GODiSSOUTHERN (341) - 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.
mpersinger (336) - , 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.
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.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small off white head. Has a smoky smell to it. Taste is of smoked malt and a little chocolate.
baggio (308) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to Weine for sharing!
Apperance: Dark brown with a small, beige, head.
Aroma: Smoked meat, Coffee, Caramel, Chocolate
Taste: Coffee, Chocolatem, Hint of smoked meat, Hint of caramel.
Palate: Quite thin and not very smoky at all. Elegant tho and very pleasant to drink.
I expected to taste way more smoke in this than i did. It feels more like a smoked imperial stout than anything else. Not bad tho. Not bad at all!
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ported from BA.
I’ve had this from bottles and on tap a few times, but I just happened to open a bottle now, so I’m basing this review on it.
Pretty much black. If I hold it up to my light nothing gets through it. Creamy/fizzy off-white head, about 2 fingers. It settles after a minute or two, leaving some lacy spikes.
I can tell why it’s called smoke. It smells a lot like that smoked tea, lapsang souchong (sp?). Behind that are hints of raisin and dark chocolate.
More raisiny than the smell had me expecting, topped by a dried plum taste. The smoke flavor is loud and clear, but it feels more like a smell than a taste. It floats off of your tongue. Licorice is predominant in the aftertaste.
Thick, not quite chewy, with some alcohol vapors coming off of your tongue. Not highly carbonated, and very smooth. Goes down like smoky silk.
Pretty good. I can polish off one of the 750ml bottles in a sitting and be pretty happy. I don’t know if I’d be likely to get it at a bar, but I really like it as kind of a "staying in for the night" kind of drink.
tedovertu (282) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Interesting brew. Pours dark brown almost black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Very smokey on the back end and meaty of the front. Another winner from Surly. A little watery but the oiliness makes up for it a little bit. Really wish they would get their coffee bender into cans.
Sean9689 (269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I originally had this at Darkness Day but wanted to wait a bit until I could sit down and review it properly. This time, it was on at Sheffield’s. Poured into snifter.
A - Black, thin head, no lacing and no retention. Just a glass full of black liquid...not saying that it’s a bad thing.
S - Smoke, dark fruity sweetness, black liquorice.
T - Similar to the nose. A good amount of smoke notes (I recall a lot more smoke notes at Darkness Day), subtle sweetness, a dark chocolate bitter finish.
M - Medium bodied, smooth, rich, dry finish.
D - Easy to drink, no real hint of alcohol. Another winner by Surly.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 750 to Surly coffee mug, 2011 vintage:
Pours a near pitch black with two fingers of light brown head that lasts a few minutes before receding to a collar that produces some average lacing.
Still a shit load of smoke on the nose. Not nearly is faded as I’d imagined. A bit of dark fruit and woody character as well.
While the nose is still pretty beefy, the smoke has faded considerably on the tongue which is what I was hoping for. various brown ale qualities have surfaced to balance out the aggressive barbecue profile.
Overall, an extremely unique beer. Not my favorite beer from Surly but it definitely showcases their creative potential.