joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
pitch black with a mild tan head. thick moutfeel and low carbontion. smokey nose, flavor of initial dark malts with a large smokeiness coming through followed by some chocolate notes. tough to drink due to smokiness but a great complex flavor ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 16, 2007
On tap at brewery. Aroma: Strong smoked ham, a bit of fruitiness. Taste: pretty strong of smoked ham, dark dried fruits. Nice finish. Scipio (1181) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Pours black with a very minimal khaki head. There is a heavy smoky aroma that is complimented with coffee, licorice, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. The taste is focused more on chocolate, with some undertones of and alcohol, smoke, and earthy malts. Aftertaste is light, though it lasts a bit, and is a woody smoke. This one is medium in body, has a texture that feels a bit flat, and has softer carbonation. For a style I usually enjoy, I have to say I’m disappointed. I expected more. bookman10 (1179) - 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). GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 31, 2016
On tap on St Patty’s Day at the brewery -- this is a great smoked beer. Great flavor subtle smoke, just great.
Nsanders (1163) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Tap at Woolley’s. Deep brown with some tan lacing. Smokey, leather, dried leaves and earthy hops. Taste is dry with light bitterness. Body is lighter with a foamy feel. Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Black with no head. Super smokey aroma with some malt. Taste is sweet with tons of smoke. Something about the combination of sweetness with smoke really disgusted me. If the beer was drier I would have totally dug the smoke flavor but with this weird sweetness I can’t take it. ARH (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
On tap, poured into an english tulip pint glass. The beer is dark and oily dark woth a rich cola hue and a light tan colored soap head that has a moderate retention and very light lace. The aroma is a smokey, charred note with roasted coffee beans, and a cookie dough hint with late developing aromas of vanilla and raisin. The taste is a medium high roasted sweet with a complimentary medium slick bitter. The beer is syrupy smooth with a soft fuzz carbonation and a medium full body with flavors of coffee and smokey grilled meats with some undertones of chocolate. It finishes sticky with mostly a spicy clove and coffee that carries to the aftertaste that’s mostly clean with a smokey charred quality. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Very impressed by this one. Manages to be quite smoky yet balanced and lgiht and drinkable. No clue it was near 10%, i would have guessed 5 or 6.
Pours almost black, carbonated, but with little head. Nose and front of the palate are pretty smoky, and give way to a roasty light body with a very clean and quick finish. Definitely worth a try, very unique and very good. vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Near black with thick foamy brown head. Aroma- touch of smoke along with some slight fruitiness. Taste - sweet malt with caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt and cream. Prominent but not overpowering smoked malt. Nice smoked lager.
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