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Schadenfreude - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 209
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Jake Melnick's. Served in a pint glass.

A - Poured with a finger of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and ring. Hazy red-brown body with some light transparency at the fringes, and a nice fiery glow.

S - Smells a like a dunkel. Nuts, cocoa, cola, caramel dark fruits, maybe a touch of ginger? It's a little muted but otherwise quite nice.

T - Taste is a step up, with more intensity amplifying the same flavor collection and adding a bit of sarsaparilla to the cola notes. No obvious booze, but there's a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - A bit gritty and overcarbonated. Light residual stickiness, medium body, and no perceptible heat.

D - I drank a pint during an inning of the Cubs-Braves game. Other than the somewhat harsh carbonation this was pretty easy to drink. A nice dunkel lager, similar to Denison's but with a less potent nose. (885 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky brown color, with crimson highlights shining through at the edges, slim head.

Caramel and cocoa hit the nose first, sweetness dominates, then mild coffee notes come in.

Taste: mild mouthfeel, but flavor-packed. Caramel and toffee, tops again, but rounded out, and the sweetness is tempered by the work of the barrel. Everything is even-keeled, and extremely, what's the technical term? Tasty.

Minor hop bitterness, medium mouthfeel, body, tingly texture. One of the more to-style (aside from the oak-aging) Surlys so far, and one of my favorites among those. I tend to favor darker lagers more than lighter ones, and the maltier the better.

This one where one pint begs for another, an excellent session choice. I actually find myself not yearning for a hoppier brew, or one stronger in alcohol...although I'll probably have one of those, anyway...knowing me, as I do. (880 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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! (468 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I has this on tap at Local option into a tulip. The beer is dark brown with lots of amber highlights, fairly clear. Not much head or retention to comment on. The aroma is light, bready with roasted malts. The taste is ok nothing special, a light smoke finish that is nice. Easy to drink but not much feel, kinda boring so probably wouldn't want more than one. (359 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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 (868 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cafe 28 (tasting note from mid-May)

A: Reddish mahogany brown in color. Served with a good sized tan head. Good retention.

S: Roasted malts. Bready. Some earthy tones and a bit of smoke.

T: Again roasted malts with a certain nuttiness and a noticeable bit of char, smoke and peat. Not overdone, but with this beer being on the lighter side, even the lighter notes of smoke and peat come through clearly. Very mild bitterness on the end.

M: On the lighter side of medium with active carbonation.

D: Overall another good beer from the folks at Surly. Lighter bodied with a full flavor makes this one both sessionable and great with food. And while this is not my preferred style of beer, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Oddly, I felt this one had more smoke character than Surly's Smoke. (803 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head. Head turns into a thin layer of bubbles and some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is nice, but a bit on the weak side. Bready, caramel malts, a touch of chocolate and a bit of Earthy hops.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, a bit more coffee and smoke. Very malty with just a tad bit of bitterness.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

O- Went in on this one not having a clue what to expect. I really enjoyed drinking this pint. (489 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into standard pint glass.

A Light brown head over a dark, mahogany body that lets light through but it certainly a "dark" beer. A good, classic look for the style. 4.0

S Woody notes, nutty, medium roast malt. Really good and inspiring in terms of the style, an underappreciated one by most people. 4.0

T Nutty, malt goodness, oak wood taste. Really satisfyingly good. 4.5

M Moderate feel with some smoothness. 4.0

D It is very easy to drink this beer and I would certainly have had more than one if I was not in to sampling whatever I could get my hands on that night at the Bavarian Lodge. 4.5

Notes: My first Surly looks like one that is limited, on tap only. Leave it to the superb Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL to offer it, a great, great place to drink beer. (1,029 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Stub & Herbs. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color with a ever so slight head. What head there is collars around the rim of the glass a light tan color. I would have liked more head but it seems the bartender wanted to fill it to the brim! The aroma is actually quite mild with notes of light roast coffee. Medium mouthfeel. I would guess this uses maris otter barley given the appearance and aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Starts off with a very slight dark fruit flavor, a touch nuttiness, and the aforementioned light roast notes. Sweetness sticks around the whole time. Mild bitterness. Some caramel flavors as well as it warms up a touch. VERY easy drinking. Like. (679 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Toasted bread, not too strong. I have trouble smelling almost all tap beers.

Taste: Bready, toast, some sweetness. A little toffee. Surly Mild's big brother?

Drinkability: Goes down easy but not too exciting.

Finally got to try the Schadenfreude at the Hanger Room. It's not as in-your-face as most Surly brews, but still is well-made and tasty for what it is. A nice compliment to Surly Hell. (439 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (352 characters)

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Schadenfreude from Surly Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.