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Four - Surly Brewing Company

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FourFour

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

261 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 261
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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Schmittymack

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-08-2012 07:33:26 | More by Schmittymack
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theminutemen

Missouri

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-26-2012 20:10:08 | More by theminutemen
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egrace84

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-21-2012 17:35:21 | More by egrace84
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-07-2012 14:45:32 | More by josephwa
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.21.12 Thanks popinbottles

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge dark brown foamy head that lingers forever.

S - Milk chocolate, some wood, and roasted malts.

T - Strong coffee and chocolate. Some toffee and vanilla come out a little later.

D - Good carbonation here with a heavier body.

O - Coffee and smooth, very silky and nice. I was a bit worried how the coffee flavors would hold up on this one due to the age, but it tasted fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:28:04 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml purple was topped bottle into a couple of snifters. Big thanks go to Stakem for sharing this guy.

Pours black, with 2 fingers of rich dark mocha head. This maintains a sudsy ½ finger or so of froth, leaving back a robust cascade of rich spotty lacing. Espresso jumps right out in the aroma, with some definite backing lactic character and more malty notes of cocoa and some sweeter molasses. There is just a touch of light ripe citrus here as well which helps round out the nose.

The taste is flavorful mix of coffee, green citrus (with maybe even a smidge of darker fruit as well), and then both cocoa and lactic flavors that really give this a smooth milk chocolate feel. This malt, lactose, citrus, and coffee flavors are all in balance and combine to give this a rich twang on the finish that lingers with a dry roasted feel and some lingering stickiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller; with a soft creaminess that puts just some light sharpness on the tongue during each sip. For 10% ABV this is just ridiculously smooth and I never would have guessed just how high this was while we were drinking it. Fantastic!

This was nice, being a big and chewy Imperial Milk Stout with a lot of delicious character to it and a super smooth drinkability that really kept this accessible for the size. I’m glad I got a chance at this one. Thanks again Adam!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 14:02:43 | More by Kegatron
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with some friends. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a brown cap that is quick to recede. A swirl revives about a finger's worth of from that paints some spots of lacing effect on the glass. Around the edges, you can seem some lighter brown clarity and through the body some ruby clarity when held to the light.

The smell of this brew is sweet with hints of chocolate blended with a bit of musty coffee. There is a pleasant roasty element present that is a combination of coffee and roasted grain. A bit of earthiness rounds out the edges of this brew. Throughout the entire experience, there is this sweet smell of lactose that really draws in the scent of milk chocolate.

The taste is roasty from a combination of roasted grain and coffee. The coffee is much more prevalent here than the aroma suggested. The taste of the coffee inclusion is also more fresh tasting the slight mustiness picked up in the nose. Contrasting the bitterness of the roast is also a lactose sweetness that gives this a bit of a milky feel and really draws out the chocolate grain flavors just like it does in the aroma. The aftertaste has a bit of must and citrus inclusion partially from hops and partially from the citrus from the coffee. A light raisin touch of alcohol is also present as the brew warms up.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that is slick and coating to the feel. It is smooth and easy drinking with a pleasantly warming feel from the alcohol that really doesn't even become a factor until the glass is half empty. Overall, I thought this was a pretty fantastic sweet coffee stout. It ranks up there as probably the strongest and top 5 I have had. I wish I could of tried this sooner to get a bigger coffee punch but as-is more than a year after it's release, it is still drinking quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:23:58 | More by stakem
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to chewy08rx for sending me this beer as part of a big box full of Surly beers.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a ton of strong coffee and chocolate notes, with some light smoke and heavily roasted malt.

The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of coffee and lactose, as well as some roasted malt and some light chili pepper notes. Overall, the beer tastes quite a bit like malted milk balls. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

Thick, heavy, full mouthfeel and low carbonation. A great beer. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 15:22:23 | More by Mora2000
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piclee

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

05-03-2012 04:08:03 | More by piclee
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Pours a thick, deep black color...totally opaque. A bit of muddiness is present, but doesn't really detract from teh appearance. A finger of cappuccino colored foam, thick and frothy sits on top for a minute or so, falls to the surface leaving behind islands of bubbles and a creamy foam lace is left down the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

S - Opening the bottle resulted in a big waft of coffee and creamy milk chocolate that could be smelled several feet away. Once in the glass, the coffee totally takes over. Smells almost like a cup of black coffee...rich and intense. Notes of dark chocolate, cocoa powder can be found as well as some milk chocolate. Thinking this is going to be like a liquid chocolate covered espresso bean.

T - Black coffee front and center. Roasty and smooth with a bit of astringency on the finish. Nice touch of sweetness comes thru and smoothes the flavor. Hints of licorice, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate round things out.

M - I've yet to experience a beer this velvety smooth (perhaps BA Blackout, but its been a while). This almost has the consistency of whole milk. Super thick and goes down smooth. Almost feels like it is coating the entire mouth on each sip. Carbonation is on the lower side, a bit bubbly, not at all distracting. It feels alive, but just enough. Mouthfeel maybe the most impressive aspect of this beer.

O - I am really enjoying this beer. I find it hard to believe that this is a 10% beer - there is no discernable alcohol presence. This reminds me a bit of Founders Breakfast Stout (a favorite of mine) with the strong coffee presence and smooth mouthfeel. Sadly, I'm rather certain another bottle of this won't find its way into my cellar, but glad to at least get to try this once.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:25:17 | More by portia99
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-22-2012 23:18:15 | More by Schlais
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TATURBO

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, Thanks to 4DALoveOfSTOUT for bringing this to share!

A: Super Dark Brown, Nice Head 1/2", Perfect Carbonation 4.5

S: Not really impressed with Smell on this one, Not really an inviting mix. A Bit of Chocolate, Espresso. 3.5

T: In One Word: Delicious! to elaborate, Chocolate, Coffee, Smoke. A Perfect combination of flavors that I love. 5.

M: Medium thickness, a bit lighter than I expected for the style, but still very good. 4.

O: I would love more of this! ISO!! I'll say again it's a prefect mix of flavors that I personally love. Drinks super easy for 10%. Always enjoy when a beer can hide it's higher alcohol content. Smell was my only weakness, but taste made up for it big time. Highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 18:30:47 | More by TATURBO
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Duff27

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brown head retention on a dark brown beer. Great splotchy lacing!

Intoxicating scent blend of milk stout and coffee.

Chocolatey...Coffee is there but not overwhelming. Definite lacto aftertaste. Drinks closer to 6% than 10%abv.

Creamy although thinner than you'd think. Still well carbonated after two years.

Wow, with out a doubt the best milk stout I've ever had. Crazy drinkable. Surly did a great job with Four and with any luck they'll brew it again someday.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 23:34:07 | More by Duff27
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-07-2012 22:27:20 | More by TKEbeerman
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jsurfs82

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

04-07-2012 22:26:24 | More by jsurfs82
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eawolff99

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

03-28-2012 01:34:22 | More by eawolff99
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superspak

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-22-2012 01:57:19 | More by superspak
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vobr0002

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-16-2012 18:44:04 | More by vobr0002
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-15-2012 23:33:26 | More by hansgruber
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

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

Kiddwhiz hooked this up! My man!

Review from 10/6/2010 and for whatever never posted.

A - The beer poured from wax sealed bottle to a globe pours a rich black color with a light tannish color head. Good retention and nice gobs of sticky lacing.

S - The nose has a stronger coffee/espresso character with mild tones of milk chocolate and roasted barley. No hints of alcohol whatsoever.

T - The coffee/espresso blend mixes very well with the milk chocolate found in the nose. Sweet but pleasantly so, not overwhelming, blends the mild bitterness with the coffee and chocolate well. Well balanced. Nothing is overpowering, rather a good mix of flavors. No hint of a higher abv.

M - Super creamy and full bodied. Good carbonation.

D/O - Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. It is a treat to sample! I would love to get my hands on more if this. Terrific!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 14:21:09 | More by hopfacebrew
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aclark44

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-03-2012 15:32:14 | More by aclark44
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

02-18-2012 17:53:29 | More by chrispoint
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baerb69

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-11-2012 21:29:48 | More by baerb69
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Danilo for this bottle of beer!

Poured from 750 bottle into oversized snifter. Might I add that this is the thickest wax I have ever seen. Man, it was tough getting into this bottle...the anticipation was killing me!

Appearance: black bodied beer. 2 fingers of khaki colored head that is made of small dense bubbles. Thick lacing is all over the side of the snifter.

Smell: Pretty straight forward nose with nothing mind blowing here and everything you would expect from the style. Big roasty coffee and sweet milk chocolates dominate the nose.

Taste: This has still got a lot of coffee notes in this beer! The coffee is upfront and in your face; the coffee still tastes fresh and its a nice roasty coffee. Midpalate you get gourmet milk chocolate that is sweet, but not cloying. The finish from this beer is fantastic... everything seems to come together. Hints of bitterness from the coffee, sweetness from the milk chocolates, and just a hint of smoke and earthiness. It just an awesome stout that has great balance.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy, thick, and coating. Yet still really drinkable. This beer drinks like its 7%, but it 10%! Not even a hint of booze in the taste of the beer. Wow.

Overall: This beer is holding up wonderfully! I never got to try this beer fresh, but its still a delicious beer! Stout lovers must try this beer. Surly... you rocked this beer and represented the style very well! Best milk stout I have EVER drank!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:21:35 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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StarRaptor

California

5/5  rDev +15.2%

02-01-2012 20:43:40 | More by StarRaptor
Four from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.