GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown to black with a tan head that disappeared in a hurry. Flavor is of a very classic porter with mixed sweetness and bitterness wrapped around a nutty interior. A cloud of smoke seeps throughout the entire taste experience and stays in the mouth for some time after. Too many of these, as I experienced, and the smoke flavor gets overwhelming.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is malty, caramel, and smoky. Flavor is smoked bacon, as well as sweet malts and roasted coffee. Finish is still smoky and lasts for a while. Nice beer especially is you like smoked flavors.
bucs572000 (162) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer has amazing taste, the color is mouth watering and the smell is also.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on tap at the "Power of the Pint" party. Smells like a campfire, super heavy smoke and rich malt. Taste is similar, just way too much smoke. A complex beer that I am sure will get better with age. Just too much smoke fresh.
eruizgarcia (152) - - JAN 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Wonderful dark smokey beer with a full and complex aroma that manages to be both very strong and easily drinkable. Beautiful dark pour, full flavor in a relatively light body. Only drawback is the quickly disappearing head. Not many can for dark beers like Surly can.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definately one of the better Scotch ales I’ve had. Heavier than most, the name hits your first smell right on the head, which by the way is a mild medium tan. Taste a roasted nutty grain that sat downwind from a campfire. The smoke taste is good, certainly not too overpowering, which can be the weakness of some Scotch-ale types.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the ABR. Pours black with beige head. The nose is dark chocolate and tons of smoke. Comes across the palate as medium bodied, with the taste of dark chocolate with smoke, and some light notes of caramel to balance it out.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the Muddy Pig. Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown with light bubbles. Flavor is smooth chocolate and vanilla with a smoky backbone. I didn’t get all that much of the oak, but I haven’t had the original to make a valid comparison.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on-tap at Brasa release party <2009>
Appearance: no head, very little carbonation, Jet Black. Where’s the head?
Smell: a little sweet with a touch of smoke not much else there.
Taste: very little coffe flavor in this, a bit of sweetness, not much hoppiness. Just a touch of smoke mingled in. just a touch of oakiness/wood Not as much too this as I expected. kind of like a basic porter with a hint of smoke.
Mouthfeel: slick, not chewy, not oily.
Drinkability: this stuff goes down nice, I think that was the best part about this beer. I could drink a lot of it pretty easily. It paired nicely with the food at Brasa’s.
not smokey enough. there was almost no smoke at all. the beer is called smoke.
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Buster’s for the one year anniversary appreciation party. The beer was opaque black with essentially no head. In the aroma and flavor there was moderate smoke and moderate sweet burnt malt. (It was almost peaty.) The hops were almost non-existent. It was a bit watery with no carbonation, but very smooth. As it warmed the smoke got fainter. Very drinkable, one of my favorite Surly beers!