kbutler1 (1351) - Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Stub & Herbs. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color with a ever so slight head. What head there is collars around the rim of the glass a light tan color. I would have liked more head but it seems the bartender wanted to fill it to the brim! The aroma is actually quite mild with notes of light roast coffee. Medium mouthfeel. I would guess this uses maris otter barley given the appearance and aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Starts off with a very slight dark fruit flavor, a touch nuttiness, and the aforementioned light roast notes. Sweetness sticks around the whole time. Mild bitterness. Some caramel flavors as well as it warms up a touch. VERY easy drinking. Like.
andyhwcinc (1448) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed as a guest draft at Dark Lord Day at 3 Floyd’s in Munster, IN. Appearance a coffee brown with a rich tan head. Aroma honestly like smoked malts and meat, like beef jerky. Taste is fantastic, really creamy but crisp at the same time, a bit of roasted and smoked malts, a bit of German lager yeast as well. One of the most complex lagers I’ve had. Very good.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this from Loring Kitchen & Bar at the release party.
Pours a deep ruby with minimal white head. If you hold it up to the light, you can see that it’s very clear. The aroma is mildly woody, with some hints of molasses hiding behind an otherwise bready character. The taste is malty, lightly toasted, and very oaky. Some vanilla comes through, as well as a nice caramel character. Clean finish. It’s a subtler beer for Surly, but quite good.
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.
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.
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my favorite offering from Surly, but also really not my style of beer. I have ordered more than one of this beer though as it is only available seasonally and I will most likely get another next year. Has good flavor to it and overall drinkability is fair.
arnold931 (553) - Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Surly tap room. Pours clear reddish brown. Nose is mild caramel. Mild nutty caramel taste.
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.
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.
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.