islay (1248) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5 or 6 oz. pour, on tap at Mackenzie in Minneapolis. Consumed on 12-14-07. Coffee, chocolate, and plum scents from the malt. Sweet tobacco, leather, and black cherry, and curry scents from the smoke. Vanilla from the oak. Pronounced underlying sweetness in the aroma. Bitter smell that probably derives from the dark malts, but perhaps some may come from hops. The aroma is pleasant, but I wish it were stronger, especially the smoke component. The smell really isnít all that smoky. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a mahogany hue. Almost no head. Coffee bitterness is the primary initial taste. Some cigarette (as opposed to cigar) tobacco, but not much. Seems to be somewhat hoppy, but that may be an illusion from the dark malts, smoke, and oak. Sweet tobacco and sugar flavors emerge eventually. Alcohol not fully masked. Medium body. Soft and lively in the palate; typical Surly texture. Oak Aged Smoke is good, but, as a big fan of both Surly and smoked beers, I was hoping for more.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is light. It is pretty light. Not a typical smoked beer. There are no bacon flavors. Roasted malt, chocolate flavor. A medium bodied beer. There was quite a bit of a thick tan head. The beer was very dark. color of used oil. It was a good beer but I was hoping smoked factor would be a little stronger. overall it is a well balanced beer. Pretty strong too.
undsioux7 (807) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap on darkness day at brewery. Aroma of smoke, some hoppiness comes through. Nice sweetness, bitterness isnít really there. Nice beer.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap on darkness day at brewery. Aroma of smoke, some hoppiness comes through. Nice sweetness, bitterness isnít really there. According to one of the Surly guys, the smoke has mellowed nicely since ABR. Nice beer.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the Muddy Pig. Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown with light bubbles. Flavor is smooth chocolate and vanilla with a smoky backbone. I didnít get all that much of the oak, but I havenít had the original to make a valid comparison.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Pig. Tastes like flesh aged in an oak barrel. Tasty. More vanilla than the regular version and some oak funk. Tasty, oak version of the disturbingly named original.
Earlier Rating: 11/1/2007 Total Score: 3.8
ABR 2007. Smokey body with plenty of pork taste and a little malt Dark brown color. Thick mouth feel and plenty of roasted human, er, pork on the body.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, in a Big Ass Tripe Karmeliet glass, why the hell not...Black as it gets, with a roasty tanned head. Smoked malt from Bamberg in this, and it wafts out slyly, but confidently. Thereís bacon down there, but I get salmon as well....mmm, smokey!
Taste: mmm, a beautiful mix of the roasted chocolate malts, the deep, dark fruits, like raisin and plum, but so smooth. The smoke aspect is just sliding along in the flavor, not a dominant aspect at all, but it hangs in there and never lets you forget it. The strength is sneaky, too, you donít get hit on the head, but it creeps up on you, and invades your mind with stealth.
Delicious stuff, and so easy to drink, though you have to pace it...too strong for sessioning! But you want to, you really really want to!
Really magnificent! This needs to go in bombers and blow some minds out there!
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Dark brown color with no head. Moderately smoky aroma, along with vanilla and a bit of salt. Strong, Bamburg smoke flavor. A little oakiness. Big malt and chocolate flavors. There is a quality thatís kind of like a fresh piece of wintergreen gum. Not the flavor of wintergreen, but that "clean out your mouth" feeling. Very swell.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at official release at the Pig. Served to cold, no smoke aroma or taste. Once warmed for a bit, it was smokey sausage/bacon goodness! Very easy going down, not as much hops as you might expect from Surly, fairly balanced. Towards the end of the glass the smoke aroma and flavor really came out and was best. One of Surlyís finest.
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2007 Total Score: 4.1
Ummm, this smells lovely, smokey good. Very dark color with some good hop bite(whoíd a thunk it?) I have only had a few other B.P and I enjoyed this better then the Gonzo, cause i like hops. Todd said he is going to put this in oak barrells before the offical release, so it will be fun to try it then and see what it does. Good stuff!
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Muddy Pig in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown with some red highlight brew with thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and tan ring. Aroma of smoked pork jerky with dark caramel and chocolate malt. Taste is medium to full bodied, hardly any carbonation, smooth, creamy and silky with flavors of smoked pork, dark caramel and chocolate malt with a touch of peat. Finish is slightly dry and more smooth than the regular Surly Smoke (Dahmer) I sampled at the ABR 07 last October.
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2007 Total Score: 4
Sampled at the ABR í07 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving tan head with minumal lacing. Aroma of dark toasted black malt, a touch of soy sauce and plenty of hops. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonated, with flavors of dark toasted malt, a touch of dark chocolate, smoked bacon, and a slight metalic soy sauce taste and character. Finish is semi-sweet, a little metalic aftertaste but still has the decent Baltic Porter flavor with a smoked pork/bacon aftertaste. Iím looking forward to actual release name of this brew.