Pentagram - Surly Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Huge thanks to Sender1, KWMiles, and Minnesotaryan for the box containing this gem.
Appearance: Pours medium brown and settles to a darker brown In the glass. Small light brown head drops to a few hints with a small loose collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour.
Smell: Slightly tart with a big push of dark fruit. Reserved vinous element with dark cherry and plum. A touch of roasted malt adds a layer of sweetness. Brett abounds giving a slight funky element coupled with the usual Brett influences. Some minor spice. Pushes acetic with a vinegar aroma. A touch of dark malt adds some clean maltiness.
Taste: Brett hits harder than the nose. Deeply funky with earth, damp hay, and some grass. Cherry skin, vinegar, a touch of citric acid, and general funkiness. A sold blend of sweet and tart. Mild push of darker roasted malts add some general cooked malt sweetness. Surprisingly light for a Surly beer, but it carries their typical clean malt. A touch of red wine and oak to round the whole thing out. Nicely earthy.
Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate to light carbonation. Clean and slightly crisp.
Overall: 5 points 5 stars?
A nice mellow "sour" stout. Nice balance of malt sweetness with brett and wine barrel. Mellow for Surly and it's ok by me.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 00:54:00 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.19/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7
Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours with a nice amount of head, retains some nice wisps of a cap, leaves some nice specs of lacing
Smell: Dark malts and Brett funk - manages to have both dark and sour funk aromas, without smelling like a hot mess - amber and caramel malts - lightly toasty and roasty - some nice tart, sour, and funky notes, with some distinctive Brett weirdness - dark fruit, like dark cherry skins, and some red wine
Taste: Follows the aroma with some nice dark and sour notes, without going over the top - some nice caramel, amber, and lightly roasted malts - touch of dark, lightly burnt malts as well - nicely funky, with some Brett - tart, sour, and general barnyard funk - some nice dark notes, with berries and cherries - some nice wood and white wine - very flavorful with minimal booze
Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry finish
Overall: Summon demons, slay demons, drink this beer, repeat
Sour stouts/sour "dark beers" are quite the challenge. I'm not particularly surprised that Surly was up to the challenge. This is very tasty. It balances the dark notes with the sour notes in a nice way. It's kind of like a dark Flanders Red. That's totally a style, right?
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 00:50:52 | More by angrybabboon
Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.