Mortal Sun
Surly Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #178
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Ranked #12,811
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 20
Photo of jimmah120
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with a canned on date

Drank out the can, smells and tastes like it looks like motor oil. The taste is hoppy and dark, but balanced enough where it's easy to drink. More hops than expected, fine by me.

Good stuff

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic porter look and feel. Beautiful can art with a totally black top. A dense head with a very dominant aroma - cocoa, molasses and dark roast coffee. Body is lighter than a stout, giving way to a leading, but subdued bitterness. This is a really well-made ale.

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Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Dark brown, big head.

Smell: Nice roasted smell, a little mild coffee.

Taste: Sweet at first, a little touch of smoke rolls in, finishes with some roasted bitterness.

Overall: A very nice porter from Surly, wish I had a Bender side-by-side to compare, as I've thought of Bender as more of a porter than a brown ale. This would be a good one to keep around!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can from a mixed 12 pack:


01/02/19 impression from a can:

5.5% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Pours an opaque body and a creamy khaki head that sticks around for a good 6+ minutes.

AROMA: Chocolate malt, cola, dark malts, malted milk balls. I don't get any overt hoppy notes or even any roast.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests an enjoyable if timid porter.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. Ticks the boxes of the style, but tends a bit too sweet, emphasizing malted milk ball-redolent notes instead of roasted barley or coffee-like bitterness.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Wet. Well-carbonated.

OVERALL: A drinkable and enjoyable albeit forgettable porter. I'd sooner buy Edmund Fitzgerald, Black Butte Porter, or Anchor Porter if after a widely available yet tasty porter.


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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, media sample from the brewery.

Very dark brown hued brew, nearly black. Lovely light tan lacing on top. Big roasted and toasted malt character, smooth and drinkable with a moderate sized body. Firm kiss of citrusy hops wrap around the suggestions of dark chocolate that comes from the roasted malt. A great example of a Porter and an American one at that with the extra hop presence. Definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a dark brown with a solid off white head. The aroma is pleasant and gentle, with a hint of smoke, chocolate, clean pine, and a coffee fruit scent. The flavor is mild and bright, with a pleasant roasty, smokey quality upfront, some dried cherry, mild tobacco, pine, molasses, and rec licorice, with a distinctly long, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light with broadly foaming carbonation. Overall a very sucesful and unique little porter, but clearly in style. I would love to see this enter as a fall seasonal in 4 packs.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dry/dark/roasted malts and chocolate/dark chocolate. The flavor is big chocolate/dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild fruit and an acidic finish.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark brown with 3 finger tan foamy head, sticky lacing. Picture perfect.
S- fresh toasted grains, slight toasty apricots.
T- grain forward sweetness, toasted nuts, bread, hints of caramel and toffee. Just the right amount of bitterness, apricot might best description of hop flavor mingling with toasty grains. Grains shine through with a bit of bitterness. Truly special.
F-medium smooth, maybe a tiny bit heavy but the flavor is worth it it.
Best porter I've had in years, grains are wonderfull, not over bittered but a nice bite of hops to complement. One of Surly's darlings.

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Mortal Sun from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 20 ratings