Ronritter (202) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro on tap strong cocoa and coffee senses pours black with tan head nice easy drinker
ljthiessen (1195) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On nitro tap at JL Beers, Grand Forks. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a rich tan head. Aroma is plenty of cocoa, hints of coffee, a little nutty. Taste is soft chocolate and black coffee. Nice, but slightly disappointing as a special release from Surly.
bytemesis (7401) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 4, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nitro pour, large creamy tan head, great lacing. Aroma is roasty cocoa, lactose, hints of coffee, vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet, very light bitter, rich and creamy. Medium body, silky mouthfeel.
ads135 (4319) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very good brown ale. Potent coffee character. Surprisingly acidic. Dark brown and delicious sweet.
mrjaxson (514) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
What I liked most was the balance, but I expected this to be more explosive. The coffee and chocolate scents were there, but the body approached a milk stout, which seemed out of place. Sweet finish that had a pleasant duration.
Drake (13140) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minnesota Trip Beer #29. Keg at Surly, 5/8/16. Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of strong coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. The taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, oats. Medium bodied.
fonefan (46057) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ CBC 2016 [ Yellow Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, Oksnehallen Vesterbro, Halmtorvet 11, 1700 Copenhagen, Denmark.
[ As Surly Cacao Bender ].
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, coffee, cacao, vegetable coffee. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, coffee - cacao, dusty, vegetable coffee, roasted - dark roasted. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. 
djd07 (12279) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Darkness Day. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong mocha, vanilla bean, roast. Medium body, nice sweetness, roast, vanilla, light bitter finish, very nice.
Iznogud (3022) - CROATIA - SEP 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CBC 2016, yellow session. Pours brown with ruby haze. Off-white head. Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla. Sweetish. Dry bitter finish. Medium bodied.
HenrikSoegaard (13555) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average mderate bitter finish. Oily palate.