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SŸX - Surly Brewing Company

SŸXSŸX

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BA SCORE
86
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.37%


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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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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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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kojevergas

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with orange-red wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired in Minneapolis, Minnesota last year in a trade and served into a Guinness goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 15% alcohol according to the label. I'm not sure which style this is; none is indicated on the label.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as the bottle is poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and decent creaminess. Nice even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is an orange-copper. Nontranslucent/nontransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's pretty clean.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance, but I can't discern the style. A bit confusing, but generally appealing.

Sm: Abundant tropical fruit. Floral hops. Pineapple, mango. A biteen boozy. Generic fairly pale malts. It's a hard aroma to peg.

No yeast character or spice is detectable.

A confusing aroma of above average strength. There aren't many distinct notes here.

T: Boozy orange, pineapple, mango, and tangerine notes. Floral hop character. Pale malts. Tepid orange juice. Lots of ripe fruit character. Some questionable bitterness comes through as well.

I'm not getting any yeast character at all. There is some noticeable alcohol warmth.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I wouldn't call it simple, but it's not real complex. Not subtle, nuanced, or intricate either.

Mf: Warm, smooth, wet, and way too thick. Too full-bodied. The heavy presence here isn't justified given the lack of depth, diversity, and complexity of flavour. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: The whole warm tropical fruit vibe of this beer isn't doing it for me. I don't know that we'll finish this even with seven of us at this tasting. The alcohol warmth coupled with the relative lack of appealing flavour results in an underwhelming beer. Not sure what they were going for with this one. I hoped for better given it's Surly. Sort of an orange liqueur attempt.

High C

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:13:14 | More by kojevergas
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reddfrogg

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It took me awhile to really enjoy this beer!! This is my third bottle and at first I would have probably given this beer a 2.5 on the first bottle a 3 on the second bottle, so I'm doing the review after drinking the third bottle. My favorite beer?!?!?! not by a long shot, but it grows on you

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 15:17:00 | More by reddfrogg
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a clean copper pour with 2 fingers of off-white head, creamy lacing left behind. smells of honey, tons of malt, heavy booze aroma, caramel, banana, raisins, brown sugar. a very sweet flavor up front.. tons of bready flavors with a subtle bitterness, lots of sugary sweetness, a bit of a belgian feel from the banana flavors in the yeast. full body with a low carbonation profile.

this is a pretty nice belgian style strong ale.. but a little underwhelming coming from surly. the alcohol is quite present and hits you fast and hard. maybe this wasn't an ideal one to open a few hours after that wootstout.. oops!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:50:04 | More by facundoCNB
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Onto the next 1000! Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 3 finger cream colored head with moderate retention. Lacing is spotty with little cling. Beer is a slightly cloudy bright orange-bronze. Decent.

Nose is yams, sugar, caramel, honey, citrus and a slight booziness. Very sweet and hugely aromatic. Appropriate for the style.

Opens citrus, yam, honey, and pulp. Caramel, brown sugar, and mango sap deepen the experience. Molasses too. End is sweet brown and cane sugar with a boozy finish. Aftertaste is syrupy sweet. Solid but a bit too sweet at times.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down silky and hot. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Nice.

Not really one of the better Surly anniversary beers. This one's just a bit too much on all fronts. Too sweet and too boozy without the flavor to tie all the different flavors into one unified experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:44:31 | More by SpeedwayJim
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beerpirates

Belgium

2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

75 cl bottle poured in a tastingglass

Bright copper color with nearly no head. Messy aroma.
Oak, honey, slight citrus, and boozy. Not starting off well.
Sweet as balls. Thick and syrupy body. Lots of fruit, plenty of residual sugar, veryhigh bitterness in the finish. I’m not liking this. Thick, sweet, boozy. Wirh a very high bitter finish
I can’t fathom taking more than 3 sips of this,
One of the worst beers i ever had !

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 14:55:47 | More by beerpirates
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Sirwootalot

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged for one year in my cellar, poured into three twelve-ounce pilsner glasses and shared with friends.

The smell is cloying, intense, and wonderful - like potpourri, honey, and fresh-cut-wood. It leaves a surprisingly thick head for its incredible ABV, white in contrast to the beer's vivid orange like a dreamsicle. Taste-wise, it's boozy, woody, sweet, and intoxicating - literally and figuratively. I cannot remember the last time a beer got me this dangerously drunk. It's like being in a pine forest and walking past a beehive, except in your mouth. The mouthfeel is more like a double IPA than a strong ale, sapping moisture from the mouth and encouraging yet more tasty dangerous boozy sips.

I wish i'd gotten to try this beer when it was fresh, but at the same time, it was absolutely fantastic and well worth aging to this point. If I haven't made a typo yet, that is incredible because seriously this is the strongest beer i've ever had and with no prior drinks it got me well and properly drunk. do *NOT* tackle this one by yourself!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 23:46:33 | More by Sirwootalot
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n2185

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy orange-red with two fingers of white head that fade Iinto a frothy cap with good lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel and toffee with oak dominating. There are also notes of raisins and Port.

T: similar to the aroma, lots of caramel with vanilla, toffee, and oak. There are raisins and Port toward the finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet but avoids being overly so.

O: an interesting beer. It reminds me of an aged English old ale or barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:03:49 | More by n2185
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Bready and biscuit malts, grapefruit, pineapple, and other citrus hops, oak, vanilla, booze.

T - Caramel, bready, and biscuit malts, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and other citrus hops, some bitterness, oak, vanilla, booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Nice hoppy profile with good base beer that holds up to the oak character.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 06:17:21 | More by ngeunit1
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from joshuaseresse. Served in a Half Acre taster glass at Tom's birthday party.

A - White foam settles to wisps, thick collar, and specks of lace. Transparent apricot body. Surprisingly attractive considering the high ABV.

S - Very unusual; this has an unusual aged quality to it, almost as if it was 4-5 years old. Fruity, with big treacle and red licorice. Quite sweet, which gets cloying very quickly but masks the alcohol quite well. Not much wood, which makes me curious about the 'honeycomb' apparatus they used.

T - Taste is similar, but not as enjoyable as it develops some fusel and astringent notes, particularly in the finish. Kind of like an aged Belgian, in that it's fruity and slightly estery but lacking in yeast character. The fruit is a tad rotten here, and there's some caramel and toffee barleywine flavors supporting things.

M - Chewy, sticky, full body. Lower carbonation, with a bit of alcohol warmth. Alcohol is pretty well tamed, and this drinks closer to 10%. Finish lingers on the palate but isn't overly sugary.

D - The alcohol is reasonably managed, but I'm not digging the flavors so much. Reminds me of a cross between a wheatwine and an old Belgian strong pale, which are two flavors I already don't care for much. My least favorite offering from Surly.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 04:45:24 | More by MasterSki
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out somewhere between orange and yellow. Nice 3/4" white head on it, kinda surprised how impressive this beer looked given its high abv.

Aroma was citrus, honey and high alcohol. Not fusels, but just big hammer of alcohol.

Warming sensation upon the first sip. Still hits hard with honey and orange. As a gran marnier drinker, this was kind of up that alley. Warm citrus liquor. Along with the orange you can probably identify some apricot and pineapple. A unique beer for sure. But it also is decent to drink, so that's helpful.

The mouthfeel is difficult to score. On one hand, its amazing that a beer with such a relatively light body can be so decent and hold up the rest of the flavor and alcohol profile. Its a one of a kind, but at the same time, far from an effortless drinking experience. There's some adequate hopping to it that stands behind the scenes. There's also a light woodiness to it. Slightly acidic and tart.

A good beer to have about 3-4oz of to yourself. The entire 750ml? Not a chance. Best to open with friends, which I did. Unfortunately, that ass clown David Hurley, El Dorado Casino Beverage Manager, put the kibosh on our bottle share, even after having higher ups approve said bottle share the last 3 years. Other than that dishonesty after we had all bought our plane tickets, rooms, bets, food, waters at the El Dorado, we won't be returning, and I urge you be aware of entering the dishonest den of El Dorado casino that values their Budweiser reps more than their customers and patrons.

But don't let that get in the way of you drinking good beer. This one, Surly Syx, should probably be opened with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 16:14:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Thanks to arniepnminne for this.

Pours a hazy bright orange color with some nice copper edges. Very bright and attractive. There is a nice 1 inch dense off-white head that has some great retention. The head slowly recedes down to thin film while leaving some slight lacing

Aroma starts off with some juicy citrusy hop notes. Pretty intense at first inspection. This is then followed by some strong boozy heat. Wow. The booze has some sweetness on the back end that mixes well with the intense hop notes. Aromas of strong grapefruit rind with tangerines, oranges and some mild lemon notes. Very intense.

Wow. Flavor is very interesting and intense The citrus fruit rind is explosive and coats the tongue immediately. This is then combined with some heat. The citrus notes from the hops are intense. Notes of grapefruits and orange. There are also some slight resinous pine notes in the flavor. This brew is pretty hot and not for the faint of heart. There are some midl wood spice notes in the flavor as it warms mixed in with some mild caramel malt sweetness. This is a American Strong Ale for the ages. Not for the faint of heart. Mouthfeel is oily and creamy but also very smooth and easy to gulp down which is dangerous with such high ABV.

Overall, I dont want to say its disappointing cuz its note but its slightly one-dimensional. Quite hot and very very hoppy. Def a intense brew for an already intense style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:59:26 | More by JoEBoBpr
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, Summer 2012
5oz mini tasting snifter

A: Pours out pretty much clear bright neon orange like color. I got a thin layer of bright white head that left some sticking lacing bits. Definitely some alcohol feet here. This is a big brew.

S: The nose on this is strange to me. I get alcohol heat. Some weird off nail polish like remover scent for a second. Some citrus sweetness. Not what I was expecting.

T: I guess the taste is better than the nose. It's not as boozy as I thought it would be when I first smelled it. You do get some hoppy notes up front. Some of that orange and citrus hints. Then it's some of that strange sweetness. Not like a strong ale or barleywine I've had before. It's a pretty long finish.

M: Big medium leading to full

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 17:59:33 | More by inlimbo77
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a burnt orange with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, loads of bubbles with spotty lacing to follow

S: Very aromatic and hot too. Big citrus burst comes out with with a light toastiness, sweetness and plenty of heat

T: Initial sweet and malty upfront with a punishing booze blended with pungent citrus to follow: orange peel, tangerine, dash of lemon zest. Pine and light tropical fruits in the background make this one tasty brew. The finish is sticky, hot and delicous with a lingering hop bitterness which is accepatble. Wood is detected but I was actually looking for a bit more.

M: Medium to big bodied, well carbonated. Loads of flavor coat the palate and hang around for quite a while. IBUs are priominent.

O: In your face. American Strong Ale it is indeed. I forsee this beer going the distance! I want another.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 15:27:53 | More by barleywinefiend
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DovaliHops

California

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color with a small white head. Scent is a bunch of apricot with some hints of peach schnapps. Very fruity with some grapefruit and a bit of vanilla. More booze with just a hint of soap. Taste is very fruity. Pineapple, apricot, orange, grapefruit... very mild hoppiness. TONS of booze. This one is H-O-T! A sipper. Mellow malt profile with some soapy vanilla. Mouthfeel is sticky and full-bodied. Drinkability is not very high...however, this is very tasty in small doses. Did a vertical with Four, Five, and SYX. SYX was my least favorite of the three. Overall, definitely worth a try, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 07:39:57 | More by DovaliHops
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbly head and lacey. Hoppy, fruity with tart fruit skins. Orange, sugar, tangerine. Very strong melange, a sour finish. A big beer. A kitchen sink of a beer that can be sipped only. Thanks John.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 15:18:18 | More by Sammy
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the NWI Tasting Group December Meetup

A - Orange with hints of yellow. Looks to have a light body. Hazy beer that has a nice layer of foam sitting on top

S - Orange, grapefruit, hoppy nose with a strong alcoholic kick

T - Grapefruit and lemony presence with a slight caramel malt on the backbone. It has a strong alcoholic kick in the finish. Overall, this is a bit unbalanced and tastes what I'd imagine Mr. Clean floor polish to taste like. It's a hoppy BW that needs some lay down time given the alcoholic kick.

MF - Medium body and a bit oily. Slightly astringent as well due to the alcohol

O - Too strong right now. It's just a hoppy, unbalanced BW with too much lemon and alcohol that makes it taste almost slightly soaps. Definitely needs some time for everything to meld together.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:22:43 | More by jeonseh
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with a small off-white head leaving little retention or lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Dark fruits with some caramel malt, honey and citrus hoppiness.

Tastes follows. Lots of sweet fruit flavors. Honey with a big boozy background. Finishes a bit fruity and tart. Almost tastes like a strong wheatwine.

Medium to full bodied. Good level of carbonation.

I don't like it as much as Surly 5, but it came into its own after warming a bit. Very sweet up front, but enough of a booze kick to balance that out slightly and never got cloying. Good mouthfeel brings it all together nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 23:49:49 | More by jmarsh123
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Generously obtained for me by Ottodyer a few months back.

The beer pours a solid copper amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. This beer definitely smells rich and boozy (to be expected with this kind of abv. I suppose), imparting considerable canned peach, cherry, apricot, tangerine and light vanilla in the aroma profile. This beer just smells as if it will very sweet and boozy on the palate. That being said, the flavor profile is pretty huge and intense in this beer, showcasing considerable tropical fruit, vanilla and butter, but with a goodly dollop of hoppy bitterness in the finish as well. While I was grateful for the hoppy bitterness in the finish, it still wasn't close to being sufficient to tame the huge sweetness and alcohol in this beer. Four sips into this beer and I was already wondering if there was any hope that I'd be able to finish off the 10 ounce glass I poured for myself (I didn't make it, as it turns out). This beer defines the expression of heavy and tiring on the palate, and after just four sips, I could already feel my cheeks starting to warm. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, rich, hot and alcholic finish.

An impressive effort from Surly, no doubt, but this just comes across as a beer that Surly made hugely alcoholic, just to show that they could pull it off. Bully for them I guess, but this is just not a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 13:38:35 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

I very quickly consumed half a bottle of this. As Darrell pointed out, better to get it over with as soon as possible.

The beer is orange hued with a small white head. Lots of booze in bothe aroma and flavor. I would definitely describe this as hot. Oak and alcohol with a ton of malt and some citrus soaked in alcohol. Flavors clash and the overall presentation of the beer is off kilter. Overall, this was not that great. Not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:38:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at the Smoke & Barrel as part of DC bottle share.

A real nice orange amber body, but a bit of soapy head with quite a thin collar though. The body color seems to be a bit more impressive.

Nose hits with citrus hop, lots of pectin like jam qualities. Tropical notes and some faint powder sugar. Not much of a malt presence it seems but it's a very memorable nose.

Taste is quite wet and watery however. Palate reaches for a very tropical hop front, and wet punch juicy. "This is like pineapple juice", someone mentions. Bingo and bang on (something I never drink cause I don't like). Thin body for such a high abv with a weird mildly sweet finish.

Overall it's got a predominant flavor I don't care for, and strangely doesn't have any malt depth to it. This is one brew I thought would be bigger but just didn't come across as such.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 23:00:01 | More by smakawhat
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a clear golden copper color with a bubbly crop of white head on top. Fades into a carbonated film with some spotty, patchy lacing on the glass.

Curious nose with a mixture of citrus fruits, toasted oak and boozy warmth. Honey and caramel with fruity sweetness and solventy alcohol. There's also a funky, yeasty, butteryness that keeps coming back to me (against my wishes).

Sweet and citrusy up front with some boozy warmth. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange with juicy, pithy fruit flavors. Woody notes with toasted grain followed by honey and syrupy sweetness. Slightly cloying, and there's also a yeasty funk that seems to come through the profile. Finishes with persisting citrus fruit, alcohol and sweetness.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky, chewy and lingering on the tongue. This is the first Surly beer that I really didn't like, which is super disappointing for me. Too sweet, too funky, too weird and completely unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:35:23 | More by xnicknj
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oline73

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet alcohol with some juicy citrus notes. I'm getting a strong pineapple note here too.

Taste: Quite sweet with tons of juicy citrus fruit notes. Like the smell, I'm getting lots of pineapple, but there is some apricot too. There is some warmth from the alcohol along with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is really drinkable given the high abv. The fruity notes were really nice. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 19:15:55 | More by oline73
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