really enjoyed this beer, it’s very drinkable, and goes great with food. I’m not sure it’s exactly spot-on in terms of style though. I think it could have benefited from more complexity.
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at sheffields. pours a dark copper brown with a small head. notes of creamy pecan, nuts, light toffee, and a hint of coffee. very smooth and easy drinkin. oak is not a prominent feature of the beer. well crafted. tasty sessionable beer. would drink again.
Tripplebrew (777) - 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 (2442) - 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 (798) - 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 (705) - 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 (4475) - 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 (1988) - 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.