tennisjoel (1446) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Autumn Brew Review ’07 islay (2645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
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.
5 or 6 oz. pour, on tap at Mackenzie in Minneapolis. Consumed on 12-14-07. Coffee, chocolate, and plum scents from the malt. Sweet tobacco, leather, and black cherry, and curry scents from the smoke. Vanilla from the oak. Pronounced underlying sweetness in the aroma. Bitter smell that probably derives from the dark malts, but perhaps some may come from hops. The aroma is pleasant, but I wish it were stronger, especially the smoke component. The smell really isn’t all that smoky. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a mahogany hue. Almost no head. Coffee bitterness is the primary initial taste. Some cigarette (as opposed to cigar) tobacco, but not much. Seems to be somewhat hoppy, but that may be an illusion from the dark malts, smoke, and oak. Sweet tobacco and sugar flavors emerge eventually. Alcohol not fully masked. Medium body. Soft and lively in the palate; typical Surly texture. Oak Aged Smoke is good, but, as a big fan of both Surly and smoked beers, I was hoping for more. WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Dark viscous used motor oil color with a thick grimy head. Aroma is surprisingly light for a smoked beer. Smoke flavor is not overwhelming, but plays a nice complimentary roll. Medium bodied. Well done, as a lot of rauch beers seem to be heavy on smoke and light on body, which doesn’t describe this beer at all. Thanks to Omar for breaking this out on tap during Darkness Day 12-15-07! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
(Draft) Pours a black body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of smoke, roastiness, brown sugar, plums, and raisins. Flavor of smoke, rye, dark fruits, and roasted malt. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
GTMW 2008. The beer pours to a really dark brown body with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and light smoked meats. The flavor is sweet sugary malts and light smoked meats. A nice medium body leaves this beer pretty balanced.
tjthresh (1871) - 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. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Old draft rating. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Oak, vanilla, chocolate notes, light roast y notes and some light minerals, a hint of smoke and vanilla. Decent ale. arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Poured black with thin brown/tan head, smelled instantly of smoke and nothing else. Tasted much more balanced, with a nice malt start and thick smoky finish. Though not a fan of smoked beer, this one was the best! Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2010
This poured a dark brown color with a smaller beige head, courtesy of a generous man from DLD 10. Aroma was lots of thick campfire smoke, with roasted coffee poking through as well. Flavor was a bit disappointing, lots of smoked meats, and coffee, but tthese tastes seemd to be too separate and did not blend well together. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours a deep black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of smoked malt, toffee, caramel and chocolate. Flavor of smoked malt, tea, toffee and toasted malt.