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Three - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 23
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Tap only.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-19-2009)
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Photo of RDAdams
1.85/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

The appearance is very inviting. Dark with a beautiful head.

As for the aroma, the honey and the Munich malt are both there, but there is no blending. It's like tha old McDonald's as where "the hot side is hot and the cold side is cold."

The taste is sickening sweet. It reminded me German Double Chocolate Cake with too much sugar added to the recipe.

The mouthfeel is full and smoth.

Drinkability: I couldn't finish it

Photo of younger35
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the Bavarian Lodge for their special Surly release party. I basically went for the 16 Grit but had to try this too! Drank from a small tulip.

Appearance- Pours a jet ass black with a nice two finger plus head that is thick and creamy. A smallish cap remains the entire duration of the "beer" along with thick rings of creamy lacing.
Smell- Starts with a very lightly charred smokiness with a light sort of honey sweetness that perfumes the background. Lightly floral and uniquely spicy as a light bit of caramel peaks its head in. Some red licorice and candied orange peel are also readily noticeable.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a sort of cherry start and that distinctly dry sticky earthiness I get from honey. Figs and a touch of dried raisins add a very dark earthy aspect. Some spiciness (white pepper and cinnamon) add a different aspect that I'm not sure I've experienced before. Finishes slightly sweet, slightly dry with a fruity sort of mellowness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly stout body with some zesty carbonation but unfortunately it gets cloying.
Drinkability- Way to sweet as it makes this brew hard to finish. This is the 3rd Surly brew that I've had that they age on White Ash and honestly I have no idea what the Ash brings to the table. I will say that this is interesting but it's also a Black Braggot (and has no business being on BA but whatever) so it's fun to try odd styles like this. Fun to try but only once.

Photo of homebrew311
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a backlogged review from notes. Served at The Map Room.

A: pours very dark with an orange-ish hue, thin white head that disappears quickly

S: huge notes of honey which is overwhelming, notes of wild flowers and licorice, lots of sweetness

T: like the nose, the honey is very prominent and dominates the profile, some flowery notes, licorice, molasses, and again more honey. The sweetness is cloying and there is nothing that balances it

MF: this beer is thick and viscous in the mouth and leaves a stickiness on the palate

D: far too sweet for my liking. I'm not well versed on Braggots, but this beer just doesn't work for me

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. Pours a cloudy brown with no real head. Aroma of sweet sweet malt, beets, and stew-like notes. Flavor of sweet caramel. Very sugary. Not terrible flavor-wise, but so sweet and hard to manage more than a couple sips of. This was my first braggot, and it doesn't seem to be a favorite style of mine...

Photo of jwinship83
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the bavarian lodge. my first "black braggot" so im not really sure what to expect.

A- completely black body with a rather large mocha colored head that proved to be very sticky as well as long lasting.

S- very sweet and malty with lots of fruit, mostly raisin, in the nose. noticeable honey as well.

T- overly sweet. tons of sugary honey and raisin in the taste. no trace of the alcohol, hard to believe that this one is 10% abv.

M- medium to full bodied and pretty creamy. small amount of warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- an interesting choice for an anniversary beer. not really my thing, but im glad that they went with something different. something i dont think ill try again because its too sweet to drink regularly and a limited release beer.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with no head to speak of, which can be expected as this is true to style with very little carbonation. But it isn't the best looking brew in general. There is a lack of aroma, I get very small hints of honey and dark sweet malts, but they are hard to search for. Taste is extremely sweet, which is to style, but honestly a style I am not enamored with. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with a definate coating of sugars on the way down. The aftertaste is something I can't quite pick out, but the taste as someone next to me put it "tastes like flat coke" which is somewhat true, but I don't get the coke, I get flat sweet malts, mostly caramel. The best of their anniversary beers to me, but again, just not a beer I will seek out.

Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a light tannish head and a small amount of lacing. Smell is raisins, honey, plums, malts. Almost reminds me of a Westy 12 on the nose. On the palate, plums, raisins, malts, honey (very similar to the nose). Really wonderful finish that stays on the palate for quite some time after each sip. Medium on mouthfeel, small amount of carbonation (which is perfect). I would probably drink again but I prefer other beers to this, although I enjoyed it.

Photo of vobr0002
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MPLS
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Waited patiently @ the Blue Nile to try this, lots of Surly sheep running around.

A: Dark syrup, with little head that was poured into a D Tremens tulip.

S: Smells like alcohol, what have I gotten myself into? There is also some good-natured sweetness and dark malts.

T: Unique and intense. A domineering sweetness makes me realize that this beer is not to my extreme liking. The uniqueness and bright molasses-like notes make it pleasant though.

M: This thing felt like Nyuil-lite, good coating of the mouth, yes um.

D: Domineering sweetness led me to drink another beer, of course it was a Surly still :p

Photo of beerad666
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Small Bar in Chicago, IL.

It pours a very murky dark dark amber, it was really dark inside the bar so may have looked darker then it was. There was almost no head, just some white lacing on the glass. In the aroma honey and sugar comes through right away, also some cherry. I was worried this was going to be too sweet and undrinkable. It almost smells like a mead. But the taste is more tart with honey. Don't get me wrong, this is a sweet beverage. But it is well balanced with the malts and fruit. This one is a sipper and a sharer, I wasn't able to tackle a whole pint alone. The booze was getting to me and I was just starting to feel sticky. This is a different beer and worth trying if you see it on tap.

Photo of SrMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2011. 5 oz pour into a tasting glass.

A- Pours a dark brown color, nice lacing on the side, ½ finger tan head that dissipates to a nice ring around the glass.
S- The aroma is very sweet, brown sugar, candy, dark fruits (raisins, plums) some honey, spice, caramel.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, sweet malts, brown sugar, tastes like sweet candy, dark fruits (raisins, plums) spice, honey in the background, this beer tastes very similar to a quad. A little too sweet for my taste.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, decent carbonation, rich and sweet, very drinkable for how high the abv is.
O- The is a decent beer, my least favorite of the anniversary beers, but still enjoyable. This beer was not announced in the program for the Great Taste, so I was very excited to be able to try this brew.

Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sipped glasses of this on-tap at both the Muddy Pig & the Blue Nile over the past week - had to have some Three before it joins One & Two in the world of lost beers.

Three is very dark, just how dark is hard to tell in a murky bar setting. The nose on it is very sweet.

So is the taste. This is what I hoped for when, in my fallow & fickle youth, I tried Leine's Honey Weiss for the first time. Ain't no flippin' honey in that! Here, however, there's honey. I don't know how much, but I wouldn't dare take it outside in the summer. Bees would come from miles around to swim in it.

It's thick. Surly doesn't seem to give a butt about style, but this tasted more along the lines of a Quad to me. Whatever it is, it's tasty, but I'd be hard-pressed to down more than one a night, given the ABV & the fact it takes me about an hour to get through a glass.

Very good beer. Wish I had a bottle to see what some months would do to it, but that's just wishin'.

Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what this was, but have had good experiences with Surly beers so ordered it. The bartender told me it was from a bottle they had in back, although looks like everyone else has had it on tap, so not sure.

A - Dark brown, red on the edges. Small head with a little lacing.

S - No idea what a braggot is, but it smells considerably different than most beers. Thing I really notice with this one is some sort of raisin/honey smell. Fruity.

T - Interesting taste, not sure how it is for the style but it is pretty good. Sharply sweet, with a deep honey/raisin taste and almost some darkly acidic berries. Lighter tasting than it looks. Alcohol does come through on this one which helps cut the sweetness.

M - Sticky and syrupy. Low carbonation.

D - Too sweet and sticky to drink a ton of, but I may just not be accustom to the style. Definately worth having.

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last week during Surly Week at Busters on 28th.

Poured into a Surly Pint glass.

Pours a 1/2 finger slightly tanned head. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a dark brown/deep dried cherry color.

Aroma: Grapes, wine like. Dried fruits (cranberries, prunes). Bready malts. Very unique.

Taste: Dried fruits (again, cranberries and prunes). Very wine like. Bready malts. Tarty. A slight amount of booze.

Mouthfeel: Very tarty and a little bitter. Becomes very boozy after a while being on the palate. Full bodied. Slightly high carbonation.

Overall, this is a very hard pint to finish. Interesting, but not something to have all the time. Very unique and worth a shot. Maybe a smaller serving would be helpful.

Photo of beckje01
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black color brown head with some lacing overall a nice looking beer.

S- Off putting smell but its the same as other braggots..

T- Great sweet mild flavor not over powering, with a nice almost semi tartness in there but goes away quick. A very nice taste and has a slight dryness that works well.

M- Nice thickness thin enough not to confuse the sweet flavors with a true mead and good activity to set it apart

D- Very nice to drink and a fun one, not something you find very often.

Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Poured a deep chestnut brown with limited transparency when held to the light. Head was foamy and light beige in color. Aromas were malty and sweet with hints of ripe fruit and raisins. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and smooth. Tastes seem to go back and forth between the malt characteristics (mild roasted malt, slightly smoky, dried dark fruits) and the mead (sweet honey with notes of brown sugar). These two aspects compliment each other very nicely. Overall, this was pleasant, but it is very sweet, which limits my max to no more than one. Alcohol was very well concealed - couldn't even tell it was 10%.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the blue nile.

A: Dark brown with semi opaque edges. small off white head with no lacing.

S: Strong sweet honey scent that quickly becomes very strong molasses accompanied with noticeable alcohol. Although the alcohol is detectable this is a very appealing brew that smells very unique.

T: Extremely sweet up front with VERY bold honey subsiding into a sweet molasses finish with strong alcohol, it's very unique not argueable at all.

Overall: Amazing mouth feel, very bubbly and easily drinkable in a physical aspect, however its very overpoweringly sweet and though to drink much of, which is not to say it doesn't taste amazing, but 12oz is quite a mouthfull. very good for what it was...and it knows exactly what it wants to be, I'm sure Todd was very aware of the level of sweentess that this brew would produce. Very in a small dosage. Well done Surly, congrats on the three years!

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hopleaf in Chicago.

Sampled a small glass, nice deep brown, clearish look with little head.

Sweetness hits the nose, you get the honey tone, then it opens up for vanilla and delicate spices. Very pleasant. Wow.

The deep malt hits on front, with chocolate tones, and then a massive honey sweetness finishes and coats and lasts on the pallet. I'm not sure they used enough hops to mellow the sweetness, my only real complaint.

Full bodied, with a heavy mouthfeel, stays around for sure. The drinkability suffers from the sweetness, you must be ready for this. It's a dessert sipper. Hard to think about finishing a full pint.

Forget the Strong Ale designation, it is strong but this is a true to style Braggot, with a great malt linked to the underlying Mead, I would love to try this mead on it's own. As a Braggot it is very well done, if a bit over the top on sweetness, Love ya Surly.

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Three from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.