drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Smoke pours pitch black for the most part. Barely any head is poured at all. Whatever pours is quickly gone to what you see in the picture to the right.
With the smell you really don’t get the full effect of this beer. It’s really not until you get to the taste that you really understand why this is called Smoke. The smell is light on smokiness, roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Really nice.
But when you take your first sip, you are really greeted by the smoke. Smoke and burnt malt attacks the palette. But then the beer takes a turn. It’s like a two step process. Attack the palette with a barrage of smoke, then turn around and give us a really nice mixture of coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, alcohol, etc. The ending of this beer is just fantastic. Like I said, its a tale of two beers here.
Love the mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy, and just thick enough. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Super dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Massive smoke in the nose. Smoked salmon, bacon, and meat with background notes of supple but roasty chocolate. Hints of char. Caramel and molasses sweetness with big meaty smoke in the flavor, with bacon and cocoa nib in the finish. Big rich body with excellent carbonation and a dry roasty finish. schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours a black color, with thin tan head....Smells of a smoked meat shop....applewood smoked meat...taste is the perfect amount of smokiness and meat smoked flavor, with some fresh home made deer sausage this is a gem.... joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Wow. I absolutely loved this beer. I want more. It pours black with a decent tan head. The aroma is burnt bacon, light peat and wood, some cocoa and mild soy sauce saltiness. The flavor is very smoky and dry with hints of wood smoke, molasses, bacon and dark fried fruit. Perfect on the palate, not too thick or thin. Perfect balance of salty smoke and sweet cocoa and bacon. An absolute pleasure to drink. I really wish this was easier to come by. VeinAle (134) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Smokey and delicious, coffee and molasses notes, hints of biscuit and light grain. Worth having!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007: Opaque with a fading head but left oily legs upon the glass. The aroma has a beautiful smoky nose along with plum, raisin, hazelnut, oak and bready esters. The taste has an initial malty profile with a background of ripened fruits, A big smoky and meaty finish is nearly perfect. A lovely flavorful beer. The mouth feel is lush and smooth with a smoky and barrel dryness upon the finish. A wonderful brew and one of my favorites at the fest. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007. Dark dark brown to light black with a razor thin creamy white head. Subdued nose. Small smoke, ala Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen. Small oaky tannins. Some roast, relatively dry, tiny chocolate. Not thick or thin, just right with low CO2. Big sweet flavor, that I just couldn’t smell! This is a like a badass sweet Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen! More dark malt character, of course. Big smoke. Sweet, but not cloying. Oak and alcohol balance the sweetness. The roast comes on in the finish. A dry oaky finish. This is probably the most creative beer at FoBAB 2007, and the one most up my alley. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Tap Cafe 28 served teasingly in a Darkness Goblet. Saturday night before the Darkness bottle release- I toast all the people driving from other states and preparing to spend the night outside the brewery. I am in awe.
The aroma of Smoke is...well Smoke. Appearance is also tantalizingly similar to Darness- Solid black with a large cocoa head. The taste is pleasing milk chocolate and liquor. Mouthfeel is as silky as it gets. Without significant hop taste (unique for Surly) you really get a view of their craft expertise in how flawless the mouthfeel is. The smoke is by no means overwhelming but adds a dimension of interest to a baltic porter that would have been wonderful without it. The alcohol is surreptitious - its there but its not...kinda like smoke.
"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist." (Usual Suspects).
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
(Tap) Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small amount of a tan colored head. Aroma of deep roasted malts, roasted coffee and smoke. Rich malty taste includes smoke (obviously), caramelized sugars, light whiskey, vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate. Full bodied, with low carbonation and a light alcoholic finish. Not sure what the ABV of this beer was, but it was scarily drinkable. A fantastic beer! WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2008
8th Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bottle provided by Tiptop, via the brewers at Surly. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is low on the smoke, but its there adn nice. Taste is sweet and smokey but mellow, this is a drinkable complex smoked beer, something rare in the smoked category, its got some legs.