DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to kbutler1 for this one.
3.0 A: Pitch black color. One finger of frothy tan head dies down as if it were a Coca-Cola and leaves no lacing. Iíve never seen anything quite like this.
4.5 S: Really nice. Smoke is probably the most notable aroma, but it isnít dominating. Rather, Iím picking up toasted malt and a slight burntness.
4.0 T: Toasty and roasty, the base porter is tasty. A touch of dark crystal sweetness comes through. The smoke, unfortunately, is very soft. I wish it were five times stronger.
3.5 M: Lighter body and perhaps too thin. Carbonation is also a little low, or perhaps it stays in solution too well. Other than that, smooth with a smoky finish.
3.5 D: Good beer, but a lot of room to improve. The base recipe is solid, but a higher mash temp and some flaked barley or wheat could do wonders.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-03-2010 01:38:30 mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Growler, courtesy beerlando. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Pretty big smoke and peat are noticeable right up front as expected, but it wasnt overwhelming. Had some roasted malts, and coffee flavors mixed in with the smoke to formulate its flavor character. Nice smoked brew, not in your face peat, but enough to make its presence known and blend with the other characters. I liked it. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor is light smokiness, espresso, vanilla, oak. Better than any other smoked Iíve tried to date. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Tasted on 6/8/2012 at SAVOR 2012. Pours a dark black, aroma is a lot of smoke yet taste isnít as aggressive. Didnít realize it was 9.5%, felt that with the taste and light-medium body I could have this for awhile. Really enjoyed it. My first Minnesota beer and rating!...of course, Coffee Bender was enjoyed 5 minutes later. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!
A-pours a dark black liquid with a little tan colored head that is tight and creamy.
S-the nose brings a ton of smokiness up front, lots of roasted and smokey malty goodness. notes of chocolate and anise. sweetness and hops in the back, plums, grassy hops.
T-the taste is even smokier. lots of smoke dark malts, chocolate, anise behind. plums and raisins in the back with a light grassy hop presence.
M-the feel is so smooth and creamy on the palate. the carb is light but enough to hold the body throughout. hint of crispness at the finish with just a touch of dry in the back.
D-definitely a good bit of smoke with a good malty sweetness and nice hop presence in the finish. solid drink here with some nice maltiness going on.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with no head.Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
Aroma: Hickory smoked ham.
Taste: Super smokey malt. Toast. Slight sour twang in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation.
Overall: An amazing, smoky treat.
Black body with not much head.Oak,chocolate,marsh mellows,and a small hop finish is what i pick up in the nose.In the flavor i grab smoke,oak,and hops.Very nicely done. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Appearance: pours like liquid peat and smoke under a creamy head. Fades into a lacey collar bordering a broken khaki film. Swirls bubbly.
Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Nose: smoke and bacon and smoke and bacon, ohmy! Smoldering fireplace, logs crackling and cracking and sparking in the back. Also in the back Ė cacao beans and espresso chocolate cake. Black bread and esters of horse blankets and leather. Smoked salmon?
Palate: mouthfeel is rich, creamy, smooth, bready, and cakey. Smoke is subtle and pervasive but never overwhelming. Dry finish of firewood. Smoked salmon and bacon, smoked prunes and dates, and smoke in the breath. Chocolate black cake. Peat. Dark stone fruits in the back of each and every swallow Ė meaty, dense, and rich. Burnt caramel. Horse and horse blankets underneath with tannin inclinations. Slowly grows more parching in the finish. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: good beer does come in a can. Oskar Blues started it and Surly continues the honorable trend of canned craft beer. The only thing that would make me happier than a can of Surly in my glass would be Surly in my glass in Florida. Surly Smoke turns its nose at the can for this particular beer though, choosing instead the waxed confines of a glass 750ml bomber. Either way, yum!
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Tap at the Blue Nile. Burly black with a skirting skin of off white. Aroma is unusual but not off the map; notes of blueberry and cinnamon accent the body of roast beef and au jus with a light hint of heat. The smoke is subtle and polished, and stays for the most part in that arena of rich beef rather than straying into maple bacon and hickory territory. Flavors has a lot of cold fruitiness and rich sweetness, like caramelized pears and sugar dipped figs let to roast over a bonfire; belgian chocolate in large quantities with fudge, graham crackers, and tart red berries. Light tones of sweet bourbon and vanilla type of spirited heat, soft and complementing. Palate is juicy, dense, and full; finish tends toward a wet, dessert wine type of fruitiness and extends itself lazily. Certainly a Baltic first, and a smoked second, this is a great example of a warming dark ale that effortlessly skirts the frustrating imperial stout-isms of overstretched hops, sugars, and alcohol, while still providing that contemplative strength needed in the dead of winter. gopherfan99 (1776) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Tap; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma is malt, dark fruits, smoke, and hints of wood; taste is chocolate, dark fruits, malt, and some smoke, wood, and caramel; finish is dry and smoky with a hint of roasted malt; very good smoked beer