One | Surly Brewing Company

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
quadruple bock

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
14.01%
 
 
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10
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of mnstorm99
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I am happy that Surly brewed this beer. Not a style I typically drink, First time I had it, on tap at the Happy Gnome, Impressed with the deep red color, extreme fruity (dates, raisens, apricot) aroma which is the best part of this beer. Taste is very sweet, good but almost too sweet for me. The second time I had this I went to the brewery and got a growler, more of the same but I learned that the second one tasted better once my palate was trained. Very good beer I would have again, just not my favorite style.

I can't wait for Two, not until February though!

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deebo
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery.
A-deep garnet color with a ringing of light tan head. Clear
S-smells like a dopplebock. Rich caramel malts dominate. A little bit of ripe plums noted.
T-similiar to the aroma. Big and malty.
M-moderate to high carbonation which covers up some of the mouthfeel. A little burn in the finish.
O-I'd like to see this more quad and less bock but the use of lager yeast has given this beer a dopplebock characteristic more than anything else. Decent brew and well crafted but not memorable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twb0392
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacecake9
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at Surly January 2016.
A - Pours a clear brown with a small white head.
S - Aroma is somewhat sweet, almost candy like.
T - Flavor is toffee and bready with a sweet finish.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - didn't know what to expect but this was good.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to JeffKrenner for this growler.

A: Into my oversized Fischer tulip it goes. Mahogany chestnut on the dark side of things. Only maybe a dozen or so bubbles meander from the bottom of the glass to the top. Head is of medium size, creamy, almost a straw/cardboard color.

S: Huge rum raisin, apple cider, milk chocolate, brown sugar with a hint of fennel. Strawberry too, I’d reckon. I’m thinking Scotch ale so far.

T: Begins with loads of dark prunes, over ripe figs and cantaloupe (of all things). Absolutely seeping with sugary malts that taste like they were leached from marinated brown sugar and unrefined molasses. Almost like a caramel sherry if even possible. A surprising minor bitter streak runs through it, adding a touch of dimension. The sugar is sticky and lip smacking, although I could see this getting cloying after a while. Hints of bubblegum, vanilla and cherry cordial as it warms. Finishes with unhindered alcohol esters and berry fruitiness.

M: Medium body, syrupy yet smooth.

D: I think two glasses is all I could do of this one. I’m craving a large glass of water to cut some of this sugar. One of the sweetest beers I’ve had in while, I think I can feel myself getting fatter with every sip. A fairly unique beer resembling somewhere between a scotch ale and perhaps Belgian. If bottled it would probably age quite nicely.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdog
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a cold Saturday in February, I ventured to the Surly Brewery. I was one of the lucky few to get a growler of one.

Appearance: Good looking stuff. Brown with red highlights when held to the light, plenty of bubbles streaming up through the beer and a nice head. My second glass actually foamed over!

Smell: Bready sweetness, not really strong.

Taste: Molasses, toffee, raisins--plenty of malty sweetness in this beer. It's less sweet than the Sam Adams Double Bock I had recently, and there's a kind of earthiness that lies underneath that keeps it in balance.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat slick.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty strong but extremely drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden. I could probably down the growler in a day, but I'll show some self-restraint and save some for the next couple days.

I had Surly's first anniversary beer several weeks ago at Washington Square Bar & Grill and liked it a lot. Finally growlers became available so I could review it in the comfort of my own home. It's another great beer from Surly.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. It is a remake of the original.

Pours a clear dark copper with an off white head.
Aroma is toffee and dark fruit.
Flavors of dark fruit, caramel, slight molasses sweetness, slight licorice on the tail end.
Medium to full body

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Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark amber look and still not much activity.

S- Nice fruit nose, not sure what exactly but its nice.

T- Full fruity taste with a good malt backbone. Really great balance. Overall a wonderful taste.

M- A little tingle with a nice thickness.

D- Very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sparky44
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TboneRN
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on January 27, 2007. On tap at the Blue Nile. Faint tangy malt, with some wheat sugars and a number of rested cherry pits. Dark ruby and mahogany pour, with little head. Clear and deep. Flavor is an intense chewy amalgamation of brown sugar, bourbon, molasses, black cherry ice cream, nips of cold sherry and lots of bold hazelnut, with wisps of aged pipe tobacco. Fantastic, especially for a lager. The nuttiness is complex and complementing to the bravado of the fruit character, which stays mid-range and sweet. Texture is silky, liquid smooth and bright. Lots of residual sweetness and the candi sugar shows, but it doesn’t have any unpleasant cloying qualities. Hops appear as a bit of an afterthought with some long vegetal quality. There’s been some discussion as to what this really is and I think it can be best described as a Belgian Dark Lager. If that makes any sense. I just get a real grasp of the chewy, rich malt complexity of darker belgian beers, with the piquant fruitiness of German Lager techniques, yet a mouthfeel somewhere in between. Go Surly!

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Photo of CCutch
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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