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Asator Viking IPA | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MattyG85 on 02-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
37
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
24.09%
 
 
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 37
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Surly's taproom. 16 oz. serving in a shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a dark blackish brown. Moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and fairly toasty hop forward aroma with good hints of pine and oak. Good mix of hop aromas upfront with some earthy hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Subtle citrus hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate, toasted bread, grains, biscuit, yeast, and peat. Good scent of oak and wood as well. A nicely balanced Black IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a good balance of earthy hops and toasty malt with some oak and peat. Upfront taste of earthy, herbal, and floral hops with notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Light citrus hop notes of orange peel and grapefruit. Solid notes of oak and wood blend in. Dark malts with notes of toasted bread, chocolate, grains, biscuit, peat, and yeast. A really solid Black IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly oily and spicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good twist on the Black Ale/IPA style. Has the piney hop and roasty malt presence you expect for the style along with some nice oak notes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

apparently stealing a page out of the hammerheart book, i cant imagine that little brewery is any real threat to the regional dominance of surly, i suggest instead that they may have been inspired by the very interesting and delicious beers of hammerheart, and this is their own trip down that road. its a smokey black ipa, on oak, with a ton going on in it. the nose is rauch heavy, german style smoked malt, aggressive, but somewhat smoother out by the wood. the hops are piney and woody and big, centennial and some other more bittering types, very pungent. one sip tells me this beer isnt for everyone, but it certainly is for me! i love the rich woody campfire smoke with the black roasty charred malt, and the piney deep woods sort of hop, its a great combination, and its united beautifully by the oak, which is quite prominent. smooth and rich tasting with a long almost acrid bitter finish. this is an abrasive beer (pun intended), and its definitely more fall than summer, but its an interesting brew and one of the more far out there beers i have had from surly. on tap at the acadia cafe, a real cool beer bar in the twin cities. some of surlys most intriguing work right here, even if it was externally inspired...

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the taproom.

Color is a dark brown with an off-white head.

Flavor profile: Roasted malts. Kind of smokey from the peat. Caramel and chocolate. The oak shows with notes of vanilla. A lot grassy and floral hops. Bitter, but creamy. Some fruitiness. Some coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and bitter. Medium bodied.

Overall, a solid brew. Very interesting and it had a lot going on with it. Unique is a good word for it.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap @ red cow
A- pours a midnight dark brown color with a small khaki head a little lacing and a fresh cap thru-out
S-citrus hops with roasted malts earth smells peat some wood and vanilla
T- follows the nose with porter like qualities with nice citrus hops like the earthy finish
M- soft with roasted qualities on the palate
O-like this kind of like Stone SSSR

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at churchkey 4oz pour into snifter on 5/8/14

A-Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Good lacing.

S-Aromas of floral notes, pine, roast, light smoke.

T-Tasting notes of floral notes, toast, biscuit, light roast, pine, citrus, light smoke.

M-Medium body with a dry finish mouthfeel has good carbonation

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Photo of JamesMN
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky brown with a thin light tan head.

Aroma: Toasty/sweet malt similar to Bender.

Taste: Very much a hopped up brown ale. Some good earthy hop character but overall sweet caramel toasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body and a bit heavy for an IPA. Average drinkability and regular carbonation.

Final Thoughts: Chose this one from the tap list because I assume it's a one-off type deal. Definitely an interesting beer but far from the being in the top of Surly's line up. Basically a hopped up brown ale. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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Asator Viking IPA from Surly Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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