Five - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by tmcelvain:
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
On-Tap at my local tavern - 10oz pour for 6 bucks, served in a tulip.
Nice dark mahogony color, but lacks much of any head. This seems true to the style, but for this ale it was a precursor to my biggest fault -
Super thin mouthfeel. I was about 4 oz in before the alcohol content began to build up a bit on my cheeks to give it a better body. This detracted a bit from the pleasing and complex flavor palette.
Very fruity and dry. A big departure from a lot of the other Surly products, but my complaints about the weight may stand to reason, as this is a fault I find with Bender/Coffee Bender as well.
Given those impressions, the flavors of sour cherry are very pleasing. I expected a funkier odor and taste, but my overall impression was a well balanced flavor and smell - a strong dark ale that you can sit for a long long time savoring a good number of.
Serving type: on-tap
09-01-2011 15:47:32 | More by tmcelvain
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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 471 ratings.