Schadenfreude - Surly Brewing Company

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-10-2010

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Binny's Tap Room--Chicago

Appearance: dark brown/red in color with 1/4 inch head, clear

Smell: chocolate, some nut, and roasted malt

Taste: chocolate, some nut, and roasted malt--a touch of oak is present as well.

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: I could have several of these--and would have if I did not get in right before the keg kicked. I love the slight oaking. This beer is super smooth.

Photo of bsp77
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown with medium-sized head.

Smell: Caramel, bread and a light smokiness. Way too mild.

Taste: Somewhat sweet caramel backbone with some light roasted characteristics (chocolate, coffee). Just a hint of smoke, oak and noble hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body. Little too sweet overall for my personal tastes.

Overall: Despite the mild aroma and slightly too sweet body, this is pretty damn good for a Dunkel. While not my favorite Surly by a long shot, I have to appreciate what they have accomplished here.

Photo of deebo
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this one other time @ Surly when we did the brewery tour and really liked it

On tap at Republic.

Served in a pint glass this lager served with a thin finger of light tan head that quickly recedes to a layer. Clear. amber with ruby highlights.

Aroma is weak. Lightly toasted cereal grains with alcohols coming out.

Taste is fairly straightforward. Very clean grainy with toasted malt with a fair amount of brown sugar notes. Finishes with typical lager slight noble hop bitterness with a carbonation zing.

Light bodied with typical lager high CO2. Easy to drink brew with some decent malty cereal flavor with a hint of toastiness.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a very dark brown with some hints of amber and ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade to a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very malt forward and roasty aroma. Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuts. Good amount of brown sugar. Also some hints of oak chips and a touch of vanilla. Light hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aroma, just a little stronger. Roasty dark malts with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, and some brown sugar. Fairly yeasty with a light hint of banana. Also some hints of oak. Some earthy hops show up towards the finish. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and smooth. Sweet but not really syrupy.

Overall: A very good take on a Dunkel lager. Nice dark roasted flavors that blend well together.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a warm dense brown body with a thick light beige head that last for a good bit and a gentle carbonation.
S- The aroma of brown malt with a darker chocolate malt note in the background is very clean.
T- The soft dark toasted malt flavor has some chocolate malt flavors to it and is dry and lagered. The finish has a slight tartness that might be a subtle smoke hint and no real hops are present. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is pretty dry with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice flavors and a good richness. It is drinkable but it would be nice to have a little more depth or support to the dark toasted malt bill.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark brown with a ruby red tint when held to the sunlight. Single finger tan foamy head that left nice lacing.

Smell: Toasty and bready malts with just a hint of hops.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, flavors of coffee, bread and bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet and dry. This is a dream for a roasted malt lover.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than expected, and crisp carbonation. A good consistency for a hearty malty flavored beer like this.

Drinkability: An easy one to session with and a lot of flavor, but very easy to drink and smooth. Another winner from Surly.

Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Surly party celebrating the change of law, 6/18/11.

Inky black. Malty roasted aroma. Coffee notes, very smooth maltiness, the skill in brewing such a beer is the exceedingly perfect smoothly perfect drinkability. The ultimate session beer, expert brewing.

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Four Moon Tavern...

Served in a nonic pint, there was about a finger of foam that laced the glass in chunky, drippy patterns. It looked black, but in the light it was a deep scarlet when backlit. The attractive color was nice, and the retention was good.

Aroma was slightly sweet, toasted malt and tobacco leaf that also came through in the taste. Aftertaste had some residual earthy hops that were only mildly bitter after a good quaff. The dark malts were on showcase, there was a hint of maple sweetness also. Feel was light, it was easily worth having a couple pints of. Overall it was clean and fairly subdued, though enjoyable.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-06-11
Reviewed cold from the tap at the brewery

A – Poured a finger of foam, dark bodied brew with a tan head. Good amount of carbonation present

S - Dark roasted malts with hints of caramel and chocolate and coffee little hop aroma present

T /M – Medium bodied and smooth with no hop bitterness. Sweetness lasted throughout the brew. Caramel and chocolate blended well with some coffee and malt

D - Very drinkable brew. Medium bodied, easy going down. A for sure brew to session but too bad that it is only found on tap! Another great brew from Surly and I recommend having it when you can

Photo of mdwalsh
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brown, no head or active carbonation. Hazy from what I can tell. Looks very old-worldy.

S: There's a mild roast, no hops, in general pretty mild. Nothing much to comment on, but nothing to complain about apart from that.

T: Again, there's a mild roast and no hops. It's sort of sweet. This is a pretty straight forward, nothing hidden no complexity, but good beer.

M: There's low carbonation, so it's not light by any means, but it's not terribly smooth either. But it's still nice.

D: Very drinkable, but I think I would rather have the Surly Mild.

Photo of djhowell
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Rich caramel & toffee, a little nutty. Well balanced and sweet.

Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes. Had on-tap at Binny's South Loop Tasting Room.

Passed over to me with a finger of deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a very pretty ruby red with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sweet with a chocolaty aspect to it. Mouthfeel was medium with a chocolaty, smoky taste on the tongue. This from a lager!?! Wow, color me impressed. Finish had a chocolate flavor with a slight sourness, leaving it moderately dry. What a find!

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color, can't really see through it, small off-white head. Little bit of yellow on the edges, looks fairly solid.

S - Smell is nice, but a little too muted. Caramel malts with a bit of cocoa and some coffee as well. Smells sweet.

T - Not what I was expecting. Nice and roasty with some chocolate, then I get a surpring amount of coffee and bitter malts on this. Very nice, although it almost seems like a coffee dunkle.

M - Quite carbonated on a medium bodied beer leads this one to be somewhat of a refreshing brew.

D - Pretty easy to get down, and could do it again. Don't think I could make it a session beer, but it was an enjoyable drink that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of JackieTH
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Outstanding reddish amber thick cap of tawny foam and sheets of lace. Smells earthy, malty slightly floral. Taste is caramel malt, biscuits, clean, crisp. Mouthfeel is smooth, well crafted with good heft of body. Obviously this is a well crafted lager with some skill and thought. I enjoyed it.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dark Lord Day 2011.

Appearance -- Pours a molasses brown hue with a slim cap of beige head.

Smell -- Nicely toasted malt, assorted nuts, and earthy hops. Pretty nice.

Taste -- The dominant flavors are that of toasted malt, along with nuttiness and a traditionally German-tasting grassy/earthy hops combo. Malt sweetness is mild, bordering on dry, as Surly is wont to do. Very crisp. Lingering flavors of earthy hops and toasted nuts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium carbonation. Crisp and easy-drinking.

Overall -- Not bad at all. Wouldn't put it high on my list of favorite Surly beers, but it's always a treat to try one of their beers, especially a lager.

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrives a dark brown almost black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of toffee, bread, and a hint of cocoa. The taste is fuller than the aroma with a lot of toffee and bready malt, some cocoa powder, and a hint of wood. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again.

Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the tap room.
This is probably the boldest dunkel I've had. Rich, with a crunchy crackling malt bill. Nicely balanced malt flavors and no particular hop presence.
Attractive with brown with amber highlights and clear. Nice off-white head.
Full body for style and a nice lager smoothness.

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome.

Brought to me with little head, but decent stickiness and lacing. A deep translucent brown with ruby highlights. Much darker than I expected.

Smell is not the highlight - it's rather weak on the nose. But what's there is good. Mostly rich chocolate malts and some yeast aroma. Smells rich and full, without any bite. Very little hop presence.

Taste is rather like the smell, but fuller. Deep roasted malts, with a fair amount of cocoa and a notable lager yeast flavor. Not much fruit, and hops are there only in the gentle bitterness that comes on late. This one is mostly straight-up roasted malts, but despite that it still tastes balanced. Has a really nice richness and decent complexity. Finishes clean, smooth, and fairly quickly, with the aforementioned bitterness coming and going without fanfare.

Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Feels full in the mouth, but not sticky. Very smooth. Fades gently and gracefully away.

A very solid beer. Dominated by the malts, as it should be, but with nice rich flavors and good balance.

Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky brick colored with a frothy off white head.

Thick bready aromas, dark breads with hints of pumpernickle. Light yeasty and earthy esters, light chocolate.

Very nice, refreshing and overly drinkable. Large amounts of moderately sweet, creamy, earthy malts, chocolate and yeasty flavors. Endless drinking possibilities.

Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a few weeks ago at Durty Nellies, review is from tasting notes.

A: appears a dark translucent brown, very little head and no retention or lacing

S: nice roasty profile up front with toasted grains and lots of bready notes

T: Awesome balance between nutty and roasty flavors wit some hints of coffee and chocolate in there

MF: light body, medium carbonation, crisp

D: the drinkability couldn't be much better. Lots of flavor with a nice light body and a nearly sessionable ABV. Surly seems to do the high flavor low alcohol thing very well.

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a tawny color flashing crimson highlights; not much head and what there is quickly disappears ; likely due to the pour

Smell: Toasted brown bread and nuts with a hint of coffee

Taste: Toasted brown bread and nuts, up front, with a developing lager twang taking over the middle; after the swallow, there is a hint of coffee that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with gentle carbonation

Overall: Surly has done a good job with a style that is mostly ignored on these shores.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's. Amazing that people will rate the heck out of super hopped up beers and RISs but usually bypass the other ones. Why?

A: deep, deep, copper color - great head
S: mild nose
T: good, malty, decently rich with nice hop finish but not intense - well-made dunkel, a bit weak in body but just an easy drinking beer
M & D: very good

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin.

A- Clear, darker brown-copper reddish body, half finger head, minimal retention time. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Oak, nuttiness, yeast, a bit of chocolate and roast. Mostly grainy malt sweetness and the nuttiness. Kind of like a brown ale, but with more graininess and a yeasty, mineraly scent. [3.75]

F- Chocolate, nuttiness, roasted malts, yeast, hint of oak. Just about what the nose promises. Interesting take on a dunkel, I do appreciate the complexity that the oak adds to the lager. [3.75]

M- On the lighter side of body, good carbonation, balanced finish with the malt sweetness and the slightly earthy bitterness. Smooth and crisp. [3.75]

O- Very smooth and crisp drinking lager. I enjoy the roasted malt character in this mixed in with the mineral and mild earthy flavours from the yeast. [3.75]

Final score: 3.74

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with little beige tan head. Full pour. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Dark roast, caramel, and coffee. Pretty malty. Some chocolate and earthy hops. Solid.

Taste: Coffee and a nice roast up front followed by chocolate and caramel. Very malty like the nose. Earthy, grassy hops. Reminds me of bender.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and lightly roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a very flavorful dunkel. I like the coffee roast. Pretty drinkable as well. Good beer all around. I could drink a few pints of this.

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