SŸX - Surly Brewing Company
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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
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 03:13:14 | More by kojevergas
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
SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.