Four - Surly Brewing Company
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4.26/5 rDev -1.8%
This beer was released in February of 2010. I've had it in my cellar for 3 years stored at 42.5 degrees.
A - Black as night with a nice frothy beep brown head.
S - Chocolate and coffee are prevalent midst roasted malts.
T - Sharp coffee flavor with nice roasted creaminess in the malt.
M - Smooth and creamy. I have to imagine the milk sugar has really added to the nice texture of this brew.
~ This is an amazing beer. I imagine the brew's sharp coffee flavor may have been a bit more mild had I not aged it for three years. Either way, the cellaring of the beverage hasn't harmed the beer.
02-24-2013 21:30:59 | More by cdkrenz
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Thanks to BeerTwinke for this bottle!
Poured in to tulip glass.
A - Poured black. Half a finger of espresso coloured head formed and reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass with a few scattered bubbles throughout. Good lacing.
S - Big espresso aroma up front despite the two years of age on this bottle. Roast and a fairly prominent sweetness from the milk sugar. Some milk chocolate and dark caramel aromas are also present.
T - A huge roast presence is met with a big sweetness up front. The espresso hits mid-palate and is not as robust as the nose indicated, which is a good thing as it allows the other flavours to play a bigger role. Sweet milk chocolate, dark caramel and molasses notes add layers of complexity. The finish has a mix of bitter espresso and sweet milk sugar, reminiscent of cappuccino.
M - Medium to full body with a really big chew. Light carbonation.
10-28-2012 16:36:16 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a dark black, with a small-medium, light-tan head. Scent is sweet chocolate and lactose. A good amount of cocoa powder, with very little espresso. Not sure what this smelled like fresh, but it smells amazing now. I'm guessing the espresso was more dominant in the past. Now the cocoa and lactose are very evident. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate with cocoa powder, Nestle Quick, milky lactose, and just a hint of espresso. The coffee profile is very subdued, but it is definitely "milky", which suits the style quite well. Mouthfeel is soft and very creamy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is the first Surly Anniversary beer I've had. Got Five and Syx after this. This one is going to be tough to beat. This beer sure held up well over the last few years.
09-12-2012 07:00:40 | More by DovaliHops
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Surly Four courtesy of BeerTwinkie.
Poured into tulip.
A- Inky, oily, syrupy black pour. Finger and a half of light tan head. Lacing is pretty good.
S- Huge coffee notes, still after two years this thing is full of coffee wonder. Dark bitter chocolate, definitely getting the lactose sugar in the back giving it that real sweetness. Slight char and a touch of tobacco.
T- Up front is the lactose sugar, followed by semi sweet chocolate, than you get a huge wallop of burnt, bitter coffee. It's super coffee like I've never had in a beer before. I love coffee and this is excellent.
M- Medium to full body, creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to clean the palate.
O- The biggest thing I've heard/read about aging a beer is coffee flavours won't hold up. GI BCBCS being the biggest example. Either Goose Island can't make a beer of Surly added SO MUCH COFFEE to this that it is faded and the results after 2 years are mind blowing.
08-02-2012 23:16:32 | More by korguy123
Four from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.