icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Chase! Opaque black pour. Robust smoky aroma with notes of dark chocolate. Medium mouthfeel, with smokiness being the predominant up front flavor that gives way to a robust dark malt backbone.
AWISLguy (1751) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml grey wax bomber from the Art of Beer, cellared for about a month. Pours an inky black with a rapidly disappearing brown head. Seems quite carbonated when swirling but also headless. Aroma has thick meaty smoke, and also chocolate, caramel and some pitted fruits. Taste is of sweet caramelly malts and rich salty smoky meat, with some subtle chocolate and some light fruitiness. Full bodied, quite strong and luscious. Finishes somewhat sweet and also bitter/salty, with a lot of length. Lotta personality and depth to this one as it went down through the glass. Really enjoyed it. Bought it completely on the Surly name - and paid a pretty price for it. Price - value ratio .... shrug? It was good.
Christpuncher (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like drinking a smokey scotch. Really dark in Coe and has a bold alcohol flavor. You have to like scotch to enjoy this one. Had at world of beer
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budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours cola brown. Nice roasty aroma. Flavor is smoky goodness and charred meat. Well rounded and quite good.
fraternie (909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich and creamy, with a strong smokey nose of bacon fat and pepperoni. Sweet black fruits fill out the palate and add contrast along with a candy sugar edge over the malty roasted cocoa underbelly, with complex smoked meat nuances lingering. Layered and multi-dimensional.
cards04 (2341) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with smoky aromas and flavors. Some nice woody bitterness as well. Nice smoked Porter.
northropfrye (2763) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black Smoky aroma but the flavour is smooth and balanced with bubblegum sweetness. Quite a nice beer and not killer smokey like some rauchbier.
andyhwcinc (1657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home alone relaxing prior to the NYE holiday. This was an $18 bottle and I was hesitant to get it, but Iím happy that I did. Appearance is a murky pitch black with a rich but quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is fantastic...oak, smoke, chocolate, and vanilla, itís rich but not potent. Taste is equally fantastic. I feel like the oak takes away the harshness of the smoked malt but retains a nice flavor, mixed with the chocolate and vanilla. There is a licorice element in this as well. Overall itís pretty great and Iím happy that Iíve had it. Very happy that Surly is in Illinois!
UkrainPubCrawler (109) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the most delicious smoked beer Iíve ever had. The aroma as well as the flavor are nice and smokey. Thick foam head that lasts. This is a well balanced smoked lager with a bold smoked flavor, yet balanced with a tasty sweet finish. Give it a try!
weihenweizen (2192) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle obtained from BVery with wax on the cap. Pours black with medium dark brown highlights with medium light brown head. Aroma is roasty with some smoke, medium body, medium carbonation, and big bubble lacing. Taste is roasty, smoke, and some pepperoni. Hoped for a little more flavor, alcohol is well covered, and is not as heavy as I expected.