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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #790
Ranked #2,447
4.26 | pDev: 6.34%
May 24, 2023
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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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 7/27/21, had 10/2/21.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with no real head and light foamy lacing. Aromas of maple, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, some char. Flavors are largely the same- maple, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, some oak. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Very enjoyable. The maple is prominent, but not overbearing, lots of vanilla, too. For the most part, it tastes like a thinner Darkness, which isn’t a bad thing.

R011620 0425
May 24, 2023
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from pint can into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark black brown hue with 2 inch frothy dark mocha head with good retention.
S: Strong vanilla beans and dark chocolate with some nutty malt and a hint of maple syrup.
T: Nice smooth dark chocolate with vanilla beans. Espresso with cream, almond, fig, oak, and hints of molasses, wood smoke, and maple syrup. Let this one warm and open up for full enjoyment!
M: Medium heavy body. Super smooth with a creamy lactose feel. Layers of dark sweetness and yet it doesn’t become heavy or overdone. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: A very nice brew! The appearance is excellent, but the aroma didn’t offer up nearly as much as the complex taste did. Let this one warm and grow on you!
Apr 24, 2023
Rated: 4.74 by rockrob from Massachusetts

Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours strap black with moderate carbonation and a one finger head. Aroma is all bourbon, all the time. Maple and black currant notes are strongly present as well. Taste is lighter than expected, with some maple, thin molasses and bourbon cask in the forefront. The ABV is well hidden.
Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jun 20, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Jun 20, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
strong blr aged stout pours dark with thick head drink slow to rnjoy
May 23, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Giggy from Michigan

May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

May 18, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Mar 14, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.79 by Benish from Utah

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by Jaymgould from Minnesota

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.25 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by deereless from Colorado

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.32 by Rainintheface from Florida

Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Strix from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.5 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 13, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by admonster00 from Illinois

Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by EdFed from Illinois

Jun 13, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.1 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jan 30, 2021
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 92 ratings