Pentagram Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels
Surly Brewing Company

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From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #138
ABV:
Not listed
Score:
95
Ranked #1,840
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 6.96%
Ratings:
70
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 05, 2022
Added:
Dec 09, 2016
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  19
SCORE
95
World-Class
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4.43 by BeerBeast from Florida on Jan 05, 2022
 
3.79 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Jun 18, 2021
 
4.06 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jun 18, 2021
 
4.08 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jun 18, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 750 mL bottle on October 28, 2020. From my cellar. This has aged well. There are all kinds of funky sour notes on the nose and the tongue.

Oct 29, 2020
 
4.47 by DTOB from Minnesota on Jul 18, 2020
 
4.34 by millelacsmark from Minnesota on Jan 23, 2020
 
4.44 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Sep 22, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

2016 Vintage

A: poured into a Duvel tulip to a dark brown beer topped by a small and slightly rocky cream colored head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of sour cherries, funk, and a little rye spice plus some oak. maybe a little chocolate and toasted malt
T: Taste is slightly tart up front with the cherry note followed by some toasted malt, leather, building sourness, strong funk and oak with some light spice. Hints of furniture polish and acetone. On the swallow there's chocolate, leather, rye spice, oak, tart cherries, funk, and slight lingering tartness and acetone.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of medium and slightly slick. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I'd say it's very well executed. It has some really nice flavors and a great amount of complexity. As the beer warms the flavors continue to develop. This one held up well to aging too. This tastes familiar but also new at the same time. It reminds me a little of Nightmare on Brett along with a mix of Bruery sour beers. Really nice amount of sour on this one makes it approachable instead of super puckery. Worth a try if they bring this one back.

Jul 16, 2019
 
4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 09, 2019
 
4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Apr 19, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Brewer's notes:
This tart, dark beer is fermented with Brettanomyces in stainless fermenters, aged in used red wine barrels, then aged further in High West Rye Whiskey barrels to create a layered aromatic profile. Pentagram’s core flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak, and classic “Brett” barnyard funk are still present, surrounded by the distinctive character of rye whiskey. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperature for a couple years.

750ml bottle. Capped and waxed. Website specs this at 7%ABV. Stamped bottling date is '06/27/16'.
Reddish brown colored body, looks rather murky when back lit. Partial finger of very light tan head with the first pour, which disappears to some bubbles rising to the surface and a thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma is very much of the red wine barrel, along with oak, rye spice, and faint barnyard funk.
Taste is sour cherry, red wine oak barrel, rye spice, and barnyard funk which includes tobacco and leather. Quite the combination of high sour and lower level earthy funk.
Medium mouth feel with minor mouth puckering. Has a drier finish, with the aftertaste being the sour cherry trailing off. Good carbonation.
The first flavor is so close to a red wine, but then the chocolate malt and funk bring the beer to a more complex earthy note, with the spicy addition of the rye barrel. This beer has aged well.

Apr 16, 2019
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3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle. Pours deep reddish brown. Big khaki head. Smells of green apples, red wine acidity, brett, and a whiskey barrel aroma that contributes a soft vanilla backdrop. Tastes of green apples again. Spikes to a strong red wine and dark fruit sourness. Red wine lingers throughout. A little brett here, but it's mostly red wine. A little bit of that whiskey vanilla flavor, but it does little to soften a sharp beer. Medium body. It's not very easy to drink and I may not be able to finish my glass, but that may just be my preference and not a criticism of any component of the beer.

Nov 22, 2018
 
4.37 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 18, 2018
 
4.37 by fthegiants from California on Sep 29, 2018
 
4.34 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 23, 2018
 
4.24 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jun 11, 2018
 
4.46 by frasergrove from California on May 29, 2018
 
3.99 by CJCouillard from Minnesota on Mar 30, 2018
 
4.27 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Mar 23, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Vidblain from Minnesota

Both on tap and in bottles, Barrel-aged Pentagram is a terrific beer - while I don't generally like a lot of barrel in a sour, the rich wine elements to the beer make this a perfectly complementary mixture. The rye barrel does add a bit of sharpness to the beer, but it feels appropriate - it adds further depth to the mouth feel.

Very, very good.

Feb 21, 2018
 
4.26 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on Feb 20, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

750ml gold wax bottle, 2017 vintage. Aged in red wine barrels then rye whiskey barrels. So technically a double barrel version? Served in a teku glass. Pours a dark brown-reddish body, one finger white head, good retention and no lacing. Smell is tart dark fruit, tannic red wine, touch of cider, oak, a bit of vanillin, and I think a bit of rye spiciness to it as well. Flavour is more of the tannic red wine, cidery green apple, vanillin, oak, touch of toffee, dark fruit, moderate acetic tartness. It reminds me a lot of Five, but a little more rough around the edges, slightly more barrel character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly slick, good carbonation and easy drinking, full of flavour despite the relatively low ABV. Great stuff for sure, lives up to the reputation of Five.

Feb 13, 2018
 
4.25 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 22, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

hot diggity this is good! i think the additional ageing in rye barrels really improves this, and smoothes over a lot of my little nit picky critiques of the already awesome and pioneering base beer. for one, the rye adds an obvious spice intensity to this which i think gives it even more complexity, but it also grounds it in earthy grain, which was sort of missing for me before, even though its in the spirit, it permeates deep. secondly, the wood and the sweetness of the whiskey cut some of the vinegar harshness to the sour profile, this one used to be a slow sipper for me in its original form due to the caustic acidity, but its awesome to have that tempered a bit by the additional barrel treatment! a much more drinkable beer as a result. i like that the red wine in here is still on display, and there is a woody funkiness to the original that is not lost here either. caramel and vanilla and pepper notes come in, fresh red grape, plum, and prune, along with a little honey and toasted marshmallow, barrel char, and black tea. i love all thats happening here, its complex but it has purpose, and its super unique with the characteristics of both barrel sets really still holding their own identity in here. sourness is still really high, but the woodiness is needed and its there. bigger and way fuller bodied than i remember the original being, and that a nice feature too. one of the best surly beers ive ever had...

Jan 18, 2018
 
4.33 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jan 12, 2018
 
3.72 by nmann08 from Virginia on Dec 31, 2017
 
4.59 by RyanTheLion13 from Iowa on Dec 28, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Lots of bubbles, quickly dissipating head, typical for a sour. Smells of candied fruit and booze--you definitely get the whiskey character. Taste is tart cherries, woodiness, maybe a bit of smoke? There's also some nuttiness. The Brett funk is very present. Super acidic. Feel is medium-bodied, very carbonated, and a dry finish. This is far and away the most complex beer I've had to date. Kind of a grower. Not entirely my thing, but there's a lot going on and I'm glad I got to try it.

Dec 26, 2017
 
5 by dcisco44 from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2017
 
4.19 by Kurmaraja from California on Dec 22, 2017
 
5 by JoeandRyan from Minnesota on Dec 20, 2017
 
4.24 by MrUse from Minnesota on Nov 25, 2017
 
4.74 by Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota on Nov 20, 2017
 
3.75 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Nov 16, 2017
 
4.28 by REVZEB from Illinois on Nov 14, 2017
 
4.1 by CPAles from Illinois on Nov 12, 2017
 
4.75 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2017
 
4.44 by npachl from Wisconsin on Oct 09, 2017
 
4.44 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Sep 14, 2017
Pentagram Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 70 ratings