JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from arminjewell - thanks, man! As usual, amazing artwork and bottle presentation from Surly. Dark brown pour, with moderate carbonation at first but then nada. Nose is fairly understated, soft malts, sweet candy, and moderate smoke. Waxy palate for a lager, but oh wait it’s a Baltic porter? Taste reveals a hint of vanilla, but unfortunately we kept waiting for a smoke quality that was only ever very mild. Thinnish too.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kristina’s pig roast, thanks Kristina! Pours deep brown with a small creamy light tan head. Nice roasty malt nose, toast, a slight burnt character. Some cocoa and a hint of coffee. Flavor has a strong roasted sweet character, some chocolate and burnt marshmallow, powdering cocoa, a touch of vanilla. Bittersweet candy finish. Medium body and a softer carbonation. Good complex beer
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at kristina’s pig roast. light smoke, grainy earthy coffee. more of an ashy tobacco smoke rather than a common campfire beef jerky smoke. chocolatey, doughy, with some light chalky smoke character. some vanilla. a bit thinned out. low carbonation. pretty good though.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour. The nose is great with lots of bright smoke over a deep dark malty base. Rich and chocolatey with a lingering smokiness. Rich and sweet with a dark maltiness. Earthy bitterness and a rich chewy palate. Very nice.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to billshmeinke. Pours with a tan head and a black body. Aromas of apple, maple, bacon, wood, light citrus notes (?), and brown sugar. Taste is smokey, oaky, vanilla, bbq, chocolate, [cannot read note], and surprisingly dry. Lively bubbles.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from swallowevil, thanks Karl. Pitch black pour with a light tan head. Light roast and an ashy aroma, quite nice. Slightly dry, more ash and smoke and really pretty damn good. (1383)
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a jet black with little or no head. Aroma is smoky sausage and hoppy sweetness. Taste is smokey caramel, toffee and just goodness. Palate is good balaced. Good finish. Overall a pretty great beer.
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Sampled at 2010 GTMW - Pours black with a nice tan head. Smells smoky, but not over the top. Roasty, but not as pungent as expected. Taste is light roast with subtle smoke. I expected a little more smoke and meaty flavors, but got more lactose. This was a bit of a disappointment. 3.1
Tons of beef jerky on the nose, real smooth with a decent amount of roast. This works much better than the last time I’ve had it. This is totally different than last time.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks jhenry04. Poured very black, smoke, wood, roasted malts, burnt bacon, little caramel.
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with my son, Keith, poured a black body with medium tan head. Smokey aroma with wood/oak. Flavors of roasted malts, black licorice, and smoke. Nice.