gopherfan99 (2012) - 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 bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2012
750 ml wax dipped bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There’s a very small amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like smoked and roasted malt, peat, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like smoked malt/meats, burnt/charred malt, coffee, and some dark fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a little creamy and slick with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew overall, I’d definitely buy this again in the future. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Black with a thin ring of brown head. Aroma of bacon-like smokiness. Strong, malty, molasses-like taste. Smoke doesn’t dominate but fills in around the edges. Sweet and sugary to some extent. Undercurrent of blackcurrant fruitiness. Certainly one of the better smoked beers I’ve had. 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. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
dark/red pour. molasses. smokey and roasty. Arouma of a slow burning yule log. some carbonic tart at the end. finish is smooth and creamy. unexpectedly nice.
Japalo (1887) - DENMARK - MAY 5, 2013
[email protected]andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Black tar small head. Smokey notes dominates. Mouthfeel so light for an high alcohol brew. Some grassy hoppy bitter finish. Great.
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home alone relaxing prior to the NYE holiday. This was an $18 bottle and I was hesitant to get it, but I’m happy that I did. Appearance is a murky pitch black with a rich but quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is fantastic...oak, smoke, chocolate, and vanilla, it’s rich but not potent. Taste is equally fantastic. I feel like the oak takes away the harshness of the smoked malt but retains a nice flavor, mixed with the chocolate and vanilla. There is a licorice element in this as well. Overall it’s pretty great and I’m happy that I’ve had it. Very happy that Surly is in Illinois! tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Glass at Darkness Day. Pour is opaque black with some lighter brown head. The smoke here is fiarly light and is ahy, not porkish like some smoke beer tends to be. This isn’t all that smoked at all. A decent Baltic Porter. Chocolaty with a smidge of roast and dry ash smoke. Medium body with a dry finish. 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. I’ve never seen anything quite like this.
4.5 S: Really nice. Smoke is probably the most notable aroma, but it isn’t dominating. Rather, I’m 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.