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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #701
Ranked #2,506
4.26 | pDev: 6.34%
Yesterday at 01:16 AM
Aug 15, 2019
Notes: As black cats skitter, ladders loom, and mirrors break, a reminder: You make your own luck. Surly makes your beer. Presenting 13, our maple barrel-aged imperial stout. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and aromatic vanilla sit atop the rich maple flavors coursing beneath. This decadent ale appears on Friday the 13th for a limited time only. Good luck.
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4.04 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Yesterday at 01:16 AM
4.27 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Mar 31, 2022
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Mar 14, 2022
4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Mar 05, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by 40ontarget from Colorado

Very dark with a splash of gold. The nose is maple, graham crackers, pecans, a hint of cinnamon and malt syrup. The palate is maple syrup at the beginning and end. In between is vanilla, wood, milk chocolate, figs. The mouthfeel is very thin. This flavor profile isn't as sweet as one might think. The finish leaves a touch of bitter at the back of the mouth. A curious beer that hits the mark. (Found old notes on this one)

Feb 21, 2022
3.79 by Benish from Wisconsin on Feb 20, 2022
4.23 by Jaymgould from Minnesota on Feb 12, 2022
4.52 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Jan 30, 2022
4.3 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Boxed 16oz can fill date of 7/27/21 poured vigorously into a large snifter.
L: Pours jet black with a 1 inch fizzy dark khaki head that is short-lived & recedes to a thin skin & gently carbonated edge foam. Very little spotty lacing.
S: Chocolate, maple, coffee, dark fruits, charred malts, vanilla, molasses, light booze/bourbon.
T: Complex rich & sweet, oak wood, maple, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, light cherry notes, dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate milk, coffee char, figs, dates, light prune. Elegant and dignified smokiness within the oak and coffee char. It's sweet nature is not cloying. Light delicious alcohol and more oak char become more prominent as the beer warms.
F: Very full-bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, thick, sticky and milk-soft lightly dry mouthfeel with a full & robust long, firm moderately dry finish.
O: Fairly complex huge flavor that is slick, smooth, quite full-bodied & rich. It is sweet, dense, deep and is a sipper. It is outstanding in it's style.

Dec 26, 2021
4.25 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts on Dec 25, 2021
4.32 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Dec 12, 2021
Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Very good head production and decent retention. Lovely black stout body.

Impressively aromatic, with a ton of maple, bourbon, and vanilla. It smells quite sweet, with additional notes of honeycomb, oak, toffee, chocolate, prune, brown sugar. It smells like a dessert beer, and it smells absolutely wonderful.

Not quite as sweet on the palate, as the heavy roasted malt base comes to play more firmly, but it's still a dessert beer - and the maple asserts itself significantly on the back third, along with notes of pecan, oak, and chocolate. Really a wonderful beer, that brings most of the notes of the nose to the palate. Very smooth, as well (albeit a touch fizzy), despite the very high ABV.

Nov 29, 2021
4.5 by paulish from New York on Nov 13, 2021
4.59 by deereless from Colorado on Nov 04, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 16 oz giant tulip glass, pours near pitch black with a massive 3 finger sticky mocha head that leaves massive streaks of lace, excellent retention. 4.75

Aroma dark chocolate, bourbon, Oaked vanilla, coffee grounds, and maybe some dark fruit. 4.25

Taste follows dark chocolate, oaked vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee, and some dates and fig. 4.25

Mouthfeel is pretty big, a tad dry, fairly gentle carbonation, and at 12.5% ABV it goes down rather easy, but huge on flavor. 4.5

Overall this is a pretty impressive stout. Gorgeous, amazing body, and flavor. Highly recommend. 4.5

Oct 14, 2021
4.32 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Oct 04, 2021
4.3 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Oct 02, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Strix from Wisconsin

I have never seen a 16 oz beer in a tiny single intricate box, so I was intrigued.

Near black, decent initial head but minimal lacing

Maple atop malt in the nose.

Huge vanilla note, lots of dark malt, booze, sweet maple finish. Just really flavorful.

Super rich, would go great with pancakes.

I'm a sucker for stuff like this, I really enjoyed it.

Sep 29, 2021
4.5 by craigbelly from Iowa on Sep 13, 2021
4.27 by admonster00 from Illinois on Aug 29, 2021
4.15 by EdFed from Illinois on Jun 13, 2021
4.46 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jun 12, 2021
4.53 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Mar 28, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SpeedwayJim from New York

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 16oz. black can in a display box into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303. Definitely A+ for presentation.

Pretty average once it's out of the can though. Nose is rich fudge, cocoa powder, chocolate, molasses, and a dank, almost stinky maple presence. Love it. Beer opens chocolate ice cream, molasses, fudge, and cocoa. More maple and molasses in the middle with a continued chocolate ice cream/chocolate milk flavor. End is coca cola, chocolate, and maple syrup. Same aftertaste. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Rich and warm on the palate and goes down smooth with a long, lingering, filmy aftertaste. This one's actually a touch lighter than I'd like.

I've seldom come across a stout that is this heavy in chocolate flavor. Dense, rich, and deep. Really nice!

Mar 11, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served from the can in a Phase Three snifter.

When I was 13, it was a very good year... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep midnight brown topped by a finger or so of light beige foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, roasted malts, and mild vanilla. Perhaps a wisp of oak. The taste brings in more of the same; the focus on the maple-soaked wood, but there's plenty of roast and vanilla sweetness to balance things out rather nicely. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a bit on the thin side, but otherwise a pretty damn tasty stout, kids.

Feb 23, 2021
3.1 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Feb 02, 2021
4.35 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2021
4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida on Jan 30, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Canned 2020/10/08
Pours a dark chestnut brown to basically black color, semi thick frothy 1/2 finger brown head with med-lower retention, a bit of sticky lacing, small legs

Nose brings dark roasty malts, inky black heavy malts, black malt, dark dark chocolate, burnt coffee, roasted cacao, toasted nuts, a bit of fudge and chocolate cake, layers of rich vanilla, with some toasted oak, a bit of a sweet maple candy, getting more of a rich chocolate cake as it warms

Taste is fairly sweet, maple out front actually, more maple candies, then into dark roasty malts, some dark roasted coffee as well, then the chocolate layers, dark dark chocolate, more of that rich chocolate cake with vanilla and chocolate frosting, a little fudgey, fair amount of rich vanilla as well, a touch of smooth alcohol, chocolate sprinkles even, with a little toasted oak character but barely, finishes a bit drier but sticky, bit more warming alcohol and more layers of chocolate, vanilla, and maple

Mouth is fairly thick, rich, full bod, med foamy carb, light warming alcohol with a hint of tingle

Overall pretty nice beer, not incredible but nicely done, good flavors all combined and balanced well, and super rich... btw, did I mention that it was rich?

Jan 30, 2021
4.49 by imperialking from Illinois on Jan 21, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

16oz can. Unreadable stamping on can bottom but canned sometime in 2019.
Black colored body, with tiny red mahogany back lit edge. Minimal tan head with aggressive pour. Off drinking side brings along a partial lacing coat.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, with notes of maple syrup, fudgy chocolate, and dark fruit. Vanilla is sitting way up high.
Taste is dark roasted malts, cherry and fig dark fruit, and vanilla/fudge chocolate. Maple arrives mid and late. Tends a little sweet rather than bitter. Rather dry at the end.
More than medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Higher ABV% intrudes just a little. Overall, a very smooth brew. The maple is very well balanced, and provides, along with the vanilla, a flavor that enhances the others.

Jan 17, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

16 oz can, from my wifey
Canned 10/8/20
Into Ommegang Tulip snifter

Deep coffee black with a tall creamy 2 finger head of almond. Recedes to 1 finger and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma brings tons of maple and barrel, with some black licorice, fig, tobacco, dark chocolate, and spiked chocolate mousse. Wow, what an aroma.

Flavor is eye-popping good. These guys are good at barrel beers for sure. Brings maple, dark chocolate, whiskey barrel, caramel/malted milk ball, milk chocolate, blueberries, toasted marshmallow, alcohol, slight tobacco, and slight fig. Amazing.

Feel is really sticky and viscous right from the get, and develops some carbonation as it lays on the tongue. It numbs the tip of the tongue and the gums a bit, and the heat rolls in like a furnace, but then the massive heat is gone like the wind before you swallow. Lingering tingling heat on the gums and the tip of the tongue is still numb. Comes across as soft overall. What's incredible is the fact that they managed to place the thickness and slickness of maple syrup in the mouthfeel. Impeccable.

Overall, might be my favorite Surly beer. It's rather incredible. What an impressive beer. Slightly better than BA Darkness for me. Will try to procure more. Thanks dear!

Jan 15, 2021
4.28 by mmalley from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Damian from Massachusetts

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Marty’s Fine Wines, Newton, MA
Canned on 10/08/20
Served in a tulip

Really impressive packaging. Seeing breweries put this much time and effort into their artwork helps me justify paying $13 for a single can of beer. As for the beer, it poured a glossy near pitch black. The thick, oily looking body was topped by a small, finely beaded, mocha colored crown that fell to a frothy halo. Some streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was very solid. Rich and malty. Nice melding of roasted and caramel malts. Fresh vanilla bean notes also came through strong. There was a big dark fruit presence as well. Raisins and plums for sure. Some chocolate fudge was noticeable too. As the beer warmed, both the vanilla and the chocolate notes intensified.

The flavor profile was nearly identical to the nose. Malty and robust. Roasted and caramel malts were apparent. Some maple came through on the front end but not as much as I anticipated. Big vanilla presence in the center. Dark chocolate was also noticeable. More roastiness on the back end and the finish. Hint of barrel. Touch of lingering booze and sweetness after the swallow.

Nice rich, creamy, fuller bodied mouthfeel. Slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a finely bubbled, moderate effervescence.

13 is an impressive offering by Surly. Even though the maple presence was subtle, the vanilla and chocolate notes were in full effect. My only knock against this beer was the price point.

Jan 10, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- Motor oil black pour from the can into a becher glass. The head is creamy and has a dark cocoa brown hue building quickly to a finger high. Fairly good head retention with spotty lacing.

S- Getting a strong aroma with a lot of malty and barrel derived aromas. Overall it reminds me of a fudgey brownie with nuts and maple. Roast barley, cocoa nibs, fruity dark chocolate, coffee and caramel notes. Sour whiskey and oak come to mind for me but unsure if Bourbon is involved here. Tiny hit of vanilla.

T- Very, very roasty on the palate with the heavy roast grains making up the bulk of the flavor. I don't know if I am truly mistaken but Bourbon, sour whiskey and charred oak definitely come to mind as well as the mentioned maple which comes on pretty strong. Maple candied nuts, very dark chocolate, roast barley, caramel, marshmallow, vanilla bean and slight booze.

MF- Heavy body with a frothy and rather creamy texture. Medium level of carbonation and it finishes rather hot.

Even as the maple grows with time, so does the booze to provide balance to that and in the end this beer is really, really nice. The bitter roast barley plays nicely with the maple and the barrel is strong but still allows the base stout to shine.

Jan 03, 2021
4.51 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2021
4.48 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jan 02, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

Pours a dark brown with a slight amt of head that vanishes quickly. It smells like vanilla, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is vanilla, chocolate, and maple that kinda winds it all together. Lots of stuff going on in this one and it’s very rich and decadent and a little hot. I was surprised to open the box and find a pint can but I consider cans the superior vessel so it’s all good and I’m glad I bought it.

Jan 01, 2021
4.1 by krl2112 from Illinois on Dec 30, 2020
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