HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really amazing stuff. Smoked meat but meshed well with rich dark fruity characteristics that keep things from being too Schlenkerla-esque. Much easier to drink than other smoked beers I’ve had, at least out of the ones that taste very smoky. Also has a really good, sticky mouthfeel.
NachlamSie (2942) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big wax sealed bottle of the 2015 vintage gifted to me by some awesome peeps. I have been trying to get my hands on this one for years and years. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I’m glad I got to drink down this bad boy. The pour is very dark with little ruby highlights and a long lasting khaki head. I wish there were more smoke in the aroma. The most prominent word on the label is "smoke" in all caps, so my expectations are for a heartily smoky beer. There are pleasant hints of dark fruits, chocolate, wood and far away cigars. The palate is robust, but not that huge considering the abv. Malty flavors dominate with timid fruity suggestions coming through. I don’t get a ton of oak, but it’s there. The chocolatey malt profile melds nicely with smoky undertones. Personal tastes in beer are obviously widely subjective and varied. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it’s clearly well crafted. That being said, if I were in charge at Surly I wouldn’t even put smoke on the label. I still like it though.
Nero55 (864) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, vanilla, dark fruits, and chocolate. Medium body, chocolate, strong malt presence, dark fruits, and nice smoke undertones. A very nicely done smoked beer.
Theydon_Bois (12569) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG ’15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15.
Black with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is smoked malt, biscuit, toffee, light charr.
Taste comprises light cocoa, smoke a little more intense than on the nose, smoked meat, spice, nutty.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid smoked number.
stouby (4040) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBC 2015. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, smoke, dark fruits, caramel, coffee, chocolate, licorice with woody and vanilla notes). Flavor medium sweet and bitter. Medium to full body.
VastActiv (3859) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150502. Colour is black with brownish small head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, some coffee and roasted malts.
vjohans (418) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@red cbc 2015
ham, medium smoke, wood, wonderful smoke taset, very balanced
brnandersen (2448) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at CBC 2015. Dark brown colour with a dense, tanned head. Roasted aroma with smoke, fruits, caramel, coffee and herbal hops. Taste is lightly bitter. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Finishes dry and roasted with smoky impressions. Lovely Smoker.
rouhlas (952) - GREECE - MAY 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015, Red session. Dark brown color with light beige head. Roasted malty aroma, caramel, light chocolate, smoked. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with coffee addition. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
Getbetter (962) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle into a glass. The pour is a dark ruby red with no head. The body is thin body with a raisins,bacon,slight salty taste. It’s good.
malrubius (2071) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark dark brown with lasting tan head. Smokey woody leafy bready chocolate boozy vanilla aroma. Very sweet chocolate vanilla woody plummy booze with woody ashy smokey boozy finish. Full body rich creamy. Way too sweet for my tastes. I love smoked beers but I do not like Baltic porters (in general). Bad combo for me. Still, a good beer, but I was hoping for a new fave.