beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Served very cold in a tulip-like goblet at Muddy Pig: Plain glossy black. No head was present when served on any of my orders? I’m sure, perhaps at point of pour there may have been, but I saw none. A glare of oily residue coats the glass while flecks and specks of lace frantically stick about the surface.
Heavy, dark, aroma of deep dark fruity tanged fig, raisin, with a nice rounded black malt sweetness. Crisp and fresh smelling at first wiff. Only slight smoked ascents at first but it grows with a delicate and gradual nudge as it warms. Creating more smoked bacon tendencies as it goes as does a bit more roasted deepness.
Wonderfully broad deep flavors. Clean, invitingly deep, lasting flavors of all sorts of malts with caramel smoothness, black malt sweetness, roasted malt dryness, and smoked malt tangyness. Mildly figgy and raisin paste make for a nice quick tang of a dark fruity nature upfront. The smoked meat flavors are a near perfect match as it is never overpowering in any fashion. Its just a mild yet fulfillingly rich and well blended tone all across the palate. Notes of burnt rubarb pie, black cracked pepper, cocoa, and vanilla create nice little additional things among the smokey realm of its character. Lots of subtle layers and melding flavors in this one. A smoked crockpot of malts if you will. Nice!
Body is smooth, clean, and partially silky with a well handled tang of dark fruit and smoke. Tends to get slippery real quick as its medium body isn’t a thick monster of malt. Its quite casual and leads you easily into a lull of drinkin ease and great flavors.
The drinkability is outstanding! Ahhh, but here is where I think that term "Smoke" came from other then the obvious use of smoked malts. As its the ABV that renders itself like smoke from a fire smoldering in your head. It builds slowly at first, filling your head gradually with smoke, eventually, and before you know it your head is a blaze of swimming glee from the ABV. Wow, one sneaky fuckin beer! Watch out for this one, be sure to drink water to help slow the smoke. Whew... juiceisloose (1496) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Growler courtesy Beerlando. Pours a dark brown color with a black center with a small tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind. The aroma is nice and shows a good amount of smoked malts and peat with some chocolate and coffee undertones. The flavor is again very chocolaty with some skorched caramel and oaky vanilla adding depth and flavor. The smoked peat and smokey meat are noticeable as well. Dark fruits come through as it warms up and really balances out the smokiness nicely. Medium bodied and very silky mouthfeel with good carbonation adds up to a smooth drinker. Very solid brew and one I am glad I got to try. Thanks Brian. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle pours deep mahogany, almost black, with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of smoke, salted meat, dark chocolate, oak, and roasted nuts. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of coffee, molasses, light ash, and toasted marshmallow. jc1762 (1484) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Tap into a snifer showing pitch black with sparse white foam on the edges.
The nose first shows a lot of steel tank notes but eventually matures into light roasted malts then finishes with a very Islay peaty aroma (think swampy, smoked malt).
The palate is well carbonated and light bodied but creamy and well done. The flavor is very peaty and swampy. Tastes more akin to a whiskey than a beer but without the hard alcoholic bite. Still very good though. I would hesitate to buy a whole bottle unless it’s shared. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap at the Blue Nile. First off... I am not a huge fan of smoked beers, nor am I big on porters, thus smoked porters generally aren’t big for me. But leave it to Todd and the crew... Enticing aroma of lightly smoked moist wood. A hint of maple bacon. Nuanced smoke. Earthy with a touch of peat. Quite a lot of oak. Pours pitch black with a thin khaki head. Quite nice on the tongue. The smoke doesn’t overpower the beer. Lightly charred wood, smoky malt, leather, burnt vanilla, bitter chocolate and dried coffee grounds. Rich and creamy. Full bodied. Finishes with a touch of earthy and smoky malt. By far the most nuanced smoked beer I’ve tasted. The smoked malt doesn’t overpower the flavor and aroma, rather it enhances the beer. Nicely done!
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
’12 bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is light somke with char and bacon over soft chocolate and sweet malt. Taste is mild smoke over chocolate and a sweet doppelbock type malt profile. Bit mild for a baltic porter but the smoke treatment is nice. Good beer. tennisjoel (1465) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2017 Rerate: I’d like to give this beer its proper review. Smokiness is lovely. Lovely! One of my favorite beers from Surly. Really good!
Autumn Brew Review ’07 deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Black body with a tan head. Creamy palate. Very easy drinking. I don’t get the strength of a baltic porter here, instead this reminds me of a smoked porter, nutty roasted flavor with a touch of smoke.
This may be Surly’s most "to style" beer to date, not necessarily pushing the style boundaries, as they do with many of their other beers. Given this is a Surly special release, I was expecting more and so in that sense, it was a bit of a let down.
On a side note, the naming of this beer is somewhat disturbing. I hope they change the name. Dahmer is not a guy I’d like to think about when drinking a Surly beer.
A - pours deep dark opaque cola with fluffy high tan head. S - strong aromas of a quad. Some smoke, dark fruit, molasses, salted toasted caramel, chocolate, toffee. M - nice rich full bodied brew, strong creamy palate. T - smoke, roasted malts, coffee notes up front. Lightly bitter vegetal dark toasted malts, molasses on the palate. Lingering vinous smoke, coffee, and malts. O - very good smoke beer. 7 ryecatcher (1451) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
750mL bottle (2015). Gotta admit, I must be attracted to shiny things as that silver wax looks pretty dope. Pours a deep, brownish-black (looks like a stout), espresso brownish head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is a heavy hit of smokiness, roasted almonds, cocoa, more smoke. Mouth is medium bodied, silky, medium sweetness with a big fucking wallop of smoke over a base of raisins, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, hints of licorice, finishes with a bit of brine. I’m not a huge fan of smoked beers -- and just an FYI the claim on the bottle that this is subtle is total bullshit... this is as smoky as a BBQ pit, and I already had been told beforehand -- however this one was better than some others I’ve had. Surly is easily one of my favorite breweries. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Growler courtesy of Beerlando.I love the nose on this.Liquid smoked meat in a bottle, how can u go wrong?The flavor was full smoked meat, not the usual campfire smoke.Lots of flavor here, pretty solid brew.