wchesser (2071) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Really liked this. Smoke dominates, with other elements much less pronounced. Wife didn’t care for it. Travlr (24286) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Draft at Didestreet in Fargo. Black black color. Aroma of burnt espresso. Taste is charred bacon and jalapeño peppers. Very tasty. PorterPounder (7889) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Minneapolis, Mn - on tap at Surly Brewing. Deep, dark inky black pour, tight bone colored head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma has some smoky meaty accents, a touch of band-aid sweetness. Flavor has that same smoky meat-like essence, some sweet licorice accents, a touch of sweet molasses and mole spicy chocolate notes.Decently thick mouthfeel. Overall, pretty solid. MavDunk (103) - - MAY 14, 2017
Pours opaque black with tan head. Smell is smoke and coffee. Taste contains smoke, coffee, chili powder, and cumin. Medium body. Smoky aftertaste. Good experience beer. tmoreau (4295) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2017
On tap for the Surly tap takeover as part of the 2017 Madison Craft Beer Week at Lucille. Dispensed to a snifter showing a black/brown hue, with a presentable, light tan layer of head froth, and foamy dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasted, cocoa, smoke & meatiness as bacon & sausage, maltiness, spice, and chilies. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, with some tartness & tanginess, and hefty peppery & earthy bitterness that lingered. The Smoke Lager on steroids!
balloonbuffoon (263) - - APR 20, 2017
5floz taster. Brown-black with little head. Nose smokey and woodsy. Taste is semi-sweet, smoked, and pepper fruit. A full-bodied, decent, occasional to drink beer JK (6090) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Black beer. Some complexity in the aroma, chocolate and peppers, and a little smoke. Also complec in the flavor, bitter chocolate, some heat from the peppers, smoke, and sweet malt. Good, but i qould like more smoke. Ronritter (652) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Definately not my favorite style but this is a nice brew lots of smoke with a chili aftertaste. bytemesis (8226) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Tap. Pours opaque black, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is full of camp fire and hardwood smoke, plus chili pepper. Flavor is light sweet, medium smoke and medium chili spice, cocoa notes, peppers. Medium body, soft mouthfeel. Chili burn pleasant and let’s the other beer characteristics come through. Nice. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a small but well retained head and some light lacing on the glass.
The aroma isn’t much different than the regular smoke... perhaps a bit of pepper sneaks in.. but yeah its smoky, lightly sweet smelling & has a nice roasty character.
The flavor is mostly smoke & chili peppers. Which is great the richness of the beer really provides a backdrop for those flavors to shine. The cinnamon isn’t eclipsed as much as it blends in.