Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #7,407
4.07 | pDev: 10.07%
Oct 31, 2021
Feb 04, 2006
Notes: Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, carmel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.
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Ratings by specialkheese:
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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Feb 18, 2012
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Rated: 3.02 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2021
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Rated by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

2.67/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
The coffee and hops are way too intense for my liking.
Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by Burgy from Minnesota

Jun 27, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Dec 18, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 3.55 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2019
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Sweet aroma, dark fruit, slight aroma of dark malts. Deep ruby with rising bubbles topped by a 1/2 inch tan, thick head, leaving nice lacing as it slowly settles. Thin feel. Mild taste with a subtly bitter, dry finish (despite the sweet aroma) that hardly lingers at all in the aftertaste. Taste is also subtle: dark fruits, mostly, touch of roasted malts. Very middle-of-the-road brown ale. Easy drinking. OK, but far from outstanding. I bought it because it was Surly's first beer, I've never tried it, and Surly is stopping canned distribution. This beer is all about subtlety, subtle aroma, subtle taste, subtle hops, subtle malts. In summary: ordinary tending toward macro level. Ratings here must reflect the Surly mystique rather than this actual beer. This is a nice beer, but only nice. Good for an evening at the pub, but not to seek out. I am astonished, given the ratings here, how pedestrian and mediocre this beer is. It is better than Newcastle, but only just. Understandable why Surly is making it tap only.
Feb 13, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by omahawk from Nebraska

Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by MykeJ from Minnesota

Aug 26, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by hermit990 from Illinois

Aug 22, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Jul 27, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From tasting notes 05/18/18
Poured from a can into a pint at StoneArch in the MSP Airport, St Paul, MN

Appearance - Served up from a can, standard pint pours dark cola brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Light tan, finger width head that  holds firm until devolving to a thin, consistent layer of suds, thickening up quickly around the edges.

Smell - Mild aroma, with hints of chocolate, oat, brown sugar and floral hoppiness.

Taste - Flavor profile is mostly soft, but also assertive with floral and lesser citrus hops and with a fair roasted edge. Decent chocolate notes emerge mid-taste and follow through into the finish. Some cream and caramel. Finish is mostly balanced, edging slightly toward sweet with the accumulation of said flavors, and its a beautiful, harmonious blend.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied with low, bubbly carbonation. Creamy texture makes this an easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - I had the coffee version earlier today and it makes me question why they would do that. The former isn't bad at all, but this is far better. Soft, easy drinker with a surprising depth in the flavor profile. One of the best browns Ive ever had if I'm being honest.
May 27, 2018
Rated: 2.1 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 23, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

May 10, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by ffshore545 from Illinois

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by KevinMc from Illinois

Mar 29, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by NathanBeets from South Dakota

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by JoeandRyan from Minnesota

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by leitmotif from Romania

Nov 06, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio

Nov 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown color with amber hues and light brown head. Aroma has toasted malt, some hazelnut, light liquorice and some red fruits. Taste has nice toasted malt, some caramel, sweet coffee, nutty biscuits, quite a lot of flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Really easy drinking yet tasty and complex.
Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by jmarko579 from Minnesota

Sep 17, 2017
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Reviewed by bnes09 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Perfect brown color with a slight haze. Dense and frothy head towers over the liquid and blankets the glass in clouds of lacing. Pretty basic aroma with caramel malt and nuts. Rich caramel malt character shines through. Nutty, oaty, smooth and creamy. Medium body and soft carbonation adds to the smoothness. Malty, subtle grain texture. Solid.
Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours clear, dark reddish brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is caramel with milk and baker's chocolate and a touch of . Medium light bodied, sweet, with low carbonation...Really liking this one the more it warms...Layers of complex flavors..Glad I picked up a full four...Really great for the style.
Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jul 26, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by corywalston from North Dakota

Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Jul 15, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Cincy_Beer_Fan from Ohio

Jul 04, 2017
Rated: 4 by MooseBoose from Wisconsin

Jul 02, 2017
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