evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Got this from Loring Kitchen & Bar at the release party.
Pours a deep ruby with minimal white head. If you hold it up to the light, you can see that it’s very clear. The aroma is mildly woody, with some hints of molasses hiding behind an otherwise bready character. The taste is malty, lightly toasted, and very oaky. Some vanilla comes through, as well as a nice caramel character. Clean finish. It’s a subtler beer for Surly, but quite good. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.
Appearance: Dark ruby-brown with medium-sized head.
Aroma: Caramel, bread and a light smokiness. Way too mild.
Taste: Somewhat sweet caramel backbone with some light roasted characteristics (chocolate, coffee). Just a hint of smoke, oak and noble hops.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body. Little too sweet overall for my personal tastes.
Overall: Despite the mild aroma and slightly too sweet body, this is pretty damn good for a Dunkel. While not my favorite Surly by a long shot, I have to appreciate what they have accomplished here. WymanJ (49) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Tap in a pint glass at Surly Brewery. This beer seemed bland at first because I tried it right after sampling Surly’s Moe’s Bender. Schadenfreude is much more subtle, and after my palate cleared from the Moe’s Bender, I found this to be a smooth and delicious beer. This one should be sampled first before stronger flavored beers to enjoy it the most. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2011
on tap at the Surly tour pours brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is toast, caramel and wood. Flavor is rich and malty with sweet caramel and bitter nuts and toast. Really nicely done and highly drinkable. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2011
On tap at DLD ’11. A simple, nice dark lager with a medium carbonated body, which made for decent drinking. Cola-like in appearance, with a darker, brown cream head. In the aroma, some roasty, dark malts, caramel, grass, and grain malt. Light bodied, though quite drinkable with a decent bitterness. A complimentary flavor profile to the aroma, with a fair amount of roasted malts mixed the lager grassiness. Not too bad here.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Guest tap at Dark Lord Day 2011. Pours a cloudy brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is rich caramel with some bread, dark fruits, a light cocoa, and a touch of earth. Flavor is similar. Nice caramel up front with a light, earthy cocoa and some bready malts. Pleasant, clean lager-like fruits before this finishes with a light bitterness. A touch of roast in there before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light, smooth body and moderate, soft carbonation. Overall, a tasty lager. Nothing crazy, but well balanced and easy drinking. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 It’s a very drinkable dark beer, pretty light on the mouth but has a nice lasting roasty flavor. Can’t get enough of this beer this year, its a target at all the summer festivals. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Tap. Cola brown in color with a small off white head. Light bread aroma, slight roast coffee. Just too light. Taste is caramel, slight chocolate, and sweet cream. Slightly dry with a creamy and fairly light body. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2011
Enjoyed as a guest draft at Dark Lord Day at 3 Floyd’s in Munster, IN. Appearance a coffee brown with a rich tan head. Aroma honestly like smoked malts and meat, like beef jerky. Taste is fantastic, really creamy but crisp at the same time, a bit of roasted and smoked malts, a bit of German lager yeast as well. One of the most complex lagers I’ve had. Very good. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2011
Draft at Stub & Herbs. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color with a ever so slight head. What head there is collars around the rim of the glass a light tan color. I would have liked more head but it seems the bartender wanted to fill it to the brim! The aroma is actually quite mild with notes of light roast coffee. Medium mouthfeel. I would guess this uses maris otter barley given the appearance and aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Starts off with a very slight dark fruit flavor, a touch nuttiness, and the aforementioned light roast notes. Sweetness sticks around the whole time. Mild bitterness. Some caramel flavors as well as it warms up a touch. VERY easy drinking. Like.