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SŸX - Surly Brewing Company

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SŸXSŸX

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BA SCORE
86
very good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 71
Gots: 156 | FT: 12
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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bif_fat_sellout


5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-09-2012 22:52:09 | More by bif_fat_sellout
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joh04587

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +31.6%

07-29-2012 16:39:26 | More by joh04587
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awmust54

California

5/5  rDev +31.6%

10-02-2013 03:54:08 | More by awmust54
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mndanika

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-18-2013 18:41:24 | More by mndanika
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t2thebro

Iowa

5/5  rDev +31.6%

03-28-2013 22:59:26 | More by t2thebro
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bfirkin45

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +30.3%

I have had this both on-tap and from the bottle. Smells great, with sweet molasses, oak, and citrus coming off it.

The appearance is stellar with a deep orange glow and a shallow head on the bear. Swirling it produces an alcohol ring comparable to most wines.

I enjoyed the complexity when sipping this. I got apricot and some other light citrus flavor with a very smooth wood complexity overall. Very powerful stuff.

My first American Strong Ale and it was great, as are most beers from Todd and Omar (just Todd in the Anniversary beers). Hard to find and happy to hoard what I got. An exceptional multi-layered brew with fabulous character.

08-16-2012 11:27:57 | More by bfirkin45
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.81/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

You gotta try this! This is a masterpiece.

Beautiful honey colored amber tinted pour.

Nose: All kinds of sweet honeyed fruits in the nose. RIPE peaches, mango, pineapple, melons. Little hint of tart/sourness inhaled.
Wow.

Taste: Booze, fades after a few sips, but the mild warming remains throughout. Little tingling bite. Fucking ambrosia. Same ripe fruits as in the nose, honeyed is the word. Mildly honeyed. Tartness, just a nip, takes the edge of sweetness off a bit and perfectly interacts with subtle citric/grapefruit hops and a clearly spicy bite to produce one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

Body: nowhere near as cloying as I'd suspect from the nose and mouth, but a bit of that viscous nature. Outrageously quaffable for the abv and sweetness.

Surly amazes me.

08-21-2012 23:23:21 | More by CheezyBlaster
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25%

Poured from 750 ml waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear pale golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. A solid three fingers of off white head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Huge aroma of citrus hops. Ripe grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange, apricot, tangerine, peach, and lemon. Quite vibrant with the fruits. Doesn't smell overly bitter with the hops. Good hints of wood. Bready malts with hints of toffee and caramel. Some honey like sweetness and sugar. A little alcohol in the aroma. A pretty sweet and fruity smell. Quite complex and interesting.

Taste: A very vibrant and juicy taste that is a lot smoother than expected. Rich and sweet citrus hop esters with good notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, orange, tangerine, lemon, and peach. A good amount of wood taste and some honey. Solid backing of malts with some notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some alcohol heat comes in towards the finish and lingers into the aftertaste but it isn't too heavy. Hops are pretty juicy but the bitterness is cut down like an imperial IPA with some age on it. On the sweeter side of juicy. Very complex and good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a carbonation on the lower side. Juicy and chewy. Somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat comes through pretty good but this has amazing smoothness considering the ABV. Probably the smoothest I've had at this alcohol range.

Overall: Another amazing brew from Surly. Great citrus and wood flavors while doing a great job keeping it fairly smooth. It will be interesting to see how my other bottles age. Really interesting brew.

07-29-2012 06:48:26 | More by MattyG85
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jcjerabek

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25%

09-20-2012 14:03:17 | More by jcjerabek
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25%

07-22-2012 20:23:26 | More by Hopstout
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buckywarren


4.75/5  rDev +25%

09-12-2012 23:28:51 | More by buckywarren
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-07-2013 16:40:10 | More by Cyclone8
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climbeer07

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +25%

07-26-2012 16:05:22 | More by climbeer07
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +25%

08-22-2012 06:45:30 | More by gpawned
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FreeKansas

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +25%

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

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25%

11-01-2012 18:18:38 | More by BierVogel
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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%

Wow, I am excited for this. From the waxed 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a nice, clear, dark gold. Surprising two finger cream colored head displayed some even more surprising retention and lacing. Honestly the best retention and lacing I've ever seen in a brew of this ABV.

This is a nose I've never come across. A strange and pleasing blend of fruity/citrusy hops, tons of wood, sweet malt, and booze. Very complex and not as much alcohol as expected.

Whew, she is hot! But I've taste Belgian strong ales with 10% ABV that are hotter. Starts off like a hoppy Barleywine with some very nice citrus and apricot notes. Very woody through the middle, but unlike your typical "oak aged" brew; the wood flavors almost seem layered within themselves. Finishes with some toffee malt and alcohol. Todd says on the bottle an "afterglow"; maybe a bit of an understatement.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, but lighter than what I expected. Modest carbonation lets it coat the mouth before the alcohol evaporates it all away. Far from drinkable, but for a 15% ale it goes down very smooth.

Overall this is, in true Surly form, an impeccably crafted, highly complex beer. Like all their anniversary brews this is a genre defying, boundary pushing offering from a seriously talented brewery. While this is not for the meek, it is a beer that should be tried by any MN BA or any BA who can get their hands on it. Skol Surly!

07-24-2012 23:55:55 | More by Humulus85
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optimator705

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-26-2012 22:37:08 | More by optimator705
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-12-2012 15:58:18 | More by theminutemen
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-29-2012 18:26:01 | More by bigbeers84
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Curt1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Poured from a cold 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Hazy orange with little head retention which is an off white. Loads of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Alcohol (in a good way) sweet fruits and honey.

Taste: Whoa! What a BEAST! Very much barley wine in taste, citrus with some spice, smooth alcohol, and fruity flavors from the hops. Very complex beer here. Surprising smooth for nearly 15%!

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with pleasant carbonation.

Overall: Grade "A-". It does become a little harsh as it warms, but I greatly enjoyed tasting it fresh. I'll taste it again in a year to see how this is developing.

08-10-2012 21:50:58 | More by Curt1
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-14-2012 18:23:32 | More by atoulouk
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-26-2012 18:46:04 | More by cofeeguru
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lars925


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-11-2012 19:30:42 | More by lars925
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SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.