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SŸX - Surly Brewing Company

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SŸXSŸX

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BA SCORE
86
very good

299 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 72
Gots: 158 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-19-2012)
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-27-2013 04:10:23 | More by GreyGhost4
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Dave11899

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the limited one time release bottle. Nearly 2 years after available (on 06/22/14). Pours a cloudy orange with a off white white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is of floral hops, alcohol and bright refreshing characteristics. Similar to an IPA on a hot day. Taste is boozy with honey, bread and slight caramel. This isn’t a bad thing as it is still sweet up front with a slight hops bitterness lingering. Palette is average. Nothing note worthy. Just sharp and awakening. Overall. Incredible. I will continue to search for more bottles. Probably the best beer to come from Surly except for Darkness.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 19:32:37 | More by Dave11899
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Cloudy burnt orange. Off-white hefty head. Settles very quickly. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Hoppy. Smells very barleywine-like. Boozy. Caramel, but not very rich or sweet smelling.

Taste - Sharp alcohol. Sharp hop bite, too. Less malty than I thought it would be. Very bitter. Surprisingly bright flavors for such a big beer, but it's kinda harsh by that same token.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Not too heavy. Well carbonated. Harsh bitterness.

Overall - Gets sluggish and tough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 22:40:26 | More by Alieniloquium
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-22-2014 05:09:47 | More by KVNBGRY
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-19-2014 14:38:16 | More by PappyVans
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Norseman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-10-2014 01:00:32 | More by Norseman
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-05-2014 21:39:30 | More by threedaggers
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Nathanbolin

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-01-2014 04:33:24 | More by Nathanbolin
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-27-2014 01:23:23 | More by taylor714914
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.81/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes.

Medium goldish brown color, thin yellowish white head, smells Great! Smooth honey aroma mild hops and malts. mainly honey stands out, taste is weird, initially very boozy and sweet then hoppy then malty, then very sweet sugary syrupy aftertaste! pretty crazy boozy but not 15% I would guess around 11 or 12%. Gets waaay better as you drink and it warms.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 04:25:39 | More by Beerlover
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FreeKansas

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-14-2014 02:49:19 | More by FreeKansas
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-02-2014 20:55:05 | More by ToadiesForCody
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

03-20-2014 17:36:34 | More by BuckTuckian
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billhelm

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-17-2014 22:42:16 | More by billhelm
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CaptainPancakes

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-11-2014 16:37:28 | More by CaptainPancakes
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adamcarlson28

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-08-2014 22:52:01 | More by adamcarlson28
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Bartos

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-08-2014 03:49:30 | More by Bartos
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-24-2014 00:08:08 | More by Adamostella
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/17/14

Appearance: Hazy, somewhere between burnt orange and copper - pours with a large, off-white head - leaves some nice streaks and blobs of lacing - appealing, especially given the age and rather high alcohol

Smell: Grainy malts, wood, and some hot, potent booze - big, cooked, caramelized malts - lightly toasty, somewhat syrupy - an above-average amount of sweetness, with some oxidation, kind of smells like a cross between an old ale and a barleywine, with extra booze - very hot - not trashy, fusel alcohols, more like a hard liquor... nice, but still excessively boozy

Taste: So much booze, is this supposed to be on the rocks? - caramelized malts, cooked malts, caramel and toasted grains - malt extract, liquified biscuits - above average sweetness, but the malty sweetness is somewhat tempered by the wood - hard to discern the woody flavor, so I'll just call it wood - some light fruity esters and some oily citrus - booze, layered with booze, with some booze poured on top - some oxidation, and more booze on top of that - some level of of booze would be nice, but this is over the top to an absurd degree

Mouthfeel: Full body, nice carbonation breaks up the stickiness, finishes hot with some booze

Overall: Not Surly Süx, but probably my least favorite offering from the brewery

Surly cannot make a bad beer. But they came pretty close with this one. The sheer quantity of booze in both the nose and the flavor is overwhelming. There are some nice malts here, and the wood is interesting, but it's mostly just ridiculous.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:03:10 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Sender1, KWMiles, and Minnesotaryan for this madness.

Appearance; Pours a bright yellow and settles to a rich burnt orange-gold. Starts with big white head. Drops to a bubbly cap and slightly larger collar. A touch of lacing. Moderate retention. Average carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Spicy alcohol. Boozy esters. Layers of fruit, mostly apple and pear. Some honey and a ton of wood. Oak, some softer slightly spicy wood...like cedar. Marmalade, a touch of mint. Vague notions of earthy and slightly bitter hops. Toffee, caramel. Cooked and caramelized malts. Seriously malty. Big and sweet, but the alcohol tempers it a bit. Some vague notions of grape and wine must.

Taste: Ummm...wood and lots of it. Some oak, a lighter greenernwood, and something that reminds me of cedar. Spicy alcohol esters coupled with some spicy wood elements. A touch of raw honey and some fruit. Mealy pear and apricot. Marmalade, a touch of mint, earth, and dirty grass. Herbal. Malts are massively sweet. Cooked and caramelized and breast as can be. Sharp punch of alcohol through and through. Boozy. A ton of wood and it gets more complex as it warms. Just a ton of stuff.

Mouthfeel: Medium pushing toward full body with a slightly syrupy feel to it. Moderate carbonation and finishes relatively clean. A bit juicy on the initial sip.

Overall: If you're 555 then I'm 66drunk.

A big boozy complex beer and then some. A ton of depth but it's never too much. Pushes the boundary to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:02:09 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-26-2014 20:03:09 | More by Rutager
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seangibbs60

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-21-2014 12:38:50 | More by JamLand
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very deep, full orange in color with a sizable, 3-4 finger head. Lacing and retention are both tremendous. Body is very hazy.

S- Hops, honey-like sweetness, and slight hints of barrel all collide in a very complex scent. Under all of the complexity is a fairly evident scent of booze. Slightly sweet overall, but still contains some balancing bitterness.

T- Starts with some light, yet strong sweet honey and fruity flavors. Fruity flavors are much like a traditional Belgian golden ale. In the middle of the drink, the fruity and sweet flavors take a backseat to the hops bitterness. Not tremendously bitter, but enough to make you notice, the hops balance out the underlying sweetness. Barrel characteristics come out just after the hops and mix in with the hops, fruit, and honey flavors to add to the complexity. Barrel isn't as prominent as in most BA beers, and displays just hints of char, oak, and whiskey. Ends with a lingering spiciness on the tongue and some alcohol bite.

M- Low to medium levels of carbonation with a rather light feeling on the tongue make you think you could drink this all night, but the very high alcohol level and strong flavors bring it back towards a sipping beer. Fairly slick and smooth on the tongue, but even that can't disguise the high alcohol level that will eventually catch up to you.

Overall, this is an incredibly complex beer. Very interesting take on using traditional flavors and modern barrel aging techniques. I should have saved this bottle to share with some people because of the strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:53:57 | More by boilermakerbrew
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SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.