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. 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. xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Aroma is bacon, hickory, and smoke, with dark malts and alcohol. Smells very clean and slightly sweet.
Pour is absolutely black with no head.
Taste is intensely smoked, sweet, lots of the typical baltic porter- chocolate, cocoa, light to moderate bitterness, and slight alcohol.
Finish is slightly sweet, smoky bacon, and low bitterness.
Good, if a little too sweet. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
tap at kristina’s pig roast. light smoke, grainy earthy coffee. more of an ashy tobacco smoke rather than a common campfire beef jerky smoke. chocolatey, doughy, with some light chalky smoke character. some vanilla. a bit thinned out. low carbonation. pretty good though.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Smoky chocolate nose, lots of bacon, lots toffee, some dark fruit and dusty lager yeast. Nice beer. baggio (337) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle. Thanks to Weine for sharing!
Apperance: Dark brown with a small, beige, head.
Aroma: Smoked meat, Coffee, Caramel, Chocolate
Taste: Coffee, Chocolatem, Hint of smoked meat, Hint of caramel.
Palate: Quite thin and not very smoky at all. Elegant tho and very pleasant to drink.
I expected to taste way more smoke in this than i did. It feels more like a smoked imperial stout than anything else. Not bad tho. Not bad at all! bookman10 (1121) - 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). GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 750mL courtesy of beeranddogs. Pour is clear, deep, cola brown looking deep cola brown in the glass with highlights. Really no head- some cola fizziness erupts and settles down wickedly fast. No retention. No lace. Aroma is not even smoky: instead there is something medicinal, black cherry soda, cherry juice box, a touch of briney Kalamata olives. As it warms a hint of smokiness comes through but is layered atop some alcohol notes. Taste is bit like burnt plastic, cola sweetness coming in for the rescue but only succeeding in making the beer taste like flat vanilla cherry Coke. Palate is fizzy, fairly thin. 12/12/2010 7/3/6/3/13=3.2EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Tap at CK. Deep pour with a thinner tan head. Deep clear black ruby. Rich, smoked meat nose with heavy bacon. Aecht Schlenkerla style. Taste is thinner, lemon tart, nicely roasty. Thinner mouthfeel like a schwarzbier. Just a little bit too much tobacco and dirt and less oily bacon fat. Still quite nice.
Thin black pour with a light tan head. Lightly smoked aroma. Smoky roasted flavor with a bitter finish. Very nice and drinkable. I didn’t realize this was 9.5%.