radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2014 ABV: 8.2%. StFun supplied from his cellar giveaway. Many thanks! Tried on my pre-birthday bash (..."a very merry unbirthday... to me? TO YOU!"). To snifter it pours a dark purplish brown with virtually zero head at all, just bubbles and a thin line of foam is the only thing which seems to stop someone from asking if this is indeed a beer. Has some decent lace, however. Aromas of fudge, caramelized raisins, brown sugar, peanut brittle, and a faint yet unmistakeable ash characteristic. Can’t smell too much oak, however. Tastes bittersweet and earthy with notes of grape skins, liquid coffee, black olives, American yeast, smoke and stale Pepsi. Licorice, hops, and soil by swallow. Very thin but slushes around nicely in your mouth. Interesting. Not the best I’ve had from Surly. I had such high hopes.
tillmac62 (619) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, almost black, pour. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention and lacing.
Rich Rauchbier style nose that is world class. Bacon cooking over a campfire aroma with emphasis on the wood smoke. Subtle notes of roast, molasses and dark fruit lurk underneath. As it warms, a light licorice note mingles with the campfire.
Medium body that is smooth in texture and has nice creamy aspects in the finish. Superb carbonation that has an effervescent tingle in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is world class, rich in complexity and extremely well balanced. This balance is exemplified by smoke not dominating the palate as was the case in the nose. Rising to balance, is a rich sweet base that is heavy caramel with very subtle hints of bakers chocolate. The middle hints at bitterness, but serves as the smoke / caramel battleground. As the middle fades, plum, fig and raisin flavors separate. The finish is preceded by a light licorice note just before the aged oak aspect arrives. The finish is a slow fade of smoke, caramel, oak, and a hint of alcohol that delivers a drying finish with a hint of heat.
GreatDane1632 (1152) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap on St Patty’s Day at the brewery -- this is a great smoked beer. Great flavor subtle smoke, just great.
HenrikSoegaard (12637) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy biter wonderfull smoked flavor. Creamy palate. Great stuff.
bursprak (1913) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Mikkeller bar, Aarhus. Blackish pour with a light tan head. Notes of smoke, campfire, caramel, dry wood, bitter chocolate and some light vanilla.
Klimaet (1324) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar Aarhus. Pours dark reddish black with a medium offwhite head. Aromas of smoke, malts, chocolate, tobacco, light tar. Taste is smoky, oaky sweetness, cocoa, sweet chocolate, malty, dry ashy finish.
llkc (1106) - århus, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
duft: røget chokolade kaffe mørk ristet malt.
smag: røget rosin dadler svesker tobak ristet lidt chokolade dyb og fylding
robinvboyer (3873) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, small off white head. Aroma is obviously smoky, earthy, lots of wood, hints of coffee, and some bitter cocoa powder. Mouth feel is thin, like I would expect from a lagered ale, with a soft carb. The finish is more woody smoke, notes of bacon come through with more earthy barrel and campfire. Low to medium bitterness and some soy in the end.
oh6gdx (24236) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught@CBC2015. Black colour with a mediumsized brown head. Aroma is big time smoked wet wood along with some leathery notes and mild floral and earthy notes as well. Flavour is smoked wet wood, mild toasted malts, some floral herbal and mildly grassy notes.
bnokk (395) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
APPEARANCE- black beauty. Light head, little lacing.
NOSE- great balance of smoke scent. You smell something, but are not sure what it is, then when you recognize it’s smoke, its very light and then there’s no question that it?s smoke.
FLAVOR- starts out lightly smoky, and builds as you continue to sip it, or as it warms up perhaps.
NOTES- definitely best smoke beer I?ve tried.
Pyrmir (5198) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CBC15. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is lightly smoked, coffee, roasted malt, dried fruit adn caramel. Taste is bitter, smoked, ash, tar, chocolate, with a bitter finish.