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Four - Surly Brewing Company

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267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 448
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pdoran10 on 02-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ejyoung for sharing.

A: pours out dark with a brown head.

S: coffee, chocolate, sweetness. dark fruits and some alcohol and burnt sugar.

T: lots of coffee. lactose and some dark fruit. candi sugar, roasted malt, and chocolate. starts out with some sweetness from the lactose and then ends with coffee and bitterness.

M: medium and a good amount of carb.

O: this is a good beer for sure.

Photo of SykDoc
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this courtesy of stoutsnipas, much thanks. Poured from the bomber into a snifter. It pours a hearty almost black color. A 3/4 inch tan head forms and slowly reduces to a very nice lacing.

The aroma is up front espresso with that great roasted hit. A mild milky sweetness is in the background and some dark chocolate as well.

The taste is again that espresso/roasted coffee punch with perhaps a slight metallic component. This is followed by milky sweetness and dark chocolate at the finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. Carbonation is where it should be. It is uniquely creamy, smooth, and yet a somewhat sticky finish. A nice dryness and coffee bitterness lingers at the finish.

This is a very good beer and I will savor every last drop, as I'm not sure how much more of it I will be able to get my hands on. It is a solid milk stout with those imperial and coffee stout components nicely balanced out.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle Into my Surly Darkness Snifter

Now that Five is out I figured it's about time to crack open this bad boy for the first time.

A- Pours out jet black no light coming through whatsoever, not even at the bottom of the glass. On top is a small 1 finger light brown head that slowly fades into a rim around the glass. Lines of lacing left on the glass as it slides down and has some really nice legs clinging to it.

S- Tons and tons of burnt roasted coffee beans of a higher quality and shots of espresso. The dark malts come through as well with a slight roasted note, grains, chocolate, smoke, and sweetness. Definitely has that lactose milk-like smell to it, really dominates the nose as it warms. Some alcohol present in this one but blends fairly nicely with the overall aroma.

T- Creamy dark roasted malts up front mix well with the milky sweetness but as soon as that passes to the middle of the tongue and on down the strong coffee character comes out and brings out a totally new beer and blends amazingly. The finish is where I think this beer shines and separates itself from any other milk or coffee stout I've had. It's hard to describe but it's got a very resiny finish, my guess it's from a combination of the smoke and burnt notes from the coffee. Almost gives it an ashtray taste but in a surprisingly good way. Tons of bittersweet dark chocolate comes through in this one as well. All I can say is what a beast of a stout! So simple yet so complex.

M- Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter yet creamy finish.

Overall I'm glad I put this one in the cellar for a year and brought it out now. Gave the coffee a chance to fade some and bring out all the other complex flavors this beer has. What a great stout that is definitely worth a try if you have the chance. Surly hasn't let me down yet and I have to say this is another one for the top shelf. Get it if you can and as much as you can. Drink one now, and one in a year. This beer will easily age with the best of them.


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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung and pitted against several other milk stouts at a recent meeting of the AZ Cooters. This one was brewed with espresso beans along with the regular milk stout ingredients and poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Not black, but super dark brown and completely opaque. A half-finger head of cocoa powder-colored foam remains for a while as a thin yet sticky top layer, leaving behind lots of spotty lace.

No secrets in the nose; just goodness. Smoky pork, sweet lactose, espresso beans, burnt toast.

Same deal in the flavor. There’s more sweet milk lactose, somewhat tangy before the swallow. The finish is all espresso, smoothly blended with dark chocolate and toast. Bitter roast lingers on the tongue between sips. Awesome.

Very light, prickly carbonation inside a creamy medium body with lots of heft. Some fumes come through the nose and mouth, but the booze is well-hidden by the flavor, for the most part.

Coffee-laden, creamy, tasty stuff. Against the other milk stouts, this was the clear winner.

Four from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.