Five - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by nppeders:
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'll start this off by saying..I had a chance to try Pentagram which was a single barrel version of this beer. I most say...that single barrel version was absolutely amazing. This blended batch is good...but I think it needs a little more time in the bottle to come together.
appearance - very dark...they must have used carafa II or III as there isn't much for roasted malts in this beer. Extremely dark, held up to light you can't see through it but you get slight ruby colors. head dissipates to a very thin layer.
smell - slight tobacco, slight oak, but predominantly dark chocolate cherries.
taste - tart, a bit sour like sour apple, sweet cherries in the middle, then tart cherries on the end and finishing with more of the apple sourness. Dry's out in the finish and and then the mouth waters a bit. Sour apple dominates when I wish the tart cherries would take over.
mouthfeel - thin mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation.
overall- Wow...this is a very fine offering from Surly. I probably won't open another one until Surly 6 comes out. The brett needs to come forward a bit, and complement the sourness from the bugs. Hopefully it will come together...and if it does...holy crap this will be tasty!
It's a sipper, one to drink and age like a fine wine. It actually resembles a wine more then a beer. Very fine craftmanship and a great representation of what has gotten Surly to this point, and the direction they are headed! Cheers, Surly! You have never once let me down.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2011 02:05:17 | More by nppeders
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3.56/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Almost black. Deep brown with a bit of red. Nice head as I pour it, but settles to nothing.
Smell - Cherries and lots of red wine. Some oaky mustiness. Dark malts. Some chocolate.
Taste - Much more red wine. Really dominates. Oak too. Cherry sourness. The dark malts aren't very prevalent here. Just an undertone of dark malt.
Mouthfeel - Medium body and pretty sour. Dry.
Overall - Without being a huge fan of dark sours, this is pretty good. Intense red wine. Mild dark malts. Works well.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 01:24:03 | More by Alieniloquium
Five from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.