One | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
quadruple bock

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-10-2007

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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-brew of the anniversary beer. 11.5% January 2016.

Beige head. Clear copper color.

Malty. Lots of caramel and toffee with some molasses. Lots of dark dried fruits. Raisins. A little heat. A touch of sweetness. A touch of cherries.

Full bodied and smooth.

Very easy to drink for how strong it is. Definitely glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"One", an anniversary lager. ("But don't call it a doppelbock.")
Brewed July 2006, with a blend of 7 different malts and candi sugar. 9% abv, 28 IBU.

(this was hard to categorize, as it's not a double pilsner, not a malt liquor,...I thought I'd err on the safe side and just enter it as an all-malt lager.)

Sample bottle poured into a wide-mouth Belgian chalice.

Deep mahogany hue. ("Tawny brown", says the brewer, but we're both right.) Slim whitish head.

Aroma: nice and malty, lightly spicy, with prominent notes of raisin and plum. Molasses isn't far off, either. Delicate sweetness.
And, though I tried not to copy the brewer's notes, yes, there's vanillla and licorice in there, too, can't deny it.)

Taste away: Mmmmm. That's all I'll say: Mmmm



...okay, seriously, this is quite a slick, delicious treat, and they're right it's not a doppelbock, it's unlike anything I can think of at the moment, and I think it's brilliant.
Those dark fruit flavors ride on top, coated with a candyish sheen and it's jostles the realm of the syrupy, but not quite. It grabs hold of the palate with each new sip, drips this sweet concoction all over the tongue and it splashes the roof of the mouth, coats the senses, then softly fades back, though the beautiful flavor never quite quits.

Alcohol is not as forward as you'd think, going into a 9% lager, but I still would advise against tippling too many!
Finish is long, body is medium to full, and the taste is well-tempered, very sweet, but not too much so, at least not to me. Those who can't stand a touch of sweetness may not like it. Their loss.

Happy 1st Anniversary Surly!
Here's to many more!

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

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Surly’s Beer Hall. 10 oz. serving in a chalice. 2016 rebrew.

Appearance: Color is a dark brownish copper. Solid finger of tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt driven aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and dark fruit. Toasted malt with a scent of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, smoke, yeast, and slight chocolate roast. Big dark fruit presence with hints of raisin, fig, cherry, and dates. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle hop hints. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a toasty and sweet malt forward taste with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and dark fruit. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, grains, and yeast along with some subtle chocolate and smoke. Dried dark fruit notes of raisin, cherry, fig, and dates. Sweet notes of molasses. Subtle earthy hop bitterness. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A really good take on a big Bock. Good mix of toasty malt and dark fruit flavor.

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

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Blue Nile, who knew: A limpid ruby brown with nary a head to be found. Hmmm...I sense a malty "One", perhaps a skimpy collar and a whispy residue is strewn across the top of the liquid. Lacing minimal within a few strings and spots, but mostly a clear oily-like film is covering alll areas the liquid touches.

Aroma is sweet with a ample dispaly of freshly squeezed fig and raisin paste and a slice of dark candied bread.

Taste is more sweet to go with the smell...and a whole lot more. It's Doppelbock meets Belgain Dark with a good load of super fresh raisin and fig innards, squishy sweet and sticky with dark fruit gum and glues. Nice dark Belgian candy-like tendencies spark and develope as it draws out through the finish. Leaving long sticky sweet stuff all over the palate. Not drenchingly so like mollases or syrup, but with a high, dark sweetness that encompasses the Doppelbock realm. Yet the candy flavors mixed within pull from the malt flavors more then what they can make up for and make for a nice drinkable lager. Or is it an Ale due to its Belgian likeness? Well, what ever you want to call it, or label it, or decide to call it or label it, it's a sweet ride, as in sweet with a whole bunch of malts and candy goodness. Its tender and longing with a big sweetness all across its character.

Body is super smooth and silky sticky with all sorts of stuff holding on to your cheeks making for a sweet and heavy, yet, smooth bodied brew. This "One" is completely drinkable! The overall sweetness in flavor is a little much after a while, but somehow not bothersome at all as this was still downable enough and really quickly due to its finely crafted soft silky smoothness. Its a pretty decent Doppelbockish-Belgain Dark-thingy-lagered-ale.

Happy Anniversary Surly! Keep em coming.

Next up...a Barleywine stout?

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Photo of Hopstout
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tylerstravis
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | 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 DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jakemn91
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 SaxmanRick
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick tan head, which receded quickly. Moderate lacing remained. Liquid was dark brown.

Aroma offered roasted malts with a slight hint of sour...suggesting a classic bock.

Taste similar to aroma...roasty, malty, slight hint of sour. The 11.5% ABV is really well-hidden. Classic, just a great bock.

Mouthful very appropriate for the style...moderate carbonation, not thick/not thin.

Simply a terrific representation of the style.

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Photo of brdc
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of getting multiple pourings of this fantastic beer at the Great taste of the midwest. Poured into a sample glass.

They call it a quadruple bock, which is a style we obviously do not have. It certainly feels a lot more than a simple doppelbock, and it is certainly not a pale lager.
Brewed presumably July 2006, with a blend of 7 different malts and candi sugar.
Deep brown, nice caramel color head, great retention and lacing. I spent a lot of time with this beauty, just admiring it and enjoying, sip by sip.
Malty, caramel heavy aroma, with an intense fruitiness, and molasses.
Full bodied, creamy as a beer can be, sweet although not even close to cloying.
Fruity and caramelized, some licorice, vanilla, moalsses, more fruits.
Very hard to characterize, but nothing short of spectacular. In a day with multiple spectacular beers including a variety of Dark Lord incarnations, Canadian Breakfast stout and others, this was the one I kept going back. I could only dream they would bottle this.

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