bookman10 (1202) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 I enjoyed it. The smoke is quite strong and permeates the beer to a significant degree, so if this isn’t your thing, try something else. It worked for me. Had a draft with a burger at St. Paul’s Happy Gnome. Little to no head. Some chocolate and sweet undertones there (hard to tell under the smoke). Not quite sure it’s worth the expense (I really wish Surly would get serious about bottling this and Darkness in larger quantities so they wouldn’t be so hard to find), but was glad to have the opportunity to give it a try. Complemented the burger well.**Update: 1/14/13: Just had a bottle of this that I’d been saving for a year and I have to say, it tasted pretty awful. Don’t know that this is a beer that will age well, at least based on this example (still have another year-old bottle to try). Nuffield (4195) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Nice beer but definitely not worth the $14.99 I paid for it. Absent the smoke effect, the beer itself is adequate as a schwarzbier, with a nice chocolate base, though it doesn’t come anywhere close to dopple in character. Most importantly, this isn’t an especially rich beer; color-wise it is not opaque, with a clear black-brown color. Now, the smoke here is what you’re buying, and it does have a smoked sausage character but it is still lower than the average in this style. The wax top is pretty but took a good bit of time to get off; if it would lower the price point I’d rather just have a foil top. Overall, this would be a good, worthy beer at $7.99, and I’d probably buy it for a party at $8.99. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Dark dark black Pour, no head. some fruitiness in the nose, and slight smokey air. Body is a little thin especially for a baltic porter. Flavor was floral, fruity, incensy and light smoke. oily, creamy mouth feel. baggio (338) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle. Thanks to Weine for sharing!
Apperance: Dark brown with a small, beige, head.
Aroma: Smoked meat, Coffee, Caramel, Chocolate
Taste: Coffee, Chocolatem, Hint of smoked meat, Hint of caramel.
Palate: Quite thin and not very smoky at all. Elegant tho and very pleasant to drink.
I expected to taste way more smoke in this than i did. It feels more like a smoked imperial stout than anything else. Not bad tho. Not bad at all! 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Draft. Had no idea this was close to 10%. Seemed a little flat flavor wise and a little sweet, just a bit round too. Will certainly be trying to give this one another try.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
In short: A very sweet, moderately smoky and a bit woody Baltic Porter. Fun beer.LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about 6 months after it was put into bottle. Sent to me by oakbluff. Thanks a lot Scott
The look: Black body topped by a short-lived beige head
In long: Nose is moderately smoky with notes of wood coal and some molasses. Taste is dark cake malts, molasses, black liquorice, vanilla extract, beach wood, some smoke, coffee filter, figs, kiwis (really!), too much residual sugars. A strong burnt brown sugar flavor from start to finish. A fun beer but after a full bottle the residual sugars were getting a bit too much for me. I was expecting more from this beer. I don’t know if this beer was a one-shot beer or a new regular beer. I don’t know what the state of affairs is. Probably Nevada because people have a lot of affairs in Las Vegas.
UPDATED: APR 22, 2011 From a bottle, last beer I had as a bachelor. I am a sucker for smoked beers, and Surly does this one right. Nose is smoke and burnt malt . Good smoke profile without being harsh or biting. Lots of big malt in the mouth, very smooth, though the smoke prevents it from being "creamy". Really solid beer...also great out of the brite tank at DDay, though the smoke was not as pronounced. nimbleprop (8743) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2010
22oz bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a thin, off white head. Nose of light smoke, dopplebock fruitiness, toasted bread, malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, smokey, bacon, light coffee, brown sugar, burnt molasses. Medium bodied, smokey finish. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Big thanks to Briab fir this bottle.
Pours much darker than i was expecting, almost completely black with chocolate brown showing through the edges. The head is short lived and recedes to a tiny collar with no lacing.
Aroma is dominated by heavily smoked chocolate malts with some caramel and cocoa as well. There is a little bit of spent espresso grounds in the background.
Taste is sweeter with chocolate and caramel up front before the wave of smoked wood starts to take over. The finish is dry, woody and all about the smoke.
I’ve always like a good smoked beer so this one hit the spot for me. Lots of smoky character but still very drinkable. Good stuff. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Minimal beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, smoke, caramel, light milk chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, smoke, light milk chocolate. Medium body, low carbonation.