VeinAle (135) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Smokey and delicious, coffee and molasses notes, hints of biscuit and light grain. Worth having! BBB63 (6567) - 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. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Fobab VI. This version was Cedar Smoke, not sure if the original is aged on Cedar as well. At any rate, this was hugely awesome. Dark brown/black pour. Nice and big beefy nose jumps out with some very good woody undertones. cigars jump out at you as does tobacco and chocolate. A little bit thin in the body, but damn fine otherwise. Very good. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Tap at the Blue Door. Pours charcoal black with a tan head. Smells and tastes of dijon mustard, mild smoke, and wood. Creamy for a smoked beer, but really balanced. Perfect for a hearty meal. This beer makes me miss Germany, bad. DragonStout (1418) - 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. That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Smoked bacon! That’s all I got. Huge brew. Best smoked I’ve ever had. One of the highlights.