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 (893) - 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 (2149) - 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 (2503) - 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 (1614) - 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 (105) - 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 (2065) - 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.
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark lager with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a peaty chocolate malt with light smokey notes, not bad. In mouth, a nice sweet dark fruity malt with light peated notes, molasses, alcohol warmth, very nice. On tap at End of Everything beer fest Dec 22 2013.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, two finger tan head.
Smell roasty ash, grainy
Taste light roast, table pepper, smoaky roast
Joe_M (24) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Go surly band wagon... I believe iíve had a majority of their didnít beers, but I think my favorite is pentagram and even that is sub par. This tastes like a bonfire threw up in your mouth, and not in a good way. Iíve tried this twice and right the same thing, not worth the money.