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Four - Surly Brewing Company

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FourFour

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 453
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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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-30-2013 01:37:23 | More by MNBeer1017
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Sparky44

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.9%

03-23-2013 22:19:15 | More by Sparky44
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roostor07

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.2%

03-02-2013 17:44:20 | More by roostor07
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-01-2013 00:20:46 | More by imperialking
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-26-2013 04:46:19 | More by sacrelicio
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-26-2013 01:55:03 | More by t0rin0
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:30:59 | More by cdkrenz
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Azrael


4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-20-2013 05:55:48 | More by Azrael
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yokken

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-17-2013 20:34:22 | More by yokken
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-10-2013 01:52:54 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-10-2013 01:50:12 | More by acurtis
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BierVogel

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-25-2013 14:40:40 | More by BierVogel
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-12-2013 00:16:55 | More by spycow
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-06-2013 04:36:37 | More by nmann08
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theCoder

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-05-2012 18:49:22 | More by theCoder
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steveimthatguy


5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-31-2012 08:19:59 | More by steveimthatguy
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3Hops

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-29-2012 03:42:16 | More by 3Hops
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 16:36:16 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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schneid

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-11-2012 02:06:16 | More by schneid
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hara94

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

09-20-2012 14:25:08 | More by hara94
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DovaliHops

California

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 07:00:40 | More by DovaliHops
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-13-2012 01:37:17 | More by bpfrush
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 23:16:32 | More by korguy123
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Ultraman9000

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-18-2012 15:21:12 | More by Ultraman9000
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Schmittymack

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-08-2012 07:33:26 | More by Schmittymack
Four from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.