martin00sr (1392) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @CBC15. Clear, very dark brown. Creamy beige head. Meaty smoke aroma. Similar flavor, sweetish with dry and bitter finish.
gyllenbock (5564) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at CBC 2015.
Black with a medium tan head. Nice aroma and taste of smoke, oak, chocolate, some coffee and dark fruit. The body was almost full and the carbonation low. Tasty.
Nische (1102) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are salt, smoke, liquorice, and roasted malt - with a slightly bitter finish.
sic1314 (4754) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At CBC as Surly Smoke. Poured deep dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of moderately rauched malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium body, flavour is smoky and sweet berries, light ashtray.
ryecatcher (939) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle (2015). Gotta admit, I must be attracted to shiny things as that silver wax looks pretty dope. Pours a deep, brownish-black (looks like a stout), espresso brownish head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is a heavy hit of smokiness, roasted almonds, cocoa, more smoke. Mouth is medium bodied, silky, medium sweetness with a big fucking wallop of smoke over a base of raisins, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, hints of licorice, finishes with a bit of brine. I’m not a huge fan of smoked beers -- and just an FYI the claim on the bottle that this is subtle is total bullshit... this is as smoky as a BBQ pit, and I already had been told beforehand -- however this one was better than some others I’ve had. Surly is easily one of my favorite breweries.
jmohno (1197) - Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown creamy head, lace. Milk chocolate, anise, dark fruit, smoke, toasted marshmallo, cherry chocolate. Same in taste but bigger than aroma, stronger toasted marshmello and smoke character. Balanced bitter sweet, a bit boozy, maybe big on anise too. 8.5% I believe. Full body, drinks kindof light and foamy despite some booziness, not that rich malty for its abv, but dry foamy. Oak, woody. Pretty good. Overpriced.
Sask89 (474) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma is extremely smoky, quite like beef jerky; there is also some roasted malt notes. Taste is mildly sweet and quite dry with not much of a bitter presence to it. Medium body, soft carbonation, and almost creamy on the palate. Overall a really nice smoked beer, quite pleasant.
DuffMan (7564) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from the reserve list at Stout Barrel House, shared with Parksy. Near black, brown head. Equal parts meaty smoke, sweet barrel traits, and chocolate, dark fruit undertones. Rich and complex. Excellent, but not worth the ridiculous price charged by this place.
fidelis83 (2130) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tall, frothy tan head that eventually fades to a more manageable one finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is smoke, iodine, mild coffee, bittersweet chocolate, port simmered berries, roasted nuts, dark fruit, sweet yeasty wheat bread, a hint of pine shoots and a hint of pie crust. Flavor is sweet chocolate, smoke, roast, chocolate chip cookies, dark fruit, cherries, sweet, yeasty bread, light mineral, light iodine, light oyster-ish salinity and some spruce shoots. Medium to heavy body, creamy to slick, full feel, light to medium carbonation and slightly dry finish.
ARH (749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, poured into an english tulip pint glass. The beer is dark and oily dark woth a rich cola hue and a light tan colored soap head that has a moderate retention and very light lace. The aroma is a smokey, charred note with roasted coffee beans, and a cookie dough hint with late developing aromas of vanilla and raisin. The taste is a medium high roasted sweet with a complimentary medium slick bitter. The beer is syrupy smooth with a soft fuzz carbonation and a medium full body with flavors of coffee and smokey grilled meats with some undertones of chocolate. It finishes sticky with mostly a spicy clove and coffee that carries to the aftertaste that’s mostly clean with a smokey charred quality.