WankerWeasel (18) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Blue Nile may have run outta traditional serving glasses while trying to get everyone in the place a glass of this wonderful brew but the Blue Moon pilsner glass I got will do just fine. Pours a deep brown/black with a slight purple hint when held up to the light. Nice fairly thick foamy brownish head sits atop the beer and sticks to the walls of the glass as you drink it down coating them nicely. Smells of smooth malt with a hint of creaminess. The cranberries come through nicely and have a bit of a bitterness. Allowed to warm a bit, a nice bit of chocolate comes out. Mmmm. Very smooth and malty body with a medium carbonation. Hint of light caramel and chocolate in the distance. The cranberries are great. Sweetness that is shortly followed by a bit of bitterness and a touch of sourness. Alcohol isnít present in the taste and this one goes down very smooth. Some commented that they could drink only one glass but Iíll be back for plenty more.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
mmmmmmmmm. this is good. tap at the nile on the 24th. great deep color with hues of red mixed in. ultra creamy head that laces like a champ. starts very smooth, but very complex as well. slight sweetness up front but fades very quickly to tart, sourness, but not overly so. i was a big fan. some subdued hoppiness towards the back side, but donít last long once the tartness from the cranberry attacks the palate and hangs on for a while. great beer. excellent sipper. Would be great with fat steak and baked taters!!
DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #139. Pour was almost black with the barely noticeable hint of red and a little bit of carbonation. Aroma of mellow bourboned cranberries and rich sweet malts. Flavor of toasted malts, vanilla, very smooth bourbon and tart cranberry all the way through. Iím very sad they wonít be making this again, as it tastes much better aged than it did when I had a chance to try it on tap a year ago.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Cafe 28 on 2/3/2008. I really did not think they had it as I drove over for Super Bowl Sunday brunch. However, when I got there, it was on the menu and I asked the cute waitress if it was really on. She smiled big and said it was - and that it was good (with an evil eye). Served in a Darkness snifter, it has a dark brown red appearance and a nice and sustaining off white to tan head that laces all the way down. The aroma is more focused on the roasted malt, with some fruity notes. The flavor starts out all stout like chocolate and roasty, but then out of nowhere the cranberries slam in your face. It really suprises you as it reveals the fruit late. Almost like a dark and malty fruit lambic or farmhouse due to the tartness. Awesome smooth palate. Yep, good!
sthlm (1242) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 [On-Tap] Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma is cranberry, chocolate, almost a light citrusy orange at times. Taste is cranberry, chocolate and light roasted malt. There is a little bitterness from the cranberry in there too, which is to be expected. Medium mouthfeel, long cranberry chocolate and malt finish. Smooth. Wow, what a beer. Amazingly unique and the flavors blend together so well. I was really, really impressed by this beer. Re-Rate: 9-5-9-4-18=4.5
Re-Rate: After loving this beer the first time and then seeing some of the ratings that followed, I was left wondering if I had just gotten an exceptional keg or what. I have had it again and I liked it nearly as much. The palate was a bit thinner than I remembered it as being, but otherwise it was still an outstanding, unique beer.
Guerde (1210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on tap at the Blue Nile) Pours black with a large tan head that never leaves. Nice aroma of cranberry, cocoa, and some nice hops as well. Taste is just amazing with a great balance between the chocolate and light roast flavors, and the tartness from the cranberry. This mixture just dances on the tongue. The finish is also remarkable with a lingering tartness with the cranberry as well as just a slight bitterness from the hops. Full mouthfeel and perfectly carbonated. Wow, this is one great beer.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: Black in color with almost no head though there is a bunch of extremely fine bubbles when swirled. Aromas were of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, tart red fruit and vanilla. In the mouth the cranberries really show themselves along with the roasted malt. The palate is very well-balanced with good weight and wondeful acidity, likely due to the abundance of cranberries. A very nice transition beer from the heavy winter beers to the crisp summer ones on the way.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared graciously by DalzAle at DLD í09 (Munster, IN). Woot! Pours a dark brownish opaque pour with some ruby notes around the edges. Light brownish head that clings to the sides of the glass. Aromas push some darker malts, well covered by tart cranberries and their sweetness and light bitterness. Body throws darker malts, some roast and coffee with more subtle chocolate. The cranberries steal the show for me, with dark fruit elements and that telltale tartness. Tart takes over the roast, and really bumps this beer beyond for me. Fantastic!
zizzybalubba (1592) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Immy at Immyís Backyard Throwdown (a BIG thanks to Immy for sharing this one). Very dark red pour. Aroma of chocolate and cranberries. Flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate, and tart cherries (I know they are cranberries but tart cherry is what comes through). This is an incredible beer. I tried it once at GABF in 2008 but I jumped at a second chance. Many thanks to Immy.
islay (1401) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Approximately 10 oz. pour on tap at Blue Nile in Minneapolis at the official release on 1-23-08. Poured into a Maredsous glass. Fruit and chocolate sharpness in the aroma. Plum, perfume, cream, sweet cigar tobacco, and peach scents. The aroma becomes quite sweet upon multiple sniffs. I do smell the cranberries, but I donít necessarily smell them as cranberries. Pours an opaque dark brown with a moderate to large amount of peach-tan head. The head is soft in both color and texture, and it contains large bubbles. Produces pleasant, extensive lacing. The initial taste comes as an overwhelming but delicious cranberry explosion. Itís like unsweetened, concentrated cranberry juice, slightly sour and remarkably tart and tangy. The underlying beer seems to be a stout with dark chocolate and light coffee flavors. The stout flavors emerge only upon multiple sips, after the initial cranberry shock subsides somewhat. Itís almost like two beers in one: First, itís a New Glarus-like hardcore fruit beer (think Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart but with cranberries). Itís not quite as fruit-intense as New Glarusí legendary brews, but itís pretty close. Second, itís a cranberry-tinged strong stout. Interesting, dry, earthy aftertaste that is hard to describe. Medium to heavy body. Smooth and soft in the palate. Surly two is a complex, uncompromising, delicious beer. It may be my second-favorite Surly product, behind only Darkness.