Surly Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #51
Ranked #16,050
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: You don’t need to live in the lap of luxury to enjoy the finer things in life. Simply pour a glass of this rich, malt-heavy dark lager to find notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Whether you’re overdrawn or flush, take a sip and you’ll feel like a Scrillionaire.
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Photo of defunksta
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright ruby & amber color with a massive off-white head. SRM of 15-16. Beautiful. Should have expected this from Surly (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of dark molasses, toffee, caramel. Some sweet dark fruit and bread. Some German yeast adds complexity... As the beer warms it identifies itself as the classic Surly yeast strain found in other Surly beers. The one I've come to love. (4.25)

Flavor: Dark, rich, bread pudding, syrup, and baked waffles coated in syrup. Malty and not roasty nor spiced. No French Toast spice here. Just baked sweet bread, syrup, and pastry. No bitterness. Again, some German yeast provides some flavor complexity. The German yeast flavor provides some nice lemon and yeast, and actually reminds me of Surly's other beers....Again, probably the same yeast strain. More malty though and it's absolutely delicious (4.50)

Feel: Moderate to heavy bodied. Light enough though. Decent carbonation. Still, finishes heavy, sweet, and hides the alcohol well. (4.00)

Overall: Big, syrupy, and malty. Absolutely delicious and a fantastic German yeast strain to provide authentic and complex Doppelbock flavors. Haven't compared it to others within the style, but from my first impression, this is a quality Doppelbock. The Surly yeast strain has fantastic flavors. Take Surly's strain and make it malty and sweet. Absolute delicious. I don't even like malty beers, but GD I wish I could find this one again. This one is worth picking up folks. (Final Rating: 4.38)

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Photo of Gohopyourself
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer I've been waiting for my whole life. Love the maltiness of this beer. The perfect amount of sweetness with caramel and hints of fruit. Despite its richness it goes down quick. I look forward to the day that they sell it individually. I suspect given the quality of this beer they will do it soon. Best beer Surly offers in my opinion.

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Photo of morimech
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am shocked how much I liked this red lager from Surly. Not being an IPA I was surprised that it was not a sweet, cloying mess. Really nice malt flavor of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit with an earthy balance of hops. It has a lot of alcohol but I do not sense any of it in the aroma or flavor. Wonderfully carbonated.

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Photo of ZAP
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my kind of beer. Rich caramel bread sweetness........some black cherries and plums mingle in...fuller side of medium oversweet/cloying but never makes it there....

Definitely not a bock or doppelbock...not sure what it is but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of gatornation
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright copper color with a beige head. Smell is toffee,dark fruit caramel. Taste follows nose fruit and toffee work well with caramel,fig and baked bread malts. Mouth feel is smooth and not overly sweet with nice notes fruits,bread and malt. Very good a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, from the "Thaw Pack" (variety pack with 'Fall To Pieces', 'Furious', and 'Xtra-Citra'). Bottom of can is stamped 'CANNED ON 12/17/19'.
Clear, deep amber colored body. One finger of dirty white head. Leaves behind a few strings of lacing.
Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, and a little dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste is sweet candy caramel malts, along with cherry and other dark fruit. A little bit of chocolate emerges from the confluence of the other flavors.
A little thicker than medium body, with some stickiness. Very good carbonation.
This needs to have its own packs and not hidden away in a variety pack. The initial sweetness is not cloying and leads to an expanding set of bready and dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewery notes: Brewed for Thousandaires The World Over.
Hops Warrior, Malt: Munich, Pilsner, Caramunich. Yeast: German Lager

My Notes:
Look: transparent deep (dark) amber body. A nice fine tall off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.
Smell: bread/toast sweet malt
Taste: Sweet, plenty of caramel and toffee. Then you get some dark fruit (plum? mild fig/date? ). on the finish you get some toasted bread, a micro hint of roast maybe. Fairly sweet, and somewhat smooth. a hint of alcohol at times.
Feel: slightly syrupy malt.

A good beer, 4.15/5. The negative is you have to buy the "Thaw " variety 12 pack to get it or go to Surly tap room. The 3 others beers in the 12pack are Ipa's/APA's. Odd marketing. I wish I could get this by itself in a 4/6 pack or in a 12 pack of non clashing beers.

So what style of beer is this? I think it's a American style dopplebock

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Scrillionaire from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 16 ratings