Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Most Baltic porters have a similar flavor, but Surly has managed a unique brew with this one. The addition of smoke fits in nicely; something I rarely like, but do in this beer. Tasty! Strong beer, so not a session ale.
peteysmu (63) - USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Suneson (58) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first two bottles I had I did not care for this beer because the flavor was too overwhelming. Months later i still had a bottle to drink so I gave it another try. This time around I enjoyed the beer alot. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Smells just like it tastes. Goes well with grill food or anything hickory flavored. You can actully taste a hint of bacon flavoring.
mully262 (56) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
1.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
There is nothing wrong with the appearance or aroma, but this could be the most disgusting beer ever made. At a beer tasting, 9 out of 10 tasters considered this beer the worst beer ever made. The only discussion over this beer was what purpose it could serve. Possible solutions are beer batter, base for BBQ sauce, or marinade.
WymanJ (49) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Tap in a pint glass at Surly Brewery. Wow! This one had a great smokey smell and flavor - Iíve never tried any other smoked beers and this was a great introduction! An interesting and complex lager, with the flavors changing as I sipped. Very strong in alcohol content as well as flavor. I definitely want to drink this again!
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Pitch black, with a white/smokey white head. Aroma is smoke malts, campfire smoke like, roasted, sweet malts, some vanilla. Taste follows the nose almost perfectly. The way the smoke flavors mingle with the malt characteristics is extremely well balanced. Nice slightly dry finish. Overall for me almost as good as Left Handís Smokejumper, but extremely well done! Cheers!
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color, with thin tan head....Smells of a smoked meat shop....applewood smoked meat...taste is the perfect amount of smokiness and meat smoked flavor, with some fresh home made deer sausage this is a gem....
cruchr123 (29) - St.Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Darkness snifter.
A- Dark black color, one finger beige head, dissipates quickly, big bubbles left over, splotchy lacing, well carbonated.
S- Not how I remembered it, really smoky, big bacon aroma, roasted malt, really one dimensional smell.
T- Again really smoky as well, Iíve had this couple of times on tap at separate occasions, Iím a little let down by the bottled version. The two times on tap the beers were so much more complex and I was able to pick out different flavors in the beer, all Iím getting is smoky bacon flavors, slight roasted malts, some roasted coffee, but itís all in the background.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, the smoke flavor really coats the mouth.
O- My expectations were so high from the previous times I had it on tap, which is why I was a little let down when I finally tried this bottle and all that stood out was the smoky roasted bacon flavors, that said this is still a solid quality beer.
Joe_M (24) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Go surly band wagon... I believe iíve had a majority of their didnít beers, but I think my favorite is pentagram and even that is sub par. This tastes like a bonfire threw up in your mouth, and not in a good way. Iíve tried this twice and right the same thing, not worth the money.
dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From tap at Surly brewery on Darkness day. Black color with tan head. Smoky roasted nose with hints of vanilla. Flavor is intense; bonfire smoke, malt, cherry, cocoa, with the right amount of carbonation. An amazing porter.