Smoke - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by travloh:
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Darkness Day, 2008. Poured into brand new Surly Goblet. Straight outta the big steel beer-makin' tanks inside the Surly brewery.
Yummy dark dark brown appearance, glimmers of scarlet on the edges break out in the October sun. Head is resilient and oh so yummy looking.
Taste and smell are of course smokey, but in a smooth, fine cigar kinda way. The aftertaste actually reminds me of the taste of a very good cigar. There is something else present, as well. I have heard it called burnt bacon, but I don't quite get that. I get more of a maybe, slowcooked bbq type of essence. Not bbq sauce, but the smokiness.
So far this review makes it sound like something out of a bonfire, but I am just glazing over the moniker. There is actually so much more present. Slight twinges of sweetness, spice and bitterness thrown in right where it needs to be. Back it up with some alcohol burn and you are in business.
After the glass is gone there is sticky spider webs of lacing left over the whole inside of the glass.
I could have had about 3 more of these, highlighting the drinkability. Its good stuff.
Serving type: on-tap
10-26-2008 05:18:07 | More by travloh
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep, dark cola brown pour with khaki head. Nose is a nice mix of salty smoke and sweet cherry-type smoke along with refined roast malt, cocoa powder, and faint fruit esters. Flavor is a gentle salty/sweet smoke mix, bittersweet chocolate, soft roasted malt, and some mild dark fruit. Lingering bittersweet chocolate, and to a lesser extent, charcoal.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 12:02:36 | More by jbaker67
3.09/5 rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A-Pours a very dark brown. Head bubbles up and fades. The head was also quite dark. Lighter lacing.
S-Obvious smokiness. Campfire. Rauchbier. Salty, cured meat. Struggling to acquire much else behind the smoke...I know there's a Porter there somewhere.
T-Flavor is exceedingly smoky, of course. More of the Porter elements come out here. A bit peaty as well. Pretty one dimensional.
M-Surprisingly light in body. Alcohol hidden well. The smoke coats the tongue a bit.
O/D-I wasn't enamored with this beer. Over the top smokiness. I was expecting a bit more diversity in the flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 14:57:37 | More by VelvetExtract
Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
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