nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2008
Tap at the Blue Door. Pours charcoal black with a tan head. Smells and tastes of dijon mustard, mild smoke, and wood. Creamy for a smoked beer, but really balanced. Perfect for a hearty meal. This beer makes me miss Germany, bad. DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2008
On tap tonight at Acadia in Minneapolis. Poured black with a slight head into a tulip glass with a slight odor of coffee. Flavor was that of a good bitter porter and had and afteraste of tobacco. Would definitely recommend for anyone just getting into trying smoke beers. tedovertu (297) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Interesting brew. Pours dark brown almost black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Very smokey on the back end and meaty of the front. Another winner from Surly. A little watery but the oiliness makes up for it a little bit. Really wish they would get their coffee bender into cans. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 27, 2008
FoBAB 08. Cedar Smoke Version. Solid beer. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smokey tobacco aroma, chocolate, roasted malt. Good flavor. Surly always seems to have solid stuff. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Fobab VI. This version was Cedar Smoke, not sure if the original is aged on Cedar as well. At any rate, this was hugely awesome. Dark brown/black pour. Nice and big beefy nose jumps out with some very good woody undertones. cigars jump out at you as does tobacco and chocolate. A little bit thin in the body, but damn fine otherwise. Very good.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Black - offwhite head. Roasted, smokey, chocolate, fruity, berries, dark fruits, licorice, coffee, smooth body. Nice. beastiefan2k (3903) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Cask @ Darkness Day in my brand new Darkness tulip. I was told this was aged on in cedar barrels. Each of the beers served there came in 3 forms, tap, out of the bright tank, and cask. In hindsight I should have not tried a smoked, barrel aged, Baltic porter on cask, but either way here we go. I was watching the de-bunging of the cask and got one of the first pours. Its completely black, nothing but blackness. That includes any semblance of a head or lacing, again completely nothing after just a few seconds after the pour. Aroma is smoke (lightly sweet, lightly BBQ) which I like. Behind that is an oily astringent licorice, I don’t like that. Taste has more of that licorice astringency with the smoke on the back end. Mouthfeel is lightly oily and of course very undercarbonated. It seems where well structured I just needed to try it NOT on cask. I will definitely give this another go around if I come across it on tap. 7/4/7/3/14
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Had this out of the bright tank at Darkness day, one year later. Was really hoping to love this but I was again disappointed, not a bad beer but nothing special. The smoke is there, its not really backed up with anything, just some watery dark malts and light licorice.
Re-rate out of the bottle, shared by Dansting. Same slightly disappointing beer, smoke, dark water malts, not backbone. 7/3/7/3/15
Cup at Darkness Day. Dark brown color with a tan head that lasts only a few seconds. Aroma was of toasted malt, chocolate, tasty smoked ham, wood, and a little hint of toffee. Taste was of malt, chocolate, and wood all balanced by smoked flavors making it all taste very earthy. Would go perfect with barbeque. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
GABF ’08. Hi Hapjy. A beast of flavorful smoky balance. Badass nose...scarier than the flavor. I dig it...now to wash it down with some furious. EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
This was a real treat to get on tap after getting 6 bottles of Darkness at D-day. If someone had said I would enjoy a beer that tastes like a campfire and charred meat, I would have smirked. But the dusty chocolate and roasted malts with almost a cookie like bite, somehow pulls this altogether. It is still impossible for me to say why a lingering palate of barbecue ribs in a beer could be so enjoyable, but I look forward to the next opportunity to find out.