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SŸX - Surly Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SŸXSŸX

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 71
Gots: 166 | 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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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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.

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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.