Smoke - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by zealot:
4.75/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Release party at the Muddy Pig. I live ~4 miles from the bar, and getting there was still an adventure. Kudos to the Surly staff for actually getting there.
This beer was served way too cold. In order to really appreciate it, I had to let it warm it in my hands for a good 5-10 minutes.
Appearance was certainly dark, but not as dark as one might expect. I had Darkness the night before, though, so perhaps my radar is a bit off. There was a small head that stuck around like it was doing someone a favor - there for a minute, but leaving way too early. This may have been a function of how cold this was.
Only good things from here on out: Smell was a subtle, but definite smoke. Not an over-the-top Rauchbier, but a slight woody campfire aroma, mixed with some excellent toffee, roasted aromas that made this an exceptional brew.
The taste was similar to the aroma, but I was surprised at how restrained the Smoke flavor actually was. Wow! Again, maybe because it was so damn cold, the smoke flavor didn't come out until the back end. Up front, it was much lighter than I had expected. I knew going in about the 9.5% ABV, but if I were to guess, I would have pegged it at 6-7%. Silky roastiness with toffee and mild chocolate, and, again, the back end with a truly elegant smoky finish. Not as much hops as I would expect from a Surly brew, but it was so well balanced.
This was a phenomenal brew. This is probably the best Surly brew behind Darkness. I polished one of these off easily and I could have pounded more, but I felt compelled to try the TeaBagged Furious cask.
Serving type: on-tap
12-05-2007 17:48:59 | More by zealot
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Smoke pours a black color with a nice lacing tan head. There is a strong smokey aroma; much like a smoked meat. The taste has a nice mellow, but pronounced smokey flavor, very meaty flavors. The body feels a little watery, but a nice warmth. Overall its a nice easy drinking smoking beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 00:41:04 | More by vette2006c5r
4.34/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on draft 4oz pour into snifter at churchkey on 5/8/14
A-Pours a dark brownish black with tan head.
S-Aromas of smoke, tobacco,and chocolate. Feels like you are at a campfire.
T-Tasting notes of smoke, roast, malts, tobacco, light chocolate.
M-Mouthfeel gives a medium-full body with a dry finish. Decent carbonation
O-Overall quite surprised loved the smoke aroma and flavor.
Serving type: on-tap
05-10-2014 02:56:57 | More by reebtaerG
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a very well made smoked porter. The smell is simply wonderful; soaked hickory on your hot coals smell! Sort of makes me hungry when I get a whiff. The smell is appetizing, but the smoke flavor is subtle and in no way overpowers the porter, what I feel is a big danger in smoked beers.
A: A rich dark black with an initial tan head that foams down to a crisp thin line.
S: Like my grill when I throw a handful of soaked hickory chips on those hot coals with a splash of yeasty chocolate in the back of the sinus.
T: Very interesting progression of flavors; initial bitterness (interesting for a porter) but it quickly mellows into a more chocolate smoothness and finishes with a smoky after taste. Again, when you breath deeply from your glass there is such a rich smoky scent, but the flavor itself doesn't overshadow the rich flavors comprising the base of a very good porter. Well done Surly.
M: I personally like my porters a little more smooth, the carbonation was a little too in my face to make this aspect outstanding.
O: Great smoked porter. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the pleasure of smoke flavor in their food or drink. Quite enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2014 00:59:52 | More by Carb-Overlord
Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
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