Furious Black | Surly Brewing Company

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4.11/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created for Darkness Day 2015, its overall presence and citrusy hoppy aroma is recognizably Furious but with subtle roasted notes and black in color.

Added by mothman on 10-21-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,971
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
100
pDev:
7.54%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Photo of Commandophile
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pacioli1445
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very dark brown with a large mocha head. The aroma features notes of candied orange and grapefruit peel, some pine resin, overripe peach, and a hint of roasty malt. The flavor starts with bitter chocolate, and roast coffee, with pine, candied orange peel, grapefruit peel, burnt orange, and a load of resin. The mouthfeel is fairly full with bright, fizzy carbonation. Overall this this is a really great beer, in a mostly forgotten style, with a good combo of malt and hops.

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Photo of TooGood
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a furious bubble show that settles into the full three fingers; webs of lacing line the glass as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Furiously roasty, with cocoa, coffee and smoke tones; a citrusy element, as well

Taste: Roast forward, with cocoa and coffee tones building; through the middle, the citrus emerges, bringing a furious bitterness to match the roast; there is a hint of sweetness, in the finish, though the roast and bitter tones remain dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with furious carbonation

Overall: For furious hopheads only, this beer has bold flavors going for it in every direction

Thanks, NathanBeets, for the opportunity

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Photo of KevinMc
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle or label.
Clear, dark brown colored body. Big fluffy, light tan head settles to creamy cap. Great coverage of residual lacing.
Aroma of citrus hops, dark roasted malt, and dark chocolate.
Taste is citrus hops (orange), some resiny piney hops, bittering from grapefruit pith, darker roasted malts, a little char, and dark chocolate. The chocolate really lingers in the aftertaste. Noticeable level of bitterness (Furious-like). Dark chocolate is just a little sweet way at the back end of the taste profile.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation level.
A bold tasting beer that uses Surly's well known IPA bitterness, with the added layers of black roasted chocolate.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours her black with. A fluffy, tan head and lots of lacing. Smells of lots of resin hops, malt and black licorice. Taste follows nose in which pine resin shines. Burnt dark chocolate malts. Alight citrus hop that was probably more prominent wen fresh. Still tastes great. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with medium body. This is one of my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 1/13/17

A: Deep dark brown, but yes, mostly jet black - pours with a medium-large, fluffy, light brown head, slowly fades to a solid cap, leaves big splotches and streaks of really nice lacing

S: Like Furious, but roasted, obviously - some bright citrus, orange and notes of grapefruit - floral citrus - nicely balanced with some chocolate malts - nicely burnt with some roasted grain - caramel and pale aromas as well, caramel grain - low sweetness overall

T: Hoppy and dark - orange juice and flesh, with some grapefruit juice and zest - some herbal hops, pine resin, pine needles - chocolate malts, with some nice burnt flavors, hint of char - lightly roasted overall - medium bitterness, with some hoppy bitterness and some burnt bitterness - some light caramel sweetness, caramel malt, toast, hints of biscuit - light sweetness balanced by the burnt notes, some lingering roast

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nicely dry finish

O: Furious that this style is dying

I drank Furious Black in 2015 when I visited the brewery, and I've been excited to revisit it. This bottle did not disappoint. It's hoppy with a nice malt backbone, plus a nice amount of roast. I hope this stays in rotation.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeandRyan
4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Electros
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Furious Black from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 100 ratings