BeerKurve (356) - - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a brown head and some mild lacing. The nose has some oak, smoked ham, chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is a smooth mixture of smoked ham, oak and roasted malts with a bitter smoke/hop aftertaste. The palate is more of a heavyweight with some mild to moderate carbonation, but has sort of a smooth texture. It’s not as smokey or rich as say other Rauchbiers out there but it’s definitely more balanced in terms of flavor.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would really say this is more of a porter then a smoked beer. I tasted some roasted flavor but not really anything too smokey.It rather sweet which I personally like. I could taste some coffee in there.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to Beerlando. Dark brown pour. Smokey malts, not nearly as smokey as I’d expect it to be. Tastes like a sweet, smoked ham. Very cool smooth feel to it. Quality meat.....quality beverage.
pras (351) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Savor. This was my first beer from this brewer. I really enjoyed it! Flavor has the smoke all over it, but it’s not overpowering. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced, would drink again if I can find it.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Too much going on in this beer for me to fully enjoy it. A good beer tho, dark brown pour, tan head and fades immediately. Aromas of smoked and roasted malts. Flavors of the same with some alcohol presence. Sweet and thick.
Rerate for Cask version aged on cedar oak.
Much cleaner, oak rounds out the alcohol presence and mellows the brew. Cask is always better.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is good. as stated below, not as smoky as it was originally, (dahmer) while many disagree THIS is a different beer than originally debuted at ABR. the dahmer version WAS NOT OAK AGED! it was much smokieer than the oak aged version. I happen to find both versions delectable. drink this a bit warm and the aroma and flavor really flourish!
Earlier Rating: 10/17/2007 Total Score: 4.4
this stuff is phenomenal beer. might be my new favorite surly once the oak aged stuff cmes out huge smoke flavor and great aroma awesome beer.
mpersinger (327) - , California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks once more to KenW (via another ratebeerian to whom my hat is also removed). This Surly pours like cola; smells like barbeque. This densely textured dark lager has well-integrated smoke, but it bites in the finish. Loses carbonation fast, a bit one dimensional and messy.
GODiSSOUTHERN (323) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is a smoke bomb. Nice sweetness, but for my taste way too much smoke and really thick. Tastes like a campfire. Good in a small portion.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice black body with a solid tan head. Aroma is smoked ham, sweet chocolate, and goodness. The flavor is much of the same. There is quite a nice balance between the ’’meat’’ notes in the flavor and sweet, roasted malts going on. Finishes quite nicely, and is overall very well rounded and tasty.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoke pours pitch black for the most part. Barely any head is poured at all. Whatever pours is quickly gone to what you see in the picture to the right.
With the smell you really don’t get the full effect of this beer. It’s really not until you get to the taste that you really understand why this is called Smoke. The smell is light on smokiness, roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Really nice.
But when you take your first sip, you are really greeted by the smoke. Smoke and burnt malt attacks the palette. But then the beer takes a turn. It’s like a two step process. Attack the palette with a barrage of smoke, then turn around and give us a really nice mixture of coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, alcohol, etc. The ending of this beer is just fantastic. Like I said, its a tale of two beers here.
Love the mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy, and just thick enough.