camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep smoky flavor. Meaty and mouthwatering. Strong flavor . Definitely a sipping beer. Nice
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared at Hunahpu 2011. Great smoke aroma, none of the offshoot Bacon like taste. Plain and simple. One of the best classic smokes I’ve had. Absolutely mouthwatering.
nsquishee (637) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet smokey aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. It has a very pronounced oak-smoked bitter taste with a slightly bitter/astringent finish. Flavors of chocolate, oak, smoke, dark malts, and hops. Very unique beer that is a good after dinner sipper. This pairs nicely while enjoying a smoke or for any sipping occasion. Bring a friend, this stuff packs a nice punch!
tillmac62 (623) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, almost black, pour. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention and lacing.
Rich Rauchbier style nose that is world class. Bacon cooking over a campfire aroma with emphasis on the wood smoke. Subtle notes of roast, molasses and dark fruit lurk underneath. As it warms, a light licorice note mingles with the campfire.
Medium body that is smooth in texture and has nice creamy aspects in the finish. Superb carbonation that has an effervescent tingle in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is world class, rich in complexity and extremely well balanced. This balance is exemplified by smoke not dominating the palate as was the case in the nose. Rising to balance, is a rich sweet base that is heavy caramel with very subtle hints of bakers chocolate. The middle hints at bitterness, but serves as the smoke / caramel battleground. As the middle fades, plum, fig and raisin flavors separate. The finish is preceded by a light licorice note just before the aged oak aspect arrives. The finish is a slow fade of smoke, caramel, oak, and a hint of alcohol that delivers a drying finish with a hint of heat.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a real treat to get on tap after getting 6 bottles of Darkness at D-day. If someone had said I would enjoy a beer that tastes like a campfire and charred meat, I would have smirked. But the dusty chocolate and roasted malts with almost a cookie like bite, somehow pulls this altogether. It is still impossible for me to say why a lingering palate of barbecue ribs in a beer could be so enjoyable, but I look forward to the next opportunity to find out.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Stubs. Very nice subtle smoke on the nose, but not as recognizable as the former Dahmer. Nice sweet bark roasted malt and a touch of that bacony smoky goodness. THe oak seems to have mellowed the smoke out a little bit, as this is slightly thinner and more subdued. A spectacular beer, but I prefer the original wersion from ABR.
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2007 Total Score: 4.1
Draft ABR 07. POurs a nice ruby tinged dark brown. Nice applewood bacon smokiness on the nose as well as a good dose of sweet almost ripe fruit like malty sweetness. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a good dose of the smoke coming out but pairing well with the chocolate, ripe fruit, and nutty sweetness from the malt. A very nice beer.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF ’08. Hi Hapjy. A beast of flavorful smoky balance. Badass nose...scarier than the flavor. I dig it...now to wash it down with some furious.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours cola brown. Nice roasty aroma. Flavor is smoky goodness and charred meat. Well rounded and quite good.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at official release at the Pig. Served to cold, no smoke aroma or taste. Once warmed for a bit, it was smokey sausage/bacon goodness! Very easy going down, not as much hops as you might expect from Surly, fairly balanced. Towards the end of the glass the smoke aroma and flavor really came out and was best. One of Surly’s finest.
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2007 Total Score: 4.1
Ummm, this smells lovely, smokey good. Very dark color with some good hop bite(who’d a thunk it?) I have only had a few other B.P and I enjoyed this better then the Gonzo, cause i like hops. Todd said he is going to put this in oak barrells before the offical release, so it will be fun to try it then and see what it does. Good stuff!
pras (567) - 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.