mnredsoxfan69 (4) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one magnificent lager. The smoked malts dominate this sucker without tasting burnt. Itís black and thick like a good Baltic porter with a tall tan head. The aroma and the taste mingle perfectly.
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour dark tan head, thick lacing. Full palate very well coated.
Great flavor of smoked ham or really a prosciutto, some sweet sugars almost syrups come through as well. Smoked salmon aroma definate meats, rich, light alcohols, smoke is light but present in all phases.
This is the best smoked beer I’ve ever tasted.
isaacever (3) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I havenít had a lot of Rauchbier, but I had this at the brewery and bottled and highly recommend both.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Has a killer smoke scent, and a very pleasing smokey meat like flavor. Perfect for a camp fire.
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Surly event at Churchkey. Black pour with a big, tan head. Nose starts with that gorgeous meaty smoke character, then shifts to beautiful plum and fig dark fruit presence characteristic of the baltic porter it is, then finally finishes with dry, bitter roast at the end, with a creamy palate throughout. This progression seemed to happen on both the nose and the tongue, which was just awesome. An outstanding beer, perhaps better even than Darkness and Five which I had right next to it.
andyhwcinc (1568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home alone relaxing prior to the NYE holiday. This was an $18 bottle and I was hesitant to get it, but Iím happy that I did. Appearance is a murky pitch black with a rich but quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is fantastic...oak, smoke, chocolate, and vanilla, itís rich but not potent. Taste is equally fantastic. I feel like the oak takes away the harshness of the smoked malt but retains a nice flavor, mixed with the chocolate and vanilla. There is a licorice element in this as well. Overall itís pretty great and Iím happy that Iíve had it. Very happy that Surly is in Illinois!
BeerIsMyGod (16) - Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a bulb glass, very pillowy mocha head. Deep ruby in color and a mellow feel in the mouth. Tastes of an open wood fire with chocolate and toffee notes. I am a fan.
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a jet black with little or no head. Aroma is smoky sausage and hoppy sweetness. Taste is smokey caramel, toffee and just goodness. Palate is good balaced. Good finish. Overall a pretty great beer.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a big finger of brown-tan head. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.
S - Aroma is bursting with smoke and oak aromas. There is a touch of chocolate and even some smoked meats in there as well.
T - Starts off with a nice smooth hit of smoke and oak flavors with some nice vanilla flavor. Touch of chocolate flavor mixed in as well. Through the middle, some more roasted flavor and a bit of coffee comes though. The finish is a mix of oak and smoke with a bit of chocolate that lingers really nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The beer is smooth and just a bit creamy. The smoke flavor really coats the mouth and provides some warming at the finish.
D - Fairly drinkable, especially considering how bold the flavors are, but that is just how smooth it is. The smoke flavor is really strong and fits right in with the beer.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours deep mahogany, almost black, with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of smoke, salted meat, dark chocolate, oak, and roasted nuts. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of coffee, molasses, light ash, and toasted marshmallow.