zeke626 (412) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Buster’s one year anniversary party. Served in a tulip glass; poured an opaque, black body with no head. Aroma of burnt and sweet malts with some light smoke. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, and maybe a hint of peat. Medium to heavy body with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Roasted malt and smoke in the finish. Probably my favorite Surly brew to date.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
8th Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bottle provided by Tiptop, via the brewers at Surly. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is low on the smoke, but its there adn nice. Taste is sweet and smokey but mellow, this is a drinkable complex smoked beer, something rare in the smoked category, its got some legs.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
FoBAB 2007, under the name "DAHMER". poured dark dark black, no head. some fruitiness in the nose, and slight smokey air. falvor was floral, fruity, incensy and smoky. oily, creamy mouth feel. not a bad entry.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft) Pours a black body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of smoke, roastiness, brown sugar, plums, and raisins. Flavor of smoke, rye, dark fruits, and roasted malt.
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 A great smoked flavor that only Aecht can beat, but all in all just a bit small to miss the higher rankings.
alexanderj (3267) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF NOTB; aroma of chocolate, smoke and wood. Flavor was similar with sweetness and pronounced roasted elements. I thought I picked up on some smoked meatiness in the flavor.
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: As the name suggests, a lot of smoke in the aroma and taste. Also bitterness and roastiness.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBF NOTB. Aroma is smoky, chalky roasted, and chocolate. The flavor is the same, with the wood, roasted malt and chocolate coming together nicely. This stood out as being better than many others at the event.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBF V NOTB. Aroma largely of smoke and roast, especially when first poured, flavor starts off the same way. As it warms, flavor really opens up into a perfect hop-malt balance with delectable semi-sweet chocolate flooding the palate more and more. Very very nice.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown to black with a tan head that disappeared in a hurry. Flavor is of a very classic porter with mixed sweetness and bitterness wrapped around a nutty interior. A cloud of smoke seeps throughout the entire taste experience and stays in the mouth for some time after. Too many of these, as I experienced, and the smoke flavor gets overwhelming.