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Four - Surly Brewing Company

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263 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 452
Gots: 47 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 02-24-2010)
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stealth, Apr 07, 2013
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MNBeer1017, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

roostor07, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

imperialking, Mar 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

sacrelicio, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of cdkrenz
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.

cdkrenz, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Azrael, Feb 20, 2013
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yokken, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

djrn2, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BierVogel, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

nmann08, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

theCoder, Nov 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

steveimthatguy, Oct 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

3Hops, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

schneid, Oct 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

hara94, Sep 20, 2012
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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.

DovaliHops, Sep 12, 2012
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Four from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.