peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
’12 bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is light somke with char and bacon over soft chocolate and sweet malt. Taste is mild smoke over chocolate and a sweet doppelbock type malt profile. Bit mild for a baltic porter but the smoke treatment is nice. Good beer.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours deep dark opaque cola with fluffy high tan head. S - strong aromas of a quad. Some smoke, dark fruit, molasses, salted toasted caramel, chocolate, toffee. M - nice rich full bodied brew, strong creamy palate. T - smoke, roasted malts, coffee notes up front. Lightly bitter vegetal dark toasted malts, molasses on the palate. Lingering vinous smoke, coffee, and malts. O - very good smoke beer. 7
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of Beerlando.I love the nose on this.Liquid smoked meat in a bottle, how can u go wrong?The flavor was full smoked meat, not the usual campfire smoke.Lots of flavor here, pretty solid brew.
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
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this at the release party at Brasa’s on 11/30/09. Was poured from tap into a 10oz glass. Little to no head was a little bit of a dissappointment, not sure if that was caused by the pour or if it is just that way. Needless to say, the lack of head hindered the aroma of the beer a little. Smelled of slight smoke and a subtle sweetness. What a taste though! Very smooth with a slight smoke taste that ends with a subtle sweetness, just like the smell I guess. Very drinkable! With a name like Smoke, I was expecting a Smoked Porter taste but was pleasantly surprised. This is an extremely good beer.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBF NOTB. Aroma is smoky, chalky roasted, and chocolate. The flavor is the same, with the wood, roasted malt and chocolate coming together nicely. This stood out as being better than many others at the event.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin black pour with a light tan head. Lightly smoked aroma. Smoky roasted flavor with a bitter finish. Very nice and drinkable. I didn’t realize this was 9.5%.
tennisjoel (1363) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Autumn Brew Review ’07
Black body with a tan head. Creamy palate. Very easy drinking. I don’t get the strength of a baltic porter here, instead this reminds me of a smoked porter, nutty roasted flavor with a touch of smoke.
This may be Surly’s most "to style" beer to date, not necessarily pushing the style boundaries, as they do with many of their other beers. Given this is a Surly special release, I was expecting more and so in that sense, it was a bit of a let down.
On a side note, the naming of this beer is somewhat disturbing. I hope they change the name. Dahmer is not a guy I’d like to think about when drinking a Surly beer.
Johnsense (1352) - - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour. subdued aroma - smokey, but not overpowering. Lighter smoke allows more of this lagers qualities to shine through - Toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, nuts. Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Probably the easiest drinking smoked beer I’ve ever had.
ryecatcher (1348) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle (2015). Gotta admit, I must be attracted to shiny things as that silver wax looks pretty dope. Pours a deep, brownish-black (looks like a stout), espresso brownish head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is a heavy hit of smokiness, roasted almonds, cocoa, more smoke. Mouth is medium bodied, silky, medium sweetness with a big fucking wallop of smoke over a base of raisins, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, hints of licorice, finishes with a bit of brine. I’m not a huge fan of smoked beers -- and just an FYI the claim on the bottle that this is subtle is total bullshit... this is as smoky as a BBQ pit, and I already had been told beforehand -- however this one was better than some others I’ve had. Surly is easily one of my favorite breweries.