Westchesterco (1790) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
toast, earthy, coffee, Dark brown , medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, long finish, bitter,
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 6/8/2012 at SAVOR 2012. Pours a dark black, aroma is a lot of smoke yet taste isnít as aggressive. Didnít realize it was 9.5%, felt that with the taste and light-medium body I could have this for awhile. Really enjoyed it. My first Minnesota beer and rating!...of course, Coffee Bender was enjoyed 5 minutes later.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: pours like liquid peat and smoke under a creamy head. Fades into a lacey collar bordering a broken khaki film. Swirls bubbly.
Nose: smoke and bacon and smoke and bacon, ohmy! Smoldering fireplace, logs crackling and cracking and sparking in the back. Also in the back Ė cacao beans and espresso chocolate cake. Black bread and esters of horse blankets and leather. Smoked salmon?
Palate: mouthfeel is rich, creamy, smooth, bready, and cakey. Smoke is subtle and pervasive but never overwhelming. Dry finish of firewood. Smoked salmon and bacon, smoked prunes and dates, and smoke in the breath. Chocolate black cake. Peat. Dark stone fruits in the back of each and every swallow Ė meaty, dense, and rich. Burnt caramel. Horse and horse blankets underneath with tannin inclinations. Slowly grows more parching in the finish. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: good beer does come in a can. Oskar Blues started it and Surly continues the honorable trend of canned craft beer. The only thing that would make me happier than a can of Surly in my glass would be Surly in my glass in Florida. Surly Smoke turns its nose at the can for this particular beer though, choosing instead the waxed confines of a glass 750ml bomber. Either way, yum!
Nocturne (1773) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Black with a thin ring of brown head. Aroma of bacon-like smokiness. Strong, malty, molasses-like taste. Smoke doesnít dominate but fills in around the edges. Sweet and sugary to some extent. Undercurrent of blackcurrant fruitiness. Certainly one of the better smoked beers Iíve had.
ineedbeer (1770) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle based on the stamp in the wax; 8.2% ABV. Some rust along cap, but there was a hiss when it opened.
Aroma has a moderate smoke character, but ii is not completely overwhelming. Light chocolate character is noticeable with some faint dark fruit character.
Pours dark brown, almost black but not quite completely opaque along the edges. Fairly large, moderately thick, light mocha head that exhibits pretty good retention. Light lacing and fairly small legs.
Flavor has a nice sweetness that goes well with the moderate chocolate notes that are upfront. Light roast mid palate helps welcome in a medium light smoke character that lingers a bit in the finish with some dark chocolate. Light dark fruit notes of plum, prune and fig along with some faint dark caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and has a nice silky, creaminess to it. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice smoked beer that has aged surprisingly well. The smoke character doesnít overwhelm the underlying beer so the rich chocolate notes, dark fruit and caramel have a chance to show through.
Klimaet (1748) - 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.
Stine (1747) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Tap at the Blue Nile. Burly black with a skirting skin of off white. Aroma is unusual but not off the map; notes of blueberry and cinnamon accent the body of roast beef and au jus with a light hint of heat. The smoke is subtle and polished, and stays for the most part in that arena of rich beef rather than straying into maple bacon and hickory territory. Flavors has a lot of cold fruitiness and rich sweetness, like caramelized pears and sugar dipped figs let to roast over a bonfire; belgian chocolate in large quantities with fudge, graham crackers, and tart red berries. Light tones of sweet bourbon and vanilla type of spirited heat, soft and complementing. Palate is juicy, dense, and full; finish tends toward a wet, dessert wine type of fruitiness and extends itself lazily. Certainly a Baltic first, and a smoked second, this is a great example of a warming dark ale that effortlessly skirts the frustrating imperial stout-isms of overstretched hops, sugars, and alcohol, while still providing that contemplative strength needed in the dead of winter.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from CLevar. The color is dark; looks just about black to me. A vigorous pour produces a one finger tan head that fades to a thin layer. The aroma shows a smoke character for sure but itís not massive. Toasted grains and bittersweet chocolate join in. The flavor, once again, is smokey but not over the top. For me, thatís probably a good thing. This tastes like the char remains that are scraped off the grill along with chocolate, vanilla, and a little dark fruit. Underneath the smoke, the body is slicker and creamier than expected. Again, thatís a good thing as the smoke isnít completely dominant. Itís just not too ashy, bitter, or gritty as I sort of feared it might be. Iíd be curious to know what "smoke heads" or anyone with more experience with this style than me thought of this and the level of the smoke character. In the end, this is a good smoked Baltic Porter.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs dark brown. Nose is heavy smoke, bacon, roasted grain, burnt coffee. Flavor is rich smoke, flavorful as all hell. Most smoke beers are over the top rauch malt, but this absolutely beautiful.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at The Happy Gnome. Pours black, thin tan head, spotty to poor lacing. Nose is smoke, bacon, roast, sweetness is vanilla? Coconut? Flavours of smoked salt, toasty coconut, fudge, ink. Lovely stuff!